Eight St. Lucie Public Schools have been recently recognized by the University of South Florida and Florida Department of Education as outstanding Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Response to Intervention B model schools by meeting specific criteria and utilizing innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS behavior approaches in their respective school. The PBS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills, and create support systems for the student. The PBS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals from a variety of disciplines regardless of the level implemented. Pictured, from left, are Bayshore Elementary principal Lori Reid, St. Lucie Elementary principal Bernadette Floyd, district PBS coach Dawna Guiel, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Allapattah Flats K8 principal Jonetha Maness, Weatherbee Elementary principal Mike Hitsman, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Lawnwood Elementary principal D’Jion Jackson, Garden City PBS coach Lisa DeCosa, Student Services director Barbara Casteen, Forest Grove Middle dean Beth McGee, Dale Cassens principal Ellen Harden, Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson, and Garden City principal Teri Barenborg.
St. Lucie County schools that are recognized at the Gold level are Forest Grove Middle School, Garden City Early Learning Academy, and Lawnwood and Weatherbee elementary schools. Silver level model schools include Allapattah Flats K8 and St. Lucie Elementary schools, while Bayshore Elementary and Delaware School have attained bronze status. As one of the annual leading PBS school districts in Florida, the transition from PBS to the more comprehensive RTI:B initiative has been more easily developed because the PBS models are so firmly entrenched in school operations.
The Florida Department of Education initiated the PBS Response to Intervention initiative during the 2009-2010 school year with two specific components: RtIA for academic improvement, and RtIB for behavior interventions. Specific characteristics of PBS:RtIB Model Schools are their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve the students and staff, teaching PBS:RtIB to new students throughout the school year, creative and engaging reward systems, extending PBS:RtIB throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBS:RtIB into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities.
Bronze level model schools report a comprehensive system of support at Tier 1. Critical elements of Tier 1 PBS:RtIB are implemented with fidelity, and data are utilized within a problem-solving framework in order to improve the outcomes of students. Bronze level schools have developed innovative, creative, and functional ways of implementing Tier 1 PBS:RtIB that set them apart from other schools.
Silver level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze level schools and implement with higher levels of fidelity. Visibility, political support, parent involvement, and funding strategies are in place to ensure continued success with their implementation efforts. Silver level schools “drill down” into their data to ensure that their Tier 1 system is effective for all groups of students, and have taken steps to build systems of support for behavior at Tier 2.
Gold level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze and silver level schools, implement with the highest levels of fidelity, and have developed systems of support at Tiers 2 and 3. Gold level schools exceed their peers in both the quality and depth of implementation across all three tiers of support. Practices that are consistent with positive behavior support are evident in decision making, and steps are taken to ensure PBS:RtIB systems are supported. Positive outcomes for students are evident at the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 levels of behavior support.
Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated their graduation from middle school and are getting ready to embark on new challenges at the high school level. Each year the graduating class designs a mural depicting something special about their last year at Palm Pointe. This year, the design team’s theme was “The End Is A New Beginning”. With the NASA space program coming to a close, and the students leaving Palm Pointe, the students decided to use the rocket as this year’s theme. Pictured is the design team, from left, Anna Cardenal, Dharic LaGrandeur, Alexander Emmert, Paula Hoheb and Sergio Solari.
Eighth grade students in Maurizio Apostolico’s Broadcast Communications class at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition are busy creating videos and taping segments on the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program. Their videos are showing ways to earn rocket fuel at Palm Pointe and ways not to earn rocket fuel. Pictured, from left, are Annabelle Buttimer and Daniela Chavez working the cameras and Jessica Fouts and Serena Williams seated are acting out the scene.
Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had a Poetry Slam in Kip Wright’s language arts class. Pictured is first place winner was Tabrecia Houston, left, who was awarded $25.00, and the second place winner Jonathan Auguste who received $15.00.
Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, pictured from left, John Rimes, Michael Williams and Michael Lyons prepare to launch their rockets that they made as projects for Thomas Carr’s science class. This project incorporated both math skills and science. The
students had fun learning how to make the rockets and then watch as they launched their finished projects.
Eighth grade students in Heather Huszar’s science classes at Palm Pointe were learning how to evaluate the law of conservation of mass by demonstrating and concluding that mass is conserved when substances undergo physical and chemical change. An experiment involving baking soda, balloons, water, and vinegar demonstrated this concept. Students were engaged and excited about learning a difficult science concept. Pictured are eighth graders getting ready to conduct the experiment.
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English Language Arts (ELA) Text-Based Writing Rubrics have been released and are available for viewing on the FSA Portal (see link below). These are draft rubrics, and the Florida Department of Education is soliciting public input through midnight on Friday, September 12, 2014. The feedback form is posted with the rubrics on the FSA portal.
The elementary science showcase was held this past weekend at the Savannas Preserve State Park and the Oxbow Eco-Center. With student work on display at both locations, it was a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy learning about the students’ projects as well as visiting exhibit halls and nature trails.
Pictured: Village Green Environmental Studies School Principal Terry Davis, students, teachers, and family members
Elizabeth Pruitt, Math Supervisor K-12, was presented a S.T.A.R. Award (Special Thanks and Recognition) on October 14th at the School Board Meeting. Ms. Pruitt was nominated by a high school teacher Taleese Walsh, who wrote:
I wanted to take a moment to speak about Liz Pruitt. I just learned that she is responsible for compiling math course “toolboxes.” These used to be accessible through the scope and sequence link, but were recently moved to Infinity. When I found they had been removed, I feared they were no longer available. I just wanted to break down and cry. Liz came to my rescue and had them emailed to me immediately. Entering my eleventh year of teaching, this resource is the single most valuable resource I have ever had as a teacher. To create these toolboxes I am sure would have taken Liz hours, over months and years. It would have been hard, grueling work, because the information isn’t easily found or compiled. I have told her thank you, but my thanks can’t be sufficient to the task and the work she has done on our district’s behalf. I just wanted to let you know that you have an employee of such merit in this district who adds real value to the lives of teachers, and consequently students, every day. I hope you can add to my thanks and recognition of her work.
Pictured are, Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Elizabeth Pruitt, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Michelle Jerger.
Ft. Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 has a heart for caring and sharing, especially when it comes to the youngest members in this community. The organization’s Pantry and Backpack Program has made a positive difference in the lives of many SLPS children.
On hand at a recent event were members of Chester A. Moore’s Administrative Team: Lauren Gieseler, Alisha Kennedy, and Terrance Barriner. According to Mrs. Gieseler, the Elks Pantry and Backpack Program has made a tremendous difference in the lives of over 250 children on weekends. At the event, the school was presented with 30 new backpacks and school supplies. In addition, the Elks Lodge #1520 raised over $700.00 during the evening’s fundraiser to continue its benevolent efforts.
Thank you to our partners in education – the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520!
Mr. Lenny Smallacombe of the Elks Lodge #1520 is a powerhouse advocate for students and was honored for spearheading donation efforts for St. Lucie Public Schools students.
What started out six years ago as a weekend backpack program for five children has turned into an ever-growing platform of support. Mr. Smallacombe and his fellow lodge members have expanded their weekend food backpack program to hundreds of children, fulfilled special school program needs, provided complementary summer camp opportunities to students, secured grants for literacy projects, and supported students’ family nutrition needs during special times of the year.
The District appreciates the benefit Mr. Smallacombe and his army of volunteers bring to students.
Employee deals and discounts, resources, and more can be found on the SHARE site by simply clicking on the icon at the bottom of the SLPS homepage.
Once a there, scroll through the deals and locate the ones that are of interest to you. There are deals ranging from entertainment to financial to academic. Check them out!
Finalists for two of the four annual employee recognition groups for St. Lucie Public Schools were awarded plaques and presented during the February 11, 2014, school board meeting. The St. Lucie County Education Foundation recognized and presented plaques to Teacher of the Year (TOY) finalists Oak Hammock K-8 media specialist Heather Bolitho, Fort Pierce Central High School band and choral director Matthew Boswell, and Fairlawn Elementary School media specialist Kelly Ridle. School Related Employee of the Year (SREY) finalists recognized were Palm Pointe Educational Research School health paraprofessional Michelle DeGarmo, Allapattah Flats K-8 School office clerk Adela DellaCroce, and Parkway Elementary School nutrition manager Angelina Jean-Louis. Local winners in these two categories will go on to state competition. Pictured, from left, are Education Foundation Executive Board members Richard Kolleda and Carissa Zerga, TOY finalist Kelly Ridle, Education Foundation board member Robbi Giaccone, School Board vice chairman Dr. Donna Mills, TOY finalist Matthew Boswell, St. Lucie County Board of County Commission member Tod Mowery, TOY finalist Heather Bolitho, Education Foundation board member and CTA/CU president Vanessa Tillman, SREY finalist Michelle DeGarmo, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, SREY finalist Angelina Jean-Louis, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Education Foundation Honorary Director Elizabeth Mallonee, SREY finalist Adela DellaCroce, Education Foundation board member and school district employee recognition coordinator Candace Stone, and Foundation Executive Director Jim McKenzie. Winners of these programs, as well as local recognitions for Outstanding First Year Teacher and Distinguished Minority Educator, will be announced February 22, 2014, during the annual Night of the Stars gala sponsored by the Education Foundation and the St. Lucie County School Board.
Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) culinary arts teacher Margaret (Peggy) Ash and school plant manager Barbara Hisey were honored at the January 28, 2014, St. Lucie School Board meeting for the inaugural presentation of the S.T.A.R. (Special Thanks and Recognition) employee recognition program. The two long-time school district employees were honored for doing “whatever it takes” to get the job done, as evidenced in their vital contribution to the success of the district’s Early Childhood Discoveries conference held on January 11, 2014 at the school. Ms. Hisey and her team stayed late and their responsiveness to the needs of the event the Friday night before, and all day Saturday were outstanding. Ms. Ash and her culinary arts program students provided 250 lunches to those in attendance and her personal touch made all the difference. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Principal Megan Guyer, school board chairman Debbie Hawley, site maintenance workers Eddie Bussey and William Durr, FPCHS principal Todd Smith, site maintenance worker Frankie Jackson, St. Lucie Schools Superintendent Genelle Yost, Barbara Hisey, FPCHS plant manager Eva Wortham, site maintenance worker Donald Jordan, and FPCHS assistant principals Kristi Pacocha and Mary Hoffman.
The winners in each of four employee categories for St. Lucie Public Schools were announced at the annual Night of the Stars gala celebration February 23 at Lincoln Park Academy. The recognition program is sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation and the school board.
Fort Pierce Central High School 32-year veteran math teacher and coach Harry B. Williams was named 2014 Teacher of the Year, and Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition plant manager Eric Henik, who has been in that position since the school opened five years ago, was named 2013 School Related Employee of the Year. Both of these district representatives will move on to regional consideration for the state honors in their categories. The Teacher of the Year distinction is historically for the year after the selection due to the year of service for the state in the following school year. The Morganti Group sponsors the award for Teacher of the Year, and the St. Lucie Education Foundation sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year award.
Amanda Hayes, second grade teacher at Samuel S. Gaines Academy, was announced as the 2013 Outstanding First Year Teacher, and Roderick Johnson, ninth grade dean from Fort Pierce Central High School, is the 2013 Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. These two categories are local recognitions. Spherion Recruiting and Staffing sponsors the Outstanding First Year Teacher award, and Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year award.
Pictured, from left, are Harry Williams, Roderick Johnson, Amanda Hayes and Eric Henik.
Also honored were Ucola Barrett-Baxter from Parkway Elementary, Principal of the Year, and susan Seal of Fort Pierce Central High, Assistant Principal of the Year.
Other finalists for Teacher of the Year include Loryn Black, first grade teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School, and Lt. Colonel Joseph J. Cavallaro, Air Force JROTC senior instructor at Treasure Coast High School.
Other finalists for School Related Employee of the Year were Stephanie Ludwig, Exceptional Student Education paraprofessional at Floresta Elementary School, and Patricia Sorrell, interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing students at Oak Hammock K8 School.
Schools and district departments annually may nominate an employee at their site for the appropriate categories. Selection committees comprised of former honorees, teachers, and school and district administrators reviewed applications of the nominees for each category and interviewed applicants for the state honors. Three finalists in the Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year categories were selected, and surprise visits announced those finalists.
From school sites, nominees included for Teacher of the Year (TOY), School Related Employee of the Year (SREY), Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year (DMEY) and Outstanding First Year Teacher (OFYT), were:
• Allapattah Flats K-8, TOY Ann Hartman, SREY Carlyn Marshall, DMEY Edwina Taylor, and OFYT Melissa Nelson
• Bayshore Elementary, TOY Yvonne Kay De Aguiar, SREY John Britt, DMEY Annette Hawkins, and OFYT Jonathan Cruz
• C.A. Moore Elementary, TOY Heather Gray, SREY Sarah Williams, DMEY Beverly Harris, and OFYT Talea Burgess
• Dale Cassens Education Complex, TOY Cheryl Ellison, SREY Lee Darden, DMEY Annette Gooden, and OFYT John Coy
• Dan McCarty School, TOY Kevin Garbers, SREY Yadira Gonzalez, DMEY Rommel Rivers, and OFYT Jeremiah Best
• Fairlawn Elementary, TOY Loryn Black, SREY Sandra Kent, DMEY Farida Chowdhury, and OFYT Jeannine Johannes
• Floresta Elementary, TOY Stephanie Castro, SREY Stephanie Ludwig, DMEY Elizabeth Paradoa, and OFYT Jaclyn Kraus
• Forest Grove Middle, TOY Leslie Parker-Earll, SREY Katiuska Valencia, DMEY Bradley Esau, and OFYT Colleen Wilson
• Fort Pierce Central High, TOY Harry B. Williams, SREY Eva Wortham, and DMEY Roderick Johnson,
• Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts, TOY Carey Saine, SREY Lynda Kangas, DMEY Lillian Athill, and OFYT Tionne Simmons
• Fort Pierce Westwood High, TOY Robert Beasley, SREY Debra Bowling, DMEY Monarae Buchanan, and OFYT Elizabeth Raasch
• Frances K. Sweet Elementary, TOY Christy Nuccio, SREY Jacqueline Foster, and DMEY Melissa King
• Garden City Early Learning Academy, TOY Shannon Dolan, SREY Devon Averyt, and DMEY Alexandra Laoutas
• Lakewood Park Elementary, TOY Jodi Hargreaves, SREY Stacey Carter, DMEY Nicole Verner, and OFYT Alyssa Tretter
• Lawnwood Elementary, TOY Carolyn Bates, SREY Mary Lewis, DMEY Mariann Davis,and OFYT Kimberly Colvin
• Lincoln Park Academy, TOY Beth Cue, SREY Wendall Adams, DMEY Cesar Figueroa, and OFYT Josie Cappelletti
• Manatee Academy K-8, TOY Vincent Scotto, SREY Marissa Parker, and OFYT Elena Keriazis
• Mariposa Elementary, TOY Monica Alameida, SREY Cathy Smith, DMEY Adriana Roberts, and OFYT Allison Pozo
• Morningside Elementary, TOY Jacqueline Clark, SREY Cherry McKenzie, and OFYT Ryan Prue
• Northport K-8, TOY Jennifer Carey, SREY Kathleen Egan, DMEY Marie Solide, and OFYT Angel Bracero
• Oak Hammock K-8, TOY Karen Rinelli, SREY Patty Sorrell, DMEY Flavia Valente, and OFYT Michael Shields
• Palm Pointe Education Research School at Tradition, TOY Meredith Andrus, SREY Eric Henik, DMEY Carline Jean, and OFYT Jennifer Gomez
• Parkway Elementary, TOY Jennifer Czajak, SREY Susan DiFruscio, DMEY Michelle Ramdowe, and OFYT James Alexander
• Port St. Lucie High School, TOY Michael Mimnaugh, SREY Maryann Nollinger, DMEY Demetrius Lane, and OFYT Alissa Becker
• Rivers Edge Elementary, TOY Amy Martinkovic, SREY Ann Marangio, and OFYT Sheena Thiefault-Proctor
• Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8, TOY Lenaiah Wood, SREY Donella Crenshaw, DMEY Stephanie Collins, and OFYT Amanda Hayes
• St. Lucie Elementary, TOY Emily Barrie, SREY Sarah Smith-Mills, DMEY Andrea Oliver-Thomas, and OFYT Melissa Garwol
• St. Lucie West K-8, TOY Claudia Martin-Vegue, SREY Stephen Canton, and OFYT Sophia Yancy
• St. Lucie West Centennial High, TOY Elizabeth Durkee, SREY Christopher Holman, DMEY Jose Rodriguez, and OFYT Stephanie Gaffney
• Savanna Ridge Elementary, TOY Rebecca Petrie, SREY Bob Andrade, and DMEY Jesse Bosque
• Southern Oaks Middle, TOY Carnell Plowden, SREY Joe Matthews, DMEY Jose Rivero, and OFYT Kelly McLaughlin
• Southport Middle, TOY Kimberly Nicholas, SREY Steven Miller, DMEY Yolanda Parks, and OFYT Morgan Kellogg
• Treasure Coast High, TOY Lt. Colonel Joseph J. Cavallaro, SREY Diane Evans, DMEY Sgt. Melvin Simmons, and OFYT Kristin Sample
• Village Green Environmental Studies School, TOY Laura Ellis, SREY Patrick Hayes, DMEY Sherri Brown, and OFYT Heather Concepcion
• Weatherbee Elementary, TOY Melanie Macpherson, SREY Louise Lucia, DMEY Jennifer Nelson, and OFYT Bryan Lee
• West Gate K-8, TOY Easter Weathers, SREY Autherine Jethroe, DMEY Ayesha Boria, and OFYT Christopher Edgecombe
• White City Elementary, TOY Tara Sekerchak, SREY Linda Neill, DMEY Ashley McGahee, and OFYT Amanda Dewey
• Windmill Point Elementary, TOY Melissa Lucrezia, SREY Jan Turgeson, DMEY Melissa San Martin, and OFYT Jacqueline Davis
From district departments, nominees for SREY include:
• Business Services, Cheryl Dempsey
• Information Technology Services, Judy Hamm
• Curriculum and Instruction, Janis Conkle
• Student Services, Valarie Watkins
• Superintendent’s Office, Charmaine Martin-Brooks
• Facilities and Transportation, Willie Freeman
• Federal Programs, Rose Henson
Two employees were honored at the March 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for the S.T.A.R. (Special Thanks and Recognition) program, which recognizes employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the district vision, and exemplify the district’s core values. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, honorees Palm Point Research School at Tradition music director Christine Hill, and WestGate K8 School dean Narvelene Lucas, with School Board chairman Debbie Hawley and student assignment director Michelle Jerger who manages the recognition program.
A team of engineers from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority met with students and instructors in engineering classrooms at Fort Pierce Central High School and Lincoln Park Academy. Building solid partnerships between our schools and our community is an important aspect to quality education.
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