Making Everything Work

Making Everything Work

It’s early morning and Treasure Coast High’s Manufacturing Lab is busy!
Mr. Ordonez’s students are working the machines using critical thinking, engaging in teamwork, making connections, and applying classroom lessons to hands-on activities. Awesome things are happening at Treasure Coast High!  Go Titans!   
Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Raiders Undertake Survival Campout at Camp Tanah Keeta!

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Raiders Undertake Survival Campout at Camp Tanah Keeta!

On December 7, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Battalion’s Raider Team participated in an overnight Wilderness Survival Campout at Camp Tanah Keeta. Cadets who were invited participated in several activities including canoeing, rope bridge, roasting marshmallows by a bonfire, making tin foil meals, and playing team bonding games. Cadets enjoyed hot chocolate and sandwiches for breakfast before cleaning up camp to head home.

 

Southport Middle School Media Center Fall Fundraiser Was Enchanting

Southport Middle School Media Center Fall Fundraiser Was Enchanting

This year’s book fair was a huge success thanks to all the amazing parents, students, teachers and staff who supported the media center for the annual library fundraiser. In cooperation with student-led conferences, we had a wonderful turnout of parents who joined us. Students enjoyed helping create the ambiance of the Enchanted Forest of Books theme, as well as the games and activities tied to the theme.

In  addition to the book fair, our teachers and students took part in a fun and friendly competition to raise awareness and money for schools that continue to be affected from the devastation of Hurricane  Michael. Southport raised a total of $250 to donate to the FirstBook non-profit organization to benefit Essentials for Kids-Hurricane Michael.

 

 

 

 

Family Homework Is A Success

Family Homework Is A Success

For homework recently, Mrs. Madorma’s Northport fifth grade students taught their parents how to divide fractions using “Keep, Change, Flip!” They then sent their pictures to Mrs. Madorma through Class Dojo. Looks like Math is fun!

 

Port St. Lucie’s Puerto Rican Day Parade Color Guard

Port St. Lucie’s Puerto Rican Day Parade Color Guard

On Saturday December 8, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard lead the procession with the National Colors and the Puerto Rican Flag in the 2nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade of St. Lucie County. Commanding the Color Guard was Cadet Captain Alexis Morris accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz as the Puerto Rican Flag bearer, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade as American Flag Guard, and Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews as the Puerto Rican Flag Guard. The parade stepped off at 1:00 PM and moved up Waterview Drive, across Main Street, up Southeast Welcome Lane, and ended at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. 

 

Southport Middle School Girls on the Run

Southport Middle School Girls on the Run

Southport Middle School Heart & Sole team had an exciting day when they joined the remaining girls in the Treasure Coast branch for their Fall 5K Celebration Run. This culminating event followed weeks of practice and life lessons. The girls distributed handmade musical notes, based on their practice 5K run theme, Let the Music Move You. The notes included inspirational messages to girls on the other teams in support of their run. In addition, one of our girls, Adrianna Perfetti, pinned the team with green ribbons she made in remembrance of a friend and fellow student, DJ Rickard, who recently passed away. Running buddies included parents and teachers and other family members, who encouraged the girls along the 5K route, as coaches and others waited to cheer them as they passed the finish line. It was a great day for everyone who attended!

 

Donations Pour In For Students From Elks Lodge #1520

Donations Pour In For Students From Elks Lodge #1520

FORT PIERCE, FL – Over 600 St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) students received food, clothing, and supplies from generous members of the Elks Lodge #1520 in Fort Pierce.  The December 12th delivery schedule started out promising to serve 3 schools, but as donations poured in, the number of schools quickly grew to 13.

This growth mirrors the growth in the number of students who benefit from the Elks Backpack Program which supports students throughout the year.  According to Lenny Smallacombe, organizer of the Elks support program, “Who would have thought we would have the ability to support so many children.  Six years ago, when my wife and I started this Backpack Program with five students, I never dreamed it would be so successful!”  He added that he and his fellow Lodge members are so happy to be able to provide this service to the community.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Support such as this makes a monumental difference in the lives of our students.  In order to achieve their very best, basic needs must be met, and with the support of our community partners, everyone wins.”

Smallacombe is deeply committed to helping children and embraces the work that goes on behind the scenes to make this all happen.  In a slight modification to the celebrated quote, he said, “No Elk ever stands so tall as one who stoops to help a child.”  He and his team at the Elks Lodge #1520 are, indeed, making a difference in the lives of many children.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology Programs with LEGO®…

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology Programs with LEGO®…

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to announce the launch of new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) and emerging technology programs and makerspaces using LEGO Education solutions, which include curriculum and professional development, in two of the district’s new magnet schools: Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (SGAET). Nearly 3,000 kindergarten through high school students will participate in the programs, bringing first-of-its-kind hands-on learning opportunities to students, including those from minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The new programs officially launched today with two ribbon cutting ceremonies attended by esteemed members of the St. Lucie community, including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent at CAST and SGAET. Community leaders and school officials are thrilled to launch these new programs, which offer customized learning opportunities for all students. “These new programs in collaboration with LEGO Education represent a monumental turning point in the education we’re able to provide our students,” said Gent. “Each program is purposefully built to address minority isolation, address equity and access to STEAM learning pathways, and offer students exceptional hands-on experiences that will help them master STEAM skills to prepare them for college and future careers.”

Two of St. Lucie’s three new magnet schools opened this year after the SLPS was awarded a $12.5 million multi-year federal grant. CAST and SGAET began their transformation in August for the 2018-2019 school year with CAST focusing on the arts, and SGAET focusing on STEM. Fort Pierce Westwood High School will begin infusing new programs with full implementation expected for the 2019-2020 school year, focusing on pre-medical, pharmacy, agri-technology, veterinary and oceanography programs.

“This first-ever district approach to STEAM learning is an incredible opportunity for the students of St. Lucie and LEGO Education will offer a variety of hands-on learning solutions, lessons and professional development to match the diverse curriculums – from fine arts to emerging technologies – of each school,” said Silver McDonald, Head of LEGO Education North America. “Through our partnership, LEGO Education developed custom curriculum for St. Lucie educators and administrators to enrich their students’ education through the skills our solutions help teach: collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity.”

LEGO Education created showcase makerspaces at both magnet schools and worked closely with school leadership to develop custom, standard aligned makerspaces that match the curriculum and pacing of each grade level at each school. In preparation to develop these makerspaces, the team held intensive trainings with teachers and administrators to flesh out the skills, projects, and visions that they had for their classrooms and explored ways they can take the lessons even further to make them more hands-on with LEGO Education solutions. In addition, LEGO Education created a unique form of professional development that included month-long shoulder-to-shoulder training sessions that ensured St. Lucie educators become experts in using LEGO Education solutions to ensure comfortability and success. The LEGO Education solutions being used at each school include a custom Maker and STEAM curriculum along with LEGO Education’s Coding Express, WeDo 2.0 and MINDSTORMS® Education EV3.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools:

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Northport Celebrates December Student of the Month

Northport Celebrates December Student of the Month

Many thanks to all of our students who were celebrated as our very last Student of the Month for 2018. Great job and we appreciate your investment in making Northport GREAT! Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and friends who stopped over to help celebrate the children. Well deserved accolades!

 

Northport Celebrates GiveBack2Kids

Northport Celebrates GiveBack2Kids

Great job to A’aliyah Ventura, Abbi Cartagena, Chase Justin Brown and Colton Martin for being selected as Northport’s November and December GiveBack2Kids Students of the Month. Great job and many thanks to our business partners, James Monds and David Gornitzky, for bringing this great opportunity to the students of Northport. We are fortunate to have such wonderful community partners who see value in supporting student achievements.

 

Northport Taps Employees of the Year

Northport Taps Employees of the Year

Please help us congratulate Northport School Related Employee of the Year, Parris Lee. Congratulate our First Year Teacher of the Year, Michael Spivey, and our Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, Zachary Francis. To top off a stellar list, please congratulate Lorrell Ceville as Northport Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year! Nice work teachers!

 

School Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced

School Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced

Today, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by members of the School Board, Education Foundation, and others paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year (SREY). Dorothy Hall, a paraprofessional at C. A. Moore Elementary (CAM), Susan Helms-Smith, a bookkeeper at St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS), and Kim Neilson, a clerk at Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars gala.

“The SREY finalists represent the outstanding services our support staff provide to the District.  Their commitment and contribution is important to the overall success of our students,” said Gent.

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars scheduled for February 9, 2019.

About the Finalists

Dorothy Hall

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteering in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

Susan Helms-Smith

Susan Helms-Smith is efficient and organized, but to her colleagues she is much more.  This 21-year veteran employee is appreciated for the spirit and energy she brings to any task.  Students and adults alike see her as the go-to person when help is needed.  As the school’s bookkeeper, Helms-Smith keeps departments, clubs, and the school at large running smoothly and efficiently.  She can handle the numerous demands on her time with grace and always with a smile.  She is happy to organize special events on campus and volunteer in the community as well.  She does all of this to advocate for students’ successes and to demonstrate pride in her community.

Kim Neilson

Kim Neilson, is the 9th grade clerk for PSLHS’s Jaguar Preparatory Academy.  She has served the school for 14 of her 20 years with the District and is deeply committed to the high school, its staff, and students.  People see her as the “face of the office” and appreciate her warm personality as well as her can-do attitude.  Neilson assumes many roles in which her outstanding organizational skills are beneficial.  She spearheads honor roll recognitions, community events, and makes certain that the office runs smoothly.  She values the chance she has to support not only incoming freshmen, but the hundreds of returning students each year as they complete their high school careers on the PSLHS campus.

Compensation Agreements Reached for All Employees

Compensation Agreements Reached for All Employees

The School Board of St. Lucie County and all bargaining units have reached agreements regarding salary compensation for the 2018-2019 school year.

Returning CTA employees will receive an $850 retention supplement.  Their retro portion of this $850 (representing 7/1/18 through current) will be distributed by 12/19/18 and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount.  The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.

All CU employees will receive a $250 bonus by 12/19/18.  In addition, returning employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule. Their retro payment for this negotiated supplement will be distributed by 12/19/18.  This retro payment will represent 7/1/18 through current and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount.  The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.

All CWA employees will receive a $250 bonus by 12/19/18.  In addition, returning employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule.  Their retro payment for this negotiated supplement will be distributed by 1/15/19. (This timeline is due to the extended negotiations for the CWA bargaining unit.)  This retro payment will represent 7/1/18 through current and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount.  The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.

The supplement negotiated with the CWA is subject to ratification and School Board approval and, as with all negotiated agreements, is non-recurring unless future funding allows for them to become permanent salary increases. Unlike a bonus, supplements are treated as income and count toward retirement.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “The District, the CTA/CU and CWA have all worked together over the last several months to get the most out of exhausted funding options stretched thin by legislative shortfalls and unfunded mandates. Salaries fall short of where we’d like them to be, and we’re committed to finding ways to increase compensation for all employees.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

School Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced

School Related Employee of the Year FINALISTS Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by members of the School Board, Education Foundation, and others paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year (SREY). Dorothy Hall, a paraprofessional at C. A. Moore Elementary (CAM), Susan Helms-Smith, a bookkeeper at St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS), and Kim Neilson, a clerk at Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars gala.

“The SREY finalists represent the outstanding services our support staff provide to the District.  Their commitment and contribution is important to the overall success of our students,” said Gent.

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars scheduled for February 9, 2019.

About the Finalists

Dorothy Hall  

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteering in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

Susan Helms-Smith

Susan Helms-Smith is efficient and organized, but to her colleagues she is much more.  This 21-year veteran employee is appreciated for the spirit and energy she brings to any task.  Students and adults alike see her as the go-to person when help is needed.  As the school’s bookkeeper, Helms-Smith keeps departments, clubs, and the school at large running smoothly and efficiently.  She can handle the numerous demands on her time with grace and always with a smile.  She is happy to organize special events on campus and volunteer in the community as well.  She does all of this to advocate for students’ successes and to demonstrate pride in her community.

Kim Neilson

Kim Neilson, is the 9th grade clerk for PSLHS’s Jaguar Preparatory Academy.  She has served the school for 14 of her 20 years with the District and is deeply committed to the high school, its staff, and students.  People see her as the “face of the office” and appreciate her warm personality as well as her can-do attitude.  Neilson assumes many roles in which her outstanding organizational skills are beneficial.  She spearheads honor roll recognitions, community events, and makes certain that the office runs smoothly.  She values the chance she has to support not only incoming freshmen, but the hundreds of returning students each year as they complete their high school careers on the PSLHS campus.

 

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology  Programs with LEGO®…

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology Programs with LEGO®…

WHO:  St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will launch new STEAM and emerging technology programs with LEGO® Education Solutions.

 

WHAT: You are invited to create and innovate in these unique Makerspaces.  Nearly 3,000 kindergarten through high school students will participate in the programs, bringing first-of-its-kind hands-on learning opportunities to students in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

WHERE AND WHEN: 

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST)

December 13, 2018

9 AM to 10:30 AM

1100 Delaware Ave.

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

December 12, 2018

1 PM to 3:30 PM

2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Northport Young Chefs Savor Opportunity!

Northport Young Chefs Savor Opportunity!

Northport culinary students were guests at the Daytona State College culinary competition. The 8th grade culinary students were spectators rooting for St. Lucie West Centennial High School and Fort Pierce Central High School in the culinary competition, waiter relay and edible arrangements competition.

This was a great experience for our young chefs.