Northport K8 fourth graders participate in group science fair project

Northport K8 fourth graders participate in group science fair project

Northport K-8 fourth graders in Juliette Thelusma’s class
participated in a group science fair project called Pop Rock Science.  Students
learned the meaning of the words purpose, hypothesis, data, constant variable,
results, conclusion and research.  Students and instructor then applied the
knowledge gained to a fun and informational science fair project.  After
understanding the meaning of scientific terms, students put pop rocks in
balloons and attached them to soda bottles.  The pop rocks were
allowed to fall into the soda and students watched as carbon dioxide was
released.  The conclusion was reached that the Pepsi brand contained more carbon dioxide
than CocaCola.  Ms. Thelusma monitored student learning of key terms and students’
ability to put research into action by keeping a comprehension log and
conferencing with her students.

Northport K8 kindergartners celebrate cultures with holiday foods

Northport K8 kindergartners celebrate cultures with holiday foods

Kindergartners in Northport K-8 RTI classes are learning all about holidays around
the world.  Students and instructors  cooked and experienced the many flavorful
foods that different cultures enjoy.  Students made and enjoyed latkes for
Hannakkuh, cheese Quesadillas for Las Posades, mini pizzas for La Bafona and
delightfully hand decorated sugar cookies to celebrate Christmas.  Kindergarten
students appreciated cooking around the world and can support why each selected
their favorite cultural food dish.  Pictured are teachers Staci Saunders and Chelse Goergen with several kindergartners.

St. Lucie West Centennial High cadets shine in review

St. Lucie West Centennial High cadets shine in review

The St. Lucie West Centennial Navy Junior ROTC Black Talon Company celebrated its annual Navy Day Pass-in-Review ceremony.  All 140 cadets came out to show Commander Dirk Herbert, the Florida Area 7 Manager, Admiral Jenkins, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), Mr. Michael Lannon, Superintendent of Schools, Vice Mayor Linda Bartz of the City of Port St. Lucie, their parents and friends just how well they could march.  In addition, the award winning Armed Exhibition Drill Team performed with awe inspiring precision.  (See photo.)  After the Area Manager completed his inspection of the unit he said that the Black Talons were on track to receive the coveted National Distinguished Unit award again this year.  Go Navy!

Westwood High School student named state scholar

Westwood High School student named state scholar

Fort Pierce Westwood High School junior Helga Vega, a 17-year old junior in the Marine Oceanographic Academy, has been named the Florida Department of Education Distinguished Sunshine State Scholar for St. Lucie County for the 2011-2012 school year. Pictured, from the recent school board meeting where Ms. Vega was recognized, are, from left, Westwood High School principal Mallissa Hamilton, assistant principal Mary Gregory, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Helga and her mother Alicia Vega, and Superintendent Michael Lannon in back.