Northport celebrates third annual unity day

Northport celebrates third annual unity day

Northport K-8 celebrated its third annual Unity Day recently with a loud and clear message about the effects of bullying, especially cyberbullying. Students wore orange to signify unity and made posters, signs and banners to send their powerful messages that bullying will not be tolerated on the school campus. Joe Wojcik, better known as Joe the Biker, spoke to students on the morning announcements to kick off the day-long event, and students walked a mile-long trail marked out by school custodians. The school has been designated as a nature preserve by the National Wildlife Federation. Students walked the trail with the coaches, resource teachers and classes as part of an organized Positive Behavior Support activity. The very successful event supported the school’s unified message that bullying will not be tolerated. Pictured is Coach Daryn Ploeckelman with a group of students preparing for the walk!

Gaines Academy students learn about electricity

Gaines Academy students learn about electricity

Students in Catie Smith’s science resource class at Samuel S. Gaines Academy have been exploring energy while learning about conductivity and electricity! Students learned content with the use of interactive notebooks, and then explored energy through this inquiry lab. Pictured, from left, are Shawn Vega, Grayvon Compere, Shanell Sullivan, and Keishon Polycarpe.

Mariposa Elementary celebrates new outdoor amphitheater built by special volunteers

Mariposa Elementary celebrates new outdoor amphitheater built by special volunteers

A dual purpose ceremony was enjoyed at Mariposa Elementary School recently to honor Carl Andor, the St. Lucie County School District Adult Volunteer of the Year nominated by mariposa Elementary, as well as formally dedicate the school’s new outdoor amphitheater which Andor and his son, Logan, built during the summer with materials from Lowe’s purchased with a grant from the school’s music teacher Mary McCartney. During the ceremony, students sang a song written by Ms. McCartney for Mr. Andor’s efforts. Pictured are the celebrants.

Health occupations students savor healthy food choices

Health occupations students savor healthy food choices

Students in Samantha Jackson’s health occupations classes at Fort Pierce Central High School enjoyed a healthy apple slice and peanut butter snack in observance of National Apple Crunch Day recently. Students discussed the nutritional value of apples, including added fiber, vitamin C and potassium, and that when combined with peanut butter, which is full of protein and multiple vitamins, they are a healthy filling low calorie snack! Pictured is Brianna Jennings as she participates in the activity, part of Food Day 2013, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Employees and students alike in St. Lucie County Schools enjoyed the activities, and teachers planned lessons around it to educate about the nutritional value of apples. Cafeteria managers arranged for apples to be donated to any classroom that wanted to participate.

Palm Pointe students bite into healthy eating

Palm Pointe students bite into healthy eating

The last full week of October, St. Lucie Public Schools celebrated Apple Crunch, where everyone was encouraged to bite into an apple at noon. This activity was part of Food Day 2013, which is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Employees and students alike enjoyed the activities, and teachers planned lessons around it to educate about the nutritional value of apples. Cafeteria managers arranged for apples to be donated to any classroom that wanted to participate. From Mikki Watson’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, are pictured, front row from left, Matthew King, Jacob Hadley, Hunter Darville, and Kenzie Kemberson. Middle row, from left, are Emily Clarke, Sara Boulais, Dakota Hawthorne, Bridline Aureline, and Abigail Solari. Back row, from left, are Shelby Kay Sigmon, Christopher Heelan, Joshua Volcin , Christopher Young, Christian Arisi, Jeano Dyer, Alejandro Azcon, and Levi Lobban.