The Office of Teaching and Learning invites you to join us for the Math Standards Institute sessions this summer. Below is a description of the sessions.
Standards Institute Session 1: This training is designed to introduce the learner to the three shifts of instruction in mathematics. We will explore standards to see the connection between multiple grade level standards. The three levels of rigor will be used in the standards and tasks. Mathematical practices will be discussed to understand the “how” of teaching standards and learners will leave with materials and resources they can use for instruction in their classroom.
Standards Institute Session 2: This training is designed to make the connection between grade level materials and the district support documents. The shifts of instruction will be addressed through standards-based tasks as the learner looks for rigor and coherence in a grade level and throughout the grade levels. There will be tasks to take back and utilize in the classroom.
On Saturday April 21, test drive a new Buick and help Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) located at 1201 SE Jaguar Lane in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm. For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00. When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00. The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!
Participants will sign-in on the east side of PSLHS’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range. Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. There is a limit of two donations per household.
On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Keiser University in partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools Career and Technical Education Department hosted the Criminal Justice Academy Completers Awards Breakfast. More than one hundred seniors from Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School kicked off the graduation season by being honored along with their parents and teachers.
Special guests Port St. Lucie Vice Mayor Shannon Martin, St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Port St. Lucie Police Assistant Chief Richard DelToro, and St. Lucie Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bill Hardman addressed the future leaders with congratulations, encouragement, and words of wisdom.
Keiser University President Leslie Kristof and her staff highlighted the beautiful Keiser campus in Tradition and announced up to 25% tuition discount offered to the Criminal Justice senior completers in the audience. Following the ceremony, Treasure Coast High School’s Culinary Arts students served a delicious breakfast!
Ja’ Marcus Bartley FPWHS, Mary Gemino SLWCHS, Jaymi Rigg SLWCHS are shown here with industry certification shirts. #StLucieProud
April is Autism Awareness Month which provides outstanding opportunities to increase our knowledge, understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of Autism as well as all levels of disabilities, and thus continue our efforts to promote inclusionary environments for Students with Disabilities.
SLPS staff and students are wearing blue each Friday in April.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)
Thom Jones of the Education Foundation, St. Lucie County extends a special thank you to Paul Jakubczak, Carol Wilson, and Lois Wolfe of the Ft. Pierce Utilities Authority and the Boys and Girls Clubs for launching the first STAR Business Mentor Class! These STAR Scholars will be mentored over the next two years as part of the Program’s efforts to inspire students to graduate work ready. Some students may qualify for a fully prepaid scholarship funded by the Education Foundation to earn an AA degree while working locally. The STAR Program’s goals are also aligned to the supporting positive graduation rates for St. Lucie Public Schools.
The Young Authors’ Celebration is just around the corner. That means books are due very soon! Young Author Books are due to Rivers Edge on 4/30! Please feel free to email Ilyse Brainin if your books will not make the pony in time.
St. Lucie County Reading Council’s Young Authors’ Celebration – 2018!
Quick FAQ Sheet
What are the criteria for each school?
To encourage creativity and to support school-specific writing initiatives, schools may come up with their own rubric for how they will determine the top authors. SLCRC only requires that books be original text and artwork. Writing can be fiction or non-fiction: a picture book, a report, poetry, a short story… the sky’s the limit!
How many works can each school submit?
It is recommended that each school’s submissions reflect the diversity of the student body – keep your ESE and ELL students in mind when making your selections.
Below is the maximum number of works each school may submit:
K-5 Schools – 4 Submissions
Middle Schools – 3 Submissions
High Schools – 4 Submissions
K-8 Schools – 7 Submissions
When is the YA Celebration?
May 19th, 2018
Who may attend?
Young Authors selected by each school and their parents/guardians (The invitation states that they can bring 2 guests.)
If Young Authors coordinators are able to attend, we would love to have you come, as well as Young Author’ teachers and school administrators. Please let me know whom from your school is attending so we can ensure we have enough seating and snacks for everyone.
Where is this happening?
Oak Hammock School
What time does it start?
When is it over?
Around 11:30 or 12:00
Will there be a grand prize winner?
All are winners–this is a celebration of amazing Young Authors in SLC!
What do I do once school winners are selected?
Please email me with the names and grades of the winners for your school by Monday, April 30th.
Do we turn in winning student writing?
Each book submitted should include the student name, grade level, teacher name, and school name. All submissions must be turned in to Rivers Edge, Ilyse Brainin, in pony by Monday, Monday, April 27th.
How are the parents notified?
When the list of Young Authors winners is received, an invitation will be emailed to each school’s contact to give to students.
Do parents RSVP?
Parents must RSVP to the school contact person if they plan on attending.
Will there be prizes at the Young Authors Celebration?
MOA Students engaged in an ecosystem sampling/surveying activity that included dip-netting, cast netting and hiking through mangrove swamp and hammock along the Indian River Lagoon at Pepper Park and Wild Cat Cove. Our young minds are exploring and finding solutions to protect our waterways! Way to go Bulldogs!
PrepVolleyball.com has been working since November attempting to identify the top varsity-playing sophomores (Class of 2020) in the country in 2017.
This recognition is based on outstanding High School Varsity Achievement for the 2017 season.
SLW Centennial Sophomore, Kailey McKnight made it onto the Elite Honorable Mention List.
Kailey McKnight, 5-9 OH, St. Lucie West Centennial (Port St. Lucie, Florida) — First Team All-Area and the team’s Offensive MVP, McKnight recorded a county-leading 358 kills and added 274 digs and 58 aces and passed 298 serves for the Eagles in 2017. “She is a standout when it comes to her offensive and defensive skills,” said coach Carla Nicholson. “She has a passion for the sport and works very hard during and after high school season to become a better player. Her higher level skills are evident as she led the district in almost every category. Kailey is definitely a team player and her teammates love playing with her. With all of her experience at such a high level, Kailey was a huge asset in helping our team reach the Regional Finals and finishing in the top 8 schools in Class 9A in Florida.”
School Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills was at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with SLPS educators and Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson taking a STOP THE BLEED Training.
The training was all about saving a life by knowing how to stop bleeding of open wounds after an injury. More people in the U.S. die from traumatic open wounds and loss of blood than any other cause of death. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center has a partnership with SLPS to train staff. Each participant received a free STOP THE BLEED kit.
A special thank you to the trainers for this session: Lawnwood’s Director of Trauma Services Doreen Gilligan, Mary Givans and Chinetta Neal. A special thanks to Chinetta Neal for helping Dr. Mills bring this invaluable training to St. Lucie Public schools.
At Frances K. Sweet, students and teachers are celebrating “Fine Arts in the School” month. Mr. Ingram’s classroom entrance welcomes students with “The Colors of Music” and each week they will be exploring a new genre of music. In Mrs. Miller’s Visual Arts class, students are exploring different medias and are voting on which piece of art will come out on top in our Sweet Sixteen championship! The students can keep track with graphs generated by their voting and a very large bracket set up on the wall of the main hallway.
The Fine Arts are all about creation and celebration at Frances K. Sweet!
Florida Community Builds Pipeline Of Stem Leaders With Annual Science Competition
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 8, 2018)– Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS) continues their longstanding commitment to stimulating student, teacher and public interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the 63rd State Science Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF) March 27-29 2018 in Lakeland, FL.
More than 900 aspiring engineers, scientists and mathematicians from across Florida will compete in the SSEF STEM Competition. Students have an opportunity to win $1.2 million in awards, prizes, scholarships and internships. The top senior projects will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering (ISEF) STEM Competition in Pittsburgh to represent SSEF. Florida is the single largest state present at the Intel ISEF with 93 finalists winning 23 place awards in 2017 – including 3 Best in Category and one Best in Fair Grand Prize Winner of $50,000.
“We are excited about entering the 63rd STEM competition season. Our goal is to recognize scientific talent in young people. They are making our planet more sustainable and livable. SSEF provides a unique opportunity to motivate students to learn. The students excitement to share their research proves that notion. ” says Nancy Besley, Exec. Dir. Florida Foundation for Future Scientists
The efforts to introduce more students to careers in STEM through SSEF cannot take place without the help of the community. This year, the SSEF STEM Competition is setting its sights on reaching more students and showing more businesses how their monetary donations have a positive impact on the growth of SSEF and the opportunities they provide to Florida students.
About State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida- STEM Competition
The SSEF– STEM Competition is the largest academic competition in the state of Florida and has touched the lives of many students, teachers, and adults since its inception in 1957. SSEF is a three-day display of science research project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through twelve. More than 55,000 students are involved at local school and regional levels before being
The Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) Jaguar Cafeteria is undergoing a facelift. The school’s mascot is boosting school spirit around campus and what better place to make an impact than in the cafeteria!
A special Jaguar shout out to Child Nutrition Services for supporting this tremendous effort at PSLHS!
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team partnered with Westside Church and St. Lucie Public Schools to again offer a “beeping” Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 29. The event took place at Westside Church.
The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt was specifically offered for students with a visual impairment and featured special eggs that beep to help locate them. After the hunt, participants were given special goodie bags of treats to enjoy when they returned home. The project was made possible through equipment and funds provided by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).
What a marvelous and celebratory morning in the Northport Media Center recently. Students from the 6th and 7th grade Northstar team were privileged to take part in an engaging program honoring the contributions of top-notch women from across so many arenas and avenues of life. Girls from the classes kicked off the program with a Maya Angelou poem and then used the alphabet to lionize many powerful and courageous women from all walks of life and in all areas of history and the present.
Dr. Donna Mills introduced the impressive guest speaker, United States Attorney Carmen Lineberger. Attorney Lineberger spoke about diversity, courage, setting goals and becoming the best person you can be by challenging yourself. She also spoke about never burning bridges, being respectful, kind, finding a role model and following a roadmap to get the job done. It was a tremendous pleasure to host such an extraordinary woman. Students wrapped up the program with a rousing rendition of Helen Reddy’s incomparable song, “I Am Women” dedicated to Dr. Mills and Attorney Lineberger.
Northport Speaker’s Bureau has been such a moving and high quality roadmap for our students and teachers this year. Many thanks to Dr. Mills and all the high quality guest speakers that have visited Northport during the 2017-18 school year.
Thanks to community partners The American Security Council Foundation and Step Up America, Northport has posters all over the school with the direct line to the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s office to report any suspicious activity. Our job is to provide a safe environment for learning. We believe that student empowerment and voice are imperative to support a culture of safety and ❤. We support Step Up America, A Call To Good Citizenship.
The annual St. Lucie County High School Art Show opening is Friday, April 20th, from 5 to 8pm. This year’s show takes place in the Galleria of Pierce Harbor building at 100 S. 2nd St. in Ft. Pierce. An awards ceremony will take place at 7:15 after the closing of “Peoples’ Choice” voting.
Students will be judged in 6 categories for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus a “Peoples’ Choice” award. There is also a teacher component where teachers can show one piece.
The opening takes place the same night as Art Walk because the exposure to our vibrant art community is invaluable. The Art Walk artists love to mingle and mentor our students when they get a chance.
The show is on exhibit after opening night, April 21st through Saturday, May 5th, 11am-6pm Monday-Saturday.