Job Fair – December 1st

Job Fair – December 1st

We’re growing our team —  spread the word!  St. Lucie Public Schools will host a job fair for teachers and paraprofessionals on December 1st in the gymnasium of St. Lucie West K-8 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Amazing staff, talented students, and a school district making unprecedented gains — a winning combination.

State of Jobs Big Draw for Students

State of Jobs Big Draw for Students

On October 25, 2018, roughly 280 SLPS seniors from across the entire district attended State of the Jobs conference (SOJC). Students learned about various aspects of Skilled Trades, Manufacturing and Healthcare. The three career fields were identified in the Skills Gap Analysis as critical areas in need of workers.

Students learned about each career path and were provided first-hand information within each pathway. Students engaged with vendors on career opportunities and learned about post-secondary education options. The Skilled Trades pathway allowed students to try different skills such as Plumbing, Electric, HVAC, Framing, Screening, Drywall, etc. The Manufacturing pathway provided students with the opportunity to “taste” a product manufactured locally — juice from Natalie’s Juice Company. The healthcare pathway provided students with an abundance of hands-on activities that enhanced students level of engagement. Students learned about financial assistance from FAFSA, about scholarships, and about everything in between.

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.

 

 

Kids At Hope

Kids At Hope

WCE students participated in the Kids at Hope Tunnel.  Students were cheered on by staff and community members as they were reminded that they are capable of success.

 

 

LPA Band Student Cameron Slack to All-State

LPA Band Student Cameron Slack to All-State

Lincoln Park Academy senior band student Cameron Slack has been selected to perform in the Florida Music Education Association All-State Symphony Orchestra. He will be performing at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Saturday, January 12th. Congratulations!

 

SLWK-8 Celebrates Perfect FSA Scores with Limo Lunch

SLWK-8 Celebrates Perfect FSA Scores with Limo Lunch

Congratulations to the following students who earned a perfect score on FSA last year and were treated to a limo ride to lunch on November 5th:
4th grader, Maria Nolasco
8th grader, Roseanne Rodriguez
8th grader, Ryan Rodriguez

The students were accompanied by their parents and the SLWK-8 Administration for this special lunch!

Kids at Hope Week

Kids at Hope Week

Kids at Hope Day/Week 2018
November 12-16, 2018
(2nd Wednesday in November)

2018 Theme: A CULTURE of HOPE

The power behind Kids at Hope is its cultural strategy.

Rather than advance KAH within a program or curriculum, KAH is unleashed by harnessing the power of WE. It is the WE rather than the ME that can reach all children and youth with a message and strategy that demonstrates how all kids are capable of success, No Exceptions!! It is the WE that represents culture.

For KAH to work best and most effectively the village and all villagers need to be part of, rather than a part from, the three Universal Truths which define KAH:

BELIEVE
CONNECT
TIME TRAVEL

Show us how your school, organization, department, agency or community is encouraging everyone to see every kid as AT HOPE and how your team is using BELIEVE-CONNECT-TIME TRAVEL as part of your overall strategy.

Keep in mind the ME can only reach some kids. It is the WE that can reach all kids!

Contest:

Like last year, in place of a traditional contest, we want you to share your celebrations with us on social media!

Post on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #cultureofhope2018

Posts will be checked until Friday, November 30th. Each post will be entered into a drawing to win some fabulous prizes! The more you post and tag, the more chances you have to win!*

http://kidsathope.org/training-services/kids-at-hope-day/

Students Involved In City Government Week

Students Involved In City Government Week

The City of Port St. Lucie welcomed a group of bright and inquisitive local fifth grade students to participate in a field trip to City Hall as part of Florida City Government Week. Check out a quick recap of students’ experiences.

FL City Government Week

Last month, we welcomed a group of bright and inquisitive local fifth grade students to participate in a field trip to City Hall as part of Florida City Goverment Week. Check out a quick recap, and we thank St. Lucie Public Schools and several local private schools for helping us make this happen!#FLCityWeek Florida League of Cities, Inc.

Posted by City of Port St. Lucie – City Hall on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Northport Celebration For School Improvement Goal!

Northport Celebration For School Improvement Goal!

This year, as part of our Northport School Improvement Plan, one of our important goals is to raise attendance rates. We are determined to get our students into school so that our achievement levels will rise. We celebrated with a popcorn and movie party today with parties for grades 3 through 8 for all students who earned Perfect Attendance for the first quarter. We are proud to report that at this time we have raised our attendance levels significantly. This is awesome! Next quarter, students will celebrate with a school dance. This is an even better encouragement. Thank you to all parents who are helping us achieve our goals and get the students in their seats to learn. We LOVE you for that!

Mariposa Elementary’s Brandon Roth Receives the Citizen Hero Award

Mariposa Elementary’s Brandon Roth Receives the Citizen Hero Award

Mariposa Elementary’s Fifth Grader, Brandon Roth, took action to help another during difficult times, and he was recognized for his actions by the St. Lucie County Fire District with a Citizen Hero Award. Brandon Roth was riding his hoverboard to a friend’s home in Port St. Lucie to play when he noticed a woman was on the ground lying unconscious by her front door.  He investigated and saw that she was in real trouble.  He flagged down a passing car and told them what he saw and asked them to call 911.  They did and Brandon waited by the woman until the paramedics arrived. Brandon felt a real sense of responsibility to make sure that she was okay, and that she didn’t die.  He stayed by her side until the Fire Department arrived.

When the ambulance arrived, they were able to transport her to the hospital and fortunately were able to revive her.  The Fire District stated that the outcome may have been very different if had it not been for Brandon’s actions.  Remarkable for a 10 year old!

 

Northport and FPC Collaborate in the Kitchen!

Northport and FPC Collaborate in the Kitchen!

Northport’s 8th grade culinary students visited the advanced culinary classes at Fort Pierce Central High School. Central’s Chef Jesse Strell, in coordination with Ms. Rachel Savela, brought their students together to mentor and learn together. Northport students learned how to make a roux and many knife skills including the Rondelle cut.

Florida Department of Health Child Care Food Program

Florida Department of Health Child Care Food Program

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs. Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the sites listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 

SCHOOL/SITE Address
PALM POINTE 10680 Academic Way PSL 34987
WEATHERBEE 800 E Weatherbee Rd FP 34982
C A MOORE 827 N. 29th Street FP 34947
SLW K8 1501 SW Cashmere Blvd PSL 34986
SAM GAINES 2250 S. Jenkins Rd FP 34947
ALLAPATTAH FLATS 12051 NW Copper Creek Dr PSL 34987
MORNINGSIDE 2300 SE Gowin Dr PSL 34952
LAKEWOOD PARK 7800 Indrio Road FP 34951
FLORESTA 1501 SE Floresta Dr PSL 34983
BAYSHORE 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd PSL 34984
NORTHPORT 250 NW Floresta Dr PSL 34983
WINDMILL POINT 700 Darwin Blvd PSL 34953
SOUTHPORT 2420 SE Morningside Blvd PSL 34952
MARIPOSA 2620 SE Mariposa Ave PSL 34952
OAK HAMMOCK 1251 SW California Blvd PSL 34953
MANATEE 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd PSL 34986
RIVERS EDGE 5600 NE St. James PSL 34983
WEST GATE 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd PSL 34986
LAWNWOOD 1900 S 23rd St FP 34950

 

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

 

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

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.

 

 

Big Heart Brigade Delivers

Big Heart Brigade Delivers

The annual Big Heart Brigade is ready to serve the community again this year by delivering Thanksgiving meals.

To request a meal delivery on Thanksgiving morning, please call 621-3328.

Note: This phone line will only be monitored between:
Monday, October 29 and Friday, November 16.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

WCE Dads enjoyed breakfast with their students.  WCE Dads signed a pledge to support the staff, students, and the overall school community by staying involved and ensuring that education remains a top priority.

November Is Family Engagement in Education Month

November Is Family Engagement in Education Month

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced November as Family Engagement in Education Month. Family Engagement in Education Month focuses on schools and families working together to support learning for every child.

“We know that when parents and families are involved in a child’s education, the result is higher student achievement and more students prepared for future success,” said Commissioner Stewart. “I encourage all Florida families to get involved throughout the school year, stay informed and continue to make their child’s education a top priority.”

Family Engagement in Education Month not only brings awareness to the crucial role of parents and families, it provides schools and communities the opportunity to show appreciation to those who support student success at home and school.

Research shows that regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents and families are more likely to have:

  • Higher grades, test scores and graduation rates,
  • Better school attendance,
  • Increased motivation and self-esteem,
  • Lower rates of suspension,
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and
  • Fewer instances of violent behavior.

The Department of Education’s Bureau of Family and Community Outreach works with families, school districts and community-based organizations to increase family engagement by identifying and sharing information and resources that will lead to student success.

The Family Engagement in Education Month offers resources to help parents and families become more involved in their child’s education. (Click below.)

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/parental-involvement.stml

 

State of Jobs Big Draw for Students

State of Jobs Conference

Students learn about career pathways in healthcare, manufacturing, and skilled trades during the State of Jobs Fair.

This is a win-win for students and for employers.  Watch this edition of School Report.

#BuildAFuture

#StLucieProud

#StLucieStrong

SGAET Gears Up

SGAET Gears Up

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (SGAET) received a facelift in the cafeteria.  Students and staff were excited to see the fresh new design that coincides with the school’s STEM focus.

 

 

Northport Teachers and Students Celebrate Idiom Day!

Northport Teachers and Students Celebrate Idiom Day!

Every day is a wonderful day @ Northport.

Third graders dressed up as idioms…like, “it’s raining cats and dogs,” “butterflies in my stomach,” and “two heads are better than one.” The students and teachers were filled with 🎃 JOY ❤ The teachers were all SMARTIE PANTS!!!!!!