Palm Pointe students enjoy math challenge

Palm Pointe students enjoy math challenge

Seventh grade students in Meredith Andrus’ math class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed an interactive math challenge, Who Am I?  Students were given a problem and placed the index card on their forehead without looking at it.  Given an answer bank, students solved and matched the problems of their classmates to the answers.  After solving all their classmates’ answers, the one answer left would be the answer to their own question.  Without ever seeing their own question, students were able to answer their own question and find out who they were.  The students enjoyed this fun, learning lesson! Pictured, back, are Erick Laguer, left, and Jordyn Resendez. In front are Braedon Valenti, left, and Abraham Alcolea.

Palm Pointe students enjoy favorite annual project

Palm Pointe students enjoy favorite annual project

Third grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition chose a fictional book from the media center and described the main character’s traits in the story. Students explained how the character’s actions contributed to evidence regarding their traits, motivations or feelings. Additionally, students designed a flow map, and wrote a response to literature. Lastly, students decorated and designed their pumpkin to look like their main character. This Pumpkin People Project is a Palm Pointe favorite and a tradition for many years to come! Pictured is Kristina White proudly displaying her pumpkin decorated as a dog and holding her report.

Palm Pointe Students Enjoy Book Club

Palm Pointe Students Enjoy Book Club

Students are having a fabulous time enjoying cookies and hot chocolate at their book club.  Over 60 students, ranging from grades 5-8, are currently participating in a book club reading, The House With a Clock in It’s Walls, by John Bellairs.  Students meet in the mornings with Media Specialist Amy Fazzalaro to read and discuss the book.  After completing the book, everyone will meet at the movie theater to view the film.  It is exciting to see our students thrilled about reading.

 

 

Palm Pointe students enjoy bar code scavenger hunt

Palm Pointe students enjoy bar code scavenger hunt

The eighth grade Algebra 1 Honors students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were getting their chapter one test review via QR Codes.  QR Codes are the square barcodes that have more product information. QR codes were created free on line and when scanned came back to the student, on their device, with the questions the students needed for their review.  Students used the codes through a scavenger hunt activity.  Once they solved the question they had scanned, students had to find the next question with the answer they got and continue until they completed all questions on the hunt.  Students were using their own devices (cell phones, tablets and IPods) to scan the barcodes with free apps available.  Student were paired up to make sure there were enough devices to go around, this pairing also provided them a buddy to help if they needed support with a question.  Students enjoyed the scavenger hunt and were engaged in their learning for the entire class period. Pictured, from left, are Edwin Bustamante, Alexander Emmert, Michael Smythe and Adriana Jacques.

Palm Pointe students enjoy a day at the theater

Palm Pointe students enjoy a day at the theater

Emma Allen, Aishwariya Kalluri, Madison Baker and Ani Ramsingh in Laurie Boyer and Melissa Efron’s third grade classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition enjoyed a day at the theater.  They went to the Sunrise Theater to see the Nutcracker Ballet and all the students were excited about the show

Palm Pointe students earn highest rating in music festival

Palm Pointe students earn highest rating in music festival

Students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition received the highest rating possible at the District 13 Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Lincoln Park Academy.  All students that participated received superior ratings!  Congratulations to all the students and to the band director Jason Hatfield.  Pictured, from left are, standing Salvatore Spera, Bryan Garcia, David Alexis, Antonio Rojas, Chemaly Fleury, Brent McFarland, Alyssa Reiter, and Rebecca Mitchell. Kneeling, Avery Siders, Adriana Novoa, Paula Hoheb, Barbara Baalam, Julia Sessa, Stephanie Lee, and Ashley Hall. Seated, Jacob Molner, Nicole Ruppert, Nicole Delano, Trevor Falsey and Sara Campbell.

Palm Pointe students discover pumpkin mysteries

Palm Pointe students discover pumpkin mysteries

Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition spent a recent afternoon unraveling math and science mysteries about pumpkins! Through hands-on activities, students and parents measured the weight, height, and volume of their pumpkin. They then created a bar graph comparing the data they collected. The students predicted how many seeds were in their pumpkins and also used estimation strategies on a large jar of candy corn. A fun day was had by all!  Pictured are Chase Martin and his mother, Lydia Martin, working together on one of the centers.

Palm Pointe students create Pumpkin People projects

Palm Pointe students create Pumpkin People projects

Students in the third grade classrooms at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have been learning about different reading skills. To heighten the students’ awareness of these skills and to incorporate a creative, hands-on activity, every year third graders create Pumpkin People projects. Students partner to read a storybook and organize their information into various maps to show cause and effect relationships, character development, vocabulary, and elements of a story. Once they have completed their maps, students paint and decorate a pumpkin to look like the main character of their book. Pictured is Cameron Cavanaugh displaying her Sponge Bob pumpkin project.

Palm Pointe students create cereal box projects

Palm Pointe students create cereal box projects

Third grade students in Laurie Boyer’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition used a cereal box to create an informative project about a president of their choice.  Pictured is Athresha Kalluri, who chose President Barack Obama and included a report about the early, middle and late years of his life.  In addition, she posted words and pictures that described the president on the cereal box. 

 

 

Palm Pointe students contrast Native American cultures

Palm Pointe students contrast Native American cultures

Fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition used a variety of resources to compare and contrast two Native American cultures from different regions of America. They specifically studied how the two regions are alike and different in aspects of food, clothing, shelter, music, art and religious beliefs. Pictured from Jade Joie’s fifth grade class are Nadia Mihajalovski, left, and Ashley Coronel as they proudly show their projects.

Palm Pointe Students Conducted Scientific Research Along the Indian River Lagoon

Palm Pointe Students Conducted Scientific Research Along the Indian River Lagoon

Palm Pointe’s Environmental Club participated in the “A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon” program on October 4th along with approximately 1,800 students and teachers from over 30 schools, with the help of over 30 natural resource expert organizations, engaged in hands-on science exploration at over 32 sampling sites along the Indian River Lagoon. Students, teachers, and volunteers collected samples from Volusia to Palm Beach Counties representing the entire length of the IRL. Palm Pointe’s Environmental Club was a part of this!
This experiential science research program designed to help students develop an appreciation for and knowledge of the ecosystems being studied, to collect useful scientific data regarding the ecosystem’s environmental health, and to allow students to become stewards of the ecosystem’s water quality and natural resources. Students used hands-on field techniques to collect various chemical, physical, and biological parameters of the lagoon to determine how their local piece of the estuary fits into the larger ecosystem. The results will be compared annually to past and future measurements by students, teachers, land use decision makers, civic groups, state agencies, and the general public. This data generates a snapshot of the overall health or an environmental report card of the lagoon.
The “A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon” event was coordinated and managed by S.E.A. a Difference Environmental Services.
  
Palm Pointe students bite into healthy eating

Palm Pointe students bite into healthy eating

The last full week of October, St. Lucie Public Schools celebrated Apple Crunch, where everyone was encouraged to bite into an apple at noon. This activity was part of Food Day 2013, which is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Employees and students alike enjoyed the activities, and teachers planned lessons around it to educate about the nutritional value of apples. Cafeteria managers arranged for apples to be donated to any classroom that wanted to participate. From Mikki Watson’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, are pictured, front row from left, Matthew King, Jacob Hadley, Hunter Darville, and Kenzie Kemberson. Middle row, from left, are Emily Clarke, Sara Boulais, Dakota Hawthorne, Bridline Aureline, and Abigail Solari. Back row, from left, are Shelby Kay Sigmon, Christopher Heelan, Joshua Volcin , Christopher Young, Christian Arisi, Jeano Dyer, Alejandro Azcon, and Levi Lobban.

Palm Pointe Students Attend State Beta Club Convention

Palm Pointe Students Attend State Beta Club Convention

National Beta is committed to recognizing high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills, and encouraging service to others. Last week students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Beta Club were building on the school’s tradition of excellence by attending their first State Beta Convention in Orlando. Students went above and beyond by competing in eight different areas against other Florida Beta members. In Division I Robotics: Nico Tovar, Estaban Gomes Lopez, Ava Borgella, and Newman Crews received 1st Place. In Division I Advertising Design: Nachbi Pierre, Elizabeth Chavez-Munden, Gabriella Albritton, and Alexia Morgan received 1st place. In Division I Math: Keely Moody received 2nd place runner-up. In addition, in Division I Social Studies: Fabrizzio Capocci received 2nd place runner-up. Students will be competing again in the National Convention in June, here in Orlando. We are so proud that our Beta members are ready to be challenged to go above and beyond.
Pictured: students from the club along with their sponsors, Ms. Tara Hearl and Mrs. Laura Justice.
Great job, Rockets!!
Palm Pointe Students Attend Saturday with a Scientist

Palm Pointe Students Attend Saturday with a Scientist

These four fifth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were selected to  attend “Saturday with a Scientist” on Saturday, 10, 2015 at V.G.T.I. (Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute). Students were able to do several hands on science experiments. The students all learned valuable lessons and enjoyed the experiments that they did. Pictured from left is one of the V.G.T.I. Scientists, Bernol Roache, Matthew Tucker, Kate Barcelona, Aryan Vashishta and another V.G.T.I. Scientist.

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!