SLWK8 Students Learn All About Electric Potential

St. Lucie West K-8 students in Dr. Wardwell’s 8th grade Science classes had a “hair-raising” experience by learning all about electrostatic energy! They used the Van de Graaff generator which is an electrostatic generator that uses a moving belt to accumulate an electric charge on a hollow metal globe on the top of an insulated column, creating very high electric potentials. It produces a high voltage direct current (DC) electricity at low current levels. SUPER JAWSOME, SHARKS!

Sharks Express Themselves During Social Emotional Learning

St. Lucie West K-8 students in Mrs. Ballenger’s 4th and 5th grade class created an “I Am…” board to help express self-awareness during their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) time. Each day they choose a word to help describe themselves, place it under their picture, and then share with their classmates and teachers. JAWSOME JOB SHARKS!

Sharks Learn About Myoglobin Through “Diving Dolphin” Experiment

Students at St. Lucie West K-8 School in Mrs. Binns, Mrs. Dahms, and Mrs. Morales’ 4th and 5th-grade classes did an experiment during Science Resource with Mrs. Ramonas entitled “Diving Dolphin” in which they learned all about myoglobin stored in our muscles. After processing the information, they made connections to their learning of whales, seals, and dolphins. The Scientific Method was used and the comparison of data was shared between groups. JAWESOME JOB, SHARKS!                        

SLWK8 “Runs” to the Finish Line

Congratulations to St. Lucie West K-8’s 2020-2021 Track Team! Overall, the girls’ team finished 3rd place and the boys’ team finished 2nd place. We are very proud of each students’ determination and excellent sportsmanship! JAWSOME JOB SHARKS!

SLWK8 Artist Spotlight

At St. Lucie West K-8 School, Mrs. Denise Eldridge’s Art classes have been focusing on Renaissance Art, Impressionism, Op Art, warm/cool movement, and the color wheel. Students have been emulating famous pictures and creating originals to learn the proper techniques. (Pictured below: 8th Grader Ava Van’s version of Renaissance “Creation of Adam.” 5th Grader Ella-Christina Artwell’s color wheel interpretation; 8th grader Kassie Lebel’s color wheel interpretation; and 5th grader Amber Williams warm/cool movement piece.)  

SLWK8 Sharks Love Learning Math!

Students in St. Lucie West K-8 School’s grade 4-6 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class had fun while learning during their Math block! By using task boxes, students were able to practice their Math skills independently. Teachers Ms. Davis and Ms. McIntosh designed the task boxes which contain all the materials required for a specific activity.  Activities in the task boxes are planned by the teachers according to each students’ goals and Individual Education Plans. JAWSOME JOB SHARKS! (Students pictured are Mason Torres, Joshua Cranston, Chase Rondeau, and Andrew Mendez, )

Character Book Parade at SLWK8 School

Kindergarten and First grade had so much fun during our annual St. Lucie West K-8 School Character Book Parade! During the week, students in both MySchool Virtual and brick and mortar read a favorite book, completed an engaging book report project, and then, on Friday, dressed-up as their favorite characters from their books! During the parade, students got to show their classmates and teachers their character book costumes. Kindergarten and First grade teachers joined the fun by dressing-up too. WAY TO GO SHARKS!

SLWK8 Students Receive Masks from Local Business

Students from St. Lucie West K-8 School proudly wore their new face masks that were donated from one of their business partners, TJ Maxx in Tradition. They also wrote Thank You notes and cards expressing their gratitude for the fun face coverings. WE LOVE OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS! GO SHARKS! e

SLWK8 Students Learn about Medieval Inspired Illuminated Letters

St. Lucie West K-8 Middle School students in Mrs. Eldridge’s Art classes learned all about Medieval Inspired Illuminated Letters. This art form uses different kinds of illuminated letters, including ornamented letters, historiated letters, and inhabited letters and were commonplace in Medieval manuscripts in Europe between the 4th and 16th centuries. Students captured the technique perfectly. BEAUTIFUL ART SHARKS!

SLWK8 First Graders Learn About Force and Motion

Last week at St. Lucie West K-8 School, First grade students in Ms. Merhi’s MySchool Virtual class and Ms. Wicburg’s brick and mortar class, enjoyed learning about force and motion and applied that knowledge by creating a real-world, simple machine project and sharing with their peers. WAY TO GO SHARKS!    

SLWK8 Students Learn All About Energy During PE

St. Lucie West K-8 School’s third, fourth and fifth grade students learned all about potential energy, transfer of energy and kinetic energy during P.E. using balls and movement. JAWSOME JOB AND SUPER ENGAGING SHARKS!

Learning via Minecraft at SLWK-8 School

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 … Read More

Mask Contest Winners at SLWK-8 School

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)  

SLWK8 MySchool Students Create Pumpkin Book Characters

  St. Lucie West K-8’s MySchool students in Mrs. Vargas’ Kindergarten class created their favorite book characters using a pumpkin and presented them to their classmates. They had to tell why their characters were their favorite and name at least three details about them. SUPER JAWESOME JOB SHARKS!

SLWK8 6th Graders Create Avatars while Learning Math

One of St. Lucie West K-8 School’s 6th grade classes, taught by Mrs. Dana Jeffries, made look-alike avatars using the very engaging online tools at and created comic strips showing mastery of their Math content. JAWSOME JOB SHARKS!  

SLWK8 First Graders Learn all about Voting

Last week, St. Lucie West K-8 School’s awesome First Grade Team finished up their three-week Voting Unit! Through cross-collaboration, students virtually and in-person were able to learn about and participate in a real-life election for “Best Virtual Teacher” between Miss Merhi and Mrs. Genus. Students participated in campaign videos, a live debate, voter registration, and much more! On their election day, October 30th, each in-person class set up ballot boxes for students to cast their votes and they received “I Voted” stickers as well. The winner will be revealed this week and we’re sure this will be a race they … Read More

SLWK8 Announces Teachers and Staff of the Year

A BIG congratulations goes out to St. Lucie West K-8 School’s  2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Mr. Robert Suggs; Outstanding First Year Teacher, Ms. Kathryn Cisneros; Distinguished Minority Educator, Mrs. Kimberli Harrington; and School Related Employee of the Year Mr. Armando “Tito” Marcano! We are so proud of each of you and excited that you will represent Shark Nation at SLPS’s annual Night of the Stars! Our Shark Nominees are representatives of  our outstanding professional and support staff. These individuals foster and ensure great learning opportunities for our students.  SLWK8 is a great place with a  JAWSOME faculty and a … Read More

SLWK8 Baby Sharks Show their Vocabulary Knowledge!

This year’s St. Lucie West K-8 School’s Vocabulary Parade was better than ever! Each student was given a word from the academic vocabulary list and created a Frayer Model in the classroom in which they were able to define and use the word in a sentence correctly. Then, each student taught their classmates all about the word! On Friday, October 30th, each student wore a creative costume that depicted each word turning our  Parent Pickup area into a “Living Dictionary.” AWESOME JOB SHARKS! (Kindergarten Teachers from L to R: Mrs. Vargas, Ms. White, Mrs. Yancy, Ms. Cisneros, Mrs. Richardson, and … Read More