Greetings Greyhound Nation,I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Considering the times we find ourselves in, the start of the 2020-2021 school year is off to a great start! I know we had some bumps along the way; however, LPA has been working closely with various district-level departments to ensure that we continue to provide both our Traditional and MySchool students the best possible educational experience we can offer given the circumstances. As we move forward into the halfway mark of the first nine weeks of school, I can say that all of our students are working hard and falling back into a routine.
In keeping with our philosophy of “One School; One Team; One Theme,” we will continue to work collaboratively to ensure students succeed at every level and we increase student achievement. Our specific goals for this year are to ensure we increase proficiency in English Language Arts, maintain the same level of proficiency or higher in Math, while increasing learning gains in both English Language Arts and Math. This year’s theme, “Preparing Today’s Leaders to Become Better Leaders for Tomorrow,” will be the driving factor behind our work, which will be a “Student-Centered” approach. We will focus on diversity, students voice, and continue our work from last year on ensuring students take ownership of their learning. We will also continue our focus on school culture and meeting the social and emotional needs of all our students so they can flourish academically, whether at home or on campus.
This year, the Fall FSA ELA and EOC Retake testing window has been extended into the Winter testing season due to COVID-19. The window opens September 14th and goes through December 18th. The following students will be required to test:
- All juniors who did not take the Grade 10 ELA FSA last year. This is a high school graduation requirement.
- All students, both middle and high school enrolled in Algebra 1 last year. This is also a high school graduation requirement.
Testing dates for Traditional and MySchool students will be forthcoming. We ask that you please plan accordingly if your student falls into either one of the categories listed above.
As a reminder, gaiter/buff style face coverings are no longer allowed. We will be phasing these out and expect starting Monday, September 14th, students and adults will no longer be wearing them. This also applies to masks with exhalation valves or vents. We also want to remind parents to ensure students are being screened prior to coming to school using the Home Screening Tool. The tool can be found on our school website at https://schools.stlucie.k12.fl.us/lpa/daily-covid-home-screening-tool/.
I want to thank everyone for all you have done and continue to do during these challenging times. We could not have gotten this far without all your support! We are looking forward to another amazing year filled with success stories and meaningful learning opportunities for everyone.
“One School; One Team; One Theme”