F. K. Sweet kindergartners wow the crowd in annual circus

F. K. Sweet kindergartners wow the crowd in annual circus

The F.K.Sweet Elementary School annual kindergarten circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, was a recent crowd pleaser. The audience was highly entertained by clowns, magic tricks, prancing ponies, acrobats, and wild animal acts. The climax of the evening  and a spell binding experience was someone surviving being shot from a cannon. A huge thanks to teachers Morgan Haupt, Kristin Griffin, Kathy Offerdahl, Michelle O’Keefe, Melanie Francisco, and Sandy Picano for their hard work and countless hours of practice. Pictured are some of the stars of the show!

Northport K8 awarded for support of military

Northport K8 awarded for support of military

Northport K-8 School proudly accepted a commendation by 14 Medal of Honor recipients held recently in Texas.  The Medal of Honor recipients signed a plaque with the date and signatures of each national hero.  The plaque reads in part, “For the students, faculty and staff of Northport K-8 School located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for their exceptional support of active duty military personnel and the veterans community of St. Lucie County, Florida.”  The Medal of Honor is the highest award offered to U.S. military.  Most awards are given posthumously for going far above and beyond the call of duty in the service of America.  Northport K8 principal Glenn Rustay and media specialist Lynne Gruszka were given 150th anniversary edition gold coins for their unwavering support of the United States military.  The coins are replicas of real Medal of Honorcoins carried by only a handful of veterans.  Pictured are Northport 8th grade students from the Clownfish and Mariner teams, from left, Amy Lainez, Jonathon Sims and Michael Miano.  Retired Air Force Sgt. Roy Brewer will extend the awards to Northport K-8 at the school’s eighth grade graduation ceremony in June.

Budding scientists’ projects to highlight community showcase

Budding scientists’ projects to highlight community showcase

The community is invited to enjoy a showcase of hundreds of science projects created by some of our district’s youngest budding scientists in kindergarten through fifth grade at the 2012 St. Lucie Public Schools Science Showcase on Saturday, May 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Southern Oaks Middle School, located at 5500 N. E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. The event is central to the school district’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative and an opportunity for the community to appreciate the STEM resources available in St. Lucie Public Schools.

This free community event will also feature exhibitors from local science institutions and organizations, as well as STEM-related high school academies, including Treasure Coast Wildlife, Indian River State College, Savannas Preserve State Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Fort Pierce Central High School’s Aeronautical Aviation Academy affiliated with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Families will be engaged with hands-on science activities, live animal shows, and interactive displays.  Fun items such as Frisbees and water bottles will be given away, and concessions will be available for purchase.  

For more information, call St. Lucie Public Schools K-12 Science Curriculum Supervisor Cristina Veresan at 429.3615.

Northport student writers set examples for excellence

Northport student writers set examples for excellence

Northport K-8 students are participating in the Young Authors program and are setting examples of effective writing for display in the school Media Center.  Students from kindergarten through eighth grade have been preparing, thinking, writing, revising, editing, illustrating and demonstrating a commitment to great writing through a year long process of effective learning and teaching.  The crown jewel in Northport’s commitment to effective writing and communicating ideas and information effectively is the Young Authors program.  Each year, students display their books in a Media Center showcase with a theme as a backdrop.  This year the theme is “Wild, Wild West Writes  Again.”  Entering the Media Center is a step back into American history where the Old West was King!  Pictured is third grade instructor Glenda Taylor with her students in front of the third grade “Trail of Tales!”  Red checkered table cloths, real cow and bull skulls, deer antlers, a saddle and bridle, a sarsasparillla 5 cents stand, kerchiefs, horseshoes and old pots and pans are some of the memorabilia that students are checking out!  Young Authors Season is one of the highlights of Northport’s investment in student achievement!

Third graders’ favorite book features unsavory character

Third graders’ favorite book features unsavory character

“Fly Guy” is a favorite read of third grade students at F.K. Sweet Elementary. Fly Guy is a character created by Tedd Arnold, author of more than 50 children’s books. Fly Guy can be found hanging out in garbage cans and eating his favorite foods, anything brown, oozy and smelly. These books are bound to make you smile and students Kayla Jungjohan, Justin Adrian, and Stoney Braynen are proof!