St. Lucie Mets baseball team pitchers Adam Kolareck and Chase Huchingson and team mascot Slider recently visited WestGate K8 to read to students in first and second grade classes. The Mets program “Slide Into Reading” rewards students who read a required number of books by giving them two free passes to a summer ball game. This year at WestGate students scored a grand slam home run! WestGate is grateful to the Mets for their support of literacy in St. Lucie County.
Northport K-8 middle grades science instructors Amanda Sartain and Kalyn Nova have been selected to receive a 2012 Toolbox for Education Grant for a vegetable garden for the middle school next year. A school garden allows students to
apply curriculum based education in innovative, unique and engaging ways. Instructors will be using the Gardening For Grades curriculum by Florida Agriculture for planning and creating lesson plans for the garden. Students will discover the components of a garden that correlates with curriculum from observing plants grown from seeds, measuring growth and designing experiments. Students at the middle school level will be learning about Florida soil, different types of
soil, pH levels, hydroponics, soil testing, composting, planting from seeds, photosynthesis and types of seeds. The shared garden will be an exciting opportunity for authentic growth and scientific discovery. Pictured are Ms. Nova, left, and Ms. Sartain.
Jackie Foster, the school nurse at F.K. Sweet Elementary, is a very popular person on campus with every student. Sometimes children have been known to fake an illness so they can go hang out with her for a visit. To show their appreciation and gratitude for doing such an outstanding job all year, third grade students made thank you cards and posted them outside the clinic so everyone could read and enjoy them during Nurses’ Appreciation Week. Olivia Sperber and Will Nelson are pictured with Ms. Foster saying thanks after putting up their cards.
Students in Barbara Whellams third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently rolled coins and counted bills totaling over $300.00. The money will be awarded to the St. Lucie County Humane Society to help defray costs of feeding homeless animals currently in their shelter. “Pennies for Pets” is a yearly tradition and children begin in August bringing in loose change, allowance money, and many times part of their birthday and holiday monies, to fill the two large pink piggy banks. Pictured, from left, Justin Adrian, Morgan Busby, and Kayla Ceaser are having fun during a math lesson counting and rolling money.
Students in Lisa McGuire’s third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary have been learning about the Earth and its layers. They made a book that included a diagram of the inside of the earth and then created edible earths. Caleb Militello, left, and Brett Adelman are enjoying their tasty treat.