Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further.  District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship.

SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program.  “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Read more in the St. Lucie Voice article!

 

 

Project E.A.G.L.E

Project E.A.G.L.E

 

 

 

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Centennial High School launches Project Eagle.  Every Athlete Giving Leading Excelling.  Project Eagle is a program designed for student athletes to represent Centennial by volunteering in the community.  There will be extensive volunteer opportunities throughout the year and each student athlete is encouraged to volunteer for at least 20 hours.  It a way for our student eagles to give back to our community and make a difference. Eagles Making a Difference

 

Project Citizens 2015 State Finals Particpants

Project Citizens 2015 State Finals Particpants

We the People: Project Citizen, another notable curricular program for SLPS 7th graders.  The project, designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE),  promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.

Entire classes of students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.

After a stellar competition at the local level, two schools Lincoln Park Academy and Palm Point Educational Research School represented St. Lucie County with honor at the state competition.

The students who participated from Lincoln Park Academy under the direction of teacher David Perry were, Connor Blake, Muahbohn Dahn, Jeremy Jean Charles, Lancelot McDonald, Dylan Peate, Steve Septembre, and Marissa Ward.  The students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School under the direction of teacher Hillary Cruz were, Natalie Ruppert, Tyler Thomas, Beth Casey, Kristina Patton, Sarah Wouters, Jillian Owen, Alexander Gust, and Garret Rodney.

Project Citizens 2014 State Finals Participants

Project Citizens 2014 State Finals Participants

Participants and winners of the 2014 Project Citizen State Finals were recognized at the June 10th School Board Meeting. St. Lucie West K-8’s seventh grade team that was led by Ms. Stephanie Isaacs won 3rd Place in the State’s Project Citizen Showcase with their project entitled, Water Pollution Solution. Two other SLC teams that were in the top five were: West Gate K-8, with their project entitled, Residential Rehabilitation Center, and Palm Pointe with their project entitled, Puppy Mills Bite. The judges were very pleased with the portfolios, and were impressed with the depth of knowledge displayed and how all of the projects relayed the problem and the public policy solutions. Additionally, the judges enjoyed getting to interact with students and enjoyed the “techie” communication. Students were judged on their portfolios and on the quality of their oral hearings.

SLWK-8 (State 3rd Place Winner)

Stephanie Isaacs (Teacher)

Rea’zen Chatman

Aaron Guthrie

Angel Leal

David Madeus

Kayla Perez

Logan Rich

 

West Gate K-8

Ayesha Boria (Teacher)

Emily Barkheimer

Winston Bass

Isabella Castillo

Molly Goyette

Courtney Mason

Faith Monti

Lauren Pedraza

Celeste Rodriguez

 

Palm Pointe

Hillary Cruz (Teacher)

Annalisa Albert

Sarahi Fraga-Albuja

Mia Kirchner

Julia Pacek

Morgan Rinker

Christopher Skubish

William Treu

Christina Wagner

Congratulations to all our students on a job well done. Pictured on back row are, Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Ms. Stephanie Isaacs (SLWK-8 Teacher), Ms. Ayesha Boria (WGK-8 Teacher), Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), and on the front row are, Emily Barkheimer, Winston Bass, Courtney Mason, Molly Goyette, Lauren Pedraza, and Celeste Rodriguez.

Project Citizen winners from Palm Pointe to go to state level

Project Citizen winners from Palm Pointe to go to state level

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition seventh grade students placed second and third in the district Project Citizen Showcase.  Anne Lulkin’s class project titled “Tossing Salad in to Schools” placed second and Hillary Cruz’ class project “No Homework, No Stress, No Problems” placed third.  These projects will now go on to the state level of the competition and will be on display in the Capitol building in Tallahassee.  State legislators will judge the projects on February 10 and winners will go on to state finals in Orlando.  Great job Rockets!!

Project Citizen Teams Represent SLPS at State

Project Citizen Teams Represent SLPS at State

St. Lucie Public Schools seventh graders don’t just talk about perceived problems in the community; they seek solutions and find ways to put their plans into action in the Project Citizen Showcase.

As seventh grade students work to identify a problem in their community, research public policy, contemplate solutions to the problem, and create an action plan, they enjoy an outstanding opportunity to work collaboratively and learn about government through a new lens.  It gives them great perspective on how they can be contributing members of society and change-makers.

Distinguished judges from area municipalities, research centers, and community organizations speak to students about their projects and discern award status.

Two SLPS teams will compete at the State level competition in the coming month.  Congratulations!

Lincoln Park Academy

Food Inspection Correction

Ms. Moise’s Class

West Gate K-8

Focus for the Future

Mrs. Kappler’s Class

 

 

 

Project Citizen Showcase Slated for Friday

Project Citizen Showcase Slated for Friday

Seventh grade problem solvers from across the District will converge on the Kight Center at IRSC on Friday, January 20, to compete for top marks on their ideas influencing change in public policy as they present their Project Citizen proposals.  The judging will take place from 9 AM to noon by a host of local dignitaries.

Project Citizen is an annual Civics showcase whereby students in Civics classes work in teams, identify a public policy problem in their community, research the problem, and after evaluating possible solutions to the problem, propose a public policy that could serve as the solution.  At the local level of competition, the solutions are well documented in a portfolio, and the policy is shared with a committee of community leaders using a display board along with a verbal presentation.  Teams of local judges score the entries according to a well-defined rubric that takes into account academic content, presentation, and research.  The top scoring projects proceed to the state level competition in the Spring.

We the People: Project Citizen is an annual academic event organized by Florida Law Related Education, Inc. which explains the project as “a curricular program for upper elementary and secondary students designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”

Project Citizen Showcase Slated for Friday

Project Citizen Showcase Slated for Friday

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Seventh grade problem solvers from across the District will converge on the Kight Center at IRSC on Friday, January 20 to compete for top marks on their ideas influencing change in public policy as they present their Project Citizen proposals. The judging will take place from 9 AM to noon by a host of local dignitaries.

Project Citizen is an annual Civics showcase whereby students in Civics classes work in teams, identify a public policy problem in their community, research the problem, and after evaluating possible solutions to the problem, propose a public policy that could serve as the solution.  At the local level of competition, the solutions are well documented in a portfolio, and the policy is shared with a committee of community leaders using a display board along with a verbal presentation.  Teams of local judges score the entries according to a well-defined rubric that takes into account academic content, presentation, and research.  The top scoring projects proceed to the state level competition in the Spring.

We the People: Project Citizen is an annual academic event organized by Florida Law Related Education, Inc. which explains the project as “a curricular program for upper elementary and secondary students designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”

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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Project Citizen entries judged at Palm Pointe

Project Citizen entries judged at Palm Pointe

Judges listen to Palm Pointe Educational Research seventh grade students as they present their Project Citizen reports.  Project Citizen is a student led class project in which students select a problem in the community and create a public policy addressing it.  Students select the problem as a class, research it, come up with two or three solutions, select the solution that best solves the public policy issue and develop an action plan to make their idea become a reality.  The top three projects selected by the judges to move on to the district Project Citizen showcase are: “No Homework, No Stress, No Problem” by Team Apollo, “Boot the Recruit of Gangs” by Team Columbia and “Tossing Salad into Schools” by Team Columbia.  Pictured are judges, from left,  Assistant Principal Alex Oge from Pt. St. Lucie High School, Palm Pointe teacher Amanda Shaffer,  Dan McCarty Assistant Principal Rebecca Goodman, and Zaid Iqbal from business partner Wells Fargo.

Project Citizen – Civics Education is Applied by 7th Graders

Project Citizen – Civics Education is Applied by 7th Graders

This year’s Project Citizen Showcase took place at IRSC’s Kight Center.  Teams of 7th graders from across the District came together to discuss their civic-minded projects with judges and vie for an opportunity to move on to the state-level competition.

About Project Citizen:

Project Citizen is a curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.

Entire classes of students or members of youth or adult organizations work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.

Source: http://www.flrea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=26

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Project Citizen

Project Citizen

We the People: Project Citizen is an annual academic event organized by Florida Law Related Education, Inc. which explains the project as “a curricular program for upper elementary and secondary students designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”

Seventh graders from across the District convened at IRSC’s Kight Center in January to share their projects with judges and vie for the opportunity to move on to the State level competition.

Award winners will be announced at the February 15th Awards Ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Fort Pierce Central High School auditorium.

 

Palm Point Research School at Tradition

Saint Lucie West K-8

 

West Gate K-8

Professional Educators and Continuing Education

Professional Educators and Continuing Education

St. Lucie Public Schools obtained a Math/Science Partnership (MSP) grant focused on increasing science content knowledge. This grant provided twenty-five teachers with the opportunity to participate in the U-Futures program. Nine of these teachers continued, and through the grant along with the generosity of the University of Florida, they completed their Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Science Education free of charge.

This cadre of professional educators worked diligently to complete the rigorous coursework required for this degree. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members celebrated their accomplishment at the January School Board Meeting.

Congratulations are extended to:

 

Jill Albers

Lisa Coble

Helen Harless

Kristin Hsu

Mary Margaret Kneidel

Marjorie Laster

Kelly Lunt

Sally Vandereedt

Jami Williams

Procession of the Species

Procession of the Species

Please join us for the Procession of the Species parade to be held in downtown Ft. Pierce Saturday, October 27th at 10:30am.

Gather your friends, classmates, club or band members, teammates, etc., and join the fun!

This is no ordinary parade!

The Procession of the Species is a delightful, colorful and musical celebration of nature!

Check it out:

https://youtu.be/ksNe1YRZI1I

It’s FREE, but registration is required.   For more information and to register go to www.StLucieProcession.com or call (772) 785-5833.

Principals Selected for Prestigious Academy

Principals Selected for Prestigious Academy

Three St. Lucie principals were selected to participate in the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Leadership Academy conducted by the Council for Educational Change.  The Academy is made up of 25 of the highest performing principals in the state of Florida.   The intent is to build upon the skills of proven leaders so that they can serve as role models and coaches for others. Participants will return to their districts able to expand their area of influence and improve others’ ability to increase student achievement.  Southport Middle School Principal Lydia Martin and Palm Pointe Educational Research School Principal Debbie Snyder are participants in the Academy, and Fort Pierce Central High School Principal Todd Smith is an alternate.  Pictured with the principals are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

Principal’s Panther Praise PBIS Event

Principal’s Panther Praise PBIS Event

Fort Pierce Westwood began a new, school-wide PBIS event with their students this year.  The Principal’s Panther Praise 200 Club (100 Club for MOA campus) requires randomly chosen teachers and staff to identify students who meet our ROARS expectations in and out of class each day.  Ten tickets are given out each day to be distributed to students for R-respect, O-on task, A-accountable, R-responsibility, S-safety.

The identified students  pick a number at random and their tickets are placed on the Principal Panther Praise board which is located in a heavy traffic area for all adults and students to see.  Phone calls go out to share the great news with the families and they sign a “Celebrity Book”. Once ten tickets in a row are on the board, each of those ten students win the “mystery envelope.”  Once rewards are given out, it starts all over again.  This is an individual-team PBIS event and all students are eligible to win. The event will continue all year long.

Principals continue holiday tradition of donating toys for Boys and Girls Club

Principals continue holiday tradition of donating toys for Boys and Girls Club

Principals from St. Lucie County Public Schools annually donate toys for the holidays for the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County clubhouses. The annual campaign was initiated by retired longtime principal Charles Cuomo many years ago. Pictured, from left, are Parkway Elementary School principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter, St. Lucie West Centennial High School principal John Lynch, Boys and Girls Club executive director Norm Penner, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine Taylor, and Jennifer Jock with Boys and Girls Club.

Principal and AP of the Year Announced

Principal and AP of the Year Announced

Wide smiles and tributes to the efforts of their school teams were the remarks that echoed from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Principal Andrea Popwell and Dan McCarty Middle School Assistant Principal Samantha Piscopo as they were surprised with the news that they are, respectively, this year’s Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS).

“Outstanding school leaders set the pace for positive student achievement,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.  “Both administrators have a proven track record for supporting collaborative school cultures and sustaining positive academic growth for their students.”

Popwell and Piscopo are both veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for outstanding achievement and service throughout their careers. They are also no strangers to professional learning as they have a passion for being on the forefront of the latest educational research and best practices.

Both nominations from St. Lucie Public Schools will be shared with the Florida Department of Education’s statewide pool of nominees.  State winners will be announced later this academic year.

The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improved school environments.

 

 

Press Release from Superintendent Search Consultant Jim Huge

At an emergency meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board members will consider a recommendation from Mr. Jim Huge, consultant for the superintendent search, to postpone the superintendent candidate interviews currently scheduled for August 29, 2013.  This action is being recommended to accommodate Board consideration of the Interim Superintendent for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

At the next regularly scheduled Board meeting set for August 27, 2013, Mr. Huge will bring forth a recommendation to suspend the current search for a new superintendent and name Genelle Zoratti Yost as Superintendent of Schools.  Mrs. Yost was not originally considered for the superintendent position because she is only eligible to serve until June of 2015.  However, Mr. Huge states that Mrs. Yost has engendered exceptional excitement and focus among the staff and community in just a few short months of her tenure as Interim Superintendent, and it is his opinion that the continued leadership of Mrs. Yost is the best option for the district at this critical time.  This appointment would also save one additional transition in the short term and would allow all to benefit from her strong leadership.  Mr. Huge will also suggest to the Board that the search for Mrs. Yost’s replacement resume in the fall of 2014 with the expectation that a new superintendent will report for duty in June of 2015.  The Board will take action on the recommendation at the August 27, 2013 meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Public Schools District Offices.