FORT PIERCE, FL – C.A. Moore Instructor Nardi Routten stood before the Florida Cabinet this week with six other Florida educators of distinction as Governor Rick Scott recognized them with the Shine Award. This prestigious award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.
According to a press release issued from the Florida Department of Education, Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to present these outstanding educators with the Governor’s Shine Award and thank them for their commitment to ensuring students reach their full potential. The educators honored today represent the thousands of great teachers around the state who are dedicated to preparing students for college and a future career.”
Routten’s fourth graders couldn’t agree more. Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter said the students are eager to get to class as soon as they arrive on campus. “Each day is a new adventure – they just can’t wait to discover what Mrs. Routten has planned for them to solve, to explore, or to create. Her classroom is very collaborative in nature with a rigorous pace, challenging work, can-do culture, and supportive infrastructure.”
Nardi Routten is a 20-year veteran educator and the 2015 Milken Educator Award winner. She is also a member of the Teacher Leader Fellowship 2016, member of Leadership Florida, Education Class II and is currently working on her second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
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.
Congratulations to Treasure Coast High School Senior Gustavo Delgado on his early admission to the University of Chicago. In addition to gaining early admission to the prestigious university, he was also awarded a full four-year scholarship covering tuition, room and board and other expenses. University of Chicago is ranked number three in National Universities by US News and World Report in 2018.
Gustavo moved to Port Saint Lucie in 2016 and quickly established himself as a leader academically. He was awarded the AICE diploma with distinction at the end of his junior year. The AICE Diploma is a distinguished award requiring passing scores on seven college level exams. Gustavo is active in both National Honor Society organizations and the Spanish Honor Society. He plans to study neuroscience at the University of Chicago.
Northport was so pleased to host SLPS School Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills at our Speakers Bureau. The theme for the program for the month of December was peer pressure and integrity. The program was kicked off with a skit on peer pressure and bullying by eighth grade drama students Ryan Gilbert and Elaina Ledford. Special thanks to Northport drama instructor Alison Barajas for working with the students and instilling the love of drama. Northport middle grades instructor Sandra Tyndale Harvey sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to help encourage the students to have hope and to trust caring adults to help with problems. Dr. Donna Mills introduced special guest speaker Lt. Tommy Nieman, firefighter and paramedic, from the SLC Fire Department. Lt. Nieman spoke dramatically and eloquently about his real life experiences on the job. The students were enthralled.
Northport has been working in conjunction with Dr. Mills on many very special programs that have educated, uplifted, inspired and brought the community into the school which is a conjoined goal of the school and Dr. Mills. The Speakers Bureau has shed light on many topics, and students are elevated because of this special bond.
Many thanks to Dr. Mills, Lt. Nieman, and all who made the program unique and special.
Treasure Coast High School graduate, Bailer Magers ’17, received notification this week from Cambridge that he achieved the ‘Top in Country’ award for the Economics AS Exam.
‘Top in Country’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the United States for the AICE Economics AS level exams in June 2017.
Congratulations to Bailey! Bailey is currently studying engineering and is a member of the Honors Program at the University of Florida.
Substitute Teaching for St. Lucie Public Schools has just gotten better!
Rates as high as $100 per day.
Incentive pay for Critical Need areas.
Take a closer look at SLPS…..You’ll like what you see!
St. Lucie Public Schools has opportunities for qualified candidates to join our substitute teaching team. Interested candidates will hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits and must agree to work at least one day per month.
- Substitute teachers in Long Term Assignments (21 days or more) earn $100.00 per day.
- Substitute teachers in our Critical Needs sites earn $90.00 per day for day to day substituting.
- Our substitute teachers earn a base rate of $71.00 per day and receive a rate increase to $90.00 per day after meeting our frequency requirements.
We value our substitute teachers and provide free tutorials and guidance to those individuals who wish to pursue teaching as a career.
Visit our webpage and apply today: http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/why-st-lucie/
Several members of the St. Lucie Public Schools community who submitted applications to the Aaron Project received grant funding to support classroom and school-wide projects. The following awards were announced at the December 12th School Board Meeting.
Colleen Wilson – Village Green Elementary, Art and the Environment
Brittany Buckley – Village Green Elementary Kindergarten Photographers, ‘Oh Snap!’
Belkis Madera – Oak Hammock K-8 School, Uncovering Stories – A Jewish Family Album
Renee Hawkins and Brittany Eatman – Fairlawn Elementary, Challenge Living Wax Museum
St. Lucie Public Schools honored two individuals from the Transportation team at the December School Board Meeting.
Venetia Brice and Giovanni Calzolano were nominated for STAR Award recognition based on their commitment to keeping children safe and going above and beyond to provide stellar service.
The holidays are a great time to share important dates such as those for graduation with family members and friends.
This is a friendly reminder that Friday, December 22nd is an early release day for students.
Winter Break begins on Monday, December 25th.
12 Month employees return on January 2nd; all other faculty and staff return on Friday, January 5th.
Students return on Monday, January 8th.
Please visit the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org for a calendar with the complete listing of early release dates and holidays.
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and SLPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Prince of the Speakers Bureau. Dr. Prince was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago. Dr. Prince has a passion for reaching students by sharing his real life story and impressing upon them that all decisions you make in life does have an everlasting impact upon your life.
Dr. Prince shared some real life struggles from elementary school on up thru high school. He admitted that he did not always make good choices along the way but always had people in his life to encourage him. Dr. Prince spoke about a particular teacher who had an everlasting impact upon his life that began when this teacher taught him the game of chess! Furthering your education wasn’t something that was stressed in Dr. Prince’s younger life, but he explained to the students that this did not determine his outcome.
As Dr. Prince continued to share, he really caught the student’s attention when he spoke about how he made the decision not to help a friend, whom he had come to know, when that friend was being mistreated by his other friends. He explained that the thoughts of this decision has followed him up until this very day and he will forever remember the look in his friends eyes when he chose to just keep riding by on his bicycle and not lending a helping hand. This is one of the reasons that Dr. Prince has such a great outreach and dedication to education.
Once Dr. Prince began to see the big picture in his life, there was no stopping him! He is the only one in his immediate family who has reached educational milestones! Dr. Prince encouraged the students and reminded them that the decisions you make today can have an everlasting impact on your life in many ways and you can accomplish what you want to with determination, effort, and belief in yourself!
Ms. Duran’s middle school students from Lincoln Park Academy participated in the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest. First, second, and third place winners were selected by local artist, Debi Crouse. First place was awarded to Kiera Chapman-Martinez (7th). Second place was awarded to Brittney Wolfe (8th). Third place resulted in a tie between Bianca Arcadipane (7th) and Natali Gallegos (6th). Kiera Chapman-Martinez’s poster will advance to represent Lincoln Park Academy in the Peace Poster Contest. Honorable Mentions were also selected including Kara Valure (8th), Ripley Greenwald (8th), Summer Sinclair (8th), Talia Bock (8th), Francisco Godinez (7th), and Casey Chilton (6th). A selection of the student’s work will be displayed at the Zora Neale Hurston branch library for the month of January. The library is located at 3008 Ave D, Fort Pierce, FL 34947.
The Fort Pierce Lion’s Club generously sponsored Lincoln Park Academy’s participation in this contest by providing large drawing pads of paper, prizes, ribbons, and certificates. The first, second, and third place students recently attended an awards dinner hosted by the Lion’s Club. The students had the opportunity to meet Debi Crouse and members of the Fort Pierce Lion’s Club. Additionally, they each spoke about their individual creation and views on peace.
Students in the Forest Grove MOA program were invited to attend and deliver the Pledge of Allegiance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the McCarty Ranch Extension Water Quality Project on Tuesday, December 11, 2017.
This extension will prevent nearly nine billion gallons of water from entering our local waterways, resulting in a reduction of excess freshwater discharge. This project will directly impact the waterways that MOA students are focusing on for their Samsung #solvefortomorrow project. #saveourlagoon
Students at Allapattah Flats K-8 did some mini force and motion investigations before their unit assessment. They were able to see the effect friction has on the distance of the toy school bus versus when they placed it on the tile. They were also able to see the more mass something has the more force it has such as trying to knock down water bottles with a golf ball and a volleyball. Students also explored magnets and the attraction and repulsion between the poles. The station that every student loved the most was using the spring scales to find the weight in grams and Newtons pulling on a regular toy school bus and one that had added mass. They then took these school buses and saw how mass can effect the distance an object in motion goes. Students loved this fun center rotation for force and motion.
The students in Mrs. Johnson’s Challenge class get serious about learning how to find area. How many square inches are in a square foot? 144 — they made a model!
Pictured are: Mesfah Mustakim, Charlotte Sellers, Camryn Monroe, Josiah Edmond, Sophia Alarcon, and Anthony Green.
In Mr. Caroglanian’s technology class 1st -5th grade students are participating in The Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
As 5th grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 finished up their unit for Force and Motion, they brushed up on their Tug-of-War skills. Students were given a recording sheet with four scenarios dealing with balanced and unbalanced forces. Students played out the various scenarios to decide which side had a greater force or a net force of zero. Students loved having the hands on learning time as well as throwing a little physical movement in. Way to go Gators!
Language Arts: 3rd Place Esteban Gomes-Lopez
Math: 3rd Place Nachbi Pierre
Recyclable A rts: 3rd Place Gabby Albritton
Black/white Photography: 3rd Place Hannah Dorval
Robotics: 2nd place Annie Kelly, Ava Borgella, Josslynn Withrow, Victoria Zaravelis, Isabella Perez
Special Talent: 3rd Place Dominique Thomas She also received the “Golden Ticket” to perform at the opening ceremony at National Convention in Savannah, GA.
Essay: Dominique Thomas
Robotics: 3rd Place Nico Tovar, Newman Crews, Jackson Willette, Kai Boxer, Laney Keys
The holiday lights will shine a little brighter on the employees of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) this season as all eligible personnel will receive a $250 bonus on December 22, 2017. This news comes at the close of a positive meeting on Tuesday evening with the School District and its Union partners. The School Board proposed this bonus to show their appreciation for the dedicated team of professionals who demonstrate a commitment to supporting and nurturing this community’s most treasured resource – its students. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Board places great value on the people we have working with our children and the individuals who are working hard to help this District make great strides in achievement. The bonus is just one way in which the Board can reach out and share their gratitude.”
All active employees are eligible for the bonus which will be disseminated via direct deposit. Substitutes are not eligible for bonus payments. For questions about this or any other payroll concern, please contact the St. Lucie Public Schools Payroll Department at 772-429-3996.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org