This week in music class at Allapattah Flats K-8, students listened to a piece called “Gallop” from The Comedians composed by Dimitri Kabalevsky. The instructional focus was on “form,” the structure of a musical composition as it can be divided into different sections. Teacher Danya Etter made the activity exciting by not only adding movements for the different sections of the piece, but also had streamers to make the lesson a hit! Pictured are Helen Gonzalez, Maximo Mendoza, Karlee Acri, Bailey Lobrutto, Brianna Welington, and Amelia Jeannoel getting ready with their streamers.
Seventh grade students in Christi Pittman’s classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 School are learning about the Civil Rights Movement in language arts. After listening to Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety, students were impressed with his eloquence and use of “big words.” Inspired, the students wrote their own “I Have a Dream” paragraph about what they would like to see changed in their community, state, country, or world. Pictured are Madison Kennedy and Victoria Joseph working together to research some events of the civil rights movement in order to prepare their speech and get ready for their upcoming novel study.
Students at Allapattah Flats recently held a food drive for families in need for the Thanksgiving break. Students were asked to bring in canned and boxed food items over a one week period. The classes with the most participation were rewarded with a pancake breakfast prepared by Principal Patti Galloway and served by Assistant Principals Casandra Flores and Ana Rodriguez. Susan Funari’s second grade class won for the primary grades and the students were delighted to be served at their desks, partaking in the home made pancakes covered in syrup used to create hearts, stars, and smiley faces for a little extra cheer. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Seda, Jay Briggs, and Dylan Cravey as they work on their second serving.
Students in Bridget Valinote’s reading class at Allapattah Flats K8 used role play to identify conflict, evaluate evidence and solve problems. Using the short story “Louisa Please Come Home,” students took turns acting as a crisis counselor and a runaway teen. Students evaluated evidence to support a variety of viewpoints in the story. Working together, they brainstormed solutions and worked to solve the presented problems. Tyrek Gardner, left, and Jean Frejuste role play as a crisis counselor and runaway teen.
Second grade students’ behavior in Sherrie McLemore’s class is reinforced through the “Gift Giving Tree.” As the students are following the PBS school-wide expectations of Responsibility, Safety and Respect they receive positive praise and are given a Gator Buck. When they receive two Gator Bucks they may trade them in for a gift ticket which go into a jar and the teacher randomly draws tickets throughout the day. The students are able to choose a gift from off of or under the tree. The tree is loaded with gifts such as books, pens, pencils, candy, stickers, puzzles and much more! Angelo Donayre and Teysia Tuff show off their recently acquired treats.
The Kindergarten students in Mr. Zakrajsek’s class are shown working hard. They are using a Dr. Spencer Kagan strategy called Rally-Robin to orally communicate the rules and expectations to their friends. The students have also used this strategy to meet their new friends and describe themselves to one another. Throughout the year they will use this strategy to communicate what they have learned throughout each lesson. The students are very excited to be able to discuss what they know with their friends. The students will also learn more valuable Kagan strategies to help facilitate their learning and help their oral communication skills as they work through their challenging year in Kindergarten.
Allapattah Flats kindergartners are becoming super sleuths using Secret Stories. The students learned about what happens when the letters t and h are side by side in a word. Then, they practiced sticking out their tongues to make the “thhhhhh!” sound. Lastly, the students used letter Legos to build words that begin or end with th. Pictured, Jolaine Austin works with, back to front, Timothy Smith, Arieana Mitchell, Jeffrey Sebastian-Agustin, and Tyler Garren.
Kindergarten students are very eager and motivated to celebrate the winter season. They each labeled a snowflake with a book they are reading from the school library. It is fun to see the enthusiasm as they read books and share them with the class. Students proudly display the number of books they read on the kindergarten hallway bulletin board.
The kindergarten students at Allapattah Flats K8 recently participated in an apple tasting. The students made predictions about which apple they would like best. Then, they tasted green, red, and yellow apples. Lastly, the students made a chart to tell which apple was their first, second and third choice. The tasting activity provided an opportunity to use descriptive language: juicy, sour, sweet, delicious, and crunchy. Pictured are Ivy Cooper, right, and Noah Cullen with some of the kindergartners’ apple findings.
Kindergarten students enjoyed connecting literature across the curriculum. After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the students learned sequencing, days of the week, and the butterfly life cycle. Students will proudly display their work on the kindergarten bulletin board. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Garica, Sariya Brown, and Jayden Stoveall as they show off their creativity in their projects.
The Allapattah Flats K-8 School kindergartners had a great start of the school year. Students did many activities related to school and classroom rules, took a tour of their new school and met many of the great staff. The students were also asked to bring in items in a small lunch bag that would tell their friends something special about “me”. They were all eager to share their special story using the microphone. It was a great way to warm up to their new teacher and classmates. Pictured is Ryan Cook as he shares his love of basketball with the class.
Staff and administration team members at Allapattah Flats carved turkeys and the cafeteria staff made homemade sides for a special Thanksgiving meal for the students and staff.
Mary Fuller’s sixth and seventh grade math students from Allapattah Flats K-8 are gearing up for FCAT. Her class project was called “Wrap Your Head Around FCAT”. Mrs. Fuller provided hats for her students to create personalized hats with messages relating to the FCAT Reference Sheet and other mathematical expressions they have learned throughout the year. Students were eager to wear and show off their hats before FCAT. Pictured, from left, are seventh graders Arianna Pittman, teacher Mary Fuller, Natalie Velie, and Alexis Starr.
Students in Marsha Reese’s sixth grade Language Arts classes at Allapatah Flats K-8 read the novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. After completing an evaluation of the character relationships and their impact on the conflict in the novel, the students used their character analysis to design projects that would show how the novel ‘s characters (set in 1933 Mississippi) would fare in present day society. Projects ranged from journal entries to skits. Pictured, from left, are Faith Rice, Rebekah Peraza, and Gracie Jimenez showing off social network profiles that they created for different characters.
Allapattah Flats K-8 middle grades students recently learned how erosion and deposition have formed the landscape around us. Seventh grade students studied plate tectonics, while eighth grade students finished up space. To review and prepare for FCAT over the next couple of weeks, the students are doing labs. Students completed a running lab where they found their speed, velocity, momentum, acceleration, force and work. Students also created simple machines using a few household objects. Pictured are Tricia Allen, left, and Alexzandra Vericella completing the “make your own simple machine” lab.
Stacey Mulder’s sixth grade students at Allapattah Flats are sending out New Year’s letters to friends and family members across the states and many different countries. Students used the correct form to write a friendly letter. Students included words of cheer, encouragement and even expressed holiday wishes. Letters were mailed in hopes of sharing the holiday spirit. Pictured are students Christian Hicks, Kyle Cornett,Tavaress Smith, Valaree Harper, Kista Leonardo, Jason Schales, Shelby Abdella, Lauren Martocchio, Rolphe St. Hilaire, Chandler McCaskill, Alexandra Belline, Jillian McDonald, asia Higgs, Taylor Brennan, Antonio Veloz, Gregory Smith, and Erik Sheley.
At Allapattah Flats K8, students in Melinda Van Der Werff’s creative writing class wrote and illustrated books for Shannon Johnson’s third grade students. The eighth graders read their stories to their third grade buddies over cookies. The third graders loved hearing the books as much as the eighth graders enjoyed making them. Pictured is eighth grader Carlos Castillo and third grader Gavrie Andrews reading The Soccer Ball.
Parents of first grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 listen attentively as Craig Perry from Huntington Learning Center gives a “Homework Helper” presentation. Mr. Perry explained the importance of having a special place to do homework, how to handle your child’s frustration with homework, and reinforced the importance of parents working with teachers as partners in their child’s education. Pictured, from left, Craig Perry, Tracy Vasquez, April Dunlop, Nicole Ancewitz, Katie Veloz, and Kelly Smith. It is rewarding to see the community, school and parents work together to create a fantastic partnership in children’s education!
Allapattah Flats K8 School congratulates four students who have been recognized as 2011 Florida’s Young Scholars Award Recipients. The noted students join nearly 2500 3rd-8th graders from across Florida that received such acclaim. Hundreds of schools participated in the project to select and honor students who not only excel academically but show that they are well-rounded individuals. Congratulations go to, from left, Adriana Carrengo, Ashley Kinberger, Ella McDonald, and Mina Sang.
The stupendous second graders at Allapattah Flats are going wild! The students recently enjoyed a visit from Miss Tracy of the Hobe Sound Nature Center. While engaged in the program, the students learned about such topics as why protecting the rainforest is important, conservation, and animals and their habitats. This was a fun and educational way to look at life science! Pictured are some of the second grade students as they interact with animal puppets. Back row, from left, Hayden Kwiatek, Christin Shaw, and Jalisse Thomas. Front row, from left, Tai’Juan Martin and Grace Stern.