This year the Westgate Adopt-A-Class program led the county in classroom donations. More than $2,450.00 was donated to various classrooms. The teachers would like to thank our parent community for their generosity. Special thanks goes to teacher Dawn Mealing and SAC member Dana Stonelake for working so hard to spread the word about this wonderful program.
On May 2nd, The St. Lucie West Centennial High School Chamber Singers were invited to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the St. Lucie West Mets game at Tradition Field. Students who participate in the Chamber Singers must have completed at least one year of choral education and are selected by audition only. The ensemble performs throughout the community for local events and charity organizations. For more information on availability please contact Bridget Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Council members at Savanna Ridge helped serve meals at Matthews Café of Grace Way Village on Sunday. They provide a healthy hot meal, every Sunday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for those in need. What a great way for our students to show the community they care by helping others.
Shemar Sterlin and Nathan Gould (left to right), fourth graders at Frances K. Sweet, are the school’s top participants in the Scholastic Reading Counts Program. They each have over 1,000 reading counts points!
Rivers Edge hosted over 150 parents/students/guardians at their Spring Pentathlon on Friday, April 24. Every student was invited to come out with an adult male figure in his/her life to compete in 5 events – Egg & Spoon Race, Potato Sack Race, Hippitty Hop Race, High/Low Hurdles Race, Scooter Board Race – that required, teamwork, encouragement and a little skill. Awards were given to the top three teams in each category, but the ultimate prize was a shared memory that will surely be celebrated for years to come.
The Chapter Business Procedure team takes 1st place again in SkillsUSA Florida state competition. The same team placed 8th in the National competition in June 2014. The team will be unable to compete this June due to summer college orientation commitments. Congratulation to the following members of the Chapter Business Procedure team: Tchael Jeune, president; Precious Sneeze, treasurer; LaToya Montimer, secretary; Emily Phillips, and Deon Gamble.
Second and Third Grade students at Mariposa Elementary challenged their families and friends to chess this week! Students came to school dressed up as chess pieces, ready to teach their families how each piece moves. Families enjoyed some chess poems and a brief explanation of how to play. Then students challenged their peers and relatives to a game of chess! This family game night was made possible through a grant called “First Move,” which teaches students to play chess through online videos, computer games, and weekly chess practice. Students spend 45 minutes each week learning chess strategies and skills. Chess costumes were created by Alicia Swink, second grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary. Students were all smiles as they showed off their chess skills! The students dressed as chess pieces in the picture are: Brianna Locklar, Bryce Myers, Sydnee Rubenstien, Riley O’Dowd, Monroe Thiery and Joseph Locklar.
Students in Ms. Fuller’s VPK class enjoyed showing their family members what a day of learning is like in their classroom. Families enjoyed center rotations with their VPK child. Students and parents read books in the listening center, explored reading fundamentals via online programs, used manipulatives and many other engaging activities. Thank you to our VPK families for attending our Family VPK Day!
At the school board meeting on May 12th, Karen Knapp, Monte Kosoff, Horace Webb and Roxanne Wells from United Way of St. Lucie, presented plaques to the schools with the highest student and employee campaign fund raisers for 2014-2015.
The winners in the Highest Student Campaign were West Gate K-8 ($1,028); SLW Centennial High ($979); Frances K. Sweet Elementary ($503); and Southern Oaks Middle ($335).
The winners in the Largest Employee Giving were SLW Centennial High ($1,735); West Gate K-8 ($1,616); Morningside Elementary ($1,455); and Southport Middle ($816).
The Largest Campaign Overall, Student and Employee Combined, went to West Gate K-8 with a total raised of $2,884; SLW Centennial High with a total raised of $1,735; Morningside Elementary with a total raised of $1,455; and Southern Oaks Middle with a total raised of $1,096.
The campaign grand total raised was $36,983.
Mrs. Barbara Bennett and Mrs. Belkis Madera were recognized as May’s STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award recipients at the school board meeting on May 12, 2015.
Mrs. Barbara Bennett, 3rd grade teacher at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, was nominated by a parent of one of her students. The parent stated how happy and pleased she was with her daughter’s academic achievements and the great improvements Camila has made in reading and comprehension. Camila was super happy to get the “Star Reader Shirt” and said that she try for the next shirt. Thank you Mrs. Bennett, for giving your students great thinking skills and positive thoughts, and for your commitment to all students.
Mrs. Belkis Madera, 6th grade World History teacher at Oak Hammock K-8, was nominated by Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Chairman. In March, Dr. Mills attended Ms. Madera class, she had invited 40 Holocaust survivors, family members, and other dignitaries from the Boca Raton area to visit classrooms throughout the day to share their testimonies. The day culminated in an assembly in the school’s auditoria for the entire sixth grade team, family and community members. Exhibits of paintings, poems and portraits of holocaust survivors created by sixth grade students were on display throughout the school hallways. Ms. Madera also teaches units on Hispanic heritage and African American History. Ms. Madera’s dedication to building racial and cultural tolerance among her students has won her the Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award from the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at the Florida Atlantic University. The award recognizes teachers who have had a demonstrated positive impact on their schools and the wider community in the field of holocaust, genocide and human rights education. Ms. Madera has said she wants her students to learn that we are more alike than different—there is a vast world out there and we need to learn how to get along.
Congratulations Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Madera.
According to award winning children’s book author Donna Gephart, “Friday was the best school visit I’ve done in 8 years. And I’ve had some wonderful ones…These middle school kids inspired me with their creativity, their kindness and their awesome nerdiness.” That’s right, Donna Gephart, author of Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, one of this year’s Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominees, and My Mother Is Running for President!, which won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, said she “couldn’t have asked for a more attentive, engaged group of diverse kids.” Mrs. Gephart shared her humble beginnings in Philadelphia and the bumps along the way to her becoming a published author. She stayed over an hour after her talk to meet the long line of students and sign copies of her books, donated by Southport’s generous Young Authors Coordinator, Mrs. Wanda Galey.
On April 27th, Weatherbee’s VPK classes were able to go on one of three field trips to the Children’s Museum in Jensen Beach. It was a wonderful experience for our students to be able to share and learn with other children. They were able to dress up and look towards what future might await them. We had some doctor’s, nurses, fire-fighters, mechanics and grocery store clerks, we also had artists, architects and many other community little helpers present. We are a Kids at hope school so the trip only reinforced many of the conversations that we have daily with our children. We look forward to our next adventure to LaPorte Farms.
Commissioner Kim Johnson speaking with the 5th graders about following their dreams and goal setting in life. An amazing motivational speaker that connected with the students!
Northport VPK-8 School students from across the campus came together as a community to participate in the Annual Young Author’s program. Students, teachers and parents collaborated to bring the magic and joy of writing to Northport students. Students worked to think up great ideas from a variety of genre’s, write the story, edit, rewrite, illustrate, match the words to the pictures, develop plot, characters and setting and to bring conflict into the story line. Students wrote at their level across the VPK-8 school and then proudly displayed their books as a class or grade in the media center. The Northport Media Center was decorated with the theme, “Journey Through Books!” Each class used a favorite book as a backdrop to highlight their own books. For example, Jill Staggs and her fourth graders used the book “A Land Remembered” by Patrick Smith to entice other students who toured the library to read that book. Susan Smith’s seventh and eighth grade students used the Harry Potter series as their decorative backdrop to showcase their books. The tables were filled with artifacts about a highlighted book. The Northport Young Author program is first rate because it is an adventure in writing that all students, no matter their writing level, can participate in and find common ground and common language with every other student on the campus. It is so refreshing to have parents, grandparents and students come in and tour the media center to view the student writing workmanship. Many young students asked if they could “check out” other students books. Seven students were selected from across the campus to represent Northport at the District Young Author’s held recently at Oak Hammock K-8 School. Those selected students put their heart and soul into writing magical books. Northport representatives are:
Victoria Gallway from Miss Schrader’s grade 2
Sawyer Griffin from Mrs. Smith’s grade 8
Ranjiv Sundersingh from Miss Roe’s grade 3
Emeli Morales from Mrs. Day’s grade 3
Sharon Manzano from Mrs. Smith’s grade 8
Joseph Mathis from Mrs. Fowler’s grade 5
Zakai Mack from Mr. Carey’s grade 8
Pictured are Big Brother, Big Sister mentor, Mary Saul and her Little, Northport 4th grader, Walky Julien.
The Transportation Routing Dept Holiday Tree goes all out to honor those who we have lost fighting for our freedoms, our independence, and our American Work Force!
Each year the Florida School Nutrition Association honors school food service nutrition professionals with the Nutrition Award. The award recognizes the professionals that increase enthusiasm, desire, development, and implementation of nutrition education activities that reach every region, district, and school in Florida.
This year, Cafeteria Manager Eileen Kielbasa and her staff claimed the Region 6 Nutrition Award for the state of Florida for the the third time. This honor was based on the Art in the Park/Farm to School and PTO event that took place in October. Students created beautiful art by painting with fruits and vegetables. Families enjoyed numerous art activities that were directed by Ms. Katie Avra (Art Teacher) and PTO President Mrs. Tonya Oravec. Pictures are the Southport Cafeteria staff from left to right: Back row — Delma Martinez, Eileen Kielbasa, Donna Mackey, Marie Wade, and Aurora Hazellief. Front row: Jeanette Minerva & Mariana Ruela.
Kindergarten students at F.K.Sweet are winding down the school year by taking advantage of every minute of instructional time left. The students recognized common types of texts while comparing and contrasting versions of their favorite Fairy Tales. Nancy Thomas from Mrs. Morgan Haupt’s class and Denzel Wright from Mrs. Melanie Francisco’s class were just two of most students who dressed up like their favorite Fairy Tale characters. All of the kindergarten students are looking forward to “Happily Ever After” in first grade next year.
Both ladies celebrated their upcoming retirement with staff, teachers, family and other guests. Barbara (Mrs. I) has worked for 17 years in St. Lucie County working in our elementary schools with small groups of students to raise their confidence and achievement scores. For the past 46 years, Peggy (Mrs. McBee) has taught high school students in Physical Education and has specialized in Gifted Curriculum throughout our county at the elementary level. Best Wishes to you both! You will be missed!
On May 12th the School Board recognized Walmart Distribution Center for its partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools and the creation of the West Gate K-8 Reading and Inclusion Garden. Pictured are, Donna Mills, Edward Madrid, Genelle Yost, Joe Wallace, and Bill Tomlinson.