Floresta Elementary top earner for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Floresta Elementary top earner for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Floresta Elementary School took top honors this year as the school that collected the most donations for the 2013 Bowl for Kids Sake event held in September. Floresta Elementary raised $1,775.00 this year, made possible through the concerted efforts of individuals who are passionate about a cause. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the nation’s largest bowling event that raises critical funds to support the mentoring relationships of Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS). Floresta Elementary School has stood strong in its commitment to be a part of the important work BBBS continues to do for children in the area. Over the last ten years, Floresta Elementary School has raised $24,775.00 for BBBS, and continues to do whatever possible to advocate for children.  A huge thank you to Cemera Clancy for organizing the event at the school level, and to everyone who supported these efforts through participation and/or donations for this worthwhile cause. Pictured is the group from Floresta Elementary at the event. Submitted by Suzanne Diaz.

Lunabiotics brings creativity to Southern Oaks

Lunabiotics brings creativity to Southern Oaks

Representatives from Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics team recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School to meet with the students whose team took fifth place last spring among 50 international teams competing in the fourth annual NASA Lunabotics Mining competition. The team came to Southern Oaks and put on three presentations: the first session involved dissecting an edible asteroid, where students looked at all the layers and were then able to eat it; next session, students were given characteristics of  a creature and based on those characteristics they then had to draw what it looked like; and last, students were shown the robot that was used at the competitions. Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics Team built this robot from the ground up.  After the presentation students were given an opportunity to navigate the robot around the room.

St. Lucie public schools open Nov. 25-26

St. Lucie County Public Schools will be open on Monday and Tuesday November 25-26, 2013, for students and staff. District offices will be open Wednesday, November 27, and all school operations will be closed November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more calendar information, please check the district calendar posted on the district web site.

Southern Oaks Middle students learn marketing and science work together

Southern Oaks Middle students learn marketing and science work together

Pictured from left, Southern Oaks Middle School students Anthony Cannon, Mackenzie Troha, Gianna Gutierrez, Isabellah Hariharan and Eric Bejarano in Maureen Davis’s science classes are using their math, language and science skills in a lab project making toothpaste. The students create, color, flavor, and name their product, and create a jingle or slogan and prepare a short commercial to sell their product. Each member of the group was responsible for one of the tasks to be completed and they must collaboratively agree on each step. Several district representatives were on hand to observe and learn.

Vietnam veterans visit Lakewood Park Elementary

Vietnam veterans visit Lakewood Park Elementary

A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 visited Lakewood Park Elementary School recently to speak with students. The veterans also decorated a display case filled with helmets, books, dog tags, hats of the different branches of the military, old photos and model helicopters of the UH-1Huey and the AH-64D Apache Longbow. The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about parts they played in the Vietnam War. Thevets also donated a new American flag to the school. Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to the students. The students gave the vets 27 boxes filled with donated items to be sent to U.S. military troops serving overseas.  Students also made cards, poems, letters, and art work for troops to enjoy. We are thankful for the freedom that our servicemen have given to us here in America. Pictured, Principal Dianne Young presents a plaque to Joe Lusardi, Aris Atoa, Scott Bartal, Myles Gill, Dave Cameron, Mike Bradley, Mike Kiper, and Wally Wallentiny.