Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Training

Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Training

Social studies and ELA educators from St. Lucie participated in the Echoes and Reflections Holocaust training.  The training was provided by the Holocaust Task Force organized by Linda Medvin, Director of the FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.  The engaging presentation was lead by Stephanie McMahon Kaye from Yad Vashem.

“I found this training to be an eye opening and engaging experience. I am excited to implement the curriculum side by side with the language arts department at the end of the school year. I truly feel that the students will gain a greater understanding of the tragedy that was the Holocaust. At times emotional, this powerful presentation left me with a sense of my importance as an educator and a responsibility to share with my students.”

-Rebecca Dumont (Dan McCarty Middle School)

 

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Northport Accepts Remarkable Gift For Military Support and Americanism

Northport Accepts Remarkable Gift For Military Support and Americanism

Northport Principal Glenn Rustay and Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka proudly accept one of the most valuable gifts that a military hero can bestow, the Purple Heart.

Dr. Miles J. Gill Jr., a local Vietnam Veteran and paratrooper has dedicated his father’s Purple Heart to the children of Northport K-8 School. The Purple Heart was earned by Sgt. Miles J. Gill Sr., 1 Company, 311 Infantry, 78 Division at the Field Hospital in Germany during World War II. The Purple Heart was pinned to Sgt. Gill’s chest in his hospital bed in January of 1945. Dr. Gill is one of the Veteran Partners In Education that frequently visits Northport. He dearly wants to help educate the students about the military and heroism and what it takes to help make America the greatest country on the face of the Earth.

Dr. Gill’s gift of his own father’s Purple Heart brought special thankfulness and gratitude for all that each and every educator at Northport represents; patriotism, Americanism, service, gratitude, empathy and teaching our students civic responsibility. We have incorporated a thriving Veterans Partners In Education program at Northport that has been getting stronger and stronger since 2006 and veteran faces and uniforms are visible nearly every day somewhere in the school. Thank you, Dr. Gill, for the remarkable gift of your father’s World War II Purple Heart. We promise to teach the children to the best of our ability with top-notch lessons on all the important things that really matter.

Dan McCarty Eagles Celebrate TOY, DME, OFYT, and SRE

Dan McCarty Eagles Celebrate TOY, DME, OFYT, and SRE

Principal Felicia Nixon and Assistant Principal Heather Stanford-Clark announced the Teacher of the Year, Distinguished Minority Educator, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and School Related Employee nominees during the Eagle News Morning Show.

The entire school campus celebrated the phenomenal instructional/behavioral contributions of Ms. Dumont (TOY), Ms. Dennis (DME), Ms. Thiery (OFYT-not pictured), and Ms. Tucker (SRE).

The Eagles wish them the best as they compete at the district level!

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Dan McCarty Students are Soaring to Success!

Dan McCarty Students are Soaring to Success!

The families and faculty members of Dan McCarty Middle School (DMMS), acknowledged the school’s soaring Eagles during the first quarter honor roll assemblies.
(Pictured with parents from top to bottom; Demetrius Jenkins, Mikayla Silain, Yemerson Melendez, Samuel Diaz, and Janyla King)

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Gaines Academy Turkey Bowl

Gaines Academy Turkey Bowl

Awesome! Fantastic! Fun! Just some of the adjectives used to describe the Gaines Academy First Annual Turkey Bowl. Thursday evening’s night of family fun featured games, arts and crafts, face painting, cake walks, relay races, cheerleading instructions, and a Scholastic Book Fair. All of this took place while guests were serenaded by the impressive SGA Band.

The featured event of the evening was a chance to win a turkey. Thanks to the generous donations of the following individuals there were NINE turkeys to give away:  Superintendent Gent donated two turkeys, Mrs. Ena Stewart donated one turkey, Ms. Yanet Garcia and family donated one turkey, Mr. Mike Mackenzie and family donated one turkey, Mrs. Robin Marmitt donated one turkey, Ms. Anna Maria Gomez donated one turkey, Mr. Zahid Stewart and family donated one turkey and Lakewood Park Winn Dixie donated one turkey.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Turkey Bowl such a huge success!

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SLWK-8 Shark Chefs Prepare for Competition

SLWK-8 Shark Chefs Prepare for Competition

Casie Schulz and Bailey Layle, two 8th grade SLWK-8 Shark chefs, are preparing Red Velvet Roulades for the District Culinary Showcase to be held at the St. Lucie County Civic Center on Wednesday December 9th from 5 to 7 PM. Their teacher is Ms. Jennifer Tremblay.

SLWK-8 1st Graders Learn a New Way to Write!

SLWK-8 1st Graders Learn a New Way to Write!

Students in Mrs. Cassie Migliore’s 1st Grade class are studying the literacy theme “Now and Long Ago.”  The students read about the homes and schools long ago and decided to see if they could write like they did back then. The students used feathers as quills to try to write their names.

The students were also able to model and build Indian teepees from paper bags and decorate them with symbols they learned about.

Oak Hammock K-8 Honors Personal Heroes for Veterans Day

Oak Hammock K-8 Honors Personal Heroes for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day 2015, Oak Hammock K-8 celebrated and honored all of their personal heroes. The wall of stars represent the friends and family members of the Oak Hammock staff and students that have served in the military. Ribbons were attached to the stars to represent special circumstances. Red = Killed in Action; White = career/extended service; Blue = became a law enforcement officer or fireman when they returned; Yellow = still serving. We also added pictures and personal stories for those who chose to share.

The wall will be displayed for the rest of November. We are so thankful for the service of all of our friends and family.

Southport Students Attend Luncheon

Southport Students Attend Luncheon

Southport Middle School’s Math Coach Kathleen Manchester selected Laura Barco-Garcia, and Media Specialist Angela Mas selected Michael Lovejoy as student representatives to meet with and ask questions of Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. Both the teachers and students enjoyed their lunch with other teachers and selected students from around the county.

Southport Middle 2015 Employee Recognition Award

Southport Middle 2015 Employee Recognition Award

Congratulations to our wonderful teachers who have been recognized by their peers for their influence on our school and the students they care so much about.

Shown here are Jenna Woods, Teacher of the Year; Yasmine Schmidt, School Related Employee of the Year; AJ Quinn, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year; and not shown, Ocella Davis, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year.

Science Classes Learn About Photosynthesis at Palm Pointe

Science Classes Learn About Photosynthesis at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students in Mrs. Huszar’s and Ms. Pulcini’s science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition recently worked with inquiry-based strategies to fully understand how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are dependent on each other. They worked to label the environmental factors, show how atoms are conserved, and illustrate how these processes rely on each other.

Pictured from left: Kai Rivera and Garrett Rodney

Palm Pointe Guidance Counselor in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe Guidance Counselor in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition’s elementary school counselor, Summer Kuba, organized a “Day on the Hill” in Tallahassee where school counselors across the state met with legislators to educate them on the impact school counseling services have on student academic and social emotional development, college and career readiness, and overall lifelong success.  Pictured second from the left in the front row is Summer Kuba.

Thanksgiving Performance Held at Palm Pointe

Thanksgiving Performance Held at Palm Pointe

The second grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition performed traditional songs as well as some contemporary ones at the annual Thanksgiving Performance.  Students danced the Turkey Tango, recited poetry, played drums and sticks, and dressed as Native Americans and Pilgrims to commemorate this special holiday.

Southport’s Literacy Night

Southport’s Literacy Night

Southport’s Literacy Department held their annual celebration of Literacy and Scholastic Book Fair in the media center. There was a host of fun activities and entertainment with musical fluency by our literacy teachers: Wanda Galey, James Saunders, and Band Director James LeBon.  The Port St. Lucie Police also sponsored a Stoplifting/Drug Awareness center for the 21st Century after-school program. The students and their families enjoyed the evening.

REE’s PTO Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

REE’s PTO Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

Rivers Edge’s amazing PTO hosted the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for the staff. They spoiled the staff with a catered lunch from St. Lucie Draft House and decorated the staff lounge in a family style Thanksgiving decor. The staff loved being able to sit around a large table and kick off the week before Thanksgiving with a relaxing and scrumptious lunch.

Holocaust Professional Development

Holocaust Professional Development

 

Manatee Academy’s Language Arts Teacher Maggie King and Media Specialist Debbie Remington along with Maureen Carter, Palm Beach county’s Holocaust Program Planner, attended FAU’s “Holocaust: Using Visual Arts” professional development seminar in West Palm Beach. They received four books, a DVD with numerous lesson plans, Holocaust art lessons, dinner, and were able to network with many great teachers in Palm Beach County.

Manatee Academy Third Graders Are Skirmishing Over Stories

Manatee Academy Third Graders Are Skirmishing Over Stories

Our third graders are so excited to participate in their first “Skirmishes Over Stories” (S.O.S.) luncheon.  Students read a certain number of books prior to our meeting, then enjoy their lunch along with Mrs. Remington’s world-famous brownies, and a prize while answering questions about the books they’ve read.  S.O. S. is a precursor for “Battle of the Books” which our 4th and 5th graders eagerly participate in every month using the SSYRA books.

Authors David Mark Lopez and Amy Adams Visit Manatee Academy

Authors David Mark Lopez and Amy Adams Visit Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy continued to celebrate Children’s Book Week Tuesday with presentations by not one, but two authors.  Pictured is author David Mark Lopez speaking to engaged fourth grade students.  David writes the spectacular Maddie’s Magic Marker  series. Amy Adams, author of Tagged, presented to our seventh and eighth grade students.