Manatee Academy held our 2nd annual Geography Bee last month. After a sudden death tie-breaker, Gabriel Mustaciuolo was crowned Manatee Academy’s Geography bee winner for 2015 narrowly edging out runner-up Steven Forgoress! All participants did an outstanding job. Gabriel will now take the state qualifying exam next month. Many thanks to Dawn Montoya and Amy Mason for keeping this Geo Bee coordinator’s nerves in check and for serving as timekeeper and scorers. More thanks to Mrs. Beauchamp and Mrs. Chase for cheering on our competitors.
Update: Gabriel did take the exam and has qualified for the state test in Jacksonville at the end of this month! Go get ’em Gabe!
State Rep. Larry Lee Jr. shared stories of his educational challenges and successes with our 6th – 8th grade reading classes. The motivational speech pointed out the positive impact reading made in his life. He encouraged the students to increase their reading scores and reading time.
This challenge is to get our students to work harder as well as to feel more confident and enthusiastic about reading.
St. Lucie County Schools celebrated ten years of growth, progress and acceptance with Autism Speaks on Monday afternoon when over 50 students with autism were treated to a fun filled day watching the New York Mets face the Miami Marlins. West Gate K8’s and Northport K8’s Autism Spectrum Disorder units traveled to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie for lunch and an afternoon game with a major league team. “Despite the crowds and noise all the students had a wonderful time,” said Robert Cranmer, Principal of West Gate K8. “One student even caught a ball!”
Mr. Cranmer’s staff at West Gate K8 is very active in the autism community. They cosponsor the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the Treasure Coast and now they initiated a county-wide field trip for all ASD students. “This was our first year planning this type of event. We hope all schools in St. Lucie County that have ASD units will see what a success this year’s game was and join us next year!” said Val Whyte, Behavior Tech and co-chair of the walk.
VPK celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by reading The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish . We had Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast thanks to our Cafeteria Staff. Each student turned themselves into a “THING” by making a hat and picking out their THING Number. In math we practiced counting by rolling a dice and placing the correct number of “Goldfish Crackers” into the fishbowl. Students practiced pattering by placing the sliced strawberries and bananas in a row to make a Dr. Seuss hat pattern on a stick before enjoying a yummy snack. WE had a FUN SEUESSICAL day LEARNING!!
White City Elementary School in St. Lucie County, has a great after school workout for students, says Katrina Gonzalez, Wellness Champion. Students meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30. They have over 53 students signed up so far. The hour starts out with a warm up that might include pushups, toe touches, jumping jacks, stretching and running laps. After a short water break, students then get to choose a sport, for example, soccer or basketball. At the end of the hour, students enjoy another break which includes water and healthy snacks. Students can either bring their own snack, or the school provides fruits and vegetables. The program is gaining momentum and the kids love it!! Kudos to White City for leading the way in student wellness!!