Mariposa Elementary School’s third graders in Monica Almeida’s class are enjoying their first attempts at writing narrative stories. The students are using SMILE’s Quick beginning, Loooong, interesting middle, and Feelings at the end format to create their original stories. The students hope to share their stories with Mariposa’s kindergarten students soon!
This week in the Mariposa Elementary School media center, media specialist Charlotte Pennington read to the kindergarten, first and second grade students “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot” by Dav Pilkey. Before the story began, Mrs. Pennington brought out a tin can robot she made at home. She explained to the students how she made it while the students sat wide-eyed. The robot prop was an excellent introduction to the chapter book. After the book was read, the students were instructed how to draw Ricky, one of the main characters. Pictured, from left, are Lea Cesiro, Cameron Peterson, Taline El-Khoury, and Stephanie Diaz.
Students in Ashley Thomas’ class at Mariposa Elementary were rewarded with an ice cream party for rocketing into mastering their multiplication facts through the nines. Each day Ms. Thomas quizzed students with 40 multiplication facts until all facts were mastered within a three-minute timeframe. Once students completed the different sets of facts, math coach Theresa MacInnes gave students a four-minute, 80-question facts test to complete. Pictured are Dasha Behrens, Taj Clyde, Khani Ellison, Kayla Green, Carter Heffley, Michael Hunter, Chyna Martinez, Rebecca Mosier, Jessica Sullivan, Anthony Torres, Thomas Duffy, Johann Vianna, Sara Westbrook, Trinity Hardy, and Brooklyn Parks. Other students who mastered their multiplication facts but not pictured are Anthony Borno and Amira Castillo. These students were motivated to work hard and had a great support from home to make this possible. Whether it was listening to multiplication raps, playing around the world, or drill and practice these students made the effort.
Fourth grades students at Mariposa Elementary school held their yearly Wax Museum for parents and students recently. The event was held in the fourth grade classrooms. To prepare for this activity, each student researched a famous person and created a costume to portray their character. Students stand as wax figures until a guest comes up to their booth. Once the visitor is present, the wax figure comes to life and tells a short biography about their life. Pictured in their costumes, from left, are Estefano Livi, Isik Billingslea, Daniel Lincoln, Jacob Mc Crory, Sadia Kouns and Hannah Murphy.
The Mariposa Elementary School band and chorus put on a musical performance during the month of December titled “Santa Goes Green” under the direction of Linda McCartney. The students worked hard for months to prepare for the performance. The audience was able to see the students dance, sing, and play various musical instruments. DVDs were created to help earn money for the N.E.E.D program that includes a trip to Washington DC. Pictured, from left, are Alexandria Perry, Nichole Ledoux, Dylan Brook and Sydney Garcon.
The Mariposa Elementary School band and chorus performed recently at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. They presented their holiday musical called “Santa Goes Green” with a message of becoming environmentally friendly this holiday season. Pictured is Alex Perry singing a solo with the chorus behind her. The musical was made possible with a generous grant from Florida Power and Light, and the N.E.E.D. organization.
First grade students at Mariposa Elementary School were recently challenged to dress as a US President as a way to learn more about Presidents in the past and those in the future. Pictured, Steven Reinosa poses as future President of the United States, and his costume was so impressive, he won the contest for his class and was awarded a set of mechanical pencils instead of feathered quills.
Students from Janet Balletta’s class at Mariposa Elementary recently presented their animal research projects for their parents and classmates. Students researched their favorite animals and created innovative animal projects out of cereal boxes integrating language arts, technology, and oral language skills. The culminating activity was the students giving an oral presentation of their projects. Students were recognized for their participation, and celebrated their success with their family and peers. Neisha Caldwell, left, and Shane Spellacy, right, won first and second prize for the most original and unique animal projects.
Mariposa’s Open House was quite a success! Students and families met their teachers, received bus numbers, and enjoyed a special PTO Carnival! The Carnival was provided by the school’s Positive, Passionate, Progressive and Proven PTO partners for all students returning to school. Students won prizes, threw rings, made baskets, and had such a great time! School never started off with so much fun! Students were excited to get “back to school” at Mariposa Elementary.
At the School Board Meeting on September 9, 2014 Mariposa Elementary School fifth grade students (from 2013-14 school year) were recognized as the Florida Elementary Finalist for the NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project. The mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
In this program, students at all grade levels learn about the forms of energy- heat, light, motion, sound, nuclear energy, and electrical energy- with age-appropriate, hands-on explorations that emphasize the scientific process and an application of, newly gained energy knowledge to understanding energy sources, electricity generation and more. The project advisors were Adam Archer and Mary McCartney.
Pictured are, Jan Feliciano Alvarez, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Monica Kalina, Allysha Lillard, Mr. Adam Archer, Justin Locklar, Ms. Mary McCartney, Mikayla Sampson, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Ariana White, and Hannah Wright. Team members not pictured are, Johann Vianna and Tnanazia Young.
Several third grade students at Mariposa Elementary recently were treated to a special lunch with their teachers, Michele Graci and Susan New. The students had to read six or more of Florida’s Sunshine State Readers’ books to be invited to the event. Two of the students, Emmanuella Coupet and Geovanny Reyes, actually read all 15 which is quite an accomplishment. The students who were invited voted on what they wanted to have for lunch. During lunch, students were awarded certificates stating their accomplishments along with a small gift. Pictured, from left, are Emmanuella Coupet, Kailey Ouellette, Eve Cantrell, Ronald Marquez, Lawrence Moleon-Mathews, Seth Mitchell, Geovanny Reyes, Faith Eizeman and Samantha Watson.
Mariposa Elementary School first grade students in Laura Lenihan’s class solved different ways to add numbers 2-12 during their math activity. Students worked in partnerships to play the game “Roll the Dice”. Pictured, from left, are students Ana Arcenteles and Jesse Balderas working together.
At Mariposa Elementary, Cynthia Deal in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class was engaged in finding 12 different types of angles. The activity included having a great deal of fun during the learning process. Cynthia used mini-marshmallows and wooden toothpicks to create these various angles.
Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary are studying magnetism by exploring the properties of various materials that respond to a magnetic field. As part of their experiment, students were given magnets, a compass, string and paper clips to investigate magnetism. The activity included magnetizing a paperclip by scratching the surface of a magnet, exploring the earth’s magnetic pull by using a compass and watching it point towards the North Pole, then disrupting the needle of the compass by placing a magnet near the device. Students gained insight into what is a magnet and how it works. Pictured are Sasami Bagnall, left, and Kaitlyn Fiske.
Fifth grade Mariposa students in Zoie Sloan’s Social Studies class are studying the 13 original colonies of the United States. The students have created a flipbook of information about all 13 colonies, create a map, and then complete a project on one specific colony. They will present an oral presentation including a visual representation of the information when the final project is completed. Pictured are McKayla Lauriston completing her map and Dontay Budhu working on his flipbook.
Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary have been conducting oxidation experiments for their science Fair project. The problem statement was, “Which liquids (distilled water, oil, vinegar, alcohol, milk, or soda) causes oxidation to occur the fastest?” Students were enthralled while observing the process and were using the same principles as scientists in the real world. These future scientists had to use critical thinking to determine the reasons why some liquids oxidize more quickly than others. The experimentation will continue just as real scientists conduct experiments at various times to validate their conclusions. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Guerrero, resource teacher Ann Craton, and Emmanuella Coupet.
Students in Mrs. Whalen’s First Grade class from Mariposa Elementary visited Busch Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about animals, habitats and conservation. Pictured here are Karina Arocho, Shayna Sherman, Aiden Lucero and Rossilyn Grasso, learning fun facts about box turtles from the Staff at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.