SAFETY ALERT BUTTON NOW AVAILABLE ON ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS APP

SAFETY ALERT BUTTON NOW AVAILABLE ON ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS APP

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) just announced yet another enhancement to the See Something, Say Something safety and security measures. 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. The added feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.

 

The new app feature comes on the heels of a comprehensive review of security and safety measures on school campuses.  “The ability to include mass texting software support for instantly relaying information to authorities is valuable to the overall safety of students and staff.  Our Board remains committed to the continued security enhancements of our schools,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

To keep parents and guardians informed, SLPS will continue to use the School Messenger robo-call system as a means of communicating via phone calls, emails, and text messages to mobile devices.  To support timely and accurate reporting, the District encourages parents and guardians to make sure their contact information is up-to-date.  If families have had a phone number or address change or are not receiving calls from their child’s school or the District, contact the school’s data specialist to make changes or make changes directly by logging into the Skylert parent portal.

 

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.

 

Sadie is ‘superintendent for the day’

Sadie is ‘superintendent for the day’

Third grade Allapattah Flats K8 student Sadie Garcia, daughter of Jennifer and Brian Garcia, won a raffle fundraiser prize for the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce of being St. Lucie Schools’ Superintendent for the Day. On June 1, 2012, Sadie began the day accompanying Superintendent Michael Lannon to the business meeting of the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, where she participated in the regular business of the organization, approving the budget and seconding a motion to adjourn the meeting. Sadie, who says her favorite school subjects are math and reading, and she enjoys art, met employees throughout the school district office, visited Fort Pierce Central High School, and the south county compound. Pictured is Sadie with Superintendent Lannon, right, and Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Technology (IT) Terence O’Leary as Mr. Lannon and Sadie visit the IT department.

Running Full Steam Ahead at Southport Middle School

Running Full Steam Ahead at Southport Middle School

Southport Middle School is Running Full STEAM Ahead!

Southport Middle School presented an amazing night of events on December 19th across the school campus for our students and families. The South Florida Science Museum from West Palm Beach hosted a STEAM event with 20 interactive high-tech activities including a 3D Printer, Virtual Reality Headsets, Lego Mindstorm activities, Robots, Roller Coasters, Legos and more!  Student volunteers from St. Lucie West Centennial High School and Southport staff assisted with the activities and students were thrilled with the exciting learning experience! The Treasure Coast Beekeepers also attended to teach students about bees and making honey and they brought a living bee hive for students to enjoy!  A special thank you to Hungry Howie’s Pizza for their generous donation that allowed us to bring the Museum to our school!  

Fabulous History and Science Fair projects were also showcased for students and families to see.  We are so proud of our students’ hard work, research and efforts in creating such outstanding projects!  Our art department also exhibited student art masterpieces and a life-sized mural of the cave art paintings of the Lascaux Caves in France. It was truly stunning!

Our spectacular night concluded with our Southport Middle School Band performing the annual Winter Band Concert featuring holiday music along with classical, movie, popular, and jazz genres to celebrate this exciting time of the year.  The entire evening was a complete success!

Routten Shines In Education

Routten Shines In Education

C.A. Moore Instructor Nardi Routten recently stood before the Florida Cabinet as a teacher of distinction so that Governor Rick Scott could recognize her with the Shine Award. This prestigious award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.

St. Lucie Public Schools couldn’t agree more as Nardi is a 20-year veteran educator and the 2015 Milken Educator Award winner.  She is also a member of the Teacher Leader Fellowship Group 2016, member of Leadership Florida, Education Class II and is currently working on her second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

She was recognized for her dedication to education and outstanding service on January 9th at the School Board Meeting. Congratulations!

Nardi Routten is supported by the C. A. Moore administrative team along with the St. Lucie Public Schools Board Members and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

Routten Recognized by Board

Routten Recognized by Board

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that Chester A. Moore Elementary teacher Nardi Routten is one of five leaders from around the country who has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board.  Ms. Routten will serve a four-year term during which she will help set policy and assist in the identification of subject area content for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

The School Board and Superintendent recognized Mrs. Routten for her teaching excellence and for her prestigious appointment.

Congratulations, Mrs. Routten!

ROTC cadets perform saber guard for Night of the Stars

ROTC cadets perform saber guard for Night of the Stars

Two cadets from every JROTC program in St. Lucie County Public Schools participated in a saber guard drill for the entrance of the finalists for Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year at the school district’s Night of the Stars ceremony helt at Lincoln Park Academy. The two cadets from Port Saint Lucie High School were cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry and cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins. All the cadets that participated in the ceremony performed exceptionally well. Pictured is School Related Employee of the Year finalist Stephanie Ludwig, an ESE paraprofessional at Floresta Elementary School, accompanied by her husband Bernie Ludwig in the processional.

Rotary Club members visits Mariposa Elementary

Rotary Club members visits Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary School third grade students recently received an early present! The Sunset Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie visited the school and distributed dictionaries to over 120 students, and shared some songs and dictionary games with the students.  Pictured are Rotarians Lenny and Vickie Lloyd entertaining the students.

 
Rotary Club Gifts Northport K-8 Third Graders

Rotary Club Gifts Northport K-8 Third Graders

Many thanks to the Noon Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie for the gift of brand new dictionaries for Northport K-8 third grade students!  Angela Hayle from ACCH Insurance Agency visited the school as a representative of the club to deliver the dictionaries. Students were thrilled to learn the longest word in the dictionary and the different ways that the dictionary can be useful. Thanks to Angela and the Noon Rotary Club — you do amazing work for our community!

Root and Rocket Garden at Palm Pointe

Root and Rocket Garden at Palm Pointe

Recently, first grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the inauguration of the “Root and Rocket Garden.” A ribbon cutting ceremony took place with first grade teacher Rebecca Benton organizing the event. Students and staff were excited to see the garden take shape and the plants growing. Great job rockets!

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times Bestselling author, subject of a television movie, and founder of The Ron Clark Academy will take the stage at St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on July 30.  He will kick off the new academic year for the District’s newest magnet schools – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (formerly Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (formerly Samuel S. Gaines Academy), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPW).  This year, CAST and the Academy of Emerging Technologies will launch their new Arts and STEM programs respectively.  FPW’s new STEM programs will begin next year.

CAST Principal and hosting school leader Lori Reid said, “I’m thrilled to have Ron Clark as our keynote speaker for this inaugural year.  As a reader of his work, I look forward to Clark’s hold-on-to-your-hat approach and have encouraged our staff to get ready for a dynamic, heart-pumping message about hope, dedication, and a relentless attitude bent on achieving goals and dreams,” added Reid.

Approximately 300 staff members from the magnet schools will fill the auditorium at CAST.  According to Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the magnet programs, Clark’s visit is grant funded, and he will support growing the vision for 2018-19 in his address.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Educator,” Clark is a sought-after keynote speaker known for his outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City that led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  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.

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

FORT PIERCE, FL – Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times Bestselling author, subject of a television movie, and founder of The Ron Clark Academy will take the stage at St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on July 30.  He will kick off the new academic year for the District’s newest magnet schools – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (formerly Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (formerly Samuel S. Gaines Academy), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPW).  This year, CAST and the Academy of Emerging Technologies will launch their new Arts and STEM programs respectively.  FPW’s new STEM programs will begin next year.

CAST Principal and hosting school leader Lori Reid said, “I’m thrilled to have Ron Clark as our keynote speaker for this inaugural year.  As a reader of his work, I look forward to Clark’s hold-on-to-your-hat approach and have encouraged our staff to get ready for a dynamic, heart-pumping message about hope, dedication, and a relentless attitude bent on achieving goals and dreams,” added Reid.

Approximately 300 staff members from the magnet schools will fill the auditorium at CAST.  According to Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the magnet programs, Clark’s visit is grant funded, and he will support growing the vision for 2018-19 in his address.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Educator,” Clark is a sought-after keynote speaker known for his outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City that led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  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.

 

 

“Rollin’ with Dads” Breakfast at Southport Middle School

“Rollin’ with Dads” Breakfast at Southport Middle School

Southport Middle School hosted “Rollin’ with Dads” breakfast on Wednesday, September 28th with great success. We were happy to see over one hundred of our dads, granddads, uncles, big brothers and male teachers who took the time to be there for students.

Thanks to all who came out to sign pledges to support, encourage, and be involved in the lives of their children and our students. You make a BIG difference and you are appreciated!!

We would also like to thank our wonderful Cafeteria Staff for decorating, preparing and setting up this breakfast for our dads and students.  Both parents and students raved about the delicious breakfast that was prepared.

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Rockin’ Red Riding Hood at White City Elementary

Rockin’ Red Riding Hood at White City Elementary

White City Elementary students enjoyed a dramatic production of Rockin’ Red Riding Hood.  Students made connections between the stage presentation and the traditional story version.  Students had a rockin’ good time as they compared point of view, themes, and the pattern of events.

 

Rockets Soar at the State BETA Convention!

Rockets Soar at the State BETA Convention!

Palm Pointe 4th – 8th grade BETA members soared, at the 2019 BETA Florida Junior Convention! So many memories were made, as these students represented our school with poise, determination and creativity. Our very own Laney Keys, Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida, commanded the stage several times and our students were recognized for 18 awards in the various categories! The students loved the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to service, leadership, character, and academic achievement. We are so proud of our BETA Rockets!

 

Beta is an organization that promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.  Beta recognizes and honors students for having high academic achievement.  It develops character by preparing young people for life and empowers them to be successful as well as develops the leaders of tomorrow.  There is an emphasis on service as the Beta motto is Let Us Lead by Serving Others.

 

Below is the list of students that placed in both the Junior and Elementary Categories

Junior

Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida

Laney Keys

Apparel Design – 3rd place

Gavin Lunsford

Sebastian Rebelo

Ava Borgella

Alyx Hanley

Saya Joseph

Josslynn Withrow

Sculpture – 3rd place

Gavin Lunsford

Language Arts 8th grade – 2nd place

Ashwin Dhar

Math 6th grade – 1st place

Benjamin Arisi

Math 8th grade – 2nd place

Nico Tovar

Drawing – 2nd place

Nico Tovar

Science 6th grade -2nd place

Alyx Hanley

Robotics – 3rd place

Avis Khatiwada

Nico Tovar

Josslyn Withrow

Ahswin Dhar

Ava Borgella

Saya Joseph

Kirsten Bremekamp

Marketing & Communication  – 3rd place

Ava Borgella

Gabby Albritton

Saya Joseph

Jocelyn Hatfield

Gavin Lunsford

Service Learning Showcase – 3rd place

Isabella Perez

Gabby Thomas

Gabby Albritton

Club Trading Pin – 1st place

Josselyn Withrow

Benjamin Arisi

Saya Joseph

Portfolio – 1st place

Gabby Thomas

Isabella Perez

Natalie Rubel

Sebastian Rebelo

 

Elementary

Robotics – 2nd place

Jeremiah Henderson

Malachi Henderson

Fateen Bouchfaa

Austin Borgella

Engineering – 1st place

Austin Borgella

Meredith Prince

Tessa Scadlock

Alize Thompson

Apparel Design – 2nd place

Tessa Scadlock

Alize Thompson

Jeremiah Henderson

Malachi Henderson

Language Arts 4th grade – 1st place

Kailey Rowell

Sculpture – 1st place

Tessa Scadlock

Speech – 1st place

Alize Thompson

 

 

Rockets Celebrate 100 Days at Palm Pointe

Rockets Celebrate 100 Days at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe kindergarten and first grade students came all decked out to celebrate the 100th day of school.  Boys and girls were seen using their walkers and canes to get around school today as they were dressed as 100 year old ladies and gentlemen.  Some of the students took the time to create shirts with 100 items on them.  Wow, are these students creative!   They were all thrilled to celebrate their 100 days of learning thus far.

Rock star inspires fifth grade Floresta students

Rock star inspires fifth grade Floresta students

Valerie Doyle’s fifth grade class at Floresta Elementary School recently was visited by Tim Polzin, a personal friend of Ms. Doyle’s who lives in Saint Lucie County.  Tim is a famous bass guitarist who currently fills in when needed for various performing bands.  During his career as a musician, he has traveled all over the world and has played with many top rock and country bands.  He brought two of his favorite guitars, which were custom made for him by Stuart Spector .  Each guitar was valued at over $10,000.  Mr. Polzin spoke to students about the importance of staying in school, doing their best, and following their dreams.  He performed several songs for the students, and gave each child an autographed picture of himself.  Students were excited to hear him play, and listened to his words of wisdom and encouragement.  They had many questions for Mr. Polzin and he answered all of them.

Robert Golden Honored

Robert Golden Honored

Robert Golden has been heralded by many as a hero, a courageous individual, a compassionate humanitarian; he is a senior at Port St. Lucie High School who was on his way home from school one afternoon in December when he witnessed an injured motorcyclist.  Realizing the situation was dire, Robert stepped forward into the midst of onlookers, asked for a belt to create a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding until first responders could arrive on scene. He is credited with saving a man’s life.

On Tuesday, January 9, members of the School Board and Superintendent Gent recognized Robert for his valiant efforts and also took the opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the entire District.

 

“Sometimes a career picks you.”  Impactful words spoken from the heart as Robert Golden addressed School Board Members with Principal Adrian Ocampo by his side.

 

Robert Bacchus Jr. Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Robert Bacchus Jr. Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Robert was recently named a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar, a highly prestigious scholarship award funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation that covers Robert’s expenses for his undergraduate, master’s and graduate studies. Robert was among 1,000 students chosen from a pool of 52,000, making this years decision one of the most competitive in the programs history.

Robert is Valedictorian of his high school class, and expects to graduate with both his AA degree from Indian River State College and IB Diploma from Lincoln Park. He is a multidimensional student with interests in music, service, and science.