District volunteers honored

District volunteers honored

St. Lucie Public Schools’ Volunteers of the Year for three categories were announced at the February 26, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Prior to the meeting, an appreciation celebration was held for all of the nominees and their families in the Superintendent’s Suite sponsored by the St. Lucie Education Foundation. The Adult Volunteer is Kim Guettler from Fairlawn Elementary, Youth Volunteer is Jordan Trojanowski, a student at Westwood High School nominated by Southern Oaks Middle School, and Senior Volunteer is Lucille Van Doorn from Parkway Elementary. Their nominations will go on to regional competition for the state award. Pictured, front row from left, are Kim Guettler, Jordan Trojanowski, and Lucille Van Doorn. Back row, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, and Career and Technical Education Director Kathie Schmidt, who coordinates the district volunteer program.

9th Annual Family Reading Festival In Partnership With Safety Fest!

9th Annual Family Reading Festival In Partnership With Safety Fest!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council invites ALL of our Treasure Coast families out for a FUN day of Safety Demonstrations and Literacy Fun and Prizes! We are again partnering with the Safety Fest, making it an extremely exciting day for all!

The Reading Council is currently seeking volunteers with a LOVE for all things literacy!

Look for the flyer at school, or check our FB page for more information! Need a flyer? Want to volunteer?  Email: ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

Principal Juanita Wright along with Frances K. Sweet Elementary (FKS) students and staff invite veterans to the 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 3, 2017.  This time-honored celebration of distinguished service men and women is held on the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce. Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett encourage veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet ten minutes prior to the 9 AM kick-off in order to line up for a parade of appreciation that will wind through the FKS campus.

The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. After the ceremony, there will be a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by FKS’s cafeteria staff.

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  Principal Juanita Wright along with Frances K. Sweet Elementary (FKS) students and staff invite veterans to the 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 3, 2017.  This time-honored celebration of distinguished service men and women is held on the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce. Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett encourage veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet ten minutes prior to the 9 AM kick-off in order to line up for a parade of appreciation that will wind through the FKS campus.

The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. After the ceremony, there will be a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by FKS’s cafeteria staff.

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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.

A Beehive of Wildcat Spellers

A Beehive of Wildcat Spellers

On May 16th, 25 students in grades 2-5 competed in White City’s Spelling Bee. After nine rounds fifth grader Isaiah Alonso won first place. Fourth grader Nicholas Telicien won 2nd place and third grader Adrian Lopez won third place. All students received a medal and certificate.

A Chance to Win at SGA

The PBIS team of Samuel S. Gaines Academy is striving to engage kids in positive behaviors. When students follow the “SGA Way” which is the school-wide expectations to Stay Safe, Give Respect and Act Responsibly, they earn “Colt Cash.” Colt Cash can be used for special events and “Chance to Win” drawings. The PBIS team sponsors monthly drawings for grade groups K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each group contains items donated by school personnel or community partners. Some of this month’s featured items are an ice cream social, play time in the SGA game room, extra recess time, teddy bears, art kits, sunglasses, gift cards, and more! If you are interested in becoming a community partner or donating items to support our cause, contact SGA today!
A Day in the Life of a Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Nurse

Students found out what it was like to be a nurse during a hospital tour at Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie.  For these Port St. Lucie High School students, a day in the life of a nurse was a valuable experience.

 

To find out more about this annual opportunity for students in St. Lucie Public Schools Career and Technical Education Program, click on the link below for TCPalm article:

 

http://www.tcpalm.com/picture-gallery/news/local/st-lucie-county/2017/11/17/students-learn-from-nurses-at-tradition-medical-center-port-st-lucie/107786810/

A Free Festival Making Science on the Treasure Coast FUN for EVERYONE!

A Free Festival Making Science on the Treasure Coast FUN for EVERYONE!

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is holding satellite events throughout the Treasure Coast.

What do a tour of a world-famous orange juice plant, a paddle through Florida’s history, and a plant sale by Florida Master Gardeners have in common? They’re all part of five weeks of satellite events leading up to the fifth annual Indian River Lagoon Science Festival! The satellite events celebrate the scientist in everyone with S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) programs and activities for a variety of ages and interests. This year’s Indian River Lagoon Science Festival takes place on Saturday, October 27 at Veteran’s Memorial Park at the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce.

Check out science related (and inspired) events around the Treasure Coast for a variety of ages below. See full schedule and details, including any registration requirements, at www.irlsciencefest.org.

  •  Thursday, September 27, 3:30pm-4:30pm: S.T.E.A.M. Power! at Susan B. Kilmer Branch Library, Fort Pierce. Ages 5-8. Engineer your own musical instrument! Call 772-462-2154 for more information.
  •  Saturday, September 29, 2pm-4pm: Teen Tech at Lakewood Park Branch Library, Fort Pierce. Ages 13-18. Come explore the world of computers, technology, coding and robotics! Call 772-462-6870 for more information.
  • Sunday, September 30, 8am-12pm: Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle and Breakfast, Florida Oceanographic Society and US Sailing Center, Stuart. Paddle the Indian River Lagoon with Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) and learn about the Ais Indians who inhabited our shorelines centuries ago. Check-in begins at 7:30am at the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach, with the paddle starting promptly at 8:00am. The group will paddle across the Lagoon to the FOS shoreline for a breakfast of grits and clams. Before heading back, enjoy a brief educational presentation by local historian and Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum. This event is free, but please RSVP at www.FloridaOcean.org. For more information, call 772-225-0505 ext. 113.
  •  Thursday, October 4, 9:30am: Tropicana Juice Plant Tour, Tropicana Products Inc., Fort Pierce. Tour the Tropicana Juice manufacturing plant to find out how Florida’s best-known beverage is made! This tour is limited to adults. Please, no opened-toed shoes, no dresses or skirts, no photography, Tour participants cannot work for a competitor. Space is limited, so visit IRLScienceFest.org to register.
  • Thursday, October 4, 6pm-7pm: All Things 3D at Paula A. Lewis Branch Library, Port St Lucie. All ages. Learn how 3D printing works. Design using Tinkercad and watch a 3D print live! Call 772-871-5470 for more information.
  •  Saturday October 6, 2:30pm: Frightful Coding at Morningside Branch Library, Port St Lucie. Grades K-5. Come create spooktacular creations using Scratch Coding! We will also create a take-home creation to practice your coding skills at home! Call (772) 337-5632 for more information.
  •  Tuesday October 9, 10am and 1pm: Piper Aircraft Tour, Vero Beach. Ages 10 and up; children aged 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. The tours of this aircraft manufacturing facility last approximately two hours. Online registration through Eventbrite is required for these free tours and space is limited. Call 772-299-2820 or email tours@piper.com for more information.
  •  Saturday October 13, 8am: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Master Gardener Plant Sale, St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Office (8400 Picos Road, Fort Pierce). All ages. Stock up on beautiful new plants for your garden and enjoy a hands-on science demonstration from 9am-11am. Call 772-462-1660 for more information.
  •  Thursday October 18, 6pm: Suds and Science, Walking Tree Brewery, Vero Beach. Free tour focused on the science of brewing, including a short introduction to current agricultural research of Florida hops-growing techniques. Tour will be followed by beer science trivia! Tours start at 6:00, trivia starts at 7:00. Call 772-217-3502 for more information.
  •  Saturday October 20, 2pm: Contraption Faction at Zora Neale Hurston Library Branch, Fort Pierce. Ages 8 and up. Let’s get techie! Boys and girls ages 8 and up are invited to join us for a hands-on exploration of technology. No advanced registration is necessary but space is limited. Call 772-462-2154 for more information.
  •  Saturday, October 20, 3pm: Hour of Code at Port St Lucie Branch Library, Port St Lucie. Grades K-5. Minecraft themed class teaching some basic coding skills by using code to take Alex or Steve on an Adventure. Space is limited! Call 772-871-5450 for more information.

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, LEGO Education, Sunrise Ford, and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, Indian River State College and ECO Magazine.

Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We’re currently looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 26 and October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. More information can be found at http://irlsciencefest.org/volunteer/. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, exhibitor registration is open online until October 5 at http://irlsciencefest.org/hostexhibit/.

About the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a two week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates with a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest

 

A Hero Gets a Home

A Hero Gets a Home

Port Saint Lucie High School cadets were honored to provide a saber guard when Army Specialist Gonzalez and his family were awarded with their new home. Army Specialist Gonzalez, a Port Saint Lucie veteran, lost his sight and suffered severe brain injuries in an IED explosion in 2004. The home was designed for his loss of sight with handrails and textured floors. Cadet Major Julian Taft, Cadet Staff Sergeant Travis Cetin, Cadet Sergeant Major Adam Pagan, Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett, and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz enjoyed the ceremony and listening to the key note speakers. At the end of the ceremony the saber arch was created for the family to walk through before walking into their new house for the first time. Congratulations to Specialist Gonzalez and his family for their new house.

 

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A Letter from the President

A Letter from the President

For the second year in a row, Marta Almiron’s kindergarten class at West Gate K8 has written to the President of the United States and he has replied.  The students are studying animals of the Arctic and wanted to bring the plight of endangered polar bears to the attention of  President Obama.  The students were very excited to receive interesting materials about the White House as well as a letter and an autographed picture from the president himself!  Pictured above are the students with the letter and photograph.

President Obama Letter

President Obama Picture

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A New Look

A New Look

The Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) Jaguar Cafeteria is undergoing a facelift.  The school’s mascot is boosting school spirit around campus and what better place to make an impact than in the cafeteria!

A special Jaguar shout out to Child Nutrition Services for supporting this tremendous effort at PSLHS!

 

 

 

A Promise Is A Promise

A Promise Is A Promise

“A Promise is a Promise” program affirms our graduates for their decision to pursue education credentials with the promise of employment in SLPS.

St. Lucie County is a great place to live, learn, work, play, and grow. Pictured below are our TCHS and PSLHS candidates.

9th Annual Family Reading Festival In Partnership With Safety Fest!

A Reading Council Event for K-2 Teachers!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council is at it again! Bringing the best presenters to share information that will benefit us as professionals and our students as they develop their love of literacy!

On Tuesday, February 6th, Dr. Debra Gurvitz will bring you ideas you can implement immediately in your writing block. Read about Debra’s vast experience and her work with researchers like Doug Fisher and Harvey Daniels on the flier.

A special thanks to the Keiser University for hosting our event and a great big shout out to the Education Foundation for providing dinner to all! Members are FREE and nonmembers can become members at the door if they choose.Debra Gurvitz – SLCRC February Event

Questions? Please email me at ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

A Real Hit!

A Real Hit!

St. Lucie Public Schools extends a warm thank you to the St. Lucie Mets and the Chamber of Commerce for providing a free night at the ball park for students and staff!

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Family Fun at The Ball Park
St. Lucie Mets at First Data Field
An Evening at the Ball Park with Family and Friends
A Recount of “What I Did This Summer” Turns Heroic in One Bayshore Elementary Classroom

A Recount of “What I Did This Summer” Turns Heroic in One Bayshore Elementary Classroom

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent posed the question to students in Mrs. Myers’ 3rd grade Bayshore Elementary School classroom, “What did you do this summer?” What he heard from eight-year-old Christine Regina was a heroic recount of this young student’s quick thinking that helped save a young boy from drowning.

With calm and quiet self-assurance, Regina explained to the Superintendent and her classmates what occurred on a summer day in June while visiting her grandparents in Margate, Florida.  During an under-water exploration of the city’s swimming pool, Regina noticed a boy at the bottom of the pool. “He wasn’t moving, and he looked like he needed someone to help him,” she said.  Looking for support, Regina swam to the nearest person, a teenage girl, who was able to pull the boy from the bottom of the pool and take him to the pool’s side where lifeguards then resuscitated him.  “It made me feel good to know I helped someone,” said Regina.

That does not come as a surprise to Principal Lori Reid who said, “That’s Christine Regina. She is such a great student — always interested in determining how she can provide service to others. I would describe her as an incredibly kind-hearted young lady.” Regina’s classmate echoed that sentiment, as she told the Superintendent that the next book the class reads should be a book entitled, Christine Saves the World.

Regina and her companion good Samaritan were heroes that day in June.  They were both recognized by the city of Margate for their quick action that led to saving the life of a six-year-old boy.

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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Christine Regina, a third grader at Bayshore Elementary, proves that you are never too young to be a hero as she tells Superintendent E. Wayne Gent about her quick thinking and positive action that helped save a young life this summer.

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A Rockin’ Good Time

A Rockin’ Good Time

St. Lucie Public Schools employees and students had a rockin’ good time at the First Data Field in Port St. Luce on Friday, August 4th for the Pep Rally!  With the support of Larry Lee Jr. State Farm Agency, Big Apple Pizza, The Van Duzer Foundation, Peter W. Busch, St. Lucie County, and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, the community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of St. Lucie Public Schools and kick off the start to another banner year.

  • B-Rated School District
  • No Failing Schools
  • 2nd Highest Ranking District On the Treasure Coast
  • Soared To 13th From 45th In State Graduation Ranking
  • 6th Highest District Improvement Ranking in Florida
  • Grew To 626 Points From 573 Points (+53)
  • Improved In 10 Of 11 School Grade Components
A Storm of Excitement at SLE

A Storm of Excitement at SLE

St. Lucie Elementary School students felt a storm of excitement as they learned about air masses, tornadoes, and hurricanes during a visit from Meteorologist Cris Martinez this week.  Each month, the WBPF personality visits schools in St. Lucie County to share information with students on weather and how it impacts them.  He is always a big hit!

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