Kailey Alford and Jasmine Choung, first grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were guest weathermen (women) on the Morning Show which airs each morning at the school. The girls earned the privilege by turning in their earned rocket fuel which is a positive behavior support (PBS) program used at the school. Keep up the great work girls!
Palm Pointe Educatioinal Research School at Tradition has learned the school has the fourth highest combined fund raising total in the sstate for schools hosting both a Jump Rope for Heart event and a Hoops for Heart event. The school has raised approximately $14,000 over the past two years for the American Heart Association through the school’s two events as was highlighted in the most recent issue of the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and sport journal.Robert Santoro, Kristen Stafford, and Dale Francis, Physical Education teachers at the school, coordinate the events. The top student fund raiser for the past two years has been second grader Isabella Favata, who for over the past two years has raised over $3,500 for the cause. Isabella adds a personal touch in her
fund raising by giving people a note on why she has decided to make this her number one charity as well as furnishing people who donate with a hand-written thank you card with a challenge for them to top their donation the following year. Pictured, from left, are Coach Robert Santoro, Isabella Favata and Coach Kristen Stafford.
Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learn to write their own melodies and then play them on their recorders! Christine Hill, music director, helped her students create a rhythm and then put the melodic pitches to them. The last step was to put the whole melody on the musical staff. Pictured, from left, are Breana Lamothe, Noah James, Alexandra Sessa and Harlem Lilly.
Team leaders and department chairs at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are participating in a “fishbowl” activity. Fourth grade teachers shared recent test results on the Summative Assessment Reporting form and modeled the process of analyzing data. They discussed root causes of proficiency and non-proficiency and worked to create a plan of action for student success.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a Super Science Day with the help of the Manatee Center. Students were able to wear lab coats as they did experiments. They created their own lava lamps by putting an Alka-Seltzer tablet in oil and water and the water bubbled up through the oil, and made “flubber.” The students were excited to take the things that they made in class home to show their families.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learn about friendship. The students were asked what qualities they would like in a friend and then they wrote “wanted posters” advertising for a friend. Pictured from left are Michael Brown, David Sanchez, Jessica Jean-Baptiste and Taylor Bush. Way to go Rockets!
Students in Desiree Miller’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition explored the St. Lucie lagoon with the Manatee Center. The students captured many different fish and other sea animals in the estuary using nets. After collecting the different things they found, the students sorted them before releasing them back into the river. It was a great learning experience and a fun day for all! Pictured are students, from left, Sabrina Fontanez, Jasmine Chuong, Kiera Murray and a staff member from the Manatee Center helping them.
Students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition spent a sunny day seining with the Manatee Center at Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce. This enriching opportunity provided a hands-on learning experience to deepen students’ understanding of local habitats and ecosystems. These concepts of science were embedded across all content areas for the unit to facilitate the district’s STEM initiative in which science is an integral part of English, language arts, and mathematics. Pictured, from left, are student Shelby Kay Sigmon, a volunteer from the Manatee Center helping the students, and student Cailey Landreville.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated a PBS reward in their pod by raising 25 white rocket fuel for their whole classes’ behavior. The students chose a snow cone and dance party as their reward. The students all had a great time and saw how positive behavior in the classroom is rewarded!
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition have deepened their understanding of Tier 2 vocabulary with Vocabulary Day! Pictured are first grade students learning new words and their definitions in a meaningful way. Students employ several techniques to meet Common Core Standards for vocabulary including context clues, synonyms/antonyms, illustrations, and role play as evidenced by their unique, inventive costumes when they transformed into their favorite vocabulary word for parents and other special guests on Vocabulary Day.
Palm Pointe first graders are Super Scientists! Students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class generated and tested hypotheses and used their super science skills to observe matter. Fort Pierce’s Manatee Observation Center’s Super Science Day presentations gave these first grade scientists the opportunity to make lava lamps and flubber. Students watched the matter change before their eyes. Students were excited to record data and reflect in their journals. Pictured are Matthew Antonakos, left, and Zachary Veldhuis.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held its second CSI Night. The case was to solve the mystery of the missing goldfish. The school had purchased a goldfish and had just named it “Rocky” in a contest when the goldfish was found missing from the front office. Students were asked to come to a special CSI Night to run forensic type tests to figure out who took the fish. There were five suspects from the Palm Pointe staff: bookkeeper Dana Schang, instructional coach Kathleen Melrose, fourth grade teacher Jada Jolie, fifth grade teacher Juliet Murray, and second grade teacher Lorri Rudzinski. After all the tests were run, Kathleen Melrose was found to be the guilty suspect. This was a great learning experience for the students and a lot of fun for the families. The families were also treated to a free dinner provided by the school and prepared by Pam Molner, one of the school’s exceptional volunteers! Pictured, from left, are Joseph D’Ampolo, Lorri Rudzinski, Anthony D’Ampolo and Kathleen Melrose.
Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated literacy recently by participating in a Literacy and Linguini evening event. Families were invited to come and enjoy a free spaghetti dinner and watch students and staff members act out skits from books. Over 600 people came out for the event. Students all received a free book and bookmark and adults were also able to participate in a free book exchange. Several staff members dressed up as storybook characters and took pictures with students. Pictured, from left, are staff members Matthew Kovach, Summer Kuba, Emily Bokhart, Debbie Iseman, Dana Schang, Tina Ruybulid, Andrea Tang and Debborah Estrada performing a skit from the book “The Seven Chinese Sisters.” Everyone enjoyed this event!
Recently families at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in a CSI Family Mystery Night, “The Case of the Missing Pandas.” Students and families became part of their very own CSI team by completing experiments to eliminate suspects. By using their superior science and deductive reasoning skills, the students would solve the case on who stole the missing pandas from the school. Families also enjoyed a free dinner while they waited for the final results. Over 600 people came out to enjoy this yearly event! Pictured, from left, are fourth grade student Autumn Eichenlaub, health paraprofessional Michelle DeGarmo, and seconde grade student Jacob Eichenlaub as they work on one of the experiments.
With almost 600 people in attendance, Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s CSI Family Mystery Night was a huge success! Assistant principal Latricia Thompson and fifth grade teacher Michelle Powers organized the event, which encourages critical thinking and the scientific process skills. There were many different labs set up for parents and students to test their observations, collect data and use deductive reasoning to do their investigation. Families completed the different labs and eliminated “suspects” accused of stealing the Palm Pointe rocket. CSI night incorporated drama and mystery in a realistic application of science investigations. This was educational fun for the whole family! Pictured is second grade teacher Lorri Rudzinskias she assists kindergartner Hunter Darville.
Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition in first and second grades enjoyed reading to their families. This is an annual “Read to Your Sweetheart” celebration and the students love sharing their favorite books with their family and friends. Their love for reading is wonderful!
Palm Pointe students and parents really enjoyed our Fall Book Fair. The theme this year is the Enchanted Forest. Many dedicated parent volunteers gave of their time and talents to transform our the Media Center into a magical land filled with books and surprises. Gnomes, fairies, and unicorns were hiding around every corner. The fair ran from November the 5th through November the 15th.
Members of the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s National Junior Honor Society recently donated hundreds of canned goods and other non-perishable items to the Harvest Outreach Center. A special thank you to all students and staff who donated to help make the holidays merrier for many people.
Pictured from left is Michaela Keaton, Annalise Ramirez, Fariha Imran and Jessica Lee
Dean Deborrah Estrada and Dean Christopher Pierre at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have been talking to kindergarten students about making good and safe choices. The deans reminded students about Palm Pointe T.E.A.M. expectations: T – Take Responsibility, E – Engage in your Learning, A – Act Respectfully and M –Make Safe Choices. They also explained about the reward system with “rocket fuel” and consequences for not following rules. Great job listening, kindergartners!
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Elementary School Counselor, Summer Kuba attended the Florida School Counselor Association Conference and presented to school counselors around the state on best practices for implementing classroom guidance lessons, small group and individual counseling. Her presentations included a focus on student anxiety, engaging students through interactive lessons, advocacy efforts, and elementary counseling techniques.