Residents and community members are encouraged to collect plastic bottle caps and lids — which typically cannot be recycled locally -and help Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful re-use and transform them into community “buddy benches.”
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful will officially kick off this new Buddy Bench project on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2018 with a 10:30 a.m. rally at West Gate K-8 School. KPSLB received a $500 Waste-in-Place Grant from Keep Florida Beautiful to get the project off the ground, which is part of a nationwide movement to give children a place to sit with a buddy when they are feeling alone or bullied.
KPSLB partnered with several City departments (Communications, Neighborhood Services, Police and Utility Systems), Waste Pro and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, whose members have become ambassadors for the project. The City also is working with three local schools for the initial phase of the project: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8 and West Gate K-8.
“This Buddy Bench project is a perfect fit with Keep Port St. Lucie’s goal to expand awareness for litter prevention and recycling,” said Georgette Beck, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Coordinator. “It also allows us to work on the City’s strategic goals to partner with our local schools and to keep Port St. Lucie safe, clean and beautiful.”
Each school will need to collect 200 pounds of caps to create their one bench. Once collected, KPSLB will send the caps to Green Tree Plastics, based in Evansville, IN, which has created a program designed to fabricate the benches to help educate students about recycling.
Community members are invited and encouraged to help the students reach their 200 pound of caps goal. Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful has placed blue buckets at four City locations for residents to drop off their clean collected caps:
• City Hall Lobby, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
• PSL Civic Center -Recreation area, 9221 SE Civic Center Place
• PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd
• Port St. Lucie Police Department
Any local business or community group that would like to set up a collection spot can contact Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful at 772-871-5103. The attached flyer lists the specific types of accepted caps and lids. This project will wrap up on April 20, 2019 at KPSLB’s Caring Community Clean Up and Celebration Day.
November 12-18, 2018 is designated as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This week serves to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help students thrive in school.
Our school psychologists are all actively involved in problem solving meetings at schools, conducting evaluations, assisting in implementing our mental health initiative, addressing suicide prevention and supporting our schools with their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiatives.
Congratulations to our wonderful group of school psychologists.
SLPS has a strong focus on early literacy. Check out this article on how the District is inspiring students to become lifelong learners through reading.
3 steps to implementing an ecosystem of phonics-based learning
St. Lucie Public Schools partnered with Main Street Fort Pierce to connect downtown Fort Pierce businesses to the high and middle school culinary programs. In mid-October, nine culinary teachers toured eight restaurants; Importico Bakery, Uncle Carlo’s Gelato, Taco Dive, 2nd Street Bistro, Subway, Sunrise City Café, The Bradford and the Cake Lady. The whirlwind tour started at 3 PM with kitchen tours, sampling flagship dishes, historical tidbits, and moving on to the next stop. The group was thrilled to see Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood culinary graduates in action — one as hostess and one as restaurant owner! Teachers loved the fast- paced event, hospitality shown, making connections, and hearing each restaurant’s story. Restaurants loved hearing that culinary students take the ServSafe Industry Certification exam while in high school. Future collaborations were planned including classroom presentations, student employment, and advisory board meetings. Big thanks to Doris Tillman and Michelle Cavalcanti from Main Street Fort Pierce.
In October, Fort Pierce Westwood Agriscience hosted 22 Manatee Vet Prep 8th grade students and parents. The group was treated to a tour and demonstration at the Agriscience facility then on to Veterinary Assisting where several Manatee alumni were seen leading hands-on activities. The Manatee 8th graders were engaged and appreciated seeing the opportunities Westwood offers its students.
Three Forest Grove Middle School Chorus students have been selected to participate in the 2019 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Choruses. They are:
Sebastian Spence (8th Grade) – Tenor – Florida All-State 7/8 Mixed Chorus
Alvin Lyons, Jr. (7th Grade) – Tenor – Florida All-State 7/8 Mixed Chorus
Ella Gagliardi (8th Grade) – Alto – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus
Also congratulations to two additional All-State Candidates who earned Honorable Mention are::
Honorable Mention – Catalina Black – Soprano 1 – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus
Honorable Mention – Caila Calhoun – Soprano 2 – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus
These students will join more than 800 students throughout Florida for three days of vocal workshops and rehearsals, culminating in performances that are the highlight of the FMEA conference in Tampa, January 10 – 12, 2019. The All-State Choruses are highly select groups of choral students from Florida’s middle and high schools who are brought together for the purposes of rehearsing and performing selected music with guest conductors. Students are selected based on competitive scoring on a written music theory test, vocal performance, and sight reading.
These All-State students are not only blessed with exceptional vocal talent, but also possess the mental focus and perseverance necessary to rise to the top through a rigorous selection process that began in September. We are so proud of them!
Early in November, approximately 300 St. Lucie Public Schools students attended Indian River State College’s Great Explorations. Each student was able to focus on an area of interest then attend program tours, presentations, and hands-on activities. Many set plans and goals for their future careers! .
Parkway Elementary is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit.
Northport hosted a contingency of veterans from American Legion, Post 318 and Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 566 for a panel discussion for a commemoration of Veterans Day. The program began with second grade students from Jennifer Lusardi’s class leading the Pledge of Allegiance and giving a special salute to our veterans. Miss Lusardi’s father, Joe Lusardi. was one of the honored guests for the morning panel. Drama students from Allison Barajas’ class sang moving renditions of The National Anthem and God Bless America. Handwritten poetry was read by students from Mrs. Flores’ class. Students listened as the veterans gave a background of their service then were given the opportunity to ask questions and extend those questions and answers. Many topics were discussed and at times, students were in awe of direct answers to questions; at other times they were moved to tears. Information about JROTC classes at local high schools was discussed and students were given options to mull over. Principal Glenn Rustay spoke to the seventh grade Stingrays about patriotism, service, choices in life, respect and empathy. The program was a tremendous opportunity for students to synthesize information and to make connections for their own lives. We are a patriotic bunch at Northport!
On Wednesday November 7, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s color guard presented the national colors as students said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem. Opening the Morningside Elementary Veterans Day Ceremony and commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon Mathews accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major as state flag bearer, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett as national guard, and Cadet Sergeant Michael Schmitt as state guard.
Veterans were welcomed into the cafeteria where they sat down and enjoyed various students sing songs and thank them for their service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treasure Coast High School Engineering students work on building obstacle walls for the JROTC program on campus.
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!
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 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:
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!
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!*
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