Allapattah Flats kindergartners crack the reading code!

Allapattah Flats kindergartners crack the reading code!

Allapattah Flats kindergartners are becoming super sleuths using Secret Stories.  The students learned about what happens when the letters t and h are side by side in a word.  Then, they practiced sticking out their tongues to make the “thhhhhh!” sound.  Lastly, the students used letter Legos to build words that begin or end with th. Pictured, Jolaine Austin works with, back to front,  Timothy Smith, Arieana Mitchell, Jeffrey Sebastian-Agustin, and Tyler Garren.

Southport Middle has unique guest for Young Authors event

Southport Middle has unique guest for Young Authors event

Southport Middle School’s Young Authors celebration included a video conference with author Douglas Quinn.  With the help of grandson, Southport Middle sixth grade student Quinn Coleson,  Quinn has written four adventure series novels featuring his grandson as the main character.  St. Lucie County’s ITS department supported  Southport’s media center to set up the video conference with Mr. Quinn, who resides in North Carolina with his wife.  Also presenting at the celebration was Scripps newspaper contributor Hillary Copsey, who spoke to students and parents about the wonderful books that the sixth through eighth grade students submitted.  Winning submissions will go on to a district level competition. Pictured is Quinn visiting with his grandparents prior to the actual celebration.

Allapattah Flats students share in instruction duties

Allapattah Flats students share in instruction duties

Students Myron Varn’s eighth grade American History classes just completed a Student Teaching Module (STM) which divided the class into five groups, each responsible for  part of a chapter covering the inventions and early industry from 1740-1790.  They planned lessons to include learning goals and assessments.  Some lessons were as intricate as PowerPoint slide shows with a Jeopardy quiz. Others were as simple as choral reading and questioning.  When asked to reflect, the groups that had the more complex lessons said that they learned more about their subject, but that it took a lot more time to put together.  Groups that had the simplest lessons said that although choral reading was easy to set up and do, it wasn’t much fun.  They all  pooled the questions that they thought were most important into a review and ending assessment.  Many students want to do this again, saying they learned more through preparation. Pictured, from left, are Conner Hay, Joseph Furman, and Javier Rosado.

Family Reading Night another hit at F. K. Sweet

Family Reading Night another hit at F. K. Sweet

The annual Family Reading Night Celebration at F.K. Sweet Elementary was another huge success with over 100 students, parents, and community members in attendance. Children were allowed to rotate from reader to reader and listen to teachers and community members reading lots of their favorite stories. Students filled goodie bags with pencils, pens, bookmarks, and books. Concessions, face painting, and balloons were also available. Pictured are the fifth grade teachers Christy Nuccio, Jodie Steele, Donald Logue, and Cindy Young entertaining a packed room with the book Jolly Mon, by Jimmy Buffet.