Environmental Education

Environmental Education

St. Lucie County’s environmental education staff from the Oxbow Eco-Center worked with St. Lucie Public Schools high school teachers during a two-day workshop this June focused on water quality and environmental education.

Thank you SLCTV!

Environmental Expo

Environmental Expo

Village Green Environmental Studies School hosted the Environmental Science Expo last weekend to highlight the school’s permaculture garden, square foot gardens, astronomy binoculars, solar lab and microscope center. Fifth grade students took responsibility to orient  guests about the variety of  plants grown, their origins, and their uses.


Environmental Studies Expo

Environmental Studies Expo

On Saturday, May 4, Village Green Environmental Studies School will host a community Environmental Studies Exposition.  From 10AM to noon, students will serve as tour guides for guests and will provide information about the school’s permaculture garden, raised bed gardens, astronomy night activities, solar energy kits, and weather stations.

 

Equal Opportunity to Excel

Equal Opportunity to Excel

WPTV Reporter Arthur Mondale recently aired a story about what St. Lucie Public Schools is doing to support students.  Read the article below and click on the link to hear what staff and JROTC Cadet Shenieya Harris have to say.

 

St. Lucie County schools offering rare progress system to ensure equal opportunity to excel

Program tracks grades, absenteeism and discipline

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — South Florida and the Treasure Coast are known for diversity, but school can be a difficult place for first- and second-generation students.

St. Lucie County schools offer a state-of-the-art progress system to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to excel that also prevents students from falling through the cracks.

”They can’t fly under the radar. They can’t be forgotten. They can’t be missed,” said Treasure Coast High School counselor Kayleigh Nemo.

The St. Lucie County School District is the only one in South Florida to use Power BI — a “social emotional intervention” system that tracks grades, absenteeism and discipline all in one portal. Data that previously required multiple data sets, middlemen and valuable time.

“That way we get a snapshot of the student right away, and we can get interventions in place for the student immediately,” Nemo said.

The system has helped second-generation students like JROTC cadet Shenieya Harris who credits her success to good teachers, guidance counselors and Power BI.

“It really paid off,” Harris said. “My GPA right now is a 4.3.”

Harris says she’s now college bound and thanks to Power BI at the top of her class. Moreover, Nemo adds Power B1 allows her to treat all students like valued repeat customers. Students like Harris are proof of the program’s success.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/st-lucie-county-schools-offer-rare-progress-system-ensuring-equal-opportunity-to-excel

ESE DAC Meeting

ESE DAC Meeting

St. Lucie Public Schools Exceptional Student Education District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, October 22, 2018, to discuss social/emotional learning.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at Virginia College in Fort Pierce from 9 AM to 10:30 AM.

 

 

ESE DAC Meeting Cancelled

ESE DAC Meeting Cancelled

The ESE DAC Meeting scheduled for September 19th has been cancelled.

This meeting will be re-scheduled and re-advertised as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

 

 

 

 

ESE Department at Palm Pointe Ready for a Successful Year

ESE Department at Palm Pointe Ready for a Successful Year

The Exceptional Student Education Department at Palm Pointe Education Research School @ Tradition prepares for a successful 2014 – 2015 school year.  This photo on the first day of school captures their passion and enthusiasm for assisting students with special needs.  Looking forward to an exceptional year at Palm Pointe!

ESOL for Administrators

ESOL for Administrators

This online course offering is designed for administrators and facilitated by Megan Green, Director of Secondary Curriculum. The online course is from Monday September 17th through Friday November 9th.

Essay winners recognized at school board meeting

Essay winners recognized at school board meeting

Winners of the sixth annual Samuel S. Gaines African American History essay contest were recognized at the April 10 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured, left to right, are: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine Taylor; Emily Perez, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, first place high school division; Julia Genkinger, first place middle school division; Chelsea Licea, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, second place high school division; Terra Ford, Manatee Academy K8, second place middle school division; Nicole Acevedo, Manatee Academy K8, third place middle school division; Hope Johnson, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, first place elementary division; Christopher Piedra, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, second place elementary division; and Juan Gomez, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, third place elementary division. Back row, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, Samuel S. Gaines, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, and St. Luce Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia with daughter Sadie.

Evening for Education

Evening for Education

The 18th annual “Evening for Education” dinner is Saturday, November 4, at 6:00 PM at the Pelican Yacht Club.

Working together for Success!  is the theme for an evening of dining and dancing with live and silent auctions. Win a large screen smart TV, Jane Rowley’s Famous Crab Dip, a signed Bud Adams framed photograph, jewelry, student art work, three nights in historic Boone, NC, and much more! There’s special pricing for School District employees. Visit www.efslc.org to RSVP.

Don’t miss this year’s event. This is the biggest fundraiser for the Education Foundation in its on-going efforts to support public education.

 

 

Everyone enjoys Spirit Week at Lawnwood Elementary

Everyone enjoys Spirit Week at Lawnwood Elementary

Lawnwood Elementary recently celebrated Spirit Week.  Students, faculty, and staff had a blast with the different daily themes.  Pictured here are some silly students from Colleen Hawkes’ third grade class on Wacky Day. Bottom row, from left, Nicarus Smith, Jennelius Albury, Ana Cardenas, Orion Hall, and Agustin Sanchez. Top row, from left, Demetra Nicholson, Maria Mendez, Lesli Andaracua, Colleen Hawkes, Nicholyas Reese, and Christopher Cady.

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Eleven concert bands from throughout St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) participated in the District 13 Concert Band Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) this past weekend.

At this assessment, the ensembles perform on Stage 3 prepared numbers for three judges.  One selection must be a march.  Students leave the stage and go into the Sight Reading room.  They are handed a booklet that resembles the booklet that students receive when taking FSAs.  They are directed to different passages in the booklet.  The director is allotted a small amount of time to give brief directions, and the bands are then expected to “sight read” the selections and reach a high level of mastery.  To do so, they must bring all of the knowledge they have acquired in daily instruction and apply it in that instant setting.

Keep in mind that MPAs are the Music FSAs.

Also, remember the scale:

FSA        MPA

5        =     1   =   Superior

4        =     2   =   Excellent

3        =     3   =   Good

We urge our directors to always bring high quality instruction to their classes so that our students will always be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and earn one of the highest two ratings.  It is also important to point out that SLPS had 11 bands participate at the District 13 MPAs.

Ft. Pierce Central

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Treasure Coast

Band 3 = Excellent

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Ft. Pierce Westwood

Band 1 = Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Excellent

Lincoln Park Academy

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Pt. St. Lucie High

Band 1 = Excellent

It was a great weekend for Bands and The Arts from St. Lucie Public Schools!

 

Exciting Lab Activity for Mariposa Students

Exciting Lab Activity for Mariposa Students

Hobe Sound Nature Center visited the fourth graders at Mariposa Elementary. The center brought an owl for students to study and look at the world of raptors, while examining closely the adaptions of owls. Mrs. Jennifer Scipioni’s students learned about these adaptations through a hands-on activity investigating owl pellets. During this exciting lab activity, the students learned about food chains, ecology, and natural history. The lab activity produced small skeleton parts from rodents, birds, and more. The fourth graders were very excited to be able to take home these discoveries!

Exciting Times in the Northport STEaM Lab!

Exciting Times in the Northport STEaM Lab!

Wonderful job to the Northstar STEaM students, their instructor, Christine Nurse, and ESE Chairpersons Sherri Yacovino and De Green for their great work with our ESE students. The excitement was palpable as students learned new and exciting hands-on information. Northstars STEaM Team students provided a laser and photonics hands-on lab for our wonderful exceptional students. The students designed and created an authentic triangulated laser and photonics security system.

Executive Directors of Schools Announced

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent Genelle Yost announced today the selection of current school principals, Pam Dampier and Lydia Martin, as Executive Directors of Schools.

Veteran Principal Pam Dampier currently serves as principal of Lincoln Park Academy. She began her service to St. Lucie Public Schools in 1994 as a teacher who held numerous leadership roles prior to moving into administration. Mrs. Dampier worked as the principal of St. Lucie West K-8 School from August 2005 to June 2013 during which time she facilitated the campus’s successful transition from a middle school to a K-8 school. Mrs. Dampier is a visionary who has the ability to foster support and collaborative relationships amongst her staffs for the united purpose of enhancing student achievement.

Lydia Martin, also celebrated as a successful school leader, will join the the district staff after serving as the principal at Southport Middle School for the past four years. Supporting St. Lucie Public Schools since 1994, Mrs. Martin has held successful leadership roles including classroom instructor, assistant principal and principal. She is a practiced instructional leader who will share her skills and talents to build greater capacity amongst District principals in her new role. Her ability to analyze data and communicate strategies for school improvement make her a natural fit for the position of Executive Director.

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – In support of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continuing effort to recruit and retain experienced teachers, SLPS and the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association/Classified Unit have agreed to remove contract language that limits the years of experience awarded to returning DROP retirees. Previously, returning DROP retirees had a cap of five years on the experience for which they could receive credit. New language removes the cap and now qualified returning retirees can receive credit for all of their verified years of experience.  Current employees who returned from DROP will be credited with all verified years of experience beginning February 1, 2018.

 

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez said, “It’s a significant step in the right direction to attract and retain experienced, qualified teachers. We are excited about welcoming back these experienced teachers.” Union President Vicki Rodriguez agreed and added, “There is no substitute for experienced, highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially ones who have experience in our county.”

 

For more information on this and other opportunities within SLPS, contact the Human Resources department at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/ or 772-429-7508.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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.

 

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

In support of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continuing effort to recruit and retain experienced teachers, SLPS and the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association/Classified Unit have agreed to remove contract language that limits the years of experience awarded to returning DROP retirees. Previously, returning DROP retirees had a cap of five years on the experience for which they could receive credit. New language removes the cap and now qualified returning retirees can receive credit for all of their verified years of experience.  Current employees who returned from DROP will be credited with all verified years of experience beginning February 1, 2018.

 

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez said, “It’s a significant step in the right direction to attract and retain experienced, qualified teachers. We are excited about welcoming back these experienced teachers.” Union President Vicki Rodriguez agreed and added, “There is no substitute for experienced, highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially ones who have experience in our county.”

 

For more information on this and other opportunities within SLPS, contact the Human Resources department at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/ or 772-429-7508.