Palm Pointe students and staff participate in cancer awareness event

Palm Pointe students and staff participate in cancer awareness event

First and second grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are pictured as they participate in the Circle of Hope. This project was started five years ago by a local student – a cancer survivor when he was 10 years old.  Circle of Hope is a Cancer Awareness Campaign and students and staff stopped what they were doing at a specific time and had a moment of silence to honor those that had been affected by cancer.  Students and staff also donated $1.00 to wear purple with the proceeds going to Standup2cancer.

Palm Pointe student places second at oratorical contest

Palm Pointe student places second at oratorical contest

Eighth grade Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition student Drew Maciel won second place in the  middle school category for the Martin Luther King, Jr., oratorical contest which was recently held at Lincoln Park Academy. Drew, pictured, was allowed up to three minutes to capture the audience with his speech and he did. Congratulations Drew! 

Palm Pointe student lobbies in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe student lobbies in Tallahassee

Eighth grade student Sophie Phillips, at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, just returned from Tallahassee, where she went to lobby legislative officials for Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects.  She met with Senators Grimsley, Negron, and Ring, and Representatives Hudson and Harrell. She also met with the Governor’s Director of Deputy of Legislative Affairs, Danielle Scroggins. The session ends in the next few weeks and Senator Grimsley verbally approved to find funds in the budget to support the screening. Pictured is Sophie seated in Governor Rick Scott’s office.

Palm Pointe student advances to state science and engineering fair

Palm Pointe student advances to state science and engineering fair

Eighth grade Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition student Nicole Delano recently qualified for the State Science and Engineering Fair after her science project was one of five projects in middle school that was selected at the St. Lucie County Regional Science Fair.  Nicole won first place in the category of  zoology, and received an $8000.00 scholarship to Florida Atlantic University. Pictured, from left, are Nicole and her science teacher Peggy Radtke.

Palm Pointe staff joins students in nutrition campaign

Palm Pointe staff joins students in nutrition campaign

Fuel Up to Play 60 is off to a great start at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition. The school had more than 100 students participate in the “Got Milk” promotion where students made a mustache drinking milk. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is created to encourage students to think, eat and play healthy and exercise at least 60 minutes per day to ensure they are developing a healthy body. Pictured is the school cafeteria staff with their milk mustaches.

Palm Pointe second graders work on story structure skills

Palm Pointe second graders work on story structure skills

Students in Lorrie Rudzinski’s second grade class  at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are on target with story structure skills. Pictured, from left, are Lia Mihajlovski, Kieren Brown and Kayla Harr as they created thinking maps, tree map style. Writing on the desks with dry erase markers sure increased the lesson’s engagement!

Palm Pointe second graders experiment with blubber

Palm Pointe second graders experiment with blubber

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition second grade students Hayden Tate, from left, Riley Holtzclaw and Matthew Tucker are learning about graphing.  Students in Lorrie Rudzinski’s class did a science experiment with blubber.  They estimated how long they could keep their hand in ice water with and without the blubber, graphing their results.

Palm Pointe Second Graders Create Pumpkin Book Characters

Palm Pointe Second Graders Create Pumpkin Book Characters

Second grade students at Palm Pointe were working on their summarizing skills this week.  Students were allowed to select a grade appropriate book of their choice and were tasked with retelling the events by giving a thorough summary of the book.  In addition to their summary, students used pumpkins to create a representation of one of the main characters in the book.  The second grade team invited all staff and students to come by and visit their storybook pumpkin display.  How amazing and creative our Palm Pointe students are!

Palm Pointe science buddies learn together

Palm Pointe science buddies learn together

Recently, sixth graders from Michell Powers’ science class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition shared their expertise to their second grade “science buddies” from Melissa Bonet’s class. Together, students explored density in a hands-on inquiry activity. Both groups of students enjoyed the experience. Pictured, from left, are second grader Bradley Holtzclaw, with sixth graders Pasquale Giallongo and Giordano Fleuriot.

Palm Pointe Rockets Soar at Beta Convention

Palm Pointe Rockets Soar at Beta Convention

Palm Pointe’s Junior Beta members attended the Florida State Beta Convention in Orlando this week.  The National Beta Organization is a service based group that focuses on cultivating the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service among students. This organization celebrates students who strive to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Students competed in individual and group competitions against other Beta chapters. Our Palm Pointe students placed in 17 different competitions and Laney Keys, one of our 7th grade students, was elected Beta Vice President for the State of Florida. Students placing in these competitions include: Elementary Fiber Arts- Runner Up Third Place, Victoria Zaravellis; Third Place Elementary Drawing, Isabella Perez; Runner Up Elementary Language Arts, Victoria Zaravellis; Runner Up-Elementary Creative Writing, Sebastian Rebelo; Runner Up- Elementary Speech, Gavin Lunsford; Champion – Elementary Social Studies, Gavin Lunsford; Runner Up-Elementary Book Battle, Alyx Hanley, Isabella Perez, and Victoria Zaravellis; Champion- Elementary Science, Jocelyn Hatfield; Runner Up Elementary Technology, Benjamin Arisi; Third Place- Elementary 2D Design, John Bouris; Runner Up-Junior Mixed Media Ava Borgella; Runner Up Junior Science, Josslyn Withrow; Third Place Junior Speech, Dominique Thomas; Runner Up Junior Engineering, Elizabeth Chavez-Munden, Devin Habyan, Hannah Dorval, Addison Moore, and Ava Borgella; Champion- Junior Robotics, Ava Brogella, Josslyn Withrow, Rihanna Garcia, Addison Moore, Ashwin Dhar, and Avis Khatiwada; Champion Junior Service Learning, Ava Borgella, Alexia Morgan, Dominque Thomas, Devin Habyan, Hannah Dorval, and Elizabeth Chavez-Munden; Florida Junior Beta Vice President, Laney Keys.

 

Palm Pointe Rockets Love Reading!

Palm Pointe Rockets Love Reading!

Palm Pointe 1st Graders held a “Read to Your Sweetheart” event on February 13th.  Parents and families were invited to  celebrate all of the reading accomplishments that their first graders have made.  Boys and girls shared their love of reading with those that mean the most to them.

Palm Pointe Recognizes Custodian Workers Day

Palm Pointe Recognizes Custodian Workers Day

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition first grader, Bryan Quackenbos, honors custodians with a special treat to celebrate National Custodian Workers Day on October 2, 2014.  Bryan and his family know that a clean, safe learning environment is an important part of an effective education, and Palm Pointe’s custodians always give their best effort to make this happen.  Palm Pointe’s custodians ROCK!

Palm Pointe Recognized By Council

Palm Pointe Recognized By Council

Congratulations to Principal Perez and all of the Rockets from Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition. The Mayor and members of the Port St. Lucie City Council recognized the work of Palm Pointe for achieving an “A.”

Mrs. Perez accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from the Council on behalf of the school. Congratulations, Palm Pointe!

Palm Pointe receives mayoral award

Palm Pointe receives mayoral award

On behalf of the staff, students and parents of Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, Principal Debra Snyder proudly accepted The Golden Apple Award presented by Port St. Lucie Mayor Joann Faiella. This Mayoral Recognition was received for being an “A” rated school as designated by the Florida’s Department of Education for the fifth consecutive year. Mayor Faiella expressed her gratitude to the school’s staff for their hard work and dedication to education. She thanked the students and parents for their continuous support as well. In addition to the award, a banner was presented which will be proudly displayed on the school’s campus. Also, a local community business generously provided lunch to faculty and staff in appreciation for their service to students. Pictured, back row from left, Angella Robinson, Kathleen Perez, Glenna Sigmon, Chanae Sanguinetti, Andrea Tang and Jade Joie. In front, from left is Principal Debra Snyder, Mayor Faiella and Kathleen Melrose.

Palm Pointe prepares for the parade

Palm Pointe prepares for the parade

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition stand next to their float at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Everyone that helped with the float and walked in the parade had a wonderful time.  Thank you to all that participated!

Palm Pointe Peticaid Program for Project Citizen receives a grant

Palm Pointe Peticaid Program for Project Citizen receives a grant

Palm Pointe graduates reconnect with Hillary Cruz, 7th grade Civics teacher at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, and Janet Winikoff, representing the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, regarding the students’ 2011/12 Project Citizen idea for a pet food stamps program. The students targeted low-income pet owners as the problem to focus on for their class project two years ago; claiming one of the most cited reasons for surrendering pets was due to the owners’ inability to financially care for them. Students had the idea to create a Medicaid-type program (called Peticaid), that would subsidize food and veterinary care. Students reached out for community support and located Ms. Winikoff in the process. Their ideas served as Ms. Winikoff’s inspiration to write a Peticaid grant that was recently approved, funded by the ASPCA in New York, awarding $9,000 to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County to pilot the program. Students are hopeful that the program continues to expand and grow  through-out the Treasure Coast and across the state.  Pictured from left to right are: Kalei Gribben, Kaylie MacGregor, Sophie Phillips, Alex Emmert, Marc Edwards, Hilary Cruz and Slider the dog.

 

Palm Pointe pays tribute to 09/11/01

Palm Pointe pays tribute to 09/11/01

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Elementary Research School at Tradition participated in a special lesson about using oral histories to present multiple perspectives of an historical event.
World History teachers, Mrs. Melanie Larsen and Mr. Dennis Keane (former NYFD fireman), and St. Lucie County fireman Ray Reiprecht shared their personal accounts of September 11, 2001. Students also viewed a compilation video featuring the oral histories of other sixth grade teachers and PPE principal, Debra Snyder.  Students then discussed the merits of oral histories as primary sources and how the various perspectives aided their overall understanding of the singular event.
Pictured from left is; Mr. Dennis Keane, history teacher and retired firefighter, Mrs. Melanie Larsen, history teacher and St Lucie County fireman, Ray Reiprecht.

 

Palm Pointe participates in Martin Luther King Jr. parade

Palm Pointe participates in Martin Luther King Jr. parade

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed participating in the recent Martin Luther King Jr. parade. This year’s theme was “Reaching Beyond the Dream” and Palm Pointe designed their float using a rocket soaring into the clouds, stars and planets to take his dream into the future. Pictured on the float in the back, from left, are Michelle Farley and B-J Farrell. Students, front row, from left, are Fabrizzio Capocci, Raven Butts, Isaiah Jean, Liam Martinez and Kyle Beard.

Palm Pointe participates in Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

Palm Pointe participates in Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

Students in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are pictured here as they work in their classroom.  Students and staff wore blue for “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness with the proceeds going to help support the Autism Speaks Walk which will take place on April 21, 2012.  Pictured, from left front row, are  parent Cheryl Guth, John Howarth, Chelsea Falsey and Amy Chesnut. Back row are paraprofessional Jennicey Zitti and behavior technician Victory Batson-Phinn.