Kinde3rgartners at St. Lucie Elementary School recently wrote thank you notes and made paper doll soldiers for members of unit 1-44 AMD in Fort Hood, Texas. Kindergarten teacher Suzanne Burke hand-delivered the notes personally to her daughter’s unit over Veteran’s Day weekend.
A local Burger King restaurant recently helped White City Elementary fourth grade students celebrate their hard work in preparation of FCAT Writes. The store manager has donated this treat to White City Elementary for three years and the students of Karen Maxwell, Brenda Newman, Heather Ricksecker, and Adam Seal show their appreciation!
Marine Private First Class Austin Boatright, the brother of a student in Lois Peith’s second grade class, visited White City Elementary recently. Private Boatright just graduated from Parris Island and spoke to the students about the importance of being respectful and responsible. In order to graduate, Private Boatright was required to do many things including shine his belt buckle and boots, iron his clothes, and make the bed. Students were inspired by the commitment and dedication of this leader and role model. Pictured is Private Boatright surrounded by White City students.
Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at White City Elementary completed a real-world engineering project based on the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Students were “NASA engineers” for the day and competed against other engineering teams to design and build a lunar habitat model using only straws, masking tape, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap. Each model needed to be airtight, have an airlock, and a renewable energy source. Pictured, from left, are Brecia Trejo, Torris Henderson, and Dazia Fernandez.
First graders in Kathleen Saunders’ class at White City Elementary celebrated success by being inducted into the Captains’ Club. These hard working students have already mastered the first grade words required for the year. Each student received a captain’s hat and is already working on a new goal. Pictured, from left, are Denise Negrete-Gasca, Luz Gahn Torres, Ethan Stabile, Addly Osne, Kiara Melgar and Diamond Torres.
Kristin Helser, a local attorney practicing civil law, recently visited White City Elementary with her mother. The two guests addressed fifth grade students about the laws governing our state. Their commitment to helping the students of St. Lucie County is certainly valuable to our community and we are glad to have them as part of our White City family. Pictured, from left, Kristin Helser, Johnnie Mathis, Ms. Helser’s mother and Spelando Sauveur.
Students who follow the ROAR Expectations at White City Elementary in Maria Cranmer’s and Amanda Dewey’s fifth grade class were invited to a tea to celebrate great behavior. Everyone was dressed to impress and enjoyed tea and pastries in an afternoon of elegance. Pictured is Alexis Rinaldo enjoying a cup of tea.
Students in Edward Strivelli’s first grade classroom at White City Elementary have been writing class poems throughout the year as part of their word families study. In each ‘silly’ poem, the students used words containing a target sound. At the end of the week, the children read to an audience filled with students from Lois Peith’s second grade class. After their poems were presented, the students joined together and read more class poems from the first graders’ class poem journal.
White City Elementary kindergarteners created a “Tunnel of Stars” as they handed out Starbursts to cheer on the third graders as they entered the FCAT Pep Rally.
White City Elementary School’s JBN Society (“Just Be Nice”) spread some happiness a little further down the street recently. JBN’s seven members and two chaperones took a walking field trip from White City’s campus about a half-mile down Oleander Avenue to Divine Senior Care, an assisted living facility that is set up like a cozy home for its nine residents. The students spent about an hour with their new friends, learning about their families, hometowns, and memories from elementary school years ago. Beatriz Ortega, a fifth grader at White City Elementary and one of the founding members of the JBN Society, chatted
White City Elementary students enjoyed a recent schoolwide PBS activity. Students earn ROARing Riches whenever they demonstrate our schoolwide expectations: Respectful to Others, Always safe, and Responsible. For a cost of 10 ROARing Riches per cookie, students were able to choose from a variety of toppings to decorate their cookies including icing, M&Ms, cinnamon red hots, and hearts. What a “sweet” way to celebrate excellent behavior!
Students at White City Elementary enjoyed a visit from Commack, a very special Golden Retriever. Commack is a therapy dog certified by Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. He has been specially trained to support students as they read and spend time with him. Students are looking forward to future visits from Commack!
White City Elementary kindergartners had a special visitor from the community share about her cultural heritage. Mrs. Yatabe grew up in Japan near Tokyo. The students learned about Japanese customs and traditions and compared and contrasted them with American customs and traditions. The students also learned about origami and made their own samurai helmet! They tried the origami samurai hat on a stuffed Pokemon beanie baby. She concluded the lesson by writing the word “dream” using Japanese symbols and helped each student to write their own name in Japanese.
Visitors from the Lynmoore Assisted Living Facility enjoy a special holiday presentation of the “OK Corral” performed by White City Elementary fourth and fifth graders.