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.

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

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.

Northport Offers Stellar STEM Program

Northport Offers Stellar STEM Program

We’re using our brains at Northport! Seventh grade Northstars students in Mr. Fess’ STEM class dissected sheep brains as part of their “Medical Detectives” curriculum. In this unit, students learned the parts of the brain as well as their functions. Today, while dissecting the sheep brain, students identified the different parts of the brain and marked them with labels.

St. Lucie County Teacher Selected for Carson Dellosa Brand Ambassador

St. Lucie County Teacher Selected for Carson Dellosa Brand Ambassador

Mrs. Jennifer Votino  was selected from candidates across the nation to be a 2019 Carson Dellosa Brand Ambassador. Mrs. Votino teaches first and second grade math and science at Rivers Edge Elementary. As a brand ambassador, Mrs. Votino will be providing feedback on Carson Dellosa  products used in the classroom. Each month she will receive products from Carson Dellosa to review.

As a Brand Ambassador, she will also be given products to give away on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

JROTC Jaguar Battalion Raider Team Competes

JROTC Jaguar Battalion Raider Team Competes

On Friday October 19, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team attended the South Fork Raider meet. We competed against eight other schools through multiple events. Our male and female teams participated in five events including: three-mile run, rope bridge, cross country rescue, etc. Our first male team won 1st overall and ranked first place in the three-mile run and rope bridge. Our second male team won third overall. Lastly, our female team ranked second overall and placed first in the three-mile run and cross-country rescue.  

PSLHS’s Army JROTC Cadets Hold Car Wash Fundraiser!

PSLHS’s Army JROTC Cadets Hold Car Wash Fundraiser!

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion cadets participated in a car wash held at O’Rielly’s Auto Parts. Cadets put together and took part in this fundraiser to support our award-winning Raider Team. Cadets spent four hours cleaning vehicles and building esprit de corps. Donations were given because of hard work and dedication to our Jaguar Battalion. Cadet Sergeant Shane Canady was the main coordinator in charge of this annual proceeding. 

Northport Partners With GiveBack2Kids

Northport Partners With GiveBack2Kids

Northport K-8 School and our community partners, GiveBack2Kids, Inc., are pleased to present our GiveBack2Kids Student of the Month for October. Students are selected for leadership, perseverance and citizenship. Our community is so pleased to present these highly coveted awards to Daniel Robinson and Lucky Pierre Louis. Great job, young men!

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.

Principal and AP of the Year Announced

Principal and AP of the Year Announced

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 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 St. Lucie Public Schools 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 St. Lucie Public Schools will be shared with the Florida Department of Education’s statewide pool of nominees.  State winners will be announced later this academic year.

The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for their 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 improved school environments.

 

 

#Build a Future

#Build a Future

Interested in what’s new with Career and Technical Education?  Tune in to WLX-TV’s newest educational program, #BuildAFuture.   Host Leinitia Robinson will bring exciting new topics to you each month on Sundays at 1 PM.

 

 

 

Growing With Canvas

Growing With Canvas

Growing with Canvas promises to be the best springboard into learning about Canvas or fine tuning your current level of expertise regarding Canvas.  This is great for brick and mortar classrooms as well as virtual school settings.

Don’t delay.  Registration begins on October 29, 2018!

College Fair Night Draws Crowds

College Fair Night Draws Crowds

Each year, the SLPS College Fair gets bigger and better as it affords students and their parents with an opportunity to receive information and connect with colleges and universities from around the country.

St. Lucie Public Schools – a quality education system focused on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.

 

Make it Orange on October 24th

Make it Orange on October 24th

October 24, 2018 is National Unity Day.

This is the day when everyone comes together to take a stand against bullying.  Please consider wearing ORANGE on Wednesday in support of National Unity Day.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day.

Wear Orange: Make a statement!

“ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”

Snap a photo of you and your team wearing orange.  Send it to Bill Tomlinson in ESE and Student Services.

What’s New on the Education Channel

What’s New on the Education Channel

You can watch an all new episode of Hey Coach hosted by John Messina on YouTube. Also, you can watch a new Sak Pase hosted by Maggie Remy on YouTube and television.

While you’re there subscribe to the WLX-TV channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide

 

WLX-TV

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GKMqcIjbgqXb7XDy27uYw

Hey Coach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yj9qe_H3wA

Sak Pase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS7qMH1ly8c

 

Marching Band Showcase Draws Music Enthusiasts

Marching Band Showcase Draws Music Enthusiasts

Bands from across the District took to the field at Lawnwood Stadium on Saturday, October 20th for the 2nd Annual Marching Band Showcase.

Audience members were entertained as students performed a wide array of tunes as individual school bands and as a collective group of musicians for the grand finale under the direction of special guest conductor, St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

Law Day

Law Day

Law Day is recognized on May 1 each year, and this year’s Law Day contest theme is Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.  The Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library provide opportunities for teachers and students to connect with this theme and express their thoughts on the topic in many forms through the annual Law Day Contest.

Stay tuned for more information about the contest, and click on the link to learn more about Law Day.

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/law-day/law-day-2019/

Citizen Hero Award

Citizen Hero Award

Fifth grader Brandon Roth from Mariposa Elementary School received the St. Lucie County Fire Department Citizen Hero Award for his courageous actions during a life-threatening situation on June 25th, 2018.
On this day, ten-year-old Roth was riding his skateboard when he discovered a neighbor in distress lying in her doorway. He ran to her aid and flagged down a passing car to call 911. He continued to wait with her until the rescue trucks and firefighters arrived.
His quick thinking and immediate action averted a potentially tragic outcome.