Palm Pointe Jazz Band creates “Jazz -O- Lanterns”

Palm Pointe Jazz Band creates “Jazz -O- Lanterns”

Students in the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition Jazz Band recently spent their afternoon jazz period carving out musical pumpkins in their second annual Jazz O Lantern carving competition. Patterns ranged from original to store bought patterns. A great time was had by all. Pictured from left is Caleb Molina and Orret Hall.

SLW Centennial Senior Class Work with Habitat for Humanity

SLW Centennial Senior Class Work with Habitat for Humanity

The Senior Class of St. Lucie West Centennial High School participated in an outreach project Saturday, November 1st. The service project was through Habitat for Humanity, which is a nonprofit based on the belief that every child, woman and man should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

The seniors woke up bright and early to get a head start on the project, which was a two bedroom, one bathroom house that needed to be gutted entirely. The students and their Senior Sponsors, Kerry Young and Carol Rondeau, took hammers and other tools to the drywall; they were assisted by a fellow Centennial teacher, Connie McCraw. After a lunch break and many trips to the dumpster, the house was gutted entirely and ready to be rebuilt. When the house is ready for a deserving family, the students and their sponsors will be able to go back and present the family with the key to their new home.

Bayshore Elementary PBIS Family and Teacher Game Night

Bayshore Elementary PBIS Family and Teacher Game Night

Bayshore Elementary, PBIS and Kids at Hope presented  Beat the Teacher Night!  Bayshore families and students played various academic games against the teachers.  Second grade student Bianca Morais and her father Mark Morais played chess against second grade teacher Garth Gittin.

Westgate 2nd Grade Travels to Brevard Zoo

Westgate 2nd Grade Travels to Brevard Zoo

Second graders from West Gate K-8 had a great day at the Brevard Zoo. Ms. Schumacher’s students got up close and personal with giraffes. They fed them and had their own personal trainer educate them about these wonderful creatures. The students spent the rest of the day exploring different habitats and the wonderful exhibits. Pictured left to right, Arianna Saitta, Jasmine Rivas, Tori Roe and Macy Ernst.20141105_115804

Northport Integrates Leadership Summit With Salute to Veteran’s Day!

Northport Integrates Leadership Summit With Salute to Veteran’s Day!

Northport K-8 Media Services program held its third Leadership Summit recently just in time to commemorate Veterans Day. The Leadership Summit is an authentic example of student Inquiry about Leadership skills and what qualities are necessary to become a great leader. The Leadership Summits, held on a monthly basis, incorporate community leaders as primary source guests. The guests make the most of the focused and well formulated student questions by talking about their own careers and experiences and the leadership skills necessary to maintain and build their careers with aplomb. The first guests were Florida State Representative, Gayle Harrell and Fort Pierce Deputy City Manager, Nick Mimms. The guests at the third summit were fourteen local veterans from all branches of the military. Students asked hard ball questions such as, “Can you explain to us about what is happening in the Middle East and what is ISIS,” ” What is a Purple Heart and have any of you earned one? If so, can you talk to us about your life and death experiences?” “Can you tell us about PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how does PTSD affect our community?” “Would you recommend the military for females at this time and why,” “Can you explain about the educational benefits of enlisting in the military,” and “Can you tell us about your deployments and the weapons that you have used.” The middle school students came up with a list of leadership qualities that they can aspire to throughout the programming including:

1. You must love the people you lead

2. You need to be flexible

3. Must be organized

4. You must respect your people and the jobs they do and the issues they face

5. You must be capable of seeing the “Big Picture”

6. You must give lots of positive feedback

7. Humor is vital for a great leader to exhibit

8. You must be a constant learner

9. You must have Integrity at all times.

Veteran guests included: John Holdorf, Bill Arnold, Peter Popolizio, Charles Lomonaco, Marvin Rhoden, Jack Irvin, Harold Trieber, David Rubenstein, William Armstrong, Dr. Myles Gill, Hal Rippinger, Lee McDonald and Frank Berwick. The veterans served in all branches of the military with different jobs and ranks. Special thanks to Northport K-8 Veteran Partners in Education and a salute to all veterans that have served our country with honor and integrity.

Pictured is Northport eighth grade student, Finnegan Carey asking a focused question to the veteran forum. Finn’s father, Nick Carey is a teacher at the school and is also a veteran. Finn’s mother Jennifer serves Northport K-8 as a speech pathologist.

Northport Students Excel in Think Through Math Program

Northport Students Excel in Think Through Math Program

Northport K-8 School is very proud to commend ESE instructor, Evan Jones, ESE instructor, Alex Phillips and paraprofessionals, Reggie Williams, Isaac LeBrun and Donald Patterson. The teachers, paraprofessionals, and their students have been utilizing Think Through Math.

Think through Math is an online computer program that provides unprecedented differentiation for grades 3 through Algebra I. The program is thoroughly research based and is a winner of the 2014 CODiE in Best Math Instructional Solutions.

During the month of October, TTM is featuring a THINK 30 contest as one of the incentives for utilizing the program. Classrooms are eligible to compete if they complete at least ten math lessons for all active students in the current class of ten or more students. The first weeks featured THINK 30 classes are The Jones class at Northport K-8 School in Saint Lucie County, the Davis class at Uwharrie Middle School in Randolph County, South Carolina and the Kramer class at Cedarhurst Elementary School in Highline Public Schools, Washington.

We currently have six classes at Northport K-8 School who are utilizing the program to differentiate student instruction. There are currently 2,000,001 students using the program nationwide.

Congratulations to Evan Jones’ class for being selected as one of the top three classes in the nation for the first week’s THINK 30 Classroom winners. Mr. Jones’ received a $50 gift card for a class celebration! Way to go Mr. Jones and class.

Pictured from left on couch are, Andrew Paulmeno, John Daziani, Kevin Proske and Nick Lewis. Standing from left are, Reggie Williams, Matthew Tyson, Donald Patterson, Logan Stubbs, Mike Altieri, Elliot Ross, Cynthia Reynolds, John Ramsey, Evan Jones, Alex Phillips and Isaac LeBrun.

Congratulations Morningside Celebrities!

Congratulations Morningside Celebrities!

Morningside is honoring our Teacher of the Year, Jayne Hartman; Distinguished Minority Teacher of the Year, Tabatha Williams-Johnson; and our School Related Employee of the Year, Jackie Cobo, and sending best wishes as they move on to the county selection process.  Congratulations!

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Literacy Is A Family Affair at Weatherbee

Weatherbee Elementary hosted a “Families Building Better Readers Night”  to teach parents how to help their child become the best reader they can be.  The VPK started things off with a performance of songs and dance.  Later, the parents rotated through sessions on how to help their child become a better reader, while students rotated through some engaging activities to help them become excited about reading.

Allapattah Flats Steam Challenge

Second Grade students, Anthony Smith , Judith Tellez Cruz, Jeilin Hernandez, Corby Henderson, at Allapattah Flats K8 School are engaged in the hands-on learning of animal needs and habitats during their recent STEM Challenge. The students enjoyed the activity of building a sanctuary habitat for a group of displaced sloths. The students were able to explore the challenge of being a zoo builder and architect as they learned about the needs and habitat requirements for a sloth.

Parkway Student takes Initiative

Parkway fourth grader, Dayna Contreras, designed and created necklaces to sell at the Harvest Dance to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.  Dayna, with her teacher and Relay for Life Team Captain, Laurie Farr, sold the beautiful designs to dance attendees.

Palm Pointe Students Participate in Math Scavenger Hunt

Palm Pointe Students Participate in Math Scavenger Hunt

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were excited to participate in a Publix Math Night. A math skill scavenger hunt was held at the Tradition Square Publix. Clues and strategies to solve real world problems were given to the students in grades K-5. The problems were matched to the grade level of each student. Parents accompanied their kids and helped them with the scavenger hunt. This was a fun way to practice math! Pictured is; fifth grader Max Simco, his mother Marie Simco and fifth grader Sophia Tovar as they look for clues for the scavenger hunt.

Port Saint Lucie High Dominates Area 3

Port Saint Lucie High Dominates Area 3

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team travelled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Raider meet state qualifier. They competed against 21 other schools from 6 counties in five physically demanding events. The events consisted of Cross Country Rescue (team had to answer questions on first aid, treat a simulated 120lb casualty with supplies from 30lb ruck sacks and then move the casualty and supplies one mile to the safe zone), 100 meter 300lb tire flip, fitness test moving ten 30lb sand bags around a 25 meter course carrying two at a time, one Rope Bridge and a five kilometer team run.

Female Team placed first overall.  They placed first for Cross Country Rescue as well as Rope Bridge and third place for the other three events. Female team members are as follows: Mackenzie Shea (Commander), Allison Miakisz, Crystal Ortiz, Jasmine Quinones, Jamie Triplett, Gabby Moccia, Syanna Graham , Jaclyn Yearta, Savannah Cymbal, Victoria Mirable, Kaylee Zuidemia and  Sophia Heffner.

Male Team placed third overall. Second place for the 5k Run and the 100 meter tire flip and third place for the other events. The team was made up of Chaz Pollino (Commander), Colton Clark, Jaffrey Murankus, Travis Moberly, Ansari Khan, Jahmad Strong, Tyler Roberts, Nick Donaldson, Tyler Lynn, Ray Carroll, Josh Gonzalez and Clay Schrader.

Mixed Team placed fifth overall. Third place for both the 100 meter tire flip and the Fitness test. The team was Robert Hopkins (Commander), Michael St. Martin, Angel Reyes, Robert Bates, Julian Taft, Austin Melendez, Adam Pagan, Aja (Blu) O’Connor, Brittany Egger, Kaycee Rhodes, Jennifer Sanchez and Catherine Zukowski.

All of the teams did outstanding and worked very hard. They took home a total 13 trophies, two overall and 11 event trophies. Not only did the team dominate 21 schools, the Female Raider team also qualified for the State Raider Meet in Lake Wales, FL to compete against 10 of the best female teams in the state of Florida. The other teams were very impressed on how well our teams executed the events.

Ahoy Matey!

Ahoy Matey!

Today was Pirate Day at Rivers Edge! The Kindergarten students and teachers dressed up like pirates to make learning about maps and globes fully engaging. Activities included pirate stories, lessons about map keys and the compass rose, writing about pirates and of course a treasure hunt-using those newly acquired map skills! It was aaarrrggggghhh great day full of fun and learning-no one had to walk the plank!

Mariposa Elementary N.E.E.D. Solar Energy Project

Mariposa Elementary N.E.E.D. Solar Energy Project

In our Mariposa Elementary School’s N.E.E.D. group, “We learned about solar energy and went to teach kindergarten. We passed out solar beads and asked them to make a hypothesis, but we used the word “guess” so they knew what we meant. When we got outside, they stood in the sunlight, and their faces look amazed when they saw the color changing. I’d have to say I had so much fun teaching the little kids about solar energy. They were so well behaved, and just by looking at their faces, I’m pretty sure they liked the little lesson as much as my group and I liked teaching them about it.” – Taline El-Khoury

SLWK-8 Gifted Students Serve the Community

SLWK-8 Gifted Students Serve the Community

Our S.A.G.E. Academy at SLWK-8 (1st through 8th grade advanced/gifted students) participated in a community project to help senior citizens have a brighter holiday season. The students had to create holiday images onto 250 bags which would later be filled with items for 250 senior citizens who receive services from the Meals on Wheels program throughout the Treasure Coast. These holiday-filled bags bring joy to those senior citizens receiving them along with an appreciation that they are important and thought of by others in the community. This activity helped to facilitate a deeper understanding and discussion amongst the students about the importance of citizenship and community involvement.

Southern Oaks Collects Food For Families

Southern Oaks Collects Food For Families

Southern Oaks Middle School student council members help with collecting food brought in by students and staff for Bill Brooks Food For Families.

Pictured are: Robbie Sullivan, Vice President; McKenzie Muskett, Treasurer; Janet Delancy and Kiara Idarraga, class representatives and Grace Kukielka, President.

For more information about the efforts of Food for Families go to

http://www.wptv.com/about-us/community-affairs/making-a-difference/wptvs-bill-brooks-food-for-families-food-drive-starts-monday-oct-13