Summer intern program awards students scholarships

Summer intern program awards students scholarships

The Facilities and Maintenance Department has awarded 2012 Summer Youth Internship Scholarships to high school students for the summer program. Congratulations go to Chard Phebe, pictured, senior at Treasure Coast High, awarded $1,500; Austin Fountain, senior at Ft. Pierce Central awarded $500; Lincoln Sterling, senior at Treasure Coast High awarded $1,000; Nickesha Deallie-Jerry, senior at St. Lucie West Centennial awarded $1,000; Mikeline Jean, senior at St.Lucie West Centennial awarded $1,000; Omar Guerrero, junior at Ft. Pierce Central awarded $250; and Cassandra Babington, junior at St. Lucie West Centennial awarded $250. 2012 Interns were selected by the Facilities and Maintenance Department and worked as interns during the summer. The Facilities Department funds the Summer Internship Program with an Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser this year scheduled for November 2, 2013. For more information on sponsorship of the Summer Internship Program or participation/support of the Golf Tournament contact Cindy Hill at Cynthia.Hill@stlucieschools.org, or (772)340-7104.

Summer Adventure Workshops

Summer Adventure Workshops

Let the summer begin!  Our Summer Adventure workshops are back and better than ever!  Each Thursday in July will be a new theme for families to explore – from weather to Florida Wildlife!  Bring your children ages 4 – 11 and join us this summer for fun hands on activities and each child will also go home with a book!  Summer Adventures will be held at the UP (United Against Poverty) Center in Fort Pierce.  Please call to RSVP at 772-466-302-3147.

 

 

 

Successful Student Work Skills Program Grows

Successful Student Work Skills Program Grows

FORT PIERCE, FL – “Student Perks: It’s More Than Coffee.”  This slogan, used to promote a student-run enterprise known as Student Perks, rings true for those who instituted a work skills opportunity that began percolating four years ago in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.

The original Student Perks location, run by Port St. Lucie High School students, is located at the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, and is open to the public every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Students have successfully sold coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first-floor breezeway for three years.  They reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

This year, the PSLHS students have been mentoring St. Lucie West Centennial High School students to prepare them for the opening of a second Student Perks location.  After much preparation, the second Student Perks, located at Port St. Lucie City Hall Building A (First Floor) at 121 Port St. Lucie Blvd in Port St. Lucie, opened on March 28, 2019.  Student Perks in Port St. Lucie is now open to the public every Thursday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

The goal of the coffee shop is to support students in their effort to refine skills that will aid them as they transfer to competitive employment after high school. According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “There is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.  Student Perks offers our students opportunities to work with customers to flex their abilities in the areas of nutrition, money, marketing, social skills, safety, work ethics, and working with the public.”

Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson lauds the partnership with the county and the city. “We greatly appreciate the partnership and continued support of our Transition Programs that provide great opportunities for our students to participate in authentic employment experiences as they prepare to move from school to work.” He added that he is witness to the fact that students are now able to transfer what they have learned in the classroom to an authentic work experience.  “This is truly enhancing and expanding their educational program.”

Students from PSLHS and SLWCHS are responsible for kiosk operations, and proceeds from the coffee shops offset Student Perks’ expenses.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Substitute Teaching Rate Increase

Substitute Teaching Rate Increase

Substitute Teaching for St. Lucie Public Schools has just gotten better!

Rates as high as $100 per day.

Incentive pay for Critical Need areas.

Take a closer look at SLPS…..You’ll like what you see!

 

St. Lucie Public Schools has opportunities for qualified candidates to join our substitute teaching team.  Interested candidates will hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits and must agree to work at least one day per month.

  • Substitute teachers in Long Term Assignments (21 days or more) earn $100.00 per day.
  • Substitute teachers in our Critical Needs sites earn $90.00 per day for day to day substituting.
  • Our substitute teachers earn a base rate of $71.00 per day and receive a rate increase to $90.00 per day after meeting our frequency requirements.

We value our substitute teachers and provide free tutorials and guidance to those individuals who wish to pursue teaching as a career.

Visit our webpage and apply today:   http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/why-st-lucie/

 

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Presentation

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Presentation

Marcella Bianco, Wellness Program Manager FL Department of Health, along with two SWAT youth members, Vance Taylor and Victoria Binner gave a presentation to the School Board on September 10, 2013. SWAT members, SWAT advisors and partnership members were recognized for their accomplishments with the new Tobacco Free Environment Policy #2.90 that was recently passed on July 23, 2013.

Students work with numbers at F. K. Sweet

Students work with numbers at F. K. Sweet

Fourth grade students Janyla Rolle, left, and Caleb Militello in Nardi Routten’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School worked together to create large numbers. They then wrote those numbers in three different ways: standard form, word form, and expanded form. This was a fun way to practice place value.

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

New York’s BFA Photography & Video School of Visual Arts selected the works of gifted student artists from Fort Pierce Central High School for an exhibit entitled 2017 America. Fourteen students from Ms. Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s classes have their works on display at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City.  The total exhibit features a wide range of artistic perspectives from over 30 states.

Blackmon-Gordon said about her students, “I enjoy giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete at a national level.  Exhibitions such as this provide recognition for my students and the Visual Arts Program in St. Lucie County.”  Students whose works are currently on display at 2017 America are: Mark Allen, Alanis Aviles, Gabriella Borges, Deana Diejuste, Alexis Boyd, Caitlyn Brady, Elizabeth Branch, Yesenia Carona, Mario Marin, Jessica Hoyt, Sienna Medina, Evan Bongart, and Mariela Vertiz.

2017 America is an exhibit that provides visitors an opportunity to gain insight into what young Americans are thinking.  The range of artistic perspectives is varied, from personal to political, with an array of creative talents on display for viewers to appreciate.

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

FORT PIERCE, FL –  New York’s BFA Photography & Video School of Visual Arts selected the works of gifted student artists from Fort Pierce Central High School for an exhibit entitled 2017 America. Fourteen students from Ms. Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s classes have their works on display at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City.  The total exhibit features a wide range of artistic perspectives from over 30 states.

Blackmon-Gordon said about her students, “I enjoy giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete at a national level.  Exhibitions such as this provide recognition for my students and the Visual Arts Program in St. Lucie County.”  Students whose works are currently on display at 2017 America are: Mark Allen, Alanis Aviles, Gabriella Borges, Deana Diejuste, Alexis Boyd, Caitlyn Brady, Elizabeth Branch, Yesenia Carona, Mario Marin, Jessica Hoyt, Sienna Medina, Evan Bongart, and Mariela Vertiz.

2017 America is an exhibit that provides visitors an opportunity to gain insight into what young Americans are thinking.  The range of artistic perspectives is varied, from personal to political, with an array of creative talents on display for viewers to appreciate.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

 

Students use Twister game to extend active play

Students use Twister game to extend active play

Second grade students, from left, Dylan Rizzo, Sylvava Petrozzino, and Connor Kovich-Bousley in Traci Lott’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary enjoy exercising during extended physical education time by playing Twister. Twister is a game that is sure to stretch the body and exercise every muscle. The state mandated several years ago that every student receive an additional thirty minutes of exercise and active play daily.

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

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Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

 

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.

 

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 3rd Annual STE@M Rap Battle

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STE@M) makes students want to sing and dance. From a scientific point of view, the previous two trials (AKA previous two annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 3rd annual STE@M Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce on Friday, November 20th at 7 P.M.

Student teams from around the district will align STE@M-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and hosted by special guest Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Two-time STE@M Rap Battle winners, The Nerdy Boyz from Fort Pierce Central High School, will take the stage along with thirteen other teams to vie for the Rap Battle Championship. A panel of community leaders will utilize a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances. Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat call 772-429-7752.

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.

 

 

 

 

Students support the United Way

Students support the United Way

Students at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently held a fund raiser for the United Way. On Monday students brought in pennies, followed by nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, and quarters on Thursday. For the grand finale on Friday students were allowed to have a No Dress Code Day for one dollar. Pictured is a group of third grade girls sporting their “weekend” clothes.
Students study Earth and enjoy edible Earth treats

Students study Earth and enjoy edible Earth treats

Students in Lisa McGuire’s third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary have been learning about the Earth and its layers.  They made a book that included a diagram of the inside of the earth and then created edible earths.  Caleb Militello, left, and Brett Adelman are enjoying their tasty treat.
Students, staff at Gaines Academy enjoy Multicultural Day

Students, staff at Gaines Academy enjoy Multicultural Day

Students at Samuel Gaines Academy decorated and setup their pods with cultural information, artistic design, musical, and cuisine, for the annual Multicultural Day. This event was very successful with enthusiastic participation from teachers, parents and students alike. Students at each grade level researched a specific country to display in their pod. Pictured are sixth grade teachers Missy Lyshon, Robert Plowden, and Elisabeth Kraft with their students displaying their culminative research on Italian culture.

Students sock hop to celebrate 60 years

Students sock hop to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty School media specialist Diane Laster models clothing from the 1950s in anticipation of the school’s 60th anniversary celebration this weekend. The school opened its doors in 1953. This week, students participated in a 1950’s style sock-hop in the original gym.  Pictured with Ms. Laster is former Dan McCarty social studies teacher Joseph Noel who currently serves at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts.