Disability Awareness Month – JTV Chats Topic

Disability Awareness Month – JTV Chats Topic

Students in Port St. Lucie High School’s TV Production program exercised their technical, creative, collaborative, and communication skills as they took full responsibility for the production of the high schools’ first in a series of informative segments known as “JTV Chats.”

The inaugural show was hosted by Sarah El Khoury, senior at PSLHS, and featured Mr. Bill Tomlinson, Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education. Technical direction behind the scenes was attributed to Javid Khan and Tyrik Coleman, also seniors at PSLHS.

Southport Middle School Students Get Career Ready!

Southport Middle School Students Get Career Ready!

Southport Middle School had its first Career Day event on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Volunteers throughout the community came to present their careers to our 7th and 8th grade students. Presentations were job-fair style and  volunteers each had a designated table or assigned area where they spoke about their area of expertise. Students were able to walk through and view each of the displays. They were given advice and learned what educational training and personal skills are necessary in each field, and what a typical day is like through games and presentations.

Picture: Students look on as pilot Tony Richardson explains his background, education, and his daily life in this career. This event was just one of the exciting activities planned for Career Week in order to prepare students to be college bound and career ready.

Fun in the Media Center at F. K. Sweet

Fun in the Media Center at F. K. Sweet

The kindergarten classes at Frances K. Sweet listened to the story, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” in the media center with Mrs. Laura Glennon.  After retelling the story to their friends, they created an edible craft of Pigeon driving the bus.  They students really enjoyed this delicious treat!  Pictured: Eden Wagerer ready to eat her bus.

F. K. Sweet Fourth Graders Work on Informative Essays

F. K. Sweet Fourth Graders Work on Informative Essays

Fourth grade students at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School are working hard writing explanatory/informative essays.  Students examined parts of an essay, then worked with their shoulder partner to put an essay together in the correct order.  Each part was color coded for students to see the different parts.  After practicing the parts and reading about melting ice in the North and South Poles, the students wrote a response using all of their newly acquired knowledge. Pictured from the left are: Danaye Gibson and William Auriemma.

Northport Media Center Promotes Stellar Florida Reading Lists!

Northport Media Center Promotes Stellar Florida Reading Lists!

Northport VPK-8 School Media Center is promoting stellar Florida Book Lists this year. The Sunshine State Reader Program is co-sponsored by the Office of Library Media and the Florida Association for Media in Education or FAME. “Started in 1984, this reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8 is designed to entice students to read high interest, contemporary literature for personal enjoyment. The long term goal of the program is to nurture lifelong readers who will continue to read for information needs and personal pleasure.”

Northport students will have the opportunity to do book talks, promote the books on the morning announcements, participate in poster contests and a variety of other enticements for reading list promotions. The books are separated into grades level 3-5 and grade level 6-8. All Sunshine State Reader books are available in the Northport Main Media Center.

The complete lists of books are available at http://www.floridamedia.org/?page=ssyrahome. Promoting excellent reading skills and literacy are top priorities at Northport and the addition of the Sunshine State Reader lists add to our basket of reading development tools.

Pictured promoting the Sunshine State books and the Northport Media Center are Kyle Naujoks, Johnnie Hutton, Cole Rigsby, Terrence Snee, Demontavious Smith, Adena Sands and Dakota Davis from the 8th grade Dolphins team.

Northport Participates in Sterling Superintendent Learning Lunch!

Northport Participates in Sterling Superintendent Learning Lunch!

It is with notable pleasure that Northport VPK-8 School participated in the Superintendent’s Learning Lunch held on Tuesday, October 13 from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm at the SLC School Board District Offices. Northport Assessment Specialist, Josie Bailey and Northport 8th grade student, Rosette Garcia enjoyed the collaborative atmosphere provided by new Superintendent, E. Wayne Gent. Mr. Gent, students and teachers focused the casual lunch conversations on great things happening in SLC schools, praises and how student education and satisfaction could be improved. The conversation included Northport’s multipronged approach to communication and messaging including the Northport K-8 School Face Book Page, Twitter Feeds and website as well as the school’s multi-tiered approach to minimizing and eradicating bullying.

Mrs. Bailey and Rosette outlined for Superintendent Gent and the invited guests, Northport’s efforts to establish an open line of communication between instructors, teachers, administration, students and community. Northport realizes that the education of the students must take a powerful collaborative approach and monitors communications frequently throughout the school day. The Northport message and brand is that of an All-American school filled with successful students, invaluable instructors and staff, happy and informed parents, invested community members, veterans and a “thumbs up” pride.

The school’s anti bullying message was shared when student, Rosette Garcia talked about the continuity of the message from VPK through 8. Rosette discussed the school’s “Joe the Biker” visits and the celebration of the “5th Annual Northport Unity Day Walk!” The Walk takes place all day through resource and elective classes on Wednesday, October 28. All students participate in the school’s empowering mile walk around the campus celebrating Unity by chanting rhymes against bullying, carrying hand made posters and banners and thoroughly enjoying each others company and the strong anti bullying message. All community members, district staff, parents, grandparents and veterans are invited to join the “Unity Day Walk.” We are so thrilled to have been a part of a wonderful discussions and the message that was relayed to the school by Mrs. Bailey and Rosette Garcia was thrillingly positive. Superintendent Gent spoke to Rosette about leadership and urged her to run for Student Council office. We are looking forward to sending our next delegates to the prestigious “Superintendent’s Learning

Lighthouse Foundation Makes Donation to Westwood

Lighthouse Foundation Makes Donation to Westwood

State Representative Larry Lee along with Tom Jones from the SLC Education Foundation, Dr. David Washington, and Olivia Watkins stopped by Westwood High School to present the school with a check from the Lighthouse Foundation and other private donors.

The Lighthouse Foundation, founded in SLC by Representative Lee, assists the children and senior citizens of our community. The very generous donation will support scholarships to cover the laptop fee for go to help pay the fee for laptop computers for 100 Westwood students. The Panthers are extremely appreciative of Representative Lee, the Lighthouse Foundation, and the others who made this possible.

Pictured left to right: (Back Row) Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Westwood Principal John Lynch, Assistant Principal Dominick Clayton (Front Row) Dr. David Washington, Tom Jones, Olivia Watkins, Representative Larry Lee.

Gaines Academy Student Council

Gaines Academy Student Council

Gaines Academy is proud to announce the results of the Student Council elections that were held in the Middle School on October 15th. Newly elected 2015-2016 officers will serve as:
Danisha Paul – President, Yasmine Gatlin – Vice President, Amethyst Scott – Secretary, Zakiyah Paul – Treasurer, and Abrianna Minjares – Public Relations officer. Congratulations ladies!

 

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Southport Middle School 6th Grade Student Retreat

Southport Middle School 6th Grade Student Retreat

Southport’s 6th grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at our first annual Student Retreat. Students participated in several activities and games throughout the day, as well as small group discussions where they learned about each other’s likes and dislikes. In addition to writing motivational letters to themselves (which will be given back to them during the school year), they received Palanca letters, which are letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members. Three speakers from the community–Pastor and HS Football Coach Terry Ingrim, Motivational Speaker Heidi Monsour, and Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec—gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

Students were split into small groups with adult team leaders and participated in various team building activities. The activities included games such as Blindfold, where students were blindfolded and verbally guided through an obstacle course by their peers. In Building Bridges, students held PVC pipes at the waist to make a bridge for their team member to walk across. The students had to continue to build the bridge in front of the person walking across it without letting them fall. At the end of the day students were asked to team up to create and perform a skit pertaining to bullying. All students participated and each group put on a great performance.

Those students with permission to stay after school enjoyed a pizza dinner and participated in a “walk” through the day in a life of a middle school student. They were blindfolded and led by an adult around campus through three zones: teachers/parents, bullies, and Southport support, where their blindfolds were removed and students were greeted with encouragement, positivity, love, and happiness. Students talked and reflected on the experience afterwards. Later on in the evening they enjoyed a movie and popcorn together. The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.

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REE Proudly Puts on Pink!

REE Proudly Puts on Pink!

Rivers Edge staff and students put on the pink for Wear It Pink day!

Personalizing the day for Rivers Edge, it was decided that all donations would be given to our amazing principal, Mrs. Walukiewicz.

We hope for any and all forms of this disease to be removed from our planet!

Triangles Are A Lot of Fun at Mariposa Elementary

Triangles Are A Lot of Fun at Mariposa Elementary

The students in Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary are having fun learning all about triangles! Michael Soto, Zykeria Reynolds, and Kaarina Wiley are demonstrating their skills by creating a human triangle. One of the many activities the students participated in was using a string to create a triangle in their classroom. Also, they were able to describe the triangle by its attributes; they recited that “A triangle has three sides and three vertices!”

Jaguars Salute the Seniors

Jaguars Salute the Seniors

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion opened the annual senior pinning ceremony for the class of 2016 at the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Julian Taft and Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema. The Color Guard gave a great presentation of the colors to begin the ceremony. Congratulations to all the senior Jaguars of 2016 who were pinned at the ceremony.

Wounded Warrior Surf Day

Wounded Warrior Surf Day

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC cadets were excited to present the colors and be part of the Wounded Warrior Surf Day. Cadet First Sergeant Ryan McCarthy led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Staff Sergeant Travis Cetin and Cadet Major Catherine Zukowski. The Color Guard marched behind the bag pipe player leading the warriors and their families to the event. The volunteers and participants were grateful for the cadets and the Color Guard. At the end of the event, Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC was presented with a picture frame signed by all the volunteers to show their gratitude. We look forward to doing a Color Guard for the event again next year.