These 4th graders at Manatee Academy immediately formed their own BOOK CLUB in the library and started choral reading of a terrifying, suspenseful novel they couldn’t wait to get their hands on! They didn’t even notice that they were being photographed. Now THAT’S a great book! One reader described it as “CREEPTASTIC!”
Northport K-8 School is vigorously promoting community connections and positive support from our local business partners, veterans, Children’s Services Council, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, AmeriCorps, parents, grandparents and families. We realize that for a total and well-rounded education for all students, No Exceptions, we need support and open doors. This is Fall Book Fair time at Northport and we invite the community to join us to encourage reading for pleasure for all our students. Thank you to the many, many parents and grandparents who have to come to shop with their children, but we also give a standing ovation to our community members who come and purchase books for children who might not otherwise get a book.
The Book Fair causes a hum of excitement in the school for reading and it is a sheer pleasure to watch all the children get excited over books. What really causes teachers’ breath to catch and their hearts to beat faster are the kindergartners who visit the Book Fair for the very first time. Pictured are Merritt, Taylor and M.J. Lakin, a family of Northport children from the lower school and Azzam Abdur-Rahman one of the AmeriCorps tutors as Clifford. Clifford did an awesome job promoting the Fall Book Fair.
On Wednesday November 4th, Samuel Gaines Academy hosted its first combination honor roll assembly/student led conference event.
Students explained to parents and Treasure Hunters all of their accomplishments from the first nine weeks of school. Students also led conferences showing the items in their Colt Binders.
Forest Grove Principal Terry Davis visited with several students to see and appreciate their hard work. Traci Wilke, proud principal of Samuel Gaines Academy, along with her dedicated staff did an awesome job of organizing all of the caring adults who were in attendance.
Congratulations to our wonderful Weatherbee representatives who are being recognized by their peers for their contributions to our school and to the students they serve.
Through a collaborative effort by the Social Studies, ESE, and Robotics Departments, Southern Oaks Middle School students participated in their first geocaching exercise.
Student pairs were given the latitude and longitude of a cache location. Combining their GPS technology with their previously learned map skills, they sought out the hidden clues about Hammurabi’s Code, one of the oldest surviving codes of law in recorded history.
On Friday, November 6th, seniors from the Marine and Oceanographic Academy traveled to Lakewood Park Elementary to put on an anti-bullying skit for the students.
The skits, which were to created by the seniors, were meant to highlight different types of bullying that could take place in school and the resulting side effects. In a day and age where bullying is becoming ever more prevalent, the seniors felt it was important to get the message out to the younger generation.
The seniors were thankful to Mrs. Young for allowing them to take time out of their day to meet with the students.
Rivers Edge’s PBIS committee hosted a Fall Festival on Thursday, October 29!
All students participated in the “educational” part of the festival with booths that included bowling, making volcanoes, racing cars, and creating their own lava lamps. Students could also use 35 of their Otter Bucks to attend the fun side of the festival. REE parents manned these booths and had a blast giving out candy and gifts to students that competed in the duck pond, corn hole toss, hula hoop contest, and more.
Students in Ms. Mellion’s 2nd grade classroom have been learning all about life cycles of animals and plants. They were able to use Skype to connect with Ms. Samantha Betancur of the North Carolina Aquarium to learn even more!
Students were engaged in an online Skype presentation about Sea Turtles, their life cycle, and threats. After meeting a real life Loggerhead Turtle, students were swimming with information and excited for future Skype education!
It is with distinct pleasure and pride that Northport K-8 School commemorate Veterans Day with a flourish. The morning of November 10 started with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids at Hope Pledge. Students then recited the “Northport American Children’s Pledge.” The media center filled up quickly with at least fifteen local veterans from all different branches of the military and students from the 6, 7 and 8 grade Northstars and the grades 7 and 8 Stingrays teams. Students from the Northport Choir under the direction of Thomas Conner sang the National Anthem with thrilling tones that had the entire audience humming and singing too. Second graders from Mrs. Ploeckelman, Mrs. Calo, Ms. Schrader and Mrs. Lamm’s classes wrote moving tributes to our veterans and read their essays directly to the vets. The children were inspiring and the older students were moved by the clear display of Americanism. A brief history of Veterans Day was given by Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and students were given a wonderful welcome by Northport Principal Glenn Rustay. Veterans introduced themselves and gave a brief synopsis of their branch and career. Students then, using Northport Leadership Summit format, directed a Question and Answer session. Students stood, introduced themselves, loudly and clearly asked their question and then remained standing until their question was answered. Also, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Americorp, each veteran was pinned with a special “Partnership” pin from AmeriCorps and Northport K-8 School. The program was all encompassing and praiseworthy as students learned all about World War I, Armistice Day and why we commemorate the 11th minute, the 11th hour, the 11th day on the 11th month as Veterans Day. Special thanks to local Veteran Partners in Education who helped educate well over 200 students about the importance of education, civic responsibility and Americanism.
Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STE@M) makes students want to sing and dance. From a scientific point of view, the previous two trials (AKA previous two annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 3rd annual STE@M Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce on Friday, November 20th at 7 P.M.
Student teams from around the district will align STE@M-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and hosted by special guest Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Two-time STE@M Rap Battle winners, The Nerdy Boyz from Fort Pierce Central High School, will take the stage along with thirteen other teams to vie for the Rap Battle Championship. A panel of community leaders will utilize a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances. Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat call 772-429-7752.
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The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion proudly supported the Port Saint Lucie Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The Jaguar cadets provided an Honor Formation during the ceremony, Color Guard, and a tap ceremony. Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.) Nevarez was one of the guest speakers who gave an amazing speech.
The Jaguars worked in unison with Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC, and other organizations for the posting of the colors. The cadets gave an outstanding presentation overall. The Jaguar Battalion greatly appreciates and salutes all of the veterans, and their sacrifices to our nations.
As part of Bayshore Elementary School’s Bullying Prevention Campaign, students had the opportunity to hear from Joe the Biker! Joe the Biker shared his own experiences with students to teach the importance of standing up to bullying and how to get help within their school and community.
Mrs. Wolff’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary is learning about the states of matter. Prince Boatswain and Olivia Thrasher were excited to see a cool transformation. The students measured, felt, smelled, observed and discussed the white grainy solid that was placed on their plates. They discussed how it could change shape. Then water was added to their teaspoon amount of grainy powder and “POOF” the powder transformed 100% in size forming snow. They not only discussed how and why this transformation took place but also how it cooled in temperature as well. The class was delighted to make snowballs in Florida.
St. Lucie Public Schools honors its staff and volunteers with STAR Awards for exceptional customer service. This month, the following individuals were recognized:
Transportation: Carolyn O’Neal and Betty Proctor
Facilities and Maintenance: Estaquio Acevedo
Student Services: Gary George
Volunteer Services: Terrance Beauford
Thank you for your dedication and service to the students and families in our community.
WHEREAS, the educational system within the United States of America and State of Florida is a vital part of society, providing education for young and old alike; and
WHEREAS, at the heart of the educational system are educators who are devoted to sharing their knowledge and experience with their students; and
WHEREAS, in St. Lucie County, there are many retired educators who have spent most of their lives giving of themselves to all children, having demonstrated an ability to meet new challenges with enthusiasm; and
WHEREAS, during their years of dedicated service, they have earned the admiration and respect of students, parents, friends and colleagues; and
WHEREAS, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, has designated November 15, 2015, as Retired Educators Day,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The School Board of St. Lucie County, Florida, extends its appreciation and gratitude to these valued retired educators for their years of dedicated service and their contribution to the education of children; and be it further
RESOLVED that The School Board of St. Lucie County, Florida, joins Governor Rick Scott in extending greetings and best wishes to all observing November 15, 2015, as Retired Educators Day.
WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and
WHEREAS, education support professionals are an integral part of the education process; and
WHEREAS, education support professionals work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and
WHEREAS, on a daily basis, our education support professionals take great pride in using their numerous skills which are rooted in human relations, communications, verbal presentations, technical knowledge, use of resources and positive personality traits; and
WHEREAS, the educational support professionals in our school district are to be commended for the professional manner in which they perform their duties; they put forth effort, individually and collectively, to assure that our educational system will continue to have prosperity and success;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the School Board of St. Lucie County, Florida, does hereby recognize and proclaim November 18, 2015, as National Education Support Professionals Day and urges all employees and the entire community to join in this observance by expressing grateful appreciation to the education support professionals for their commitment and dedication to the school system.
Bayshore Elementary School was presented with the American Flag by the family of Captain Matthew Shields. For many years, Mrs. Debbie Gonzalez’s first grade class has sent letters and cards to Captain Matthew Shields and other members of his unit. Captain Shields’ grandmother, Lauran Griffith (longtime Bayshore volunteer), presented a flag that was flown over Syria and Iraq in appreciation for the continuous support that the unit received.
PSLHS Color Guard honored Captain Shields’ family during a ceremony at Bayshore Elementary School.
Pictured (from left to right) is Kim Shields (mother of Captain Shields) PSLHS Color Guard, Lauran Griffith and James Griffith (veteran and grandfather of Captain Shields).
The PBIS team of Samuel S. Gaines Academy is striving to engage kids in positive behaviors. When students follow the “SGA Way” which is the school-wide expectations to Stay Safe, Give Respect and Act Responsibly, they earn “Colt Cash.” Colt Cash can be used for special events and “Chance to Win” drawings. The PBIS team sponsors monthly drawings for grade groups K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each group contains items donated by school personnel or community partners. Some of this month’s featured items are an ice cream social, play time in the SGA game room, extra recess time, teddy bears, art kits, sunglasses, gift cards, and more! If you are interested in becoming a community partner or donating items to support our cause, contact SGA today!
The students at Southern Oaks enjoyed a couple of weeks of book fun at their annual fall Scholastic Book Fair. Thanks to our students, teachers and staff we received $2,126.89 in free books! We could not have done it without the help of our Southern Oaks family. Students enjoyed the new titles offered in our book fair. Michael Schmitt was one of our best shoppers. He enjoyed our selection of historical and military books. We love to see our students excited about books.
Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed Apple Center Day! The children had a wonderful time using their 5 senses to explore apples. Mrs. McIntyre spent 3-weeks having the students learn about the 5-senses, specifically what, why, and how we use them. Through reading, writing, science, and math, the children were able to explore apples and create apple projects based on their findings. In the picture, Ayva Bonacchi is sharing her apple project with her grandmother, Dorothy Bonacchi. It was a fun day of learning!