ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANOTHER PERK TO “STUDENT PERKS”

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANOTHER PERK TO “STUDENT PERKS”

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – “Student Perks: It’s More Than Coffee” had just the right blend of innovation and effective programming to receive an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The collaborative venture with St. Lucie County honors students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program by providing them the opportunity to run a coffee kiosk at the County Administration Office. They reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “We appreciate our community partnerships.  When we have opportunities such as this to work together and achieve our goals, our community continues to grow stronger, and our students benefit from positive mentors.”

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

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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Achievement Awards Announced for Civics, History, and STEM Competitions

Achievement Awards Announced for Civics, History, and STEM Competitions

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – High honors for outstanding achievement and recognition for students who are progressing to regional and state level competitions were announced at the St. Lucie Public Schools Awards Showcase. Family and friends gathered to celebrate as award winners were announced for the recent Project Citizen Showcase, History Day, and St. Lucie County Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition.

 

Congratulations to the following students:

 

Project Citizen – 7th Grade Class/Team Projects

1st – Sam Gaines Academy Team Led by Ms. Aliana Moise

2nd – Westgate K-8 Team Led by Ms. Megan Shaver

3rd – Lincoln Park Academy Team Led by Mr. Raymond Williams

2017 History Day

Exhibits

Junior Individual

1st – Summer Melrose – PPT

2nd – Hailey Mangio – WGK

3rd – Robert Sansone – WGK

Junior Group

1st – Grace Welby, Mariana Solanilla, Taylor Mealing -WGK

2nd – Brandon Quijada, Brianne Yates – NPK

3rd – Emily Miller, Brenden Bourdeau – SPM

Senior Individual

1st – Kacey Rigano – College Prep

2nd –  Jelisa Hines – PSL

3rd – Grace Ramos – FPW

 

 

Senior Group

1st – Wilner Joseph, Zaine Parlor – FPC

2nd – Van Antiola, Ana Falcen, Emily Page – PSL

3rd – Mairsol Aguilar, Rocio Martinez – FPW

Documentary

Junior Individual

1st – John Melvin – SLWK-8

2nd – Zandry Epan-Ramos – PPT

3rd – Paris Cook-Troynel – NPK

Junior Group

1st –  Delaney Cassidy, Jackson Martin, Joshua Rios – PPT

2nd – Gabriella Lawrence, Ashley Tucker – PPT

3rd – Shawn Kelly, Elijaz Preste – SPM

Senior Individual

1st – Andre Fernandez – PSL

2nd – Steve Woods – FPC

3rd – Curtiss Oakley – College Prep

Senior Group

1st – Alexa Matera, Zachary Matera – College Prep

2nd – Tru Rotolo, Emma Cardona – FPC

3rd – Diamond Ratuppanant, Andrey Kostadinov – College Prep

Websites

Junior Individual

1st – Matthew Pinto – NPK

2nd – Aneesa Gilbert – SPM

3rd – Alex Gaudreau – Palm Pointe

Junior Group

1st – Kayla Permuy, Taylor Milton – PPT

2nd – Victor Silva, Kyle Zeller – SOM

3rd – Maverick Prince, Sarah Hawblitzel, and Cameron Stott – PPT

Senior Individual

1st – Thuytran Vo – PSL

2nd – Jasmine Massey – College Prep

3rd – Madeline Nicklo – TCH

Senior Group

1st – Isa Alvarez, Maysen Jackson – PSL

2nd – Emma Johnson, Megan Roge, Miranda Thomason – College Prep

3rd – Jack Eurick, Daniel Green, Brandon Jean, Alexis Russell – College Prep

Performances

Junior Individual

1st – Grace Lloyd – PPT

2nd – Samuel Porter – FGM

3rd – Kyle Medina – APF

Junior Group

1st – Alyssa Bischof, Jessica Hunt,Kayla Permann, Selena Villablanca, Cassidy Yawn – SLWK-8

2nd – Cathia Oge, Mya Forestal – FGM

3rd – Tameka Thelisnort, Aien Serrano, Samantha Alizme, Kaitlynn Ford-Brisker – FGM

 

Senior Individual

1st – Sloan Sizemore – SLWHS

2nd – Elize Starr – FPC

Senior Group

1st – Jamal Paul, Q’Markis Brooks – PSL

2nd – Jermecia Rolle, Rakesha Hart – FPC

3rd – Kyle James, Jericho Uy – PSL

Research Paper

Junior Individual

1st – Rania Khawaja – SLWK-8

2nd – Daniel Polvos-Gomez – PPT

3rd – Xavier Emma – SLWK-8

Senior Individual

1st – Nicole Churion – College Prep

2nd – Andrew Fairley – College Prep

3rd – Emily Madriz – TCH

 

 

29th Annual St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition

Animal Science

Junior Division

1st Place – Andre Gomes-Lopez – PPK

2nd Place – Emma Farr – LPA

3rd Place – Paige Workman – Home

Senior Division

1st Place – Shayna Caldwell and Ryan Randall – FPW

2nd Place – Maria Battaglino – LPA

3rd Place – Raeanne Anderson and Elize Star – FPC

Behavioral & Social Science

Junior Division

1st Place – Asha Budhai – OHK

Senior Division

1st Place – Katie Farinacci and Kyla Mitchell – FPW

2nd Place – McKenzie Muskett – FPC

3rd Place – Jazmin Navarro, Troy Gitlin & Jesus Paz – TCH

Biomedical & Health Science

Junior Division

1st Place – Ishe’ Toussaint – NPK

2nd Place – Kiley Hsu – MAN

3rd Place – Marley Osep and Trevor Gill – MDA

Senior Division

1st Place – Summer Lange and Janelle Sullogub – FPW

2nd Place – Melene Joseph – SLWHS

3rd Place – Valerie Delgado – LPA

Chemistry

Junior Division

1st Place – John Melvin – SLWK-8

1st Place –  Megan Perusse – SLWK-8

2nd Place – Brianne Yates – NPK

2nd Place – Chris Brick – FGM

3rd Place – Derek Moore – SOM

3rd Place – Brandon Quijada – NPK

Senior Division

1st Place – Elizabeth Sterling and Julia Pacek – LPA

2nd Place – Karen McGilvery – LPA

3rd Place – Carolin Fulmer and Emilie Jofors – FPW

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Junior Division

1st Place –  Matthew Pizzarello – LPA

2nd Place – Lilian Crawford – LPA

3rd Place –  Chastine Maharaj – NPK

Senior Division

1st Place –  Callie Zheng – LPA

2nd Place –  Catherine Horger – LPA

3rd Place- Amor Nefzi – LPA

Earth & Environmental Sciences EAEV

Junior Division

1st Place – Connor O’Sullivan – FGM

2nd Place – Jamar Gullett – SOM

3rd Place – Emily Ebner – FGM

Senior Division

1st Place – Jillian Markle – LPA

2nd Place – Claudia Lopez and Samantha Doohan – FPW

3rd Place – Noelle Logan, Tiffanie Sterling and Alissa Stachelek – FPW

Environmental Engineering

Junior Division

1st Place – Evence Eliassaint – NPK

2nd Place – Anna Burtseva – PPT

Senior Division

1st Place – 750 Reese Perretta and Beatrice Reyes – LPA

Engineering

Junior Division

1st Place – Jack Krasulak – STA

2nd Place – Riley Holtzclaw – PPT

3rd Place – Robert Sansone – WGK

Senior Division

1st Place – Chaffee Wood and Osmany Vernero – SLWCHS

2nd Place – Tyler Tarrant – SLWCHS

Mathematics & Computational Sciences 

Junior Division

1st Place – Samantha Watson – PPT

Senior Division

1st Place – Sreya Banik – LPA

2nd Place – Carlton Smith – FPC

Microbiology

Junior Division

1st Place – Nichapa Dancharnjitt – LPA

2nd Place – Madison Adkins – LPA

Senior Division

1st Place – Shreya Reddy – LPA

2nd Place – Ethan Yarberry – LPA

Physics & Astronomy

Junior Division

1st Place – Riley Hamilton – OLIVET

1st Place – Joshua Demko – SLWK-8

2nd Place- Matthew Heady – FGM

2nd Place – Cole Demko – SLWK-8

3rd Place – Trey Vititoe – SLWK-8

3rd Place – Yu Qing Li – MAN

Senior Division

1st Place – Alexis Moreira and Riley Hogge – FPW

2nd Place – Zoe Fassilis – FPW

3rd Place – Yuriana Esculeva – FPC

Plant Sciences

Junior Division

1st Place – Mason Kozac – LPA

1st Place- Jason Pocchieri – OLIVET

2nd Place – Vraj Parikh – LPA

2nd Place- Alexis Bowes – NPK

3rd Place – Brian David Wu – LPA

3rd Place – Devon Barbour – SPM

Senior Division

1st Place – Haniya Shareef – LPA

2nd Place – Alicia Solis – LPA

3rd Place – Henry Nguyen & Samantha Ashabranner – SLWCHS

FLORIDA STATE SCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS

Junior Division

Jack Krasulak – STA

Riley Hamilton – OLIVET

Asha Budhai – OHK

Connor O’Sullivan – FGM

Mason Kozac – LPA

Senior Division

Sreya Banik – LPA

Catherine Horger – LPA

Jillian Markle – LPA

Alexis Moreira and Riley Hogge – FPW

Ethan Yarberry – LPA

Callie Zheng – LPA

Haniya Shareef – LPA

Shreya Reddy – LPA

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS (2)

Haniya Shareef

Shreya Reddy

 

 

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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Achievement Continues to Rise

Achievement Continues to Rise

In a barrage of scores released by the Department of Education today, scores for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continue to climb as a testament to the overall growth and success of students in the District.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation to the dedicated teachers, support staff, and school leaders for their focused efforts and for positively impacting students through quality instruction.  “We will continue our concentrated efforts on what is working well to support the academic growth of our students and enhance our instructional approaches in other areas so that all students are successful,” stated Gent.

According to a Florida Department of Education press release issued today, specific highlights for SLPS include an increase of four percentage points in both Biology 1 and Civics, with 64 percent and 65 percent of students, respectively, scoring Level 3 or higher.  Grade 8 Science (including both Florida Standards Assessment and Biology 1 End-of-Course assessment) climbed by two percentage points. Likewise, two percentage point increases were realized in Grades 6 – 8 English Language Arts and Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics.

The 2015-2016 academic year is marked with many positive trends for SLPS.  Graduation rates are climbing and are projected to surpass the state average, the percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment is rising, and this year marks a banner year for scholarships earned.  Over 21.6 million dollars were awarded to the District’s graduates which number over 2,700.

 

 

 

Addams Family

Addams Family

The Addams Family cordially invites you to join them for dinner at any of the following times: Wednesday, June 13th @ 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 15th @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 16th @ 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 17th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Don’t be late!
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Administrative Assignments for FY2015

PRESS RELEASE: Administrative Assignments for FY2015

Superintendent Genelle Zoratti Yost is pleased to announce administrative changes occurring with St. Lucie Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year.

Mrs. Felicia Nixon is being promoted to the position of principal at Dan McCarty Middle School. Mrs. Nixon is currently the principal at C.A.Moore Elementary School (2011-Present) where she has facilitated an improvement in student performance. Most notably, she is celebrated for her expertise in literacy.

Dr. David Washington, current principal at Dan McCarty Middle School, is assigned to the position of Director of Recruitment/Retention. Beginning his career in 1983, Dr. Washington has filled many roles in St. Lucie County and is an advocate for students and educators alike.

Mrs. Pam Holmes, current Assistant Principal at C.A.Moore Elementary School, will move into the principalship at this site. Mrs. Holmes has vast experience as a leader in St. Lucie where she has served the District as a teacher and an administrator since 1991.

Mrs. Cynthia Cobb, Principal at Rivers Edge Elementary, is retiring after 35 years of service to St. Lucie. Mrs. Kerry Walukiewcz is being named Principal at Rivers Edge Elementary School. Mrs. Walukiewcz began her teaching career in St. Lucie County in 1995 and has served as teacher in a variety of locations. In recognition of her teaching excellence, she was named the State of Florida’s Teacher of the Year in 2005. Additionally, she holds credentials of a National Board Certified Teacher. She has been serving as the Assistant Principal of Oak Hammock K-8 School since 2010.

We congratulate the newly appointed principals and look forward to a productive year ahead.

Administrators for the Day at Palm Pointe

Administrators for the Day at Palm Pointe

Students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in Administrator for the Day.  These students saved up their rocket fuel to be able to spend the day with the principal which they receive from the staff for their positive behavior and part of the PBS program.  Each student turned in 300 rocket fuel to be able to enjoy the day with the administrator.  They shadowed the principal all day and helped with the Honor Roll assemblies, lunch duty, work in the principal’s office and many other jobs throughout the day.  Pictured from left is; Laney Keys, Jayden Cruz, Principal, Debra Snyder, Chloe Zdenek and Joshua Prag.  Congratulations to all these students for a job well done!

Adobe Advisory Board Meets

Adobe Advisory Board Meets

The Adobe Advisory Board met April 3, 2019, focusing on St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers whose students earn the Adobe Suite Industry Certifications in Flash/Animate, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, PremierePro and Illustrator.  Career and Tech Ed (CTE) Program Specialists Keron Belgraves, Lei’Nitia Robinson, and Dana Caputo spearheaded this collaborative meeting by inviting Indian River State College representatives to present, including Dean Jim Jeffers, RCCPC Coordinator Strather Dupree, Enrollment Representative Rachel Bozzo, and Recruiter Cassandra Raya.  ‘Reaching students’ was the theme of the meeting. The team building was strong as SLPS teachers shared student stories and IRSC staff shared great opportunities for students. Teachers and IRSC staff discussed student articulation opportunities, planned classroom visits, and exchanged contact information.

LPA Adobe CAPE Academy Wins 4 Day Trip to NYC for Panasonic Worldwide Video Contest

LPA Adobe CAPE Academy Wins 4 Day Trip to NYC for Panasonic Worldwide Video Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ADOBE CAPE ACADEMY TEAMS!

THEY JUST DOMINATED THE AMERICAS FOR PANASONIC’S WORLDWIDE VIDEO CONTESTS AND ALL WON A 4 DAY TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY AND WINNERS WEEKEND!

The Eco-Effect winning team of Donovan Kryak and Zaid Jamil created a fascinating typography-animated video on water conservation:  View the Water Conservation Video

Our New Vision Award Winning Team includes: Janice Ng, Imani Rodney, Sana Adalsha, and Marisol Galindo! They created a 5 minute video documentary on World Hunger which includes an international perspective, as well, as how we can act locally through our Empty Bowls event with proceeds going to the Treasure Coast Food Bank:  View the World Hunger Video

This is a wonderful achievement for LPA as no other school has won both divisions! We are very proud of their accomplishment!

Join us in our Adobe CAPE Academy – LPA HS RM 152!

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Advanced Learning Opportunities

Advanced Learning Opportunities

St. Lucie Public Schools offers advanced learning opportunities for students as they prepare for college and the world of work.

Advanced Placement, Advanced International Education Certificate (AICE), Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate

AEDs Donated to SLPS

AEDs Donated to SLPS

Cheryl and Ray Lalloo from the Jessica Clinton Foundation generously donated AED units to St. Lucie West K-8 and Windmill Point Elementary.

A fundraising campaign with heart-shaped cookies from local Panera restaurants takes place each February, and students are encouraged to post pictures of themselves holding the heart-shaped cookies. The proceeds from the sale of the cookies are used to purchase AED units.

The Jessica Clinton Foundation invites the community to participate in two upcoming events:

Dedication Ceremony: September 29, 2018

Free Heart Screenings: November 3, 2018

 

 

Aerospace Technologies

Aerospace Technologies

An exciting partnership between St Lucie Public Schools and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) offers students interested in a career in Aerospace or any Engineering discipline the opportunity to learn from the premiere aviation and aerospace university in the world.   Aerospace engineering deals with the design, construction, and study of the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft.  The field also covers aerodynamic characteristics and behaviors, airfoil, lift, drag, and other engineering-related concepts. (Fort Pierce Central High School)
African American History Month Proclamation

African American History Month Proclamation

February begins the annual observance of African American History Month, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. In February, 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed the establishment of Negro History Week to honor the history and contributions of African Americans to American life. In 1976, the week-long celebration was expanded to a month in honor of the nation’s bi-centennial. Mrs. Latricia Woulard, St. Lucie County 2016 Principal of the Year, read the Proclamation during the February School Board Meeting.

African American Proclamation

African American Proclamation

Mr. Jeff Johnson, St. Lucie Public Schools 2016 Teacher of the Year, read the following Proclamation at the February Board Meeting designating February, 2017, as African American History Month.

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Proclamation

 

WHEREAS: The School Board of St. Lucie County takes pride in joining Americans throughout the country and various parts of the world in recognizing February, 2017, as National African American History Month; and

 

WHEREAS: African American History Month celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history; and

 

WHEREAS: National African American History Month had its origin in 1915 and was initiated in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Black History Week, as it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, two key figures in the history of African Americans;  and

 

WHEREAS: In 1976, the commemoration of Black History in the United States was expanded to Black History Month and in 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that “the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of our struggle for freedom and equal opportunity, and deepens our understanding of our nation’s history”; and

 

WHEREAS: In 1994 and 2002,  the Florida Legislature passed legislation to ensure that African and African American History content is taught in schools, a step that The School Board of St. Lucie County continues to take toward the infusion of African and African American History curriculum as part of the content taught and studied in Pre-K through grade 12; and

 

WHEREAS: This year’s theme, “Crisis in Black Education,” focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans, a history that is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to crisis  by the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn to the local community-based academic and mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement; a theme worthy of being considered as one  of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The School Board of St. Lucie County does hereby proclaim February, 2017, as “African American History Month” and calls upon its schools and the community to observe this month with programs, activities and ceremonies that are recognized and promoted  throughout the district.

 

 

 

African Folk Tales Shared at SLE

African Folk Tales Shared at SLE

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, we were amazed by Master Storyteller Donna Washington who engaged and awakened the imaginations of students at St. Lucie Elementary with relevant stories and lessons. The enthusiasm was infectious from one student to the next as talk of her unforgettable performance was non-stop throughout the day.

The stories told were from African folk tales, which were so vivid and full of life.   No matter your ethnicity, it placed you right there in the moment!!   Our students here at St. Lucie Elementary listened and learned from her intriguing stories.  The students will certainly retell these stories over and over again!

After Hurricane Irma Hits, Florida Schools Work to Get Back in Business

After Hurricane Irma Hits, Florida Schools Work to Get Back in Business

School Districts in Florida are working to get running again after Hurricane Irma caused widespread power outages, wind damage, and flooding.  Schools closed last week to prepare for the storm, which made landfall in south Florida on Sunday and swept through the state.

Hurricane Irma flooded St. Lucie Public Schools’ central office (seen in the background), which is expected to be uninhabitable for months.
Hurricane Irma flooded St. Lucie Public Schools’ central office (seen in the background), which is expected to be uninhabitable for months.

As was the case in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, school bus operations pitched in for Hurricane Irma evacuations in Florida.

At St. Lucie Public Schools on the Atlantic coast, several neighborhoods were flooded and became uninhabitable. That included the district’s central office (see photo above). A dozen of the district’s schools temporarily served as storm shelters, and the transportation department helped in a number of ways before and during the emergency.

“Transportation provided a call center for evacuees to call for help when the county system was overwhelmed,” said Don Carter, director of transportation for St. Lucie Public Schools, “and buses transported evacuees to shelters, including special-needs clients as well as pets to the pet-friendly shelter.”

St. Lucie Public Schools’ buses transported people as well as pets (seen here in kennels) to storm shelters.
St. Lucie Public Schools’ buses transported people as well as pets (seen here in kennels) to storm shelters.

St. Lucie Public Schools hopes to reopen on Monday. At one point, more than half of the district’s 38 schools were without electricity, but Carter said on Wednesday that the situation has improved and all of the schools are expected to have power restored by this weekend.While the storm shelters at the schools have been closed, Carter noted, “We’re feeding students at select schools for the next couple of days for any that want to come eat.”

Across the state on the Gulf Coast, Hillsborough County Public Schools was also closed this week, with plans to reopen on Monday. The Tampa-based district’s transportation department has also been helping to move people before and after Hurricane Irma.

“We assisted with about 50 buses for evacuation of special-needs residents in the state prior to the storm and are now working with emergency management trying to get them back home,” Jim Beekman, Hillsborough’s general manager of transportation services, said on Tuesday.

Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools bus drivers helped evacuate residents before Hurricane Irma hit. Screenshot from Hillsborough County Public Schools video
Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools bus drivers helped evacuate residents before Hurricane Irma hit. Screenshot from Hillsborough County Public Schools video

(Hear Hillsborough school bus drivers discuss their experience evacuating residents in this video.)The district’s transportation department takes part in various emergency response workshops and drills throughout the year. Those include reviewing evacuation procedures with county and municipal police and fire departments.

In emergencies like Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough County Public Schools supports county governmental agencies by dispatching school buses to transport residents in evacuation zones that transit buses might not be able to reach. When an emergency operations center (EOC) is activated, a dedicated transportation staff member is assigned to the EOC throughout the crisis.

This infographic from Hillsborough County Public Schools shows the district’s preparations for Hurricane Irma by the numbers. (Story continues below.)

Brevard Public Schools on the Atlantic Coast also made extensive preparations for Hurricane Irma. For the district’s 500 school buses, that included installing hurricane storm locks on service doors and securing roof hatches, windows, stop arms, and crossing arms. The transportation team also positioned buses as much as possible so that the forecast 100 mph winds would run parallel to them.

“A sustained 100 mph wind with higher gusts hitting a bus directly from the side can easily roll it over,” said Arby Creach, transportation director for Brevard Public Schools.

The prep work paid off. The district’s bus garages and parking compounds sustained only minor damage, mostly from water and debris, and the fleet stayed intact.

“Our buses made it through without any apparent damage,” Creach said. “We will know more as our staff members return to their homes and we begin the preparation to start school on Monday the 18th. I am convinced that the extra staff effort and long hours of preparation made the difference.”

Hurricane Irma also made its way into states north of Florida. In Georgia, for example, schools in Atlanta closed from Monday to Wednesday. Many schools lost power earlier in the week but are now back up and running.

John Franklin, executive director of transportation for Atlanta Public Schools, said that the storm didn’t damage any of the district’s buses, but it caused other obstacles for his operation as they worked to get back in business on Thursday.

“We had lots of employees with no power and trees down, prohibiting their return to work,” Franklin said. “Transportation did have to get out and review downed trees, inoperable traffic lights, and impassable roads as part of our preparation.”

Afterschool Activities Are in the Spotlight

Afterschool Activities Are in the Spotlight

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation for a two-day spotlight on afterschool programs and activities during the 3rd annual Lights On Afterschool showcase.  Over 30 program coordinators from across St. Lucie County representing a variety of interests from academic and athletic to artistic will rally for program awareness on October 2nd and again on October 12th.

Two locations on two separate days are earmarked for this year’s event in St. Lucie County to give more parents and community members a chance to participate, according to organizers Terrence Platt and Kimberly Roberts.  The Port St. Lucie Community Center located at 2195 SE Airoso Blvd. in Port St. Lucie will open its doors on October 2nd from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, parks and recreation programs, service organizations, and many more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.  Mirroring this opportunity on October 12th, the PAL Center located at 903 S. 21st Street in Fort Pierce will host the second event.

Roberts said, “Both venues will help our community showcase all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs and activities in our community.  Afterschool activities give our students outstanding opportunities to explore their skills, grow their talents, and provide service to others. Our children benefit tremendously from programs such as these and many are provided at minimal or no cost.”

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with the afterschool programs’ positive impact on students.  He said, “Our schools offer quality afterschool programs including our 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and there is a rich variety of additional offerings in our community that will benefit our students as well.  Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.

The Lights On Afterschool effort is in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at 772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.

 

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.

 

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Afterschool Activities Are in the Spotlight

Afterschool Activities Are in the Spotlight

St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation for a two-day spotlight on afterschool programs and activities during the 3rd annual Lights On Afterschool showcase.  Over 30 program coordinators from across St. Lucie County representing a variety of interests from academic and athletic to artistic will rally for program awareness on October 2nd and again on October 12th.

Two locations on two separate days are earmarked for this year’s event in St. Lucie County to give more parents and community members a chance to participate, according to organizers Terrence Platt and Kimberly Roberts.  The Port St. Lucie Community Center located at 2195 SE Airoso Blvd. in Port St. Lucie will open its doors on October 2nd from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, parks and recreation programs, service organizations, and many more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.  Mirroring this opportunity on October 12th, the PAL Center located at 903 S. 21st Street in Fort Pierce will host the second event.

Roberts said, “Both venues will help our community showcase all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs and activities in our community.  Afterschool activities give our students outstanding opportunities to explore their skills, grow their talents, and provide service to others. Our children benefit tremendously from programs such as these and many are provided at minimal or no cost.”

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with the afterschool programs’ positive impact on students.  He said, “Our schools offer quality afterschool programs including our 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and there is a rich variety of additional offerings in our community that will benefit our students as well.  Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.

The Lights On Afterschool effort is in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at 772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Dale Cassens Education Complex

1905 S 11th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

About USDA

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:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

 

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program.  The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Dale Cassens Education Complex

1905 S 11th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

About USDA

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:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

             1400 Independence Avenue, SW

             Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

Afterschool Meals Program at Performance Based Preparatory Academy

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program.  The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Performance Based Preparatory Academy

2909 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34947

About USDA

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:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.