Fairlawn Elementary students donate to troops stationed abroad

Fairlawn Elementary School’s PTO donated 60 shirts to students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class to send to troops stationed in Afghanistan. The students have been sending “goodie boxes” to the troops all year long as part of their “Treats for Troops” project. Pictured, from left, are Bryan Quigley, Sariah Strunk, and PTO president Kim Guettler boxing the shirts for shipment to the soldiers.

Northport K-8 participates in Relay for Life 2013 walk

Northport K-8 School administration, faculty, staff, parents and students participated in a very meaningful way at this year’s Relay For Life 2013! Through terrific support and dedication, the school’s Relay For Life team was able to offer a donation to the American Cancer Society that far surpassed their goal of $2,500. Northport K-8 raised $3,400, decorated luminaries and stars in honor of loved ones who succumbed to or beat cancer, decorated the school booth and walked the walk! Some of the fundraisers held at Northport K-8 School were a High Heel relay race for seventh and eighth grade boys, a “No Collar … Read More

Palm Pointe students present their point of view

Students from Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition shared their POINT OF VIEW with Superintendent Michael Lannon during a recent visit to the school. Students responded to the school district’s request for public input about what characteristics they thought the new superintendent should possess, as Mr. Lannon retires at the end of June. Mr. Lannon said he would share their opinions with school board members. Pictured is Superintendent Lannon surrounded by the students, all wearing special eyeglasses.

Allapattah Flats third graders get hands on lesson

Third grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School are excited about physical attributes! During a review activity students had to reach their hand into a box and describe the object inside using only adjectives. Items included a hair barrette, kaleidoscope and doll shoe. It was determined that all three objects could be identified with 80% accuracy. However, when describing the item to another student, the other student could identify the object with only 15% accuracy. Pictured are Tai’Juan Martin, left, and Marie Bell-Tranquille.

Port St. Lucie High team wins staff intramural competition

The co-ed staff volleyball team from Port St. Lucie High School was recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting as the winning team in the districtwide intramural competition sponsored by Wellness Coordinator Carlye Fabrikant. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board member Troy Ingersoll, Port St. Lucie High assistant principal April Rogers, St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, teacher Shea Lodes, assistant principal Brooke Wigginton, Fabrikant, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Five schools recognized as model schools

Five St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting as PBS model schools. Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Delaware Avenue School, and Parkway Elementary were recognized as a Bronze, Garden City Early Learning Academy as a Gold, and Weatherbee Elementary as a Gold for the third year in a row. Pictured, from left, from Weatherbee Elementary School are PBS team members assistant principal Jennifer Avellino, Melanie Macpherson, Erinn Anderson, Monica Adhin, Principal Mike Hitsman, Christine Gawlak, Roberta Weil, former assistant principal Dianne Young who was instrumental in guiding the program, and … Read More

Four local teams to compete in academic world competition

Three teams from Lincoln Park Academy and one team from Port St. Lucie High School have advanced to the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Competition in Lansing, Michigan, next month. The three Lincoln Park teams earned first place in state competition, a first for any school or individual coach. The team from Port St. Lucie High earned second place in state competition in only its second year of competition. Pictured are Coaches Diane Tucker from Port St. Lucie High, left, and Judith Hueter from Lincoln Park displaying the ceremonial checks representing donations from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and other district … Read More

Treasure Coast High cadets help in community clean up

Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) Air Force ROTC students prepare to embark on another Street Cleaning Mission to keep St. Lucie Beautiful. Beginning in 2008, each month approximately 12 students pick up trash from Port St. Lucie Blvd to Tulip along Darwin, for one mile through the “Adopt-A-Road” program. Under the leadership of Lt Col. Cavallaro and SMSgt. Simmons, these students’ service usually equate to over 200 hours of voluntarism annually. The TCHS Community is very proud of its commitment to service as well as the mission to create well rounded citizens who provide leadership and service to their community.

St. Lucie Schools recognized for ‘green’ construction

St. Lucie Public Schools was recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie School Board meeting with a Green Apple Award, presented by the Treasure Coast Branch of the United States Green Building Council for South Florida Chapter, which is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainability, energy efficient buildings and communities. The annual Apple Award is designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region that have implemented and are committed to green innovation, and St. Lucie Schools was recognized for the “green” designation for the design and … Read More

Allapattah Flats K-8 students enjoy Community Reading Day

Community members came out to Allapattah Flats K8 School recently to share their love of reading with kindergarten through fourth grade students who were fortunate to see members of local law enforcement, school district officials, and even some familiar retirees at this event. Thanks go to each and every one of the readers for taking time out of their busy schedules to read to the students. Pictured is Tina Ruybalid with Randi Pierson’s third grade class.

Annual Family Reading Festival another success

The fourth annual Family Reading Festival, sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council, welcomed many guest readers to Mets Stadium field with a wide variety of literacy special events. Pictured are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, left, and St. Lucie County Commissioner Paula Lewis reading to several of the hundreds of children who enjoyed the day.

Windmill Point students work with shapes

Students in Jackie Davis’s second grade class at Windmill Point Elementary enjoyed collaborating with their peers in making a tree map on two-D and three-D shapes. Pictured are Rusty Nersesian, right, and Elijah Johnson enjoying learning about shapes and their different attributes.

Allapattah Flats students get up close with sea life

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School recently had the opportunity to visit the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center in Stuart. Students enjoyed learning about the many unique coastal treasures that are showcased at the center. Students were able to touch a variety of sea animals including stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and sea urchins and saw lagoon fish, sea turtles, and even a nurse shark! They are looking forward to hopefully returning back to the center with their families during the summer. Pictured are students from Haley Lenarcic’s class enjoying getting their hands wet and slimy while touching the stingrays.

Palm Pointe receives mayoral award

On behalf of the staff, students and parents of Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, Principal Debra Snyder proudly accepted The Golden Apple Award presented by Port St. Lucie Mayor Joann Faiella. This Mayoral Recognition was received for being an “A” rated school as designated by the Florida’s Department of Education for the fifth consecutive year. Mayor Faiella expressed her gratitude to the school’s staff for their hard work and dedication to education. She thanked the students and parents for their continuous support as well. In addition to the award, a banner was presented which will be proudly displayed … Read More

Treasure Coast High student selected for elite academic competition

Congratulations to Treasure Coast High School junior Will Barr, a member of St. Lucie Public Schools’ Academic A Team and one of six students selected for the State of Florida’s Academic A Team (Team Florida). Will also received a $1,000 scholarship for his participation with the local team, which placed fourth in the state competition, just shy of advancing to the final stage of the competition.

Floresta Elementary students rally for FCAT

As a motivational kick-off to this year’s FCAT testing, students at Floresta Elementary School participated in the second annual “Tunnel of Encouragement.” Kindergarten through second grade students lined the main hallway, holding up colorful pom poms and creative signs and posters, while heartily chanting “Do your best on the test!” Students in third through fifth grade filed past this positive and energizing tribute from the younger students, to the cafetorium where they were provided inspiring words of encouragement from Principal Iseman, Assistant Principal Menikheim, and a very special video guest from the Miami Heat. It was an exciting event especially … Read More

Fairlawn students enjoy an Earth Day celebration

Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School celebrated Earth Day by writing poems and composing songs to honor our Earth. The culminating activity was to make and enjoy dirt pudding. Pictured are Brooks Holmes, left, and Jacob Ridle sharing their poems.

F. K. Sweet students bring Middle Ages to life

Third and fourth grade students in gifted programs at F.K. Sweet Elementary School culminated a unit on the Middle Ages with a Medieval Feast. Students made surcoats, worn by knights, and baked trenchers (bread plates) to eat from. During the unit, students modeled castles, created a Coat of Arms, learned the art of illumination, and experimented with catapults. Pictured, from left, are D’Marvelous Reid, Joshua Caldwell, Quinlen Meservey, and Cameron Dodd.