Coaches are slimed at Palm Pointe for good cause

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 … Read More

Palm Pointe media staff read to kindergarten students

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.

Retired Army paratrooper visits Floresta Elementary

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 … Read More

Kids at Hope founder makes surprise visit to Gaines Academy

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!

Northport students reap rewards for cooperation

Northport K-8 students work diligently to achieve common core standards and the bar for student expectations has been set high. Students are rewarded for results with high grades, good behavior and cooperative learning. Positive Behavior Support, or more commonly known as PBS, is utilized every day at the school. Students recently were rewarded with orange wrist bands and tee shirt day on the sixth grade Dolphin team and the eighth grade Mariners team held a PBS field days event. Students were rewarded for achievement in their behavior and willingness to cooperate with teachers and other students. Pictured is Northport eighth grade Mariner Javonte … Read More

F. K. Sweet kindergartners rewarded learning about graphic clues

After reading “Pizza at Sally’s”, students in Kristin Griffin’s kindergarten class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary helped complete a sequencing map of the story using just graphic clues. After they were finished with the sequencing map, they then used a portion of it to help make their own pizzas. Alex Sgouris, left, and Huberle Syril cannot wait until these little pizzas are cooked and ready to eat.

Two St. Lucie science teachers spend summer conducting research

Manatee Academy pre-veterinary science teacher Lisa Friend and Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Michael Mimnaugh spent their summer conducting STEM related research at formal research institutions. Ms. Friend spent six weeks at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, actively experimenting with superconducting magnets and spectral equipment to test crystals for magnetic properties. She co-authored a published scientific article as a result of the experience. “Bringing back insights into how scientific inquiry is conducted to the classroom will result in my students having more realistic and beneficial learning experiences,” she remarked. Mike Mimnaugh spent eight weeks at … Read More

Windmill Point students learn about first responders

Windmill Point second grade students commemorated Patriot Day by making a special “thank you” for the Port St. Lucie Police Department. The students have been learning about the roles of community members and the importance of first responders. Officer David Caniello was presented with a “thankful wreath” during a visit to Caryol Hallahan’s classroom on September 11th. He discussed the roles and duties of police officers with the class. He also took time to read the story, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein.

Character is rewarded at Northport K8 School

Northport K-8 second grader Breanna Guillaume and her classmates learned an excellent lesson in character development recently. One day, U. S. Army veteran Bill Arnold was visiting the school, and he lost his keys.  Breanna found the keys, and ran up to Mr. Arnold to return them. Mr. Arnold was so overwhelmed with gratitude that he returned to the school to award Breanna with an American flag pin and a good lesson that character counts to the students in Denise Fields’ second grade class.  Pictured are Mr. Arnold, Breanna,and Ms. Fields.  Northport students are rewarded for good character as well as … Read More

Food service employee recognized in state association magazine

An article about the accomplishments of Southern Oaks Middle School food service assistant Patricia Johnson will be published in the Florida School Nutrition Association Magazine Fall edition. Ms. Johnson has worked with St. Lucie County Public Schools for five years. In 2008-2009, she successfully completed all requierements for the district’s Management Intern Program, in 2009-2010 served as president of the Florida School Nutrition Association and received the President’s Gold’s Award at the FSNA state conference. In 2011-2012, she received a scholarship from FSNA, in 2012 received the Train the Trainer Certification and assisted at the 2012 Foodservice Employees Summer Training … Read More

2012 outstanding district administrators named

Parkway Elementary School principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter and Fort Pierce Central High School assistant principal Susan Seal were recognized at the September 11, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for earning district designations for their respective administrative roles. Ms. Barrett-Baxter was named the 2012 Outstanding Principal and Ms. Seal Outstanding Assistant Principal for their exemplary contributions to our students, school and community. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Ms. Barrett-Baxter, Ms. Seal, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

St. Lucie earns award for healthy initiatives

The St. Lucie County School District has been recognized by Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids for achieving the status of a Florida Healthy School District at the Silver level. The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self Assessment Tool developed by experts from state agencies, school districts, and community partner organizations working together through the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership. The self-assessment is based on the eight component areas of the Coordinated School Health model and focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices … Read More

Northport third graders construct hope quilt

Northport third graders in Melanie Polascak’s class contructed a quilt for hope to learn about the history of September 11, 2001. Ms. Polascak used a PowerPoint slide show to tell the students all about the Survivor Tree at Ground Zero, the story of one small pear tree that survived the devastion of that day. The instructor encouraged the students to have hope for the future and like the pear tree, America will survive tough times. The third graders were extremely proud of their quilt, and Ms. Polascak’s lesson allowed students to digest elaborate information in a concrete yet simple manner!

Northport K8 enjoys rousing, thoughtful memorium

Northport K-8 School honorably commemorated the tragedy of September 11, 2001, with a program in the gymnasium recently. The program included veterans clubs and chapters from across the county as well as Donna Carlsen, Veteran Services Coordinator for St. Lucie County. Students listened as first responder, Albert Hickey, a New York detective, spoke about his first hand knowledge and his response at Ground Zero. Mary Toto, ESOL instructor from Northport, spoke about her recollections that terrible morning and how the teachers, parents and students reacted. Veteran Bill Arnold called the names of the four doomed airplanes, and eight flags were … Read More

Northport students compare and contrast two famous speeches

Northport K-8 Northstar students in Mala Woessners gifted and enriched middle grades classes used the tragedy of 9/11 to listen to two famous presidential speeches of hope, renewal and triumph over enemies of the United States. Students listened to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt address members of the U.S. Congress when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and compared and contrasted the speech of President George Bush addressing the nation when Muslim extremists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Students cited evidence and made inferences using the primary sources and made note of several important characteristics. Both … Read More

It’s alligator story time at Allapattah Flats K-8

First grade students in Ann Hartman’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 have been practicing the rules and expectations in learning areas, and one of the most favorite is the reading area. Jacob Garcia is pictured reading one of his favorite books, “Egad, Alligator” to the classroom alligator.  First graders are off to a fabulous start with demonstrating their love of reading on a daily basis! 

Grandparents Day celebrated at Palm Pointe

Melissa Bonet’s “Busy Bees” kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently welcomed their grandparents to school in celebration of Grandparent’s Day. Students and grandparents worked on a craft together to show their love and appreciation for each other and enjoyed spending quality time together. Pictured is Christian Locascio and his grandfather Mr. Locascio.

Palm Pointe deans talk with kindergarten students about making choices

Dean Deborrah Estrada and Dean Christopher Pierre at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have been talking to kindergarten students about making good and safe choices. The deans reminded students about Palm Pointe T.E.A.M. expectations:  T – Take Responsibility, E – Engage in your Learning, A – Act Respectfully and M –Make Safe Choices. They also explained about the reward system with “rocket fuel” and consequences for not following rules. Great job listening, kindergartners!

Palm Pointe students enjoy bar code scavenger hunt

The eighth grade Algebra 1 Honors students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were getting their chapter one test review via QR Codes.  QR Codes are the square barcodes that have more product information. QR codes were created free on line and when scanned came back to the student, on their device, with the questions the students needed for their review.  Students used the codes through a scavenger hunt activity.  Once they solved the question they had scanned, students had to find the next question with the answer they got and continue until they completed all questions on the … Read More