Ms. Mellion’s 2nd graders used rulers they created to measure all around their classroom. Students worked in groups to create a list of classroom objects along with height (inches) in their Math Interactive Notebooks. They are currently working on measuring the length of objects by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tape.
At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Michelle Smith’s 2nd grade class teamed up with Mrs. Theresa Delancy’s 3rd grade class for writing! Every 2nd grader has a 3rd grade pen pal who acts as a writing mentor. After reading the story The Plump and Perky Turkey, students were asked to imagine that they were a turkey! Together with their pen pals, students had to come up with reasons as to why the turkey should not be eaten on Thanksgiving! Tahlia Sugrim and Abigail Santiago are showing their hard work. The students had a blast! Afterwards, they celebrated by creating their own Thanksgiving turkey cookie!
Marine biologists, Mr. and Mrs. Mott from the Inwater Research Group, presented a stimulating enrichment program to the 6th-8th grade Northstar students about sea turtles. They showed specimens of turtle anatomy and related body structures to their function for survival in the ecosystem. Students considered characteristics of organisms as they identified the shared characteristics used for taxonomic classification of organisms. Students were encouraged to think about the impact humans have on the environment and share their ideas. Conservation and protection practices for threatened and endangered species were elicited from the students since we all share the responsibility of good stewardship of Planet Earth!
Students enjoyed the opportunity to use their scientific knowledge in an authentic manner as they considered evolution, anatomy, physiology, environmental science, ecology, chemistry, meteorology, and more recognizing the interconnections among all fields of science.
Way to go Laura Woodworth for offering your students a primary source and an awesome learning experience!
We are so proud of our Northport K-8 School First Year Teacher of the Year! First, we are so glad that she chose teaching as her profession. It takes a very special person to be a classroom teacher. It takes grit, integrity, honesty, compassion, respect, knowledge, trustworthiness and an abilty to make a real connection with the kids.
Second, we are thrilled that she chose Northport! Our ESE kids are winners and they deserve an awesome teacher. Megan and her family moved here from the state of Washington. Big Change! Please congratulate Megan Hill and be as supportive as you can for her. She deserves all the accolades that we can offer! Way to go Megan! Become that teacher that we know is waiting to burst forth! Keep on truckin!
In a surprise announcement, Aneesa Dial of Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA), learned that she is one of 14 finalists for the Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program offered through the Take Stock in Children program at Indian River State College (IRSC). This is a prestigious statewide fellowship which is designed to provide highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success with the financial resources, services, and support needed to ensure student success throughout college. Six students will become “fellows” as winners of the L4L Fellowship. Fellows will be announced in January 2016.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and other members of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) joined Take Stock in Children program administrators along with other IRSC dignitaries including Dr. Edwin R. Massey for the announcement celebration at the Fort Pierce Westwood MOA campus. As a finalist for the L4L Fellowship, Aneesa received a certificate for a laptop and a certificate honoring her as a finalist. The high school senior is currently ranked 16 out of 311 students in her graduating class. She excels in her MOA and Dual Enrollment classes and participates in numerous school-based activities including National Honor Society, Environmental Club, and Aquarium Club among others. In the community, Aneesa is also active in supporting children’s ministries and Students Working Against Tobacco. She plans to continue her studies at the university level in marine biology.
Superintendent Gent stated that he is confident in her ability to continue to shine as a leader among her peers. “Aneesa represents the quality of students we have in St. Lucie Public Schools who will continue their learning and leadership to positively impact our community. I look forward to hearing about her many successes-to-come over the years,” he added.
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Left to Right: John Lynch, Dr. Edwin R. Massey, James Sloan, Deborah Hawley, Aneesa Dial, Dominick Clayton, E. Wayne Gent, Joseph Lezeau, Leslie Taylor