Skyping with Guest Readers at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Skyping with Guest Readers at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

James Dean from Thinking Maps Skyped students in Mrs. de la Cruz Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary and read the book, Tough Boris by Mem Fox.  Students in VPK through fifth grade enjoyed special guest readers from the community, district personnel and volunteers that came to read their favorite stories to students in classrooms.

group pic of guest readers

Sixth graders learn the art of debate through writing

Sixth graders learn the art of debate through writing

Students in Michelle Mullins’ sixth-grade Language Arts class at Allapattah Flats K8 are learning how to utilize the writing process to write creatively, informatively and persuasively. As part of learning to write persuasively, students participated in a debate project in which they were grouped and asked to analyze a specific scenario and record the “pros” and “cons” of each. Some examples included consideration of a four-day school week or the positive and negative aspects of a school-enforced dress code. Students then split into sub groups and prepared a formal debate in which they had to argue in favor for, or against, a specific scenario. The debaters’ classmates then voted on whose argument was most convincing. The winning team was awarded with Gator Bucks. Pictured, from left to right, Deven Jones and Shan Askari counter-argue a point presented by Vincent Ancewicz and Justin Nolasco. Onlookers, Desiree Nolasco and Amber Kolbinskie, listen to the debate and consider which team deserves each of their votes.

Six LPA Students Sign Intent During National Signing Week

Six LPA Students Sign Intent During National Signing Week

On Wednesday, November 18th at Lincoln Park Academy, we had the honor of congratulating six of our seniors.  These student athletes have committed to their college, university and/or academy to further their education with a scholarship.

They are as follows:  Lindsey Wright – Swimming, Gardner-Webb University;  Derek Schwimer – Baseball, Palm Beach State College;  Ashley Langel – Softball, Shorter University;  Jeffrey Gerilca – Baseball, Air Force Academy Colorado Springs; Meghan Callahan – Softball, Palm Beach State College; and Taylor Boykin – Softball, University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Singing w adm

Sirmons Speaks at PACE

Sirmons Speaks at PACE

At PACE Center for Girls, the Speakers Bureau’s first guest speaker of the year was Ms. Denise Sirmons, Treasure Hunter and Kids at Hope Coordinator. She captivated the students with her life story. Although she made several wrong choices as a youth, Ms. Sirmons eventually learned from her mistakes. The most important thing she learned in life was the importance  of surrounding herself with successful people, walking with integrity, and working hard.

 

Silver School Award 2013-14

Silver School Award 2013-14

St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the School Board Meeting on October 28th who achieved the Silver School Award for 2013-14. The Silver School Award is presented to recognize secondary schools that provide exemplary services to elementary and secondary schools that meet the following criteria: the sending school must have a school volunteer who provides coordination of the program, placement of students, orientation/training for the receiving staff, student/program evaluation, and student volunteer supervision; student volunteers and the receiving faculty must both receive orientation and training; the composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students (FTE count) in the sending school; and elementary schools are not eligible for this award.

The awards were presented to the following schools: Fort Pierce Central High, Fort Pierce Westwood High, Forest Grove Middle, Lincoln Park Academy, Northport K-8, Oak Hammock K-8, Port St. Lucie High, St. Lucie West Centennial High, St. Lucie West K-8, Southern Oaks Middle, Southport Middle, Treasure Coast High, and West Gate K-8. Congratulations!

Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award

Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award

Tad Fisher of the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance presented St. Lucie Public Schools with the Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award for Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Benefits. Stacy Jacobson, Wellness Manager and champion for healthy choices, submitted the application on behalf of SLPS. The award is based upon the Public Health Services Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence to effect cessation treatments.

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) bears the distinction of receiving a sizeable federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant (MSAP) valued at 12.5 million dollars. The District’s winning grant proposal will transform the historic Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA), Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS).

 

All three schools will become Magnet Schools offering innovative programs.  FPMSA and SGA will begin their transformation this August for the 2018-2019 school year as the revitalized, all-new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies respectively.  FPWHS will begin infusing new programs in August with full implementation for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Students are invited to join the “CAST” of The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie as the school begins its transformation and is revitalized into a true comprehensive Arts magnet.   Programs will include dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, musical theatre, and visual and graphic arts. Students will thrive academically and artistically in our performing and visual arts programs.  These programs will develop and enhance the talents of students to realize their full potential as performers and artists.  Student talents will be on full display for the community in many forums in the future.

 

In addition, the CAST campus is undergoing the addition of a new dance studio and a black box theatre along with remodeled classrooms for each art program.  The historic auditorium will be upgraded with new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to ensure top quality performances. Portable equipment will allow for lunchtime entertainment as well as outdoor theater and musical events such as monologue and one-act performances in the courtyard.

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies will be a STEM-based K-8 Magnet School, exposing students to skills needed for current and future jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  New courses will expose students to computer coding, gaming, robotics, agri-technology, medicine, and augmented and virtual reality applications.  The Technology, Agri-tech and Science/Medical course pathways promote an inquiry-based approach to learning through Innovation Labs, Design Challenge Studios and the use of emerging technologies made available through grant funds.  Dedicated partnerships with industry leaders such as Microsoft will expose students and teachers to cutting edge-concepts and develop unique skills.

 

FPWHS students will be future ready.  New Course pathways include Pre-med, Pharmacy Tech, and Technology/Computer Programming in addition to the existing Agri-technology, Veterinary Science and award-winning Marine Oceanographic Academy.  Preparation for high demand and emerging careers such as data scientists will be at the forefront in Makerspaces that foster collaboration with immersive learning tools, analytic tools, and other technologies.  A plethora of rigorous pre-collegiate and college level courses will be added and science labs will be upgraded and re-designed to ensure students are prepared for challenging careers in this increasingly digital global economy.  As a 1:1 technology-based high school, it is an ideal candidate for a STEAM college/career program as they continue to build their partnerships with the local scientific community, including Indian River State College and Florida Atlantic University.

 

According to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild, “All three schools will feature pre-collegiate course offerings.” She added, “All three will use cutting-edge concepts such as Makerspaces.  Makerspaces bring together science, art, computers and building to allow students to create, experiment, mentor and to invent as they collaborate to solve problems.  This is so exciting for our students. The grant also includes learning opportunities for teacher development through specialized training aligned to new programming and tools.”

 

Magnet school enrollment information will be available in March during the regular enrollment period.  Please check www.stlucieschools.org for application timelines and updates.

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) bears the distinction of receiving a sizeable federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant (MSAP) valued at 12.5 million dollars. The District’s winning grant proposal will transform the historic Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA), Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS).

 

All three schools will become Magnet Schools offering innovative programs.  FPMSA and SGA will begin their transformation this August for the 2018-2019 school year as the revitalized, all-new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies respectively.  FPWHS will begin infusing new programs in August with full implementation for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Students are invited to join the “CAST” of The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie as the school begins its transformation and is revitalized into a true comprehensive Arts magnet.   Programs will include dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, musical theatre, and visual and graphic arts. Students will thrive academically and artistically in our performing and visual arts programs.  These programs will develop and enhance the talents of students to realize their full potential as performers and artists.  Student talents will be on full display for the community in many forums in the future.

 

In addition, the CAST campus is undergoing the addition of a new dance studio and a black box theatre along with remodeled classrooms for each art program.  The historic auditorium will be upgraded with new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to ensure top quality performances. Portable equipment will allow for lunchtime entertainment as well as outdoor theater and musical events such as monologue and one-act performances in the courtyard.

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies will be a STEM-based K-8 Magnet School, exposing students to skills needed for current and future jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  New courses will expose students to computer coding, gaming, robotics, agri-technology, medicine, and augmented and virtual reality applications.  The Technology, Agri-tech and Science/Medical course pathways promote an inquiry-based approach to learning through Innovation Labs, Design Challenge Studios and the use of emerging technologies made available through grant funds.  Dedicated partnerships with industry leaders such as Microsoft will expose students and teachers to cutting edge-concepts and develop unique skills.

 

FPWHS students will be future ready.  New Course pathways include Pre-med, Pharmacy Tech, and Technology/Computer Programming in addition to the existing Agri-technology, Veterinary Science and award-winning Marine Oceanographic Academy.  Preparation for high demand and emerging careers such as data scientists will be at the forefront in Makerspaces that foster collaboration with immersive learning tools, analytic tools, and other technologies.  A plethora of rigorous pre-collegiate and college level courses will be added and science labs will be upgraded and re-designed to ensure students are prepared for challenging careers in this increasingly digital global economy.  As a 1:1 technology-based high school, it is an ideal candidate for a STEAM college/career program as they continue to build their partnerships with the local scientific community, including Indian River State College and Florida Atlantic University.

 

According to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild, “All three schools will feature pre-collegiate course offerings.” She added, “All three will use cutting-edge concepts such as Makerspaces.  Makerspaces bring together science, art, computers and building to allow students to create, experiment, mentor and to invent as they collaborate to solve problems.  This is so exciting for our students. The grant also includes learning opportunities for teacher development through specialized training aligned to new programming and tools.”

 

Magnet school enrollment information will be available in March during the regular enrollment period.  Please check www.stlucieschools.org for application timelines and updates.

 

 

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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 91.0 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

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Fairlawn Elementary School teacher Shirley Helton was recently presented with the 2012 “Excellence in Teaching History Award” for the state of Florida. This prestigious award is presented by the Florida Council for the Social Studies to recognize a teacher who encourages an appreciation and respect for history, involves students in the historical process, and evidences mastery of the subject matter. Congratulations to Ms. Helton for earning this distinction.

Shirley Helton named Florida Stock Market Challenge teacher of the year

Shirley Helton named Florida Stock Market Challenge teacher of the year

Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade teacher Shirley Helton has been named the Distinguished Stock Market Challenge Advisor of the Year for the State of Florida for demonstrating excellence in teaching economics skills of free enterprise and financial literacy. Each year, the Florida Council on Economic Education and Publix Super Markets Charities recognize a Distinguished Stock Market Advisor who goes above and beyond in teaching children about how financial markets work, how to invest money, and entrepreneurship.  Helton’s fifth grade students this year won first place in the state Stock Market Challenge Elementary Division in the Fall Competition and second place in the state Spring Competition. Helton has also been nominated for Excellence in Teaching History Award for the State of Florida.  Sponsored by Pearson Prentice Hall, this award is to recognize and celebrate a Florida teacher of history who encourages an appreciation and respect for the discipline of history, involves students in the historical process, and evidences mastery of the subject matter. 

 

Shining STARS

Shining STARS

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those who exemplify its core values.  The St. Lucie School Board was very pleased to present the following employees with STAR Awards at this month’s School Board Meeting.

Jennifer Glidden – Bayshore Elementary School

Pam Hayes – Transportation

Tabetha Jackson – Transportation

Tara Nettles – Windmill Point Elementary School

Yanet Pla – Student Assignment

Fresnel Sanon – Student Assignment

 

Shining Stars

Shining Stars

This month’s STAR Award nomination comes from the Office of Teaching and Learning in support of their colleagues who support the technical side of education.

 

Congratulations to:

Tammy Pinkston, Susanne (Sue) Smith, and Gloriann Villalpando

 

Many people do not know what goes on behind the scenes to get all of our technology and software programs up and running in St. Lucie.  

These three amazing ladies are the heart of the process when we adopt a new program in SLPS.  They begin the conversations, find out the schematics, and then program to meet our needs.  This tireless effort from Tammy, Sue, and Gloria to ensure students and teachers have access to our many products K-12 should be recognized.  They patiently seek answers, provide insight, and support decisions on how students can best access curriculum.  Without these three dedicated SLPS ITS personnel, we could not achieve all that we do in our Core Subject Areas.

From the bottom of our hearts,

The Office of Teaching and Learning

 

Sheriff’s detectives provide internet safety guidance to Floresta Elementary parents

Sheriff’s detectives provide internet safety guidance to Floresta Elementary parents

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office detectives spoke to parents at Floresta Elementary School recently about internet safety. Risky internet decisions while utilizing social media include socializing, downloading, posting photos, music, and games were discussed. Parents were made aware of the dangers of unknown friending, posting personal information, embarrassing or harassing people, sending provocative images, sharing passwords, or clicking on pop-ups. Attendees were shown a presentation and videos focusing on internet safety. Warning signs include receiving gifts, making calls to unknown numbers, turning away from friends and family, or exhibiting extreme emotional behavior when they have no access to the internet. A question and answer period followed. For more information, visit netsmartz.org.
Written by Sandy Pagliughi

Sheriff Commendations

Sheriff Commendations

Congratulations to Allison Goldsmith from Fairlawn Elementary who was recognized by the Sheriff for her quick action in coming to the aid of her fellow classmate and to the members of the School Security Work Group, a collaborative team working to support safe schools.
Allison Goldsmith (7:48)
School Security Work Group (39:20)

 

Awards Ceremony

Stream Begins at 10:30 A.M.

Posted by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shelters Supported By Caring SLPS Staff

Shelters Supported By Caring SLPS Staff

SLPS opened 12 schools to serve as shelters in St. Lucie County during the devastating rains and winds that swept through the area.  Through it all, shelter residents were safe, well fed, and cared for by staff who were driven to put service before self.

Thank you for all you do for your community!