Community Helpers Visit Frances K Sweet Kindergarteners

Community Helpers Visit Frances K Sweet Kindergarteners

The Kindergarten classes at Frances K. Sweet had a busy week studying Community Helpers.  Each day they had members of our community visit the school to share how they help us.  Officer Pratt from the Port St. Lucie Police Department shared his gear and discussed safety tips.  Melanie Francisco’s class especially liked the flashing lights and loud sirens from his awesome patrol car.

Community leaders enjoy reading to students

Community leaders enjoy reading to students

To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, community members visited F.K. Sweet Elementary to read to primary grades students.  Local attorney and former parent Steve Hoskins is having fun reading to students in Sandy Picano’s kindergarten class.

Community Partners Spruce Up Northport

Community Partners Spruce Up Northport

We are truly blessed at Northport. Pastor Brian, Deacon Rad, and others from our First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie community partners gave a day of service to our school. We are beautiful and wondrously freshly painted and cleaned. ❤

Northport appreciates all who supported the effort!

Community Partners Support SLPS

Community Partners Support SLPS

Mr. Michael Jackson and Mr. Randy Roundtree, founders of the Bengaay Bowl, presented proceeds from the community event to the athletic departments of Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood. SLPS appreciates its community partners.

Community Support

Community Support

A Community Team comprised of local leaders (Mayor Hudson, Nick Mimms, Will Armstead, Judi Miller, Deb LaBella and Joe Smith) and St. Lucie Public Schools district personnel joined with St. Lucie Elementary School’s leaders to brainstorm support strategies for students.

The value of partnerships is immeasurable. Thank you to all of our valuable partners.

 

Community Support

Community Support

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. supported Dan McCarty Middle School staff during pre-school week and have adopted the Eagles for the 2019-2020 school year.

Community support is beneficial to the overall success of students, teachers, and the community.

Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

Literacy efforts continue to grow through collaborative support with community members. In classrooms throughout SLPS, business and civic leaders read to students and participated in literacy events as part of the Celebrate Literacy Week.

“Parents, business leaders, neighbors, and mentors play a crucial role in helping children learn to read and foster the lifelong love of reading,” said Mandy Rowland, literacy curriculum specialist for the District. “Schools welcomed volunteers to support as participants in literacy night events, read-a-thons, vocabulary parades, and guest readers.  Beyond Celebrate Literacy Week, we invite our volunteers to stay connected throughout the entire year. Working together as a community, we can have a greater impact on helping every student read at or above grade level.”

As an example of Literacy Week activities, students at White City Elementary (WCE) participated in a “Read-a-Thon,” and community members poured into classrooms for “Guest Reader Day.”  Special guests included: Mayor Linda Hudson, Sheriff Ken Mascara, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Port St. Lucie Police officers, and Fire Department officials.  Each read a heartwarming book about showing kindness entitled, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? To foster the love of reading, staff members distributed “I Was Caught Reading” coupons along with special books and prizes.  Throughout the week, staff and students alike always had a book close at hand awaiting the surprise announcement for — DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), and the culminating event occurred for all of WCE families with Literacy Night.  Attendees enjoyed an evening that included two Readers Theater plays: The Three Little Pigs and 12 Angry Pigs.

To find out how you can volunteer or mentor in SLPS, visit www.stlucieschools.org and click on the Volunteer link.

Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Literacy efforts continue to grow through collaborative support with community members. In classrooms throughout SLPS, business and civic leaders read to students and participated in literacy events as part of the Celebrate Literacy Week.

 

“Parents, business leaders, neighbors, and mentors play a crucial role in helping children learn to read and foster the lifelong love of reading,” said Mandy Rowland, literacy curriculum specialist for the District. “Schools welcomed volunteers to support as participants in literacy night events, read-a-thons, vocabulary parades, and guest readers.  Beyond Celebrate Literacy Week, we invite our volunteers to stay connected throughout the entire year. Working together as a community, we can have a greater impact on helping every student read at or above grade level.”

 

As an example of Literacy Week activities, students at White City Elementary (WCE) participated in a “Read-a-Thon,” and community members poured into classrooms for “Guest Reader Day.”  Special guests included: Mayor Linda Hudson, Sheriff Ken Mascara, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Port St. Lucie Police officers, and Fire Department officials.  Each read a heartwarming book about showing kindness entitled, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? To foster the love of reading, staff members distributed “I Was Caught Reading” coupons along with special books and prizes.  Throughout the week, staff and students alike always had a book close at hand awaiting the surprise announcement for — DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), and the culminating event occurred for all of WCE families with Literacy Night.  Attendees enjoyed an evening that included two Readers Theater plays: The Three Little Pigs and 12 Angry Pigs.

 

To find out how you can volunteer or mentor in SLPS, visit www.stlucieschools.org and click on the Volunteer link.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

###

 

Companies Compete for Victory at 2019 Annual Field Day!

Companies Compete for Victory at 2019 Annual Field Day!

On Saturday May 4, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion held its annual Field Day for the school year 2018- 2019. Each Company competed in several athletic events including: relay race, Jag Ball, soccer, capture the guide-on, kickball and dodge ball. Cadets were excited to show their skills against the other Companies in friendly team games. Everyone kept the games fair but competitive. After all the games, the Booster Club provided participants with a big barbecue lunch. In the end, Alpha Company came out on top with 44 points, Delta came in second, Charlie came in third, and Bravo came in fourth.

The article and photography were produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris. 

Compensation Agreement Reached

Compensation Agreement Reached

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — It is no secret that the Florida Legislature did not provide adequate funding this year for Florida’s public schools. The St. Lucie CTA/CU and the District have worked together to get the most out of exhausted funding options stretched thin by legislative shortfalls and unfunded mandates. Both parties agree that educator salaries fall short of where we’d like them to be and are committed to finding ways to increase compensation for all employees.

For the 2018-2019 school year, all eligible teachers will receive a Retention Supplement of $850.00.  In addition, $500.00 will be added to the base amounts used to calculate supplements.  Eligible CU employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule and an additional $250 bonus.

The negotiated supplements for CTA and CU will count toward FRS contributions. They are non-recurring unless future funding allows for them to become permanent salary increases.  This agreement is also subject to School Board approval and Union ratification.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “As our rising academic trends have shown, we have a team of talented educators on board who can continue supporting our students’ historic growth.  We did the best we could in this lean year.  However, Martin, Palm Beach, and numerous other districts have recently passed voter approved referendums to pay their teachers significantly more than St. Lucie County. We, too, must explore these options to preserve our continued growth and not jeopardize our students’ success by losing our best and brightest educators to other districts across the state with more attractive compensation.”

St. Lucie CTA/CU president E. David Freeland said, “While this is certainly not the kind of compensation package we want to bring to our members, it reflects the reality of a Florida Legislature that continues to undervalue students and educators in the state.  We look forward to working with the School District to explore other local means of funding our schools and covering shortfalls created by the Florida Legislature.”

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Tune in to Congratulate the Class of 2017

Tune in to Congratulate the Class of 2017

Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for this week and next, and each can be viewed on YouTube and the St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel.

  • To locate the YouTube link, simply go to www.stlucieschools.org (St. Lucie Public Schools homepage) and click on the link under Announcements labeled

“Graduation Ceremonies.”

  • The St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel (WLX-TV) can be found on:
    • PSL Comcast channel 19
    • Ft. Pierce Comcast channel 13
    • AT&T U-Verse channel 99
    • HomeTown Cable channel 19
    • LifeStream channel 65

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to SLPS graduates. This week and next, the class of 2018 will graduate with honors and distinctions to carry them into their next steps of college and the world of work. We celebrate their accomplishments and wish them tremendous success as they venture forward!

Lincoln Park Academy
 8:30 am on May 22, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
12:30 pm on May 22, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
4:30 pm on May 22, 2018 at the Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 8:30 AM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 11:30 AM

May 24, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Central High School

Students with last name A – H and top 10 percent will graduate at 8:00 AM

Students with last name I – Z will graduate at 11:00 AM

May 25, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Treasure Coast High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 2:00 PM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 5:00 PM

May 25, 2018, at the Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
10:00 am on May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
11:30 am on May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations, Graduates!

This year’s SLPS Class of 2019 is nearly 3,000 strong, and there is a lot to be proud of. Students earned scholarships totaling $25,801,907, 186 students earned their AA Degrees while in high school, and the District assigned 75 “A Promise Is A Promise” contracts to students planning to seek careers as educators.

Congratulations Leadership Graduates

Congratulations Leadership Graduates

Leadership St. Lucie is a community leadership adventure! Each year community leaders are selected to work together and develop together as they learn and grow in their knowledge and expertise necessary for them to serve in public or private leadership positions within St. Lucie County.  Selections are made based upon a nominee’s volunteerism, education, professional achievement, personal objectives, commitment to the community and community accomplishments.

We congratulate Dr. Kevin Perry and Dr. Rafael Sanchez, proud graduates of this year’s Leadership Class of 35!

/http://stluciechamber.org/leadership/

 

  

 

 

 

Congratulations Morningside Celebrities!

Congratulations Morningside Celebrities!

Morningside is honoring our Teacher of the Year, Jayne Hartman; Distinguished Minority Teacher of the Year, Tabatha Williams-Johnson; and our School Related Employee of the Year, Jackie Cobo, and sending best wishes as they move on to the county selection process.  Congratulations!

IMG_1365 IMG_1363 IMG_1362

Congratulations Northport K-8 History Fair Winners

Congratulations Northport K-8 History Fair Winners

Congratulations to our Northport K-8 middle grades students who represented our community at the St. Lucie Public Schools History Fair. These students prevailed and received accolades for exemplary work in several categories.
Heather Canales, Laura Guarino, and Allyson Sheets won third place in a group exhibit. Brooke Hundley and Laci Ford won first place for Group Website, and McKayla Sanon won third place for an individual website. Jamie Rosenberg won second place for Individual Website. Gracie Johnson, Kamara Pieere, Aleilla Jones, and Alexandria Urton won third place for Group Performance.
We are so extremely proud of these students for representing Northport K-8 so well. Thank you to coordinator Thomas McDonald for his guidance and drive to help our students succeed!