St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Soars is an early literacy effort launched by St. Lucie Public Schools that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A component of the program involves the recruitment of volunteers/mentors to support reading efforts in kindergarten through grade three to help close the gap in third grade literacy.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”

Gent encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal.

Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

St. Lucie students’ percentage of proficiency scores on FCAT science test improve

Fort Pierce, FL — The percentage of St. Lucie Public Schools fifth and eighth grade students who scored proficiency, or passing, scores on the science section of the 2013 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0 went up two percentage points this year compared to last, from 43% to 45%, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education.

White City Elementary fifth grade students led the district in increased level of proficiency on this year’s FCAT 2.0 science test compared to last year with an increase of 25 percentage points. F. K. Sweet Elementary fifth grade students and Lincoln Park Academy eighth grade students led the district in proficiency on the new FCAT 2.0 science test, with 72% of students at both schools scoring at proficiency, followed by fifth grade students from Morningside, White City, and Fairlawn elementary schools, and St. Lucie West and WestGate K-8 schools, all with students scoring above 60% proficiency.

This year’s scores are the first reported on the new proficiency scale developed in September of 2012. The FDOE will release ‘retrofitted scores’ for science, designed to provide more accurate comparisons between students’ performance from 2012 to 2013.

St. Lucie students learn universe mysteries at planetarium shows

St. Lucie students learn universe mysteries at planetarium shows

Students in Deborah Day, John Fallon and Janine Wiecks third grade classes from Northport K-8 school attended a stellar star show recently in the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College. Museums and planetariums evoke excitement and give children the foundational skills that enable them to be lifelong learners. Planetarium Director Jon Bell has been giving dynamic planetarium shows that engage students in the splendor of the stars and other celestial bodies for 20 years. Over 3,600 students from 19 St. Lucie Public Schools attended a planetarium show at IRSC this year. By seeing a planetarium show, students begin to understand their place in space and how scientists uncover the deep mysteries of the universe.

St Lucie Students Connect To Their Future at IRSC Great Explorations

St Lucie Students Connect To Their Future at IRSC Great Explorations

Close to four hundred St Lucie Public high school students attended Indian River State College Great Explorations held at IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce.  The annual event attracted juniors and seniors from every high school (Fort Pierce Westwood, Central, Lincoln Park, Mosaic, Port St Lucie, Performance Based, St Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast) who spent the day planning for their future after high school. Each student chose their top career interests and visited four college programs matching those interests. 

 

 

 

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Public Schools continues making historic gains – this year is no exception. We’ve strengthened our B rating and our District is only 1.5% from an A. We are now in the top third and ranked 22nd in Florida. #StLucieStrong #StLucieProud

St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens

St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens

One hundred ninety early childhood educators laughed and learned at the “St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens” Conference at Fort Pierce Central High School on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

The conference was presented by ALPI-Head Start, Early Learning Coalition of SLC, Children’s Services Council, St. Lucie County Education Foundation and St. Lucie Public Schools. The conference’s keynote speaker was Jennifer Faber of the Florida Children’s Council.

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Business and civic leaders will join St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) officials on Tuesday, November 1st at the Treasure Coast International Airport to celebrate the official take-off of the District’s early literacy initiative – St. Lucie Soars. The kindergarten through grade three focused effort is in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.  Its purpose is to recruit volunteers and mentors in an effort to help close the gap on third grade literacy.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”  He encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  This will be the message from Gent and other dignitaries including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Dr. Judi Miller at the take-off ceremony which will be held amid airplanes in an aircraft hanger at the International Airport.

 

Jim Bede of BEDE AERO Southeast, a premier aviation design and manufacturer, is donating his corporation’s space for this event which is slated to begin at 10 AM on November 1st.

 

Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal. Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

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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St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) recently hosted the St. Lucie Soars Take-off Ceremony — an event held at the Treasure Coast International Airport in a BEDE AERO Southeast hanger.  The event, supported by community leaders, served to kick-off the kindergarten through third grade early literacy initiative and highlight the importance of reading.

St. Lucie Soars is a SLPS literacy effort that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit volunteers and mentors to help close the gap on third grade literacy. The gift of reading opens the door to the world for students.  Consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars, and you will be helping a child in become a proficient reader.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent

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Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson

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Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec

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Dr. Judi Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, is presented with a $5,000 donation from

The St. Lucie Education Foundation by Thom Jones and Representative Larry Lee.

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Mr. Jim Bede is presented with a certificate of appreciation for donating BEDE AERO Southeast air hanger for the event.

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St. Lucie Soars

St. Lucie Soars

St. Lucie Soars represents the county’s longstanding focus on early literacy through collaborative partnerships with St. Lucie Public Schools, Early Learning Coalition, ALPI, the Education Foundation, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

     St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation on Monday, October 17 to spotlight afterschool programs and activities. During this rally for program awareness, afterschool programs and activities throughout the county are expected to participate in Lights On Afterschool.
     Two locations are earmarked for the rally in St. Lucie County according to organizers Terrance Platt and Kimberly Roberts.  The Fenn Center in Fort Pierce and the Port St. Lucie Community Center in Port St. Lucie will open their doors from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in order for parents, students, and community members to become familiar with afterschool opportunities.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, service organizations, parks and recreation programs, and much more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.
     Roberts said, “This is an opportunity to showcase all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs and activities in our community.  Afterschool activities give our students outstanding opportunities to explore their skills, grow their talents, and provide service to others. Our children benefit tremendously from programs such as these and many are provided at minimal or no cost.”
     Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with the afterschool programs’ positive impact on students.  He said, “Our schools offer quality afterschool programs including our 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and there is a rich variety of additional offerings in our community that will benefit our students as well.  Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.
     The Lights On Afterschool effort is in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at 772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.
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St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Hosts Annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt

St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Hosts Annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office bomb disposal team on Thursday, April 18, 2019 hosted their annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt.  The event took place place at Westside Church in Fort Pierce.

The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt is hosted each year for visually impaired students in the St. Lucie School District and features plastic eggs that beep, assembled by the bomb disposal team.  The students and adults all have a wonderful time finding the beeping eggs!

 

 

St. Lucie Schools take the lead in nutrition and exercise initiative

St. Lucie Schools take the lead in nutrition and exercise initiative

The St. Lucie County Nutrition and Food Services department has been the driving force for eight local schools to earn grants from the Florida Dairy Council and the NFL’s Play 60 initiatives. The schools must be committed to healthy eating plus activity promoting exercise. The schools include Mariposa, Lakewood Park, F. K. Sweet elementary schools, Manatee Academy K8, St. Lucie West K8, and Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast, and St. Lucie West Centennial high schools. Pictured is the team from F. K. Sweet with their mock check.

St. Lucie Schools recognized for ‘green’ construction

St. Lucie Schools recognized for ‘green’ construction

St. Lucie Public Schools was recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie School Board meeting with a Green Apple Award, presented by the Treasure Coast Branch of the United States Green Building Council for South Florida Chapter, which is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainability, energy efficient buildings and communities. The annual Apple Award is designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region that have implemented and are committed to green innovation, and St. Lucie Schools was recognized for the “green” designation for the design and construction of the new middle school building at Lincoln Park Academy. Pictured, from left, are executive director of facilities and maintenance Marty Sanders, Lincoln Park Academy assistant principal Candace Stone, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Niki Gozdz of the Green Building Council, project manager Joe Piper, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

St. Lucie Schools recognized as region’s leader in environmental efforts

St. Lucie Schools recognized as region’s leader in environmental efforts

David Phillips of the Treasure Coast branch of the U.S. Green Building Council, South Florida Chapter, presented Generation Green – The 2012 Green Apple Awards at the May 22, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The awards are designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region who have implemented and are committed to green innovation in construction and operations. Pictured, from left, are School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Superintendent Michael Lannon, who was honored as the winning schools superintendent in the region, project manager John Gillette, who submitted the applications for the awards, and David Phillips. Others honored were Village Green Environmental Studies School, teacher Jennifer Majors at St. Lucie West K-8 School, and parent Leslie Taylor at Port St. Lucie High School.

St. Lucie Schools middle school students to be student ambassadors

St. Lucie Schools middle school students to be student ambassadors

Ten students who will represent St. Lucie County in the middle school delegation for the People to People outreach program from St. Lucie County Schools were presented at the April 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Desiree Hitchmon-Houghton, Teacher Delegation Leader at St. Lucie West K-8 School, will be traveling with the students from the Middle School Delegation to France, Italy and Greece this summer. The People to People program was founded by President Eisenhower in 1956 with the mission of promoting peace through understanding. He believed that if people of different countries came together and learned from one another they would promote peace better than governments could. Students travel as People to People Student Ambassadors to share ideas and learn firsthand how to become better global citizens. Pictured, front row, from left, Emily Marie Perez, Demi Perez, Robert Gilliom Jr, Amelia Stackwell, Myles Tullis, Jordan Wilkerson, Destyne Bailey, and Logan Coker. Back row, from left, Superintendent Michael Lannon, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Malyk Payne, Alexander Snure and Ms. Houghton.

 

St. Lucie Schools featured in national education publication

St. Lucie Schools featured in national education publication

St. Lucie Public Schools is featured in the March, 2012, edition of the national education publication District Administration as an example of effective educational reform. St. Lucie is recognized for its adoption of the framework of educational researcher Robert Marzano in establishing a teacher evaluation system that provides more specific guidance on successful elements of instruction, as well as the professional development for teachers and administrators in the observation process. A photo of Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Susan Ranew, and Lawnwood Elementary School principal D’Jion Jackson, performing a classroom observation was included in the article.

St. Lucie school grades drop following numerous changes in grading formula

Fort Pierce, FL — Despite students in many cases performing better on the FCAT and other standardized tests compared to 2012, due to multiple changes in the state school grading formula, many St. Lucie Public Schools – mirroring statewide results — saw a drop of at least one letter grade in 2013 compared to last year, according to results for schools with grades kindergarten through eighth grade released today by the Florida Department of Education. High school grades are expected to be released later in the fall because of other calculations for their school grades.

School grades are primarily calculated based on student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The list below shows the letter grades assigned to St. Lucie public schools for 2013.

“We are certainly disappointed to see that the hard work and dedication of our teachers, students and other stakeholders, all of which resulted in so many cases of significant improvements, are not reflected in this year’s school grades,” remarked interim superintendent Genelle Yost, who assumed the district’s leadership upon the retirement of Michael Lannon June 30. “But we will continue to focus on each child, every day, so that all students are provided the individual support to ensure their academic success,” she added.

This is the third year changes in the state accountability system have been enacted by the Florida Department of Education following legislative mandates, some 32 changes just in the last two years. However, in 2012, the State Board of Education put in place a one-year stopgap measure to keep school grades from dropping more than one letter grade when the department realized the impact the changes would have on school grades last year. That provision was narrowly approved by the State Board of Education to be extended for this year only, while other grading formula changes remain in place.

Changes that affected this year’s school grades include new achievement levels for FCAT 2.0 Science and End-of-Course assessments in Biology 1 and Geometry, raising the writing standard used in school grades up to 3.5 from 3.0 last year, requiring that schools must show that the lowest-performing students are making progress in both reading and math, and including test performance and learning gains of students who attend alternative schools.

For K-8 and middle schools, the actual student performance is also impacted by the addition of a new measurement of acceleration rates of students, so that for several schools whose students showed improvement in test scores, their grade did not improve.

The additional changes in the grading formula, and their expected impact, drew the ire of education leaders across the state, which prompted Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett to convene a meeting July 1 with five district superintendents, Senator Bill Montford, who is also executive director of the state’s superintendent’s association, DOE staff members and the governor’s deputy chief of staff to discuss the impact of more changes to the accountability system to school grades for this year.

Statistics to note for St. Lucie schools:

• There is a significant increase in student performance this year at Lakewood Park Elementary, but this did not result in a letter grade improvement due to the safety net added last year
• C.A. Moore and Lakewood Park elementary schools realized a fairly large increase in grade level points and student performance on the FCAT, particularly on the writing section, but those improvements will not show in an improved school grade
• White City Elementary increased its accountability points this year and earned a B. Last year, they were granted a B based on the safety net; but, again due to the false floor imposed, they maintained their letter grade when their performance actually improved
• Fairlawn Elementary and F.K. Sweet Elementary maintained their positions earning a ‘A’ grade with a stable performance across the two years
• Southern Oaks Middle also maintained its position with a relatively stable performance across the two years on the original calculations included in the school grade
• Village Green Environmental Studies would have increased a letter grade based on their students’ performance this year, but also were impacted by last year’s decision to implement a false floor for school grades

School Name Preliminary Grade 2013
WHITE CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL B
WEATHERBEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D
FAIRLAWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A
FORT PIERCE MAGNET K-8 SCHOOL D
LAWNWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
ST. LUCIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
DAN MCCARTY SCHOOL F
FRANCES K. SWEET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A
SAVANNA RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
CHESTER A. MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY Pending
ST. LUCIE WEST K-8 SCHOOL B
SAMUEL S. GAINES ACADEMY K-8 F
ALLAPATTAH FLATS K-8 C
FORT PIERCE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL Pending
FORT PIERCE WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL Pending
MORNINGSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
LAKEWOOD PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D
FLORESTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
NORTHPORT K-8 SCHOOL D
WINDMILL POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D
VILLAGE GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES B
PORT ST. LUCIE HIGH SCHOOL Pending
PARKWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL B
SOUTHPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL C
MARIPOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
OAK HAMMOCK K-8 SCHOOL C
MANATEE ACADEMY K-8 C
FOREST GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL D
RIVERS EDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
SOUTHERN OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL B
ST. LUCIE WEST CENTENNIAL HIGH Pending
TREASURE COAST HIGH SCHOOL Pending
WEST GATE K-8 SCHOOL B
NAU CHARTER SCHOOL D
RENAISSANCE CHARTER SCHOOL C
COLLEGE PREPARATORY ACADEMY Pending
MOSAIC DIGITAL LEARNING ACADEMY Pending
PALM POINTE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH A

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St. Lucie school food service manager first in state to earn national credential

St. Lucie school food service manager first in state to earn national credential

October 15-19 is National School Lunch Week, a perfect time to recognize St. Lucie West K-8 food service manager Carole Schutt, who recently received a national credential as a school nutrition specialist from the National School Nutrition Association. Ms. Schutt is the first food service manager in the state of Florida in achieving this recognition. Congratulations! Pictured are Ms. Schutt, left, with Director of Food Services Deborah Wuest.

St. Lucie School District earns national fit-friendly award

St. Lucie School District earns national fit-friendly award

American Heart Association representative Linda Perez presented the St. Lucie County School District an award at the January 22, 2013, school board meeting recognizing the district as a Fit-Friendly company. The national recognition is presented for organizations promoting health and wellness. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, district wellness manager Carlye Fabrikant, Ms. Perez, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

St. Lucie School Board proclaims January mentoring month

St. Lucie School Board proclaims January mentoring month

The St. Lucie County School Board adopted a measure at its January 14, 2014, meeting proclaiming January, 2014, as National Mentoring Month in St. Lucie County public schools. Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) Vice President of Programs Jenni Palm, pictured at left, and Caitlin Elbrecht, BBBS Lead Site-based Match Support Specialist, center, presented the proclamation to School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, right.