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.
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Mark your calendar for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) open house dates. Wednesday, August 9 is slated for high schools, middle schools, and Lincoln Park Academy. Thursday, August 10 is earmarked for elementary schools and K-8 schools with one exception. C.A. Moore Elementary’s Open House and Family Fun Day is scheduled from 11 AM – 2 PM on Saturday, August 12.
Individual open house dates and times are included in the chart below and are published on the SLPS home page as well as the District’s social media outlets. In addition, parents and students can expect to begin receiving bus stop information through personalized School Messenger calls during the weekend of August 5,, and the online registration meal application portal is available now at www.stlucieschools.org. For additional information, please utilize the online resources available on the District’s homepage or call your child’s school for assistance prior to the first day of school on August 14.
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.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – For the third year in a row, prior to the start of school, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Monday, July 31, despite challenging financial constraints from the State. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This is a testament to what true collaboration can produce. I congratulate our bargaining teams and our School Board for having the spirit of trust and good will to work together for the benefit of our employees to reach an agreement before we mark the beginning of another school year.” CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “We are pleased to bring our members an agreement prior to the start of the school year. We appreciate our District’s willingness to commit to making employee salaries a priority, despite the legislature’s challenging budget.”
The package includes an average increase of 2.14% for both CTA and CU employees and represents a commitment by the District to increase compensation beyond the 1.49% increase in State funds received this year. Teachers will see a raise of $1,000 for those on the grandfathered salary schedule and those on the pay-for-performance salary schedule rated “Effective.”
Non-instructional employees (CU bargaining unit) will each receive a step increase. In addition, each step in the salary schedule will be increased by $70. A 23rd step will also be added to all CU salary schedules providing raises to those currently on the top step.
In addition to the 2.14% salary increase, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in high-deductible H.S.A. eligible plans and a contribution of $6,010 to insurance premiums.
In addition, the District and the Union have agreed to increase the supplement base amount from $24,000 to $25,500 for all academic and athletic supplements representing a commitment to fulfill the promise to restore cuts to the supplement base dating back to 2009.
After the November FTE count, the District and the CTA/CU agreed to return to negotiations and increase employee compensation further if funds are available.
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.
With the beginning of school just around the corner, students and band directors are tuning up for the season! Rehearsals are underway as students prepare to perform the musical selections fans will hear and appreciate in stadiums across the District. Treasure Coast Titans, under the direction of Luke Hall, began meeting this week.
Back to School Bash and Health Fair
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10 AM to 1 PM
Percy Peek Gymnasium
(Corner of N. 29th Street and Avenue D)
In true prize patrol fashion, Principal Michelle Herrington and her team from St. Lucie Elementary visited homes of students to celebrate their accomplishments and extend congratulations for achieving the highest score (5) on the Florida Standards Assessment!
The team left balloons, signs, and high expectations for another positive year at each home they visited.
Let’s hear it for Mr. Lee Langridge!
Mr. Lee Langridge, a safety system technician who works with the District Maintenance Department was recognized as a Star recipient based on his outstanding service to Lakewood Park Elementary’s stage PA and sound system.
According to school personnel, Mr. Langridge taught them the ins and outs of making sure the sound system was set up properly, and he took the time to get every single speaker, microphone, and amplifier adjusted to perfection. The result was a VPK graduation that was spectacular and memorable for so many throughout the community!
Special thanks are extended to the SLPS Transportation Team for providing exceptional service and attending to the needs of hundreds of children as they were safely transported to and from summer school this year.
Providing transportation for students throughout the District to north and south school sites is a huge task, and our transportation department completes this charge each year with the utmost care and diligence. Your service is of great value to our community!
Star Awards are presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional service. Ms. JoAnn Aguila’s team in the Assessment and Accountability Department know that she is a shining example of someone who demonstrates unbelievable energy and support for her coworkers and for the schools. This became especially clear during a recent challenge in which the department experienced some water damage.
Mrs. Aguila was supportive and did her best to insulate her colleagues and the schools from the concerns of that challenge in order to continue providing quality service.
The Florida Retired Educators Association made a special presentation to Northport rising 6th grader Jayden Diago for her outstanding accomplishment in writing.
Jayden Diago won the Florida Retired Educators Association District 9 essay contest this year. District 9 encompasses five counties including St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, Highlands, and Indian River. Students were asked to write about “Moments with My Grandparents.” Jayden wrote about her grandpa or jampa who lives in the Phillapines in her essay entitled “My Occasional Jampa.” Even though she is only able to visit with her jampa occasionally, her memories are special ones and his energy as well as his cooking make the visits very special indeed.
Jayden is very proud of her jampa.
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Tips for Parents
Students will return to school on Monday, August 14th. There are many things you can do in advance to prepare for the first day of school including addressing nutritional needs.
Parents are encouraged to make payments online through their Family Access Account (Available August 1).
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.
FREE Admission for St. Lucie Public Schools Employees and Students
Don’t Miss the Back-to-School Celebration and Pep Rally
St. Lucie Mets First Data Field, Port St. Lucie
4:00 – Gates Open for Employees (Bring Employee ID) and Students
5:00 to 5:30 – Appreciation Ceremony/Pep Rally
6:30 – Game Starts
Community-wide celebration for St. Lucie Public Schools
Port St. Lucie/July 18, 2017 — State Representative Larry Lee Jr. (D-Fort Pierce) and local business and community leaders are throwing a party to celebrate the significant accomplishments made by the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS). The efforts of the school district’s teachers, administrators and staff will be applauded on August 4 at 5 p.m. at the Mets First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, ahead of the 6:30 p.m. baseball game.
“We want to show all the school district employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, office staff, bus drivers, janitors, administrators – how much they are appreciated,” said Lee. “As a former teacher, I know the job they are tasked with. Our local businesses and government leaders are celebrating the school district’s success.”
More than half of the district’s schools achieved an increase in school grades, while the district grade jumped to a B — the second highest district on the Treasure Coast in total points earned, according to reports recently released by the Florida Department of Education. Graduation rates have jumped to 86.8 percent, bringing SLPS from 45th place all the way up to 13th place in the state, and industry certifications increased 102 percent.
“The data continues telling a positive story about the academic growth taking place in our classrooms across the district,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “Our teachers, our administrators, our support staff, our bus drivers — everyone, absolutely everyone, is putting forth the effort to support our children to make a positive difference in their lives.”
“This will be a giant pep rally,” said Lee, who is also a former professional football player and a football coach. “The school district is getting ready once again for the big game – this coming school year.”
The celebration is sponsored by Florida Power & Light, WastePro, the Lighthouse Foundation, Larry Lee Jr. State Farm Agency, the St. Lucie Mets, Big Apple Pizza, the Van Duzer Foundation, Peter W. Busch Foundation, St. Lucie County, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC). Lee said that $7,500 had been raised in less than two days, most from local businesses, so that every district employee could be invited to attend with free admission, a hot dog and a soft drink.
All St. Lucie Public Schools employees will receive two free admissions to the event and the game, with their district identification. “We also want to invite students, parents, local businesses and everyone in our community join this celebration,” said EDC President Peter Tesch. “Quality schools are the building blocks of a dynamic economy. When the schools succeed, we all succeed.”
School employees are asked to arrive between 4-5 p.m. Local businesses will have booths located throughout the stadium, offering giveaways and chances to win raffle prizes. Students, parents and other members of the public will be admitted to the stadium after 5 p.m., as space is available, with the purchase of a ticket to the evening’s game against the Tampa Yankees.
The recently released school grades reflect ongoing student learning gains, climbing graduation rates and upward assessment trends for SLPS. The district’s A-rated schools include Fairlawn Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, West Gate K-8 and Mosaic Upper School. Seventeen schools received B grades. Area high schools continued their climb with three high schools growing B grades (Port St. Lucie High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School and Treasure Coast High School). C.A. Moore Elementary and Mariposa Elementary both shot up two letter grades, and no school is rated as a failing school.
“We celebrate these successes, but by no means have we plateaued. We have high expectations for all students, and we will continue supporting them to be their very best,” said Gent.
For more information about school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools 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.
About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County
The EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic vitality in St. Lucie County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in the community. The EDC works in partnership with local governments and the private sector to advance its goals of creating more and better-paying jobs for residents, broadening the tax base and improving St. Lucie County’s economic quality of life. Contact the EDC at 772.336.6250 or http://www.youredc.com.
Discover the many things nonprofits can do for your students!
Attend the Back To School Expo on Thursday, July 27th, from 11 am to 3 pm.
Grace Way Village is one of many nonprofits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!
There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.
St. Lucie Public Schools administrators and school-based teams worked with school climate specialist and author Rick Lewis during a recent Restorative Practices workshop.
Restorative Practices focuses on establishing a culture of working together to bring about positive behavior changes. The educationally focused goal of restorative practices is to create a generation of professionally capable, self-regulating, emotionally-intelligent, and ethically-minded citizens.
Don’t miss the 10th Annual Back to School Expo on Saturday, August 5th, at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.
There will be important information for back to school and supplies to help kick off the school year for students!
Are you interested in being an exhibitor at this event? Molly Ferguson is accepting registrations (see below).