In Mrs. C. Bonilla’s PreKindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary, the students discussed many different kinds of paper. This included where paper comes from and what different things we can create with it. The students practiced writing, drawing, cutting, and gluing the paper.
Madison Barr wrote, ” Paper comes from trees.” She drew trees to illustrate her sentence. She practiced copying, starting with a capital letter, and left appropriate spaces between the words.
Jackson Anderson is standing in a circle with his classmates holding the paper chains they created. He said the paper chain looked like a friendship chain. The students enjoyed learning about paper and the uses of it that day.
Mariposa Elementary School’s teachers and students celebrated Storybook Character Day with a parade. They showcased their favorite storybooks and dressed as their favorite characters. In the classrooms, students read their stories to each other, and enjoyed some treats. Lauren Rocha dressed up as Little Bo Peep and showed her book proudly. Guidance Counselor- Ms. Baliton, Asst. Principal- Ms. Patton, Math Coach- Ms. Henderson, and Literacy Coach- Ms. Almeida dressed up as their favorite story book character as well. It was a great day for literacy fun (and dressing up) at our school.
Mariposa Elementary Student Council, led by Mrs. Alice Gale-Wharton, passed on the usual bi-monthly meeting to kick-off the season with a luncheon and craft project. Dipping pinecones into peanut butter and birdseed, everyone enjoyed creating an environmentally safe gift to keep or give and share with our feathered Florida wildlife.
Student Council members are: Austin Gillis, Analisa Bermudez, Laikyn Leclerc, Justin Horton, Brianna Estrada, Monte Wells, Amorie Owens, Mateo Villegas, Taylor Fairchild, Victoria Rivero-Camey, Matthew Roth, Arbenz Jocelyn, Rayne Ellison Reyes, Josue Ajucum, Jeovaughn Henry, Christina Frederick, Tahlia Sugrim, Evan Lamb, Anthony Resendiz, Emily Fote, Erin Lyons, Chris Ali, Krystal Santiago, Auston Marsh, Jabari Monds
Mariposa Elementary has been extremely fortunate to have Ms. Marjorie Ovsiovitch as our Americorps volunteer this year. Ms. Ovsiovitch has helped numerous children close their learning gaps while enjoying time with her. She is kind, dedicated, and loyal to our Monarchs. The students’ eyes light up when it is their special time to read with Ms. O. She truly is a treasure here at our school. Pictured are first grader, Isabella Perez, and Ms. Ovsiovitch.
At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Bonilla’s VPK is working on learning about patterns. They have already learned about AB patterns and now they have moved to working on ABB patterns. Arianna Lopez, Charles Sloan, Hunter Schultz, Annahisha Charles, and Cristian Gomez were provided with visuals and hands on examples. Then they were given counting squares so that they could work on making an ABB pattern individually.
After discussing mysterious movers all week, and learning that wind, water, and planets are mysterious movers; the students in Mrs. Claudia Bonilla’s Mariposa VPK classroom learned about the solar system and how the planets are constantly moving. They learned the correct term to describe that movement — orbit. They then discussed which planets were closer to the sun, and they all held a planet, moon, or star and began to orbit. The use of technology, images, and songs were implemented as well.
Students pictured: Brayden Myers, Arianna Jesse, Madilynn Bonocchi, and Shantel Perch.
The students in Mrs. Auciello’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary started the year with a fun activity to practice counting objects accurately with one to one correspondence up to 10.
Pictured is Jessie Hindman who very accurately used his play-dough to make the number 8 and to count out 8 play-dough circles to match. The students are off to a great start this year!
All the Kindergarten students at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed a hands-on experience at the 4-H Farm. This field trip enhanced their classroom lessons on animals and learning about gardens as they were able to touch the fur of a donkey, pony, horse, calf, goat, sheep and even a pig. Jabari Monds, Jake Legentus, Anthony Sarver, and Lumarion Gardenhire wait in anticipation of getting to feel the hair of the donkey. They looked at the similarities and differences of the animals to compare and contrast and had fun learning about what our farm friends do for us!
Mrs. Baptiste’s third grade student, Jayden Fairchild, put her amazing reading skills to work as she read a favorite classic story to Mrs. Auciello’s first graders! The class was silent and fully engaged as they listened to her read to them.
First Graders at Mariposa Elementary are enjoying the 2019-2020 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Junior books. Mia Romero and Isabella Cruz are buddy reading their first SSYRA book. They are best friends and are looking forward to reading all 15 of the books this year.
As part of the second grade science unit on animals, students at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed a visit from the WildLife Teaching Team from the Hobe Sound Nature Center, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an environmental awareness in people of all ages. The center offers a variety of environmental education presentations to schools and organizations. The students enjoy the opportunity to see live animals up close. They viewed an osprey, and an owl, and were allowed to pet a baby alligator, a baby crocodile, and an albino snake. Pictured, from left, are Kindman Inniccherri, Esmeralda Cruz, and Jessica Simko.
Mariposa Elementary first grade students enjoyed a beautiful day at The Busch Wildlife Care Center in Jupiter, FL. Each class enjoyed a tour led by one of the talented educators on staff at the Care Center. The students learned about Florida animals and their environment. Most importantly, they learned the importance of preserving animal habitats and how to care for the animals.
While on the tour, students saw an alligator and a crocodile, four species of owls, hawks, a bald eagle, a deer, raccoons, vultures, cranes, turkeys, and many more interesting animals. Under the supervision of Wildlife Care Center staff, students also had the opportunity to pet a baby alligator, a snake, and a skunk.
The day was perfect. On the bus, Levin Mendez Lopez and Gabriel Powell have smiling faces showing just how perfect the day was.
A note from the American Heart Association to Mariposa Elementary:
On behalf of the American Heart Association and the millions of Americans we serve, thank you very much for your school’s donation. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Thank you.
Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and your school’s contribution will significantly impact our fight against these devastating illnesses.
We hope that you, your faculty and your students found this lifesaving effort rewarding and enjoyable. You are touching so many lives — and life is why we exist as an organization. Your help and support are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to partnering again with you next year!
Gabriella Darocha is jumping high at one of the many centers that were set up for Jump Rope For Heart. The weather was great and the event was enjoyed by all.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary annually recognize the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award.
The local VFW’s of Martin County, St Lucie County, Indian River County, Okeechobee County, Glades, and Hendry County are proud to elect Michelle Smith, second grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary School in St Lucie County, this year for the elementary award.
Michelle was first nominated by Rosemary Ayers, Veterans and Support Director of the LAVFW, and Post 10132 in Hobe Sound. Her application, biography and recommendations from her Principal, Craig Logue, and Asst Principal, Sandra Bushy, showed her to be an excellent candidate for her work. Her “Heroes Breakfast” that she does each year for first responders swayed the election committee in her favor. Her application then went before the District 11 VFW Posts in the counties and she was elected again. The next step for Michelle is the judging at the Department of Florida VFW. There she will be up against 21 other teachers with similar backgrounds that do fantastic activities in their classrooms. If she meets that standard she could be eligible for the National Teacher of the Year where she will travel to Pittsburg, PA this summer to be recognized at the National Convention.
Michelle Smith and Jenifer Scipioni were recently recognized by PNC Bank for their dedication and service to the students at Mariposa. Mrs. Smith initiated involvement with Grace Packs a few years ago and has been instrumental in continued support of this outstanding program. Grace Packs is designed to help students who are in need of food support. Every Friday, food items are sent home with identified children to augment the food available to them at home. Mrs. Scipioni has taken on the weekly logistical responsibility of this program and has even elicited help from a local Girl Scout troop in assembling the food items to go home each week. We are very proud of Mrs. Scipioni and Mrs. Smith!
Mariposa Elementary’s 5th grade Monarchs received a well-deserved recognition for their participation in the NEED Project. This project encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Students in the NEED program, led by Mrs. Carla Bargeron, were awarded the Florida Elementary runner up for their excellent job educating younger students in energy conservation. Exceptional teachers and students are invited to attend NEED’s National Recognition Ceremonies held each June in Washington, DC. There, they are recognized for their efforts at the state and national level for their active role in the energy conservation education. At the conference, our 5th grade students, Ian Ottinger, Imari Johnson, Sydney Luppens, Devon Barbour, Taline El-Khoury, and Jordan Sanchez worked with peers from all over the country exploring new energy activities while NEED teachers had the opportunity to network and prepare for the coming school year. Mrs. Heydys Sanchez had the opportunity to participate as the teacher lead, and she shared the joys with a fabulous group of 6 moms attending. Although these students are now in 6th grade, attending their new schools, please join Mariposa in congratulating their achievements.
At Mariposa Elementary, fifth grade students are applying their knowledge of the tools of measurement. Student scientists in Kathleen Guntow’s class are learning to use measuring tools. Pictured, David Diaz, left, and Ludwica Romero work together to measure mass with a spring scale and are applying their new knowledge to a spray water bottle.
Kindergarten students honored their grandparents at Mariposa Elementary. They enjoyed their time by reading and drawing together. The grandparents and their child completed a book together and shared stories. Afterwards, the children and their grandparents enjoyed lunch together. James Hiner with his Grandfather, from Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s class, enjoyed this special day. It was a beautiful morning shared!
Mariposa Elementary’s Award Winning Odyssey of the Mind Team
A team of seven creative minds from Mariposa Elementary came together to save creativity through problem solving. Mariposa’s Odyssey of the Mind team went to a regional competition in Riviera Beach, where they won 2nd place! The team members that participated were 5th graders Janellie Alvarez, Sydnee Rubenstein, James Philips, and Samantha Gardner; 4th graders Justin Horton and Mason Mumford; 3rd grader Taylor Wildes.
This is the 2nd year in a row that the Mariposa team was able to earn a medal at the regional competition. Their coach, Mrs. Scipioni, is extremely proud of them. She is sad that her 5th graders will not be returning for another year on her team. However she is excited about forming a new team for next years’ problem!
Go Team, Go!!! There was a lot to cheer about during Mariposa’s PBIS Wear Your Favorite Sport Shirt or Jersey Day. It was a grand slam! For 10 Butterfly Bucks, students could wear their favorite sports team shirt or jersey to school. There was no fumbling with that as many excited students wore their shirts proudly. As a plus, teachers and staff could also wear their favorite sports team shirt or jersey to school. We saw many Mariposa students proud and excited to have taken part in this event. From Mrs. Toni Baptiste’s class, Mya Sanabria wore a Dolphins #17 jersey and her teacher took part in the fun wearing a Dolphins #17 jersey, too! All in all, the event was a knockout!!! Thank you to all for the support of our PBIS event.