The Windmill Point Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team recently competed at the World finals event at Iowa State University. It was a creative extravaganza where more than 800 teams from all around the world shared their ideas and work. The Windmill Point teacm competed against 51 others from around the world, and placed ninth overall for Division 1, Problem #2- Weird Science. Pictured, from left, are Edly Hyppolite, Tajhana Springs, Morgan Torbus, Maddie Nicklo, and Janathan Rivera. The team was coached by Robin Marmitt, who was taking the picture.
Alex Cardenal from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, along with his classmates, hugs one of the dogs from the Star Bright Therapy reading program. To the left of Alex is one of the volunteers from the program, behind him is behavior technician Neil Siriani, and to his right is teacher Tammy Miller. Volunteers come with the dogs to Palm Pointe once a week for 45 minutes to read with the students. This helps students improve their reading skills. The dogs are ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation, they listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticize. They allow the students to proceed at their own pace and sometimes are less intimidating than peers. This program helps to build the student’s self-esteem, confidence and social skills.
Students at Palm Pointe Eduactional Research School @ Tradition celebrate at a pizza and ice cream social after reading all 15 of the Sunshine State Reader’s Books. Pictured, back row from left, Christopher Decambre, Erika Goldberg, Shelby Arbacheski and Serena Williams. Front row, from left, David Ferguson, Judith Darville and Melanie Persad.
Northport K-8 student Finnegan Carey reaped the rewards of using the writing process effectively, adhering to the school rubric, correctly using dynamic illustrations and producing a relevant and substantial piece of writing. Finn and his parents, Jennifer and Nick Carey, pictured above, celebrated at the school district’s Young Author Showcase recently along with fellow Northport students Saige Searcy, Jazz Courtenay, Samantha Huynh, Paul Brinker, Joseph Ybarra, Giovanni Wright and Raena Davis. Over 175 student authors from across the district and their families were treated to a visit with author Donna Gephart, who wrote the book “How To Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Students were treated to a special lunch and were able to purchase books as well as receive free books for being selected as district representatives. The Young Authors celebration is a terrific example of families and students coming together from many different schools and celebrating great books and great writing habits and techniques. The Young Authors program is a shining example of the culmination of a year of effective teaching and learning. The handwritten books are an investment in the future of each student.
Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, pictured from left, John Rimes, Michael Williams and Michael Lyons prepare to launch their rockets that they made as projects for Thomas Carr’s science class. This project incorporated both math skills and science. The
students had fun learning how to make the rockets and then watch as they launched their finished projects.