SLPS Graduations

SLPS Graduations

Commencement: A Beginning

 

Rather than an ending, commencement – both the word and the ceremony – represents a beginning. It is appropriate that an occasion which marks the beginning of a new phase of life should be conducted with pomp and circumstance, stateliness and tradition.

The ceremony of commencement celebrated at high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the world has its roots in the scholastic traditions of the Middle Ages. It is an ancient, dignified, and highly symbolic ritual of conclusion and emergence, a rite of passage into a new life.

Upcoming Ceremonies

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
1:30 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

***Please note the corrected order for PSLHS and SLWCHS graduation times.

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

SLPS Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

SLPS Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further. District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship.

 

SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program.  “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Tomlinson attributes Lesa Kitzmiller, a program specialist for the District, as the backbone for getting the initiative started.  “Project SEARCH is a one-year high school transition program for our students with disabilities who are 18 – 21,” said Kitzmiller.  “Interested students submit an application, interview with a panel of representatives from all collaborating agencies (SLPS, Martin Health System, and agencies who support two full-time job coaches for students: employU and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation), and commit to total immersion in the business. Feedback on job performance is on-going from job coaches and a full-time instructor,” she said.

 

Project Search began almost 20 years ago in Cincinnati and has since grown to international levels.  Florida boasts over 20 Project Search units and encourages expansion.  Eighty percent of student participants obtain gainful employment after completing the program according to Tomlinson who also stated, “Our goal is to continue to expand the opportunities of students as they reach the ages of 18 to 21. We’ll kick this year off on August 6 at full capacity with 12 students.”

 

August 7, 2018, is slated for Orientation as well as the dissemination of each students’ official scrubs and name badge.   Program participants will begin their day at Keiser University’s Tradition campus in the morning for training, discussion, and direction.  Next, students will move to their rotation on site at the hospital.  Each student will experience three rotations during the year based upon self-selected interests. The day will wrap up as it started – with a return visit to Keiser University and a debrief of the day to discuss and problem solve.

 

SLPS Educators Attend, Present, and Are Honored at Florida’s Council for the Social Studies Conference

SLPS Educators Attend, Present, and Are Honored at Florida’s Council for the Social Studies Conference

Nineteen educators from St. Lucie Public Schools recently attended the 58th Annual Florida Council for the Social Studies Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Susan Taboada of Treasure Coast High School and Dr. Karen Garcia-Rinelli of Oak Hammock K-8 presented three sessions at the conference introducing a variety of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) applications that can be utilized in social studies classrooms.

Terrance Barriner of Forest Grove Middle School, Ronald Frazer of Port St. Lucie High School, and Sandra Frapart of Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition were recognized at the awards dinner as the Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for St. Lucie County.  This year’s Keynote Speaker was Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist, who told her story and connected the struggles of the 1960s to those of today. Teachers learned a tremendous amount of information and participated in various content-specific activities that they can take back to their classrooms immediately. Participants enjoyed the collegial conversations with teachers from around the state and were mesmerized by the Keynote Speaker’s personal tale.

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SLPS Education Referendum Passes with 66% of the Vote

SLPS Education Referendum Passes with 66% of the Vote

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.”

 

SLPS Donates to Grace Packs

SLPS Donates to Grace Packs

On behalf of the SLPS District Office Events Committee, $500 was donated to Grace Packs.  Laura Klosterman and Lisa Ferrick from Grace Packs accepted the gift on behalf of the nonprofit organization that provides students and their families with weekend food source packages.

 

SLPS Continues To Enhance Safety and Security

SLPS Continues To Enhance Safety and Security

Chief Brian Reuther of  the SLPS Security Department announced today that Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers banners will be placed in all K-8 and middle schools as a step toward expanding awareness of the Crime Stoppers program.  Last year, in partnership with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the program began on high school campuses.

Safety is a priority for SLPS, and the District will remain vigilant in monitoring campuses and buses.  It is up to everyone to immediately report any concerns or suspicious activities directly to law enforcement or staff members.

Anonymous reporting is available through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-273-TIPS or by using the emergency alert button on the SLPS app.

 

More About the SLPS Emergency Alert Button on the SLPS App

SLPS has added an emergency alert button to the St. Lucie Public Schools app.  The app is FREE for everyone and is available in your favorite app store. Just do a quick search for St. Lucie Public Schools, and download the app today.

The added emergency alert feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.

This mass texting software support instantly relays information to authorities and is valuable to the overall safety of students and staff.  Download the St. Lucie Public Schools app for access to this emergency See Something, Say Something emergency alert button.

 

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.

 

 

SLPS Celebrates a 25 Percent Gain in FCAT Performance Points

SLPS Celebrates a 25 Percent Gain in FCAT Performance Points

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) released the School Performance Grades for Elementary, K-8 and Middle Schools today.

Taking pride in educating every student every day, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is celebrating a 25 percent gain in the number of schools that improved one letter grade or more (Floresta Elementary and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts improved two letter grades) and 72 percent maintained or increased their school grades.

Other highlights include:

All grades tested in writing showed growth.  Twenty-nine out of 36 (or 81 percent) of SLPS increased their proficiency levels over last year’s performance.  Fourth grade exceeded state proficiency levels (55 percent for SLPS / 53 percent for the state).  In eighth grade, students exceeded last year’s performance by nine percent and the number of 10th grade students meeting the performance target increased by 12 percent.

SLPS was one of 13 districts in the state that improved their performance in all End of Course (EOC) exams: Algebra 1, US History, Biology, and Civics.  There was a nine percent increase in Algebra 1.

Within the groups that maintained their school grade, several schools showed tremendous growth.  Included in this group are:

  • Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts  – 151 point gain
  • Windmill Point Elementary  – 91 point gain
  • St. Lucie Elementary – 87 point gain
  • Lawnwood Elementary – 67 point gain
  • Westgate K – 8 – 62 point gain
  • Dan McCarty – 61 point gain
  • Oak Hammock – 55 point gain
  • Savanna Ridge Elementary – 56 point gain
  • North Port K-8 – 55 point gain
  • Floresta Elementary – 50 point gain
  • Forest Grove Middle School – 47 point gain
  • Southport Middle School – 41 point gain
  • Manatee Elementary – 37 point gain
  • Palm Pointe K – 8 –  23 point gain

While school grades will not be calculated for high schools until later in the school year, data shows significant growth for area high schools as well.

  • Fort Pierce Central – 35 point gain
  • Port St. Lucie High School – 26 point gain
  • Mosaic Digital Academy – 26 point gain
  • St. Lucie West Centennial – 24 point gain
SLPS Board Chair Honored at Luncheon

SLPS Board Chair Honored at Luncheon

St. Lucie Public Schools Board Chair Kathryn Hensley was honored at a recent St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon for her steadfast advocacy for children and tireless commitment to harnessing energy and making a positive difference in this community.

In addition to serving as the School Board Chair, Mrs. Hensley is also actively involved in HANDS of St. Lucie County and Children’s Services Council among many other groups and organizations.

Thank you for being a true Children’s Champion!

 

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SLPS Appreciates Volunteers

SLPS Appreciates Volunteers

A reception honoring volunteers throughout St. Lucie Public Schools has hosted by Martha Underwood, Volunteer Coordinator.  At the Board Meeting following this reception, Outstanding Volunteers of the Year for School Year 2015-16 were announced.

The winner in the adult category was Mr. Samuel Rodriguez from Weatherbee Elementary.

The senior category winner was Ms. Carolyn Christ from Windmill Point Elementary.

The youth category winner was Jenna Pont from St. Lucie West K-8 School.

We appreciate that wonderful partnership of our school volunteers!

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SLPS App

SLPS App

Download the St. Lucie Public Schools App.

  • Receive up-to-date news
  • Gain handy access to calendars and athletic events
  • Enjoy on-the-go connection to parent resources
  • Access social media posts

Search “St. Lucie Public Schools” in your favorite App store today for convenient access to important information about your child’s education.

SLPS APP

SLPS APP

Download the St. Lucie Public Schools App.

  • Receive up-to-date news
  • Gain handy access to calendars and athletic events
  • Enjoy on-the-go connection to parent resources
  • Access social media posts

Search “St. Lucie Public Schools” in your favorite App store today for convenient access to important information about your child’s education.

 

SLPS Announces Recipients of Social Studies Teacher of the Year

SLPS Announces Recipients of Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the three recipients of the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award!

Elementary School: Diane Eibl, Morningside Elementary

Middle School: Wendy Portillo, Allapattah Flats K8

High School: Luca Bradley, Ft. Pierce Central High School

Teachers were nominated by their school administrators and will be recognized by The Florida Council for the Social Studies at their annual conference on October 19th. 

SLE Serves Up Ice Cream For MLK Parade Participants

SLE Serves Up Ice Cream For MLK Parade Participants

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On Friday January 22, 2016, St. Lucie Elementary students who honored Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy during the parade were rewarded with an ice cream social.  The participating students received a little break from class to enjoy ice cream with a variety of toppings served up by SLE staff in gratitude of their time and efforts contributed as well as their community spirit.