St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

An entourage of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) administrators surprised the three finalists for School Related Employee of the Year on Tuesday. Cheers and sounds of glee filled the classrooms, offices, and hallways as Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy) were made aware of this recognition.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that he was humbled by the honorees’ tremendous contributions to the District’s education system. “Our support staff team members are paramount to the success of our schools. These individuals represent the dedication, innovation, and teamwork we are so proud of in our network of SLPS professionals. The service they provide to our students and community is exceptional.”

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 20, 2016.

About the Finalists

Delores “Annie” Jones

The nominee from Lakewood Park Elementary is Delores “Annie” Jones — “Ms. Annie” as she is known by staff and students alike. She is the school clerk but her contributions to students, staff, and the community far exceed her job title.

In April of 2015, Jones joined the staff at Lakewood Park as a clerk. According to her principal, she is so much more than the school clerk; students love the attention she gives them. Many stop by to show her their planners and point sheets; she takes delight in rejoicing and reaffirming their success with them. Her days at Lakewood Park are full ones, but her commitment to her family and community are not limited by the hours in a day. Jones volunteers with the 4-H Club, Treasure Coast Food Bank, and Parents Guild Committee among other benevolent organizations.

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Delores “Annie” Jones, School Board Chair Kathryn Hensley, and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent

Charles Pilson

Charles Pilson is the School Related Employee of the Year for Manatee Academy. For the past four years, Pilson has served as the school’s Behavior Intervention Classroom Monitor. He is very aware of the challenges many students face each day and he supports and encourages their success in the classroom and in the educational environment. He always lends an ear and a supportive word to those students who seek his counsel.

His normal work day ends and his dedication hours begin. He serves as the school’s track coach, business partner liaison, and advisor to the Student Council and Honor Society. Pilson works with the Guardian Ad Litem program as well. He is a humanitarian who seeks the good in each and every student every day.

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Assistant Principal Peggy Chase, School Board Member Debbie Hawley, Charles Pilson, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and Assistant Principal Melissa Hutchings

 

Emily Siangco

Emily Siangco represents the Student Services Department. She has an extensive background in pediatric physical therapy and has supported students in St. Lucie County since 2002 and continues to enhance her skills through professional seminars and trainings, taking advantage of each opportunity for growth. She has received training in pediatric brain neuroanatomy and the sensory system including the necessary treatment applications. Siangco is also skilled in using visual supports in occupational and physical therapy applications.

Siangco works with students from pre-kindergarten classes to those in high school and spends time with parents helping them navigate the paperwork required to secure equipment in their own homes for their child’s needs. This equipment assures that the family can be involved in their child’s treatment. Santiago is described as a team player willing to lend a hand at any time. Her very real reward is the progress made by the students she serves.

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Emily Siangco, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and School Board Member Donna Mills

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 Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

An entourage of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) administrators surprised the three finalists for School Related Employee of the Year on Tuesday. Cheers and sounds of glee filled the classrooms, offices, and hallways as Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy) were made aware of this recognition.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that he was humbled by the honorees’ tremendous contributions to the District’s education system. “Our support staff team members are paramount to the success of our schools. These individuals represent the dedication, innovation, and teamwork we are so proud of in our network of SLPS professionals. The service they provide to our students and community is exceptional.”

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 20, 2016.

About the Finalists

Delores “Annie” Jones

The nominee from Lakewood Park Elementary is Delores “Annie” Jones — “Ms. Annie” as she is known by staff and students alike. She is the school clerk but her contributions to students, staff, and the community far exceed her job title.

In April of 2015, Jones joined the staff at Lakewood Park as a clerk. According to her principal, she is so much more than the school clerk; students love the attention she gives them. Many stop by to show her their planners and point sheets; she takes delight in rejoicing and reaffirming their success with them. Her days at Lakewood Park are full ones, but her commitment to her family and community are not limited by the hours in a day. Jones volunteers with the 4-H Club, Treasure Coast Food Bank, and Parents Guild Committee among other benevolent organizations.

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Delores “Annie” Jones, School Board Chair Kathryn Hensley, and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent

Charles Pilson

Charles Pilson is the School Related Employee of the Year for Manatee Academy. For the past four years, Pilson has served as the school’s Behavior Intervention Classroom Monitor. He is very aware of the challenges many students face each day and he supports and encourages their success in the classroom and in the educational environment. He always lends an ear and a supportive word to those students who seek his counsel.

His normal work day ends and his dedication hours begin. He serves as the school’s track coach, business partner liaison, and advisor to the Student Council and Honor Society. Pilson works with the Guardian Ad Litem program as well. He is a humanitarian who seeks the good in each and every student every day.

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Assistant Principal Peggy Chase, School Board Member Debbie Hawley, Charles Pilson, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and Assistant Principal Melissa Hutchings

 

Emily Siangco

Emily Siangco represents the Student Services Department. She has an extensive background in pediatric physical therapy and has supported students in St. Lucie County since 2002 and continues to enhance her skills through professional seminars and trainings, taking advantage of each opportunity for growth. She has received training in pediatric brain neuroanatomy and the sensory system including the necessary treatment applications. Siangco is also skilled in using visual supports in occupational and physical therapy applications.

Siangco works with students from pre-kindergarten classes to those in high school and spends time with parents helping them navigate the paperwork required to secure equipment in their own homes for their child’s needs. This equipment assures that the family can be involved in their child’s treatment. Santiago is described as a team player willing to lend a hand at any time. Her very real reward is the progress made by the students she serves.

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Emily Siangco, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and School Board Member Donna Mills

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 and CWA Union Reach Agreement

Through collaborative bargaining efforts, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Communication Workers of America (CWA), Local 3181 reached an agreement for compensation. “I commend our teams for working diligently to reach an agreement prior to the start of our school year. We appreciate all of our staff members for the contributions they make to the safe and caring learning environments for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

The value of the compensation package for employees who are represented by the CWA is estimated at $663,000.00. The new contract also includes the continued Board contribution of $750.00 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. In addition to this, SLPS’s Chief Negotiator Kathy McGinn explained that an additional top step has been added to all CWA salary schedules, and all bargaining unit members will receive a step increase on the salary schedule. The collaborative bargaining teams also agreed that all CWA bargaining unit members will receive an additional $345.00 which will be reflected in the salary schedule as well.

CWA represents transportation, security, maintenance, custodial, and school meals program employees. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015, but must first be ratified by the Board.

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.

St. Lucie Public Schools: A Winning Mindset

St. Lucie Public Schools: A Winning Mindset

In each of the St. Lucie Public Schools, a Statue of Liberty replica serves as a constant reminder that public schools were created to strengthen democracy, and our public schools remain the main channel through which our country makes good on its fundamental promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As such, St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) commitment first and foremost is to ensure that all of our students have equal access to a high quality and rigorous education and graduate college and/or career ready, as informed and engaged citizens.

Every child who walks onto any of our campuses deserves the same opportunities to learn and experience success despite the burdens placed upon our educators by misguided political reforms and policies from special interest groups or from those who seek to make a profit off of our children.  Our dedicated team of teachers, administrators, and support staff forge forward with a vengeance to figure out where links need to be soldered, fences mended, and bridges built in order to support our students so they may accomplish their goals and dreams.  When their goals and dreams become their reality, our communities are strengthened, our nation is bonded, and our democracy is fortified.

Our efforts are paying off.  SLPS’s 2015-2016 graduation rate is record-setting at 86.8%, and this has catapulted our county from 45th to 13th in the State. Landmark achievement such as this does not happen by accident, nor does it happen without focusing on the individual needs of each student. The graduation rate for African American students increased 14.1%; that’s 10% above the State average.  Hispanic students saw a 9.8% increase, rising above the State average by 8%; and white students realized a 10.5% increase, moving 3.9% beyond the State average.  Our ESE students’ graduation rate skyrocketed 17.88%, surpassing the State average by 13.3%.

The gauge is moving in the right direction for early literacy as well.  In a year where State trends in reading scores remained somewhat lackluster, our students showed growth.  Clearly, this is a priority area for progress and the outpouring of community support is most welcome in our efforts to engage young readers and establish literacy-rich environments.

And while it is a fact that a child’s socioeconomic status can create unique obstacles affecting reading proficiency and vocabulary development, we’re not standing behind them as excuses.  On the contrary, we’re tackling them head on. Politicians and policymakers cannot fix these challenges.  SLPS educators are in the midst of cultural shift, altering long-held assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and approaches to learning.

We are solution-seekers.  For example, to support Internet access, SLPS is leveraging low cost solutions through Comcast for nearly 3,000 of our families with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Next year, our can-do action broadens access to even more families through our Sprint partnership.

This year alone, there are almost 7,500 high school student course enrollments in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge (AICE), and Dual Enrollment (DE).  Middle school students also participate in pre-AP courses as a jump start to success. The AP exam participation rate increased by 30% with AP performance increasing by nearly the same rate.

In addition, SLPS provided every eleventh grade student with the opportunity to take the SAT assessment during the school day at no cost – a great enhancement to equity and accessibility for college and/or career choices.

Also important in determining viable and marketable career choices is the close relationship the District has with the Economic Development Council, CareerSource, and community based organizations.  Positive partnerships such as these have led to active participation in the Skills Gap Study which addresses the workforce needs in our community – important information to inform program decisions for our Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE).

And just how are we doing in regard to engaging our students in CTE?  Fifty-one percent of our students are exposed to at least one CTE class through 62 Career Academies offered.  Industry certifications have increased by 61%.  This means students are graduating prepared with industry credentials, ready to enter the world of work, with skills that align to predicted areas of major economic growth.

Allied Health, Culinary, Manufacturing, Aerospace Technologies, Agritechnology, Finance, Cybersecurity, Promotional Enterprise, and Carpentry – these are among the CTE offerings afforded to students.  SLPS welcomes our community members to join us for our educational tours and serve as mentors or volunteers.

As a community, we all want what is best for our children.  Our teachers model that expectation.  To each of them, I say thank you. Research shows that teachers are more passionate and mission driven than those in other professions; they teach because they want to make a difference in the world one child at a time.   A child’s first and best teacher should be their parent.  Unfortunately, that is not the case for far too many of our children. Educators are not only asked to teach children but raise many of them as well.  Teachers don’t seek fame and recognition but are driven by a moral purpose, and they come to work day after day prepared and determined to make a difference.

That difference will not come about by policymakers mandating change.  Change will only happen through local will and capacity.  There must be an end to the culture of blame; we must have a community culture that values risk-taking, recognition, and shared accountability.  Through our work together, we need to identify key challenges, verify them with data, and unite to explore strategies leading to a remedy we all can rally to support.

In SLPS, business as usual is not acceptable.  We are in the business of continuous improvement.  Therefore, I am looking forward to what tomorrow holds in store, because I know our best days are ahead of us.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Growth continues in St. Lucie Public Schools according to the Florida Department of Education’s release of Grade 3 ELA Scores.  The District saw a four-percentage point increase over last year’s benchmark; furthermore, 62% of the County’s traditional schools increased in the number of students who scored at proficiency levels (Levels 3, 4, and 5).

Bayshore Elementary showed the greatest gain in the District over last year with a 21% gain. Other schools with large increases include Floresta Elementary with a 16% increase; Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies with a 15% increase; and St. Lucie West K-8 with a 12% increase. In addition, C. A. Moore Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary, Manatee Academy K-8, and Rivers Edge Elementary increased by nine percentage points.

Fairlawn Elementary led the performance among our schools on the Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading with 75% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe had 71% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  Several other schools exceeded the District average of 50% including:  St. Lucie West K-8 and Morningside at (69%), Manatee K-8 (66%), Bayshore (59%), Allapattah Flats K-8 (58%), Rivers Edge and Mariposa (57%), Floresta (56%), F.K. Sweet (55%), and Village Green scoring at the District Level of 50%.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that early literacy is a high priority and part of the District’s strategic plan for continued improvement.  “We see momentum and celebrate the growth that has occurred.  At the same time, we are analyzing instructional strategies and resources in order to accelerate future growth for our boys and girls.”

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.

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Growth continues in St. Lucie Public Schools according to the Florida Department of Education’s release of Grade 3 ELA Scores.  The District saw a four-percentage point increase over last year’s benchmark; furthermore, 62% of the County’s traditional schools increased in the number of students who scored at proficiency levels (Levels 3, 4, and 5).

Bayshore Elementary showed the greatest gain in the District over last year with a 21% gain. Other schools with large increases include Floresta Elementary with a 16% increase; Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies with a 15% increase; and St. Lucie West K-8 with a 12% increase. In addition, C. A. Moore Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary, Manatee Academy K-8, and Rivers Edge Elementary increased by nine percentage points.

Fairlawn Elementary led the performance among our schools on the Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading with 75% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe had 71% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  Several other schools exceeded the District average of 50% including:  St. Lucie West K-8 and Morningside at (69%), Manatee K-8 (66%), Bayshore (59%), Allapattah Flats K-8 (58%), Rivers Edge and Mariposa (57%), Floresta (56%), F.K. Sweet (55%), and Village Green scoring at the District Level of 50%.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that early literacy is a high priority and part of the District’s strategic plan for continued improvement.  “We see momentum and celebrate the growth that has occurred.  At the same time, we are analyzing instructional strategies and resources in order to accelerate future growth for our boys and girls.”

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: A Winning Mindset

St. Lucie Public Schools 2017-2018 Graduation Rates Projections and Industry Certifications…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Growing by leaps and bounds is the best way to describe St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) graduation rate and industry certification ascent over the last few years. Projections for this year’s graduating class indicate the upward trend will continue. This holds true for industry certification trends as well. The number of students passing industry certification tests through SLPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs is projected to surpass 2,300.  That’s an increase of 140 percent over a two-year spread.

While the District currently has the fifth highest graduation rate in the state, this year’s projected rate increase of one to two percent, will result in an overall District graduation rate of 91 to 92 percent, helping to maintain a top spot for SLPS. Focusing on its six comprehensive high schools, the data indicates that all will increase or maintain their current graduation rate, and all will boast rates of more than 91 percent. In fact, projections for SLPS’s six comprehensive high schools will exceed 95%.  “Meeting Florida’s high bar for graduation is a challenge for our students.  Our success in this area reflects the work of all our K -12 teachers and staff.  Everyone has a hand in a child’s success,” said Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince.

What does this mean for graduates of SLPS?  “Our mission is to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed so they are prepared for college and the world of work.  Graduating with a high school diploma is a critical first step for our students,” explained Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. He added that CTE programs offer students the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized certifications, work-based learning experiences, and articulated college credits that provide technical skills, rigorous academic foundations, and real-world experiences needed for post-secondary education and high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Passing the industry certification tests means students have an immediate employability edge.

Gent pointed out that with the continued surge in graduation rates and industry certification passing rates, he is also pleased to see the continued growth among all demographic groups.  “We are committed to serve all students as we help them achieve their goals. I am very proud of the dedication our teachers and administrators have to support each child every day, said the Superintendent.”

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 2012 Annual Report posted online

St. Lucie Public Schools 2012 Annual Report posted online

The 2012 St. Lucie Public Schools’ Annual Report to the Community focuses on the value of the school system to the greater community. The report has been published and posted on the school district website. To view the publication, click on the following link: http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/AnnualReport2012.pdf.

St. Lucie Public School Leaders Have Strong Skill Sets

ST. LUCIE COUNTY: Dr. Jonathan Prince will serve as St. Lucie Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent. As a twenty-three year public education veteran, he brings with him vast teaching and leadership experiences including recognition as one of the state’s Turnaround Principals of the Year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, lauded Prince for his history of building cultures of academic excellence and achievement stating, “Among his many accomplishments as a leader, Dr. Prince has supported accelerated growth in writing, reading, and most importantly increased graduation rates for students.”

Superintendent Gent cited the rich talent among the current pool of District leaders as well and highlighted several principal appointments. Susan Seal, an experienced school principal will lead Treasure Coast High School Titans for the coming year, Eldrique Gardner will bring his expertise to the campus of St. Lucie West K-8, Ucola Barrett-Baxter will turn her focus to Village Green Elementary School, and John Lynch will bring his legacy of enhancing school performance to Fort Pierce Westwood High School as an Executive Director on Special Assignment. “We have the very best leadership team in place and will continue to build a strong culture of academic excellence as we focus our teaching and learning efforts on the standards deemed appropriate for students to be successful in their choices for college and the world of work,” added Gent.

With a clear vision for configuring a strong infrastructure, Gent is also aware of the imperative to reduce the number of senior level positions. Therefore, additional leadership shifts respect talent and honor a balanced organization. These shifts to support quality instruction while maximizing talent include Denise Rodriguez as Director of Leadership Development, Aretha Vernette as Director of School Renewal, Patty Galloway as Director of Recruitment and Retention, Dr. David Washington as Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Sunny Booker as Director of Alternative Education. “St. Lucie Public School leaders have insight and talents that will serve the community and the school system well. Through collaboration and continual growth, we will meet the expectations of an innovative, world-class education system,” concluded Gent.

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.

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®…

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to announce the launch of new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) and emerging technology programs and makerspaces using LEGO Education solutions, which include curriculum and professional development, in two of the district’s new magnet schools: Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (SGAET). Nearly 3,000 kindergarten through high school students will participate in the programs, bringing first-of-its-kind hands-on learning opportunities to students, including those from minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The new programs officially launched today with two ribbon cutting ceremonies attended by esteemed members of the St. Lucie community, including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent at CAST and SGAET. Community leaders and school officials are thrilled to launch these new programs, which offer customized learning opportunities for all students. “These new programs in collaboration with LEGO Education represent a monumental turning point in the education we’re able to provide our students,” said Gent. “Each program is purposefully built to address minority isolation, address equity and access to STEAM learning pathways, and offer students exceptional hands-on experiences that will help them master STEAM skills to prepare them for college and future careers.”

Two of St. Lucie’s three new magnet schools opened this year after the SLPS was awarded a $12.5 million multi-year federal grant. CAST and SGAET began their transformation in August for the 2018-2019 school year with CAST focusing on the arts, and SGAET focusing on STEM. Fort Pierce Westwood High School will begin infusing new programs with full implementation expected for the 2019-2020 school year, focusing on pre-medical, pharmacy, agri-technology, veterinary and oceanography programs.

“This first-ever district approach to STEAM learning is an incredible opportunity for the students of St. Lucie and LEGO Education will offer a variety of hands-on learning solutions, lessons and professional development to match the diverse curriculums – from fine arts to emerging technologies – of each school,” said Silver McDonald, Head of LEGO Education North America. “Through our partnership, LEGO Education developed custom curriculum for St. Lucie educators and administrators to enrich their students’ education through the skills our solutions help teach: collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity.”

LEGO Education created showcase makerspaces at both magnet schools and worked closely with school leadership to develop custom, standard aligned makerspaces that match the curriculum and pacing of each grade level at each school. In preparation to develop these makerspaces, the team held intensive trainings with teachers and administrators to flesh out the skills, projects, and visions that they had for their classrooms and explored ways they can take the lessons even further to make them more hands-on with LEGO Education solutions. In addition, LEGO Education created a unique form of professional development that included month-long shoulder-to-shoulder training sessions that ensured St. Lucie educators become experts in using LEGO Education solutions to ensure comfortability and success. The LEGO Education solutions being used at each school include a custom Maker and STEAM curriculum along with LEGO Education’s Coding Express, WeDo 2.0 and MINDSTORMS® Education EV3.

 

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.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group. ©2018 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

St Lucie Principals Graduate from Prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy

St Lucie Principals Graduate from Prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy

The saying success breeds success holds true for Lydia Martin, principal of Southport Middle, and Debra Snyder, principal of Palm Pointe Research School, who are both recent graduates of the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. The principals were selected to participate in the Academy in recognition of their leadership skills and for being among Florida’s 50 highest performing principals.

In partnership with the FLDOE, the Council for Educational Change has designed the prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy to enhance participants’ strengths and leadership and continue their professional growth. The yearlong experience enabled the principals to build on their successes and influence the leadership of colleagues at the district and state levels.

These principals have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are now in a position to share their experience and expertise with their peers in the district and across the state.” said the President and Executive Director of the Council Dr. Elaine Liftin.

As a result of the experience, Martin was promoted to Executive Director of Schools for Saint Lucie County.

On June 11, 2014, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Pamela Stewart, and the Council for Educational Change President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin, recognized members of the graduating class and encouraged them to continue to share their talents to build instructional leadership capacity by serving as a statewide and district resource.

The Commissioner’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue and Publix Super Markets Charities, has impacted nearly 750 principals and aspiring school leaders, and an estimated 300,000 students over the past two years.

 

 

 

St. Lucie offers virtual school with a personal touch

St. Lucie offers virtual school with a personal touch

The St. Lucie School District is pleased to announce its new full time public virtual school option for the 2012-13 school year. Introducing, Mosaic Digital Academy, offering many benefits to the community, such as:

  •  A full time K-12 public virtual school program leading to a high school diploma
  • Accredited courses aligned to state and national standards
  • Local teachers and staff providing more individualized support
  • Face-to-face tutoring opportunities
  • School clubs and social activities in our area
  • Dual enrollment opportunities for high school students
  • Graduation ceremony for seniors
  • School Advisory Council and much more

Mosaic Digital Academy’s coordinator, Jeanne Ziemba (pictured on the right), strives to provide a more personal, local touch to enhance students’ learning in the virtual environment. Dana Tillberg (pictured on the left), the school’s fulltime certified Guidance Counselor, offers personal, academic, and career counseling for the virtual education students. Mosaic Digital Academy is enrolling now for 2012-13 school year. Parents may begin the enrollment process online at the Enrollment page for Mosaic Digital Academy.  To find out more information about Mosaic Digital Academy! Check out our website http://schools.stlucie.k12.fl.us/mda

 

St. Lucie Monitoring Tropical Storm Erika www.stlucieco.gov

St. Lucie Monitoring Tropical Storm Erika www.stlucieco.gov

St. Lucie Monitoring, Preparing For Tropical Storm Erika

FORT PIERCE – St. Lucie County’s Public Safety Department continues to work with local and state government agencies to monitor the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Erika. Because of the uncertainty of the storm’s path and potential strength, decisions regarding closures of schools and government buildings won’t be made until Saturday afternoon.

St. Lucie County Public Safety staff has been and will continue to participate in daily conference calls with the National Hurricane Center, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Staff is holding daily meetings with officials from the schools (St. Lucie Public Schools and Indian River State College, local government agencies (City of Fort Pierce, City of Port St. Lucie and South Florida Water Management District) as well as first responders (St. Lucie County Sheriff, St. Lucie County Fire District, Fort Pierce Police Department and Port St. Lucie Department) and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County.

U.S. Congressman Patrick E. Murphy is scheduled to visit the Douglas M. Anderson Emergency Operations Center to talk with St. Lucie County Commissioners, Public Safety staff and other key decision makers about the projected path of Tropical Storm Erika Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 15305 E. Midway Road.

As for the 11 a.m. update Friday, St. Lucie County is not expected to have hurricane strength winds. However, there is still the potential for Tropical Storm force winds arriving late Sunday through Tuesday.

St. Lucie County and other agencies have already begun making preparations for tropical storm activity, including staging pumps and heavy equipment in key locations around the county. State and local officials encourage residents and businesses to take precautions and follow any protective actions that are issued. For a list of suggested supplies and preparedness tips visit www.floridadisaster.org.

The St. Lucie County Code Compliance meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2 has been canceled. Announcements regarding St. Lucie County government and school closures will be sent out to local media outlets, as well as communicated through various government agency websites and social media outlets.

St. Lucie County’s website www.stlucieco.gov; Facebook: www.facebook.com/StLucieGov and Twitter @StLucieGov.

St. Lucie Mets players reward reading at WestGate K8

St. Lucie Mets players reward reading at WestGate K8

St. Lucie Mets baseball team pitchers Adam Kolareck and Chase Huchingson and team mascot Slider recently visited WestGate K8 to read to students in first and second grade classes.  The Mets program “Slide Into Reading” rewards students who read a required number of books by giving them two free passes to a summer ball game.  This year at WestGate students scored a grand slam home run!  WestGate is grateful to the Mets for their support of literacy in St. Lucie County.

St. Lucie Food and Nutrition staff members earn awards

St. Lucie Food and Nutrition staff members earn awards

Food and Nutrition Services school staff recently attended the Florida School Nutrition Association Conference to receive training in all areas of its Child Nutrition Program. Two St. Lucie Schools employees were recognized for their efforts in improving the nutrition environment at their schools.  Eileen Kielbasa, second from the right on the front row, kneeling, at Southport Middle and Carole Schutt at St Lucie West K-8, not pictured, received the School Nutrition Award for the middle and elementary school level, respectively.

 

St. Lucie Elementary – Successful Campus Beautification Project!

St. Lucie Elementary – Successful Campus Beautification Project!

On Saturday March 12th, St. Lucie Elementary held its first beautification session, “Redress for School Progress” campaign. It was a success, not only because of the work done, but because of the combined efforts of the community to see this campaign through. Present were community leaders, caring parents, supportive students, and a believing administration and staff. St. Lucie County’s Commissioner, Kim Johnson, an advocate of this movement, has played an important role in the planning with administration. We are grateful for his input, presence, and due diligence of the “Redress for School Progress” campaign.

St. Lucie Elementary desires to build on this experience and remain hopeful in gaining positive attention throughout this campaign.

Article by Jerrime Shells and photo by Rosa Myles

St. Lucie Elementary VPK Students Celebrate Their First Harvest

St. Lucie Elementary VPK Students Celebrate Their First Harvest

Through the creation of a class garden, Ms. White, Mrs. Hines, and the classroom volunteer Mrs. Snyder, led their VPK students through a multi-sensory learning experience with outcomes that connected both school and home environments. By utilizing the senses of touching, smelling, hearing, tasting, and seeing as well as drawing on background knowledge, the students were fully engaged in all steps of the planting and growing process. As a result, all of the students reaped an abundant harvest of green beans that they were able to take home and share with their families.

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St. Lucie Elementary students support troops

St. Lucie Elementary students support troops

Kinde3rgartners at St. Lucie Elementary School recently wrote thank you notes and made paper doll soldiers for members of unit 1-44 AMD in Fort Hood, Texas.  Kindergarten teacher Suzanne Burke hand-delivered the notes personally to her daughter’s unit over Veteran’s Day weekend.

St. Lucie Elementary students recognize Earth Day

St. Lucie Elementary students recognize Earth Day

Students from Leigh Bretherick’s fifth grade class at St. Lucie Elementary School recognized Earth Day by making bird feeders using recycled milk cartons.  Displaying their creations, from left, are Maria Ramirez, Hakem Jean-Baptiste, Blanca Escobar, Cecilio Ramirez, and Salvador Leon.