Day of Caring

Day of Caring

United Way of St. Lucie County will be hosting our First Annual Day of Caring on September 29th!

It’s a single-day service event like no other! Day of Caring brings together teams of volunteers to help non-profit organizations across St. Lucie County. Our volunteers will take to the streets, offices, playgrounds and schools of our community. They spend their day painting, landscaping, cleaning and more. All to prove the amazing difference one day can make when we work together.

Do you have a project for which you need a group of volunteers?  We need your projects to make Day of Caring a success. Help us create a list of potential projects which support one or more of United Way’s priority areas of Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability and Health.

If you would like the opportunity to have United Way place volunteers for your project(s), please complete the attached Project Submission Form. You are welcomed, and encouraged, to submit more than one project. Some project ideas to get you thinking include: 1) Creation of a garden or existing garden clean up; 2) Sorting food in a pantry or clothing in a thrift store; 3) Repairs to a computer lab or volunteer room, etc.

Project Submission Forms are due by July 31st to be included in this year’s Day of Caring.

Join us for the Kickoff Breakfast Rally at the River Walk Center from 8-9AM the morning of the Day of Caring. Enjoy a fresh breakfast and plenty of coffee and music to help get our volunteers ready for the day. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other teams/agencies while joining in all of the fun!

Tentative Timeline:

·         July 31st  – Project Submission Deadline

·         August 31st  – Team & Individual Volunteer Registration Deadline

·         September 7th  – Projects Assigned to Volunteer Teams

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Completed forms should be emailed to Crystal Barker at crystal.barker@unitedwayslc.org.

Thank you, and we look forward to working with you to build a more dynamic model for year-round volunteerism in our community!

Jessica Parrish

Director of Collaborative Impact

United Way of St. Lucie County, Inc.

4800 S. U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL  34982  /  tel:  772.464.5300  /  fax:  772.464.7805

Day of Caring

Day of Caring

United Way of St. Lucie County will be hosting its annual Day of Caring on October 12th. Last year over 400 volunteers completed 16 projects!

United Way is currently recruiting volunteers. This year, registration will be online. There are two (2) different registration options: individual and team. Registration link can be found at: https://www.unitedwayslc.org/day-caring-2019. Volunteer (individual and team) submissions are due by September 30th

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to: Jessica Parrish, Director of Collaborative Impact 772.464.5300 

DCEC – Speakers Bureau

DCEC – Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest at Dale Cassens Educational Complex was Mr. Octavius Robinson, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) for St. Lucie County Public Schools.  Mr. Robinson told the students that DCEC was the first school he ever taught at when he became a teacher in 2007.  At the time he taught science and social studies and he was also the named the First Year Teacher of the Year at that school. In addition, Mrs. Harden, the students’ principal, was the principal who hired him at Dale Cassens.

However, Mr. Robinson acknowledged that, as a student, he was disruptive due to personal challenges and that although he made a lot of wrong decisions, he learned how to bounce back from those decisions.  He stressed to the students that we are in charge of our own destinies.  He told the audience, “The instructions that I follow, determine the future I shall have.” He shared the definition of a SMART Goal —  S=Sensible, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Realistic, T=Timely.  He left the students with this message:  “Whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish. Set your focus, set your mind.”

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Deals and Discounts

Deals and Discounts

St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts Page is an internal savings site for employees.  Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest. Check it out to see if something meets your need!

Coming up:  Rapids Water Park – Educators Appreciation Day: June 3rd

Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.

Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.

Deals and Discounts

Deals and Discounts for Employees

St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts Page is an internal savings site for employees.  Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest including entertainment, finance, technology, health/wellness, and more.  Check it out!

Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.

Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.

 

Deals and Discounts On Share

Deals and Discounts On Share

St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts Page is an internal savings site for employees.  Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest including entertainment, finance, technology, health/wellness, and more.  Check it out!

Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.

Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.

Recent additions to the site:

AAA

Rapids Water Park

Physicians Weight Loss Centers

Tickets at Work

 

 

 

Dear Edwina Jr. Comes to Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Dear Edwina Jr. Comes to Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie Musical Theatre proudly presents the coming-of-age musical “Dear Edwina Jr.” Performances will be held on May 23 and May 24, 2019 in the Creative Arts Academy Historic Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Creative Arts Academy is located at 1100 Delaware Avenue in Fort Pierce, Florida in advance or at the door. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 pm. The curtain rises at 7:00 pm. For more information, call (772) 467-4278.

“Dear Edwina Jr.,” a part of Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior Collection, is a musical about growing up, from the creators of “Junie B. Jones, The Musical.” The show follows 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple, “advice giver extraordinaire,” and a host of neighborhood friends who film an advice column style television program in hopes of gaining fame for Edwina. Delightful musical numbers are featured throughout the show offering advice and wisdom on topics ranging from good manners, handling an embarrassing little brother and adapting to a family’s move to a new location.

“Dear Edwina Jr.” is directed by Wallace Rahming, Sr., CAST musical theatre instructor. “Our students have been working hard to bring the story of Edwina to life on the Creative Arts main stage,” says Rahming. “Although we have various levels of experience on the stage, all of our students are working hard to present a wonderful theatrical experience for the St. Lucie community.”

 

Dear Edwina Jr. Shines At The Creative Arts Academy Historic Auditorium

Dear Edwina Jr. Shines At The Creative Arts Academy Historic Auditorium

On May 23 and 24, 2019, 13 Creative Arts Academy musical theatre students presented the musical comedy “Dear Edwina Jr” in the historic CAST auditorium. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the musical follows the story of Edwina Spoonapple who seeks to impress a talent agent in order to feel success comparable to the success of her siblings. Performed with spectacular lights and sound, the show was applauded by both adults and students alike.

Deborah Daly, Our STAR Recipient

Deborah Daly, Our STAR Recipient

Deborah Daly, Personnel Records Specialist, was presented the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the December 9th School Board Meeting. It is not everyday that our staff is recognized for the kind and thoughtful things they do on a daily basis. Debbie is a quiet and caring employee who works behind the scenes in Personnel. She is not one to draw attention to herself. She is a genuine caring and compassionate individual.

Earlier in the school year, one morning before the district office opened for business, Debbie encountered a homeless man sleeping on the bench in the main entryway of the building. Prior to sending him on his way, she gathered bottled water and other food items, creating a care package for the gentleman. The majority of those items came directly from her lunch she had packed for herself that day. She has since seen him around, although he is still experiencing a hardship, he’s looking better and remembers her act of kindness.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, (Our STAR) Deborah Daly, and Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills.

DeCambre Receives Recognition

DeCambre Receives Recognition

Principal Seal at Treasure Coast High School congratulates Chelsea DeCambre.

Chelsea was recognized by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists for outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine.

Dental Screenings for Weatherbee

Dental Screenings for Weatherbee

Weatherbee was visited by Ervin Valcin RHD and Patricia Johnson DA, who did a fabulous job seeing our VPK-2nd grade students for a dental screening.  Each year we are fortunate to be able to offer dental screenings to our VPK-2nd grade students at Weatherbee.  Just one more reason to be proud to be a Kids at Hope School!

In the picture is Ervin Valcin RDH, John Taylor, a VPK student and Chris Talley LPN.  John’s screening is going great!

Deputy Superintendent delights students with interactive reading

Deputy Superintendent delights students with interactive reading

St. Lucie Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell recently visited Joy West’s first grade class at Oak Hammock K-8 School, having been escorted to the school by storybook character Pete the Cat. Dr. Rendell read Pete the Cat’s groovier than ever cool adaptation of a favorite children’s song, “The Wheels on the Bus.” Students sang along using hand motions making all the different sounds a bus makes as it drives. At the end, Pete left on the bus and it looked like Dr. Rendell was driving! Pictured is Dr. Rendell as he delights students with his reading.

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

 

 

Destination Graduation

Destination Graduation

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Spring 2016 Commencement Schedule
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Port St. Lucie High School
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Treasure Coast High School

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Lincoln Park Academy

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – Ft. Pierce Westwood High School

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. – Ft. Pierce Central High School

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. – Mosaic Digital Academy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. – Performance Based Preparatory Academy

 

 

Diabetes Walk

Diabetes Walk

Are you or someone you love at risk for diabetes?  Bring your family and friends to join the community on March 23, 2019 for a FREE 5K walk and find our your risk.

  • Blood Sugar Testings
  • High Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Special Presentations

When?  March 23, 2019

Screenings are 7:00AM – 9:00AM

Walk Begins at 9:00AM

Where? 435 N. 7th Street, Fort Pierce, FL

Register today at:

http://restoringthevillage.com/index.php/register-diabetes-5k-walk

Did You Know St. Lucie Public Schools Has Full Time Virtual Options?

Did You Know St. Lucie Public Schools Has Full Time Virtual Options?

Is Full Time Virtual the right choice for YOU ?  Here’s a quick checklist parents and students may use to determine if online learning is right for them:

I  am comfortable using the internet as a means of communication and research.
I own or have access to a computer with consistent and reliable Internet access and email.
I am able to learn and apply new software applications.
I am able to prioritize tasks, organize assignments and complete assigned work within a deadline.
I am gratified when I independently solve problems and take responsibility for what I learn.
My writing, reading and communication abilities are on grade level or above average.
I prefer to work alone on assignments, but can work collaboratively with peers if the assignment calls for it.
I learn best when I read the directions, rather than an instructor lecturing and giving verbal explanations.
I know how to ask for help when I need it.
I consider class discussions an important part of my learning and development.

Did you answer YES to at least 8 out of 10? Here’s how  to learn more about St. Lucie Public Schools’ Virtual Options! 

 

Click here for live links to RSVP for your child’s grade level:

Elementary Grades (K-5): http://tinyurl.com/SLPS-K5GoVirtual

Grades 6-12: http://tinyurl.com/SLPS6-12GoVirtual

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Mosaic Digital Academy as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.

Mosaic Digital Academy has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Mosaic Digital Academy for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. “Mosaic Digital Academy deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Mosaic Digital Academy has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said Principal Jeanne Ziemba. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

For more information about Mosaic Digital Academy, go to http://schools.stlucie.k12.fl.us/mda/. To learn more about the criteria Mosaic Digital Academy met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.

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.

About Common Sense Education 

Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Our educational ratings and reviews platform helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.

Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense’s education resources, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators.

Digital Innovation Awarded to PSLHS

Digital Innovation Awarded to PSLHS

St. Lucie Public High Schools were offered a challenge to leverage the creativity and ingenuity of their students to create a 2-3 minute site-specific showcase video to promote the quality programs and opportunities students are afforded.

Digital Design/Digital Media/TV Production classes were ideal go-to’s for this project which included the following broad guidelines:

  • Accuracy of Content
  • Creativity of Presentation
  • Adherence to a 2 – 3 minute time frame
  • Innovative use of digital media
  • Qualities to engage audience

All area high schools participated and after reviewing that creative genius of all entries, it was announced that PSLHS was selected as the Digital Innovation Challenge winner. Mr. Bryan Smith, TV Production Instructor, proudly facilitates the students to whom he attributes full credit for the production of this video.

This as well as the other videos will be posted on school-based web sites as tools for our community to Take a Closer Look into St. Lucie Public Schools.  Middle, K8, and elementary school sites will have support over the coming months to produce similar showcase videos.