Do you have a child entering Kindergarten next school year? The MSAP Magnet Schools are currently accepting on-line applications for the 2021-22 school year. The application window is open through March 6th. Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (C.A.S.T.) K-8 provides opportunities to develop and highlight creativity and performance through courses in Dance, Visual & Graphic Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music, Theatre and Musical Theatre. Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies is a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) K-8 Magnet School. Innovative learning gives students exposure to computer coding, gaming, robotics, agri-technology, medicine, and augmented and virtual reality
Students from left to right, Leah Aquino, Noah Farley, Reynier Ridel-Torres and Tyson Young, in Mrs. Linda Auciello’s first grade class work safely in reading centers every afternoon. The students favorite is the listening center where they get to listen to a great book and then draw and write to tell about their favorite part of the story or their favorite characters.
Media Specialist, Janet Sievers is excited to host the Mel Fisher Maritime Pop-Up Museum in the Media Center at VGESS. The topic of this year’s museum is While the World Waited-Florida and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Students in 3rd-5th grade will read and discuss the eight panels of the museum while learning new vocabulary. Accompanying PowerPoints are also provided to provide students with real news footage from the events.
5th grade students at Fairlawn Elementary honored the Highwaymen by painting iconic scenes from the Indian River. Their pictures will be displayed at the 6th Annual Highwaymen Show next month in Fort Pierce.
During the week of January 11-15th students at the Village Green Environmental Studies School participated in Kindness Week to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Various weeklong activities included an in-school field trip of the MLK Monument in Washington D.C., historic videos about the life of MLK, songs, and read-alouds about Dr. King as well as writing and drawing activities that highlighted Dr. King and his historic I Have a Dream speech. Student work from the week was selected and placed in the main hallway of VGESS.
Students in Mr. McNab’s 8th Grade Early American History class were challenged to create visual representations of Alexander Hamilton’s and Thomas Jefferson’s opposing viewpoints and ideas for the new country. Students used the course textbook as well as internet resources to illustrate and describe: The Constitution, National Bank, Structure of Government, Human Nature and Economic or French Revolution. Students were encouraged to use similes or metaphors in their drawings as they created a visual of the viewpoints that connected to the theme and title.
Mrs. Fairbrother’s class explored the differences in Prose and Plays by participating in a virtual Flip Grid Reader’s Theater lesson. We are creating 21st Century learners at Rivers Edge Elementary!
Ms. Burton’s and Ms. Barberi’s 5th grade social studies students were given a challenge to conquer over winter break! If upon their return, they could write down all 50 states and capitals without assistance, they would receive 50 Mariner Dollars. Furthermore, they could use 25 of those Mariner Dollars for a kid’s lunch at Wendy’s. Jordan Muldrow and Ever Cabrera were able to complete the mission! Congratulations, gentlemen, on a job well done!
Lakewood Park Elementary students are lucky to be able to participate in different resource classes. Students at Lakewood Park Elementary participate every week in drama class. In Ms. Gardner’s drama class, students do a variety of activities appropriate to their age level, including gameplay, acting out scenes, and improvising skits. Ms. Gardner integrates student knowledge and understanding of drama with the study of other academic subjects. Students at Lakewood Park Elementary participate every week in art class. Mrs. Pettit has designed this class to provide an opportunity for art students to explore the fundamentals of art and to work with a variety of traditional and new
Sixth graders at CAST created catapults using a variety of objects for a Stop and STEAM event on campus. They practiced the Nature of Science standards as they understood how to make adjustments to their catapult designs to reach the desired effect. “I was really impressed that many of my virtual students were able to build great catapults with items found in their home!”- Mrs. Albers
Mrs. Dana Tillberg, School Counselor at Mosaic Digital Academy, has been hosting a “Get My Job” series via zoom since the beginning of November. The series is designed to provide students with opportunities to interact with professionals to provide more in-depth knowledge about career paths and real-life experiences and ultimately to learn what it takes to “get their job.” The target audience is students in Grades 7-12. The presentations are hosted via Zoom weekly on Fridays at 10:30 AM. Mosaic students interested in attending one of the upcoming episodes should contact Mrs. Tillberg! Recordings of past episodes are available upon
Congratulations to 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Susan Chenoweth who is the recipient of the Retired Educators of St. Lucie County (CTA/CU) Innovative Grant! With the money awarded, Mrs. Chenoweth will purchase anti-blue light screens for every student laptop in her classroom. Mrs. Chenoweth is pictured centered along with her very proud administrators, Ms. Avellino and Principal Lehman.
On Friday, January 15th, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, accompanied by School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Donna Mills, Board Member Jennifer Richardson, Board Member Jack Kelly, Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and last year’s Teacher of the Year Melissa Nelson, paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for Teacher of the Year (TOY). Victoria Pease, a Math Master Teacher at St. Lucie Elementary School; Lauren Kappler, a Civics Teacher at West Gate K8; and Kristin Lee, a third-grade teacher at Morningside Elementary are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District
Phil Depuy, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Instructor at Treasure Coast High hosted a virtual Field Trip informing students about the Pre-apprenticeship and local Apprenticeship opportunities. Dawn Riccardi and Marcelo Dossantos from CareerSource-Research Coast presented to the high school Manufacturing/Engineering students. Local manufacturer Jim Brann of The Porch Factory and apprentice Bobby also presented to the students! Level up CTE!
Chef Chris Gedke, Culinary Arts Instructor at St Lucie West Centennial High and her Culinary Arts students are cooking chicken noodle soup! It’s warm, nourishing, and delicious. Chef Gedke and her students are selling cups of soup this week as a fundraiser for their program activities. Level up CTE!
During the recent Holocaust Education Week, middle school artists read and studied the book entitled, The Very Last Butterfly. The book is a collection of artwork and poetry written by the children who were imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp. Our artists created butterflies in remembrance of the 1.5 million children’s lives who were lost during the Holocaust.
Three senior cadets in the AFJROTC program at TCHS–Mateo Franqui, Dominik Heintz, and Alex Antonakos–earned their Part 107 license through the Federal Aviation Administration. By passing this rigorous exam, they can operate Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUAS) commercially and in the national airspace system, opening tremendously lucrative employment opportunities. Their certification and licensing are the result of succeeding in the classroom through two years of dual enrollment classes taught and offered by the TCHS AFJROTC program through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). The ERAU dual enrollment program continues to grow at TCHS and is open to all AFJROTC cadets who meet
Mariposa Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Ron Smith, won educational supplies for his entire class just by answering a few questions! His students received bags that included two books published by Port St. Lucie Utility Systems: Water Hugs and Who is Francis FOGberg?, plus Water Cycle Wristband and Toilet Paper Roll Rainbow Windsock Activity Kits, and lots more. Mr. Smith participated in a survey about Utility Systems’ new online video library called “Little Lessons.” This free resource was created especially for educators, teachers, and home-school groups to make teaching certain topics a bit easier. The videos cover everything from where our water comes from to how