Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

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

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

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

 

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

Summer Slide, Summer Fun, Summer Learning

Summer Slide, Summer Fun, Summer Learning

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

Deals and Discounts for Employees

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

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

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

 

Cobra Battalion Serves

Cobra Battalion Serves

Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) Cadets from the Cobra Battalion crossed the 100 community service-hour threshold this year. They sacrificed personal time to ensure the support of community stakeholders including civic groups, service organizations, neighborhood associations, and religious organizations.

Cadets achieving 100 community service hours who will be recommended for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for FPCHS this school year are:

Aide Aguilar: 194 hours
Shasly Brooks: 100 hours
Baldomero Cardenas: 154 hours
Kevin Gudino: 106 hours
Nicklaus Halter: 311 hours
Abigail Hetherington: 370 hours
Victor-Andre Jacob: 247 hours
Artyanna Kitchen: 280 hours
Evan Kohuth: 346 hours
Amber Kolbinskie: 163 hours
Laura Manzano: 156 hours
Yalenah Mestre: 161 hours
Sevren Most: 100 hours
Audrey Rubio: 189 hours
Daniela Tristan: 109 hours
Bryan Vega: 241 hours

      

 

 

Congratulations to Project Citizen Teams!

Congratulations to Project Citizen Teams!

St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates teams from Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and West Gate K8.  Each school’s Project Citizen entry advanced to the state primary competition, and teams were invited to participate in the state finals of Project Citizen.

Through the use of technology, students were able to virtually present to the judges in north Miami.

The following projects competed:

Lincoln Park Academy – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fresh Food

The students want to bring attention to the lack of fresh food stores in the Lincoln Park area of Fort Pierce and proposed ways to incentivize stores or food trucks to bring fresh foods to these “food deserts.”

Teacher: Alaina Moise

2nd Place – Oral Hearing

 

Manatee Academy – Drop the Weight

The students investigated the average weight of backpacks that the students carry on a daily basis and proposed alternatives such as lockers and electronic devices.

Teacher: Megan Shaver

 

Westgate K-8 – Let’s Give Attention to Suicide Prevention

The students felt that knowledge should be brought forth to both students and teachers about the warning signs of depression through a required training and recurring professional development program.

Teacher: Lauren Kappler

2nd Place – Portfolio

SLPS Continues Its Growth

SLPS Continues Its Growth

St. Lucie Public Schools 2017-2018 Graduation Rates Projections and Industry Certifications Point to More Growth

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.

 

 

CNA Scholarship Recipients

CNA Scholarship Recipients

St. Lucie West Centennial High School hosted Senior Awards Night on May 17, 2018.  Midway Specialty Care Center awarded five scholarships to seniors having earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License. The CNA completer scholarship can be used for items needed for post-secondary employment in the healthcare field.  Students are being awarded this scholarship after meeting a specified criterion including pursuing a career in the health care industry. 

Students scholarship recipients: Jasmine Castro, Dahnae McDonald, Melissa Stone, Marissa Powell, and Trinity Salisbury

The Honor is Ours!

The Honor is Ours!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council was presented with the Honor Council Award on June 2nd, 2018 at the University of Central Florida’s Reading Center. Honor Council is earned by meeting a very specific criteria over the course of one year for “Exemplary service to the education community for efforts to advance literacy in your district and for commitment to the spirit of volunteerism.”
Board members: Ilyse Brainin (President), Nicole Eak (Vice President), Alison Thomas (Secretary) and Lori Foley (Treasurer) were on hand to receive this distinction; the first ever for St. Lucie County!
Thank you to all who helped make this honor possible! We are looking forward to another great year ahead.

If you are interested in more information regarding the St. Lucie Reading Council, or would like to join us, please contact:

ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

CTE Celebrates Business Partners

CTE Celebrates Business Partners

Career and Technical educators from the district were provided the opportunity to partake in two ribbon cutting events hosted by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners.  The celebrations included opening for the south county Drug Lab and the Heath Clinic on Lyngate Drive, Port St. Lucie.  This event was celebrated on May 22, 2018 alongside City and County Commissioners, Clerk of the Court, St. Lucie County Sheriff, and City of Port St. Lucie’s administrators.

Northport Eighth Graders Move On Up to High School!

Northport Eighth Graders Move On Up to High School!

What a wonderful evening at Northport! Our 8th graders are leaving the nest and moving on to high school. They have done the work, achieved success and are moving on to the next chapter of their lives. The evening began with the SLW Centennial JROTC unit posting the colors in a spectacular showcase.

Principal, Glenn Rustay and Assistant Principals Lisa Cash and Mehgan Drost welcomed hundreds of parents, grandparents and friends to the event. Fellow 8th grade student Emmalyne Lewis welcomed her fellow classmates to enjoy each moment and to look forward to the future and all the successes that will come. The keynote speaker was St. Lucie School Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills. Dr. Mills is a favorite at Northport and can always be called on to encourage, share stories of success, motivate and prod every student to excel and find their passion. She gave a wonderful and thought-provoking talk about pulling yourself up, having the grit to achieve and get the job done. She is awesome!

Students received their diplomas from their team leaders and shook hands with Northport administration as well as Dr. Mills. It was a lovely celebration of achievement and pride for families, teachers and students. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer and will always be checking on our students as they move on to another exciting chapter in their lives. They are very well prepared!

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

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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Northport Students Make Huge Impact and Help Change Policy!

Northport Students Make Huge Impact and Help Change Policy!

This year has been a year of achievement and success at Northport. The accomplishments of our students have been stunning. On the final day of school, Edie Majewski, City of Port Saint Lucie Sidewalks Projects Manager, visited the school along with the news crew from channel 20. Channel 20 is the government channel for the city of Port Saint Lucie.

Mrs. Majewski brought great news to our students who worked on their seventh grade civics project this year with such gusto. Students researched, delved into the subject, spoke with SLPS Project Manager Marty Sanders, and checked incident reports on Curtis Street. Curtis Street runs parallel to Northport.

Students felt that Curtis needed sidewalks desperately for the safety of the students. Their hard work paid off! The city took a hard second look, applied for a TAP grant and was approved for Curtis Street sidewalks. Students were elated that they could bear witness and be a part of city government in action.

The impact of intensive student work can indeed change policy. The sidewalks on Curtis Street will be moved up and built between October 2021 and September 2022. Northport students will be able to safely hurry to school and stroll home on Curtis Street in the very near future. Elation does not cover the feelings of the Northport community!

Great job students, teachers, Thomas MacDonald and Elizabeth Montilla and parents. THRILLED!

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

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

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

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

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

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

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

 

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

Summer Meals

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

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

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

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

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

 

TCHS JROTC participates in Homeless Veterans Stand-Down

TCHS JROTC participates in Homeless Veterans Stand-Down

On May 17th, 2018 Treasure Coast High School AFJROTC participated in the first annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Fort Pierce, alongside many other organizations. They supplied items such as sleeping bags, care bags, food, boots, and many other helpful items to veterans in need. This is the first of many veterans outreach events for upcoming years, making it one of their unit goals to continue to help struggling veterans. None of this could have been possible without the help of the Treasure Coast High School AFJROTC cadets, culinary, and Care Bags Inc. We interviewed a homeless veteran who said “They’re not there by choice.” A lot of them deal with substance abuse, PTSD, and loneliness. They really love all the things the people do for them and they greatly appreciate it.

 

Written by

C/2nd LT Mark Doucette

C/ SSgt Shah Hosein

Restoring the Village Youth Symposium

Restoring the Village Youth Symposium

Educational Youth Symposium
Friday, June 08, 2018, 08:30am

The Youth Symposium will take place at Lincoln Park Academy.

Registration begins at 8:30.

This is a FREE motivational and empowering activity for elementary, middle and high school students.

 

 

Celebrating Graduates

Celebrating Graduates

St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates its graduating seniors!

The Class of 2018 is almost 3,000 strong and boasts nearly $33.5 million in scholarships to support next steps toward their college and career goals.  Some of the inspired young leaders have chosen to pursue pathways into the military service, 92 have elected careers in education and have received “A Promise is a Promise” certificates from SLPS, others have select varied college and career courses that will lead them on wonderful and exciting lifelong journeys including medicine, technology, engineering, political advocacy, artistic design, and journalism.  To all of the 2018 graduates, we send hearty wishes of success and fulfillment!