The safety of students and staff on campuses as well as at school-sponsored events such as high school football games remain a priority for St. Lucie Public Schools.
The District’s school security team and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have announced measures to enhance security protocols at all local football events for the coming season. Effective immediately:
• Additional law enforcement officers at each game including parking lot areas
• No backpacks, totes, or similar items permitted (purses and handbags allowed but subject to search)
• No re-entry into game, and no entry after 3rd quarter
• Stadiums cleared promptly at close of each game
Multiple measures are in place for students and staff to report any concerns. All will be treated seriously. The See Something, Say Something campaign encourages individuals to immediately make a report to law enforcement, administrators, teachers, or staff. Reports can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers or the St. Lucie Public Schools app.
Peaches are a delicious summer treat. A native of China, peaches traveled to Persia before making their way to the Americas with the Spaniards in the 1700’s. Thomas Jefferson grew peaches at Monticello. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that commercial peach growing began in the United States.
A member of the rose family, and classified as a stone fruit due to the large seed in the middle, peaches have a fuzzy skin, with either yellow or white flesh. Two varieties are available: Freestone (flesh separates from seed) or Clingstone (flesh sticks to seed).
When we think of peaches we usually think of Georgia peaches, but peaches are also grown in South Carolina, New Jersey, California and Florida. Yes, Florida! The University of Florida developed a peach that needs fewer chill hours (amount of cold temperature weather to produce peach blossoms) in the 1960’s. Florida peaches are harvested in the spring between late March and May before Georgia peaches are ripe and ready for market.
Nutritionally, one small peach (4.5 oz) contains approximately 50 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber. Peaches are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and A. Fresh, canned or frozen — you just can’t beat a peach for a tasty summer treat! In honor of National Eat a Peach Day, all Child Nutrition Cafeterias will be offering peaches as a fruit selection with student meals (August 22, 2018).
Enjoy this recipe for Peach Salsa adapted from the Pioneer Woman
Prep: 15 minutes Serves: 6
2 – 28 oz. cans peaches in juice, drained, juice reserved
1 medium red onion, diced very fine
1 medium red pepper, seeded, diced very fine
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
¼ tsp chili powder
Dash of salt
Juice of one lime
Chop peaches into small pieces and place into a bowl with all the other ingredients. Stir and add a splash of the reserved juice. Adjust seasonings to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve with tortilla chips or over grilled fish.
On Wednesday August 8, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion aided the incoming freshmen at open house, the school’s first event. The cadets of JROTC helped incoming students with finding their classes and enrolled many new cadets into the program. Fifty new eager cadets were assigned that day. Cadets working this event felt encouraged to reach out to young motivated students who want to better themselves and their community. Students already enrolled in the program were thrilled to collaborate with the freshmen.
Featured in photos: Cadet Sergeant Eddie Cook as a cadet guide, and the Color Guard is Commanded by Cadet Sergeant Moleon Mattews, accompanied by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, Cadet First Sergeant Andre Hannon, and Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett.
St. Lucie Public Schools received the highly sought-after AdvancEd Accreditation, and all SLPS principals received their AdvancED certificate at the August School Board Meeting.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They conduct rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.
AdvanceED’s expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation. Using a set of rigorous research-based standards and evidence based criteria, an AdvancED Performance Accreditation team came to SLPS as we closed last school year and examined the whole institution – our policies, programs, practices, learning conditions and cultural context – to determine how well the parts work together to carry out SLPS’s vision and meet the needs of every learner.
Dinora Gomez, Josh Sorensen, Pat Christian McFadden, and Yasmin Schmidt, recipients of this month’s STAR Award, were acknowledged for their positive customer service by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members. The District appreciates the fact that each one is committed to excellence and going the extra mile to ensure that needs are met, solutions are sought, and helping hands are extended.
National Energy Education Development (NEED) selected Morningside Elementary as THE Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-Up.
The award was based on Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade class portfolio on energy studies. The fifth-grade group was highly engaged as their studies and experiments on the science of energy led them through class activities, energy expos, and community festivals. It was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community.
The School Board recognized students and their teacher who attended an awards recognition conference in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to: Mrs. Mollie Mukhamedov, Mia Iken, and Charity Robinson!
The health and wellness of our students is vitally important, and SLPS is proud of its continued partnership with the American Heart Association. This partnership is crucial, as today, nearly one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and many children to not get enough physical activity. The link between academic achievement and student health and wellness is well-researched. Healthy students miss fewer days, and physical activity is linked to an increase in student cognitive performance.
Ms. Michelle Mason from the American Heart Association attended the August School Board Meeting to recognize students and staff from Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, and Palm Point Research School at Tradition — top fundraisers for the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Sheila Cash from Garber Buick GMC presented St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Principal Andrea Popwell with a check for over $6,000.00 during this month’s School Board Meeting. The money raised came from Garber’s Drive for Education campaign to support our community’s students.
Community partners in education are vital to the overall success of the District. From volunteer support to financial support, the wide array of contributions is greatly appreciated.
Leah Scheible, a rising junior at Fort Pierce Central High School, was recognized at the August SLPS Board Meeting because she made a big splash at this year’s Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, Washington.
As one of Florida’s 7-member swim team delegation, Leah took twin silvers in her individual 200 freestyle event and 4X50 freestyle relay, and she scooped a fourth-place finish in her individual 100 freestyle event.
Leah’s swim coach, Heather Gray, who accompanied Leah to the Board meeting, describes her as an outstanding athlete.
Leah participates in swim, track, basketball and cheerleading for St. Lucie County’s Special Olympics. She is equally active on Fort Pierce Central High School’s campus, participating as a varsity athlete on the school’s swim team and track team. She also plays junior varsity ladies basketball.
The 2018-2019 School Year is off to a great start!
The District maintains a strong commitment to ensuring safety for all students and staff. Please note that new protocols are in place for entering campuses across the District. It is important that you present a form of identification as one of the necessary steps to receive your “Visitor Badge.”
We thank you for helping us keep our schools safe.
As of Tuesday, August 14, the Student Assignment Office returns to its home base at
501 NW University Blvd.
Suite #111 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
The Student Assignment Office shifted its location to the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road in Ft. Pierce from August 1 – August 13. The purpose of the shift was to provide better customer service for parents and guardian registering their children for school.
Friday night, Fort Pierce Wal-Mart was filled with excitement as 100 Lakewood Park Elementary students were treated to shopping for school uniforms by Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack. The event was organized by his mother, Mrs Yolanda Mack. Pictured: Mrs. Yolanda Mack, teacher at Lakewood Park Elementary; Khalil Burns, LWP student; and Principal Dianne Young.
Kids Eat Right Monthfocuses on the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for children and families. As the new school year starts, Child Nutrition Services wants to help families by providing balanced breakfast and lunch options for the students of St. Lucie Public Schools.
The best way to start the day is with breakfast. Studies have shown students who eat a balanced breakfast tend to be more focused and learn better than students who skip breakfast. Child Nutrition Services offers breakfast with items that include whole grains, lean proteins, whole fruit, and low-fat milk options. Child Nutrition Services understands the significance of breakfast for learning. For the 2018-2019 school year, Child Nutrition Services will be offering Universal Free Breakfast for all students at each of the district schools.
Students eating a balanced lunch will have the energy needed to stay focused through the rest of the school day. Child Nutrition Services offers multiple daily options to satisfy any palate. Each café offers an entrée, sub, chef salad, Grab & Go choices. Sides offered daily at each café include garden salads, hot veggie options, cold veggie options and a variety of fruit choices. Students have the opportunity to take up to three fruit and vegetable options to enjoy with their lunch.
We invite parents, staff, and the community to play their part in encouraging Kids to Eat Right!
Congratulations to Marty Sanders who is serving as President of the Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association (FEFPA)!
Mr. Sanders is responsible for Growth Management, Land Acquisition & Inter-Governmental Relations for St. Lucie Public Schools.
FEFPA is a professional marginalization that provides an exchange of idea for K-12 and higher education in FL. Members include K12 facility staff, contractors, engineers, architects and manufacturing representatives.
The principal objectives and purposes of the FEFPA are:
To establish a means of exchanging ideas.
To stabilize written communication between educational facilities planners throughout Florida.
To stimulate professional growth.
To promote research of new construction, new material, and new equipment.
To promote creativeness in planning and constructing educational facilities.
To encourage the exchange of ideas between educators and facility planners in achieving a quality education construction program.
To encourage membership by public school district, community college, and university planners, architects, engineers, product vendors and manufacturers, and other interested parties, through the effectiveness of an active organization.
To provide assistance to the Department of Education and the Florida Legislature.
St. Lucie Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest school vaccine provider – to offer flu shots to your child during the school day. The copay is $0, so there is no cost to you.
The CDC recommends a flu shot as your child’s #1 defense against the flu. Our district’s goal is to ensure that flu shots are available to 100% of our students. Help us as St. Lucie Public Schools Fights the Flu.