Palm Pointe Educational Research School won the St. Lucie County Middle School Soccer Championship on Saturday, February 7. The coach of the team was Mr. Robert Santoro, Physical Education teacher and athletic director at the school. “It was truly a team effort throughout the day as both the offense and defense had outstanding performances,” said Mrs. Santoro. This was their first soccer championship. Ms. Debra Snyder, principal at Palm Pointe, and Mr. Santoro, are very proud of the athletes who worked so hard. Congratulations, Rockets on this outstanding accomplishment. Pictured from left is: Back Row (standing) – Nemuel Robinson, Nicholas Gebert, Michael Smith, Rian Jamai, Martin Alvarez-Quiorga, Keaton Hall, Coach Santoro. Middle Row – Sebastian Fernandez, Alexander Antonakos, Mark Allen and Front Row (kneeling) – John Sarullo, Alessandro Tavera, David Zepeda and Andre Gomes-Lopez.
Students and families at Palm Pointe Educational Research School came out to participate in an Escape Room Event. This event was designed to allow students to work together in solving various academic tasks that led them to clues. These clues revealed special codes to lock boxes that revealed their next tasks. Escape room tasks included different types of government systems, FSA Mathematical questions, language and editing tasks, and research on the inventions of Benjamin Franklin. Students had to use black lights and QR codes to assist them in revealing the correct answers. Both students and families had a terrific time trying to escape their rooms by completing the challenges set for them. Additionally, this event was tied to a reading gamification students are participating in based off of the novel, The Eureka Key by Sarah Thomson.
Media specialist Elsie Garber, right, and media clerk Kathy Ferguson from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition introduced the book “Mr. Wiggles” to Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten students. Ms. Ferguson read the book, which is about how to take care of the books in the library, to the students in the class. This lesson will be very helpful for these kindergarten students when they go to the library to check out books.
Palm Pointe Educatioinal Research School at Tradition principal Debra Snyder, from left, and assistant principals Latricia Thompson and Kathleen Perez visit classes to encourage students before they take the FCAT tests. Benchmark data is reviewed, test tips are given as well as lots of celebrations.
Kindergarten students from Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition play on the drums that they made at a recent pow wow. Students all dressed as Indians and did several activities outside along with playing the drums. This was an awesome learning experience and that students had a great time performing for their families and friends.
Kindergarten students in Raynell Mowitt’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoy a Mother’s Day Tea with their moms. Each student videotaped a special message to their mom on why they are so special to them. Everyone enjoyed refreshments and spending time together.
The kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed their annual Storybook Character Parade. The students selected a book to read and dressed up as the book’s main character. Students and teachers paraded through the halls around the school so that students in other grades could see them. Parents were invited to come and see the parade too. After the parade, parents went to their child’s classroom to enjoy activities and refreshments. Pictured are students in Patricia Ifill-Bowen’s class.
Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast prepared with all the fixings by the cafeteria staff. The food was delicious and the students and guests had a great time. Pictured, from left, are kindergartner Maya Wright, her Mom and her younger student as they enjoy their feast!
Palm Pointe Kindergarten students enjoyed an exciting learning opportunity this week when St. Lucie County Firefighters came to their school to teach them about fire safety.
October is fire safety month, and to celebrate this initiative, students had an opportunity to interact with our local firefighter heroes. Students learned what to do in the event of a fire, how to safely exit their home, how and when to call 911, and the importance of coming up with a family plan during a fire emergency. They were able to explore the firetruck and tools used by the firemen.
Thank you to the brave men and women who serve us everyday in our local St. Lucie County Fire Department.
All year long, Kindergarten Rockets have been tending their garden of fresh herbs, vegetables, and greens. Students were excited to harvest some of their produce to create fresh, homemade salsa using cilantro and green peppers from the gardens. To quench their thirst, they also made a lemonade that they incorporated fresh mint into. Students, parents, and family members all came to see the bounty they prepared and to check out their gardens. Everyone joined together at a Friendship Feast where our Rockets serenaded their families with songs of thanks and friendship. Palm Pointe is thankful for all our students and families.
Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the wedding of letters Q and U. The students learned that Q and U are always together so they had a mock wedding to re-enforce this fact. Students all had a part in the celebration as a member of the wedding party or as helpers with the reception after the ceremony. This was a fun learning experience and one they will always remember. Pictured are Trotter Chaisson, left, as the groom and Madison Parrish as the bride.
The Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) event was held last Friday, February 15th at Palm Pointe K-8. Coach Piscopo and Coach Santoro were amazing volunteers and do so much to support the American Heart Association mission. This year, the students raised $4,431 to help further the mission of the AHA. Great work!
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a Beautification Day at the school. JMC Landscaping, St. Lucie County Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7038 in Ft. Pierce, Palm Pointe’s Junior National Honor Society, Palm Pointe PTO and maintenance staff all participated in the school beautification project.
Everyone picked up trash, pulled weeds and laid mulch. Approximately 800 bags of mulch were donated by Wal-Mart and some Junior National Honor Society members also donated mulch. After the work was done, PTO fed all the workers. Palm Pointe will also be receiving a grant from Wal-Mart’s Volunteerism Always Pays program. This grant will support future maintenance projects at the school.
The next school beautification project is scheduled for January 28, 2012. Pictured are students Valerie Viruet, Alexandra Velasco, Danae Beech, Coral Bailey, Melissa Fox and Robin Franklin from the maintenance department.
Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed wearing their favorite team jerseys, an annual fundraising event. Everyone donated $1.00 to help support Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Students and staff look forward to helping out this organization every year.
On Thursday, January 31st, the Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe participated in the Florida Bandmasters District 13 Jazz Band Performance Music Assessment at St. Lucie West Centennial High School where they were evaluated by a panel of three state certified Jazz Adjudicators.
We are proud to announce that both bands achieved straight superior ratings, which is the highest possible rating. Congratulations to the Palm Pointe students and staff on this awesome achievement.
Students in the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition Jazz Band recently spent their afternoon jazz period carving out musical pumpkins in their second annual Jazz O Lantern carving competition. Patterns ranged from original to store bought patterns. A great time was had by all. Pictured from left is Caleb Molina and Orret Hall.
Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition a clinic was hosted for clarinet players in the four county area. The evening was sponsored by Music Man Instrument Company and included master classes as well as give aways. Students were able to gain experience by listening to two clinicians as well as picking up technique hints that were offered. Way to go Rockets!
During Literacy Week at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition grades four, six, seven and eight competed in a door decorating contest. The fourth grade classes did a Book Study as a guide for decorating their doors and the middle school classes used an Author Study for their doors. Pictured here is the door decorating winner for Harry Potter as a Book Study from Ashley Rich’s fourth grade class. Excellent!
Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition’s elementary school counselor, Summer Kuba, organized a “Day on the Hill” in Tallahassee where school counselors across the state met with legislators to educate them on the impact school counseling services have on student academic and social emotional development, college and career readiness, and overall lifelong success. Pictured second from the left in the front row is Summer Kuba.
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!