The newest additions to the WCE library, Reading Pals, thanks to a generous donation from a PSL resident, Samantha Folk. On behalf of all Wildcats, our second graders thank you, Noe Rodriguez, Brianna Perrigin, Kammaria Grant, Mary Hills, and Adrian Lopez-Ardiano.
Miss Dewey’s classroom won a grant for Reflex Math Fact Fluency program. The students have been using the program now for a week and are so eager for math time. Reflex is game-based and highly motivational so students enjoy the learning process. Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Northport K-8 middle grades students from the Sharks, Dolphins, Stingrays, and Mariner teams and their teachers met in the Northport Media Center recently for an important program. Students welcomed a local man with a very powerful message and a story that students can relate to in some way about bullying and coming together as a community to stop the vicious cycle of bullying. Children listened intently to Joe Wojcik, better known to students as “Joe the Biker” tell his story of being bullied as a youth and his powerful reaction to that bullying. Students learned about the word “empathy” and
Southern Oaks Bowl for Kids Team. “Making a Difference.”
On September 26, 2015 , a good time was had by all at the Superplay USA! The teams put on their neon attire and did some cosmic bowling, all in good fun to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Team leaders and department chairs at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are participating in a “fishbowl” activity. Fourth grade teachers shared recent test results on the Summative Assessment Reporting form and modeled the process of analyzing data. They discussed root causes of proficiency and non-proficiency and worked to create a plan of action for student success.
Bank of America provided the St. Lucie Education Foundation with a $6,000 grant to be used toward programs that help at-risk students in grades 9-12 with an intervention and life skills grant. The Foundation has also applied for matching funds through the school district’s Education Foundation Matching Grant Funds Program. This means that together, Bank of America and the Foundation will provide $12,000 towards the goal of helping students develop life skills, improve test scores, raise GPAs, and improve student achievement. Pictured Below: Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Carissa Zerga, Ruben Valls of Bank of America, Thom Jones, and Board Chair
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School to compete in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of back to back events starting with Rope Bridge and a physical fitness test (PT). During the PT test the team had to complete a total of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, and 85 pull-ups. The rest of the events consisted of a ¾ mile litter carry with 80lbs of weight, move 40 20lb sandbags from one point to another, flip a 350lb tire 100 yards, and finish by running a mile to the finish line. Port Saint Lucie
Congratulations to 11 top members of the Forest Grove Middle School Select Chorus who will be participating in the Indian River State College 4 County Honors Chorus this weekend. Sontavia Lynn, Theresa Reilly, Faith Harrell, MaKayla Gierke, and Kajshae Holmes; Back Row: Seirra Sanchez, Eniyah Bowen, De’Aujanae Edwards, Reyanah Burr, Alisia Mendoza, and Kloie Morgan. They enjoyed a combined rehearsal with students in the Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus thanks to Director Dr. Rolanda Jones on Thursday, September 24. On Friday, they joined all the top chorus students in the area for an all-day rehearsal at IRSC. They rehearsed on
The 5th graders at Mariposa Elementary in Ms. Kathy Guntow’s class are investigating the proper use of scientific tools. The students rotate through stations that measure volume, mass, length, time, and temperature. They also explore how to use microscopes and hand lenses to complete their science measurement tools activity. Toni Serra, Dylan Baugh, and Crystal Headley are cooperatively working with a classroom scale.
Gaines Academy will host a Doughnuts with Dad Day this Wednesday September 30th at 8am in the SGA Auditeria. Students will have doughnuts with Dad (or any honorary dad or male role model). Then, they will create a special project with Dad for a school-wide display. Come on out, Dads!
Ms. Brenda Hoskin from Southeastern Guide Dogs visited Frances K. Sweet third graders after they read Saving Buster, Aero & Officer Mike, and Good Dogs, Guide Dogs. Ms. Hoskins, the handler, brought her guide dog, Molly, and discussed how Molly was trained and what she is responsible for. The boys and girls were quite intrigued!
Fourth grade students at Frances K. Sweet explored the Law of Conservation of Mass by demonstrating that the mass of a whole object is always the same as the sum of the masses of its parts by finding the percentage of a banana that is edible. Pictured are from the left, Aidan Herrera and Christopher Gomez.
The Fort Pierce Westwood JROTC Panther Battalion Honor Guard provides a Saber Arch for the Homecoming Court on the 25th of September during halftime activities of the Westwood vs Treasure Coast football game. C/CSM Alex Rediker Commanded the Honor Guard which included Cadets Trystan Crisp, Jordan Bamford, Shannon Bradley, Raul Velasco, Sally Dupre, Alejandro Garcia, Cristobal Gonzalez, Michelande Elliasaint and Tyrin Edinfield.
As dawn broke on the morning of Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion held their annual beach cleanup at Pepper Park on North A1A in Fort Pierce. The Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion is dedicated to helping maintain a clean environment and this event was just one in a series of Cobra Battalion events scheduled for this year that will help achieve that goal. The Cobra Battalion walked the beach for about an hour and collected 15 bags of garbage. After cleaning the beach, the cadets ran the obstacle course at the
The SGA Red & Gold Tie event was an amazing success. Gentlemen from around the county supported Sam Gaines Academy middle school students at the event. These community leaders provided practical tips to the young men on how to tie a tie and offered professional advice on being a successful person. Great relationships were formed and positive expectations were established.
Northport seventh grade students in Andrew Mackenzie’s class are diligently processing new information on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Students are learning that there are twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution and are participating in deep discussions about each Amendment to select which two Amendments they think that they can live without. Students conducted research and identified evidence-based reasons to support their point of view on this topic. They are really looking at the Constitution and familiarizing themselves with important American issues. Mr. Mackenzie planned his lesson collaboratively with all seventh grade Civics instructors at Northport. New
Gaines Academy is honored to announce our new Assistant Principal, Alex Oge. Mr. Oge is an exceptional Assistant Principal with eight years of experience at Port Saint Lucie High School. He has served in the capacities of Dean and Science Teacher at Treasure Coast High School and in New York. He is married and has two school-aged children. His wife, Guermithe Oge, is also an educator at Weatherbee Elementary. Staff hosted a breakfast and extended a warm welcome to Mr. Oge as he joined our Colt Family our September 21st.
The September COLT of the month was held on the afternoon of September 17th in the Gaines Academy audeteria. The program started with a welcome message from Principal Wilke. Then, the SGA guidance staff led both parents and students in a fun activity that explained the month’s character trait. After the activity, the giving of the certificates ceremony began. Audience members were thrilled to hear why their child had been chosen by their teacher to represent their class in the power-up trait of RESPONSIBILITY!
Over 600 parents and students attended Ft. Pierce Central’s College Night for Juniors and Seniors. Hosted by Central’s Guidance Dept. and Administration, families learned important information regarding the college application process, college admission data, and financial/scholarship opportunities. Websites that can assist in selecting and applying for colleges and scholarships were demonstrated. Students were also given a time line of what needs to be completed each month to stay on track and meet deadlines. Guidance Counselors and teachers will continue to work with Seniors on college and career choices throughout the school year. Many parents expressed their gratitude for the information,