Port St. Lucie High cadets mourn loss of colleague

Port St. Lucie High cadets mourn loss of colleague

Port St. Lucie High School held a candlelight ceremony recently in honor of fellow student and ROTC cadet Hunter Henry, who tragically died earlier this month. Hundreds of Jaguars came together to share stories about Hunter and to help each other through this difficult time. Several of Hunter’s peers and friends said a few words about him to his family. It was a beautiful ceremony that touched everyone’s heart. The ceremony ended with Cole Herndon playing taps.

Allapattah Flats first graders become gardeners

Allapattah Flats first graders become gardeners

First grade students in Ann Hartman’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 are excited to explore their garden in the warm sun. Students are checking the progress of their peppers, cucumbers, carrots, peas, and many other plants. Each child has a “plot” to grow their plant of choice, beginning with just a seed that has resulted in beautiful plants! The students are responsible for watering and weeding the plants, too.  The garden is a huge hit at Allapattah Flats K8! Pictured, from top left, are Jacob Garcia, Marc Cohen, Henos Yonas, Caylie Harris, Jordan Fernandez, Claudia Jolivert, Chinhayi Evans, Kaleb Whitehouse, Maximo Mendoza, and Daezhane Calvo.

Palm Pointe student lobbies in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe student lobbies in Tallahassee

Eighth grade student Sophie Phillips, at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, just returned from Tallahassee, where she went to lobby legislative officials for Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects.  She met with Senators Grimsley, Negron, and Ring, and Representatives Hudson and Harrell. She also met with the Governor’s Director of Deputy of Legislative Affairs, Danielle Scroggins. The session ends in the next few weeks and Senator Grimsley verbally approved to find funds in the budget to support the screening. Pictured is Sophie seated in Governor Rick Scott’s office.

Critical thinking lessons in local schools helps student teams capture competition

Critical thinking lessons in local schools helps student teams capture competition

Lincoln Park Academy sent three high school teams to this year’s Odyssey of the Mind state competition. Odyssey of the Mind, often referred to as OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined problem (the long term problem) and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also generate spontaneous solutions to a problem they have not seen before in the spontaneous competition. In an unprecedented turn of events, all three teams earned first place trophies and a position in the 2013 World Competition in Lansing, Michigan. These creative and dedicated problem solvers are now racing against the clock to raise the $ 18,000.00 they will need to fund their trip. With the deadline for payment just weeks away, they are applying all of their problem solving skills and talents to make this trip possible. These students, along with the students from Port St. Lucie High School who will also be moving onto world championships, are proof of the high caliber of critical thinking that is being fostered in St. Lucie County Schools. To help fund this project, please click on the following link to the Education Foundation: http://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/p/14/fund-a-project.