Jacqueline Harris, a First grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School won 1st Place in the Out-of-the-Box category in the 35th Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics. Mrs. Harris’ project focused on incorporating Social Studies across the curriculum where her First grade students created a mini café and gift shop called the Primary Kidz Café with a classroom mini factory with assembly lines and was given the opportunity to work with two Ninth grade volunteers which they rarely have the chance to do. The First graders learned about goods and services, buying and selling goods, the
Aliza Ahmed, Erika Austria, Kendrick Carpenter, Nichapa Dancharnjitt, Noah Hamilton, Angela Witz-Schaffer and Charley Willoughby represented our school, county, region, and state at the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition in Ames, Iowa, May 27-31, 2014. They ranked 2nd in the world overall with a perfect score in the spontaneous competition! What a life changing opportunity and experience to meet and greet students who came from all over the world.
Students at Gaines Academy generously donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Pasta campaign. We surpassed our school goal of $2,000 with a grand total of $2,700 being donated to help local blood cancer patients with their treatments and hopefully find a cure. Ms. Lenaiah Wood’s second grade class collected the most donations and were treated to a delicious luncheon by Olive Garden. Pictured enjoying their pasta are David Hernandez (L) and Pierre Jerome (R).
Students at Floresta Elementary were truly awestruck by the captivating and mesmerizing tricks performed by the Magician Jamie Porter as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention & Support. Students were charged 15 Dolphin Dollars to participate in the magic show which was held in the school’s cafeteria, on Friday, May 17. The magician performed amazing card tricks and tricks with bags and ribbons that boggled students’ minds. Some students described the event as entertaining and exciting, while others said that the magician was very funny. All in all, the magic show was a refreshing and delightful experience for the students at Floresta Elementary School. Written by Norda Clarke and Suzanne
Second grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition in Lorri Rudzinski’s class had a special visitor. The Writing Wizard, aka James Dean from Thinking Maps, stopped by to provide writing instruction. There were rich discussions on Making Our Writing more precise using a Bridge Map. Pictured from left is: Naje’ Carter-Evans, The Writing Wizard, and Cooper Kuba.
Northport K-8 School celebrated students, parents and teachers with a wonderful Fifth Grade Moving Up ceremony recently in the school gymnasium. The gym was packed with cheering parents, grandparents and friends as the students listened to principal, Glenn Rustay give words of advice for becoming successful students in the middle grades. Children’s Services Council Communications Director, Ashley Mock was the keynote speaker with more pearls of wisdom on success and becoming a great student. Ms. Mock is a graduate of University of South Florida. Northport was so pleased to host Ms. Mock. The school has a strong partnership with the
At the May 13th School Board Meeting, Trane presented the St. Lucie County School Board with the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” in recognition of the District’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability. The District has been aggressive in reducing energy costs; electric utility cost has been reduced by almost 40% in 4 years. Previously ranked 60th out of the 67 Florida school districts for electrical expenses per student, the District has reduced its ranking to 18th in the 2012-2013 school year. The District reduced annual utility costs from over $12 million to less than $7 million. Pictured from
It’s that time of year again! Field day at Floresta Elementary kicked off on Monday, May 12, 2014. Students from all grades participated in a half-day of friendly, yet challenging competitions. The fourth grade students participated in eight events consisting of baton-relay racing, scooter relays, basketball-dribbling relays, paired beach ball relay, sponge relay, tug-of-war, and 50-yard dash. The competition was friendly and hard fought with Mrs. Diaz edging out Mrs. Clarke, Ms. Pagliughi, and Mrs. Burkett. Many parents were in attendance to support their child’s class and to celebrate good sportsmanship. Our very thoughtful and supportive Floresta Elementary PTO provided a
PRESS RELEASE: Administrative Assignments for FY2015 Superintendent Genelle Zoratti Yost is pleased to announce administrative changes occurring with St. Lucie Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year. Mrs. Felicia Nixon is being promoted to the position of principal at Dan McCarty Middle School. Mrs. Nixon is currently the principal at C.A.Moore Elementary School (2011-Present) where she has facilitated an improvement in student performance. Most notably, she is celebrated for her expertise in literacy. Dr. David Washington, current principal at Dan McCarty Middle School, is assigned to the position of Director of Recruitment/Retention. Beginning his career in 1983, Dr. Washington has
Northport K-8 School graduated their twenty-eighth group of eighth grade students in the gymnasium recently. Over two hundred students completed the school requirements and were able to march to Pomp and Circumstance to receive their diplomas. The gym was decorated in the school colors with banners flying! As the families arrived in the courtyard, Bagpiper Michael Hyde, a Merchant Marine, welcomed the community to gather together. A full Honor Guard of veterans from across St. Lucie County, including Jack Ivy Detachment 666, United Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution, Vietnam Chapters and many other Northport Veteran Partners were on hand
On May 8, as part of Floresta Elementary’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program, Riverside Community Theatre presented to all grade 2-5 students, the performance entitled “The Wolf and It’s Shadows.” Based on Aesop’s fable “The Dog and the Wolf,” the play weaves together stories about wolves, dogs, and humans, and includes tales from Russian, Tlingit, English, Inuit and German folklore. The message, according to some students was, “Don’t be influenced by the opinions of others.” For other students, the message was, “Freedom is worth more than being served as royalty.” Alexandria Howlett stated that she liked the play and thought
We are proud to announce that the Lincoln Park Academy Odyssey of the Mind Team’s performance at the 2014 World Finals ranked 8th in the world! The students are to be commended for their hard work and exceptional creativity. Congratulations to the team: S. Razuman, H. Razuman, R. Howard, B. Cainas, S. Strong, B. Rouse, W. Clarizio and their coach, Judith Hueter.
Parents, Students, Staff, and Artists gathered for the Southport Middle School Spring Art Show at the Vista Grille on Tuesday May 27th. The show featured the current semester’s Adobe Photoshop digital art work including St. Lucie County Fair photography, personal Color “Interest” Boards, and unique Typography. Sixth grader Christian Oravec and his family are pictured.