Townes Pagano in Laurie Boyer’s third grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition created an awesome bottle biography of President Grover Cleveland. Students were asked to create these bottles as part of their President’s Project in honor of President’s Day.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition Dean Christopher Pierre passes out snacks to the bus drivers that service the school during FCAT week. These drivers do a great job of getting students to school safe and on time everyday and especially during testing. Thank you to all drivers.
A team of students from Hillary Cruz’s seventh grade civics class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Tradition recently won first place for the regional division of the Florida Stock Market Challenge. This is a web-based educational tool used by thousands of students around the state each semester to help teach economics, finance, current events, math, social studies and technology. The winners will receive a $100 check for the school, a $50 gift certificate for Papa John’s Pizza, and first place certificates. Pictured, from left, are team members Angelo Arvelo, Lewis Coriolan, and Edwin Bustamante.
The Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition team recently won the St. Lucie County Middle School volleyball tournament held at Ft. Pierce Central High School. The girls from the “B” division defeated the Southern Oaks Middle School team in the championship Match. The championship match was the best of three, with the Southern Oaks team winning the first game, and Palm Pointe winning the other two matches. The girls really showed heart, determination and dedication, coming from behind to win the championship. These girls spent many hours practicing before school, getting ready for the tournament — and it really paid off. Pictured, from left back row, Coach Stephanie Remson, Amanda Bouquet, Karen Extra, Yasmine Brutus, and Coach Robert Santoro. Front row, from left, is Erin Ageeb, Amanda Sleight, Carly Ceglio, Emilyn Stafford and Haley Chimelis.
Fifth grade teacher Michelle Powers and fourth grade teacher Jade Joie from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were recently awarded a grant to fund a mathematics program. Explore Learning Reflex is an award –winning game-based system that enables students of all abilities to develop instant, effortless recall of math facts in all four operations. Reflex’s highly adaptive technology provides each student with an optimized path from the initial acquisition of new facts through to full automaticity. Pictured are Ms. Joie, left, and Ms. Powers.
The Make a Teacher a Classroom Hero program sponsored by “Little Debbie” was held during the month of August 2012. The area distributor who had the top sales total for the month would choose their favorite K-12 teacher to be a Classroom Hero and award that teacher with a $300.00 Visa gift card to use for their classroom supplies. Andy McNally, a local “Little Debbie” snack distributor, won the contest and picked Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition because the school is in the area that he delivers to. He contacted the school and wanted to pick a teacher that deserved the award. Principal Debra Snyder, knowing that all teachers at the school were deserving of the award, decided to put every teacher’s name in for a drawing on the daily morning announcements. Stephen LePore, a middle school autistic student was chosen to draw the teacher’s name. He selected second grade teacher, Michelle Farley. The class and the teacher were all overwhelmed with the gifts that were presented to her and the class. They received a whole box of snacks, a big stuffed deer to read with in the class and the teacher received a hat and the $300.00 gift card. It was a very exciting day for everyone. Palm Pointe would like to thank “Little Debbie” and of course Mr. McNally for their generosity and for choosing our school! Pictured, from left, Mr. McNally presents the prizes to Ms. Farley.
The Palm Pointe symphonic band recently travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in a private clinic at Georgia State University held by the university’s band director. While they were there they were able to tour the CNN television studios and view a live taping. Some of their other activities included visiting the Coca Cola corporation museum as well as visiting the world’s largest aquarium. Students gained memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. Pictured are members of the band in the CNN studio.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School held a reward Carnival for students who participated in the Summer Reading Program. In order for students to attend, they had to read a minimum of two chapter books, one of them being a Sunshine State Reader book. Additionally, students had to create thinking maps that demonstrated they comprehended what they read. At the carnival, students participated in activities including ski ball, bowling, basketball, dancing, and a variety of other carnival games. Students also enjoyed snacks and prizes as they participated in the activities. The carnival was filled with smiles, as students celebrated their reading success. Way to go Reading Rockets!
Over 600 Rockets in grades 1-8 took part in a “Reading is Fun!” Carnival on August 31st. During the carnival students played games, danced, and enjoyed a tasty treat. Students qualified for the carnival by completing the Summer Reading Challenge. Many thanks to all of our volunteers, teachers, and staff members for making the event a success. Fun was had by all!
The pre-algebra students in Michelle May’s classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently wrapped up their unit on linear functions, utilizing slope intercept form of an equation, finding constant rate of change and discovering how that relates to slope intercept form of an equation. They took to the outdoors for their unit review. The students were partnered and worked together to do each problem on the unit review on the sidewalks in the school with chalk to demonstrate their understanding… They loved the change of environment and really worked hard together! Pictured are Ashley Petrow, left, and Gina Carvelli as they work together on their problems.
Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition pose for a photo during Kindness Week after placing first and second place in the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest in their division. Manisha Hussman, left, won first place and Jonathan Auguste won second place. They wrote their speeches about “Universal Brotherhood” and presented them recently at Ft. Pierce Central with other schools from the district. Awesome job Rockets!
Students in third through eighth grades at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently voted for their favorite Sunshine State Book. Students in Jade Joie’s fifth grade class are pictured as they go in to vote. Pictured are volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society, from left, Rebecca Mitchell, media specialist Elsie Garber, Estella Mejia and Coral Bailey.
Mayor Greg Oravec visited Palm Pointe 3rd graders to discuss how the mayor’s role is important for our local government. The students really enjoyed asking lots of questions and interacting with Mayor Oravec.
Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition looked at different changes in matter both physical and chemical to observe and classify different changes in matter. Students produced their own lava lamp or graduated cylinder to view the physical changes of a mixture and the chemical changes present in a chemical reaction. After working to demonstrate their understanding with the lava lamp, students went further when they looked to identify specific signs of a chemical change while creating a “Sunset in a Bag.” Students were able to view first hand both a physical and chemical change in color along with other unique chemical changes such as the formation of a gas, change in energy (temperature) and even a small amount of odor change. Pictured, from left, are Stephanie Della Rocca and Jasmine Mitchem as they work on their experiment.
Thirty three students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently competed in the St. Lucie County History Fair after completing research projects using the National History Day theme, “Revolution, Reaction, & Reform in History”. Students competed in the five categories, including exhibit, research paper, performance, documentary, and website. Of those 33 students, the 17 students pictured placed either first or third at the district competition. First place winners will attend the Florida State History Fair from April 29th-May 1st in Tallahassee, FL. where they will compete with students from around the state with hopes of attending the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. First place winners were Junior Group Documentary, “The History of Movie Making” – Gabriella Lara and Candice Lindo, and Junior Group Performance, “The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938” – Nataly Duarte, Caelan Mahieu, Ashley Petrow and Jessica Stelly.
Students in Hillary Cruz’s seventh grade Civics classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have selected the problem of puppy mills and current breeder legislation to focus on for this years’ Project Citizen project. To assist in comparing how state and federal agencies enforce animal welfare legislation, students contacted Dr. Gaj with the United States Department of Agriculture, who visited the classroom with a PowerPoint presentation on the subject, as well as answered students’ questions. Pictured are Luke Bentley, left, and Zachary Barsuglia with animals they received after answering questions for Dr Gaj during the presentation.
Get your ice cold lemonade, for only 75 cents at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition! The first nine weeks of school, students in Kaitlyn Olesik’s autistic middle school class worked very hard on identifying coins and their values. They put all of their prior and new knowledge to the test by opening up their very own class lemonade stand! The students were given the opportunity to make homemade lemonade. They used skills such as following directions, measuring ingredients, taking turns and squeezing fresh lemons! The turnout was great, they had many classes stop by and they got to utilize their new skills. The class would like to thank everyone who participated! Pictured, from left, are Principal Debra Snyder purchasing lemonade from Stephen LePore, and Curriculum Specialist Kathleen Melrose getting ready to purchase hers.
Students came to school all decked out in orange to take a stand against bullying. They wanted to send a clear message that they don’t support bullying and that they won’t be a bystander. Way to go, students! Together, let’s stomp out bullying for good.
Alexia Morgan and Hannah Raymond from Palm Pointe K8 School had the opportunity to share their project at the Project Citizen State Finals recently. Their project, “Water” We Waiting For? researched drowning deaths of younger children and found that Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years old. The class set out to research and propose public policy to save lives and reduce these statistics. The civics class submitted a digital entry this year due to the remote instruction and competition requirements. Thank you to civics teacher Jennifer Wright for leading students through this worthwhile project!