Step It Up – 2018 Billion Step Challenge

Step It Up – 2018 Billion Step Challenge

Dear St. Lucie County School District Employees:

Join the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition Billion Steps Challenge! This is a community-wide movement to increase physical activity and healthy living in St. Lucie County. As of October 24, 2018, we have 1,164 registered participants and 119 teams, representing 32 unique organizations including private business, local schools, Indian River State College, a variety of nonprofits, churches, neighborhoods, parks and recreation, healthcare, and city/county employees. Together we have accrued 723,594,847 steps. We need your help to achieve our goal!

This challenge is completely FREE, and is a great way to maintain your fitness goals, while sparking some healthy competition among coworkers, family or friends. Join now and help Healthy St. Lucie achieve our first goal of one billion steps by December 31, 2018, and then continue on with us into 2019 as we set our sights on the next goal.

Below, you will find information on how to register, form teams, enlist people to help and enroll in upcoming mini challenges. Let’s continue to work together as a community to get healthy and show the world that St. Lucie County is a healthy, active place to live, learn, work and play.

Best of health,

Jennifer J. Harris

Community Health Promotion Director

Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County Jennifer.harris@flhealth.gov

 

About Healthy St. Lucie

In June of 2015, the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County met with community partners to begin work on a Community Health Improvement Plan for 2016-2019. This meeting launched the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition to promote health where we live, learn, work, and play.

On January 1 of this year, the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition launched a Billion Steps Challenge to encourage residents in St. Lucie County to be more active. This challenge was initiated as a strategy for the 2016- 2019 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address our high sedentary rates in St. Lucie County.

 

Getting Started

Creating Your Account

Walker Tracker is the online activity tracking platform we are using to host the challenge. Complete your registration by clicking on the link https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com/ to answer a few questions and set your personal goals. Walker Tracker will take you through the simple process of synching a device or how to manually track your activity. If you have a smart phone, there is a free Walker Tracker app you can download to stay on top of your progress while you are on the go.

Forming a Team

It is easy to form your own Team! Create a name and then invite others to join. Any registered participant from your organization can join one team, by selecting the TEAM tab on the Walker Tracker website. Before starting a team, please consider a name and how many teams you would like to form.

Naming Your Team

You can pick out any team name, but this system will only let you change it once. So, choose wisely! On your team page, you can post a logo or other graphic and add some information about your team. More teams at an organization creates more friendly competition to keep everyone motivated! If you decide on multiple teams, you may want to consider a naming convention that would allow you to see the teams from your organization. See examples below of teams the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County formed.

FDOH-Finance FDOH-Admin

FDOH-School Health

 

Aligning Your Team for Success

While you may be the “lead” on paper, you can’t do it all by yourself! Consider targeting some key movers to help your team succeed. Some examples:

 

Registration/Tech Lead

There is always at least one tech savvy person within any group, and your team will be no different. From registration on Walker Tracker to synching a device, some of your team members may need assistance along the way. If possible, try to recruit a tech savvy person to support your team.

 

Team Cheerleader

Every group seems to have that one person in the office that is always cheering everyone on. Find that person and let them work their magic on your team. They can help encourage members to join, keep members engaged, and find fun ways to help the group celebrate milestones along the way.

 

Mini Challenges

Keep the momentum going by competing in monthly virtual challenges within Walker Tracker to help participants set and reach new goals. Based on your current fitness level, there are 3 levels choose from

– the HOP, the DASH or the ULTRA. These challenges provide opportunities for teams to be creative (think costumes, healthy potlucks, homemade prizes) and have fun while getting fit. Individual winners for each mini challenge level will receive a prize from a local sponsor, as well as a certificate from the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition. Registered participants of the Billion Steps Challenge will receive a notification email from Walker Tracker with links to register for each mini challenge. See the information below for the dates and descriptions of the upcoming challenge so you can start planning your fun now!

 

November 15-28, 2018: Turkey Trot

We’re inviting you to stay active, healthy and have a lot of fun along the way in our Turkey Trot Challenge. This is a perfect fall time challenge and a great way to stay true to your fitness habits going into the holiday season. As you walk around the East Coast on the route (shaped like an actual turkey) you’ll discover the milestone pins along the route include health tips to reduce stress, eat better, and improve overall health.

 

December 5-18, 2018: Winter Wonderland, European Trek

This is a great winter adventure. Travel along a snowflake shared route as you hike through the land and sea of Viking ships, Norse warriors, and the Kraken! Some of the stops we’ll visit; Russia in time for the Nutcracker, Finland for a quick sauna break, Denmark to learn about the original Little Mermaid and check out the wonders of Iceland. The Pacer Viking Ship will lead the way!

 

Need Help?

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance.

Jennifer.harris@flhealth.gov 772-785-5838

 

Design Improvements, Safety Products, and Technologies

Design Improvements, Safety Products, and Technologies

The St. Lucie Public Schools Transportation fleet was utilized to highlight features on buses contributing to the safe transportation of students.

“School buses are known to be the safest method of transporting kids to school—70 times safer than traveling by car. School bus design improvements and a variety of safety products and technologies all contribute to helping school buses maintain this distinction. Industry insight gathered on safety incidents involving school buses, however, shows that being outside of the bus, in the “Danger Zone,” poses the highest risk to children.”

To read more on this article brought to you by Safe Fleet, click on the link below:

http://stnonline.com/news/partner-updates/item/9834-turning-the-school-bus-danger-zone-into-a-safety-zone

 

 

Florida Education Officials and Local Bookstores Partner to Help Hurricane-Impacted Schools…

Florida Education Officials and Local Bookstores Partner to Help Hurricane-Impacted Schools…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., October 29, 2018 – The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers across the state have joined together to host Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. A portion of sale proceeds on November 3 and 4 at participating bookstores will fund grants that will enable schools impacted by Hurricane Michael to re-stock their libraries and classrooms.

 

First Lady Ann Scott said, “For the past 8 years, I’ve had the privilege to promote literacy at Florida schools. Reading has always been important to our family, and I truly believe that a strong foundation of literacy is important for students to achieve their dreams and career goals. Since Hurricane Michael made landfall, my husband, Rick, has worked hard to get communities back on their feet. The Re-book to Re-build program is a wonderful opportunity to help impacted schools receive the resources necessary for students to succeed.”

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “Soon, all school districts will have reopened following Hurricane Michael, but many students’ schedules have been adjusted and school locations have changed. Florida educators at every level are working tirelessly to ensure a smooth return for students after having experienced unimaginable destruction, and these grants will be a great help. I am grateful to the participating booksellers, not only for their financial contributions, but for showing our students what it means to care for one another.”

Floridians are encouraged to visit one of the participating booksellers on Saturday, November 3 or Sunday, November 4, 2018. A percentage of sale proceeds will be invested in local literacy grants for school districts and educators to purchase books for schools impacted by Hurricane Michael. Those who are unable to visit one of the following locations can give a tax-deductible gift to the Florida Education Foundation.

·         Bayou Books, Niceville

·         Books & Books, Coral Gables

·         MacIntosh Books, Sanibel Island

·         Midtown Reader, Tallahassee

·         Story & Song, Fernandina Beach

“The Florida Education Foundation is proud to partner with Florida’s independent booksellers and the Department of Education to support local communities and schools in their recovery from Hurricane Michael,” said FEF Chair Connie Smith. “Through the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser, the Foundation continues its commitment to improving Florida’s education system so that every student has access to the resources they need to learn and achieve.”

The Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief initiative is aimed at helping school districts, students and communities hit the hardest by Hurricane Michael recover their libraries and for students to rediscover the joy of reading.

For more information about the Florida Education Foundation, please visit www.floridaeducationfoundation.org.

NATIONAL YOUNG READERS WEEK (11/5 – 11/9)

NATIONAL YOUNG READERS WEEK (11/5 – 11/9)

Since 1989, National Young Readers Week has been an annual event held during the second week of November to raise awareness around the importance of reading. The event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

We are continuing our tradition of challenging principals across the country to become shining examples for literacy by choosing one day to read their heart out all day long, from first bell to the last during National Young Readers Week. Principals have risen to the challenge over the last several years reading everywhere from hallways, playgrounds and rooftops on their chosen school day. Choose your day. Choose your reading location. Register your school.

Spread the word and tag your pics on social media with #YoungReaders!

More information: National Young Readers Week

http://bookitprogram.com/nyrw/default.asp

 

FREE Heart Screenings

FREE Heart Screenings

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Jessica Clinton Foundation and the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County will host FREE heart screenings for students ages 5 to 20.

Registration is easy.  Simply visit www.JessicaClinton.org or call 772-215-1912.  Don’t miss a beat.  Register for your FREE heart screening today.

The screenings will take place on Saturday, November 3rd from 8AM to 4:30PM at the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County located at 5150 NW Milner Drive. That’s just off Midway Road.

Be heart healthy – register today!

 

Stop The Bleed Training

Stop The Bleed Training

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and SLPS partnered to provide training for employees in the nationally recognized program — Stop the Bleed. Participants were afforded an opportunity for hands-on experiences in how to perform life-saving measures in critical situations.

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Each year, the Florida Council for the Social Studies honors educators across the state at their annual conference. Joe Curatolo (Treasure Coast High School), Heather Prince (Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition), and Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris (Village Green Environmental Studies School) were recognized at the 61st annual conference as the Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for St. Lucie County.
Administrators across the district nominated teachers from their schools to be considered for this honor.  Leadership and drive to bring quality lessons were qualities shared of these educators, and all are well deserving of this recognition.
St. Lucie Public Schools Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

St. Lucie Public Schools Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Wide smiles and tributes to the efforts of their school teams were the remarks that echoed from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Principal Andrea Popwell and Dan McCarty Middle School Assistant Principal Samantha Piscopo as they were surprised with the news that they are, respectively, this year’s Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS).

“Outstanding school leaders set the pace for positive student achievement,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “Both administrators have a proven track record for supporting collaborative school cultures and sustaining positive academic growth for their students.”

Popwell and Piscopo are both veteran educators in SLPS and have been recognized for outstanding achievement and service throughout their careers. They are also no strangers to professional learning as they have a passion for being on the forefront of the latest educational research and best practices.

Both nominations from SLPS will be shared with the Florida Department of Education’s statewide pool of nominees. State winners will be announced later this year. The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for contributions to their schools and communities. The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improve school environments.

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.

The Gift of Music and More

The Gift of Music and More

The 2018 Giving Concert served a two-fold purpose.  Middle and high school choral groups from across the District provided the gift of music for audience members while audience members, in turn, donated food items to GracePacks for the organization’s weekend food program.  Special thanks to all who supported this year’s event!

 

Northport Celebrates 8th Annual Unity Day!

Northport Celebrates 8th Annual Unity Day!

For the last eight years, Northport has recognized the month of October as Bullying Awareness Month. Students are educated using a multi-pronged approach with a common message. We don’t tolerate bullying at Northport; we offer tools to cope using an individualized plan, and we promote a single school culture with kindness, civic duty, patriotism, service, care and concern as our bell weather teaching style. Our community always remembers to teach the whole child. We never forget that each child has their own learning style and each receives messages in their own way.

This year, we closely followed the SLPS Stomp Out Bullying, Change the Culture plan that was a collaboration between the Department of Student Services, Department of Social and Emotional Learning and the Department of Exceptional Student Education. We tailored the plan to fit the needs of our school. We honored “Be A Buddy Week,” “Make New Friends Week,” “Stand Up For Others Week,” and “Inclusion Week.” We utilized quotes on the morning announcements as well as specific conversation starters. We promoted “The Promise” pledge and read books related to bullying. We offered, in coordination with our PTO, real tools to cope and what to do if a child feels bullied. Parents have been involved with our specialized approach to deter bullying.

Many thanks to our resource/elective teachers who were integral in implementing our annual “BULLY WALK” around the school during each class period. Northport is a fascinating study in what a true public Title I school should be and, without exception, we are proud to call Northport “OUR SCHOOL!”

TCHS – Outstanding Teacher of the year

TCHS – Outstanding Teacher of the year

Each year, the Florida Council for the Social Studies honors educators across the state at their annual conference.  11th grade US History teacher at Treasure Coast High School, Joe Curatolo, was recognized at the 61st annual conference as the Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year for St. Lucie County.  Administrators across the district nominated teachers from their schools to be considered for this honor.  Mr. Curatolo’s leadership and drive to bring quality lessons to his students made him a great choice for our high school winner.

 

Palm Pointe Second Graders Create Pumpkin Book Characters

Palm Pointe Second Graders Create Pumpkin Book Characters

Second grade students at Palm Pointe were working on their summarizing skills this week.  Students were allowed to select a grade appropriate book of their choice and were tasked with retelling the events by giving a thorough summary of the book.  In addition to their summary, students used pumpkins to create a representation of one of the main characters in the book.  The second grade team invited all staff and students to come by and visit their storybook pumpkin display.  How amazing and creative our Palm Pointe students are!

Palm Pointe Students Stomp Out Bullying!

Palm Pointe Students Stomp Out Bullying!

Students came to school all decked out in orange to take a stand against bullying.  They wanted to send a clear message that they don’t support bullying and that they won’t be a bystander.  Way to go, students!  Together, let’s stomp out bullying for good.

 

Northport Celebrates with a Pizzaria!

Northport Celebrates with a Pizzaria!

What a great day in the Northport cafeteria and on our school patio. Hundreds of parents came to enjoy school lunch with their children. Beverly Yates and her MARVELOUS kitchen staff brought different styles of homemade pizza to the school. It was a special day and the community really enjoyed the different toppings and spending time with their children! Let’s do it again, Mrs. Yates and staff !!!!!!!

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  This is the second year in a row the School District has received this honor in the “Large Employer” (over 200 employees) category.  The announcement was accompanied by cheers from staff members at the 17th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on October 25th and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.
 
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince accepted the award on behalf of the District and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students’ and their escalating achievement. He said, “Over the past three years, the District has made unprecedented gains in graduation rates and academic achievement.” He added that the individuals who work with children every day, take to heart the challenge of making school the very best part of each student’s day.
 
Winning the distinction of Best Places to Work enhances the District’s recruitment brand and model which integrate support functions that correlate to its mission and vision.   Determining factors for SLPS’s repeat recognition include robust professional training programs, a valued new teacher induction and support program, unique recruitment and retention efforts, and a retirement program.
 
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.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  This is the second year in a row the School District has received this honor in the “Large Employer” (over 200 employees) category.  The announcement was accompanied by cheers from staff members at the 17th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on October 25th and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.
 
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince accepted the award on behalf of the District and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students’ and their escalating achievement. He said, “Over the past three years, the District has made unprecedented gains in graduation rates and academic achievement.” He added that the individuals who work with children every day, take to heart the challenge of making school the very best part of each student’s day.
 
Winning the distinction of Best Places to Work enhances the District’s recruitment brand and model which integrate support functions that correlate to its mission and vision.   Determining factors for SLPS’s repeat recognition include robust professional training programs, a valued new teacher induction and support program, unique recruitment and retention efforts, and a valued retirement program.
 
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.

 

Bayshore’s Big Reveal!

Bayshore’s Big Reveal!

The final reveal of Bayshore Elementary School’s new cafe wall designs were met with excitement and applause! Students and staff are very proud of their new cafeteria and send kudos to Child Nutrition Services and others from the District who supported this grant-funded project.

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – FortifyFL – a new safety app is LIVE. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to spread the word about this new app and the opportunity it affords users for yet another enhancement to the See Something, Say Something safety and security measures.  Students, educators, parents, and community members in the District now have opportunities to anonymously report through the new FortifyFL app, its See Something Say Something predecessor on the St. Lucie Public Schools app, and through Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers.

SLPS will continue to use the School Messenger robo-call system as a means of communicating via phone calls, emails, and text messages to mobile devices.  To support timely and accurate reporting, the District encourages parents and guardians to make sure their contact information is up-to-date.  If families have had a phone number or address change or are not receiving calls from their child’s school or the District, contact the school’s data specialist to update information or make changes directly by logging into the Skylert parent portal.

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.