On October 23rd and 24th parents and other caring adults were given the opportunity to listen to their student express their academic and behavioral goals and give encouragement as they learn to monitor their own progress and feel a sense of accomplishment. We thank all parents and caring adults for their participation and support! While Asst. Principal Jennifer Avellino looks on Coast Guard Representative, Gary Bowerman and first grade student, Damion Chavez discuss his goals.
The kindergarten students in Ms. Ham’s class at Oak Hammock K-8 have four new fluffy additions to their classroom. In September, we studied farm animals and what animals need to survive. As a culminating activity, we received eggs from the 4-H farm in Fort Pierce to incubate. We learned what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator each day for twenty-one days and are so happy to announce that our chicks are finally here! We’ve been taking great care of them and love having extra friends in our room!
Weatherbee collected a dollar from each participant for “Jeans Day”. All the donations will go to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (when the messages from our brains that tell our bodies to move do not get to our muscles). Along with the fundraiser, the school had an Ice Bucket Reading Challenge!
Top readers in each class got to dump a bucket of ice water on a teacher or staff member chosen from a special list. The top overall readers in the school got to earn the privilege of dumping buckets of ice water on Mr. Hitsman and Ms. Avellino. The students accumulated 8,176 points through Reading Counts in six weeks. “READERS ARE LEADERS!”
Despite the rain and rearranged plans, everyone enjoyed Art in the Park in Southport Middle School’s cafeteria. Students beamed with excitement as they moved from one delicious activity to the next and enjoyed scrumptious appetizers donated by local businesses, faculty and staff. Students were encouraged to play with their food in the “Food Art” station, where they used fresh produce as paint brushes to create their own masterpieces. A beautiful fresh fruit and vegetable “basket of plenty” was raffled off.
Pictured is the winner of the raffle, Morningside Elementary student Isabella Cruz and Southport Food Service Manager Eileen Kielbasa.
All of the activities tied in with National Farm to School Month and helped to fund our Arts in Education program.
On October 14, 2014 the Loretta Adams and Sam Andrianoff Awards were presented in conjunction with the declaration of Disability History and Awareness Month. These two exceptional people left a great legacy. Loretta Adams was the forefront of the inclusion movement and was an advocate for students with disabilities. This years awards were presented to Megan Guyer, Assistant Principal at Fort Pierce Central High School and Kathy Nobel, Transportation Area Manager ESE. These ladies represent what it means to be an advocate for students with disabilities. They make a difference in the lives of the people they work with each and everyday.
Sam Andrianoff was a student who overcame many challenges and obstacles to realize success. This years awards were presented to Michael Bean from Port St. Lucie High School and Aaron Hanna from St. Lucie West Centennial High School. These young men have worked to be an active part of their community through volunteer activities as well as employment. Both Michael and Aaron have developed and used skills to advocate for themselves as they transition from school to adult life.
Pictured are, Bill Tomlinson, Debbie Hawley, Aaron Hanna, Michael Bean, Megan Guyer, Lesa Kitzmiller, Kathy Nobel, Betty Jean and John Andrianoff, and Genelle Yost.
Elizabeth Pruitt, Math Supervisor K-12, was presented a S.T.A.R. Award (Special Thanks and Recognition) on October 14th at the School Board Meeting. Ms. Pruitt was nominated by a high school teacher Taleese Walsh, who wrote:
I wanted to take a moment to speak about Liz Pruitt. I just learned that she is responsible for compiling math course “toolboxes.” These used to be accessible through the scope and sequence link, but were recently moved to Infinity. When I found they had been removed, I feared they were no longer available. I just wanted to break down and cry. Liz came to my rescue and had them emailed to me immediately. Entering my eleventh year of teaching, this resource is the single most valuable resource I have ever had as a teacher. To create these toolboxes I am sure would have taken Liz hours, over months and years. It would have been hard, grueling work, because the information isn’t easily found or compiled. I have told her thank you, but my thanks can’t be sufficient to the task and the work she has done on our district’s behalf. I just wanted to let you know that you have an employee of such merit in this district who adds real value to the lives of teachers, and consequently students, every day. I hope you can add to my thanks and recognition of her work.
Pictured are, Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Elizabeth Pruitt, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Michelle Jerger.
Jeff Cross, retired former Miami Dolphin’s player came to visit the sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition and spoke about perseverance, organization and staying on track with academics with their years to come. He stressed to the students how important organizational skills are and how pertinent they will be for them in the future. Teachers are here to help you form good study habits and continue to follow rules and procedures later in life. Jeff interacted with the students by having them give their definitions of “a professional football player” and what “scholarships” are. He stressed the importance of getting good grades and following through with their goals. Sports and academics go hand in hand. Students asked him a variety of questions related to academics and his football career. Overall, it was a great way for our students to really see the importance of academics and taking school seriously from a professional athlete who DID work hard from the very start. He said “you are going to close your eyes one day and wake up and it’s going to be over.”
The PSLHS Marching Jaguar Band, under the direction of Band Director Mr. John McGallagher, recently competed in the 33rd Annual Crown Jewel Marching Festival in Vero Beach. They marched away with the following trophies in the Bronze Division: Best in Class Overall, Best in Class General Effect, Best in Class Music, Best in Class Marching, Best in Class Auxiliary, Superior Drum Major, and Outstanding Participation, After competing in Finals, they also took 2nd runner up in the Ruby Division.
The band executive leadership team is pictured, with trophies. From left to right are Jose Salazar. Drum Captain; Cole Herndon, Band Captain; Sonia Rivera, Woodwind Lieutenant; Sascha Gorbach, Brass Lieutenant; Maddie Krekelberg, Junior Drum Major; Alyshia Hogan, Guard Captain; and Steve Tobias, Senior Drum Major.
Witch Hunt Hysteria came to Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition! Mrs. Wright’s eighth grade U.S. History Classes went on a “Witch Hunt” as part of their first DBQ investigating “What caused the Salem Witch Trials Hysteria in 1692?” Students were challenged to analyze a series of Primary Sources to determine the motivation of the hysteria. Pictured is Mark Allen and Chelsea Juarez who were the first accused in the “Witch Hunt” Simulation!
Lilliana Turner, Maiya Shaw, Tiana Alexis and Zxariah Cooper enjoyed their field trip to the Treasure Coast Children’s Museum. They are seen here engaged with the hands-on materials of the museum.
October is National Administrator Month and Lincoln Park Academy’s National Honor Society gave a big thank you to our fantastic administrators, Mr. Sanabria, Ms. Stone, Miss Veldhuis and Mr. Lehman. We very much appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our school safe, successful and productive!
Samuel Gaines primary teachers presented at the Florida Reading Association Conference on Oct. 17. Mission Possible: Helping Younger Readers Access Complex Text was well received by the audience of primary teachers from across the state. Participants learned about text complexity, interactive notebooks and close reading strategies during this engaging session.
Pictured from Left to Right: Tina Eaker, Jennifer McCluskey, Kimberly Mallard and Lenaiah Wood
Northport K-8 Media Center has initiated and developed a brand new program this year called “Leadership Summit!” Students are learning all about leadership skills and what qualities are required to be an effective and inspiring leader.
The vision of the program is to not only teach leadership skills through discussion and role modeling, but to bring in community leaders to talk to the students about their own leadership qualities and some of the prominent issues that they face each day. The first guest in September was Representative Gayle Harrell.
This month, our guest was Deputy City Manager, Nick Mimms. Mr. Mimms used the student driven format of questioning to talk about his roots in Ft. Pierce and his local education as well as his college education. Mr. Mimms answered often times very difficult questions formatted by students on the Northstar team of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students with a positive and community oriented focus. He fielded questions concerning the use of solar energy in Ft. Pierce, sidewalks on school routes, how to get street lights placed, red light ticket camera placements, water quality and environmental issues. He included information about the Indian River Lagoon and the steps that the City of Ft. Pierce are taking to keep the waters clean such as the drainage systems and the restriction of chemicals in the water.
Some of the more pointed questions that Mr. Mimms answered were, “Following the Ferguson, Mo. incidents, are their plans in place so that type of occurrence does not happen in our communities?” and “What is the city of Ft. Pierce and the police department doing about gang issues?” Mr. Mimms gave positive responses to students. He spoke about neighborhood watch groups, working together to reduce any racial divide and clear communication. He told the students, “Police are human beings, sometimes mistakes are made, but a good working relationship between community members , families and law enforcement is vital for the fabric of a healthy and strong community.”
Mr. Mimms was an excellent example of a great leader, a powerful and positive voice for the City of Ft. Pierce and a great role model for our students. He shook hands with many of the students and then continued on to a separate classroom to answer more discussion questions. A big thank you to Mr. Mimms for taking the time to make such an impact on our Northport students and making a great impression for the City of Ft. Pierce.
Pictured are Deputy City Manager Mimms and many of the Northstar students.
Special thanks to instructor Nick Carey for focusing and working with the students on the topics of discussion.
VPK visited the library and heard a wonderful story from media specialist Ms. Cutchens. She helped them learn about what a librarian does. VPK is so excited about visiting the library again for the book fair.
Dr. Mark Rendell kicked off Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s yearlong reading initiative entitled, “Real Men Read” which encourages all students to read but emphasizes the importance of boys reading. During his 2 minute video presentation he discussed his love of reading and shared several books that he thinks students would enjoy as well as what he is currently reading.
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 West Gate K-8 held their first “Million Father March” in conjunction with the SLC School Board initiative. The Million Father March is a national event that promotes a father’s active involvement in the education of their children. West Gate’s event was held in the gym and had over 300 participants. 170 dads signed a contract vowing to be more involved in their children’s lives. The dads were invited to participate in some of West Gates most exciting Physical Education activities. Each dad had a task sheet that included cup stacking, hula hooping, basketball, volleyball, table top 4 square, bowling, jump roping and much more. The West Gate PTO organized the sign in sheet and helped run the concession stand. West Gate’s dads are our student’s SUPER HEROS!
Riverside Children’s Theater On the Go came to West Gate K-8 to perform for First Grade. Students were enthralled with The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Students enjoyed watching the singing, tap dancing, fun, and adventure in this classic tale. The first graders loved the characters and the humor throughout the show. Students compared the play to the original Book written by Beatrix Potter and wrote opinion papers explaining which version of the story they liked best. Riverside Children’s Theater did a fabulous job! The First Graders at West Gate K-8 hope to see them again soon.
Weatherbee was visited by Ervin Valcin RHD and Patricia Johnson DA, who did a fabulous job seeing our VPK-2nd grade students for a dental screening. Each year we are fortunate to be able to offer dental screenings to our VPK-2nd grade students at Weatherbee. Just one more reason to be proud to be a Kids at Hope School!
In the picture is Ervin Valcin RDH, John Taylor, a VPK student and Chris Talley LPN. John’s screening is going great!
Recently, Fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in The Hobe Sound Nature Center Owl Pellets Lab. Students learned about food chains, ecology and natural history. Students found small skeleton parts from rodents, birds and more! They loved this hands on activity and enjoyed being scientists for the day. Pictured is fifth grader Braylen Lopez with a Barred Owl and a Red Tail Hawk from the Hobe Sound Center.
Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) gave a presentation for second grade at Samuel Gaines Academy. Students learned about what these officers do, how they help the community, and how laws and consequences are carried out. Students were able to see a demonstration with the K-9, as well as, a close look at the trucks and boats FWC uses.