Students at Savanna Ridge Learn the Importance of Water Safety

Students at Savanna Ridge Learn the Importance of Water Safety

 Students in grades Pre-K-5 at Savanna Ridge Elementary participated in a learning and enjoyable presentation on Water Safety. Presenters Bill and Jamie Wagner along with their special assistant “Bobber the Water Safety Dog from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared with the students the importance of these skills through cartoon videos, lecturing and interactive Q & A.

They emphasized learning to swim, to always wear a life jacket while swimming and boating, to always swim with a Buddy, when and where it is safe to dive, how to help someone that is in danger of drowning without endangering yourself, and to only swim when there is adult supervision. Physical Education Instructors Coach Eshleman and Coach Grant will follow through emphasizing these important tips in their P.E. classes with our students to ensure that they are safe in the swimming pools, waterways and beaches here in Florida.

Students at Palm Pointe dress as heroes to support Heart Association

Students at Palm Pointe dress as heroes to support Heart Association

Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dressed up as their heroes for a donation of $1.00 for the American Heart Association.  This is an organization the school helps each year.  This was one of several events planned to help this worthwhile cause.  Pictured are students in first and second grade.

Students at five St. Lucie schools have 100% passing rates on Geometry test

Fort Pierce, FL — Students in five St. Lucie County public schools had 100% passing rates on the End-of-Course Geometry exam, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education. These included Southern Oaks and Forest Grove middle schools, Allapattah Flats and Westgate K-8 schools, and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts.

Out of 2,409 St. Lucie students participating in the 2013 Geometry End-of Course exam, 45% scored at the level designated as proficient or passing, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education.

Other highlights of the results show:
• Southern Oaks had 81% of their Geometry students score at the highest achievement level 5, with 19% scoring a level 4.
• Thirteen schools had score averages above the district average: Southern Oaks, Forest Grove, and Southport middle schools; Allapattah, WestGate, Oak Hammock, St. Lucie West and Fort Pierce Magnet K-8 schools, Lincoln Park Academy, Treasure Coast High School,Renaissance Charter, and College Preparatory Academy of the Treasure Coast.

Students at Allapattah Flats K8 wrap up the first nine weeks of reading

Fourth grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 in Bethany DiTullio’s class completed reading projects for the first nine weeks. The students were given many different options to showcase their creativity and comprehension of their chosen book. Pictured are Alexis Allen with her Venn diagram comparing and contrasting Dolphin Tale’s true story events and the book’s events and Mark Wible with his cereal box book report on Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

 

Students and staff enjoy PBS dance at F.K. Sweet

Students and staff enjoy PBS dance at F.K. Sweet

Teachers and students alike enjoyed the Positive Behavior Support dance recently at Frances K. Sweet Elementary.  Students from kindergarten to fifth grade came together for this after school dance. They enjoyed snacks and time with their friends and teachers. Pictured is Donna Hellums on the dance floor with a group of students.

Students and families benefit from real world math at grocery math night

Students and families benefit from real world math at grocery math night

Lakewood Park Elementary students and parents had the opportunity to explore the world of math in real-world situations by attending a family math night at a local grocery store. The students had a taste of reality while walking around the store working out math problems and figuring which food deals were the best economically. After students completed the activity, they received a free homework pass. Parents and guests listened to some holiday music while shopping presented by Angela Moretti’s Lakewood Park Elementary chorus, and parents also had an opportunity to do their grocery shopping and the store manager gave away door prizes. Lakewood Park Elementary thanks the grocer for all their staff does for the school as a business partners. Pictured are students Amber McNeill and Toby Whigham as they sign up for math night, with, from left Tari Sexton, Jennifer Lusardi, and Sue Fredrickson assisting.

Student wows trainer and Village Green teachers

Student wows trainer and Village Green teachers

Although Josiah Fullwood is a first-time kindergartner who is scheduled to attend Frances K. Sweet, he has already made a huge impression on teachers at Village Green Environmental Studies School during the opening professional development day.

As 100 Book Challenge trainer Meighan Radigan models how teachers should level an incoming kindergarten child for his appropriate reading level, teachers and administrators were both stunned and thrilled that Josiah continued to ascend the reading levels to match first grade reading fluency and comprehension!

Josiah shared with the group that he enjoys reading about animals and even pointed out that he saw a fish in the pond before entering the beautiful facilities of the Botanical Gardens where the training took place. That drew a chuckle from the audience.

Student Work Skills Opportunity Continues to “Perk” Interest

Student Work Skills Opportunity Continues to “Perk” Interest

“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 three years ago in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.   On Tuesday, October 16, Student Perks was recognized by the St. Lucie County Commission via a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month, and they were also commended on the national award they received for this project — the National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award in the Children and Youth Category.  The award lauds the collaborative venture with St. Lucie County and SLPS’s ESE program.

This year, patrons of Student Perks look forward to the coffee kiosk re-opening for business on October 23rd at the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Students sell coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first-floor breezeway, and they reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

Student Perks is open to the public every Tuesday 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.”

Students from Port St. Lucie High School are responsible for kiosk operations, and proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

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.

STUDENT WORK SKILLS OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES TO “PERK” INTEREST

STUDENT WORK SKILLS OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES TO “PERK” INTEREST

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 three years ago in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.   On Tuesday, October 16, Student Perks was recognized by the St. Lucie County Commission via a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month, and they were also commended on the national award they received for this project — the National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award in the Children and Youth Category.  The award lauds the collaborative venture with St. Lucie County and SLPS’s ESE program.

This year, patrons of Student Perks look forward to the coffee kiosk re-opening for business on October 23rd at the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Students sell coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first-floor breezeway, and they reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

 

Student Perks is open to the public every Tuesday 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.”

Students from Port St. Lucie High School are responsible for kiosk operations, and proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

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.

Student Services Week and National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2016

Throughout the state of Florida, this week is celebrated as Student Services Week to laud the contributions of student services professionals. School counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and school social workers dedicate their efforts to supporting the academic, behavioral, social, physical, mental and emotional development of all students. In sync with this is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Both are celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2016, with the latter honing special public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

According to Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson, “This special week honors those who implement comprehensive school counseling and support programs — vital components of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

These professionals help students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social and personal education and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to help students realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with specialized training in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

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.

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Student Services and National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2016

Student Services and National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2016

Throughout the state of Florida, this week is celebrated as Student Services Week to laud the contributions of student services professionals. School counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and school social workers dedicate their efforts to supporting the academic, behavioral, social, physical, mental and emotional development of all students. In sync with this is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Both are celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2016, with the latter honing special public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

According to Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson, “This special week honors those who implement comprehensive school counseling and support programs — vital components of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

 

Students Save Time and Money with Dual Enrollment

Students Save Time and Money with Dual Enrollment

Parents of high school students are often concerned about the cost of college. Dual Enrollment at Indian River State College (IRSC) provides an opportunity for high school students to begin work on their college degree for free while finishing high school, saving time and thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Courses such as College Algebra and English Composition, which cost approximately $600 at a state university can be completed with no tuition charge. Courses are offered at convenient times and weighted the same as Honors, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education and International Baccalaureate courses. Credits earned through Dual Enrollment transfer to all Florida public universities and most universities nationally.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about Dual Enrollment at free information sessions occurring throughout the Treasure Coast during the month of March:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m.: Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V110, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6 p.m.: Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V110, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce (Spanish Session)
  • Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m.: Pruitt Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Room E114 (English Session), Room A125 (Spanish Session)

Pre-registration is requested and can be done online at www.irsc.edu. For additional details about the information sessions or Dual Enrollment at IRSC, call 1-866-792-4772.

Student Perks Program Recognized by Florida Association of Counties

Student Perks Program Recognized by Florida Association of Counties

St. Lucie County was awarded a County Government Best Practices Award from the Florida Counties Foundation during the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County last week. St. Lucie County received the award for Student Perks Coffee Cart program and was among seven counties honored during the FAC Celebration Dinner.

In partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools, the Board of County Commissioners created a weekly coffee cart program, giving students the opportunity to run a coffee shop inside the County Administration Complex, offering real-world experience and providing much needed snacks and coffee to county employees. Last year, the program received a National Association of Counties Program Excellence Award.

The Student Perks program has been so successful that it was offered this year at Port St. Lucie City Hall and plans are underway to offer it in the 2019-20 school year at the City of Fort Pierce. Students Perks is currently on summer break, but plans to return to the St. Lucie County Administration Complex on Tuesdays this fall and Port St. Lucie City Hall on Thursdays.

 “The Best Practices Award is a great way to highlight local initiatives and innovative solutions that counties are employing to increase efficiencies in service.” said Executive Director of the Florida Counties Foundation Eric Poole. “It’s our goal, not only to honor this year’s winners, but to also encourage a peer to peer exchange of ideas between all 67 counties.”

Launched this year, the FAC awards program was designed for counties to submit programs or projects for consideration that address specific needs within their communities.  Twenty- two projects were submitted for consideration, with seven project submissions meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination form.

The winning projects were:

·       Alachua County: Emergency Operations Center Shelter Communications App

·       Volusia County: Animal Abuse Database

·       St. Lucie County: Student Perks – Coffee Cart

·       Leon County: Development Support and Environment Management “Upgrade”

·       Orange County: Recycling Quality Improvement Program

·       Osceola County: SENSES Park

·       Pasco County: Connected City: America’s first gigabit community built from the ground up

In 1990, the Florida Association of Counties established the Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) to address the growing need for education programs and technical assistance in counties across Florida. Today, FCF offers outstanding education programs designed to help county commissioners and county staff better serve their communities.

Student Perks Coffee Shop

Student Perks Coffee Shop

SLWCHS students were mentored by veteran Student Perks kiosk operators from PSLHS during the soft opening of the Student Perks kiosk located in Port St. Lucie at the City’s government office administration building.  PSLHS students have successfully managed a kiosk at the St. Lucie County Administration Office for two years.

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

A work skills opportunity that began percolating last year for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program is brewing again this year with bold expectations.  On Tuesday, November 28, the student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

The grand re-opening is slated for 9 AM. Patrons working in the Administration Building as well as customers from the general public are welcome to purchase items every Tuesday 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, “The coffee cart is a training gold mine. 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.”

This year, students from two high schools will man the kiosk — Port St. Lucie High School and Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Two returning students from last year’s inaugural team will serve as mentors for the nine other Student Perks team members.  This will be important, because students are held to high standards. “It’s real work,” said Taylor.  “First the students must excel in their schoolwork. Then, based upon recommendations from their teachers, the students interview for the various positions available in the Student Perks kiosk.” In keeping with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

Taylor and others who work with the students in the program laud the Board of County Commissioners and staff members in the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building for their support.  She indicated that while participants in the Student Perks program receive support from a SLPS Job Coach, there is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.

All proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

 

 

 

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – A work skills opportunity that began percolating last year for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program is brewing again this year with bold expectations.  On Tuesday, November 28, the student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

The grand re-opening is slated for 9 AM. Patrons working in the Administration Building as well as customers from the general public are welcome to purchase items every Tuesday 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, “The coffee cart is a training gold mine. 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.”

This year, students from two high schools will man the kiosk — Port St. Lucie High School and Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Two returning students from last year’s inaugural team will serve as mentors for the nine other Student Perks team members.  This will be important, because students are held to high standards. “It’s real work,” said Taylor.  “First the students must excel in their schoolwork. Then, based upon recommendations from their teachers, the students interview for the various positions available in the Student Perks kiosk.” In keeping with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

Taylor and others who work with the students in the program laud the Board of County Commissioners and staff members in the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building for their support.  She indicated that while participants in the Student Perks program receive support from a SLPS Job Coach, there is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.

All proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

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.

 

Student of the Month Named for 2019

Student of the Month Named for 2019

Northport community is so pleased to present our Northport Students of the Month for January 2019. Students are selected by their teachers for having good citizenship, being a good friend, being a positive role model or for just doing the right thing. There are so many reasons why a student might be selected to represent their peers as a Student of the Month.

We are so grateful for all the parental support. Thank you to all parents who came to our celebration in support of their children. It means the world to the students and their teachers. Parental and family support makes our school stronger. Great job to all of our first Students of the Month for 2019.

Student Makes Reading Fun

Student Makes Reading Fun

Treasure Coast High School Junior Aaliyah Brown is competing in the community service division of the Florida Public Service Association.  Autism has peaked her interest, and she has begun to work alongside autistic children of all age groups. She is working on the correlation between autism and reading.  Reading has been shown to improve brain connectivity within students of autism, and she has been making strides in incorporating this into their curriculum. She believes that making reading a fun experience is the biggest step in progress. To put this theory to the test, she has begun reading to autistic children within her own school environment. Aaliyah has worked with Mr. Wiebenga, Mrs. Swieter, Mrs. Hammel, and Mrs. Maldonando.  Through interactive activities, and books geared toward their general level of comprehension; she hopes to gradually extend learning.

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Student Led Conferences at White City Elementary

Student Led Conferences at White City Elementary

White City Elementary families participated in Student Led Conference Night.  Students shared their learning goals, assessment data, and their action plan with their parents.  Parents received specific information regarding their students’ academic performance.