Third grade students at Morningside Elementary participated in researching the life and art of abstract artists such as Pablo Picasso during their enrichment MTSS. They were able to identify how the illustrations and art enhanced the mood of the stories they were reading. Then, they replicated one of Picasso’s famous works called “The Three Musicians”. Students created collages by layering geometric shapes, construction paper cutouts, paint and other materials to create these eye catching masterpieces.
Kindergartners and first graders in Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Benton’s class at CAST constructed safe and warm shelters for an arctic animal of their choice during a Stop & STEAM event. Students also enjoyed adding to their animal’s home by painting the setting of where their animals live to complete their landscape. This project culminated all of their learning about the seasons and weather.
On Wednesday, January 13th, 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, Leslie Kristof from Keiser University and the Education Foundation, and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry, paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for the Distinguished Minority Educator Award (DMEA). Mildred Brown, a Criminal Justice Teacher at Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy; Sophia Scott, a third-grade teacher at Allapattah Flats K8 School; and Erika Baculima, a Speech Language Pathologist at Mariposa Elementary School are the finalists who have the distinction
Congratulations to Jason Hatfield on receiving the Linda Mann Five Year Superior award from the Florida Bandmasters State Association. This is his second consecutive time receiving the award. His bands have maintained the top rating from the state for 10 straight years. This is an extremely difficult accomplishment. Congratulations to Mr. Hatfield, Principal Kathleen Perez and the Palm Pointe Band Program.
Although the Martin Luther King Jr. parade was canceled this year due to COVID, media arts students at CAST highlighted clips from the parade that occurred last year. The morning news anchors created a special message about the power of togetherness in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mrs. Jaramillo’s Kindergarten class at Rivers Edge Elementary is experiencing ways to use technology in the classroom. They reviewed addition and subtraction in a fun and interactive way using Nearpod. They can’t wait to use Nearpod in different subject areas.
Congratulations to Sienna Lawrence, sixth grader and Mr. Cruz, Visual Arts teacher at Creative Arts Academy! Sienna placed as a runner-up in the “Art in the Capitol” contest. This annual contest for middle school students is designed to bring attention to the arts in education. Sienna’s artwork will be placed in State Representative Dana Trabulsy’s office in Tallahassee. Mr. Cruz encouraged Sienna to use this contest as an avenue to create a piece centered on social consciousness.
Ms. Cruz’s seventh graders worked on a web quest to discover more about different types of rocks, characteristics of rocks, and the process of weathering. Students also conducted their own research to investigate the rock cycle. Students additionally explored a virtual rock lab! Rock on!
St. Lucie Public Schools Graduation Rates Continue to Improve ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) earned a graduation rate of 93.2% while the six traditional high schools boasted a rate of 98% for the 2019-2020 school year. These rates exceed the state average of 90%. This is the 4th consecutive year that the graduation rate for SLPS is above 90%. SLPS improved its state ranking to 10th in the state out of 67 districts. Furthermore, St. Lucie Public Schools continues to close the achievement gap as demonstrated by improvement in the graduation rate of Black, Hispanic,
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Today, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Board Member Jennifer Richardson, Board Member Jack Kelly, Thom Jones from the Education Foundation, and Dr. Kevin Perry, Assistant to the Superintendent, paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for Outstanding First Year Teacher (OFYT). Tyler Evans, a Music Teacher at Mariposa Elementary School; Jewel Edwards, a U.S. History Teacher at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie; and Alyssa Fairbrother, an English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary School are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the
Congratulations to these students who were recognized for displaying empathy for their classmates, friends, and teachers. Way to Go Leopards!
Attention HS Juniors and Seniors! Please review this information from Bank of America. Since 2004, Student Leaders has been part of our ongoing commitment to youth employment and economic mobility. Preparing a diverse pipeline of community-minded young students with the leadership training they need to be successful in the workforce is vital to our approach to driving responsible growth and helps to build thriving communities. Through our Student Leaders program, we connect more than 300 community-minded high school juniors and seniors from nearly 100 communities to employment, skills development, and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such
School Meals are an important part of the school day. Not only do school meals provide nourishment and socializing for students, studies show that students who participate in the school meals program are more focused on their studies, absent from school less often, and succeed academically. Child Nutrition Services is proud to be part of our students’ educational success by providing nourishing meals. We offer many scratch-made items on our menu. Some favorites are pasta with meat sauce made with fresh Florida ground beef from Miami Beef or oven-roasted chicken baked fresh in our kitchens. Every day we offer fresh
In recognition of National History Day, students in Mr. Sherrer’s 6th Grade World History class, created projects from researching a topic that was historically important, related to the theme, and one the student had a genuine interest in. This year’s theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. The theme challenged students to consider how individuals exchange information and interact with one another. Students had to explore how the methods and modes of communication have changed over time, and how they have shaped present-day communication mediums. The students took pride in their projects as they were put on display
Lakewood Park Elementary students conferenced with teachers to set goals for the Winter i-Ready Diagnostic. Students worked hard this week to be able to show learning gains in reading and math.
St. Lucie West K-8’s Middle School Math teacher, Mr. Eric Moran, created an activity using Minecraft Education Edition which allowed his 8th-grade Algebra students to practice solving systems of equations. The activity was set up as a scavenger hunt of sorts. In solving the first problem, the solution is a location in their Minecraft world. The students then travel to that location and dig down. Doing so reveals a small room that has the next problem, whose solution is the next location, and so on. The locations were spread out over a fair distance. To submit their work, each student
St. Lucie West K-8 held a school-wide contest to engage students in the importance of staying safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic by wearing masks at all times, social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020-2021 Mask Winners! K-2 Winner: Samuel Fernandez (Mrs. Vargas’ class) 3-5 Winner : Jackson Labounty (Mrs. Brightwell’s class) 6-8 Winner: Sarah Drucker (Mrs. Laurino’s Homeroom)
Students in Ms. Quintero’s second-grade class are using manipulatives to learn about shapes. Students are learning about the names of each shape based on the number of sides. The use of manipulatives helps students hone their mathematical thinking skills and helps students connect ideas and integrate their knowledge so that they gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
Under the direction of Bandmaster Mr. Jim LeBon, students in the Southport Middle School band put on an outstanding performance at their annual Winter Band Concert. In case you missed it, the live performance was featured on Southport’s Facebook page, making it available for the families who could not attend. Those who could be there in person enjoyed the Band from social distanced seating in the outdoor arena. The band featured music for the holidays to celebrate this exciting time of the year.
Mrs. Miller’s 4th grade class is learning about Force and Motion. On Friday, students completed “The Moving Ball” science lab to explore if the height of a ramp will affect the speed of a moving ball.