D.I.Y. – Digital Inspiration by YOU! Hundreds of St. Lucie Public Schools Educators attended the virtual D.I.Y. tech conference on Saturday, April 17th, hosted by the Office of Teaching and Learning through Microsoft Teams. The day started off with keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Dunning, who transformed an older high school into Pasco county’s first technical high school and assists schools nationwide with one-to-one laptop initiatives as a DELL consultant. Attendees enjoyed sessions presented on various ed-tech applications by St. Lucie Public Schools educators. Over 16 breakout sessions provided instruction on applications such as Power Automate, Nearpod, Canvas, One Note, Flipgrid,
Did you know? Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries. All SLPS buses are equipped with 3 point lap-shoulder seat belts, and Florida law requires that students who are riding on a bus equipped with seat belts must wear the belts. Students can earn “Bus Bucks” as a reward for wearing their seat belts! Buckle Up! They Belong Together!
(Seniors Andrea Moreno & Tara Monfort) EXTRACTING STRAWBERRY DNA Ms. Jackson’s scientists are unraveling the mysteries of DNA with fruit! For all the emerging scientists, Ms. Jackson shares some background knowledge. Each individual cell in an organism has a copy of the DNA pattern used to reproduce cells. Usually, DNA is combined within the cell, so it cannot be seen or observed. However, when a mixture of dish soap, salt, and strawberry pulp are combined, the strawberry cells are broken down into individual parts. Then, alcohol is added to the pulp, encouraging the DNA strands to rise to the top
Students in Mrs. Roti’s third grade classroom practice reading and interpreting line plots by making a life-size version with their classmates. They were able to solve one and two step problems and draw conclusions from the family data recorded in their interactive notebooks.
The St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Navy JROTC presented colors and was honored to start the Pledge of Allegiance during this year’s Annual Memorial Celebration honoring the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was sponsored by the Caribbean American Cultural Group, Inc., and hosted at the Sunlight Community Church in Port Saint Lucie on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. The Guest Speaker was Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, Founder and Senior Pastor of Bethel AME Church located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Color Guard team consisted of Left Rifleman Cadet Lieutenant Bryson Laurent, Ensign Flagman Cadet
The Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club partnered with United Way of St. Lucie County to offer a clever alternative to their annual Day of Reading event at Mariposa Elementary. Instead of their usual in-person event, Harbour Ridge sponsored a book fair for the students. Club members contributed to the event by donating new and used books intended for K-5 students. At the conclusion of the event, over 400 books were collected by Harbour Ridge residents and employees to be sent to Mariposa’s media center and classroom libraries! Jordan Lattibeaudiere, Aiden Anderson, Kaiden Nguyen, and Mya Williams are excited to
Northstars students in Mr. Fess’ eighth grade STEM class continue to work on their robotics and problem-solving skills. This week, students designed, coded and built their own solutions to the problem of getting a small white ball into a bin several feet away. The students’ solutions varied from a claw moving the ball to a version of putt-putt golf. Their varied solutions are a testament to the creativity and engineering skills these students are developing.
Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School explored plant and animal needs, habitats and how living things use their habitat to survive. Students engaged in content rich informational text and conducted research with their families. Students expressed their understanding of the different animal habitats through a 3-D diorama display which showcased different animals, plants and the environment of that specific habitat.
Middle School Visual Arts students created a marbled painting. They experimented with different water to paint ratios that had different viscos and fluid consistencies. To do so, they poured their paint mixtures onto their canvas and manipulated it back and forth to create amazing looking patterns.
Habit 1: Be Proactive! This is a part of the Leader in Me program, a pillar at CAST. We celebrated Spring Break right around the corner by discussing how our families can be in charge of their brain and heart!
The Veterinary Assisting students and instructor Ms. Brittany Shoun at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the WEST Prep Magnet, scrub in to assist Dr. Wynne during surgeries! In the photos, the dog on the operating table is being spayed at WEST Prep! Level up CTE!
The Osprey Family at Oak Hammock K-8 celebrate their A-Team for Administrative Professionals Day 2021. The A-Team was showered with flowers, chocolate and words of appreciation. They were reminded, day in and day out, they make Oak Hammock K- 8 a better place to be and work. No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of others. Each of them deserved more thanks than the tokens of appreciate could ever show. The Osprey Family would like thank them for their commitment and dedication.
The St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Navy JROTC assisted parents and soon-to-be kindergartners by escorting them to SLW Centennial High School’s auditorium. The event was held on Thursday, April 22nd from 11:00AM until 7:00PM. SLW Centennial High School was one of three venues in the Saint Lucie School District where the Kindergarten Round-up events occurred. Future kindergartners received backpacks and other school supplies to assist in their transition to students in the upcoming school year. Good luck to them all!
Treasure Coast High’s JROTC US Airforce and Criminal Justice programs hosted the Port St Lucie Police Department’s drone team! Port St. Lucie Police Officers discussed drone usage in Port St Lucie and demonstrated drone skills for students, Mr. Diego Rios, Mr. Roger Allcroft, Chief Jeffrey Barnes, and Colonel James Golden.
Oak Hammock K-8 Traditional and MySchool second grade classes had lots of fun exploring the different biomes. The students were assigned a project that was a collaboration between their classroom teacher, resource teachers and their family to focus on a specific community of vegetation and wildlife. Students had to choose an animal and research about the animal including its habitat. In media class, Ms. Lecce focused on the importance of reliable resources when researching on online. In STEAM, Ms. Flynn guided the students to discover and learn about different habitats and how to create an art piece. The students created
Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies kindergarten students culminated their unit of study on Needs and Wants with a STEM challenge. Students listened to the book, Everything You Need to Build a Treehouse; and then drew a blueprint of a treehouse. They brainstormed the materials they would need. Then, they gathered their materials and built their treehouses. Students were told that their treehouses had to be elevated and have a way for the people to get up and down. https://youtu.be/HHO54Haee3g
NPK8 is celebrating the award winning writer, Madison Tredor! 🏆✍️ In case you haven’t heard, this author was just announced as the 1st place winner of the Florida Retired Educators Association 5th grade essay contest for the state! (“State of FLORIDA!”, as Maddy would add.) She will be recognized at the FREA state conference next month and wins a cash prize! Also notable, this is her teacher, Mrs. Tredor’s 6th consecutive win for St. Lucie FREA and District 9 FREA, and second state win! #NPK8risingstars Northport Is so proud!
The students in Mrs. Mitchell’s class understand subtraction as “taking apart” and “taking from” and were able to solve subtraction problems within 10. Students used bowling pins to represent numbers from the subtraction equation and solve fluently.
Samuel Gaines of Emerging Technologies 2nd graders have created their Wildly Important Goals (WIG) wall. The students are super excited to track and monitor their progress and growth towards their wildly important goals in the number of sight words read, reading fluency and iReady reading and math diagnostic scores.