Palm Pointe chorus sings for radio program

Palm Pointe chorus sings for radio program

The Rocket Chorus from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently visited Torrey Pines Research Center in Tradition to sing for the WPSL Christmas Kids radio program. Pictured are Lillian Bloom, left, and Grace Lloyd, who were among the 63 students who participated in the performance. The Palm Pointe chorus has been singing for the local program since the school opened.

Palm Pointe chorus performs as part of Christmas Kids program

Palm Pointe chorus performs as part of Christmas Kids program

The Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition middle school chorus kicked off the holiday season with an appearance at QVC in Port St. Lucie recently. This annual performance was for the WPSL Christmas Kids Radio program. The chorus sang a variety of holiday music, including “Rock Around the Jingle Bells,” “Hope’s the Thing,” “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child,” and “Seasons of Love.” The students were directed by Christine Hill, pictured far right with the chorus.

Palm Pointe celebrates volunteers and business partners

Palm Pointe celebrates volunteers and business partners

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated with its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. Volunteers and Business Partners were treated to breakfast and Volunteers of the Year were recognized. Palm Pointe’s Senior Volunteer of the Year is Millie Morales, Adult Volunteer of the Year is Marie Simco, and two honorees were named for the Youth Volunteer of the Year, Kassandra Silva and Daniela Vargas. Palm Pointe would like to thank each and every one of its volunteers for donating their time and sharing our vision of success for all students.  Pictured, from left, are volunteer Pam Molner, Adult Volunteer of the Year Marie Simco, her son Max Simco, and volunteer Jessica Dye.

Palm Pointe celebrates annual holiday event

Palm Pointe celebrates annual holiday event

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held its annual Breakfast with Santa. Over 500 breakfasts were sold with pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee or juice. The students had so much fun with the different holiday crafts that were available. There was face painting along with raffles, and, of course, pictures with Santa. Santa made his entrance aboard a fire truck which was so exciting for the kids. Dean Debborah Estrada brought her keyboard player and sang throughout the event. The event was so memorable and everyone had a fantastic time! Pictured is the Casey Family as they all came to the event to enjoy the day together.

Palm Pointe Celebrates September’s SEL Empowerment Day

Palm Pointe Celebrates September’s SEL Empowerment Day

During the month of September, Palm Pointe students participated in social emotional learning (SEL) activities, discussions, and community circles focused around the theme of Empowerment.  On Friday, September 27th, students and staff wore yellow to show that they support the empowerment of others.  Empowerment is defined as, “…the belief that people, and more specifically our youth, have the ability to implement positive change in their own lives and the lives of others, and contribute to something larger than themselves.”  When we promote empowerment we can cultivate each others’ ability to share their gifts, talents, and abilities, and develop their voices that will allow them to flourish today and in the future.  We know the students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow and that their voices for positive change will be heard.
Palm Pointe celebrates Literacy and Linguini Night

Palm Pointe celebrates Literacy and Linguini Night

Students and staff recently enjoyed a Literacy and Linguini Night at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition. Several skits were presented for the guests to watch while they enjoyed a free spaghetti dinner. The performances were done by staff members and students in different grade levels. Students also got free books, met local authors, took pictures with staff storybook characters and then enjoyed their dinner and skits. Pictured are the Rudzinski Rockets and the Bonet Bees as they perform their skit “How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes!”  Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class collaborated with Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten class to act out this story and convey the message that no one likes a bully! The students did a phenomenal job!

Palm Pointe celebrates Kindness Week

Palm Pointe celebrates Kindness Week

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in a school-wide event during Kindness Week as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration activities.  Everyone wore stickers to promote kindness and were given red ribbons to pass forward to someone showing an act of kindness.  It was a great week with these acts and the school has pledged to continue this all through the school year.  Great job Rockets! Pictured, front row from left, are Lubens Odias, Roger Boulay and Mitchell Ohlrich.  Back row, from left, are Jennifer Talles, Angella Robinson and Marcy Deweese.

 

Palm Pointe Celebrates Florida Government Week

Palm Pointe Celebrates Florida Government Week

To help celebrate Florida City Government Week, Port St. Lucie Councilwoman Shannon Martin came to Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition to talk with students in the seventh grade. Councilwoman Martin talked with students about public policy and how the local government plays an important role in policies and legislation. Students also were able to ask the Councilwoman questions about their project topics for Project Citizen.  Pictured is Councilwoman Shannon Martin as she talks with the seventh grade students.

Palm Pointe Celebrated 100 Days

Palm Pointe Celebrated 100 Days

Kindergarten students in Carmela Gauthier’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated their 100th day of school.  Students and staff dressed up for the celebration and had many activities throughout the day using 100. This was a fun way to learn, and the students enjoyed the learning experience.

Palm Pointe biotech class earns a grant for schoolwide phone application

Palm Pointe biotech class earns a grant for schoolwide phone application

Palm Pointe teachere  Joanne Hilhorst proudly accepts a $2,000 check representing a grant she earned presented to her by Kathy McKenzie of AT&T and St. Lucie County Education Foundation president Michael Waninger.  The grant was given to Mrs. Hilhorst and her biotechnology classes to create a phone application for the school.  Students are very excited to get started on the project. Pictured, from left, are Michael Waninger, Kathy McKenzie from AT&T and Joanne Hilhorst.

Palm Pointe Band Honored at State Convention

Palm Pointe Band Honored at State Convention

Recently at the Florida Music Educators convention in Tampa the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition Band was given the state enrollment award. This award recognized them for achieving over 43 percent of the 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in a music course. This award will be held for three years. Congratulations to the Palm Pointe music program!
Pictured left to right are: Principal Debra Snyder, Band Director Jason Hatfield, Guidance Counselor Andrea Tang

 

Palm Pointe at State History Fair

Palm Pointe at State History Fair

Middle School students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are in Tallahassee, Florida representing the school at the State History Fair.  So proud of our Palm Pointe Rockets.  Pictured are from left, Nic Young, Megan Audette, Beth Casey, Natalie Ruppert, Tiana Qubain and Ariadna Hiller.

Palm Pointe 4th Graders Write in their E”LAB”Oration Stations

Palm Pointe 4th Graders Write in their E”LAB”Oration Stations

On Friday, March 29th, Palm Pointe fourth graders participated in an exciting day of writing e”lab” oration stations.  Students had an opportunity to travel to different stations and refine their writing through various mini-lessons and practice.  They were thrilled to show what they know after working hard all year on the writing process.  Towards the end of the day, students got to participate in a balloon drop that included balloons with positive messages to let them know they can do it.  Students will take their FSA Writing Assessment on Tuesday, April 2nd.

 

Palm Pointe 2015 History Fair

Palm Pointe 2015 History Fair

Recently, Palm Pointe school finalists in the 2015 History Fair from grades six and eight celebrated their achievements in a special ceremony and exhibit gallery.  This year’s theme – Leadership and Legacy – challenged the students to research an individual in history who demonstrated extraordinary leadership in his/her respective field, and left a legacy which impacted future generations.  Students selected one of five project options to showcase their research and historical analysis.  Each finalist’s project was then judged using the National History Day criteria, and a maximum of three students were selected from each category to advance to the district competition.  The St. Lucie County Schools District History Fair will be held at Palm Pointe on Saturday, February 21st from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Palm Pointe 1st Grade Vocabulary Parade

Palm Pointe 1st Grade Vocabulary Parade

Palm Pointe First Grade students celebrated their love for reading and learning new vocabulary words by making their assigned word come to life during a vocabulary parade! Students came dressed in a costume that exemplified their word.  They had an opportunity to share their word with family members and other students by marching across the stage and presenting their word to everyone.  We can’t wait to see our rockets use these new words in their speaking and writing.

Palm Point jazz band plays for Elks and earns donation

Palm Point jazz band plays for Elks and earns donation

The Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition Rocket Jazz Band was recently invited to play at the St. Lucie West Elks Lodge during a luncheon held in honor of the visiting state president of The Elks Association. Palm Point Principal Debra Snyder and assistant principal Latricia Thompson joined members of the community as guests at the special event. The band consists of current and former students who now play in local high school bands. The musical selections consisted of jazz, blues,swing,funk and rock selections. After the performance, the president presented a $500 donation to the Rocket Jazz Band. Pictured is state president Sean Maguire, along with his wife Barbara, presenting the ceremonial check to the band.

“Pages Cafe” Open at Manatee Academy

“Pages Cafe” Open at Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy middle school students are excited about the Grand Reopening of “Pages Cafe” (which serves one item and one item only:BOOKACCINOS! ). Students use Manatee dollars to purchase the fabulous beverage that they can sip while reading a book in our Media Center. Media Specialist A.K.A. Barrista (or BOOKarrista) Debbie Remington loves discussing and recommending books with her patrons as she prepares their BOOKaccino!Bookacino

P.B.I.S. Raffle Winners at Palm Pointe

P.B.I.S. Raffle Winners at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in a P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) Raffle.  Students that earned rocket fuel for positive behavior selected what items they wanted to try for in the raffle.

The prizes were McDonald’s Gift Cards, Walmart Gift Cards, a variety of sports balls, pizza parties for the whole class in every grade level and Kindle Fires.  The students pictured below were the winners of the Kindle Fires.  Way to go Rockets!