United Way Thanks SLPS for Support

United Way Thanks SLPS for Support

“United Way of St. Lucie County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life — a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.

We invite you to be part of the change.

Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.”

https://www.unitedwayslc.org/

United Way Board Chair Andrew Treadwell of Indian River State College thanked members of St. Lucie Public Schools at the June School Board Meeting for their support.  He expressed his appreciation, on behalf of the United Way, for the District’s on-going efforts for raise funds and participate in the organization’s annual campaign drives.

 

 

Peacock Dental Makes Donation

Peacock Dental Makes Donation

Peacock Dental in St. Lucie West donated 1,000 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to support St. Lucie Public Schools’ students experiencing homelessness. The support came after the local business heard about the McKinney Vento program and wanted to be able to provide something for students in our area.

St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates this partnership!

 

MDA Students Recognized by Broadcom

MDA Students Recognized by Broadcom

Congratulations to Mosaic Digital Academy’s Elizabeth Briglia and Trevor Gill who submitted applications to the Broadcom Masters national middle school science competition! Both were selected as Broadcom MASTERS nominees!

To be selected is a great honor—only the top 10% of science fair projects nationwide are selected for this opportunity. Elizabeth and Trevor will receive a t-shirt and bumper sticker, and could be named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (announced September 5th) or one of the 30 finalists (announced September 19th). The 30 finalists will gather in Washington, DC for a week of competition—including presentation of the research project and hands-on science and engineering challenges. Top prizes include $25,000, trips to STEM summer camps, and more. Schools of Broadcom MASTERS finalists each receive $1,000 from the Broadcom Foundation.

Local School Leader Honored

Local School Leader Honored

Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter received the Children’s Hero Award of the Year Award for “Time” from the Eckerd Connects Mission. The third annual awards event recognized local heroes for their dedication to investing Time, Talent, and Treasure to youth and providing them with opportunities for a second chance at a successful life.
A very special congratulations to Mrs. Ucola Barrett- Baxter!

 

New Program in SLC Helps New Grads Get Jobs

New Program in SLC Helps New Grads Get Jobs

Jon Shainman from WPTV covered a new program supported by St. Lucie County’s Economic Development Council that helps education and business interests. Read more about it!

New program in SLC helps new grads get jobs

First Ready To Work boot camp

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – Aaron Timblin just graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.  He thought about college, but now wants to find a trade.

“Because I’m more hands on and capable of solving problems on my own.”

He’s one of 22 recent grads taking part in a Ready To Work manufacturing boot camp, a new partnership between the education and business communities.

Phoenix Metal Products is one of six places the group will tour this week. The 46 employees here manufacture airline ground equipment, like stairs and water trucks, that are used around the globe.

“We’re looking for that spark from some individual that says ‘I really like this’,” said Wilcox.

At the end of the week, the group will have its’ own “Signing Day”, where they can sign up for a full time job with one of the employers on the tour.

“We’re doers.  We build things.  We want people that that’s what they want to do,” said Wilcox.

The most recent state figures show there are 62-hundred manufacturing jobs in St. Lucie County with an average wage of $50,248. That’s about 25% higher than the average wage as a whole.

“I want to find a career that I enjoy that would benefit me in raising a family,” said recent grad Matthew Bowden.

These kids were recommended for the boot camp by their schools.

“Sounded like a really good opportunity for me to get a job and not have to fight going from business to business to business,” said Aaron Timblin.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/new-program-in-slc-helps-new-grads-get-jobs

 

Academic Trends Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

Academic Trends Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Department of Education released a battery of scores today that reflects good news as more St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) students passed the State ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies exams at higher rates this year.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes the growth to the individualized support students receive from their teachers, support staff, and school leaders.  “I commend our teachers, administrators, and staff.  Overall, the vast majority of our students are making gains, and we are continuing our positive trends which is a credit to our outstanding staff,” stated Gent.

Early examination of SLPS test results for our students revealed an increase in the majority of measurable areas. SLPS improved performance on FSA English Language Arts (ELA), FSA Mathematics, Science (including Biology), Civics, and US History.

  • FSA ELA – SLPS students improved their performance over 2017 results in 5 out of 8 grade levels.
  • FSA MATH – SLPS students improved their performance over 2017 results in 3 out of 6 grade levels.
  • SCIENCE GRADES 5 and 8 – SLPS students improved by 7% and 2% respectively, outperforming the State by 3% in Grade 5.
  • HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY – SLPS students increased their performance from 2017 by 4% and outperformed the State by 3%.
  • NGSSS CIVICS AND US HISTORY – SLPS students increased by 2% in Civics proficiency and 1% in US History proficiency.

SLPS FSA ELA Performance for Grades 3-10 Compared to State Performance

For overall FSA ELA performance for Grades 3-10, SLPS gained one point in proficiency while the State remained the same. Grades 5, 7, 8, and 10 improved performance on the 2018 FSA ELA at a greater rate than the State. St. Lucie students in Grades 5, 8, and 10 increased their proficiency over 2017 levels by 4 percentage points in one year. Students in both grades 7 and 9 increased their performance over 2017 levels by 2% and 1% respectively as demonstrated in Table 1:

 

Table 1 – 2017 to 2018 FSA ELA Growth by Grade Level for SLPS and the State Based on Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Higher

Year Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL
2017 49 58 50 56 45 53 48 52 46 52 50 55 51 52 48 50
2018 46 57 50 56 49 55 47 52 48 51 54 58 52 53 52 53
Difference -3 -1 0 0 +4 +2 -1 0 +2 -1 +4 +3 +1 +1 +4 +3

 

SLPS FSA Math Performance for Grades 3-8 Compared to State Performance

SLPS gained 2 points in FSA Math proficiency overall in Grades 3-8 moving from 52% of students at ‘Level 3 or Above’ to 54%. Grades 4, 5, and 7 improved performance over 2017 on the 2018 FSA Mathematics assessment at a greater rate than the State.  Grades 4 and 7 proficiency increases outperformed the State by 3% for each grade level as shown in Table 2 below:

 

Table 2 – 2017 to 2018 FSA Math Growth by Grade Level for SLPS and the State Based on Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Higher

Year Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL
2017 54 62 56 64 48 57 48 51 47 53 40 46
2018 54 62 57 62 55 61 46 52 49 54 35 45
Difference 0 0 +1 -2 +7 +4 -2 +1 +2 +1 -5 -1

Note: The FDOE does not administer an FSA Mathematics test at grades 9 and 10.

 

FSA ELA Performance for Grades 3-10

For overall FSA ELA performance for Grades 3-10, SLPS gained one point in proficiency. This exceeds the gains of most of the Comparable and Contiguous Districts in Florida in the Table 3 below:

 

Table 3

  Grade 3-10
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 3-5
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 6-8
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 9-10
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
District Name 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018
STATEWIDE 54% 54% 56% 56% 53% 53% 51% 53%
ST. LUCIE 49% 50% 48% 48% 48% 50% 50% 52%

 

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.

 

Academic Trends Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

Academic Trends Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Department of Education released a battery of scores today that reflects good news as more St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) students passed the State ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies exams at higher rates this year.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes the growth to the individualized support students receive from their teachers, support staff, and school leaders.  “I commend our teachers, administrators, and staff.  Overall, the vast majority of our students are making gains, and we are continuing our positive trends which is a credit to our outstanding staff,” stated Gent.

Early examination of SLPS test results for our students revealed an increase in the majority of measurable areas. SLPS improved performance on FSA English Language Arts (ELA), FSA Mathematics, Science (including Biology), Civics, and US History.

  • FSA ELA – SLPS students improved their performance over 2017 results in 5 out of 8 grade levels.
  • FSA MATH – SLPS students improved their performance over 2017 results in 3 out of 6 grade levels.
  • SCIENCE GRADES 5 and 8 – SLPS students improved by 7% and 2% respectively, outperforming the State by 3% in Grade 5.
  • HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY – SLPS students increased their performance from 2017 by 4% and outperformed the State by 3%.
  • NGSSS CIVICS AND US HISTORY – SLPS students increased by 2% in Civics proficiency and 1% in US History proficiency.

SLPS FSA ELA Performance for Grades 3-10 Compared to State Performance

For overall FSA ELA performance for Grades 3-10, SLPS gained one point in proficiency while the State remained the same. Grades 5, 7, 8, and 10 improved performance on the 2018 FSA ELA at a greater rate than the State. St. Lucie students in Grades 5, 8, and 10 increased their proficiency over 2017 levels by 4 percentage points in one year. Students in both grades 7 and 9 increased their performance over 2017 levels by 2% and 1% respectively as demonstrated in Table 1:

 

Table 1 – 2017 to 2018 FSA ELA Growth by Grade Level for SLPS and the State Based on Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Higher

Year Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10  
SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL  
2017 49 58 50 56 45 53 48 52 46 52 50 55 51 52 48 50  
2018 46 57 50 56 49 55 47 52 48 51 54 58 52 53 52 53  
Difference -3 -1 0 0 +4 +2 -1 0 +2 -1 +4 +3 +1 +1 +4 +3  

 

SLPS FSA Math Performance for Grades 3-8 Compared to State Performance

SLPS gained 2 points in FSA Math proficiency overall in Grades 3-8 moving from 52% of students at ‘Level 3 or Above’ to 54%. Grades 4, 5, and 7 improved performance over 2017 on the 2018 FSA Mathematics assessment at a greater rate than the State.  Grades 4 and 7 proficiency increases outperformed the State by 3% for each grade level as shown in Table 2 below:

 

Table 2 – 2017 to 2018 FSA Math Growth by Grade Level for SLPS and the State Based on Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Higher

Year Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL
2017 54 62 56 64 48 57 48 51 47 53 40 46
2018 54 62 57 62 55 61 46 52 49 54 35 45
Difference 0 0 +1 -2 +7 +4 -2 +1 +2 +1 -5 -1

Note: The FDOE does not administer an FSA Mathematics test at grades 9 and 10.

 

FSA ELA Performance for Grades 3-10

For overall FSA ELA performance for Grades 3-10, SLPS gained one point in proficiency. This exceeds the gains of most of the Comparable and Contiguous Districts in Florida in the Table 3 below:

 

Table 3

  Grade 3-10
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 3-5
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 6-8
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 9-10
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
District Name 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018
STATEWIDE 54% 54% 56% 56% 53% 53% 51% 53%
ST. LUCIE 49% 50% 48% 48% 48% 50% 50% 52%

 

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.

 

MSE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA IN WASHINGTON, DC

MSE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA IN WASHINGTON, DC

Morningside Elementary School students are charged for their trip to Washington, D.C. as the Florida Elementary School of the Year for Energy Achievement. The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project selected Morningside Elementary as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-up.

 

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Principal Kathleen Melrose beamed with pride stating, “Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade students conducted studies on energy using resources made available through the NEED project. They documented their hands-on experiences throughout the unit, and submitted their portfolio of activities.”

 

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.  “This was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community,” said Melrose.

 

She also explained the students look forward to the National Recognition Ceremony slated for June 25th.   While at the conference, students will work with peers to explore new energy activities, and NEED teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other professionals.

 

MSE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA IN WASHINGTON, DC

Morningside Elementary School Travels to Washington, D.C. as Florida’s Representative for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Morningside Elementary School students are charged for their trip to Washington, D.C. as the Florida Elementary School of the Year for Energy Achievement. The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project selected Morningside Elementary as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-up.

 

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Principal Kathleen Melrose beamed with pride stating, “Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade students conducted studies on energy using resources made available through the NEED project. They documented their hands-on experiences throughout the unit, and submitted their portfolio of activities.”

 

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.  “This was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community,” said Melrose.

 

She also explained the students look forward to the National Recognition Ceremony slated for June 25th.   While at the conference, students will work with peers to explore new energy activities, and NEED teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other professionals.

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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Fairlawn Elementary Selected as Beacon Award Recipient

Fairlawn Elementary Selected as Beacon Award Recipient

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Representatives from Imagine Nation recently visited Fairlawn Elementary School to bestow congratulations and present Principal Pam Holmes and staff with a special Beacon Award.   Each year, Imagine Nation recognizes top schools across the country that demonstrate stellar usage of Imagine Learning, one of the parent company’s digital language, literacy, and math programs.

The company’s Customer Success Team makes recommendations for the Beacon Award based upon effective program implementation, fidelity of use, student growth, and progress with the program.  Fairlawn Elementary was selected as an Imagine Nation Beacon School for St. Lucie County.

Imagine Learning’s Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears expressed her appreciation to Principal Holmes and her staff for going above and beyond to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

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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Summer Leadership Summit

Summer Leadership Summit

As one year begins to close, a bright new year begins to open and SLPS administrators initiate their professional development.  District personnel gathered at Treasure Coast High School to learn, reflect, and re-energize.  Multiple sessions were offered including data, instruction, safety and security.  Team building was included in the mix in the form of an Escape Room challenge!

The tone was set, and this is going to be another amazing year for St. Lucie Public Schools!

 

 

 

 

Addams Family

Addams Family

The Addams Family cordially invites you to join them for dinner at any of the following times: Wednesday, June 13th @ 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 15th @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 16th @ 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 17th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Don’t be late!
www.PSLHSDrama.com/tickets

Restoring the Village

Restoring the Village

This year’s Restoring the Village events made a tremendous positive impact on participants and recipients alike as the grassroots effort to work together for the purpose of making the world a better place is influencing the Lincoln Park Community and beyond. 

Congratulations to Renee Adderly-Clark who was honored with a Village Keepers Award at the Restoring the Village Banquet.SLPS students appreciated the Youth Symposium, and hundreds of community members poured out to support Community Clean-up Day.

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Expo Opportunity

Teacher Expo Opportunity

Grace Way Village is hosting a Back-to-School

Teacher/Non-Profit Expo.

Do you know organizations/vendors who might like to participate?  If so, please share this information.

Tuesday, July 24 2018

11 AM – 3:00 PM

Grace Way Village

FREE Workshops

FREE Workshops

Discover the world right here in your own backyard!

The Parent Academy is offering summer workshops at the Port St. Lucie Community Center for children ages 6 – 16 and their parents.

Topics include: United Kingdom, Senegal, Brazil, and Japan.

Call or RSVP online for these FREE workshops.

 

 

 

 

Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Representatives from Imagine Nation recently visited Fairlawn Elementary School to bestow congratulations and present Principal Pam Holmes and staff with a special Beacon Award.   Each year, Imagine Nation recognizes top schools across the country that demonstrate stellar usage of Imagine Learning, one of the parent company’s digital language, literacy, and math programs.

The company’s Customer Success Team makes recommendations for the Beacon Award based upon effective program implementation, fidelity of use, student growth, and progress with the program.  Fairlawn Elementary was selected as an Imagine Nation Beacon School for St. Lucie County.

Imagine Learning’s Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears expressed her appreciation to Principal Holmes and her staff for going above and beyond to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

 

Pictured From Left to Right:  SLPS ESOL/Title III Program Manager Clarissa Duskin, Assistant Principal Pat Gascoigne, Principal Pam Holmes, and Imagine Learning Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears

Summer Slide, Summer Fun, Summer Learning

Summer Slide, Summer Fun, Summer Learning

Parents, community members, and students,
Are you in search of quality resources and activities to support academic studies this summer?  Look no farther!  Don’t let the summer “slide” away when you have resources for Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Technology, College and Career, and ELL at your fingertips.
Visit:
Deals and Discounts for Employees

Deals and Discounts for Employees

St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts Page is an internal savings site for employees.  Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest including entertainment, finance, technology, health/wellness, and more.  Check it out!

Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.

Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.