Rather than an ending, commencement represents a beginning. It is appropriate that an occasion which marks the beginning of a new phase of life should be conducted with pomp and circumstance, stateliness and tradition.
In keeping with the academic significance of the St. Lucie Public Schools graduation, we want to share some important graduation reminders:
- Refrain from posting signs, distributing literature, flying balloons, or undertaking any activity including air horns, whistles, bells, or loud sounding objects that might interfere with the dignity of the program.
- Everyone, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to graduation ceremonies.
- 2019 graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live on the St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel and streamed on YouTube.
- Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your child’s high school graduation start time. Please be advised that there is no guarantee of seating in the main auditorium at the Fenn Center for individuals arriving late to the ceremony.
- Reserved accessibility parking is available on a first come-first served basis.
Graduation is a true benchmark for so many as it marks the close of one exciting chapter and the opening of a bright new beginning. The attached link to Eye on St. Lucie highlights the show in which this year’s graduation events are discussed. Important tips are shared that will help make this an A+ experience for you and your family.
The 2019 High School Graduation are on WLX-TV: The Education Channel as well as a new episode of UF/IFAS hosted by Ken Gioeli.
Below is the playback schedule for the graduations:
Friday: 9AM, 7PM
Saturday: 12AM, 7AM, 12PM, 7PM
Sunday: 12AM, 9AM, 1PM, 8PM
Monday: 12AM, 11AM, 4PM, 9PM
Tuesday: 8AM, 12PM, 1PM, 8PM
Wednesday: 6AM, 12PM, 3PM, 9PM
Thursday: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM, 10PM
are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse.
You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.Weekly
Forest Grove Middle School is excited to share that the Forest Grove SUPERIOR Chorus BROUGHT IT for a third time at the Holiday Music Festival in Universal Studios on Friday! They won 1st Place for Middle School Choir then took top honors as GRAND CHAMPION for Middle School Vocal Performance overall! What a great day!
Please join us at our WINTER CONCERT on Thursday at Ft. Pierce Central High School at 6:30 p.m. to see this dynamic choir in action!
Judges Trophy for Overall Creativity and Participation
St. Lucie West K-8 School
1st Place – Morningside Elementary
2nd Place – St. Lucie Elementary
3rd Place – C. A. Moore Elementary
1st Place – Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies
2nd Place – Northport K-8
3rd Place – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
1st Place – Forest Grove Middle
2nd Place – Southern Oaks Middle
3rd Place – Dan McCarty Middle
1st Place – Ft. Pierce Westwood
2nd Place – Ft. Pierce Central
3rd Place- Lincoln Park Academy
Week of Kindness
Windmill Point Elementary
Palm Pointe Research School @ Tradition
Certificate of Participation
Frances K Sweet
Melissa Bonet’s “Busy Bees” kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently welcomed their grandparents to school in celebration of Grandparent’s Day. Students and grandparents worked on a craft together to show their love and appreciation for each other and enjoyed spending quality time together. Pictured is Christian Locascio and his grandfather Mr. Locascio.
Village Green Environmental Studies School held a luncheon in honor of Grandparents Day on Friday, September 9th.
Great grandparents, grandmothers, and grandfathers were treated to a special lunch, poem, gift, and a student-created video to honor this very special occasion.
We love our grandparents!
Two students from Treasure Coast High School graphic arts programs, Kiersten Pauline and Victoria Willis, were recognized at the May 22, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for their winning logo design selected for the school district’s Employee Wellness Program. Pictured, from left, are teacher Joseph Randazzo, Kiersten Pauline, assistant principal Nikki Kalvaitis, Victoria Willis, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, wellness program manager Carlye Fabrikant, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.
The Fort Pierce Central Performing Arts Department proudly presents the Broadway musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, April 12-14 at 7:00 PM at the Fort Pierce Central High School Auditorium, 1401 South 25th Street in Fort Pierce. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Fort Pierce Central box office in advance, and will be sold at the door. After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, Danny Zuko’s world is turned upside down when Sandy appears at Rydell High School on the first day of school. What follows is a rock n’ roll celebration of growing up, cruising with friends, and going steady. You love the movie, now see the entire gang from Grease onstage at the Fort Pierce Central High School Auditorium. The Fort Pierce Central Theatre Department, which is located at , Florida, performs mystery dinner theatre and fall and spring productions for the public. As International Thespian Troupe #4618, Fort Pierce Central participates and has gained superior ratings in theatrical competitions at the district and state levels. Pictured, front row from left, Jonelle Milfort, Jacquicia Brown, Romana Saintil, Ashley Fielder, and Omar Guerrero. Back row, from left, Vincent Hoeffner, Bryson Mitchell, Tyrone Sugrim, and Horace Lloyd. For more information on Grease or future productions, contact the Fort Pierce Central Drama Department at 772-468-5888, x5002.
Early in November, approximately 300 St. Lucie Public Schools students attended Indian River State College’s Great Explorations. Each student was able to focus on an area of interest then attend program tours, presentations, and hands-on activities. Many set plans and goals for their future careers! .
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has continued the positive trends with today’s Department of Education release of school grades.
SLPS strengthened its B rating, gaining 38 points to 664 and earning a top third district ranking in the state, now ranked 22nd among districts moving up from 32nd in 2017. The district is only 1.5% from an A. When compared to other districts with more than 20,000 students, St. Lucie Public Schools ranked 2nd in improvement between 2017 and 2018.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes this continued upward trend to our students and staff. “In an extremely challenging year, our teachers and administrators were able to keep the focus on teaching and learning in order to achieve these historic accomplishments.”
The good news is evident on multiple fronts with the following highlights:
- Increasing the number of A schools from five to eight
- Two schools increased two letter grades. Morningside Elementary, C to an A and Weatherbee Elementary, D to a B, less than two points from an A.
- Nine schools increased at least one letter grade.
SLPS expanded its number of A schools which now include St. Lucie West K-8, Morningside Elementary, and Mosaic Digital Academy Lower School. These schools join current A rated schools; Lincoln Park Academy, Fairlawn Elementary, Mosaic Digital Academy Upper School, West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition.
The schools moving up a letter grade include Fort Pierce Central (B) , Savanna Ridge Elementary(B), White City Elementary (B), Allapattah Flats K-8 (B) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy (C).
The District will be appealing the scores for St. Lucie Elementary and Manatee K-8, both within one point of increasing a letter grade.
First grade students from Terra Zdenek’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dress up to participate in “ Green Day” along with the administrators for $1. The money collected is being donated to the Relay for Life program to help in cancer research.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School (SLWK8) has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
We are so proud of her accomplishment and not at all surprised that others value her teaching and leadership qualities as well,” said SLWK8 Principal Eldrique Gardner. “As a middle grades math and Algebra teacher and team leader, who has been recognized as a High Impact Teacher by the FLDOE, she is dynamic and innovative in her approach to teaching. Our students admire and respect her,” he added.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
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 ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. 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.
Congratulations to Lincoln Park Academy’s Academic Team of Rachel Fryer Dommel, Madeleine Sosa, Youry Ulysse, and Andrew Priest on their strong performance this past weekend at the South Florida Championship History Bee & Bowl. Junior Madeleine Sosa qualified for the National History Bee and Senior Rachel Fryer Dommel qualified to compete in the National US History Bee, the National International Geography Bee, and the National US Geography Olympiad! These Greyhound girls will represent LPA at their respective national competitions in Arlington, Virginia this April. Good luck!
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department collaborated with the Economic Development Council, Treasure Coast Manufacturer’s Association, and Treasure Coast Builder’s Association to host the School Counselor Bus Tour. The bus tours included CTE teachers, guidance counselors, and graduation coaches from our high schools, who toured various businesses in our county including: Ross Mixing, Dragonfly Graphics, St. Lucie Battery and Tire, Radical Cosmetics, and Premier Fabricators. This event creates awareness of the employment opportunities available to our students and graduating seniors, as we work to close the skills gap.
Growing with Canvas promises to be the best springboard into learning about Canvas or fine tuning your current level of expertise regarding Canvas. This is great for brick and mortar classrooms as well as virtual school settings.
Don’t delay. Registration begins on October 29, 2018!
Growing with Canvas registration opens in Frontline on September 3rd, and the course starts in Canvas on September 16th. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn the best strategies for utilizing Canvas in the classroom. Contact Jessica.Gutierrez@stlucieschools.org or Julia.Hilburn@stlucieschools.org with any questions.
Can you guess the beautiful babies in Room 306? Every year the students in Barbara Whellams’ third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary bring in baby pictures for the February bulletin board. Students Stoney Braynen, Olivia Sperber, and Will Nelson are having fun trying to guess their classmates and the one with the most correct matches, receives a surprise treat. It is not as easy as it might appear, so you must look closely.
Guest Reader Day at White City Elementary was a great success. Community Members read Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. Students enjoyed the heartwarming book which encourages positive behavior through kindness, appreciation, and friendship.