Students in Susie Lewis’ classroom at Lawnwood Elementary School recently learned they had earned second prize in the Lysol Healthy Habits Story writing contest sponsored by Scholastic Parent and Child magazine. For the students’ “incredible effort, concept and execution”, the school is being awarded $5,000 and a set of 25 books for Ms. Lewis’ classroom. Pictured is the winning classroom of students.
The students made connections between the text of a story and the visual/oral presentation of the text. It was another terrific day of learning at Lawnwood Elementary School.
The students of Lawnwood Elementary School hosted a Walk-A-Thon with students maneuvering an obstacle course to raise money for the PTO and their many school sponsored events. Pictured taking a break from the festivities and enjoying a snack are first row, from left, Mika Blakeman, Raul Pozniak, and Ethan Stabile; second row, from left, Sarah Jones, Rowan Crandall, John Donnelly, and Albert Han; back row, from left, Madison Talley, Audrey Kloeckner, and Keirra Holycross.
Lawnwood Elementary students are practicing “Metric Math Activities” by walking the campus and measuring everything in sight. This measuring exercise will culminate with a play starring several K-2nd grade students as the planets who compare and contrast their celestial bodies’ distance from the sun and the Earth. Pictured from left: Alexis Nieves, Madison Talley, and Raul Pozniak.
The third graders from Lela Studivan’s class at Lawnwood Elementary School have finished their unit on recycling, and as a capstone project, they are making compost from last year’s garden. This compost consisted of rocks, egg shells, apple and orange peels, which the students mixed and prepared for the 2013-14 growing season. They are ready to plant this year’s crop of vegetables and flowers and are eager to harvest this year’s bounty. Pictured is Ms. Studivan with students working with their garden.
Lawnwood Elementary students who met their reading goal were recently treated to a special spring activity and Easter egg hunt. Pictured top row, from left, Michelle Tamayo, Vanessa Dubberly, Ferlie Fabre, Nadia Dimitroff, Gariyana Avant, Karla Ponce, Jonathan Aguilar, and Cynthia Thompson. Bottom row, from left, Sharell Lack, Macey Allan, Kacey Fackler, Mucola Reed, Zachary Lightsey, and Nathaniel Nichols.
Students in Karen Crosby’s VPK class at Lawnwood Elementary recently rode The Polar Express. The class donned their pajamas, and with their golden tickets in hand, boarded the Polar Express for an imaginary trip to the North Pole. In the darkened room, the children listened to The Polar Express read aloud and reenacted the events from singing carols to drinking hot chocolate. Pictured are students ready for their adventure!
Students in Shannon Dolan’s multi-age gifted class at Lawnwood Elementary are studying the life cycle of a butterfly by catching specimens. Pictured is second grader John Donnelly as he explains to the class how he captured both a caterpillar and a butterfly in his own yard. The students then watched how he fed his new family member with a stick of sugar water. First grade teacher Carolyn Bates’s classroom has butterflies that freely fly while the children do their lessons. One child exclaimed, “It’s like a butterfly garden, only inside!”
Lawnwood Elementary School fifth grade teacher James Johnson has challenged his colleagues to match or beat the amount of food his students have collected for the upcoming holiday season. Johnson boasted that his is such a caring class this year, he is excited to see how enthused they are to help others during the holiday season. Johnson is pictured with students Giselle Cerda, center, and Phillip Adams.
Lawnwood Elementary School teachers Ashlay Parker and Theresa Brandifino received a grant from the St. Lucie Education Foundation for funds to create a Saturday Academy at Lawnwood Elementary. The goal of the Academy is to help targeted students improve their scores on the FCAT by providing an increase in time focusing on skills. Over a six-week, half-day Saturday program, third, fourth, and fifth graders will receive intense reading and math instruction. In addition, fifth graders will be exposed to a hands-on science curriculum. The six weeks will culminate with a celebration of their participation and success. Pictured are Parker, left, and Brandifino discussing Saturday Academy curriculum.
Lawnwood Elementary 4th graders travel through history in the United States’ oldest city of St. Augustine. From cannon firings to pirate escapades to sipping eternal youth, students were able to discover their own answers to the frequently asked DBQ question “Why did Spain settle St.Augustine?”
Lawnwood Elementary third graders explore the universe of possibilities through space exploration at Kennedy Space Center!
On Saturday, February 27th, 2016, several students from Lawnwood Elementary participated and were well-represented during the Palms Region Odyssey of The Mind Regional Tournament at Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach. The 4th and 5th grade Gifted classes, under the guidance and supervision of their Odyssey coaches and teachers, Ms. Courtney Crooks and Mr. Robert Knapp, used their leadership skills, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills to produce several skits involving five various problems, as well as some spontaneous random-quick thinking to this event, The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that is able to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students from Kindergarten through college. Each team member was able to apply their creativity to solve problems that varied from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of some literary classics. Once entered in the competition, they then brought their solutions to a tournament on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout all of the United States as well as several countries around the world participated in this program.
This was Lawnwood’s first year participating in this event, but through the long hours of hard work, some manual labor, several after school meetings, Saturday get-togethers, and two fundraisers, all of this time and effort was well worth it.
There were 11 District elementary schools from St. Lucie County in attendance at the competition, and Lawnwood was able to place first in one category, second in two other categories, and third in another. Out of five categories, Lawnwood received recognition in four out of the five that were presented.
Lawnwood really showed off their Leopard Pride upon completion of this exciting learning opportunity. As a matter of fact, Lawnwood was the only elementary school from our District to win first place and only missed moving on to the state level by a few points. Upon completion of the event, teacher and lead Odyssey coach, Courtney Crooks and her assistant coach, Robert Knapp, were already making plans to gear up for the 2017 competition.
What a journey and what an odyssey it has been!
Lawnwood Leopards participated in a hands-on lab as they deepened their understanding of dissolved substances. They worked collaboratively by following directions, making predictions and observing the properties of dissolved substances.
Lawnwood Elementary Media Specialist, Mrs. Schaeperkoetter, represented her faculty team in April’s PBS challenge. The teachers joined a team of kindergarteners in a game of dodge ball during the annual and popular award event. The students worked for several weeks collecting “Lawnwood loot ” behavior rewards to participate in the friendly challenge, which included PE coaches, resource, and kindergarten teachers.
Students from Lawnwood Elementary were recently treated to a special PBS activity, Pies with the Principals. Students enjoyed their lunch and pie with assistant principal Kim Cain and principal D’Jion Jackson during their lunch time. Pictured at left, from front, are Rigoberto Lara, Michael Sanford, Victoria Magana, and Kim Cain. On right, from front, are Chrishaun Gamble, Nyla Smith, Gabriela Mendez, Daniela Esquivel, and D’Jion Jackson.
Lawnwood Elementary kindergarten, first grade, and second grade science scholars presented a “Solar System Throw Down”. Planets, stars, the moon, an asteroid, a meteor, the milky way and even the “black hole” were given bragging rights to explain to the audience why “each” reigns supreme in the galaxy. The students researched their information, wrote a monologue, built the costume, and created a character with “attitude” to the delight of parents and peers. You can view the performance by clicking the link below:
Students in Shannon Dolan’s second grade class at Lawnwood Elementary are using bubble gum and brace maps to create a display to merchandise their research and writing about the nocturnal creatures that are featured in both fiction and non-fictional literature at this time of the year. Pictured are John Donnelly, from left, Ethan Stabile, Albert Han, and Keirra Holycross.