November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

Get Involved!  #EngagedFamiliesFL
  • Contact your child’s teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
  • Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
  • Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
  • Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
  • Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
  • Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
  • Encourage and nurture your child’s creativity.
  • Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child’s education.
  • Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out of school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage your child’s development/progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
  • Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.
And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On

It is only the first quarter of the year, and already so may wonderful musical events and accomplishments have occurred for students and staff in St. Lucie Public Schools!

Let’s sing the good news from the roof tops!

Treasure Coast High School and Port St. Lucie High School have brought back Choir to their campuses.

The choruses at Westwood High School and Lincoln Park Academy have been selected to perform again this year in Disney’s Candlelight Ceremony.  Both schools have enjoyed participating in this prestigious event for many years and consider it a time-honored tradition of musical excellence.

The 6th Annual Giving Concert took place on October 25, in the auditorium at Lincoln Park Academy.  Audience members received the gift of song/music from nine middle and high school choirs.  In return, community members gave non-perishable items as the price of admission, and SLPS gave those items to Grace Packs.

Thus far, two students from Forest Grove will be participating in All State. We look forward to hearing about more of our students as notifications are received.

Susan Seal, principal at TCHS, will be acknowledged as Administrator of the Year FMEC for her support of music.

On October 14, SLPS hosted its inaugural Marching Band Showcase —  a fundraiser for MS/HS bands and showcase our 5 HS Marching bands.  The Steel Drum ensemble from LPA and a MS combined band performed the National Anthem at the beginning of the Showcase.  The combined MS/HS bands performed a number together to conclude the program.  It was another great night for music.

Marching Band MPAs occurred in late October and early November.  The bands did really well and received the following ratings:

Fort Pierce Central High School – Excellent

Fort Pierce Westwood High School – Superior

Port St. Lucie High School – Superior

Treasure Coast High School – Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – Excellent

Congratulations to our music program!

 

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.

 

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.

 

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

On Saturday November 11, test drive a new Buick and help St. Lucie West Centennial High School located at 1485 Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

Participants will sign-in at the front of St. Lucie West Centennial’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

Principal Andrea Popwell couldn’t be happier. “Our athletic teams, bands, and choral ensembles excel and often have opportunities beyond what our budgets allow.” She added, “Fundraising events with strong educational partners like Garber Buick GMC help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can flex their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – On Saturday November 11, test drive a new Buick and help St. Lucie West Centennial High School located at 1485 Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

Participants will sign-in at the front of St. Lucie West Centennial’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

Principal Andrea Popwell couldn’t be happier. “Our athletic teams, bands, and choral ensembles excel and often have opportunities beyond what our budgets allow.” She added, “Fundraising events with strong educational partners like Garber Buick GMC help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can flex their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

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.

 

White City Elementary Partners with Community

White City Elementary Partners with Community

White City Elementary  is partnering with the community.  The residents of the Lake Forest Park Villa Association provided a lobster dinner to support White City Elementary School. A special thank you goes out to the Lake Forest Park Villa Association for supporting White City Elementary.  Proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies for the teachers and students of White City Elementary.

Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport Middle School’s sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at our annual Sixth Grade Student Retreat. This year’s theme was respect.

To begin the day, students met in the gym to give each other positive affirmations in an unusual game of “musical” chairs. They were then split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day to play games and take part in small group discussions. In their groups, they wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each student later in the year for them to see their progress. They read their Palanca letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members and then reflected on the day’s activities. At the end of the day, students were taken for a blindfolded trust walk for “a day in a life of a middle school student” where they met teachers, parents, and then were welcomed into the Media Center to enjoy conversation together and later the Halloween Dance, sponsored by Student Council.

Jeane Bartlet, Treasure Coast Council Director for Girls on the Run and Josh Rowell, Worship Pastor from First Baptist Church of Port St Lucie, gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as respect, potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.

2017 Florida Art Education Association Virtual Exhibition Winner!

2017 Florida Art Education Association Virtual Exhibition Winner!

Caroline Duran, Art Teacher at Lincoln Park Academy has once again qualified as a Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) Member Virtual Exhibition Winner.  Ms. Duran was recognized by the FAEA and her peers at this year’s conference held at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts on October 18th, where she received the Pacon Award for her entry, “Terra Nova,” a ceramic sculpture surfaced with acrylic paint. Congratulations to Caroline Duran for her dedication to her craft!

 

 

“Terra Nova”

 

 

Social Studies Teachers Recognized for Excellence at Annual Conference

Social Studies Teachers Recognized for Excellence at Annual Conference

ST. LUCIE COUNTY –  Social Studies educators from Pensacola to Key West made their way to Palm Harbor, Florida for the 60th Annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference. Amid their peers, St. Lucie Public Schools educators were honored for teaching excellence. In an awards dinner celebration that carried the conference theme of “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, and Shaping the Future,” Nikki Gomez (Rivers Edge Elementary), Lauren Kappler (Westgate K-8), and Lea Ann McCaffrey (St. Lucie West Centennial High School) were recognized for their efforts and strengths in teaching that they bring to their profession and share with others.

 

In addition, Sharon Ortiz (Fort Pierce Central High School) was also recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and ably representing the goals of the organization.  Sharon is a founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies.  “Our social studies department is outstanding,” said Social Studies Curriculum Lead Kate Ems.  “The team from elementary to high school work together to keep the past vibrant while we work to support our students as they become thoughtful citizens.”

 

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.

 

Social Studies Teachers Recognized for Excellence at Annual Conference

SS Teachers Recognized for Excellence

Social Studies educators from Pensacola to Key West made their way to Palm Harbor, Florida for the 60th Annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference. Amid their peers, St. Lucie Public Schools educators were honored for teaching excellence. In an awards dinner celebration that carried the conference theme of “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, and Shaping the Future,” Nikki Gomez (Rivers Edge Elementary), Lauren Kappler (Westgate K-8), and Lea Ann McCaffrey (St. Lucie West Centennial High School) were recognized for their efforts and strengths in teaching that they bring to their profession and share with others.

 

In addition, Sharon Ortiz (Fort Pierce Central High School) was also recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and ably representing the goals of the organization.  Sharon is a founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies.  “Our social studies department is outstanding,” said Social Studies Curriculum Lead Kate Ems.  “The team from elementary to high school work together to keep the past vibrant while we work to support our students as they become thoughtful citizens.”

Lights On Laptops

Lights On Laptops

The 3rd annual “Lights on Afterschool” expo held on  Thursday,  October 12th at the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League (PAL) was a success. The event showcased many afterschool organizations in our community. Thanks to a grant from the City of Fort Pierce, families who attended and completed a survey were entered in a drawing for a laptop computer.

Congratulations to our winners:

Terriauna Williams – (5th grade) Chester A. Moore Elementary

Zaking Baxter – (10th grade) Fort Pierce Westwood High School

 

Terriauna Williams – (5th grade) Chester A. Moore Elementary

Zaking Baxter – (10th grade) Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Northport Teachers Offer First-Rate Education!

Northport Teachers Offer First-Rate Education!

Northport teachers are amazing! The seventh grade Stingrays team include Tracey Lejeune, Kat Black, Tony Mancini, Jeffrey Bennett, Angela Elliott and Heath Degiovine. Tiffany Tredor, 5th grade Rising Stars teacher, Lorri Lamm, second grade teacher along with NP Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka are enjoying a priceless friendship and an admiration for colleagues that is not often replicated. Northport is noted for high quality, reputable and fun-loving teachers who bring out the best in their students. Northport is a great place to “make the magic happen!”

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) and the Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association (TCMA) introduced 15 high school guidance counselors from St. Lucie Public Schools to some of the county’s most prominent manufacturers.

The inaugural School Counselor Tour showcased the wide variety of rewarding careers in manufacturing available to their students right here at home.  The group visited A-1 Roof Trusses, Phoenix Metal Products, Maverick Boat Group, D&D Welding, and Advanced Machine & Tool.

“The work these people do is incredibly important and has a powerful impact on students’ lives for decades,” said Scott Deal, CEO and founder of Maverick Boat Company in Fort Pierce.  Deal said he appreciated the counselors taking time to learn about his business and his need for quality workers of all kinds.

“We not only build boats, we build things that go into boats,” said Deal, explaining that the company employs a wide variety of workers to do programming, accounting, sewing and upholstery, lamination, hanging motors and much more. “The three Qs are the biggest thing for us,” he said. “We are a quality company with quality people building quality products. We are looking for the three As – attitude, aptitude and attendance.”  Deal said Maverick Boat Group will train workers who demonstrate the three As.

“I think this tour opened the counselors’ eyes to a lot of good, local career possibilities for their students that they weren’t aware of,” said Jill Marasa, EDC vice president, business retention and expansion.  “These manufacturing jobs pay well and have great benefits. They are a fantastic option for students who are not college-bound.”

“It was great to see the counselors touring our local manufacturers. Several of them had no idea the careers that these local companies have to offer their students. What an eye-opening experience for them,” said Tammy Roncaglione, CenterState Bank St. Lucie County community president and founding member of TCMA.

Korissa Diaz, counselor at Performance Based Preparatory Academy, a public alternative high school in Fort Pierce, agrees wholeheartedly with Marasa. “I kept thinking, as we were going through the different businesses, what an untapped resource this is,” said Diaz. “I’ve lived in St. Lucie County all my life and I had no idea any of these businesses existed. You could have told me about this all day long, but I wouldn’t have realized the magnitude of it.”

Diaz said that more than half of her school’s 120 students would benefit from taking entry-level jobs with these local manufacturers and working their way up.

The tour was one of the initiatives the EDC is fostering to address the Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study findings that confirmed a significant shortfall in manufacturing, skilled construction and healthcare workers in the Treasure Coast region.

Bayshore Elementary Fifth Graders Explore Sound Energy

Bayshore Elementary Fifth Graders Explore Sound Energy

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at Bayshore Elementary explored sound energy last week. They used tuning forks to investigate how sound is produced by vibrations. Then students were challenged to use those vibrations to transfer the sound energy to the ping-pong ball to make it move. They learned that energy is never used up, but instead it changes form. In this case, sound energy was transformed into mechanical energy.

Science comes to life at Bayshore Elementary!

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Don’t miss the Fall musical that everyone is buzzing about — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Showtimes:

Friday, November 17th at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are on sale now at LPAtheatre.webs.com

 

Yard Sale – November 18

Yard Sale – November 18

Annual Mega Yard Sale-Village Green Elementary


When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

(In the event of a rain day, the event will be rescheduled. Date to TBA)

 Time: 7:00 am to 11:00 am

(Set-up time 6 am to 7 am; clean-up time 11:00 am to 11:30 am.)

Where: Village Green’s Front Parking Lot

Check-in Table will be located near the front office, please check in to confirm your parking spot.

You will be given two parking spots one for your vehicle and one to sell your items. They will be parallel to each other; you will only need to purchase one $ 10.00 spot.

As a Yard Sale participant you are responsible for your items and vehicle at all times. St. Lucie County Schools are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Participants are responsible for pricing, selling, set up and clean up. The PBIS team will supply advertising, permit and location.

Please note: Due to St. Lucie County School Board rules the following items are not permitted on school grounds – smoking, adult materials, illegal drugs, weapons, explosives and non-domestic animalsYou may be asked to leave and will not receive a refund if contraband items are present on school grounds.

Additional information http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/codeofconduct.pdf

 

Please copy and return this portion to the Village Green’s PBIS Team.

_____ YES, I would like to reserve a yard sale parking lot space $10.00 is enclosed.

Name: ______________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________

E-mail:________________________________________________________

Office use only

Parking lot number _______________Check # or Cash______________