What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

It has been said that every cloud has a silver lining.

If a cloud can produce a silver lining, just think what a hurricane like Irma can do. New friendships are formed, care for others is demonstrated, a chance to calm the nerves of those who are frightened is taken, food is provided, help is given, laughter becomes common language among those who come to seek shelter, and finally, sometimes even romance blossoms!

As the winds blew and the rain poured outside the Lakewood Park Elementary Shelter, the flood water began rising. Inside, a flood of a different kind was sweeping the campus — a flood of caring as residents and staff sought ways to help one another. Mrs. White, retired and ready to volunteer in any way, entertained the children during the day and walked the floor with a tiny baby in the early morning so the mother could sleep. Hallway neighbors began to look out for those who were not always able to care for themselves, seeking out the help of staff when their newfound friends were in need. So many stories, so much laughter, and compliments about the amazing efforts of the staff sent reassurances to them that what they do in times of crisis does indeed make a difference in the lives of others.

The Lakewood Park team also learned of a special couple whose relationship began when they met at the shelter during Hurricane Matthew just one year earlier.  The two walked and talked their way through one blustery night and when the shelter doors opened at Lakewood Park Elementary one year later to once again host shelter residents from Hurricane Irma, the two returned.  This time, they returned celebrating their one year anniversary as a married couple.

In 2016, both were fairly new to St. Lucie County.  Doris was from Kentucky and Rick was from Pennsylvania. Now, they both call St. Lucie their home, and for them, Hurricane Irma offered a bit of a nostalgic spirit to celebrate.

ESE DAC Meeting Cancelled

ESE DAC Meeting Cancelled

The ESE DAC Meeting scheduled for September 19th has been cancelled.

This meeting will be re-scheduled and re-advertised as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

 

 

 

 

Schools Open Monday and Student Assignment Stands Ready to Serve

Schools Open Monday and Student Assignment Stands Ready to Serve

 ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will resume normal operations on Monday, September 18. The bells will sound on time, normal transportation will pick back up, before- and after-school activities will continue, and the District’s Student Assignment Office will be open and prepared to support families from this community and from other areas who need to enroll students.  The Student Assignment Office’s temporarily location is on the Fort Pierce Westwood campus (1801 Panther Lane, Fort Pierce). Office hours are from 8AM to 4PM Monday through Friday.

“Making sure that we could open schools as quickly as possible for the safe return of our students and staff was our priority throughout this week of restoration,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “I cannot say enough about the can-do spirit of our team who continues to do whatever it takes to get everything back up and running. They have just been tremendous.”  He explained that one facility did not escape the wrath of Irma – the School District’s central office hub located at the Orange Blossom Business Center on Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce.  Due to flooding at this location, all District offices will relocate to school and District annex facilities throughout the county.

Gent noted that the Student Assignment Office was one of the first areas to be relocated in order to be ready to serve the community and make certain that school-age children who were displaced from IRMA had the opportunity to enroll in school.  Other temporary office relocations include:

Business Services                                             Parkway Elementary

Career and Technical Education                       St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Child Nutrition Services                                     Garden City

Education Foundation                                       Fairlawn Elementary

Exceptional Student Education                         Dan McCarty Middle School

Human Resources                                             Parkway Elementary

Office of Communications                                  Allapattah Flats K – 8

Office of Teaching and Learning                        Allapattah Flats K – 8

School Security                                                  South County Complex

Student Records                                                Means Court Center

For a complete listing of locations, visit the St. Lucie Public Schools home page at www.stlucieschools.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.

Schools Open Monday and Student Assignment Stands Ready to Serve

Schools Open – Student Assignment Stands Ready to Serve

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will resume normal operations on Monday, September 18. The bells will sound on time, normal transportation will pick back up, before- and after-school activities will continue, and the District’s Student Assignment Office will be open and prepared to support families from this community and from other areas who need to enroll students.  The Student Assignment Office’s temporarily location is on the Fort Pierce Westwood campus (1801 Panther Lane, Fort Pierce). Office hours are from 8AM to 4PM Monday through Friday.

“Making sure that we could open schools as quickly as possible for the safe return of our students and staff was our priority throughout this week of restoration,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “I cannot say enough about the can-do spirit of our team who continues to do whatever it takes to get everything back up and running. They have just been tremendous.”  He explained that one facility did not escape the wrath of Irma – the School District’s central office hub located at the Orange Blossom Business Center on Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce.  Due to flooding at this location, all District offices will relocate to school and District annex facilities throughout the county.

Gent noted that the Student Assignment Office was one of the first areas to be relocated in order to be ready to serve the community and make certain that school-age children who were displaced from IRMA had the opportunity to enroll in school.  Other temporary office relocations include:

Business Services                                                   Parkway Elementary

Career and Technical Education                             St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Child Nutrition Services                                          Garden City

Education Foundation                                             Fairlawn Elementary

Exceptional Student Education                              Dan McCarty Middle School

Human Resources                                                 Parkway Elementary

Office of Communications                                      Allapattah Flats K – 8

Office of Teaching and Learning                            Allapattah Flats K – 8

School Security                                                      South County Complex

Student Records                                                     Means Court Center

For a complete listing of locations, visit the St. Lucie Public Schools home page at www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

Temporary Relocation Sites for District Offices

Temporary Relocation Sites for District Offices

Due to flooding at the Orange Blossom Business Center where St. Lucie Public Schools District offices were located, all District offices will relocate to school and District annex facilities throughout the county.

The list below indicates the temporary host sites:

 

21st Century Program                                          Northport K-8

Alternative Education                                          Dale Cassens Educational Complex

Assessment                                                         South County Complex

Business Services                                               Parkway Elementary

Career and Technical Education                         St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Child Nutrition Services                                      Garden City

Curriculum                                                          Allapattah Flats K-8

Education Foundation                                         Fairlawn Elementary

Exceptional Student Education                          Dan McCarty Middle School and Identified Schools

Federal Programs (Title 1, ESOL, Migrant)       Samuel Gaines Academy

Human Resources                                             Parkway Elementary

ITS                                                                     Remote Locations

Office of Communications                                  Allapattah Flats K-8

Office of Teaching and Learning                         Allapattah Flats K-8

Print Shop                                                           St. Lucie West Centennial High School

School Renewal                                                  Sam Gaines Academy

School Security                                                   South County Complex

Student Records                                                 Means Court Center

Superintendent’s Suite                                        Allapattah Flats K-8 and Lincoln Park (Satellite Site)

Talent Development                                            Allapattah Flats K-8

Volunteer Coordinator                                         Savanna Ridge Elementary

 

 

After Hurricane Irma Hits, Florida Schools Work to Get Back in Business

After Hurricane Irma Hits, Florida Schools Work to Get Back in Business

School Districts in Florida are working to get running again after Hurricane Irma caused widespread power outages, wind damage, and flooding.  Schools closed last week to prepare for the storm, which made landfall in south Florida on Sunday and swept through the state.

Hurricane Irma flooded St. Lucie Public Schools’ central office (seen in the background), which is expected to be uninhabitable for months.
Hurricane Irma flooded St. Lucie Public Schools’ central office (seen in the background), which is expected to be uninhabitable for months.

As was the case in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, school bus operations pitched in for Hurricane Irma evacuations in Florida.

At St. Lucie Public Schools on the Atlantic coast, several neighborhoods were flooded and became uninhabitable. That included the district’s central office (see photo above). A dozen of the district’s schools temporarily served as storm shelters, and the transportation department helped in a number of ways before and during the emergency.

“Transportation provided a call center for evacuees to call for help when the county system was overwhelmed,” said Don Carter, director of transportation for St. Lucie Public Schools, “and buses transported evacuees to shelters, including special-needs clients as well as pets to the pet-friendly shelter.”

St. Lucie Public Schools’ buses transported people as well as pets (seen here in kennels) to storm shelters.
St. Lucie Public Schools’ buses transported people as well as pets (seen here in kennels) to storm shelters.

St. Lucie Public Schools hopes to reopen on Monday. At one point, more than half of the district’s 38 schools were without electricity, but Carter said on Wednesday that the situation has improved and all of the schools are expected to have power restored by this weekend.While the storm shelters at the schools have been closed, Carter noted, “We’re feeding students at select schools for the next couple of days for any that want to come eat.”

Across the state on the Gulf Coast, Hillsborough County Public Schools was also closed this week, with plans to reopen on Monday. The Tampa-based district’s transportation department has also been helping to move people before and after Hurricane Irma.

“We assisted with about 50 buses for evacuation of special-needs residents in the state prior to the storm and are now working with emergency management trying to get them back home,” Jim Beekman, Hillsborough’s general manager of transportation services, said on Tuesday.

Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools bus drivers helped evacuate residents before Hurricane Irma hit. Screenshot from Hillsborough County Public Schools video
Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools bus drivers helped evacuate residents before Hurricane Irma hit. Screenshot from Hillsborough County Public Schools video

(Hear Hillsborough school bus drivers discuss their experience evacuating residents in this video.)The district’s transportation department takes part in various emergency response workshops and drills throughout the year. Those include reviewing evacuation procedures with county and municipal police and fire departments.

In emergencies like Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough County Public Schools supports county governmental agencies by dispatching school buses to transport residents in evacuation zones that transit buses might not be able to reach. When an emergency operations center (EOC) is activated, a dedicated transportation staff member is assigned to the EOC throughout the crisis.

This infographic from Hillsborough County Public Schools shows the district’s preparations for Hurricane Irma by the numbers. (Story continues below.)

Brevard Public Schools on the Atlantic Coast also made extensive preparations for Hurricane Irma. For the district’s 500 school buses, that included installing hurricane storm locks on service doors and securing roof hatches, windows, stop arms, and crossing arms. The transportation team also positioned buses as much as possible so that the forecast 100 mph winds would run parallel to them.

“A sustained 100 mph wind with higher gusts hitting a bus directly from the side can easily roll it over,” said Arby Creach, transportation director for Brevard Public Schools.

The prep work paid off. The district’s bus garages and parking compounds sustained only minor damage, mostly from water and debris, and the fleet stayed intact.

“Our buses made it through without any apparent damage,” Creach said. “We will know more as our staff members return to their homes and we begin the preparation to start school on Monday the 18th. I am convinced that the extra staff effort and long hours of preparation made the difference.”

Hurricane Irma also made its way into states north of Florida. In Georgia, for example, schools in Atlanta closed from Monday to Wednesday. Many schools lost power earlier in the week but are now back up and running.

John Franklin, executive director of transportation for Atlanta Public Schools, said that the storm didn’t damage any of the district’s buses, but it caused other obstacles for his operation as they worked to get back in business on Thursday.

“We had lots of employees with no power and trees down, prohibiting their return to work,” Franklin said. “Transportation did have to get out and review downed trees, inoperable traffic lights, and impassable roads as part of our preparation.”

Students Help Clean Up After Hurricane Irma

Students Help Clean Up After Hurricane Irma

Students from St. Lucie Public Schools visited the Norvell Ranch to clean up after Hurricane Irma. They worked all day removing debris and loading it onto trailers. Such a great representation of our future!
Pictured from left to right: Gavin Jay (Lincoln Park Academy), Hunter Miller (St. Lucie West K-8), Clark Emerson (Lincoln Park Academy), Landon Miller (Rivers Edge Elemntary), Kelsey Grace (Allapattah Flats K-8), Debbie Norvell, Alicia Miller (St. Lucie West K-8 Teacher), Brooke Miller (Ft. Pierce Central High School), Konner Grace (Allapattah Flats K-8), Rylan Jay (Ft. Pierce Central High School).
ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) remains dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of students. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students (pre-K through age 18) on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 at the following school locations: Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Northport K–8, Samuel S. Gaines K-8 Academy, St. Lucie Elementary, Village Green Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and Windmill Point Elementary. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on both days.

The meals are free, and students may go to any location.  They are not required to go to their home school.  Students choosing to enjoy meals at any of the identified SLPS sites will report to the front office prior to each meal.

“Even in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation, we want to do everything possible to meet the needs of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools E. Wayne Gent.  “We are happy to provide this service to our community.”

Deborah Weust, director of Child and Nutrition Services for SLPS, explained the District exercised Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order 17-235 in response to Hurricane Irma.  This rule establishes a process for school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to continue providing meals to children affected by disruptions in food service due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and therefore protect the welfare of Florida residents.

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.

 

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ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) remains dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of students. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students (pre-K through age 18) on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 at the following school locations: Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Northport K–8, Samuel S. Gaines K-8 Academy, St. Lucie Elementary, Village Green Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and Windmill Point Elementary. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on both days.

The meals are free, and students may go to any location.  They are not required to go to their home school.  Students choosing to enjoy meals at any of the identified SLPS sites will report to the front office prior to each meal.

“Even in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation, we want to do everything possible to meet the needs of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools E. Wayne Gent.  “We are happy to provide this service to our community.”

Deborah Weust, director of Child and Nutrition Services for SLPS, explained the District exercised Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order 17-235 in response to Hurricane Irma.  This rule establishes a process for school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to continue providing meals to children affected by disruptions in food service due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and therefore protect the welfare of Florida residents.

 

 

 

Mariposa Elementary Showcases Math Scoot and Identity Boxes in Fourth Grade

Mariposa Elementary Showcases Math Scoot and Identity Boxes in Fourth Grade

Ms. Erica Morales’ fourth grade students at Mariposa Elementary have been enjoying partnering with one another to complete their Math Scoot center. The Math Scoot center encourages students to deepen their knowledge with place value. Evan Lamb is discussing his findings at the center with his partner. Also in Ms. Erica Morales’ class, students created Identity Boxes. Jeffrey Campion enjoyed creating his identity box which showcased how he feels he is as a person. The students were very excited to share their personalities and projects with their classmates.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic-Americans helped shape Florida’s rich history. From art to music to engineering, the contributions of many individuals continue to influence us today.

Featured Artist

Carmen Sasieta

Carmen SasietaCarmen Sasieta is a Social Realism artist, born in Peru.  She graduated in 1994 with honors from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and has taken classes with renowned artists like Hernan Miranda and Baruj Salinas.

Carmen has traveled extensively to fulfill her desire to explore and understand different cultures and people. These journeys have given her the opportunity to experience life in all its splendor and struggles, enriching and allowing her to her observe issues that other women have to go through in search of their path, soul and identity. During her course of development as an artist, she has had the opportunity to witness and appreciate the accomplishments of many outstanding females as independent mothers, workers and entrepreneurs which she has represented in her paintings.

Sasieta’s main technique is oil painting. At an early age she stood out with her natural ability for drawing and painting. She prides herself in her ability to intimately communicate with her audience. This connection is largely due to her “portraying with master strokes” throughout her paintings, providing profound expression and sentiment, something she enjoys enormously.

Carmen has participated in many art shows, both independently and in collective art exhibitions during her career. She has won many prestigious awards and recognition around the world in countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Argentina and the United States. The journalist and art critic Michael Mills put it best when he wrote “She is so meticulous that Carmen’s work is reminiscent of Henri Rousseau’s art.” Much has been written about her work in European and American Art magazines. Living now in Florida, the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel follow her career extensively.

For more information:

http://www.carmensasieta.com/

Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo García, known professionally as Gloria Estefan, is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. The Fajardo family fled to Miami, Florida as a result of the Cuban Revolution and settled down there. She is in the top 100 best selling music artists with an estimated 100 million records sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date.Estefan was born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, to José and Gloria Fajardo. Her maternal grandfather, Leonardo García, immigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain, where he married Gloria’s maternal grandmother, originally from Logroño, Spain. Prior to the Cuban Revolution, her father was a Cuban soldier and a bodyguard to Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

http://www.ereferencedesk.com/resources/state-famous-people/florida.html

 

www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com

 

 

Hurricane Irma – Unified Messages

Hurricane Irma – Unified Messages

St. Lucie Public Schools will continue to share information to support awareness of Hurricane Irma’s progression, provide updates to aid residents in preparedness, and contribute to the unification of messages disseminated from the emergency operations channels of St. Lucie County. 

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

News Release #224-17

 

St. Lucie County

2300 Virginia Ave.

Fort Pierce, Fla. 34982

www.stlucieco.gov

 

For more information, contact:

Erick Gill, Communications Division Director                           

772-462-1791 / gille@stlucieco.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Lucie County Makes Plans for Hurricane Irma, Urges Residents To Do the Same

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – While the exact impact that Hurricane Irma will have on St. Lucie County is still unknown, the county’s Emergency Management staff has been monitoring and preparing for this storm since Sunday. All St. Lucie County residents are strongly urged to do the same.

Hurricane Irma isn’t expected to impact St. Lucie County until this weekend, but as a precautionary measure – if shelters are needed – St. Lucie County Public Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. St. Lucie County has identified local schools to be used as shelters, including for the first time – a pet-friendly shelter. Decisions on local government closings and shelter openings will be made at a later time.

If residents are able and have the means, they should evacuate now, as all of South Florida will be in the storm’s path and highways could become congested as the storm draws near.

Residents with special medical needs are encouraged to pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.

Garbage collection will continue through the week, but residents and businesses are asked to no longer put out yard debris and tree limbs to prevent these materials from becoming projectiles and blocking drains.

If Hurricane Irma continues its current path, St. Lucie County expects to fully active its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday. Once the EOC is fully activated, updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM and on the county’s Facebook pages at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.  St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will become activated on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issues a statewide declaration on Monday.

For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

 

 

Windmill Point student throws out first pitch!

Windmill Point student throws out first pitch!

Windmill Point Elementary 4th Grader Joshua Jones threw out the first pitch at Friday evening’s St. Lucie Mets game!  Money from tickets sold to Windmill Point Elementary students will benefit the 4th grade St. Augustine trip and other 4th grade activities!

First Grade Centers at Mariposa Elementary

First Grade Centers at Mariposa Elementary

At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Linda Auciello’s 1st grade students Abigail Negron, Sophia Manson and Rashard Alston are busy working on their “listen to read” reading center. Reading center rotations are practiced to ensure students stay engaged and gain a variety of different learning opportunities within their classroom.

Baptiste-Harris Receives John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

Baptiste-Harris Receives John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award  And Is Invited to Present Best…

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award And Is Invited to Present Best…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

 

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

Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 4th is the Labor Day Holiday, and schools will not be in session.

Students and staff will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday, September 5th.

 

 

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Jeanne Ziemba, principal of St. Lucie Public School’s (SLPS) Mosaic Digital Academy, will attend this year’s Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) annual conference on September 15th as an honoree for the Innovative Leader in Distance Learning: K-12award. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that this award is established to recognize excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance teaching and learning. “We’re so excited for her,” said Wild. “Mrs. Ziemba has been the driving force with the vision behind Mosaic since its inception five years ago; she’s deserving of this award.”

Mosaic Digital Academy is a K-12 virtual school that provides a progressive choice for families, providing expanded curriculum choice for anytime, anywhere learning.  “What really makes this learning model attractive to our students and families is how our program engages students by enhancing learning through a variety of virtual and live experiences to support the whole child and preparing them to work cooperatively with others through lab experiences and collaboration projects,” said Ziemba. “Unlike other virtual schools, we offer face-to-face opportunities for our students to participate in school clubs, experience fieldtrips and partake in live lessons on campus with our own highly qualified instructors, to ensure learning goals are met for every student.”

According to FDLA, recipients of this award must be a full-time member of a K-12 or higher education community or institution and demonstrate an innovative project or process involving collaboration with other institutions that improves students’ understanding of any subject matter. In addition, the role of technology, related scholarship evidence, publications, presentations and grants are also considerations.

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.

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

Jeanne Ziemba, principal of St. Lucie Public School’s (SLPS) Mosaic Digital Academy, will attend this year’s Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) annual conference on September 15th as an honoree for the Innovative Leader in Distance Learning: K-12 award.  Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that this award is established to recognize excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance teaching and learning. “We’re so excited for her,” said Wild. “Mrs. Ziemba has been the driving force with the vision behind Mosaic since its inception five years ago; she’s deserving of this award.”

Mosaic Digital Academy is a K-12 virtual school that provides a progressive choice for families, providing expanded curriculum choice for anytime, anywhere learning.  “What really makes this learning model attractive to our students and families is how our program engages students by enhancing learning through a variety of virtual and live experiences to support the whole child and preparing them to work cooperatively with others through lab experiences and collaboration projects,” said Ziemba. “Unlike other virtual schools, we offer face-to-face opportunities for our students to participate in school clubs, experience fieldtrips and partake in live lessons on campus with our own highly qualified instructors, to ensure learning goals are met for every student.”

According to FDLA, recipients of this award must be a full-time member of a K-12 or higher education community or institution and demonstrate an innovative project or process involving collaboration with other institutions that improves students’ understanding of any subject matter. In addition, the role of technology, related scholarship evidence, publications, presentations and grants are also considerations.

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.