Communications giant AT&T and over 200 other companies are urging drivers to pledge not to text while driving. September 19, 2013 was designated as a national “Drive 4 Pledges Day”. Drivers across the country were asked to sign pledges to refrain from texting while driving. The St. Lucie County School Board adopted the “Drive 4 Pledges Day” proclamation at its September 10, 2013 meeting. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Deputy Sheriff Shirley Lindstadt, AT&T Regional Director Cathy McKenzie, AT&T Strategic Account Manager Nancy Vinez. Standing behind the group is Superintendent Genelle Yost, left, and Jim McKenzie, Executive Director of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation.
Third grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 School have been studying scientific investigations. To get the students excited about science as well as to practice the scientific procedures, teachers and students conducted a scientific investigation using Diet Coke and Mentos. The students enjoyed seeing the experiment and it reinforced their skills and encouraged them to hypothesize, write detailed steps, and write a conclusion. Pictured are students from Amy Rittenhouse’s class.
At Mariposa Elementary, fifth grade students are applying their knowledge of the tools of measurement. Student scientists in Kathleen Guntow’s class are learning to use measuring tools. Pictured, David Diaz, left, and Ludwica Romero work together to measure mass with a spring scale and are applying their new knowledge to a spray water bottle.
Fort Pierce Central (FPC) High School culinary students, from left, Micah Bowen and Madison Moon attended the Annual Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia Sept. 6 and 7 at Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Culinary instructors Peggy Ash, third from left, and and Barbara Schwenger chaperoned the students and secured funding for this opportunity of a lifetime! Thanks to private backer Daniel Silvis and the Cobra Café, these students participated in such demonstrations as Master Gardeners, lectures and workshops in organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and seed swap, to name a few. Thomas Jefferson is an American Political Icon who kept meticulous records of his personal interests, travels and studies many relating to horticulture. The detail in these journals allows Jefferson’s horticulture experiments to be studied and shared. Each September his contributions to American Agriculture are celebrated! The FPC team learned how Jefferson was an architect, U.S. President, Vice President, father of University of Virginia, Declaration of Independence writer, U.S. Secretary of State, Governor of Virginia, scientist, French cook connoisseur, and America’s First ‘foodie.’ The FPC team toured historic sites with a local educator, stopping at Lewis and Clark expeditions departure point, early American settlers’ roadways, and University of Virginia campus. The trip ties back to FPC campus 2014 happenings as Dr. Vergote’s chemistry classes partner with Peggy Ash’s culinary classes in hydroponics. The classes will grow lettuces and herbs to cook in Cobra Café recipes! Visiting Monticello to see how Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experiments and sustainable agriculture helps launch the FPC Hydroponics Collaborative!
Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently held its annual Title 1 and Curriculum Night. Parents and students were treated to a pasta dinner and given a Title 1 presentation. After the presentation, parents were then able to break out into different sessions held by grade groups and departments where they could learn about what their students were going to be learning and participating in throughout the school year. Pictured, from left, are teachers Mallory Ziegler, Nicholas Spagnuolo, and Ann Hartman.