Pictured are Carolina Ponce, left, and Gaby Almendarez were the first students at Southern Oaks Middle School this year to win a prize for participating in lunch time book buddies. Reading teacher JoAnn Conard’s fourth period class came to the media center three weeks ago and selected books to read with a partner. The students could read at home or during silent reading time at school. After the students read a chapter, they would meet at lunch time with their partner and discuss the chapter. Students are encouraged to talk about connections they have with the story, characters, likes and dislikes, etc. Media specialist Cathy Odom and Ms. Conard meet with the students for about five minutes each week to model what the conversation should look like. They also sit in on student conversations to help them with their discussions. One student in each group records the discussion and the paper is turned into Ms. Odom. Students who participate are eligible for a prize from the media center.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This fundraiser helps teach students to value their health and to help those less fortunate and don’t have healthy hearts. The top three student fundraisers from each class earned the opportunity to slime the physical education coaches. The middle school Hoops for Heart will be in February with the proceeds also going to the American Heart Association. Palm Pointe would like to thank Nicole Perez, the school representative from the American Heart association, for all her help. Pictured, from left, are coaches Kristen Stafford and Robert Santoro as they are covered in slime by the students who raised the most money.
Media specialist Elsie Garber, right, and media clerk Kathy Ferguson from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition introduced the book “Mr. Wiggles” to Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten students. Ms. Ferguson read the book, which is about how to take care of the books in the library, to the students in the class. This lesson will be very helpful for these kindergarten students when they go to the library to check out books.
Recently retired United States Army paratrooper Kenneth Frech came to visit students in Sandy Pagliughi’s fourth grade class during a Social Studies lesson Saluting Heroes, September 11, 2012 at Floresta Elementary School. Students were shown a PowerPoint presentation that included pictures from Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. There was also time for a question and answer period following the presentation. One students asked Mr. Frech if he was injured during his service. He answered that unfortunately he now has to wear a hearing aid in one ear because of damage to his eardrum during his tour. Two other students shared personal reflections of their own family serving in World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Pagliughi’s class thanked Mr. Frech for his service and presented him with letters for him to send to his former commanding officer who is still currently serving. Mr. Frech’s visit was part of the school’s Salute to Heroes on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attack. Students participated in a school wide letter writing campaign to thank local heroes. The letters were distributed to local police officers and fire fighters in the City of Port St. Lucie
Kids at Hope founder Rick Miller recently made a surprise visit to Catie Smith’s fifth grade class at Gaines Academy. The class had written Mr. Miller a letter during their language arts class stating how much they loved the way Kids at Hope has made a difference for them. Rick decided to respond in person!