Staff from Coast Guard station teach water safety at Weatherbee Elementary

Thanks to the Partnership in Education between Weatherbee Elementary and the United States Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce, first, third, and fifth grade students at Weatherbee learned about water safety during a visit to the school by staff from the Coast Guard station who delivered an informative presentation, teaching the students how to stay safe in, on, and around the water. After the presentation, members of the Auxiliary presented a “Let’s Talk Trash” game for the students to learn the importance of keeping waterways clean and also to learn how to put on a personal floatation device correctly. The … Read More

Windmill Point students visit St. Augustine

Students from from Nikki Rodriguez’s class at Windmill Point Elementary School listen intently to their guide during a recent trip to St. Augustine. Windmill Point’s fourth grade classes went to St. Augustine to deepen their knowledge about Florida history. They visited the Castillo de San Marcos, the Old Jail Museum, the Old Store Museum, and went on a narrated trolley ride around the Oldest City.

Forest Grove Middle concert band performs well at festival

Students in Forest Grove Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade Concert Band, under the direction of Bradley Esau, recently participated in the Music in the Parks festival at Universal Studios. The band placed fourth of six middle school groups. Pictured are the members of the band.

Special bond created with first grade students

What started out as a routine drop by visit to observe Oak Hammock first grade teacher Joy West teach Common Core writing has turned into a lasting friendship between students, teacher and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell. The first grade common core learning goal for writing states that Students will be able to write a variety of opinion, narrative, and informative pieces using digital tools to produce and publish writing. To meet this goal, students chose their favorite book, found three reasons that supported why they liked the book, planned their writing using a multi-flow map, created a draft, revised, … Read More

Northport first graders participate in grand celebration

First grade students in Rachel Ellsworth’s class at Northport K8 School recently participated in a grand celebration of Young Author’s books, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Parents and grandparents were excited to participate with their young students in a day of sharing by partnering with students in the classroom to read Young Author books.  Students then performed two reader’s theater productions titled, “Mom:  Every Day Is Mother’s Day” and “Hats Off To Dad!”  Students had a wonderful opportunity to talk about their accomplishments and demonstrated an intensity and lively pace that both students and families throughly enjoyed! The lessons also … Read More

Northport K8 students connect with author

Northport K-8 fourth grade students in Carissa Berkely’s class listened to their teacher read a book that they could really relate to and enjoy.  Mrs. Berkel, along with fourth grade teacher Juliette Thelusma, read the book “Sped” by Re Marzullo to their students recently. The students then wrote letters expressing their delight with the book and the story line to the author. Re Marzullo responded to the student’s questions in a letter and also sent each student an autographed bookmark. The book is about a small special education class in a middle school affectionately dubbed “Small Group Superstars.”  The main character is a … Read More

John Messina recognized for state honor

St. Lucie West Centennial High School athletic director John Messina was recognized at the May 14, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his recent induction into the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame. Coach Messina has a long list of distinguished achievements in the coaching category. As head baseball coach at Pace, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach high schools, he compiled a 465-160 record and totaled three state championships with two state runners-up while coaching two national Player of the Year standouts, Alex Fernandez in 1988 and Rick Ankiel in 1997. He was named … Read More

Northport students and staff enjoy annual field days

Northport K-8 School students from kindergartners to eighth grade enjoyed Northport’s annual Field Days recently held at Sportsmen’s Park. Students and teachers attended the Field Days in rotations with their classroom and elective teachers assisting to make sure all students were safe and enjoying the event. Activities included the 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash, jump rope, hula hoops, javelin throws, grass relays, crab races and the tug of war. This year was the first year that middle schoolers have been invited to participate in the events. Clownfish team teacher Sandra Tyndaler said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the well organized event. The students were … Read More

Mariposa Elementary students present animal research projects

Students from Janet Balletta’s class at Mariposa Elementary recently presented their animal research projects for their parents and classmates. Students researched their favorite animals and created innovative animal projects out of cereal boxes integrating language arts, technology, and oral language skills. The culminating activity was the students giving an oral presentation of their projects. Students were recognized for their participation, and celebrated their success with their family and peers. Neisha Caldwell, left, and Shane Spellacy, right, won first and second prize for the most original and unique animal projects.

Bayshore Elementary’s Grayson Waugh to participate in national leadership conference

Fifth grade Bayshore Elementary School student Grayson Waugh will participate in the upcoming People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., June 17-22. Grayson is the only local student who will attend the conference designed to teach students about leadership and how iconic leaders throughout history have handled world events. Varioius hands-on activities, relevant professional speakers, small group workshops and visits to significant memorials, museums and monuments will present Grayson with insight into the importance and essemtial need for inspired and informed world leaders. Grayson will also have the opportunity to create lifelong memories and lasting friendships with other leadership ambassadors … Read More

MOA students amaze showcase guests on scientific results

Student scientists Riley Kicker, from left, Shayne Nurse, David Todd, Kassidy Allie Stephenson, and Kaylee Andrews are joined by Kaylee’s younger sister Sara as they prepare to time the rate of sinking for various “plankton” creations designed by attendees of the recent Environmental Perspectives showcase of Arts and Sciences at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy. Students and guests alike were amazed at the scientific results!

MOA freshmen help art fair attendees create fish prints

At the recent Environmental Perspectives showcase of Arts and Sciences at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy, freshmen Lauren Martinez, from left, Caitlyn Richardson, and Aneesa Dial guided attendees in creating fish prints of various inhabitants of our south Florida waterways.

Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

St. Lucie County Circuit Court Judge Dan Vaughn recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School. Seventh grade students have been learning about the three branches of government in their civics classes this year. Judge Vaughn spoke with the students about what it means to him to be a judge, and the education needed to become one. The students were eager to ask Judge Vaughn questions about the judicial branch of the government and how it works. Judge Vaughn explained to the students about the history of the robe, which seemed to be a big cause for questions. He also discussed courtroom … Read More

Mariposa Elementary has event to raise funds for field trip

Mariposa Elementary School recently held its Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A of the Treasure Coast Mall. Chick-Fil-A helped the third grade team raise funds for their upcoming field trip to Legoland. Thank you to Mr. Kiedis of Chick-Fil-A and to all the families who came out and supported the event. Pictured are third grade teachers Monica Almeida, from left, Judy Graham, and Theresa Delancy who manned the Spin-A-Prize booth at the event.

Unusual guests highlight Family Reading Night at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary School recently held another Read to Succeed Night. Families came and participated in the activities. Special guest for the night was Bruce Shwedick of the Reptile Discovery Program. He brought with him a 15 pound yellow shelled tortoise from Brazil, a 25-pound Alligator snapping turtle, a nine-foot long reticulated python, and Banana Girl (a 16-foot albino python!), among others. Everyone learned from the information Mr. Shwedick shared about these awesome reptiles! Pictured is Alanna Rivera bravely touching Banana Girl!

Local students awarded at state history fair

32 middle and high school students from St. Lucie Public Schools competed at the 2013 Florida History Fair in Tallahassee on May 6. All entries were based on this year’s annual theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Students who placed in either first or second place at the District History Fair held on March 2 were eligible to advance to the state competition. Two students from Treasure Coast High School, Faith Percival and Ashlyn Rust, received the Native American Heritage Award from the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs for their website entry “Spanish Conquest of the Inca … Read More