Congratulations to the Samuel Gaines Academy spelling bee winners. Pictured, from left, is third place winner, sixth grade student Marisol Aguilar, second place winner, eighth grade student Destiny Gamble, Principal Carolyn Wilkens, and first place winner, seventh grade student Jeremiah Flores.
The media center at Southport Middle School hosted a book swap coordinated by Mary Kurtz-Seiden and Angela Mas. Students were able to bring in a new or gently used novel and swap from a variety of high interest new scholastic books. Popcorn and lemonade were served as students were given the opportunity to discuss the novels and swap with their friends. Pictured at right is Brian Velasquez, and left are Jamie Triplett, Kaylee Kegley, Sydney Dundee, Morgan Reed, Luke Hannah, Keala Sanders and other students enjoying some treats and picking out books to take home.
Elementary grades physical education classes at Allapattah Flats K8 has completed a unit on scooters. Students enjoyed scooter races, played scooter basketball and scooter hockey. The students improved arm and leg strength, coordination and spacial awareness and are now working on improving the 1 mile run/walk for the Presidential fitness challenge. Pictured, from left, are Alexis Allen and Chyna Nazario as they prepare for scooter hockey.
Southport Middle School received funds for the first wave of books to update the Media Center with new and high interest information for students. Corrine Earley and her husband Jim of Earley Learning Systems Inc. spent some time at Southport helping to shelve about 20 boxes full of new books. Pictured, from left, are Anita Mattia, Daniel Otero, Corrine Earley, Angela Mas and Jim Earley.
Students in Eric Redding’s second grade at Allapattah Flats K8 class made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a culminating activity for their Expository Writing Unit. This activity focused on using specific details and descriptions in writing. Students were asked to list the steps to make the sandwich, and then were invited up to try it! The students learned that they might not have included all of the steps when making the sandwich, as it didn’t quite work out as planned. Students quickly realized what a difference details can make in writing. Pictured is Tatiana Holloway as she watches to see if her directions were clear enough to complete the sandwich. When the teacher is able to follow her steps and make the sandwich, she enjoys the benefits of her hard work as she eats her well-earned treat.