Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently spent the morning unraveling math and science mysteries about pumpkins! Through hands-on activities, students measured the weight, height, and volume of their pumpkin. They then created a bar graph comparing the data that they collected. Students predicted how many seeds were in their pumpkins and also used estimation strategies on a HUGE jar of candy corn. A fun day was had by all! Pictured is Victoria Cornelius with her fourth grade students.
Northport K-8 School participated in the annual commemoration of Veteran’s Day recently by inviting 18 veterans from all branches of the military, all with a variety of rank,s into classrooms. Veterans spoke openly with students about the United States military and their own role in their service to our country. Students listened intently and then asked in-depth questions and made heartfelt inquiries about each veteran’s career, including talks about patriotism and the importance of a solid, self motivated education. The Veteran Partners in Education program is a vital piece of the educational pie at Northport K-8 School. Thousands of students have been educated about thrilling aspects of American History and the military through the veteran’s programming. An annual September 11 tribute, a Korean War Interactive program and the Veteran’s Day commemoration are just a few of the school’s planned events. An Honor Flight program, a program spotlighting Normandy Beach with highlights from World War II, and a lifelong submariner’s experiences are still on the educational agenda for the year. Local veterans from across Saint Lucie County will participate in the eighth grade graduation as the Sons of the American Revolution pass out flags to each graduating eighth grader and their families. American history and instilling the love and pride of country is a strident part of the Northport K-8 educational experience. Pictured are veterans, student ambassadors and Northport principal Glenn Rustay.
It was another fun-filled, Kids at Hope day at Windmill Point Elementary as students welcomed local veterans to celebrate Veterans Day with students and staff. The special day began with a warm and enthusiastic tunnel that honored the veterans. They were truly touched by the decorated main hall and the many students waving flags and posters thanking them for their service. The special guests visited every class and spoke about the meaning of freedom and their experiences in the military. Students learned just how fortunate it is to live in a country in which freedom is valued and how the veterans have allowed us to remain free. Pictured, Windmill Point students, staff and families give special thanks to Vincent La Valle, Dennis Petrinik and Beth Bowden, for teaching us all life-long learned lessons, and a wonderful Veterans Day wish for this year!
Lawnwood Elementary School teachers Ashlay Parker and Theresa Brandifino received a grant from the St. Lucie Education Foundation for funds to create a Saturday Academy at Lawnwood Elementary. The goal of the Academy is to help targeted students improve their scores on the FCAT by providing an increase in time focusing on skills. Over a six-week, half-day Saturday program, third, fourth, and fifth graders will receive intense reading and math instruction. In addition, fifth graders will be exposed to a hands-on science curriculum. The six weeks will culminate with a celebration of their participation and success. Pictured are Parker, left, and Brandifino discussing Saturday Academy curriculum.
Third grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition chose a fictional book from the media center and described the main character’s traits in the story. Students explained how the character’s actions contributed to evidence regarding their traits, motivations or feelings. Additionally, students designed a flow map, and wrote a response to literature. Lastly, students decorated and designed their pumpkin to look like their main character. This Pumpkin People Project is a Palm Pointe favorite and a tradition for many years to come! Pictured is Kristina White proudly displaying her pumpkin decorated as a dog and holding her report.