Readers are Leaders at Floresta

Floresta Dolphins participate in a weekly Reading Challenge.  For each book they read students submit a one-sentence summary to enter a weekly drawing.  On Friday afternoons two lucky readers per grade level win a prize. Keep on reading Dolphins!

Floresta Family Conferences

Floresta extended our school-wide theme of Ohana by hosting Family Conference Day during February’s early dismissal day. Teachers and staff demonstrated their commitment to fostering positive relationships by inviting parents into classrooms to learn about their child’s academic progress.  Over 300 families participated in the event and learned about the B.E.S.T. standards and the F.A.S.T. assessment.

Words Get Dressed Up at Floresta

Floresta Elementary celebrated literacy with a Words Get Dressed Up event. Teachers, staff, and students made Everglades-themed vocabulary words come to life with their costumes and visual representations.  K-2 families came out to enjoy a special parade of words!

Floresta’s Everglades Themed Literacy Week

Floresta’s fifth-grade students learned how habitat loss is one of the most critical issues facing wildlife.  The students became Florida panthers, white-tailed deer, and motor vehicles in a tag-like game to simulate the disappearance of the Everglades habitat. This lesson was completed as part of the school’s effort to become an Everglades Champion School during their Everglades Themed Literacy Week.

Floresta’s iReady Winter Challenge

One hundred and twenty Floresta students earned ice cream sundaes Friday for meeting the I-Ready Challenge.  These students passed four lessons in reading and four lessons in math to stay sharp over Winter Break.

Oxbow Visits Floresta

Miss Emily and Mr. Johnny from the Oxbow Center presented an engaging and interactive program focusing on animal adaptations titled “Wildlife Friends and Foes”.  3rd grade students learned about special visitors including Miss Summer the Box Turtle.

Floresta Field Days

Our Dolphins had a blast during their Winter Field Days!  It was a great way to enjoy the chilly weather with the anticipation of Winter Break.  Our PE Coaches, Erin Perman and Jared Kay did a great job organizing student favorites such as sack races, hurdle relays, and the 3 legged race.

Floresta Elementary and Christmas Magic at the Rotary Club of PSL Christmas Party

On Tuesday, December 12, the Rotary Club of PSL hosted its annual Christmas party for boys and girls who may not otherwise receive anything for Christmas.  Mrs. Dohrmann and Mrs. Cortes, our school counselors, accompanied 9 of our Floresta students to this event.  The students enjoyed a lunch provided by the Rotary Club, and had the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus who brought along a gift for each one of them. They ate cookies, colored Christmas pictures and just had a few hours of Christmas magic.

Floresta Kindergarteners Create Teepees as a STEAM Project

Ms. Brennan and Mrs. O’Malley’s kindergarten classes learned about Native American Teepee homes. They worked together to build their own teepee using paper, popsicle sticks, and tape. The students had so much fun working together to construct a Teepee that could stand on their own.

Floresta’s Esperanza Rising Up Ceremony

Mrs. Madorma’s fifth graders enjoyed a read-aloud of the book Esperanza Rising Up.  As a culminating activity, the class participated in a special Rising Up Ceremony and a Taco luncheon.  Students created symbolic roses with statements of how they will “rise up”.  Students also practiced their public speaking skills during a class-wide presentation.

Floresta Elementary Teacher Conferences

Floresta celebrated October’s early release with our theme of Ohana by welcoming families to our first round of conferences. Teachers discussed student performance and taught families the impact of attendance.  More than 200 families leveraged this opportunity to engage.

Floresta Welcomes Baby Chicks into the Dolphin Family

Meet Flo! For the past 21 days, our Floresta Dolphins have participated in a school-wide embryology project sponsored by our local 4-H.  Students explored the development of living things with this first-hand experience of incubating eggs and watching them hatch.

Floresta Elementary 5th Graders Explore the Distance of Stars

Students In Mrs. Madorma’s class engaged in exploratory science inquiry activities to explore the distance of stars. Students used flashlights, grid paper, and meter sticks to simulate the brightness of stars at different distances. Students discovered the answers to such questions as: How does the distance of a star affect how bright it looks?  How do you think the distance of a star will change its brightness?  What causes some stars to be brighter than others?

Marigolds for New Teachers

At Floresta Elementary, mentees have been planted close to their Marigold!  They found their positive, encouraging, nurturing, and supportive mentor that will continue to help them grow not only this year but, in the years to follow.

Floresta First Graders Learn from a Furry Visitor

Ms. Debbie from 4-H visited the first grade with her new service puppy Buddy. Students learned how to care for a pet, the basic needs of pets, and how to approach a strange pet. Students enjoyed getting to pet and interact with Buddy.

First Cohort of Take 5! Trainers

  Congratulations to SLPS’ first cohort of Take 5! Trainers. Twenty sites across the district will be able to offer the Take 5! training to their teachers and staff. Take 5! focuses on competency building for long term personal and professional impact by providing a safe space for adults to connect with one another, identify their own personal needs, and develop the skills and mindset to foster their personal growth. Take 5! is organized into a series of 15-minute modules that may be facilitated during faculty meetings, with small groups of volunteers and other settings with a flexible timeline that … Read More

St. Lucie’s SEL Team Presents at National Conference

The SEL Department’s presentation at the Excelerator Virtual Conference sponsored by the national organization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities was well received.  Traci Wilke, Director of SEL and the district’s SEL Specialists’ Cassey Chang and Christina Coppola shared St. Lucie Public Schools’ journey in Building Capacity for SEL Across a Large District.  Kelly Martin, the Alliance’s Director of Impact for Educational Success shared, “Your presentation was one of the most engaging and enthusiastic sessions of the entire conference, and we are so grateful for the time and expertise you shared with the Alliance network.”

A Welcoming Wave Kicks Off “NFL” at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and academic success were the focus of this virtual Night of Freshmen Learning (NFL) for all 9th grade Westwood Panthers and their families.  Christina Coppola, a district SEL Specialist,  psyched up the audience with a fun welcoming ritual to create a sense of community for the evening.  The district SEL Parent Educator, Blondeen Newman, discussed her role and offered resources of everyday tips to being a successful high school student. Participants also heard inspirational messages from community members.  A special thank you to Henry Duhart, Iris Williams and Flower Cordero for sharing their stories and the … Read More