Lawnwood Leopards Discover History

Lawnwood Leopards Discover History

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 Leopards on the Prowl Through Their Odyssey of the Mind

Lawnwood Leopards on the Prowl Through Their Odyssey of the Mind

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 media specialist represents the faculty in dodgeball

Lawnwood media specialist represents the faculty in dodgeball

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.

Lawnwood students enjoy special holiday treat

Lawnwood students enjoy special holiday treat

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 Students Present a Solar System Throw-Down for the Educational Channel

Lawnwood Students Present a Solar System Throw-Down for the Educational Channel

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:

http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/MediaServicesVideos/School_Report_5_30_14_LWNsolar.mp4

 

Lawnwood Elementary students research literary creatures

Lawnwood Elementary students research literary creatures

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.

Lawnwood’s TOP Teacher Selected for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teacher’s Academy!

Lawnwood’s TOP Teacher Selected for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teacher’s Academy!

Lawnwood Elementary teacher of the year, Ashlay Parker , has been selected to attend the ExxonMobil Academy. The selection panel based their decision on Ms. Parker’s “qualifications, dedication to inspiring students, and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.” This selection gives Ms. Parker an opportunity to network with other educators and help her discover innovative ways to teach math and science to her students. Ms. Parker is pictured  l to r with Anazia Lundia and Kayla Hildago-Agular.

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Mrs. Felicia Nixon and Mr. Adrian Ocampo for representing St. Lucie County as 2019- 2020 Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy participants.

Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy, is a year-long, job-embedded professional learning opportunity designed to deepen the leaders’ skills for improving instruction. Over 160 principals and principal supervisors from 53 districts in Florida applied for this opportunity. The Academy represents the top educational leaders statewide, and it is an honor to have them represent the District.

Leadership In Music Education

Leadership In Music Education

Principal Susan Seal was recognized at the February School Board Meeting for her leadership in music education.  The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Awards Committee presented Principal Susan Seal of Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) with the 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award on January 12 during the FMEA Professional Development Clinic/Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.

This prestigious award is given to a school administrator who is not a professional music educator, but who displays ardent support of the school music program. It recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of the school’s music program and allocation of resources.

Under Seal’s leadership, the music program at TCHS has become an important part of the school culture and she is most deserving of this award. Thank you for the value you place on the Arts in education.

 

Leah Scheible Makes Waves at the Special Olympics USA Games

Leah Scheible Makes Waves at the Special Olympics USA Games

 Leah Scheible, a rising junior at Fort Pierce Central High School, made some waves – of the good kind — at this year’s Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, Washington.   As one of Florida’s 7-member swim team delegation, she took twin silvers in her individual 200 freestyle event and 4X50 freestyle relay, and she scooped a fourth-place finish in her individual 100 freestyle event.

According to her swim coach, Heather Gray, Scheible is an outstanding athlete. “Leah participates in swim, track, basketball and cheerleading for Saint Lucie County’s Special Olympics.  She is equally active on our campus, participating as a varsity athlete on the school’s swim team and track team.  She also plays junior varsity ladies basketball.”  Gray noted that Scheible is no novice when it comes to vying for medals at Special Olympic events. “As a ninth grader, she took gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held in Sebastian, FL,” added Gray.  It was at this race that the goal was set for Scheible to qualify for Nationals.

 

When asked about her next goal, Scheible was very clear that she will continue to compete and wants to go for the gold!

 

Without a doubt, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle provided the setting to showcase the inspirational talents of athletes with intellectual disabilities.  In addition, this 50th anniversary event served as a model for inclusion.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Learning is Fun at Fairlawn

Learning is Fun at Fairlawn

Ms. Strunk’s 2nd grade class drew clock faces on their desks with white board markers.   The students used licorice hands to show the times that Ms.Strunk wrote on the board. The students had so much fun!

Learning Lunch

Learning Lunch

Elijah Bailey from Weatherbee’s VPK recently attended the Learning Lunch with his teacher Norma Miller and had a chance to speak with Ms. Yost!

Lego Education Partnership

Lego Education Partnership

St. Lucie Public Schools and Lego Education have formed a valuable partnership that supports students’ exploration in STEM education. This partnership was recently recognized at the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards Ceremony.  

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards, and all the 2019 Honorees were noted for going above and beyond to uphold the legacy of past recipients.  Student outcomes and futures will improve throughout the state as a result of professional and personal endeavors of school and business partnerships.