St. Lucie Public Schools Expands Community Eligibility Provision Program

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – 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.

 

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 Employees Will Unwrap a Bonus

St. Lucie Public Schools Employees Will Unwrap a Bonus

The holiday lights will shine a little brighter on the employees of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) this season as all eligible personnel will receive a $250 bonus on December 22, 2017.  This news comes at the close of a positive meeting on Tuesday evening with the School District and its Union partners. The School Board proposed this bonus to show their appreciation for the dedicated team of professionals who demonstrate a commitment to supporting and nurturing this community’s most treasured resource – its students.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Board places great value on the people we have working with our children and the individuals who are working hard to help this District make great strides in achievement.  The bonus is just one way in which the Board can reach out and share their gratitude.”

All active employees are eligible for the bonus which will be disseminated via direct deposit.  Substitutes are not eligible for bonus payments.  For questions about this or any other payroll concern, please contact the St. Lucie Public Schools Payroll Department at 772-429-3996.

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 Employees Will Unwrap a Bonus

St. Lucie Public Schools Employees Will Unwrap a Bonus

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – The holiday lights will shine a little brighter on the employees of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) this season as all eligible personnel will receive a $250 bonus on December 22, 2017.  This news comes at the close of a positive meeting on Tuesday evening with the School Board and its Union partners. The School Board proposed this bonus to show their appreciation for the dedicated team of professionals who demonstrate a commitment to supporting and nurturing this community’s most treasured resource – its students.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Board places great value on the people we have working with our children and the individuals who are working hard to help this District make great strides in achievement.  The bonus is just one way in which the Board can reach out and share their gratitude.”

All active employees are eligible for the bonus which will be disseminated via direct deposit.  Substitutes are not eligible for bonus payments.  For questions about this or any other payroll concern, please contact the St. Lucie Public Schools Payroll Department at 772-429-3996.

 

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 employees of the year announced

St. Lucie Public Schools employees of the year announced

Exceptional education teacher Mary Joann Trubisky from Windmill Point Elementary School was announced as the 2013 Teacher of the Year, and Weatherbee Elementary School behavior technician Francesca Petrocelli was named 2012 School Related Employee of the Year for St. Lucie County Public Schools at the annual Night of the Stars celebration held February 25, 2012, at Lincoln Park Academy, co-sponsored by the school district and the St. Lucie County Education Foundation. Both winners will continue on to regional competition. Also honored were Outstanding First Year Teacher Kelli Siters of Port St. Lucie High School and Distinguished Minority Educator Harry Belafonte Williams of Fort Pierce Central High School, both local recognitions. Pictured, front row, from left, are: 2012 School Related Employee of the Year Francesca Petrocelli; 2013 Teacher of the Year Mary Joann Trubisky; seated, Outstanding First Year Teacher Kelli Siters; Pamela Houghton of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, sponsor of the Outstanding First Year Teacher award; Distinguished Minority Educator Harry Belafonte Williams; and Linda Fitzpatrick of Keiser University, sponsor of the Distinguished Minority Educator award.  Back row, from left, are: St. Lucie Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia, also representing Teacher of the Year award sponsor The Morganti Group; Paul Colby, also of The Morganti Group; Richard Houghton of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies; and Education Foundation president Michael Waninger.

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Makeda-Ione Brome has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award. 

Brome was nominated by her colleagues for her leadership and selfless dedication. She is dedicated to helping both students and colleagues achieve excellence. Brome, the St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year, models best classroom practices, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and spearheads math boot camps for students before and after school. 

Brome voluntarily transferred from a high-performing magnet school to Fort Pierce Westwood High School because she felt she could make the most positive difference for students whose challenges and needs are greatest. Since then, the school has increased its mathematics pass rates and graduation rate. 

“Ms. Makeda-Ione Brome proves herself time and time again to be exemplary,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “I can think of no other representative to serve as a model for LifeChanger of the Year. She is most deserving of this great honor.” 

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.

About LifeChanger of the Year

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. 

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2019-2020 school year. 

  •  (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2019-20, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who has made a proven impact on school safety. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2020 in Florida, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. 

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must 

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students 
  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level
  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence
  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning
  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/

To view Ms. Brome’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com. 

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year

Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Makeda-Ione Brome has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award. 

Brome was nominated by her colleagues for her leadership and selfless dedication. She is dedicated to helping both students and colleagues achieve excellence. Brome, the St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year, models best classroom practices, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and spearheads math boot camps for students before and after school. 

Brome voluntarily transferred from a high-performing magnet school to Fort Pierce Westwood High School because she felt she could make the most positive difference for students whose challenges and needs are greatest. Since then, the school has increased its mathematics pass rates and graduation rate. 

“Ms. Makeda-Ione Brome proves herself time and time again to be exemplary,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “I can think of no other representative to serve as a model for LifeChanger of the Year. She is most deserving of this great honor.” 

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.

About LifeChanger of the Year

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. 

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2019-2020 school year. 

  •  (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  •  (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  •  (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  •  (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.
    The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2019-20, the Spotlight Award
    will be given to a nominee who has made a proven impact on school safety. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2020 in Florida, where the
Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. 

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an
award, nominees must 

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students 

  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride

  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence

  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at
http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/

To view Ms. Brome’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit
www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com. 

St. Lucie Public Schools Education Referendum Passes with 66% of the Vote

St. Lucie Public Schools Education Referendum Passes with 66% of the Vote

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board members thank St. Lucie County voters and community members for supporting the education referendum with a 66% vote.

“The record number of returned ballots and support from our community speaks volumes to the value placed on a quality public school education system. High performing students must have high performing teachers, and they must have opportunities to learn on safe and secure campuses,” said Superintendent Gent. He added that students will also benefit from expanded mental health services and important programs afforded to them by this referendum.

“Many people worked hard to help educate the community on the need and the benefits of this referendum,” said School Board Chair Debbie Hawley.   “We appreciate the collaboration and dedication of our employees, union partners, parents, business partners, community groups, and civic organizations.”

 

This is a four-year referendum, and Gent stressed that funds will only be utilized as they were promised.  He said, “As an added layer of assurance, the District will form an Advisory Committee to provide oversight on expenditures.”

 

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 Distinguished Educators and Support Staff Winners Announced at Night of…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – On Saturday, February 10, education’s shining stars walked the red carpet during the annual St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s Night of the Stars gala.  This annual event was broadcast live from Lincoln Park Academy’s grand auditorium. Each of the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) distinguished honorees representing their respective schools was recognized for outstanding service, and honored with awards.  As the envelopes were opened and names were called, Samantha Lamora stepped forward as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year.  She is a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School where she exercises her belief that she can be the difference in the life of a child and an influencer in the community.  Joining her on the stage were School Related Employee of the Year Adela DellaCroce from Treasure Coast High School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Katherine Christopher of White City Elementary, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Brianna Nowaski from Windmill Point Elementary.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Outstanding teachers and caring adults help pave pathways for success in students’ lives.  The individuals we honored this evening are remarkable, and I am extremely proud of all they do for our students every day.”

 

Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “I look forward to this celebration each year. The Night of the Stars is an opportunity to honor our teachers and support professionals for the work they do each day for our students.”  Jones went on to say that, “The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.  Event sponsors such as PNC Bank, this year’s Grand Benefactor, share our passion for recognizing excellence in education. MIDFLORIDA Community Credit Union sponsored the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honored the winner with a commemorative ring. Proctor Construction Company sponsored the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsored the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsored The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.  Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

 

Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “This event helps bring our distinguished honorees to our community.  The Night of the Stars is one way in which we can truly honor and celebrate their commitment to providing for the individual needs of all students.”

 

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition.  In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

 

About the Teacher of the Year

Samantha Lamora

Samantha Lamora is a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School with five years of teaching experience.  For her, stepping into the role of a teacher is an answer to a lifetime career calling she deems “magical.”   She enjoys helping students set and achieve their goals.  Mrs. Lamora is inspired by her students desire to learn, grow, and celebrate their own successes.

 

Her students’ superior performance, her outstanding classroom practices, as well as other routines recognized as stellar led to Mrs. Lamora’s invitation to participate as a teacher leader and mentor.  She values collaboration and looks for opportunities to extend that beyond the classroom where she begins by establishing solid partnerships between home and school.  At the start of each year, she writes her parents a letter introducing herself, her educational philosophy, her expectation of success for her students, and her pledge to partner with them in their child’s academic journey to guarantee achievement.  Her classroom is open to her parents on a number of occasions each year in order to celebrate the accomplishments of students. In the spirit of working collaboratively with her colleagues, she also helps produce a weekly newsletter to streamline communication from school to home, and she is an active member of the school’s PBIS, PTO, and Literacy committees helping plan events afterschool in an effort to bridge the gap between home and school – always seeking to make a positive difference for her students.

 

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Adela DellaCroce

Adela DellaCroce is a clerk with 13 years of experience who manages a wide array of duties and responsibilities with enthusiasm.  Ms. DellaCroce maintains meeting schedules, student attendance, and paperwork for the 700 strong junior class at Treasure Coast High School. In addition, she assists with maintaining discipline records, supporting the quarterly honor roll recognitions, organizing school assemblies, and coordinating faculty meetings.

 

There is no task too great or deemed outside of her role.  She truly sees the entire school as an organization and understands the different roles that are necessary for it to function effectively.  She helped established a campaign for aiding students in need of basic toiletries through Nick’s Necessities and for those who are food insecure, a healthy partnership with the Treasure Coast Food Bank is now viable on campus. With her ability to network, communicate, and advocate for Treasure Coast High School, Mrs. DellaCroce was a natural for the Volunteer Coordinator and Community Business Partner Liaison.  In just one year, Mrs. DellaCroce is tipping the scales with nearly 30 business partners!   Her next step from here is to help increase opportunities for internships so students can receive necessary work experience.  She is moving forward in maintaining a dynamic and synergistic relationship between the school and its business partners.

 

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

 

Katherine Christopher is a 21-year veteran educator at White City Elementary who is dedicated to the success of her elementary students and embraces new opportunities to help them master content in creative, innovative, and interactive ways. When she chose to become a teacher, she made a commitment to be the best academic and ethical role model and to provide a well-rounded education for every student she encountered. She exhibits expertise in the subjects she teaches and, as a true professional, spends time honing her skills to ensure that she understands and implements new Standards with the highest level of fidelity.

 

Ms. Christopher goes beyond her classroom responsibilities to support the campus and community as well.  She is a member of the White City Elementary’s PBIS team, supports fundraisers, and mentors new teachers.  In the community, her dedication extends to leadership roles in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a sponsor of the MLK, Jr. Spelling Bee and other notable community organizations.

 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Brianna Nowaski

Brianna Nowaski’s kindergarten classroom at Windmill Point Elementary School is the launchpad for her career in education, and according to her principal, this Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year has taken off like a rocket.  Ms. Nowaski was inspired to teach by two of her own teachers who motivated and encouraged her as a youth. In turn, she has established herself as a confident teacher with high expectations for students who are excelling in their work.

 

When reflecting on her professional collegiate experiences and student teaching, Ms. Nowaski confirmed her solid background and preparation in the practical aspects of teaching such as planning, classroom management, and prep work. However, she indicated the one thing that no amount of training could have prepared her for was the understanding of the love her students show her every day.

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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 91.0 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 Employees Will Unwrap a Bonus

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

ST. LUCIE County, FL – School grades were released today from the Florida Department of Education, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to make improvements.  As the second highest rated District on the Treasure Coast, SLPS is a high-ranking “B” District with no failing schools. Over the last four years, the School District has improved its total points from 573 to 669, representing a 96-point increase and landing SLPS within one percent of an “A” rating.

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies made history by earning its first “B” — the highest grade in its 12-year history.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The teachers, administrators, and staff have worked hard to achieve this record-setting benchmark for the benefit of our students and their personal achievement goals.”

Bayshore Elementary, Floresta Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School also celebrate letter-grade increases this year.

With a focus on the new year, Superintendent Gent stated, “We are committed to the continued success of our District and look forward to providing all of our students with access to high quality programs led by outstanding teachers, administrators, and staff.”

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 Continues to Make Improvements

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

ST. LUCIE County, FL – School grades were released from the Florida Department of Education, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to make improvements.  As the second highest rated District on the Treasure Coast, SLPS is a high-ranking “B” District with no failing schools. Over the last four years, the School District has improved its total points from 573 to 669, representing a 96-point increase and landing SLPS within one percent of an “A” rating.

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies made history by earning its first “B” — the highest grade in its 12-year history.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The teachers,
administrators, and staff have worked hard to achieve this record-setting benchmark for the benefit of our students and their personal achievement goals.”

Bayshore Elementary, Floresta Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School also celebrate letter-grade increases this year.

With a focus on the new year, Superintendent Gent stated, “We are committed to the continued success of our District and look forward to providing all of our students with access to high quality programs led by outstanding teachers, administrators, and staff.”

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 Celebrates National Kids at Hope Day

St. Lucie Public Schools Celebrates National Kids at Hope Day

This celebration kicked-off at the school board meeting on November 4th with an official proclamation read by Treasure Hunter and St. Lucie County Teacher of the Year, Heather Bolitho.

The theme this year was “We Connect- The Power of Aces.” One of the Kids at Hope leading principles states that children succeed when they have meaningful, sustainable relationships with caring adults. These caring adults are called Aces. Just like in a deck of cards, there is an Ace of Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds. The Ace of Hearts is a child’s parent/guardian. The Ace of Clubs is any other caring adult who knows the child’s talents or skills. The Ace of Spades has high expectations for children and believes in them sometimes even more than they believe in themselves. The Ace of Diamonds gives children opportunities to succeed, making them feel validated and appreciated.

Kids at Hope Schools uniquely incorporated this theme into events, activities, and lessons on November 12th or anytime during the month of November. Some schools even entered the National Kids at Hope Day Contest, with each entry receiving a certificate and a Four Aces poster.

We believe all children are capable of success, No Exceptions!

St. Lucie Public Schools Celebrates National Kids at Hope Day

St. Lucie Public Schools Celebrates National Kids at Hope Day

This celebration kicked-off at the school board meeting on November 4th with an official proclamation read by Treasure Hunter and St. Lucie County Teacher of the Year, Heather Bolitho.

The theme this year was “We Connect- The Power of Aces.” One of the Kids at Hope leading principles states that children succeed when they have meaningful, sustainable relationships with caring adults. These caring adults are called Aces. Just like in a deck of cards, there is an Ace of Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds. The Ace of Hearts is a child’s parent/guardian. The Ace of Clubs is any other caring adult who knows the child’s talents or skills. The Ace of Spades has high expectations for children and believes in them sometimes even more than they believe in themselves. The Ace of Diamonds gives children opportunities to succeed, making them feel validated and appreciated.

Kids at Hope Schools uniquely incorporated this theme into events, activities, and lessons on November 12th or anytime during the month of November. Some schools even entered the National Kids at Hope Day Contest, with each entry receiving a certificate and a Four Aces poster.

We believe all children are capable of success, No Exceptions!

St. Lucie Public Schools Celebrates 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year Winners

St. Lucie Public Schools Celebrates 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year Winners

Youth Volunteer – Alexis Wilson – Port St. Lucie High School

Alexis enjoys giving back to people in the form of volunteering.  She accumulated approximately 131 community service hours within her high school JROTC program. Her volunteer activities include parking details at football games, providing daycare services, and assisting at the Botanical Gardens.  She also helps at Southport Middle with school events.  Furthermore, she has been volunteering at her church since she was 12 years old. She started out by helping in the Children’s Ministry teaching worship dances to the young children and has grown to train in a leadership role as a Sunday morning teacher for the 3-5 year olds. Alexis has also given a lot of her free time to her youth group. She helped remodel the student center at her church and runs a camera for Sunday morning services. She has even been on 3 mission trips through her Church helping orphanages in Honduras and Bolivia.

Port St. Lucie High School is ecstatic that Alexis Wilson is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Adult Volunteer – John Neilson – Ft. Pierce Central High School

John Neilson started as a student at Fort Pierce Central in 1979 where he was a member of the marching band.   He graduated from Central in 1983. His daughter started attending Ft. Pierce Central in 2016 and he noticed there was little parent participation, so he jumped right in and got involved helping out wherever he was needed to support the marching band.  He loaded the ice water coolers and made sure the students got their instruments ready and loaded on the truck. He assisted with the pregame setup of podiums and would repair instruments if he could. He built many items to help the band and served as a coach helping students learn the marching steps.

Ft. Pierce Central is extremely grateful for his ongoing support of their band program and thrilled that he is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Adult Volunteer of the Year.

Senior Volunteer – Joy Custis – Morningside Elementary

Mrs. Custis had been involved with education for many years.  She started out as a fourth-grade teacher at Ft. Pierce Elementary. Later she returned to FAU for a master’s in early childhood development. She continued to serve the county as a teacher at Lakewood Park, Morningside, and finally White City Elementary until her retirement in 2007. For the past five years, Mrs. Custis has been a volunteer at Morningside Elementary. She has volunteered across Morningside Elementary in the Media Center and in Kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. She helps out wherever she is needed and is always ready to take on a new challenge.

Mrs. Curtis states, “Watching children grow and learn and interacting with them brings me joy. I know how much time teachers give beyond their paid days to do the extras that make learning fascinating and exciting. I had some wonderful volunteers when I was a teacher and I wanted to give back to others. I think I get more than I give most days because of the staff, teachers, and children I serve. I feel so honored. Thank you to all who had a hand in this recognition.”

Joy is an amazing asset to the Morningside family, and they are so proud that she is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Senior Volunteer of the Year.

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                     

November 15, 2019

Contact: Lydia Martin

Lydia.Martin@stlucieschools.org

Phone: 772-429-5544

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools was recently awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $2.82 million over five years from the Florida Department of Education. This grant award follows other recently obtained, large grants.  This time, the grant award will fund a five-year afterschool program and summer academic tutorial, as well as lessons in social emotional learning for students at four district schools.

 

Chester A. Moore Elementary, Forest Grove Middle School, Lawnwood Elementary and White City Elementary are all included in the grant.  Prior to applying for the grant, each of the four schools identified unique academic needs and developed plans for targeted instructional support using rigorous curricular resources.  The program is free for participating families.  The program at the four sites will begin on January 6, 2020.  During the school year, the program will be held for two hours at the end of the regular school day.  In the summer, the program will follow the District’s summer school schedule.

 

Chief Academic Officer Helen Wild stated, “We are excited to be able to extend the quality learning opportunities for students at these schools, both afterschool and throughout the summer.”  Participating students will engage in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities along with skills specific lessons in reading.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a high-ranking 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 Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded Pathways to Career Opportunities Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant

 

For Immediate Release                                                                     

November 15, 2019

Contact: Lydia Martin

Lydia.Martin@stlucieschools.org

Phone: 772-429-5544

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded Pathways to Career Opportunities

Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant


ST.LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was just awarded $408,310 from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for the Pathways to Career Opportunities Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant. This grant award follows other recently obtained grants.  This time, the grant award will fund pre-apprenticeship programs in Building Construction Technologies and Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. These programs were designed to aid in our continuous effort to fill the skills gap in our local community.

 

The Building Construction Technologies Program, already established at Port St. Lucie High School, will be enhanced through this grant.  The grant will fund a pre-apprenticeship opportunity to include: Learning Lab Work Stations, industry standard tools, field trips, Learning Lab Safety equipment and recognized certification exam fees for students.

 

The Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program at Treasure Coast High School, will be augmented by the pre-apprenticeship component which will include laptops for students with ACU Autodesk LearnKey software, manufacturing materials and supplies, and training in the areas of mechanical drive system, electro-pneumatic systems and robotic pick and placement systems.

 

Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Aliesha Seitz stated, “We are thrilled to receive these dollars from FLDOE.  These funds will amplify both the Building Construction Technologies Program and the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program by providing pre-apprenticeship opportunities.”

 

SLPS proudly boasts 65 career academies and 40 career and technical programs.  The number of industry certifications has increased more than 200% over the last four years.  College and career ready students demonstrate they have the knowledge, skills and academic preparation to succeed in a career or in college.  CTE is for ALL students.  CTE students will develop both hard and soft skills which can be validated by earning one or more industry certifications.

 

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a high-ranking 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 Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has been awarded accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).  These three agencies provided the District and all of its schools with highly regarded accreditation as a quality school system.  As an accredited institution, SLPS is part of the AdvancED global network.

 

The accreditation process involves three ongoing components:  1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review.  The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.

 

“School System Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides SLPS a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” shared Gent.  “It demonstrates to the community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

 

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED School System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners.  St. Lucie Public Schools is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

 

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the System Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students.  AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

 

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has been awarded accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).  These three agencies provided the District and all of its schools with highly regarded accreditation as a quality school system.  As an accredited institution, SLPS is part of the AdvancED global network.

 

The accreditation process involves three ongoing components:  1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review.  The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting during the term.

 

“School System Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides SLPS a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” shared Gent.  “It demonstrates to the community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

 

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED School System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners.  St. Lucie Public Schools is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

 

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the System Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students.  AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

 

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Summer Meal Sites

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Summer Meal Sites

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals at the following school sites to children in St. Lucie County from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9, 2020 – July 31, 2020. The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, the meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, the meal package contains 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

North County

C.A. Moore, 827 N 29th Street, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34947

Forest Grove Middle School, 3201 S. 25th Street, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34981

Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 1801 Panther Lane, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34947

Frances K. Sweet Elementary, 1400 Avenue Q, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34950

Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Ft. Pierce,F, 34951

St. Lucie Elementary, 2020 South 13th Street, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34950

Weatherbee Elementary, 800 E. Weatherbee Road, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34982

 

East County

Northport K8, 250 NW Floresta Drive, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34983

Village Green Elementary, 1700 S.E. Lennard Road, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34952

 

West County

Bayshore Elementary, 1661 Bayshore Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34984

Manatee K8, 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34986

Oak Hammock K8, 1451 SW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953

Windmill Point Elementary, 700 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953

 

In addition to the school sites, SLPS Child Nutrition Services will also be providing meals at the following locations in the community from June 8 – July 31.

 

 Community Locations

Sabal Chase Apartments, 100 Corner Drive, Fort Pierce, Fl 34947 (Monday-Friday, 11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.)

Sands of St. Lucie Apartments, 2750 US HWY 1, Fort Pierce, Fl 34982 (Monday-Friday, 12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

St. James Christian Academy, 6501 NW Saint James Dr, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34983 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.)

 

Staff will be on-site to distribute breakfasts and lunches, which will be bagged and ready for pick up. Parents and guardians can drive, bike, or walk to these locations. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal, but parents must provide one of the following forms of identification for children who are not present at a serving site:

  • School ID (any school – MCSD-operated school, charter or private)
  • Birth certificate/passport/religious record
  • Library Card
  • Progress Report/Report Card
  • Daycare record
St. Lucie Public Schools Announces School Sites Slated to Provide  Free Breakfast and Lunch for…

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces School Sites Slated to Provide Free Breakfast and Lunch for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2018-2019 school year. All students at the following school sites will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge:

 

C.A. Moore Elementary School
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
Dale Cassens Educational Complex
Dan McCarty Middle School
Forest Grove Middle School
Fort Pierce Westwood High School
Lakewood Park Elementary School
Lawnwood Elementary School
Northport K-8
Parkway Elementary School
Performance Based Preparatory Academy
Samuel Gaines Academy for Emerging Technologies
Savanna Ridge Elementary School
St. Lucie Elementary School
Weatherbee Elementary School
White City Elementary School

 

According to Child Nutrition Services Program Manager Deborah Wuest, the identification of SLPS campuses benefiting from this service is determined based on the percent of students qualifying for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.  “We are committed to providing for the nutritional needs of all students on all of our campuses.  Free and reduced lunch opportunities for qualifying candidates are available on all SLPS campuses throughout the County.  For students attending schools not on this list, we encourage  parents and guardians to apply online at www.stlucieschools.org.”   For additional information, contact St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Program at 772.429.6224 or stop by the office located at 2202 Avenue Q, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.

 

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 ranked in the top third of Florida’s districts, 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.

 

About the U.S. Department of Agriculture

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

mail:      U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax:      (202) 690-7442; or

email:   program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces School Sites Slated to Provide  Free Breakfast and Lunch for…

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces School Sites Slated to Provide Free Breakfast and Lunch for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2018-2019 school year. All students at the following school sites will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge:

 

C.A. Moore Elementary School
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
Dale Cassens Educational Complex
Dan McCarty Middle School
Forest Grove Middle School
Fort Pierce Westwood High School
Lakewood Park Elementary School
Lawnwood Elementary School
Northport K-8
Parkway Elementary School
Performance Based Preparatory Academy
Samuel Gaines Academy for Emerging Technologies
Savanna Ridge Elementary School
St. Lucie Elementary School
Weatherbee Elementary School
White City Elementary School

 

According to Child Nutrition Services Program Manager Deborah Wuest, the identification of SLPS campuses benefiting from this service is determined based on the percent of students qualifying for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.  “We are committed to providing for the nutritional needs of all students on all of our campuses.  Free and reduced lunch opportunities for qualifying candidates are available on all SLPS campuses throughout the County.  For students attending schools not on this list, we encourage  parents and guardians to apply online at www.stlucieschools.org.”   For additional information, contact St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Program at 772.429.6224 or stop by the office located at 2202 Avenue Q, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.

 

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 ranked in the top third of Florida’s districts, 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.

 

About the U.S. Department of Agriculture

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

mail:      U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax:      (202) 690-7442; or

email:   program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.