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 Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology  Programs with LEGO®…

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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St. Lucie Public Schools Human Resources Executive Director Announced

St. LUCIE COUNTY — Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced Rafael Sanchez as the new executive director of Human Resources for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) which is St. Lucie County’s largest employer. Sanchez will relocate from his role as Human Resources Assistant Director of Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland to assume his new position in April. “The recruitment and retention of quality educators and support staff is critical to the quality education all students deserve,” said Gent.  “Hiring the best and the brightest is our goal for our schools and our community. We recognize the need to maintain a more consistent workforce for the sake of continuing our growth as a premier center for education.  With Sanchez’s notable achievements, I am confident we will see positive changes to support our schools and our community.”

No stranger to the Sunshine State, Sanchez is looking forward to returning to Florida where he spent six years as a human resources manager for Orange County Public Schools guiding transformation, increasing efficiency, and enhancing customer service ratings.  Sanchez said that he is looking forward to serving the community, employees, and students of St. Lucie Public Schools.

He feels a strong connection to the SLPS mission statement which is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed. He said, “This coincides and resonates with my own personal core values and beliefs of a Human Resources professional working in public education.”  Sanchez is committed to his work in public education and indicated that is one of the most significant careers a person can choose to pursue.   “I am committed to ensuring our students, teachers and staff have all the resources, service, and knowledge my role and team can provide.  Like our mission statement, I am guided by making sure all of our Human Resources decisions directly impact both student and employee safety and enhance academic success.”

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 Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  This is the second year in a row the School District has received this honor in the “Large Employer” (over 200 employees) category.  The announcement was accompanied by cheers from staff members at the 17th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on October 25th and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.
 
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince accepted the award on behalf of the District and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students’ and their escalating achievement. He said, “Over the past three years, the District has made unprecedented gains in graduation rates and academic achievement.” He added that the individuals who work with children every day, take to heart the challenge of making school the very best part of each student’s day.
 
Winning the distinction of Best Places to Work enhances the District’s recruitment brand and model which integrate support functions that correlate to its mission and vision.   Determining factors for SLPS’s repeat recognition include robust professional training programs, a valued new teacher induction and support program, unique recruitment and retention efforts, and a retirement program.
 
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 Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for Second Year

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  This is the second year in a row the School District has received this honor in the “Large Employer” (over 200 employees) category.  The announcement was accompanied by cheers from staff members at the 17th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on October 25th and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.
 
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince accepted the award on behalf of the District and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students’ and their escalating achievement. He said, “Over the past three years, the District has made unprecedented gains in graduation rates and academic achievement.” He added that the individuals who work with children every day, take to heart the challenge of making school the very best part of each student’s day.
 
Winning the distinction of Best Places to Work enhances the District’s recruitment brand and model which integrate support functions that correlate to its mission and vision.   Determining factors for SLPS’s repeat recognition include robust professional training programs, a valued new teacher induction and support program, unique recruitment and retention efforts, and a valued retirement program.
 
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 Honored as One of Best Places to Work

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of Best Places to Work

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

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 ranking 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.

St. Lucie Public Schools: Hiring the Best and Brightest at Upcoming Teacher Job Fair

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), the largest employer in St. Lucie County, is hosting a teacher job fair on Friday, July 24, at Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. SLPS, a fully accredited K-12 school system, is seeking high quality instructional personnel to support teaching and learning.

The District is a leader in digital innovation and has instructional openings in targeted elementary and secondary classrooms. Area school leaders will convene during this opportunity event to discuss career options for educating students today for tomorrow’s digitally-driven world.

The SLPS website (www.stlucieschools.org) will also serve as a hub of information on job opportunities, teaching requirements, salary schedules, and much more.

The Fort Pierce Westwood High School campus is located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce.
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.2424

St. Lucie Public Schools – Graduation Rates Soar to 5th in the State

St. Lucie Public Schools – Graduation Rates Soar to 5th in the State

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is ranked fifth overall in Florida and is the highest ranking district on the Treasure Coast with an overall graduation rate of 90.1 percent. Data released today by the Florida Department of Education shows that for the third year in a row, the District continues to demonstrate positive growth. “This is a historic and unprecedented measure of success for the School District and for the community,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.  This surge represents a hike from 45th to fifth in the state as well as another 3.3 percent gain from the previous year, surpassing state averages.

According to a report released today by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), all SLPS comprehensive high schools made significant gains and four high schools boast graduation rates that exceed 93 percent (Lincoln Park Academy, 99.6; Treasure Coast High School, 97.3; Fort Pierce Central High School, 95.5; and St. Lucie West Centennial High School, 93.2).  Fort Pierce Westwood High School and Port St. Lucie High School far exceeded the State graduation average and improved their graduation rates by 6.7 and 8.4 percent respectively.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “It is important to ensure that all of our students are making gains, and it is gratifying to see all demographic groups making positive growth and opening doors for college or career opportunities.”  SLPS ranks third in the state for ESE students with an 83.7 percent rate, third for Black students with 88.1 percent, sixth for White students with 91.5 percent, and seventh in the state for Hispanic students with graduation rates at 89.6 percent.

Supporting all students in their achievement of graduation goals is the mission of St. Lucie Public Schools.  “We have a dedicated team of teachers and administrators in place who are relentless in their efforts to support the personal learning goals for students.  Persistent efforts to monitor indicators of momentum including attendance, behavior, math, and reading gains are contributing factors to our overall gains,” said Gent.

 

Graduations Rate Details

School 2015-2016 2016-2017 Increase
Fort Pierce Central High School 92.4% 95.5% 3.1%
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 83.1% 89.8% 6.7%
Lincoln Park Academy 96.7% 99.6% 2.9%
Port St. Lucie High School 81.4% 89.8% 8.4%
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 89.2% 93.2% 4.0%
Treasure Coast High School 91.8% 97.3% 5.5%
DISTRICT 86.8% 90.1% 3.3%

 

School White Black Hispanic
  2015-2016 2016-2017 Increase 2015-2016 2016-2017 Increase 2015-2016 2016-2017 Increase
Fort Pierce Central High School 91.8 97.1 5.3 91.2 96.2 5.0 93.6 92.2 -1.4
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 91.1 92.3 1.2 79.4 91.1 11.7 80.5 84.9 4.4
Lincoln Park Academy 97.4 99.1 1.7 95.1 100.0 4.9 95.6 100.0 4.4
Port St. Lucie High School 85.3 89.3 4.0 76.9 88.0 11.1 77.8 91.0 13.2
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 90.1 93.9 3.8 86.1 92.7 6.6 90.3 92.7 2.4
Treasure Coast High School 94.9 97.8 2.9 86 96.1 10.1 92.2 97.4 5.2
St Lucie School District 89 91.5 2.5 82.4 88.1 5.7 87.7 89.6 1.9

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the highest ranking 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.

St. Lucie Public Schools Grad Rate Increases to 91.8 Percent

St. Lucie Public Schools Grad Rate Increases to 91.8 Percent

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – For the second year, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) boasts a graduation rate above 90 percent with 1.7 percent growth this year landing the District at 91.8 percent – well above the State average. All comprehensive high schools in the District scored at or above 91.7 percent with an overall average of 96.5 percent. “This is a monumental accomplishment.  All demographic groups continue to perform at high levels as more and more students graduate each year.  This is vital to support college and career opportunities for our students and will continue to aid economic development in our community,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

According to a report released today by the Florida Department of Education, the District’s comprehensive high schools saw an overall increase of two percent with Port St. Lucie High School achieving a seven-percent hike.  Two high schools laid claim to graduation rates that exceeded 98 percent (Lincoln Park Academy, 99.5, and Treasure Coast High School, 98.1).  St. Lucie West Centennial High School, 97.6; Fort Pierce Central High School, 95.5; Port St. Lucie High School, 96.8; and Fort Pierce Westwood High School, 91.7, far surpassed the State graduation average of 86.1.

Out of 67 Florida districts, SLPS ranks fourth for economically disadvantaged students, fifth for Hispanic students, sixth for ELL students, eighth for ESE students, tenth for Black students, and thirteenth for White students.  Supporting all students in their achievement of graduation goals is the mission of SLPS.  “Our teachers and administrators are dedicated and focused.  They are committed to helping all students achieve their personal best — their persistence is paying off,” said Gent.

  

Comprehensive High Schools – Graduation Rate Details

School 2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase
Fort Pierce Central High School 95.5% 95.5% 0%
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 89.8% 91.7% 1.9%
Lincoln Park Academy 99.6% 99.5% -0.1%
Port St. Lucie High School 89.8% 96.8% 7.0%
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 93.2% 97.6% 4.4%
Treasure Coast High School 97.3% 98.1% 0.8%
DISTRICT TOTAL 90.1% 91.8% 1.7%

 

School White Black Hispanic
  2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase 2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase 2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase
Fort Pierce Central High School 97.1% 96.3% -0.8% 96.2% 93.7% -2.5% 92.2% 96.3% 4.1%
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 92.3% 95.9% 3.6% 91.1% 90.9% -0.2% 84.9% 89.4% 4.5%
Lincoln Park Academy 99.1% 99.0% -0.1% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Port St. Lucie High School 89.3% 98.8% 9.4% 88.0% 95.7% 7.7% 91.0% 95.6% 4.6%
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 93.9% 98.2% 4.3% 92.7% 97.8% 5.1% 92.7% 97.1% 4.4%
Treasure Coast High School 97.8% 97.6% -0.2% 96.1% 98.2% 2.1% 97.4% 98.1% 0.6%
St Lucie School District 91.5% 92.4% 0.9% 88.1% 90.1% 2.0% 89.6% 92.5% 2.9%

 

 

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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools Grad Rate Increases to 91.8 Percent

St. Lucie Public Schools Grad Rate Increases to 91.8 Percent

For the second year, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) boasts a graduation rate above 90 percent with 1.7 percent growth this year landing the District at 91.8 percent – well above the State average. All comprehensive high schools in the District scored at or above 91.7 percent with an overall average of 96.5 percent. “This is a monumental accomplishment.  All demographic groups continue to perform at high levels as more and more students graduate each year.  This is vital to support college and career opportunities for our students and will continue to aid economic development in our community,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

According to a report released today by the Florida Department of Education, the District’s comprehensive high schools saw an overall increase of two percent with Port St. Lucie High School achieving a seven-percent hike.  Two high schools laid claim to graduation rates that exceeded 98 percent (Lincoln Park Academy, 99.5, and Treasure Coast High School, 98.1).  St. Lucie West Centennial High School, 97.6; Fort Pierce Central High School, 95.5; Port St. Lucie High School, 96.8; and Fort Pierce Westwood High School, 91.7, far surpassed the State graduation average of 86.1.

Out of 67 Florida districts, SLPS ranks fourth for economically disadvantaged students, fifth for Hispanic students, sixth for ELL students, eighth for ESE students, tenth for Black students, and thirteenth for White students.  Supporting all students in their achievement of graduation goals is the mission of SLPS.  “Our teachers and administrators are dedicated and focused.  They are committed to helping all students achieve their personal best — their persistence is paying off,” said Gent.

  

Comprehensive High Schools – Graduation Rate Details

School 2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase
Fort Pierce Central High School 95.5% 95.5% 0%
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 89.8% 91.7% 1.9%
Lincoln Park Academy 99.6% 99.5% -0.1%
Port St. Lucie High School 89.8% 96.8% 7.0%
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 93.2% 97.6% 4.4%
Treasure Coast High School 97.3% 98.1% 0.8%
DISTRICT TOTAL 90.1% 91.8% 1.7%

 

School White Black Hispanic
  2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase 2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase 2016-2017 2017-2018 Increase
Fort Pierce Central High School 97.1% 96.3% -0.8% 96.2% 93.7% -2.5% 92.2% 96.3% 4.1%
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 92.3% 95.9% 3.6% 91.1% 90.9% -0.2% 84.9% 89.4% 4.5%
Lincoln Park Academy 99.1% 99.0% -0.1% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Port St. Lucie High School 89.3% 98.8% 9.4% 88.0% 95.7% 7.7% 91.0% 95.6% 4.6%
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 93.9% 98.2% 4.3% 92.7% 97.8% 5.1% 92.7% 97.1% 4.4%
Treasure Coast High School 97.8% 97.6% -0.2% 96.1% 98.2% 2.1% 97.4% 98.1% 0.6%
St Lucie School District 91.5% 92.4% 0.9% 88.1% 90.1% 2.0% 89.6% 92.5% 2.9%

 

 

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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

St. Lucie Public Schools Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further. District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship.

 

SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program.  “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Tomlinson attributes Lesa Kitzmiller, a program specialist for the District, as the backbone for getting the initiative started.  “Project SEARCH is a one-year high school transition program for our students with disabilities who are 18 – 21,” said Kitzmiller.  “Interested students submit an application, interview with a panel of representatives from all collaborating agencies (SLPS, Martin Health System, and agencies who support two full-time job coaches for students: employU and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation), and commit to total immersion in the business. Feedback on job performance is on-going from job coaches and a full-time instructor,” she said.

 

Project Search began almost 20 years ago in Cincinnati and has since grown to international levels.  Florida boasts over 20 Project Search units and encourages expansion.  Eighty percent of student participants obtain gainful employment after completing the program according to Tomlinson who also stated, “Our goal is to continue to expand the opportunities of students as they reach the ages of 18 to 21. We’ll kick this year off on August 6 at full capacity with 12 students.”

 

August 7, 2018, is slated for Orientation as well as the dissemination of each students’ official scrubs and name badge.   Program participants will begin their day at Keiser University’s Tradition campus in the morning for training, discussion, and direction.  Next, students will move to their rotation on site at the hospital.  Each student will experience three rotations during the year based upon self-selected interests. The day will wrap up as it started – with a return visit to Keiser University and a debrief of the day to discuss and problem solve.

 

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 food services department to hold meal application events for parents

St. Lucie Public Schools food services department to hold meal application events for parents

Fort Pierce, FL — From Monday, August 5, through Thursday, August 8, the Child Nutrition Services program of the St. Lucie County School District is hosting Open House events at various school sites for parents to complete an on-line or paper application for free and reduced meal prices prior to school starting.

Parents must complete an updated application every year, though only one application per family is required, and are encouraged to do so prior to school opening for the 2013-2014 school year August 20 so that each student will have an updated meal plan. New students to the district will be on paid status until an application is submitted and processed. Parents should bring documentation to complete the application, such as their Food Stamp case number, TANF number, SNAP number, or social security number.

For more information, please contact St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services at 772.429.6190.
The schedule is:
• August 5, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM, Ft. Pierce Central High School, 4101 S. 25th Street, Fort Pierce
• August 5, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, F. K. Sweet Elementary School, 1400 Avenue Q, Fort Pierce
• August 6, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM, Dan McCarty School, 1201 Mississippi Avenue, Fort Pierce
• August 6, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Avenue, Port St. Lucie
• August 7, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Rivers Edge Elementary School, 5600 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie
• August 8, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM, Morningside Elementary School, 2300 SE Gowin Drive, Port St. Lucie
• August 8, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Oak Hammock K-8 School, 1251 SW California Blvd., Port St. Lucie
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St. Lucie Public Schools Expands Community Eligibility Provision Program

St. Lucie Public Schools Expands Community Eligibility Provision Program

For the third year in a row, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to include the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program in schools that qualify.  According to Child and Nutrition Services Director Deborah Wuest, this year the District was able to expand the program to sixteen schools.  Last year 10 schools received the benefit of this program that enables all students to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.

Wuest explained that a number of factors must be closely analyzed and reviewed by the USDA before a school is identified as a qualifying CEP site.  Once designated, pending no major shifts in qualifying indicators, the distinction is good for three years.  Considerations in determining eligibility factors for CEP include, but are not limited to the number of students who are certified to receive free meals and the number of students participating in the school meals program.

School sites participating in this year’s CEP program are: C. A. Moore Elementary, Dale Cassens Educational Complex, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Northport K-8, Parkway Elementary, Performance Based Preparatory Academy, Samuel Gaines Academy, Savanna Ridge Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and White City Elementary.

While CEP programs provide benefit to the identified schools, qualifying students at other schools still have the opportunity to receive free and reduced price meals.  Free and reduced price meal applications are available online at www.stlucieschools.org.