Lincoln Park Academy senior Todd Condon is one of only six students statewide selected for the prestigious honor to speak at the opening ceremony of the 57th State Science and Engineering Fair in April in Lakeland, Florida. Todd will speak in front of 850 science fair participants, their parents and coordinators. Todd was selected because of his ability to communicate his science research in a manner that suits scientists and lay persons alike. Todd has participated in Science Fair every year since sixth grade, he has been to state competition four times and international competition twice. He has been a role model to numerous younger students and they all look to his project for inspiration.
This week in the Mariposa Elementary School media center, media specialist Charlotte Pennington read to the kindergarten, first and second grade students “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot” by Dav Pilkey. Before the story began, Mrs. Pennington brought out a tin can robot she made at home. She explained to the students how she made it while the students sat wide-eyed. The robot prop was an excellent introduction to the chapter book. After the book was read, the students were instructed how to draw Ricky, one of the main characters. Pictured, from left, are Lea Cesiro, Cameron Peterson, Taline El-Khoury, and Stephanie Diaz.
Students in Marsha Reese’s sixth grade Language Arts classes at Allapatah Flats K-8 read the novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. After completing an evaluation of the character relationships and their impact on the conflict in the novel, the students used their character analysis to design projects that would show how the novel ‘s characters (set in 1933 Mississippi) would fare in present day society. Projects ranged from journal entries to skits. Pictured, from left, are Faith Rice, Rebekah Peraza, and Gracie Jimenez showing off social network profiles that they created for different characters.
Students in Danya Etter’s music class at Allapattah Flats K8 are currently working towards their “black belt” in recorder for Recorder Karate. Recorder Karate is a fun and exciting way to learn all about the instrument and after playing each song, one can earn a different belt color as in karate. This week the fifth graders focused on the popular classic “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Once they master the art of the song, they will begin to test for their black belt. Students are eager to practice in and out of the classroom. Pictured, from left, are Daniel Broland, Jordan Jones, Tahni Vasquez, Frank Smith, Thomas Castillo-Ponce, and Mina Sang.
Allapattah Flats K-8 middle grades students had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. over spring break. The students visited numerous national monuments and learned about the nation’s history. Students visited the Capitol, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, and the Washington monument. They enjoyed the Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King Memorials, as well as the Korean, Marine, Viet Nam Memorials and the tomb of the unknown soldier where they witnessed the changing of the guard. The group wrapped up the trip by visiting some of the capitol’s famous museums and spent the last day at Georgetown University checking out the college.