West Gate K8 Enhances Literacy for All

West Gate K-8’s Literacy team partnered with PBIS to purchase a book vending machine for our Mustangs! Students will exchange PBIS bucks for a literacy coin to purchase a book! Literacy is love. “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child” – Mary Ellen Chase. #literacy#loveliteracy#literacymatters#puttingbooksinkidshands

WGK8 8th Graders Travel to Washington, D.C.

West Gate K8 8th grade students enjoyed an educational experience as they toured Washington D.C. just prior to break. Some were even selected to participate in the “Change of Wreath” ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

West Gate’s Art Teacher Raises $10,000 for Charity

West Gate’s very own Stephanie Ramirez, middle school art teacher, created a beautiful art piece for the SLC Lil Feet Auction which provides shoes to children in need. Stephanie’s art piece, which symbolizes the fire department’s “Surfers for Autism” foundation raised $10,000.

West Gate and Savanna Ridge Collaborate on Pen Pal Writing

Second grade teachers Sabrina Faniel from West Gate and Sharline William from Savanna Ridge, collaborated on a multi-month project where their students wrote to one another during literacy centers. Students were paired with a pen pal with whom they would exchange letters. They learned to make new friends while improving their writing skills along the way. They were able to finally meet their pen pals just before spring break. The two classes took a field trip to a local park where they met, exchanged additional letters in person, and played together. The pen pal writing project will continue to grow, … Read More

West Gate Distributes Student Items

West Gate K-8 teachers organized and distributed student items left at school before the closing. Following CDC and district guidelines, teachers practiced social distancing, wore protective masks, and shared some emotional good-byes as parents and students gathered their belongings.  

West Gate Delivers Pizza Kits and Masks

West Gate K8 had a blast seeing so many of their teachers and staff! Administration and PTO joined forces to treat their families with ? pizza kits for dinner and a special mask handmade by PTO President Niki Patterson. West Gate appreciates all teachers and staff for all you do each and every day! #BigApplePizza #PizzaKitsAndMasks #HappyTeacherAppreciation #ThankYou  

West Gate K-8 Sends Flat Teachers

In true “Flat Stanley” style, several kindergarten and first grade teachers sent their students ‘Flat Teachers’. This creative gesture was an effort to reach their kids and not only remind them they are thinking of them daily, but also to inspire their students to share their quarantined adventures with their ‘flat teacher’. Students can share their adventures through Canvas, Remind, FlipGrid, and Teams. Mrs. Buehrig, Mrs. Downing, Mrs. Godoy, Mrs. Smith, Ms. Miller, Ms. Harris, and Ms. Jines are all looking forward to the many adventures and stories to come.

West Gate K-8: Ms. Faniel’s Class Parade

Second grade teacher, Ms. Faniel, coordinated a class parade so she could have a brief face-to-face interaction with her students. Parents of her class lined up at the school and were escorted by PSLPD for a quick drive-through parade by Ms. Faniel’s home. Students and parents remained in their cars to maintain a safe distance while still getting to see their teacher! Of course, Ms. Faniel made sure to make their drive worth it as she decorated her yard with a large sign and handed out gifts for each of her students. Ms. Faniel wishes all her students a “Frogtastic” … Read More

Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond Winner!

In the Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond contest, Nikayia wrote an essay about Mrs. DeVries and how she deserves to win this award. Nikayia’s essay was chosen and Mrs. DeVries was the St. Lucie County Applebee’s Above and Beyond winner! She will receive $500 to spend in her classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations, Mrs. DeVries! Thank you for all you do!

Manatee Academy Students Shine at History Fair

Naiah James and Cade Saenz, 8th grade, placed 2nd and 1st, respectively, at the St. Lucie Schools District History Fair on February 21, 2015 for Individual Websites.  Since neither student had any prior experience creating a website, this was an outstanding accomplishment​! The History Fair Theme this year was Leadership and Legacy.  The students could pick any person in history who, positively or negatively, reflected each of those qualities.  Cade’s website was about John Dillinger, the notorious bank robber, who lead a gang to steal almost $300,00.00 (That’s $5.5 million in today’s money!).  Naiah’s website was about Nelson Mandela, the amazing South … Read More

Manatee Academy Million Father March

Manatee Academy supported the Million Father March with a morning of “Donuts for Dads”. Over 120 fathers and other special guests arrived to enjoy a special morning with our students. Many of our guests also had the opportunity to peruse the BookFair and walk their children to class. We are quite thankful for the amazing support of our families and community!

Manatee Academy Third Graders Skirmish Over Stories – S.O.S.

Excited third graders at Manatee Academy show off their books at the first Skirmishes Over Stories (S.O.S.) for the 2013-14 school year.  Students read from a list of ten books, come to the Media Center for lunch, get prizes for answering questions correctly about those books and enjoy Mrs. Remington’s World-Famous brownies!   The Tournament of Champions will be on December 4th.  S.O.S. is a precursor for 4th and 5th grades Battle of the Books.

Dads and Lads Bond over Books

Manatee Academy boys gather for a great event where 13 Lads brought their Dads, uncles or Grandpas! Several boys gave Booktalks about a book they really liked. Two Dads gave Booktalks too. They then went on a website where they answered 10 questions to determine what kind of Superhero Reader they were. Each boy received a new copy of  Treasure Island to share with their significant male adult as well as a “Guys Read” bookmark. Pizza was enjoyed by all! Debbie Remington, Media Specialist, told them about recent research that showed that students who read for pleasure frequently not only improve their reading but also show … Read More

Four local schools benefiting from Young Adult Choices book program

Manatee Academy K8 School media specialist and St. Lucie County Reading Council president Debbie Remington LOVES books, especially when students read books. This affection prompted Ms. Remington to volunteer to serve as the Florida Director of the Young Adult Choices, a division of the International Reading Association which will enable her to bring to St. Lucie County Schools over 5,000 recently released books for grades 7-12 over the next three years! That’s about $90,000.00 worth of books that will be going on library shelves in four different schools: Northport K-8, Dan McCarty School, Treasure Coast High School and Manatee Academy. “All summer … Read More

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

Office Max store manager Katrina Dannon, pictured left, and her team surprised fifth grade teacher Vincent Scotto, right, at Manatee Academy recently. Scotto was the recipient of the 2012 “A Day Made Better,” an award comprised of generous donations of school supplies! Principal Lillian Beauchamp nominated Mr. Scotto for maintaining high expectations in all students, modeling the belief that all children are capable of success, using his own money to buy student supplies, and his willingness to go beyond his classroom to help his colleagues.