Tune in to Congratulate the Class of 2017

Tune in to Congratulate the Class of 2017

Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for this week and next, and each can be viewed on YouTube and the St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel.

  • To locate the YouTube link, simply go to www.stlucieschools.org (St. Lucie Public Schools homepage) and click on the link under Announcements labeled

“Graduation Ceremonies.”

  • The St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel (WLX-TV) can be found on:
    • PSL Comcast channel 19
    • Ft. Pierce Comcast channel 13
    • AT&T U-Verse channel 99
    • HomeTown Cable channel 19
    • LifeStream channel 65

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Positive Trends Continue for Third Grade ELA Scores

Positive Trends Continue for Third Grade ELA Scores

The Florida Department of Education released the Grade 3 ELA Scores, and the percent of Grade 3 students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to rise with scores increasing another three percent this year.

Eighteen SLPS had a higher percentage of students with satisfactory scores over last year’s results.  Allapattah Flats K-8, Floresta Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, and Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition realized double-digit gains, and almost half of the schools exceeded the State average with students scoring in the satisfactory range.

“The gauge is moving in the right direction for early literacy, and we recognize the significant impact it has on our students’ overall success in school, college, and the world of work.  St. Lucie Public Schools’ dedicated teachers and administrators are committed to the continued improvement of proficiency rates for all students, and we will maintain this as a priority area for progress,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

Floresta Elementary had the greatest gain in the District over last year with a 15 percent gain in satisfactory range scores. Other schools with large increases in the area included Lawnwood Elementary and Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition with 13 percent increases; Allapattah Flats K-8 and Mariposa with 12 percent increases; and St. Lucie Elementary, Windmill Point Elementary, and Mosaic Digital Academy with eight percent increases. Following these schools, St. Lucie West K-8 increased by seven percentage points, and five schools increased by six percentage points. These include Bayshore Elementary, Westgate K-8, CA Moore Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, and Manatee K-8. Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts and Rivers Edge Elementary each increased by five percentage points.  Samuel S. Gaines Academy and Savanna Ridge Elementary also showed increases with a three and two percent gain respectively.

Centennial Student One Step Closer to Olympic Medal

Centennial Student One Step Closer to Olympic Medal

Kailey McKnight tried out for Team USA Volleyball. Tryouts were held in 32 cities across the United States, and this Centennial Eagle was one of fifty-five girls selected to move to the next level of competition. Kailey will compete with the best this summer as part of USA Volleyball HP (High Performance) A1 National Select Training Team. We are very excited and proud of Kailey.

Congratulations Kailey!

 

 

Cook-Off Champion

Cook-Off Champion

The 2017 “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champions announcement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services brought cheers from students and staff at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  ProStart student Sheldon Riley placed second with his Southwestern Chicken and Orzo Salad.

The competition included students in grades nine through 12 from across the state who were challenged to prepare original dishes featuring at least one Florida-grown fruit or vegetable for a panel of judges. Recipes from the top five finalists will be converted into school meal service portions and accessible to sponsors throughout the state.

“A healthy diet is the foundation of academic success, and this competition is a fun way for students to learn how to incorporate wholesome ingredients into their daily lives,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

The “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off entry requirements included:

  • Applicants had to be a Florida student in 9th through 12th grade.
  • The recipe had to be original and submitted with a photo.
  • The recipe had to contain at least one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable grown in Florida.
  • The recipe had to have clear directions and be prepared in 75 minutes or less.
  • The recipe had to promote healthy eating habits and meet National School Lunch Program guidelines.

For more information on the “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/StudentCookOff.

SLW Centennial High School Early Childhood Academy Students Pass Statewide Training Course

SLW Centennial High School Early Childhood Academy Students Pass Statewide Training Course

Congratulations to all of the early childhood students who passed their 40-hour DCF statewide training course for all childcare workers in the Florida.

Mrs. Wester and Mrs. Serynek took 60 students to IRSC on May 9 to take this test.  As a result of passing this exam, students also have an opportunity to work with young children in the Eagles Nest Preschool on the campus of SLW Centennial High School.  This is an excellent CTE program in our county providing great opportunities for our students.

 

SLPS Donates to Grace Packs

SLPS Donates to Grace Packs

On behalf of the SLPS District Office Events Committee, $500 was donated to Grace Packs.  Laura Klosterman and Lisa Ferrick from Grace Packs accepted the gift on behalf of the nonprofit organization that provides students and their families with weekend food source packages.

 

Northport Thanks Community Partners!

Northport Thanks Community Partners!

Many, many thanks to First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie on Prima Vista Blvd. from the entire Northport community.

The children are in awe of all the 1,005 books, the many choices of books, and the idea of starting their summer reading. You have done a magical and wonderful thing for all the children. You REALLY made a difference! You all really have walked the walk!!!!!!!

Northport Students Learn Coping Skills to Become Better Students!

Northport Students Learn Coping Skills to Become Better Students!

It was a wonderful morning of real learning and listening when James English visited select students at Northport. Students from Boys to Men and Girls to Women clubs learned a lot about how to deal with the really stressful events that happen in their lives without turning to drug, alcohol and other things that cause them to bring pain to themselves. Learning how to deal with emotions is paramount to being a healthy student ready to learn. Some kids just have too many stressors for their young minds to handle and turn to unhealthy outlets. This halts the learning process. It was a real pleasure to host Mr. English from Ambrosia Treatment Center in Port Saint Lucie. He shared many golden nuggets, but one that stands out was, “We are only as sick as our secrets, and our secrets keep us sick!”  We urge our kids to talk to an adult, mentor, or counselor to learn coping skills and go into young adulthood with a healthy attitude, ready to accomplish goals. Thanks to Coach Daryn Ploeckelman for finding Mr. English for the kids!

Positive Trends Continue for Third Grade ELA Scores

Positive Trends Continue for Third Grade ELA Scores

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Florida Department of Education released the Grade 3 ELA Scores, and the percent of Grade 3 students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to rise with scores increasing another three percent this year.

 

Eighteen SLPS had a higher percentage of students with satisfactory scores over last year’s results.  Allapattah Flats K-8, Floresta Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, and Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition realized double-digit gains, and almost half of the schools exceeded the State average with students scoring in the satisfactory range.

 

“The gauge is moving in the right direction for early literacy, and we recognize the significant impact it has on our students’ overall success in school, college, and the world of work.  St. Lucie Public Schools’ dedicated teachers and administrators are committed to the continued improvement of proficiency rates for all students, and we will maintain this as a priority area for progress,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Floresta Elementary had the greatest gain in the District over last year with a 15 percent gain in satisfactory range scores. Other schools with large increases in the area included Lawnwood Elementary and Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition with 13 percent increases; Allapattah Flats K-8 and Mariposa with 12 percent increases; and St. Lucie Elementary, Windmill Point Elementary, and Mosaic Digital Academy with eight percent increases. Following these schools, St. Lucie West K-8 increased by seven percentage points, and five schools increased by six percentage points. These include Bayshore Elementary, Westgate K-8, CA Moore Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, and Manatee K-8. Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts and Rivers Edge Elementary each increased by five percentage points.  Samuel S. Gaines Academy and Savanna Ridge Elementary also showed increases with a three and two percent gain respectively.

 

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, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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Economics Award

Economics Award

For 38 years, the Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) has recognized Florida’s most outstanding teachers for their creativity in presenting lessons in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. Open to all K-12 teachers, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics is a celebration of best practices and a way of acknowledging the innovation that teachers bring to the classroom. Frances K. Sweet is proud to have Mrs. Alice Parks win 1st Place in the Econ 101 Category.

 

Cook-Off Champion

Westwood Culinary Student Has Recipe for Success

FORT PIERCE, FL – The 2017 “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champions announcement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services brought cheers from students and staff at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  ProStart student Sheldon Riley placed second with his Southwestern Chicken and Orzo Salad.

 

The competition included students in grades nine through 12 from across the state who were challenged to prepare original dishes featuring at least one Florida-grown fruit or vegetable for a panel of judges. Recipes from the top five finalists will be converted into school meal service portions and accessible to sponsors throughout the state.

 

“A healthy diet is the foundation of academic success, and this competition is a fun way for students to learn how to incorporate wholesome ingredients into their daily lives,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

 

The “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off entry requirements included:

  • Applicants had to be a Florida student in 9th through 12th grade.
  • The recipe had to be original and submitted with a photo.
  • The recipe had to contain at least one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable grown in Florida.
  • The recipe had to have clear directions and be prepared in 75 minutes or less.
  • The recipe had to promote healthy eating habits and meet National School Lunch Program guidelines.

For more information on the “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/StudentCookOff.

 

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, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Into the Woods Jr.

Into the Woods Jr.

Into the Woods, Jr. will be shown at the Southport Middle School cafetorium to the public on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) and Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 2:30pm (doors open at 2:00pm).

Tickets will cost $6.00.

Southport Middle School is located at 2420 SE Morningside Blvd. behind the Morningside Library.

 

Mariposa’s Second Graders Study Antarctica

Mariposa’s Second Graders Study Antarctica

At Mariposa Elementary, Ms. Humphrey‘s second grade class recently created informational books on Antarctica and Emperor Penguins. The students created 3-dimensional penguins with baby chicks and a penguin rookery. Prior to this, they had a two-week unit and did research on the topic.  Cheyenne Anderson, Mia Avila, Gage Blaszka, Leonardo Calvillo, Arielle Cobb, Journey Davis, Bella Downs, Alexandria Eckel, Beverly Garay, Tristen Hinchcliff, Braden Hughes, Skyla Ignace, Evan Marino, Steven Ortiz, Sebastion Rivero-Camay, Victoria Rojas, Jahnelle Schaeffer, Malik Smith, Cristofer Veitia, and Kody Tuhey are showing off their finished projects.

Better Speech and Hearing Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month

During the month of May, Northport celebrates Better Speech and Hearing month.  We are so thankful for our very own speech and language therapists, Jennifer Carey and Nicole Sedan.  Speech and Language therapists are some of the unsung heroes that make a school a successful learning environment.

School based Speech and Language Therapy addresses sound articulations, stuttering issues, reading comprehension, vocabulary, syntax problems as well as pragmatic issues such as eye contact, turn-taking and coping strategies and many other integral aspects of speech and hearing.

Helen Keller once noted that of all of her impairments, she was perhaps troubled most by her lack of speech and hearing.  She elaborated that while blindness separated her from her things, her lack of speech and hearing separated her from people.  There are over 123,000 speech-language pathologists in the world.  Almost half of those work in schools.

Way to go, Jennifer and Nicole!

Thank You for Our Books!

Thank You for Our Books!

Northport K-8 School has been the fortunate recipient of the assistance and support of the First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Lucie.  The church and the school have joined mission statements and worked together for the good of the children of Northport and to benefit the community.  Northport is a Title I school with a 100% free lunch population.  The support and good will from church members has been phenomenal and has truly brought community services directly into the school.  Not only have church volunteers helped out in classrooms, but they have also kick-started the Northport Summer Reading Program.

At each and every church service, members of the congregation were reminded about the Northport Children’s Book Drive.  Boxes and bins were placed throughout the church.  Members sorted and rallied to collect 1,005 children’s books targeted for kindergarten through grade four — enough books for each student to take home and keep two books.  Books will be displayed in the media center and students will be able to come in by class and “shop” with their teachers for books that look just right for summer reading.

The Northport community is so excited and thankful for the hand up from First United Methodist Church.  It is an exciting time in education because the community is stepping up and offering unprecedented support.  People are acknowledging the fact that we, as a community school, just can’t offer everything that our children need to be first class citizens and educated young adults.  Our community partners play a huge role in our mission of providing a safe and caring school, equipped with the services to offer knowledge, skills and a desire to succeed.  Many thanks to Rad and Pat Orlandi who served as direct contacts and partners in collaboration.

Pictured are students unloading the books, Marc Dorcin, Isaiah Evangelista, Nathan Lejeune and August Millang as well as Mr. and Mrs. Orlandi

Tune in to Congratulate the Class of 2017

2017 Graduations

2017 Graduations Live Streamed:

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 from the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 from the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 from the Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 from the Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 from the Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 from the Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

 

Helpful Tips

EVERYONE, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to SLPS graduation ceremonies.

Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your child’s SLPS graduation start time.

For graduations taking place at the Fenn Center, access the parking areas from the east.

All ceremonies will be broadcast live on “The St. Lucie Education Channel” and streamed on YouTube.

In keeping with the academic significance of the SLPS graduations, 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. 

Follow SLPS on social media for parking and traffic flow updates.

St. Lucie Public Schools: A Winning Mindset

St. Lucie Public Schools: A Winning Mindset

In each of the St. Lucie Public Schools, a Statue of Liberty replica serves as a constant reminder that public schools were created to strengthen democracy, and our public schools remain the main channel through which our country makes good on its fundamental promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As such, St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) commitment first and foremost is to ensure that all of our students have equal access to a high quality and rigorous education and graduate college and/or career ready, as informed and engaged citizens.

Every child who walks onto any of our campuses deserves the same opportunities to learn and experience success despite the burdens placed upon our educators by misguided political reforms and policies from special interest groups or from those who seek to make a profit off of our children.  Our dedicated team of teachers, administrators, and support staff forge forward with a vengeance to figure out where links need to be soldered, fences mended, and bridges built in order to support our students so they may accomplish their goals and dreams.  When their goals and dreams become their reality, our communities are strengthened, our nation is bonded, and our democracy is fortified.

Our efforts are paying off.  SLPS’s 2015-2016 graduation rate is record-setting at 86.8%, and this has catapulted our county from 45th to 13th in the State. Landmark achievement such as this does not happen by accident, nor does it happen without focusing on the individual needs of each student. The graduation rate for African American students increased 14.1%; that’s 10% above the State average.  Hispanic students saw a 9.8% increase, rising above the State average by 8%; and white students realized a 10.5% increase, moving 3.9% beyond the State average.  Our ESE students’ graduation rate skyrocketed 17.88%, surpassing the State average by 13.3%.

The gauge is moving in the right direction for early literacy as well.  In a year where State trends in reading scores remained somewhat lackluster, our students showed growth.  Clearly, this is a priority area for progress and the outpouring of community support is most welcome in our efforts to engage young readers and establish literacy-rich environments.

And while it is a fact that a child’s socioeconomic status can create unique obstacles affecting reading proficiency and vocabulary development, we’re not standing behind them as excuses.  On the contrary, we’re tackling them head on. Politicians and policymakers cannot fix these challenges.  SLPS educators are in the midst of cultural shift, altering long-held assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and approaches to learning.

We are solution-seekers.  For example, to support Internet access, SLPS is leveraging low cost solutions through Comcast for nearly 3,000 of our families with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Next year, our can-do action broadens access to even more families through our Sprint partnership.

This year alone, there are almost 7,500 high school student course enrollments in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge (AICE), and Dual Enrollment (DE).  Middle school students also participate in pre-AP courses as a jump start to success. The AP exam participation rate increased by 30% with AP performance increasing by nearly the same rate.

In addition, SLPS provided every eleventh grade student with the opportunity to take the SAT assessment during the school day at no cost – a great enhancement to equity and accessibility for college and/or career choices.

Also important in determining viable and marketable career choices is the close relationship the District has with the Economic Development Council, CareerSource, and community based organizations.  Positive partnerships such as these have led to active participation in the Skills Gap Study which addresses the workforce needs in our community – important information to inform program decisions for our Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE).

And just how are we doing in regard to engaging our students in CTE?  Fifty-one percent of our students are exposed to at least one CTE class through 62 Career Academies offered.  Industry certifications have increased by 61%.  This means students are graduating prepared with industry credentials, ready to enter the world of work, with skills that align to predicted areas of major economic growth.

Allied Health, Culinary, Manufacturing, Aerospace Technologies, Agritechnology, Finance, Cybersecurity, Promotional Enterprise, and Carpentry – these are among the CTE offerings afforded to students.  SLPS welcomes our community members to join us for our educational tours and serve as mentors or volunteers.

As a community, we all want what is best for our children.  Our teachers model that expectation.  To each of them, I say thank you. Research shows that teachers are more passionate and mission driven than those in other professions; they teach because they want to make a difference in the world one child at a time.   A child’s first and best teacher should be their parent.  Unfortunately, that is not the case for far too many of our children. Educators are not only asked to teach children but raise many of them as well.  Teachers don’t seek fame and recognition but are driven by a moral purpose, and they come to work day after day prepared and determined to make a difference.

That difference will not come about by policymakers mandating change.  Change will only happen through local will and capacity.  There must be an end to the culture of blame; we must have a community culture that values risk-taking, recognition, and shared accountability.  Through our work together, we need to identify key challenges, verify them with data, and unite to explore strategies leading to a remedy we all can rally to support.

In SLPS, business as usual is not acceptable.  We are in the business of continuous improvement.  Therefore, I am looking forward to what tomorrow holds in store, because I know our best days are ahead of us.

 

LPA Creative Writer Wins at IRSC

LPA Creative Writer Wins at IRSC

Isabelle McConville represented Lincoln Park Academy in IRSC’s annual Creative Writing Contest. She won 1st place in the 10th grade category with her short story titled “When We Fall.” The award was presented at IRSC’s main campus during a reception for writers on March 30th.

Isabelle is pictured with her Creative Writing teacher, Ms. Merritt. Congratulations to Isabelle!