Riverside Children’s Theater On the Go came to West Gate K-8 to perform for First Grade. Students were enthralled with The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Students enjoyed watching the singing, tap dancing, fun, and adventure in this classic tale. The first graders loved the characters and the humor throughout the show. Students compared the play to the original Book written by Beatrix Potter and wrote opinion papers explaining which version of the story they liked best. Riverside Children’s Theater did a fabulous job! The First Graders at West Gate K-8 hope to see them again soon.
Second graders from West Gate K-8 had a great day at the Brevard Zoo. Ms. Schumacher’s students got up close and personal with giraffes. They fed them and had their own personal trainer educate them about these wonderful creatures. The students spent the rest of the day exploring different habitats and the wonderful exhibits. Pictured left to right, Arianna Saitta, Jasmine Rivas, Tori Roe and Macy Ernst.
WestGate K8 1st graders studied the sun’s beneficial and harmful effects. They spent time reading in the class space bubble as well as singing a parody of a popular song explaining the sun’s effects, magnification, stars, and gravity.
The Steam Advocates, with the help of several teachers and students, applied for an international award from the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in “STEM Excellence.” They have been selected as 1 of 3 high school finalists from across the country! This is an amazing accomplishment for Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the implementation of the STEAM school initiatives and this award would not be possible without their hard work for our students’ success.
Below is the link to the video portion of our application.
Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition two West Point people came to speak with eighth grade students that were interested in attending West Point in the future. Mr. Chris Slate is an alum and in charge of admissions in this area. A sophomore cadet, Madison Crum also came to speak with students about the program. A video was shown about West Point, information given to the students and a question and answer session at the end. The students at Palm Pointe were very interested in the program and appreciated them coming to enlighten them on the procedures. Pictured from left is Cadet Madison Crum, Area Admissions Chris Slate and Guidance Counselor from Palm Pointe, Andrea Tang.
In April, West Gate K-8 sponsored the 2nd Annual Treasure Coast Community Walk for Autism Speaks. West Gate personnel was recognized at the School Board Meeting on May 13th for organizing and coordinating such a worthwhile and wonderful event for our community.
The turnout of support for the community was phenomenal. “You have a fantastic staff at your school and the parents know that their children are in great hands each day and getting a quality educational program. My hat is off to the entire West Gate K-8 team. Congratulations on a job well done,” stated Bill Tomlinson, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.
Pictured from left to right are, Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Shequita Merelus, Jessica McLaughlin, Valentina Whyte, Lisa Landis, Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Cheryl Petrino, Robert Cranmer (Principal WGK-8), and Michelle Jerger (Director of Student Assignment).
West Gate K-8 Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Harris, surprised several of her former kinder students during their drive-through high school ceremonies by not only being there to celebrate their achievements, but also to personally hand deliver their diplomas.
On Friday, March 1st, West Gate K-8 welcomed Ms. Alicia Kohanski as guest reader for our annual celebration of Read Across America. Ms. Kohanski is a Children’s Program Specialist with the St. Lucie County Library System. Her programs are literacy based and include the use of books, stories, music, flannel boards, puppets and props. During two exciting 45 minute performances, Ms. Kohanski thoroughly engaged students in all of West Gate’s first grade classes. West Gate would like to thank Ms. Kohanski and the St. Lucie County Library system for sharing our love of reading.
Once again this year, WestGate K8 School celebrated Read Across America by inviting some very special readers. Some of the special guests visiting West Gate included Sheriff Ken Mascara, Joe Smith, the Clerk of County Courts, School Board members Troy Ingersoll and Dr. Donna Mills. Pictured is CTA/CU president Vanessa Tillman who entertained Angela Fish’s fourth grade class with her amazing story-telling.
St. Lucie County Schools celebrated ten years of growth, progress and acceptance with Autism Speaks on Monday afternoon when over 50 students with autism were treated to a fun filled day watching the New York Mets face the Miami Marlins. West Gate K8’s and Northport K8’s Autism Spectrum Disorder units traveled to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie for lunch and an afternoon game with a major league team. “Despite the crowds and noise all the students had a wonderful time,” said Robert Cranmer, Principal of West Gate K8. “One student even caught a ball!”
Mr. Cranmer’s staff at West Gate K8 is very active in the autism community. They cosponsor the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the Treasure Coast and now they initiated a county-wide field trip for all ASD students. “This was our first year planning this type of event. We hope all schools in St. Lucie County that have ASD units will see what a success this year’s game was and join us next year!” said Val Whyte, Behavior Tech and co-chair of the walk.
In true “Flat Stanley” style, several kindergarten and first grade teachers sent their students ‘Flat Teachers’. This creative gesture was an effort to reach their kids and not only remind them they are thinking of them daily, but also to inspire their students to share their quarantined adventures with their ‘flat teacher’. Students can share their adventures through Canvas, Remind, FlipGrid, and Teams. Mrs. Buehrig, Mrs. Downing, Mrs. Godoy, Mrs. Smith, Ms. Miller, Ms. Harris, and Ms. Jines are all looking forward to the many adventures and stories to come.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Seventh graders in Mrs. Lauren Kappler’s West Gate K-8 Civics class won first place accolades in the St. Lucie Public Schools Project Citizen Showcase. Their project entitled Don’t Panic will compete at the State level and is currently on display at the Capital where legislators will serve on judging panels for a final evaluation of all projects by late May.
We the People: Project Citizen is organized by Florida Law Related Education, Inc. which explains the annual project as “a curricular program for upper elementary and secondary students designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”
Students in Civics classes work in teams, identify a public policy problem in their community, research the problem, and after evaluating possible solutions to the problem, propose a public policy that could serve as the solution. At the local level of competition, the solutions are well documented in a portfolio, and the policy is shared with a committee of community leaders using a display board along with a verbal presentation.
Mrs. Kappler’s students proposed a public policy based on panic button devices for school safety modeled after safety systems in other states such as Georgia.
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Second grade teacher, Ms. Faniel, coordinated a class parade so she could have a brief face-to-face interaction with her students. Parents of her class lined up at the school and were escorted by PSLPD for a quick drive-through parade by Ms. Faniel’s home. Students and parents remained in their cars to maintain a safe distance while still getting to see their teacher! Of course, Ms. Faniel made sure to make their drive worth it as she decorated her yard with a large sign and handed out gifts for each of her students. Ms. Faniel wishes all her students a “Frogtastic” rest of the year.
On May 27, 2014 at the School Board Meeting, West Gate K-8 was presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Model School. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Christopher Edgecombe, Andrea Malin, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Third grade students proudly display their painted birdhouses which were made during their unit on Songbirds in Mrs. Palmer’s West Gate K-8 Elementary Art classroom. Students not only made birdhouses from recycled tissue boxes and Popsicle sticks, but also learn about a particular songbird by doing research for a display poster to accompany their bird house. Students will then give the new house to the birds in their back yards.
L to R back row: Aden Kneidel, Christine Cledanor, Isaiah Brangan, Noelle Prinz
L to R front row: Shane Blank , Joshua Elwood, Sydney Yahn, Kyle Scerbo, Giana Paula.
West Gate K-8 teachers organized and distributed student items left at school before the closing. Following CDC and district guidelines, teachers practiced social distancing, wore protective masks, and shared some emotional good-byes as parents and students gathered their belongings.
West Gate K8 had a blast seeing so many of their teachers and staff! Administration and PTO joined forces to treat their families with 🍕 pizza kits for dinner and a special mask handmade by PTO President Niki Patterson. West Gate appreciates all teachers and staff for all you do each and every day! #BigApplePizza#PizzaKitsAndMasks#HappyTeacherAppreciation#ThankYou
SLPS is looking for innovative teachers for the 2019-2020 School Year at our magnet schools: The WEST Prep, Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, and Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies. Find out more here: http://www.stlucieschools.org/