The Eclipse

The Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a partial solar eclipse viewable in St. Lucie County. The eclipse is slated to begin at approximately 1:30 pm and end at 4:20 pm, with the maximum coverage at 2:55 pm.

The day of the eclipse is a great learning opportunity for students and adults, but many may be unaware of the dangers. Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse can be dangerous to the eyes if proper precautions are not taken.  The cornea will focus the light and actually scorch the retina.  Therefore, in order to establish precautions for the safety of our students and employees, all schools must move normal outside activities indoors from 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm. This includes all sports activities, recess, physical education classes, band practices, and after-care programs. (*Exception – Due to this rare learning opportunity, teachers may take students out during this time period with Principal/Executive Director approval of teacher-directed lessons that utilize approved safety eyewear and heightened supervision.)  

Caution: There are many reports of fake glasses and tools that may not provide the protection needed. Principals and teachers should be prepared to address students directly about the risks involved and discourage students from looking directly at the Sun during this time or any time.

Note the LINK below:

https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Educational Resources/Safety Precautions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9TM-67pRDA

  • Watching the Friendly Skies – Eclipse Safety Tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_GdK8y0PyI

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

We have a unique opportunity on Monday, August 21!

This will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will cross the nation coast-to-coast. In Florida, as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, it will only partially block the Sun making it look like early evening in the middle of the day.

Students who are absent or check out of school early on Monday, Aug. 21, so they can experience the eclipse with their families will be allowed to make up any missed assignments and will be excused for their absences.  Please note: If early check out is planned, it is important to pick your child up by noon.

We are also offering parents of elementary students the option of attending Extended Day so their students may remain on campus indoors until picked up by parents no later than 5:00 pm. Please contact your child’s school for details and send a note if you intend to have your elementary student remain on campus.

$40,000 Farm to School Award

$40,000 Farm to School Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A $40,000 boost in funding is awarded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Child Nutrition Services. This is part of the Florida Farm to School Award Program Grant according to Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest. “We are so excited to receive this funding. It provides the opportunity to bring nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables directly in from our local producers and so much more,” said Wuest.

 

The Farm to School Program is a nationwide in scope, and it supports connections with students, communities, and local producers.  Educational programs including nutrition, how food is grown, and where it comes from is one valuable aspect of the grant.  Another benefit is the opportunity to enhance the local market by introducing locally produced fruits and vegetables into the schools’ purchasing network.

 

“It is a win-win,” said Wuest.  “Our students have access to fresh foods grown locally, and our own farmers and harvesters have the opportunity to network with our local schools.”  The Florida Farm to School Award Program must be applied for each year

 

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 rated 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.

 

$40,000 Farm to School Award

St. Lucie Public Schools Receives $40,000 Farm to School Award Program Grant Funding

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A $40,000 boost in funding is awarded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Child Nutrition Services. This is part of the Florida Farm to School Award Program Grant according to Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest. “We are so excited to receive this funding. It provides the opportunity to bring nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables directly in from our local producers and so much more,” said Wuest.

 

The Farm to School Program is a nationwide in scope, and it supports connections with students, communities, and local producers.  Educational programs including nutrition, how food is grown, and where it comes from is one valuable aspect of the grant.  Another benefit is the opportunity to enhance the local market by introducing locally produced fruits and vegetables into the schools’ purchasing network.

 

“It is a win-win,” said Wuest.  “Our students have access to fresh foods grown locally, and our own farmers and harvesters have the opportunity to network with our local schools.”  The Florida Farm to School Award Program must be applied for each year

 

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 rated 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.

 

First Day Of School

First Day Of School

Students, staff, parents, and community members welcomed the first day of school with celebrations and affirmations of success.  Recognizing the great strides made in 2016-2017 serve as a catalyst for continuing the forward momentum this school year.

 

Points of Pride

  • B-Rated School District
  • Soared To 13th From 45th In State Graduation Ranking
  • Improved In 10 Of 11 School Grade Components
  • Leaped To 32nd From 45th In Total District Points Ranking
  • Grew To 626 Points From 573 Points (+53)
  • No Failing Schools

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation At Your Service

Transportation At Your Service

The Transportation Team provides service to approximately 23,000 student riders each day and travels nearly six million miles per year.  Making certain that students are delivered to and from school safely is the priority for this Department.

To assist parents and guardians with questions about their child’s routes or pick-up times, operators are ready to assist.  The number to call is 772-204-RIDE.

 

Northport Welcomes Students With Host of Community Partners!

Northport Welcomes Students With Host of Community Partners!

The first morning of school was flawless and welcoming as community members, parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators welcomed students to a super successful new year at Northport K-8 School. The support the exceptional Title 1 school received was undeniable. SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent was on hand as well as SLPS Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick. Also present were twenty or more veterans from the Northport Veteran Partners in Education program from local clubs including the Legion Riders, Korean War Chapter and Vietnam Veterans as well as the Marine Corps League. Northport Church Community Partners in Education, First United Methodist Church and First United Baptist Church had a combined group of at least fifteen people from both congregations to welcome and support the school and the children. Members of the school’s partnership with Step Up America were present as well. Step Up America partners with the school to teach citizenship and the safety and security of our country. PSL Police Chief, John Bolduc was present as well as a cadre of police officers from the department and several members of the local SLC Fire Department were on hand to welcome and show solidarity.

As a Title 1 school, Northport receives support from all avenues. All children at Northport receive 100% free breakfast and lunch. Our school staff is just so appreciative of the overwhelming show of support. We, as a school, understand that we can’t do this huge job of not only educating top notch students, but teaching service, love of country, empathy, good citizenship and sharing all the other qualities that it takes to make well rounded, highly educated and caring students. Northport is proud and thankful to be the recipient of all the assistance and support that our partners and community can offer!

Reading Council – Invitation To Join

Reading Council – Invitation To Join

JOIN THE READING COUNCIL

Teachers and staff can join for $15.00 a year and get the T-shirt.

The Reading Council is committed to serving this county. If you need the reading council for a community event at your school, please feel free to reach out Ilyse Brainin (President) and Nicole Eak (Vice President).

 

 

Jaguar Musicians Find Harmony

Jaguar Musicians Find Harmony

Student musicians in St. Lucie Public Schools returned early to begin practicing and refining their craft in preparation for musical performances for audiences throughout the District this fall.

Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Band found a beautiful day to harmonize with Mother Nature and rehearse on the field under beautiful blue skies.

 

 

 

 

 

Arts In Education

Arts In Education

SLWCHS students, under the direction of Mr. Brian Hoce, work to perfect their performance in preparation for the upcoming marching band season.

St. Lucie Public Schools supports The Arts In Education.

 

Wuest Recognized as SNA Recruiter of the Year

Wuest Recognized as SNA Recruiter of the Year

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest was recognized at the annual School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) red carpet ceremony in Atlanta as this year’s Recruiter of the Year. Recognizing the important connection between healthy nutrition and positive academic achievement, Wuest is a consummate advocate for education and professional development among her peers in the nutrition profession and leads her District team to ensure the availability of high-quality, low-cost meals for all students across the country.

“When SNA’s membership manager shared the news of Wuest’s accomplishment, I was not a bit surprised,” said Tim Bargeron, Wuest’s supervisor.  “She truly pours herself into making certain that our students are served quality meals – healthy and nutritionally balanced.  She always advocates for what is best for kids and supports widening the circle for others to do the same.”

According to Wuest, she sees the award for bringing additional nutrition professionals into the SNA as a positive way to strengthen child nutrition programs across the nation as the organization provides a collaborative network of positive practices and bonds together to advocate for enhancements in school meal programs.

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 rated 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

Wuest Recognized as SNA Recruiter of the Year

Wuest Recognized as SNA Recruiter of the Year

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest was recognized at the annual School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) red carpet ceremony in Atlanta as this year’s Recruiter of the Year. Recognizing the important connection between healthy nutrition and positive academic achievement, Wuest is a consummate advocate for education and professional development among her peers in the nutrition profession and leads her District team to ensure the availability of high-quality, low-cost meals for all students across the country.

“When SNA’s membership manager shared the news of Wuest’s accomplishment, I was not a bit surprised,” said Tim Bargeron, Wuest’s supervisor.  “She truly pours herself into making certain that our students are served quality meals – healthy and nutritionally balanced.  She always advocates for what is best for kids and supports widening the circle for others to do the same.”

According to Wuest, she sees the award for bringing additional nutrition professionals into the SNA as a positive way to strengthen child nutrition programs across the nation as the organization provides a collaborative network of positive practices and bonds together to advocate for enhancements in school meal programs.

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 rated 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

Recognizing Excellence in Achievement

Recognizing Excellence in Achievement

Staff members from Lakewood Park Elementary surprised third, fourth, and fifth grade students who earned a Level 4 or Level 5 on Florida Standards Assessments in the areas of ELA, Math, and Science.  Students were excited to see their school’s staff members honoring them with signs and celebrating their accomplishments!  Lakewood Park Elementary has received numerous phone calls from neighbors, grandparents, and community friends who were just as excited as the students for this type of recognition.

Two teams from the school canvassed the area for two days visiting the homes of nearly seventy students.  This epic celebration of 2017 serves to set a powerful and positive tone for the 2017-2018 school year.

Go Falcons!

 

 

Bus Rider Safety

Bus Rider Safety

Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Motorists should always be alert and drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present like schools, bus stops, school buses and school parking lots. Parents should also go over safety tips with their children to make sure they are safe on and around school buses and school zones.

School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.
  • Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in direction. Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas.
  • Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.
  • Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.
  • Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.
  • Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. (See the different situations in the diagram below)
  • All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, TWO-LANE)
  • On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, MULTI-LANE)
  • The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)
  • On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)

Penalties for passing stopped school bus include:

  • Moving violation subject to citation;
  • Requirement to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction;
  • Four points on your driver license; and
  • Minimum fine of $165, if you pass on the side where children enter and exit, you will receive a minimum fine of $265.

 

On July 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. Cameron Mayhew was killed by a motorist that failed to stop as he was walking to his stopped school bus in 2016.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus that causes or results in the serious bodily injury or the death of another person include:

  • Serving 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital;
  • Participating in a victim’s impact panel session, or if such a panel does not exist, attending a DHSMV approved driver improvement course;
  • Six points on your driver license;
  • Suspension of license for a minimum of one year; and
  • $1,500 fine.

 School Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Children

  • Arrive at the bus stop with about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Never sit on the roadway or curb while waiting for your bus.
  • Make sure your children know their bus driver’s name and bus number.
  • Tell children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into the car with a stranger. Children should tell parents, the bus driver and a teacher at school if a stranger tries to talk to them or pick them up.
  • Children should never walk behind a bus and should stay away from bus wheels at all times. When the bus stops, children should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus.
  • Children should look both ways before crossing the street- look left, right and left again. Tell them to make eye contact to make sure the bus driver can see them as they cross the street.
  • On the bus, children should remain seated at all times and keep the aisle clear. Tell children not to put their head, hands or arms out the window.
  • Remind children to stop talking and remain silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is approaching.
  • Children should avoid any loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus.

 

Resources

School Bus Safety – Parent Printable Handout

School Bus Safety – Kids Printable Activity Handout

 

Florida Department of Education – School Transportation Information

 

A Rockin’ Good Time

A Rockin’ Good Time

St. Lucie Public Schools employees and students had a rockin’ good time at the First Data Field in Port St. Luce on Friday, August 4th for the Pep Rally!  With the support of Larry Lee Jr. State Farm Agency, Big Apple Pizza, The Van Duzer Foundation, Peter W. Busch, St. Lucie County, and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, the community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of St. Lucie Public Schools and kick off the start to another banner year.

  • B-Rated School District
  • No Failing Schools
  • 2nd Highest Ranking District On the Treasure Coast
  • Soared To 13th From 45th In State Graduation Ranking
  • 6th Highest District Improvement Ranking in Florida
  • Grew To 626 Points From 573 Points (+53)
  • Improved In 10 Of 11 School Grade Components
School Meals

School Meals

Parents are encouraged to make payments online through their Family Access Account. This will allow your child to maximize his or her time for eating a meal. If you believe your household qualifies for a meal benefit please complete a meal application. To help students develop/maintain a healthy lifestyle, the Child Nutrition Services Program offers sessions to students throughout the school day.
https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/dep…/child-nutrition-services/