St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team won first place at the state competition and is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 21 – May 26 in Lansing, Michigan. Morningside’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.
When asked about the school’s team, Principal Kathleen Melrose said, “The students learn more than just engineering and performance arts, they learn to cooperate and work together. They learn to accept and build on each other’s answers to solve for an open-ended solution.” She went on to explain the value of the process and its inclusion of science, technology, engineering, arts, and, mathematics (STEAM) as well as the role of the coach. “The students have a great pair of coaches. They have supported appropriately and motivated this innovative team; but the team is self-reliant. They completed the required tasks on their own. Their independence is extremely important. Adult assistance, or any outside assistance for that matter, will incur penalty points at the tournament.”
For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, check out www.odysseyofthemind.com or keep up with our journey on our Morningside Elementary Facebook page.
Team Coaches: Karen & Dave Carpenter
Sophia Arias, Brady Young, Mackenzie Carpenter, Jesus Rivera, Gabriele Melo, Jimena Garcia
Problem 5: Opposites Distract
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.
Mrs. Marsha Mimnaugh, Reading Interventionist at Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 15 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Mrs. Mimnaugh will participate in a Landmarks Workshop entitled “Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.” The one-week program will be held at SUNY Cortland’s Camp Huntington at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, NY and directed by Professors Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets. The 36 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $1,200 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Topics for the 15 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer are:
- The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta
- The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Great Sioux War (1876)
- Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience
- The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation
- America’s Industrial Revolution at The Henry Ford
- Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience
- New Orleans: Music, Culture and Civil Rights
- Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front
- Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry
- Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- African Americans in the Making of Early New England
- From Immigrant to Citizen: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest
- Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations
- Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau
- The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History
The 1,080 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach nearly 159,000 American students the following year.
Congratulations Mrs. Mimnaugh, we are so proud!
Criminal Justice teachers in St Lucie Public Schools have so much to be proud of! Students earn 911 Operator and Accredited Legal Professional Industry Certifications; participate in the St Lucie County Emergency Operations Center activities; attend a Teen Discourse session with the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Judges; and partner with Indian River State College Public Safety Programs, Keiser University Criminal Justice Programs, and the Public Defender’s Office of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
In late March, Lei’Nitia Robinson, Program Specialist for Career and Tech Ed (CTE), organized a Criminal Justice Advisory Board meeting with St Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice teachers and community partners including Keiser University’s Criminal Justice Program, the Public Defender’s Office, and Indian River State College’s Criminal Justice Institute and Law Enforcement Academy. The teachers and partners opened the lines of communication by focusing on connecting students to the community and planning activities. It was a great collaborative meeting!
The Adobe Advisory Board met April 3, 2019, focusing on St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers whose students earn the Adobe Suite Industry Certifications in Flash/Animate, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, PremierePro and Illustrator. Career and Tech Ed (CTE) Program Specialists Keron Belgraves, Lei’Nitia Robinson, and Dana Caputo spearheaded this collaborative meeting by inviting Indian River State College representatives to present, including Dean Jim Jeffers, RCCPC Coordinator Strather Dupree, Enrollment Representative Rachel Bozzo, and Recruiter Cassandra Raya. ‘Reaching students’ was the theme of the meeting. The team building was strong as SLPS teachers shared student stories and IRSC staff shared great opportunities for students. Teachers and IRSC staff discussed student articulation opportunities, planned classroom visits, and exchanged contact information.
Port St Lucie High’s Culinary Arts hosted their Jamaica-Me-Crazy Teacher Lunch in early April. The students and Chef Roland Foerster prepared and served teachers a taste of Negril, The West End! The recipes included “Irie” conch soup, ackee and saltfish (national dish of Jamaica), oxtail stew, curry goat, smoked chicken and pork basted with Jazzy’s own jerk seasoning and served with pigeon peas and rice, homemade fried plantains, and “Blue Drawers” sweet coconut and cornmeal cooked in banana leaf. All meals were served with a smile and traditional “Johnnycakes.” There were Jaguar smiles all around!