St. Lucie Public Schools Ranks 11th in State

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – In a report of information compiled annually by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) once again moves closer to the head of the class in regard to top efficiency ratings for cost per capital outlay. In 2014-2015, the District was ranked 11 out of 67 school districts by reducing costs from $201.00 to $197.00. This compares to a ranking of 15 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

This information is compiled annually from the financial data provided by school districts to the FLDOE. According to a memo from the FLDOE, this data is impacted by energy costs and other factors that impact energy expenditures.

Executive Director of Facilities Marty Sanders explained that the cost of utilities may vary for each District, nonetheless, this information is helpful in identifying movement relative to others as Districts continue to strive for greater efficiency. He commended the facilities team by saying, “Great work by all in keeping the power usage under control. The continued diligence in building automation, HVAC maintenance, and facility use team continues to make improvements.” This infrastructure allows for proactive measures that equate to sustainable savings regarding the quality and maintenance of our equipment. Of great support is the facilities automation team that sets automatic controls for turning on and off energy consuming devices such as lights, air conditioning, etc.

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 Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

Ahead of recently passed legislation, the district will implement state-approved reading instructional materials in all 26 of its elementary schools.

(Port St. Lucie, FL) September 11, 2018 —  St. Lucie Public Schools in Florida has purchased Reading Horizons, a leading provider of literacy solutions, for all 26 of its elementary schools for this school year. The decision came after the Florida Senate passed a bill that requires instructional materials to incorporate evidence-based strategies, including a phonics-based approach to acquiring literacy skills, which improve reading performance for all students.

Reading Horizons will be integrated into St. Lucie Public Schools’ curriculum of every kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom, along with various 3rd grade classrooms. As part of the deployment, more than 400 educators were trained before the school year on how to best support their students’ growth using the platform.

“A solid foundation in phonics is essential to building students’ literacy skills across all subjects,” says Kimberly Jay, Director of Elementary Curriculum. “St. Lucie Public School teachers have been geared up to use Reading Horizons in the classroom. We believe improving our students’ foundational reading skills will be the stepping stone to better comprehension of any topic.”

The Florida Senate bill doesn’t require districts to pick up state-approved reading instructional materials until 2021, but leadership at St. Lucie Public Schools is working far in advance of that deadline to strengthen students’ scores on the Florida State Assessment by providing phonics instruction and curricula to students starting in kindergarten.

“Early intervention is crucial to students’ success in reading. We are excited that leadership within St. Lucie Public Schools has chosen to implement Reading Horizons ahead of the state’s schedule to help its youngest learners as soon as possible,” said Reading Horizons’ president and CEO Tyson J. Smith, “At the same time, they’ve offered teachers the comprehensive professional development they need to make the most of the platform. We look forward to impressive results from students within St. Lucie Public Schools.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking district on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B-rated district, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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.

About Reading Horizons
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons’ products are based on a method that provides explicit, systematic, sequential decoding instruction. The Reading Horizons method has been proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.

 

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

Ahead of recently passed legislation, the district will implement state-approved reading instructional materials in all 26 of its elementary schools.

St. Lucie Public Schools in Florida has purchased Reading Horizons, a leading provider of literacy solutions, for all 26 of its elementary schools for this school year. The decision came after the Florida Senate passed a bill that requires instructional materials to incorporate evidence-based strategies, including a phonics-based approach to acquiring literacy skills, which improve reading performance for all students.

Reading Horizons will be integrated into St. Lucie Public Schools’ curriculum of every kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom, along with various 3rd grade classrooms. As part of the deployment, more than 400 educators were trained before the school year on how to best support their students’ growth using the platform.

“A solid foundation in phonics is essential to building students’ literacy skills across all subjects,” says Kimberly Jay, Director of Elementary Curriculum. “St. Lucie Public School teachers have been geared up to use Reading Horizons in the classroom. We believe improving our students’ foundational reading skills will be the stepping stone to better comprehension of any topic.”

The Florida Senate bill doesn’t require districts to pick up state-approved reading instructional materials until 2021, but leadership at St. Lucie Public Schools is working far in advance of that deadline to strengthen students’ scores on the Florida State Assessment by providing phonics instruction and curricula to students starting in kindergarten.

“Early intervention is crucial to students’ success in reading. We are excited that leadership within St. Lucie Public Schools has chosen to implement Reading Horizons ahead of the state’s schedule to help its youngest learners as soon as possible,” said Reading Horizons’ president and CEO Tyson J. Smith, “At the same time, they’ve offered teachers the comprehensive professional development they need to make the most of the platform. We look forward to impressive results from students within St. Lucie Public Schools.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking district on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B-rated district, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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.

About Reading Horizons
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons’ products are based on a method that provides explicit, systematic, sequential decoding instruction. The Reading Horizons method has been proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.

 

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals During Summer Months

St. Lucie Public Schools Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals During Summer Months

St. Lucie Public Schools Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals During Summer Months

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to provide nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch meals during the summer to children ages 18 and younger. According to SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest, eighteen sites across St. Lucie County have been selected to serve students (see chart). “All children need good nutrition throughout the year,” said, Wuest.  “We would just like to remind the students to register with the front office before they come to the cafeteria when they are on a school site.”

The Summer Food Service Program will operate during the months of June, July and August.  According to District officials, students are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  In accordance with Federal law, and US Department of Agriculture policy, SLPS is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 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.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly represented in MLK Grand Parade

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly represented in MLK Grand Parade

The 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemmorative Committee Grand Parade streamed down 25th Street, or Martin Luther King., Jr., Boulevard, in Fort Pierce on Monday, January 20. The event culminated 10 days of community events, beginning with the Opening Ceremony January 10, 2014 and ending with the parade and festival in the park adjacent to Lawnwood Stadium. The St. Lucie School District was proudly represented by numerous floats and vehicles, bands, and student group performances. Pictured, from left, are Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC Cadet Honey Cardona-Franco, Cadet Ruben Ramirez, Cadet Chris Green, and the Cadet Stephanie Castillo exhibiting their physical fitness for the judges.

St. Lucie Public Schools prepares for new year

St. Lucie Public Schools prepares for new year

The St. Lucie County School District begins the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, August 19, expecting approximately 41,000 students in its 42 elementary, K-8, middle, high, and alternative schools, including five charter schools and Mosaic Digital Academy, a three-county virtual K-12 school operated by St. Lucie Public Schools.

Eleven school sites will have a Tunnel of Hope of adults who mentor students, welcoming children at the beginning of the first school day. This is an activity at Kids At Hope Schools, an initiative in its third year in St. Lucie Public Schools where the philosophy is that all children can succeed, no exceptions. Pictured is a student at one of the Tunnels of Hope

A new school choice for families this year is the Renaissance Charter School at Tradition, a K-6 school located in Port St. Lucie. The Garden City Early Learning Academy in Fort Pierce was closed in June, 2013, as part of the school district’s budget reduction strategies implemented to meet declining revenues, which totaled $11 million for the 2013-2014 school year.

“The entire St. Lucie County School District family is eager to begin this new school year with a renewed spirit of moving our community forward,” remarked Interim Superintendent Genelle Yost. “We anticipate continuing the work of the district and the upward trend of student achievement, with a sharp focus on providing each child, every day, the tools and skills needed to be successful, lifelong learners,” he added.

The district enters the third year of a pioneering five-year partnership between the St. Lucie County School Board and preeminent global educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). This bold, proactive partnership enhances educational resources for students, and advances teacher capacity and parenting skills through four major components: ensuring the success of the St. Lucie Parent Academy; professional development support for private and public early learning centers; a focused approach to science, technologies, engineering and mathematics curriculum and teacher preparation for grades K-8; and creating a public access internet “cloud” environment for textbook, reference and research materials to replace textbooks and backpacks with technologically based resources available equitably to all.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Information specific to each school, including locations, safe routes to school and bell times, is at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/school/index.aspx. Parents should be sure to check their child’s school listed on the page, and click on the link to the school’s web page.

DISTRICT WEB SITE RESOURCES

The district’s web site, http://www.stlucieschools.org, offers easy to navigate links to a myriad of information resources. Most notable is the School Search option, which links to a map that assists parents in identifying the schools within their attendance zone as determined by the district’s open enrollment system in which parents can select from among schools close to where they live. Parents can also utilize the district’s choice system for magnet schools or those outside of their attendance zone, within specific guidelines.

Individual department web pages have detailed information for parents and students at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/district/index.aspx including:
• The transportation department page, which includes links to add students to bus stops and an interactive pedestrian safety awareness program. Automated telephone calls with bus stop information will be sent to parents on Sunday, August 11 and again on Sunday, August 18. The transportation department hot line, 772.340.4849 will be activated on Monday, August 12.
• The Food Services program provides the students of St. Lucie County Public schools with nutritious, high-quality food choices to enhance their ability to learn. This page has information on how to apply for free or reduced priced meals and the prices for meals for the 2013-14 school year.

FAMILY ACCESS ENCOURAGED

Parents are also highly encouraged to sign in to the Family Access portal, for student information such as attendance, grades, health data, and communications from their child’s school. This link is found under the Parents and Students tab at the top of the district web page at www.stlucieschools.org. If parents do not have internet access at home they may use computers at schools, or at many other public locations such as libraries.

REVENUES CONTINUE TO DECLINE

The district again approaches the new school year facing extreme financial challenges, with several initiatives continuing from previous years to drastically curb expenses. Additional significant cost-saving moves for 2013-14 include, among others, reducing electricity demand, continuing to refine bus routes, and trimming administrative/support staff and departmental budgets at the district-level.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Participates In Summer Food Service Program

St. Lucie Public Schools Participates In Summer Food Service Program

St. Lucie Public Schools will participate in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.  Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  At open sites, all children, 18 years old and younger, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

In accordance with Federal law, and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Summer feeding sites located on school campuses provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school.

The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program:

Site Name Area Address Open Dates Type
LAWNWOOD ELEM. FP 1900 S. 23rd Street, FP 34950 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
DAN MCCARTY MIDDLE FP 1201 Mississippi Avenue, FP 34950 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
GARDEN CITY FP 2202 Avenue Q, FP 34950 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
C.A. MOORE ELEM. FP 827 N. 29th Street, FP 34947 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
SLW K8 PSL 1501 SW Cashmere Blvd, PSL 34986 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
SAM GAINES ACADEMY FP 2250 S. Jenkins Road, FP 34947 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
PERFORMANCE BASED FP 2909 Delaware Avenue, FP 34947 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
DALE CASSENS FP 1905 S. 11th Street, FP 34950 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
LAKEWOOD PARK ELEM. FP 7800 Indrio Road, FP 34951 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
FLORESTA ELEM. PSL 1501 SE Floresta Drive, PSL 34983 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
NORTHPORT K8 PSL 250 NW Floresta Drive, PSL 34983 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
PARKWAY ELEM. PSL 7000 NW Selvitz Road, PSL 34983 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
SOUTHPORT MIDDLE PSL 2420 SE Morningside Blvd, PSL 34952 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
OAK HAMMOCK K8 PSL 1251 SW California Blvd, PSL 34953 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
WESTGATE K8 PSL 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd, PSL 34986 6/12 thru 7/17/2019  Breakfast/Lunch
MINSKY GYM:                 Mobile Feeding PSL 750 SW Darwin Blvd, PSL 34953 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Lunch/Snack
PORT ST. LUCIE CIVIC CENTER CAMP:              Mobile Feeding PSL 9221 SE Civic Center Place, PSL 34952 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Lunch/Snack
St. Lucie Public Schools Participates In Summer Food Service Program

St. Lucie Public Schools Participates In Summer Food Service Program

Fort Pierce, Florida – St. Lucie Public Schools will participate in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.  Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  At open sites, all children, 18 years old and younger, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

In accordance with Federal law, and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Summer feeding sites located on school campuses provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school.

The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program:

Site Name Area Address Open Dates Type
LAWNWOOD ELEM. FP 1900 S. 23rd Street, FP 34950 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
DAN MCCARTY MIDDLE FP 1201 Mississippi Avenue, FP 34950 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
GARDEN CITY FP 2202 Avenue Q, FP 34950 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
C.A. MOORE ELEM. FP 827 N. 29th Street, FP 34947 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
SLW K8 PSL 1501 SW Cashmere Blvd, PSL 34986 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
SAM GAINES ACADEMY FP 2250 S. Jenkins Road, FP 34947 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
PERFORMANCE BASED FP 2909 Delaware Avenue, FP 34947 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
DALE CASSENS FP 1905 S. 11th Street, FP 34950 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
LAKEWOOD PARK ELEM. FP 7800 Indrio Road, FP 34951 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
FLORESTA ELEM. PSL 1501 SE Floresta Drive, PSL 34983 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
NORTHPORT K8 PSL 250 NW Floresta Drive, PSL 34983 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
PARKWAY ELEM. PSL 7000 NW Selvitz Road, PSL 34983 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
SOUTHPORT MIDDLE PSL 2420 SE Morningside Blvd, PSL 34952 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
OAK HAMMOCK K8 PSL 1251 SW California Blvd, PSL 34953 6/12 thru 7/17/2019 Breakfast /Lunch
Westgate K8 PSL 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd, PSL 34986 6/12 thru 7/17/2019  Breakfast/Lunch
Minsky Gym:                Mobile Feeding PSL 750 SW Darwin Blvd, PSL 34953 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Lunch/Snack
Port St. Lucie Civic Center Camp:               

Mobile Feeding

PSL 9221 SE Civic Center Place, PSL 34952 6/10 thru 7/26/2019 Lunch/Snack
St. Lucie Public Schools Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

St. Lucie Public Schools Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Wide smiles and tributes to the efforts of their school teams were the remarks that echoed from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Principal Andrea Popwell and Dan McCarty Middle School Assistant Principal Samantha Piscopo as they were surprised with the news that they are, respectively, this year’s Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS).

“Outstanding school leaders set the pace for positive student achievement,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “Both administrators have a proven track record for supporting collaborative school cultures and sustaining positive academic growth for their students.”

Popwell and Piscopo are both veteran educators in SLPS and have been recognized for outstanding achievement and service throughout their careers. They are also no strangers to professional learning as they have a passion for being on the forefront of the latest educational research and best practices.

Both nominations from SLPS will be shared with the Florida Department of Education’s statewide pool of nominees. State winners will be announced later this year. The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for contributions to their schools and communities. The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improve school environments.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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.

St. Lucie public schools open Nov. 25-26

St. Lucie County Public Schools will be open on Monday and Tuesday November 25-26, 2013, for students and staff. District offices will be open Wednesday, November 27, and all school operations will be closed November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more calendar information, please check the district calendar posted on the district web site.

St. Lucie Public Schools Open House Dates

St. Lucie Public Schools Open House Dates

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Mark your calendar for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) open house dates. Wednesday, August 9 is slated for high schools, middle schools, and Lincoln Park Academy. Thursday, August 10 is earmarked for elementary schools and K-8 schools with one exception. C.A. Moore Elementary’s Open House and Family Fun Day is scheduled from 11 AM – 2 PM on Saturday, August 12.

 

Individual open house dates and times are included in the chart below and are published on the SLPS home page as well as the District’s social media outlets.  In addition, parents and students can expect to begin receiving bus stop information through personalized School Messenger calls during the weekend of August 5,, and the online registration meal application portal is available now at www.stlucieschools.org.  For additional information, please utilize the online resources available on the District’s homepage or call your child’s school for assistance prior to the first day of school on August 14.

 

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 rated 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.

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools – Night of the Stars Gala

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Excitement is in the air as the 28th Annual Night of the Stars gala draws closer.  This ticketed event scheduled for Saturday, February 20, at the Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium in Fort Pierce will honor outstanding educational and support staff professionals in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS).  A VIP welcome reception is planned for 5:00 PM and the awards ceremony is set to begin at 6:00 PM.
 
This year’s categories will include: Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.
 
SLPS’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will represent St. Lucie County at the State level. 
 
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 Public Schools Names New Principals

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – According to St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, “Effective school leadership is paramount to the overall success of a school and to the success of a thriving school district.  That is why we take such care in identifying leaders who have a strong belief system that fosters support for high quality instruction and high expectations that all students can learn at high levels.”  Gent named the following individuals as new St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) principals for the coming school year:  Keith Davis (Performance Based Preparatory Academy), Adrian Ocampo (Port St. Lucie High School), and Ana Rodriguez-Oronoz (Allapattah Flats K-8).  Joseph Lezeau will serve as Intern Principal (Fort Pierce Westwood High School). While not new to principalships in SLPS, the following current principals will assume the leadership of new schools for the 2016-2017 academic year: Roberto Bonsenor (Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8), Bridgette Hargadine (Southern Oaks Middle School), D’Jion Jackson (Savanna Ridge Elementary School), Felicia Nixon (White City Elementary School), Lisa Sullivan (Dan McCarty Middle School), and Traci Wilke (Lawnwood Elementary School).

“SLPS is showing positive growth as our trends indicate – our graduation rate is projected to surpass the state average, and we are making gains in third grade reading. However, we recognize the urgency to accelerate these growth trends and all of our leaders are committed to focusing on accelerating progress with the support of our great teachers through their quality instruction,” stated Gent.  He added, “We will continue to support a strong focus on graduation while also concentrating on early literacy efforts for our youngest learners.”

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 Public Schools Names New Principals

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – According to St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, “Effective school leadership is paramount to the overall success of a school and to the success of a thriving school district.  That is why we take such care in identifying leaders who have a strong belief system that fosters support for high quality instruction and high expectations that all students can learn at high levels.”  Gent named the following individuals as new St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) principals for the coming school year:  Keith Davis (Performance Based Preparatory Academy), Adrian Ocampo (Port St. Lucie High School), and Ana Rodriguez-Oronoz (Allapattah Flats K-8).  Joseph Lezeau will serve as Intern Principal (Fort Pierce Westwood High School). While not new to principalships in SLPS, the following current principals will assume the leadership of new schools for the 2016-2017 academic year: Roberto Bonsenor (Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8), Bridgette Hargadine (Southern Oaks Middle School), D’Jion Jackson (Savanna Ridge Elementary School), Felicia Nixon (White City Elementary School), Lisa Sullivan (Dan McCarty Middle School), and Traci Wilke (Lawnwood Elementary School).

“SLPS is showing positive growth as our trends indicate – our graduation rate is projected to surpass the state average, and we are making gains in third grade reading. However, we recognize the urgency to accelerate these growth trends and all of our leaders are committed to focusing on accelerating progress with the support of our great teachers through their quality instruction,” stated Gent.  He added, “We will continue to support a strong focus on graduation while also concentrating on early literacy efforts for our youngest learners.”

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 Public Schools Makes Great Strides in Academic Performance

St. Lucie Public Schools Makes Great Strides in Academic Performance

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has continued the positive trends with today’s Department of Education release of school grades.

SLPS strengthened its B rating, gaining 38 points to 664 and earning a top third district ranking in the state, now ranked 22nd among districts moving up from 32nd in 2017.  The district is only 1.5%  from an A.  When compared to other districts with more than 20,000 students,  St. Lucie Public Schools ranked 2nd in improvement between 2017 and 2018.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes this continued upward trend to our students and staff.  “In an extremely challenging year, our teachers and administrators were able to keep the focus on teaching and learning in order to achieve these historic accomplishments.”

The good news is evident on multiple fronts with the following highlights:

  • Increasing the number of A schools from five to eight
  • Two schools increased two letter grades. Morningside Elementary, C to an A and Weatherbee Elementary, D to a B, less than two points from an A.
  • Nine schools increased at least one letter grade.
SLPS expanded its number of A schools  which now include St. Lucie West K-8, Morningside Elementary, and Mosaic Digital Academy Lower School.  These schools join current A rated schools; Lincoln Park Academy, Fairlawn Elementary, Mosaic Digital Academy Upper School, West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition.

The schools moving up a letter grade include Fort Pierce Central (B) , Savanna Ridge Elementary(B), White City Elementary (B),  Allapattah Flats K-8 (B) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy (C).

The District will be appealing the scores for St. Lucie Elementary and Manatee K-8, both within one point of increasing a letter grade.

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 90.1 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.

St. Lucie Public Schools Open House Dates

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology Programs with LEGO®…

WHO:  St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will launch new STEAM and emerging technology programs with LEGO® Education Solutions.

 

WHAT: You are invited to create and innovate in these unique Makerspaces.  Nearly 3,000 kindergarten through high school students will participate in the programs, bringing first-of-its-kind hands-on learning opportunities to students in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

WHERE AND WHEN: 

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST)

December 13, 2018

9 AM to 10:30 AM

1100 Delaware Ave.

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

December 12, 2018

1 PM to 3:30 PM

2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to provide FREE online resources to help all children continue learning throughout the summer.  These resources are part of the “Summer Slide” program which includes engaging web-based resources for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. 

According to Director of Elementary Curriculum Kimberly Jay, “We have built a rich repository of any time, any place resources that are designed to help our students maintain their academic momentum.”  She explained that during the summer, many students have a tendency to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: arts/technology, English language arts (ELA), English language learners (ELL), math, science, social studies, and college career readiness. 

Jay added that the resources will allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. “They have the opportunity to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests.”

Anyone can access the resources by going to the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org and clicking on the “Summer Slide” logo. 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to provide FREE online resources to help all children continue learning throughout the summer.  These resources are part of the “Summer Slide” program which includes engaging web-based resources for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. 

According to Director of Elementary Curriculum Kimberly Jay, “We have built a rich repository of any time, any place resources that are designed to help our students maintain their academic momentum.”  She explained that during the summer, many students have a tendency to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: arts/technology, English language arts (ELA), English language learners (ELL), math, science, social studies, and college career readiness. 

Jay added that the resources will allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. “They have the opportunity to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests.”

Anyone can access the resources by going to the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org and clicking on the “Summer Slide” logo. 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Is Recognized as a Florida Healthy School District

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent received notification from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) that the District is recognized as a Florida Healthy School District for the period of 2016-2018. The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) and Florida Action for Healthy Kids (FLAFHK) congratulated St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) for its continued efforts to support the physical, mental and social health of students and staff.

“In keeping with Florida’s vision for our children to be healthy, fit, and ready to learn, we strive to be exceptional in creating healthy teaching and learning environments to support our students and our staff,” said Gent.  The esteemed recognition of being a Florida Healthy School District is broad in scope and encompasses an array of components ranging from student services, health and physical education, to employee wellness and nutrition services.  With regard to nutrition services, SLPS is a leader in supporting students and staff with well-balanced nutritional choices and in providing healthy choices through programs such as Farm to Table and Summer Meals.

As a Florida Healthy School District, SLPS looks forward to continuing its efforts to promote health and wellness in St. Lucie County.

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 PUBLIC SCHOOLS INVITES YOU TO AN EXCLUSIVE MICROSOFT INTERACTIVE NIGHT

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS INVITES YOU TO AN EXCLUSIVE MICROSOFT INTERACTIVE NIGHT

Learn About the New Magnet Program at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

WHO: Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (District Staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the magnet application process)

WHAT: Microsoft Interactive Night

WHEN: Monday, May 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2250 S. Jenkins Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

WHY: Samuel S. Gaines Academy is now accepting magnet student applications for Kindergartners and 6th graders

This exclusive Microsoft Interactive Night will provide students and parents the opportunity to explore the innovative experiences that await students interested in preparing for careers that include the latest state-of-the-art applications in robotics, coding, gaming, virtual and augmented reality.

 

After a brief presentation, our Microsoft partners will showcase many of the interactive learning tools that will be part of the new Emerging Technologies Magnet School opening this fall.

 

PARTICIPANTS: Families interested in learning about Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 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.

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