At Mariposa Elementary’s book fair, many students benefited from a special donation from two brothers, Antonio Delatorre and Alejandro Delatorre. The brothers each donated $10 along with a letter they individually wrote indicating that they would like the money to benefit students who cannot afford a book. It was a very special donation indeed and many students went home with books because of their generous donation!
Also, the book fair hosted a “Books and Bubbly” event for teachers and staff. It included homemade appetizers and sparkling cider with a performance from Mr. Guess’ fifth grade students. This spectacular musical performance revolved around three books: Ghosts, Took, and The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade! which were highlighted at the book fair.
Thank you to all who supported the book fair. It was a huge success. Plus, many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.
Mariposa Elementary celebrated “Empowerment” which is a Social and Emotional Learning theme. Third grade teacher Ms. Mikki Watson is with Tajmore Cooper, Lauren Rocha, Rosalyn Lesesne, Jaden Salazar-Taveras, Anthony Narducci, Blake McKoy, Cooper Yates, Justin Garcia, Ariana Albuquerque, Jocelyn Erwin, Macy Bierbach, and Tanner Feick. Everyone pictured is wearing yellow to celebrate empowerment.
A fourth grade student at Mariposa Elementray, Mateo Villegas, was celebrated for receiving a perfect score on his 3rd grade math FSA test. Mr. Logue and all of the administration and staff at Mariposa are extremely proud of his accomplishment!
A dual purpose ceremony was enjoyed at Mariposa Elementary School recently to honor Carl Andor, the St. Lucie County School District Adult Volunteer of the Year nominated by mariposa Elementary, as well as formally dedicate the school’s new outdoor amphitheater which Andor and his son, Logan, built during the summer with materials from Lowe’s purchased with a grant from the school’s music teacher Mary McCartney. During the ceremony, students sang a song written by Ms. McCartney for Mr. Andor’s efforts. Pictured are the celebrants.
On November 28, Mariposa Elementary had an assembly to honor men and women who have served and those who are currently serving in the United States Military. Our students were encouraged to invite a family member or friend who is a Veteran or currently serving to attend this assembly.
During the program, a group of Veterans came to speak to the students. Mr. Chad Guess had his Mariposa Marching Band Drumline put on an amazing performance. Also, fifth grader Arbenz Jocelyn shared his essay about Veterans. Students truly enjoyed learning about patriotism and service and were extra excited when they found out that Amvets Post 15 donated a U.S flag to every student at Mariposa Elementary!
In February, the Veterans will be returning to Mariposa Elementary to present in individual classes. Students love to hear the Veterans’ life stories and the students have so much to learn from them.
Mariposa Elementary celebrated Storybook Character Day. It was a huge success and culminated with a character parade featuring Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades. Many of our teachers and staff participated as superheroes including our very own Principal R. Craig Logue and Assistant Principal Angela Patton.
Pictured Above: R. Craig Logue, Angela Patton, Claudia Bonilla, William Spies, Mindy Satawa, and Monica Almeida.
It was fun for all.
Pictured: Arianna Lopez, Cristian Gomez, and Charles Sloan
Pictured: Teacher, Alicia Swink, with Angel Vittanueva, Aria Campbell, and Daniel Hernandez.
Pictured as Batman is William Spies, ESE Chair.
At Mariposa Elementary, students in grades 2-5 joined in our 100 Mile Club® which was organized by our PE teacher, Mrs. Adriana Roberts. Whether the students ran, jogged, or walked towards their personal goals, the 100 Mile Club® inspired students of all abilities to be active in an accepting, positive, and inclusive environment.
Michael Resendiz-Torres, Gabriel Barahona, Yadiel Tavarez and Jaistyn Thurston ran or walked more than 100 miles each. This year, Mariposa Elementary students walked more than 8,000 miles. This was a great achievement for all of the students.
During the months of April and May, Mariposa students have been writing and publishing their own books as a part of the annual celebration of writers — Young Authors. Students from grades kindergarten to fifth wrote, illustrated, edited, and published original stories. These books were shared and celebrated through several classroom and school-wide activities.
Four writers were chosen to represent Mariposa at the Young Authors Celebration. The students are Zane Barszcz (K, Mrs. Kari McIntyre), Irie Phillips (1st, Mrs. Toni Baptiste), Alonzo Cabral (2nd, Ms. Loretta Humprey), and Autumn Thomas (4th, Mrs. Michelle Williams).
In the Picture, Jacob McCallum is having an original Young Authors book read to him while Jeremiah Brewster is watching.
Congratulations to all of our wonderful authors for their hard work!
The Kindergarten Team at Mariposa Elementary showed their amazing collaborative planning abilities as they put together an extremely engaging end-of-unit Gingerbread Day. After a week-long unit that involved comparing and contrasting different versions of the Gingerbread Man stories, the students illustrated their own gingerbread characters. The week ended with the students decorating gingerbread cookies and building Gingerbread houses of their own. The fun projects helped bring the stories to life. Mariposa’s Kindergarten Team pictured from left to right are Camelia Lebron, Sue Caldwell, Kari McIntyre, Laura Wollff, Greta Hyatt, and Linda Auciello.
Mariposa’s reading night at Barnes and Noble was a huge success. Mrs. Brie Lamb read Tacky the Penguin to the students and Mr. R. Craig Logue also read a story. Anthony and Angel Castro are seen decorating and enjoying their cookies while Joandre Sanchez and Leonel Ineus shopped with their parents. We will have our next Barnes and Noble night Wednesday, December 6. Please plan to come for the fun.
More than 70 students and their parents braved inclement weather to attend Mariposa Elementary’s Math Night. Students were engaged in meaningful, real world problem-solving as they walked grocery store aisles. Pictured, from left to right, students Joshua Locklar, Tyshon Crawford, Paul Lesser, and Shane Lesser, observe as parent Don Lesser shows the students about the stacking of oranges (spheres). The families enjoyed the problem solving activities. It was a great evening enjoyed by all who attended.
The 5th graders at Mariposa Elementary in Ms. Kathy Guntow’s class are investigating the proper use of scientific tools. The students rotate through stations that measure volume, mass, length, time, and temperature. They also explore how to use microscopes and hand lenses to complete their science measurement tools activity. Toni Serra, Dylan Baugh, and Crystal Headley are cooperatively working with a classroom scale.
Students in Ms. Zoie Griffiths’ 5th grade class at Mariposa Elementary learn about controlled experiments. The students completed an investigation that tested how high a ball would bounce on four different surfaces. They learned about variables, the scientific process, and even included some math by finding the average height of the five trials. This will be the first of many experiments and investigations that the students will get to do in 5th grade.
Students in Mrs. Saunders’ 5th grade present Native American Projects. Fifth graders enjoyed presenting Native American projects. As part of their Reading and Social Studies standards, each student researched a tribe, wrote about the culture, then created a board or diorama reflecting the unique attributes they discovered. Pictured: Zachary Cobb, Jonah McCrory, and Victoria Serrano Melendez.
Lisa Delatorre came up with a fun project for Mrs. Auciello’s 1st grade class! She brought the supplies for the students to create and use a drawing robot, or “doodle bot.” The students had a blast putting these together and watching the cool designs they could make! Mrs. Delatorre is pictured teaching Abbilaine Burgess, Abigail Melbourne, Ariana Maneau, Zane Barszcz, Olivia Brana, Trinity Andrews, Alejandro Delatorre, Jackson Smith, Conner Arndt, Antonio Thomas, Emmanuel Garcia, and Nina Bingham how to construct their robots! We are thankful for the amazing inventive parents who bring fun and creativity into our school day! Thank you, Mrs. Delatorre!
At Mariposa Elementary, first grade students in Ami Jobson’s class are authors! Each student recently chose an animal to research before the class field trip to the Palm Beach Zoo. The students researched habitat, eating habits, offspring and what each animal looks like. The students worked hard to report detailed, accurate facts and the outcome was amazing! Parents were then invited to school for an animal presentation and to celebrate their child’s accomplishment.
First Grade at Station 13
Mariposa Elementary School first grade students went on a field trip to Fire Rescue Station 13 for a fire safety presentation. The students learned important lifesaving tips and fun facts about firefighters. After the presentation the students got an inside look at a fire engine, toured the firefighters’ living quarters, and even got to try on a firefighter’s jacket.
At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Linda Auciello’s 1st grade class was working on counting on and writing their numbers through 30. Student Tyler Rubenstein took this request to an ultimate level and counted all the way through the number 120.
It took him five white boards to write them, but he was determined to show what he knew and refused to give up!
Miguel Juarez in Ami Jobson’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary School made a hardcover book titled “Alligators”. His book is divided into sections: Table of Contents, Meet the Author and alligator facts. To honor Miguel for his hard work, Mariposa’s broadcasting station, Wings TV, invited him on the show as their special guest. His book was televised for the whole school to see.
At Mariposa Elementary, several people donated rocks to encourage and inspire Ms. Erica Morales’ students to do well on their Math FSA. She hid the rocks around her classroom the day of the Math FSA. The students were surprised and went on a rock hunt. They had a blast! The rocks were meant to inspire the students to do their best.
Founder, Melissa McInturff of PSL Rocks donated rocks, paint, brushes, and supplies for Ms. Erica Morales’ and Ms. Roxana Cirjaru’s Fourth grade classes to decorate their own rocks after testing to decompress.
Anthony Gamboa Godinez, Cesar Garcia, and Gabriella Darocha are busy painting and decorating their rocks. People are continuing to donate decorated, encouraging rocks so that Ms. Morales’ students can go on a rock hunt for their Reading FSA. The new rocks will be hidden around the school.