Fort Pierce Housing Authority Recognized for Donation To Dale Cassens

Fort Pierce Housing Authority Recognized for Donation To Dale Cassens

The Fort Pierce Housing Authority was recognized at the School Board Meeting on February 10, 2015. Andrea Kochanowski, Executive Director for Fort Pierce Housing Authority, presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Dale Cassens Education Complex to be used to support the Spring Fling, the school store, and future Positive Behavior Intervention support activities. Andrea is a SAC member at Dale Cassens. Her dedication and support of the students is evident through her participation in various events such as Fall Festival, Spring Fling, and Teacher Appreciation Week. This year Fort Pierce Housing Authority donated Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to their needy families. The Dale Cassens family is fortunate to have Andrea as a valued community member.

Pictured are, Genelle Yost, Andrea Kochanowski, Dr. Donna Mills, Ellen Harden, Dawna Guiel, and Keith Davis.

First Graders Learn Sink or Float at Mariposa Elementary

First Graders Learn Sink or Float at Mariposa Elementary

Beth Forbes’ First graders conducted an experiment in science. They predicted items would either float or sink in a tub of water. Each student had an opportunity to gently drop something into the tub. Most of their predictions were correct…however, they had two surprises: a tiny paper clip plummeted to the bottom, and a pencil floated on top of the water! It was fun…learning…a good day in first grade. Pictured from left to right in the first row are Jakoby Riley, Sofia Delgado Ortiz, and Karli Rubin. Pictured in the Second Row is Thomas Rivera, Symora Dowe, Leana Nguyen, and Kadence Haddon. Pictured in the third row is Dominic Delancy, Boden Bishop, Luke LaCombe, Taylor Wildes, Brandon Reyna, and Paige Huhn.

Manatee Academy Students Shine at History Fair

Manatee Academy Students Shine at History Fair

Naiah James and Cade Saenz, 8th grade, placed 2nd and 1st, respectively, at the St. Lucie Schools District History Fair on February 21, 2015 for Individual Websites.  Since neither student had any prior experience creating a website, this was an outstanding accomplishment​!
The History Fair Theme this year was Leadership and Legacy.  The students could pick any person in history who, positively or negatively, reflected each of those qualities.  Cade’s website was about John Dillinger, the notorious bank robber, who lead a gang to steal almost $300,00.00 (That’s $5.5 million in today’s money!).  Naiah’s website was about Nelson Mandela, the amazing South African who led protests against the apartheid system, was imprisoned for 27 years, became President of South Africa, and won the Nobel Peace Prize.
All of us at Manatee Academy are incredibly proud of Naiah and Cade and wish them luck at the Florida State History Fair May 3-5, 2015.

 

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.

Village Green’s “Odyssey of the Mind” Team Lands a Win at Regional Competition

Village Green’s “Odyssey of the Mind” Team Lands a Win at Regional Competition

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Northport Engages Parents, Families, and Community using Social Media!

Northport Engages Parents, Families, and Community using Social Media!

Northport VPK-8 School, using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, have brought a whole new level of “Parent and Community Involvement” to the school. Parents, extended families, community members, volunteers, business partners, teachers and students are kept up to date, on a daily basis about information and programs occurring at the school. Parents visit the site to catch a glimpse of their own child engaging in an activity or to learn about special programming that takes place at the school. Using social media, the school is better capable of building a culture of family that extends far into the community. Pictures, video clips, information and programming notes are shared through social media. The school is continually announcing to parents and friends to “like” Northport K-8 School at events where parents and families are gathered. For example, Student of the Month, Honor Roll, sporting events, special programming such as the Northport VPK-8 School Leadership Summits that are held on a monthly basis, band and choral concerts and events and a variety of other venues. It takes dedication and resolve to keep social media tools active and up to date so that the entire school community can get fresh, up to the minute information. Northport’s vision aligns with the Saint Lucie County School District’s Vision of partnering with parents and community to become a premier center of knowledge that is organized around students and families. The best way we can accomplish our core business of educational success and achievement is with strong communication to build that family bond and to establish a culture of teamwork. Please consider visiting the Northport K-8 School Facebook page and hitting “like” and joining us on Twitter.

Southern Oaks Middle School 7th Grade Graphic Novel Author Winner

Southern Oaks Middle School 7th Grade Graphic Novel Author Winner

Ms Odom and Mrs. Aguila brought Mr. Clark’s 7th grade Language Arts students into the media center to begin writing a short story as a graphic novel.  Mr. Clark had the students finish the stories in his class.  The students had a great time writing and illustrating the stories.  They could work alone or in groups of two or three.  Our first place winner was Nthaily Cummings for her story entitled “Lock In”.  She won a $25.00 Visa Gift Card and a variety of other prizes from our prize closet. Great job Nthaily and congratulations to Mr. Clark’s classes for a job well done.

Port St. Lucie High School at the District History Fair

Port St. Lucie High School at the District History Fair

Sixteen PSLHS students competed at our District History Fair January 21st and brought home 3 first place awards, 1 second place, and 1 third place.  Congrats to Jessica Fernandez (1st Individual Exhibit), Savannah Cymbal (1st Individual Website), Mark Alton, Ondra Lee (1st Group Website), Diana Nguyen (2nd Place Individual Website) HaileyVotino & Taylor Tetreault (3rd Place Group Documentary). We are “Jaguar Proud” and wish you success as you move on to compete at the State Fair in Tallahassee May 3rd-5th!

Morningside Elementary Promotes Trustworthiness!

Morningside Elementary Promotes Trustworthiness!

Parents, friends and neighbors honored our February students of the month for the character trait of Trustworthiness.  Each child was given a certificate and a positive affirmation about why they are trustworthy.  The students then enjoyed a cookie and time with their guests. Pictures of each grade levels students follow.

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Doughnuts for Dads Brings Families out to Fairlawn Elementary

Doughnuts for Dads Brings Families out to Fairlawn Elementary

To promote their Scholastic Book Fair and create a way for dads to be involved with their children’s school day, Fairlawn Elementary School hosted a Doughnuts for Dads themed shopping morning. Dads were invited to come shop with their students and then have a doughnut and a cup of coffee before they left to start their day. Approximately 145 dads came to Fairlawn to shop with their students and support Fairlawn Elementary’s Media Center.

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Southport Middle School Girls on Track

Southport Middle School Girls on Track

In a recent press release from Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast, “Southport Middle School made history with eleven brave and beautiful girls who met for their first session of Girls on Track in St. Lucie County. The Girls on Track program, for girls in 6th through 8th grade, uses an experience-based curriculum which integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The interactive curriculum is fun and challenging, covering meaningful topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships, and developing personal strengths while engaging in physical activities. The curriculum also includes lessons specifically devoted to a community service project completed by each team. Each girl will complete a 5K at the end of the season with a volunteer running buddy. This awesome team is led by volunteer coaches Kimberly Nicholas, Kathy Osking, Mildred Bernard and Kathleen Manchester.”

To learn more about the program, start a site, sponsor, how to volunteer or to register for the community 5k please visit www.girlsontheruntc.org.

Northport Welcomes Host of Community Readers to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

Northport Welcomes Host of Community Readers to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

What a wonderful morning at a school that is on the move, flourishing and continually growing! Northport VPK-8 School in collaboration with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, welcomed a host of community leaders to read Dr. Seuss books and to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with VPK-3 grade students. Local leaders who visited the school recently for breakfast, participated in the Pledge of Allegiance and Kids at Hope Pledge lead by Northport VPK students and read and discussed Dr. Seuss with the students need to be heartily thanked for spending quality time with the children of Saint Lucie County.

Special thanks to Linda Bartz, Vice Mayor of Port Saint Lucie, Tod Mowery, County Commissioner, Frannie Hutchinson, County Commissioner, Jay Liss, City of PSL Parks and Recreation along with BBBS and Americorps membership including, Azzam Abdor-Rahman, Barbara Heller, Thelma Calvi, Joni Wyzkowski, Marian Alvarado, Donna Snead, Elizabeth Williams, Marsha Capellan, Kelly Chicvara, Stephanie Clenney, representatives from Clerk of the Court, Kelly Haddox, Joanne Baker, Robin Burk, Tonya Shelton, Jessica Evans, Cindy Nunn, Tameka Walker and ten members of the Indian River State College Women’s Basketball team.

Northport VPK-8 School is a community oriented school that continually harvests the knowledge, experience and expertise of community and business leaders to help students become achievers and believers. The school realizes that 21st century students need a well rounded education and that the administration, teachers and staff are not a lone entity. The roots of education run deep into the community. Special kudos to Northport eighth grade student ambassadors who are specifically trained to move guests from place to place on the VPK-8 campus with a genuine and heartfelt greeting.

27th Annual St Lucie County Regional STEM (Science and Engineering) Fair Awards List

PLACE AWARDS

BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Gabriella Lizarazu and Jaylen DeValle, WGK
  • 2nd Place – Justine Vega, SOM

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Kelly Ramos, FPC
  • 2nd Place – William Clarizio and James Humphreys, FPW

BIOCHEMISTRY

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Dakota Robinson, SLK
  • 2nd Place – Yamilet, Aviles, MAN
  • 3rd Place – Olivia Wright, WGK
  • Honorable Mention – Riley Veatch, APF

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Kevin Duan, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – Shalom Robey, LPAHS
  • 3rd Place – Vitor DéAndrade, FPW
  • Honorable Mention – Jennifer Arriola, FPW

BOTANY

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Asha Budhai, OAK
  • 2nd Place – Radek Lermayer, SLK
  • 3rd Place – Carey Finnegan, NPM
  • Honorable Mention – Claudia Magne, MAN

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Haniya Shareef, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – Peter Jones, Olivet
  • 3rd Place – Geoffrey Zheng, LPAHS
  • Honorable Mention – Neil Helseth, STA

CHEMISTRY

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Ellyn Delano, PPK
  • 1st Place – Lauren Owens
  • 2nd Place – Sara Aube, MAN
  • 2nd Place – Taylor Milton, PPK
  • 3rd Place – Robert Hofner, LPAMS
  • 3rd Place – Taylor Tills and Hailey Thayson, OAK
  • Honorable Mention – Nichole Shakoor, SLK
  • Honorable Mention – Edly Hyppolite, OAK

CHEMISTRY

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Haley Jezewski, Olivet
  • 2nd Place – Priya Budhai, FPC
  • 3rd Place – Guilliana Cubillos, FPC
  • Honorable Mention – Christina Griffith, FPC
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Ryan Lu, SLK

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Cristin Donaldson, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – Brandon Wise and Ryan Lathrop, FPC
  • 3rd Place- Claudia Reyes, LPAHS
  • Honorable Mention – Victor Costa, FPC

EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Riley Hamilton, Olivet
  • 2nd Place – Tyler Edwards, PPK
  • 3rd Place – Skyler Rhodewalt, LPAMS
  • Honorable Mention – Julia Moras, SOM

ENGINEERING

Junior Division (2 Each-28)

  • 1st Place – Christopher Alston, OAK
  • 1st Place – Sarah Wouters, PPK
  • 1st Place – Emily Ebner, FGM
  • 2nd Place – Katrina Wu, LPAMS
  • 2nd Place – Alofania Taylor, OAK
  • 3rd Place – Anthony Feola, SPM
  • 3rd Place – Samuel Porter, FGM

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Viktor Santiago, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – Samantha Slack, LPAHS
  • 3rd Place – Christopher Swinford, FPC
  • Honorable Mention – Claudia Lopez, FPW

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Nicholas Stange, LPAMS
  • 2nd Place – Timothy Rossman, SLK
  • 3rd Place – Shanel Higuera, FGM
  • Honorable Mention – Tiana Qubain, PPK

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Aiden Dowell
  • 2nd Place – Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS
  • 3rd Place – Zoey Bridges, PHS
  • Honorable Mention – Jared Costa, FPW

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Brenton Palmer, APF
  • 2nd Place – Bryanna Vincens, PPK

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Dominique Diago, David Forbes and Jared Diago, FPW
  • 2nd Place – James Porter, FPW

MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCE

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Michael Gorbach, NPM
  • 2nd Place – Cameron Slack, LPAMS
  • 3rd Place – Zakai Mack, NPM
  • Honorable Mention – Brionna Perry, WGK

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Koushal Rao, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet
  • 3rd Place – Thomas Rodriguez, LPAHS
  • Honorable Mention – Stephen Stagg and Kyle Schramm, STA

MICROBIOLOGY  

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Callie Zheng and Yanan Lin, LPAMS

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Savannah Senko and Mario Presutti, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – Phillip Katta, LPAHS

PHYSICS and ASTRONOMY 

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Rachel Dowell
  • 1st Place – Jack Krasulak and Joshua Navarro
  • 2nd Place – Samantha Johnson, FGM
  • 2nd Place – Lauren Pedraza, WGK
  • 3rd Place – Ty Dargis, PPK
  • 3rd Place – Madeline Grohowski, PPK
  • Honorable Mention – Alicia Solis, WGK

PHYSICS and ASTRONOMY 

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Alexis Beans, FPC
  • 2nd Place – Aniya Coffey, FPC
  • 3rd Place – Shemika Lambert, FPW
  • Honorable Mention – Nicole Winn, FPC

ZOOLOGY

Junior Division

  • 1st Place – Shreya Reddy, LPAMS
  • 2nd Place- Annabelle Sasso, NPK
  • 3rd Place – Jaime Kosbob, NPK
  • Honorable Mention – Saige Searcy, NPK

Senior Division

  • 1st Place – Fred Joseph, LPAHS
  • 2nd Place – McKenzie Smith, FPC
  • 3rd Place – Shayna Caldwell, Alexis Prouty and Katie Farinacci, FPW
  • Honorable Mention – Hannah McConnell. FPW

 2015 SPECIAL AWARDS

American Meteorological Society Award

  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS
  • Aiden Dowell, Other

American Psychological Association Award for Achievement in Research in Psychological Science

  • Koushal Rao, LPAHS

ASM Materials Education Foundation Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science

  • Claudia Lopez, FPW

Association for Women Geoscientists

  • Haniya Shareef, LPAHS

Robert Bacchus “Innovation in Science Award”

  • Junior Division—Rosette Garcia, NPM
  • Junior Division—Lauryn Beard, PPK
  • Senior Division—Letticia Galeana, FPW
  • Senior Division—Chase Mathis, FPW

Bass Pro Shops Award

  • Cristin Donaldson, LPAHS

Broadcom MASTERS

  • Christopher Alston, OAK
  • Asha Budhai, OAK
  • Ellyn Delano, PPK
  • Jaylen DeValle, WGK
  • Rachel Dowell
  • Michael Gorbach, NPM
  • Riley Hamilton, Olivet
  • Jack Krasulak
  • Yanan Lin, LPAMS
  • Gabriella Lizarazu, WGK
  • Ryan Lu, SLK
  • Joshua Navarro
  • Lauren Owens
  • Brenton Palmer, APF
  • Shreya Reddy, LPAMS
  • Dakota Robinson, SLK
  • Nicholas Stange, LPAMS
  • Callie Zheng, LPAMS

Center for AgriLife Research Education & Entrepreneurship

  • Haniya Shareef, LPAHS
  • Nicholas Stange, LPAMS

Creswell Innovative Research in Marine Science Award

  • Senior Division – Cristin Donaldson, LPAHS
  • Junior Division – Nicholas Stange, LPAMS

Danae Pick Artscience Award

  • Madeline Grohowski, PPK

David A. Pick Entomology or Field Study Award

  • Haniya Shareef, LPAHS

Daniel Powell Zoology

  • 1st Place Junior – Shreya Reddy, LPAMS
  • 1st Place Senior – Fred Joseph, LPAHS

Amanda Hanks Engineering for Kids Award

  • Christopher Alston, OAK

F.A.S.T. Award (Florida Association of Science Teachers)

  • Peter Jones, Olivet

Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) Region V

  • Senior Division – Shalom Robey, LPAHS
  • Senior Division – Jared Costa, FPW
  • Junior Division – Nicholas Stange, LPAMS
  • Junior Division – Timothy Rossman, SLK

Susan J.Munyan 4H Award

  • Koushal Rao, LPAHS

Research Coast Florida Jr. Academy of Science 4H Club Good Idea Award

  • Austin Tabor and Evan Lang, FPW

Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

  • Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet

James McKenzie Innovative Inquiry Award

  • Fred Joseph, LPAHS

Karen Powell Biochemistry Award

  • 1st Place Junior – Dakota Robinson, SLK
  • 1st Place Senior – Kevin Duan, LPAHS

Mu Alpha Theta Award

  • Haniya Shareef, LPAHS

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award”

  • Timothy Rossman, SLK

Office of Naval Research

  • Cristin Donaldson, LPAHS
  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS
  • Christopher Alston, OAK

Publix Super Markets Good Science Award

  • Peter Jones, Olivet
  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS
  • Timothy Rossman, SLK
  • Shanel Higuera, FGM
  • Haniya Shareef, LPAHS
  • Aiden Dowell

RICOH Americas Corporation: Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS

Robert Powell Microbiology Award

  • 1st Place Junior – Callie Zheng and Yanan Lin, LPAMS
  • 1st Place Senior – Savannah Senko and Mario Presutti, LPAHS

Sherry Reed Marine Biology Award

  • Aiden Dowell

Society for In Vitro Biology

  • Austin Tabor and Evan Lang, FPW

SLCSB School Psychology Group: Best Application of Behavioral Science to School Learning

  • Senior Division – William Clarizio and James Humphreys, FPW
  • Junior Division – Justine Vega, SOM

St. Lucie County Fair

  • Saige Searcy, NPK
  • Shreya Reddy, LPAMS
  • McKenzie Smith, FPC
  • Annabelle Sasso, NPK

St. Lucie County Master Naturalist Environmental Award – 3 awards

  • Carey Finnegan, NPM
  • Haniya Shareef, LPAHS
  • Shreya Reddy, LPAMS

St. Lucie Soil and Water Conservation District Award

  • Senior Division – Samantha Slack, LPAHS
  • Junior Division – Samantha Helton, APF

Grace Stock Environmental Award

  • Zoey Bridges, PHS
  • Aiden Dowell, Other
  • Emily Ebner, FGM

2014 Stockholm Jr. Water Prize

  • Cristin Donaldson, LPAHS
  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS
  • Aiden Dowell, Other

Surgeon General’s Special Science Award

  • Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet

Wal-Mart Distribution Center

  • Senior Division – Jared Costa, FPW
  • Junior Division – Brenton Palmer, APF

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative

  • Shalom Robey, LPAHS
  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS

US Air Force

  • Haniya Shariff, LPAHS
  • Haley  Jezewski, Olivet
  • David Ferguson, PPK
  • Tiana Qubain – PPK

US Metric Association

  • Hafsa Saeed, LPAHS

US Public Health Service

  • Koushal Rao, LPAHS

VGTI Innovation and Discovery Award

  • Haniya Shariff, LPAHS

YALE Science and Engineering Association

  • Haley Jezewski, Olivet

FLORIDA STATE SCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS

Junior Division

  • Michael Gorbach, NPM
  • Callie Zheng, LPAMS
  • Yanan Lin, LPAMS
  • Shreya Reddy, LPAMS
  • Nicholas Stange, LPAMS
  • Jack Krasulak
  • Joshua Navarro

Junior Alternates

  • Riley Hamilton, Olivet

Senior Division

  • Koushal Rao, LPAHS
  • Haniya Shariff, LPAHS
  • Peter Jones, Olivet
  • Geoffrey Zheng, LPAHS
  • Haley Jezewski, Olivet
  • Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet
  • Kevin Duan, LPAHS

Senior Alternates

  • Aiden Dowell
  • Cristin Donaldson, LPAHS

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS

  • Koushal Rao, LPAHS
  • Haniya Shariff, LPAHS
  • Peter Jones, Olivet

International Alternates

  • Geoffrey Zheng, LPAHS
  • Haley Jezewski, Olivet

 

Mr. Larry Lee Jr. Brings Excitement to Weatherbee Elementary

Mr. Larry Lee Jr. Brings Excitement to Weatherbee Elementary

For the month of February, the students in the Peer Leadership Program at Weatherbee Elementary had the privilege to meet with State Representative Mr. Larry Lee Jr. This program targeting male African American students is one of the PBS strategies used at Weatherbee Elementary. Each month a male role model from the community comes to address these students in need of extrinsic motivation. This month, Mr. Larry Lee Jr. brought a lot of excitement in the air when he offered $5 dollars to any students who answered his questions correctly. In addition, he promised a $5 incentive to all students meeting proficiency in the writing FSA. Furthermore, each Peer Leader received an interactive activity book about the Florida House of Representatives.  The educational channel was present to capture this event, which can be viewed on WLX-TV, The St. Lucie Education Channel.
Kiwanis Club Reads to Fairlawn Kindergarten

Kiwanis Club Reads to Fairlawn Kindergarten

Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club read Dr. Seuss books to Fairlawn Elementary School’s kindergarten students to celebrate Read Across America. The kindergarten students were so engaged as the guests read their favorite books and then took questions from students about the books.  Thank you to Javier Cisneros, Quinn Haisley, Troy Ingersoll, Nicole Romero , Frank Varelle and Valerie Schulte for helping to promote literacy in the schools.

Bayshore Odyssey of the Mind Team Receives OMER Award

Bayshore Odyssey of the Mind Team Receives OMER Award

The Bayshore Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team participated in the regional competition on February 28. The team competed against seven other schools to solve the long term problem titled, Silent Movie. Bayshore’s team was honored with the coveted OMER Award, which was awarded because the team demonstrated a global view on their long term problem. Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind team, led by teachers Janet Baraniak, Heather McWilliams and Colletta Myers, placed fourth overall in the competition. Pictured (from left to right) are Coach Janet Baraniak, Giana Stella, Matthew King, Samantha Trader, Juliana Acosta, Raysaa Serra, Coach Heather McWilliams, Ryleigh Shimanek and Jessica Hunt.

White City Elementary Participating in Healthy Schools Program

White City Elementary Participating in Healthy Schools Program

White City Elementary School in St. Lucie County,  has a great after school workout for students, says Katrina Gonzalez, Wellness Champion.  Students meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30.  They have over 53 students signed up so far.  The hour starts out with a warm up that might include pushups, toe touches, jumping jacks, stretching and running laps.  After a short water break, students then get to choose a sport, for example, soccer or basketball.  At the end of the hour, students enjoy another break which includes water and healthy snacks.  Students can either bring their own snack, or the school provides fruits and vegetables.  The program is gaining momentum and the kids love it!!   Kudos to White City for leading the way in student wellness!!

White City Elementary VPK Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day

White City Elementary VPK Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day

VPK celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by reading The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham  and One Fish two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish .  We had Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast thanks to our Cafeteria Staff.  Each student turned themselves into a “THING” by making a hat and picking out their THING Number.  In math we practiced counting by rolling a dice and placing the correct number of “Goldfish Crackers” into the fishbowl.  Students practiced pattering by placing the sliced strawberries and bananas in a row to make a Dr. Seuss hat pattern on a stick before enjoying a yummy snack.  WE had a FUN SEUESSICAL day LEARNING!!

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West Gate K8 and Autism Speaks Teams Up with New York Mets

West Gate K8 and Autism Speaks Teams Up with New York Mets

St. Lucie County Schools celebrated ten years of growth, progress and acceptance with Autism Speaks on Monday afternoon when over 50 students with autism were treated to a fun filled day watching the New York Mets face the Miami Marlins. West Gate K8’s and Northport K8’s Autism Spectrum Disorder units traveled to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie for lunch and an afternoon game with a major league team. “Despite the crowds and noise all the students had a wonderful time,” said Robert Cranmer, Principal of West Gate K8. “One student even caught a ball!”

Mr. Cranmer’s staff at West Gate K8 is very active in the autism community. They cosponsor the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the Treasure Coast and now they initiated a county-wide field trip for all ASD students. “This was our first year planning this type of event. We hope all schools in St. Lucie County that have ASD units will see what a success this year’s game was and join us next year!” said Val Whyte, Behavior Tech and co-chair of the walk.

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