White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at White City Elementary completed a real-world engineering project based on the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Students were “NASA engineers” for the day and competed against other engineering teams to design and build a lunar habitat model using only straws, masking tape, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap.  Each model needed to be airtight, have an airlock, and a renewable energy source. Pictured, from left, are Brecia Trejo, Torris Henderson, and Dazia Fernandez.

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition investigated, examined and studied various artists and their work.  After creating their own original works of art based on the artist they researched, students digitized their work and then used Adobe Photoshop to enhance their images. The work was framed and hung in the newest gallery at the school.

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Fairlawn Elementary School teacher Shirley Helton was recently presented with the 2012 “Excellence in Teaching History Award” for the state of Florida. This prestigious award is presented by the Florida Council for the Social Studies to recognize a teacher who encourages an appreciation and respect for history, involves students in the historical process, and evidences mastery of the subject matter. Congratulations to Ms. Helton for earning this distinction.

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

St. Bernadette Church in St. Lucie West supported a Project Children’s Literacy book drive to allow Garden City Early Learning Academy students to take a few books home with them during their Thanksgiving break. Father Victor Ulto and the church’s Stewardship Committee sponsored Project Children’s Literacy, and 15 stewards and literacy committee members regularly enjoy working with students at Garden City during their literacy block. Pictured, from left, are literacy Coach Lexi Laoutas, principal Traci Wilke, with stewards and volunteers George Lambert, Marilyn Faria, and Cilla Vitagliano, with St. Lucie Public Schools Early Childhood coordinator Mary Huffstetter. Seated is steward and volunteer Mary Lambert with several of the children who will be taking books home during the holiday break. The literacy committee presented 512 books to the school, along with $945 for the purchase of additional books!

Mariposa Elementary students learn reading skills in media center

Mariposa Elementary students learn reading skills in media center

An exciting enrichment reading group activity was held in the Media Center at Mariposa Elementary. Third grade students assigned to Charlotte Pennington enjoyed reading a folktale titled “The Paper Crane” by Molly Bang. While reading the story, the students were encouraged to use various reading strategies taught by Charlotte Pennington:  phonics, word decoding, clarifying, story mapping, predicting, questioning and summarizing.  The story taught the students about the nature of gift giving and caring for others that are less fortune then themselves. As an activity, the students learned how to fold their very own origami cup following Mrs. Pennington’s
directions.  Before the students returned to their regular classes, Charlotte Pennington presented a paper crane created by her and Christina Bondi, the media clerk, to each student as a  reminder of this wonderful folktale. Pictured, back row, from left, Omarion Paul and Thomas Mehler. Front row, from left, Ian Ottinger, Joshua Pierre, Hayleigh McCune, Danielle Diaz, Alanna Rivera and Layla Brown.