Palm Pointe first graders are Super Scientists! Students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class generated and tested hypotheses and used their super science skills to observe matter. Fort Pierce’s Manatee Observation Center’s Super Science Day presentations gave these first grade scientists the opportunity to make lava lamps and flubber. Students watched the matter change before their eyes. Students were excited to record data and reflect in their journals. Pictured are Matthew Antonakos, left, and Zachary Veldhuis.
The local schools with teams earning the most for the recent Bowl for Kids Sake event to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters were honored at the October 8, 2013, St. Lucie Coounty School Board meeting. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Christy Nuccio and Barbara Bennett of F. K. Sweet Elementary, second place winners; School Board chairman Debbie Hawley; Rivers Edge Elementary principal Cindy Cobb, third place winners; Weatherbee Elementary principal Michael Hitsman, fourth place winners; WestGate K8 principal Robert Cramner, fifth place winners; Rachel Heddings, Chief Operating Officer from Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, with the first place trophy for Floresta Elementary; and Joe Wallis, chairman of the board of directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Lawnwood Elementary School teacher Denise Ferrara-Slater is breaking reading records with her after school tutoring program. Pictured is Ms. Ferrara-Slater with some of her prize readers, who are working on gaining 200, 15-minute independent reading steps in October. The students gain steps by reading both at home and in school. These reading superstars are in the 21st Century second grade tutoring program. Pictured, from left, are Xymia Woodson, Marily Alcantar, Miguel Alcantar, Ms. Ferrara-Slater, Aline Cervantes, Wendy Tamayo, and Asia Carter.
Northport K-8 middle grades students are diligently planning, organizing and researching for the Northport K-8 School Annual Science Fair. Students in grades six through eight follow a timeline, beginning with getting special certification forms completed, checking and completing logbooks that include purpose, hypothesis, procedures, analysis, conclusion and much more. Students also are collecting data, completing research papers and formatting bibliographies. Finally, completed science research projects including science boards are due in December. The whole process is an all-encompassing community effort in time management, data collection, research skills and a multitude of other far reaching lessons that will impact student achievement far into the future. Competition is key and individual students excel learning to use the scientific process. Northport students in grades four and five learn science fair techniques through a classroom approach and will conduct a Science Expo that is not based on competition. Middle grades science teachers to be commended on their expertise and dynamic, focused approach to scientific instruction are Ellen Weiss, De Green, Kalyn Nova, Christine Persick as well as Northport Science Fair Coordinator, Dr. Laura Woodworth. Pictured are students from De Green’s class researching in the media center, from left, Luis Flores, Jaylona Casado, Jarvin Patrick and Tajah Johnson.
Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade class at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts combined science and engineering as they learned how and why scientists identify a control. In this STEM lesson they generated hypotheses and tested them by filtering pond water through filters they designed and built in teams. Following three trials with their filter, the students analyzed and compared results with other teams of scientists. Pictured, from left, are Wilfrance Jean-Baptiste, Moya Badawi, and Mayleene Nimblette.