Morningside Elementary kindergartners create bravery badges

Morningside Elementary kindergartners create bravery badges

Morningside Elementary kindergartners Jeremiah Griffin and Elijah Laguerre are making bear claws for bravery. Kindergarten students listened to a story about a Native American who was brave in the face of danger. Students then shared their experiences of being brave in different circumstances and made their own bear claw for bravery badge.

 

Morningside Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team going to World!

Morningside Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team going to World!

The “Not so Haunted House”  team from Morningside Elementary took their show to Palms district competition and won first place.  On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the team competed against 18 other state winners and won first place launching them to World.  Our team will be participating in Odyssey of the Mind world competition from May 28-31, 2014.

Morningside Elementary – Moving On To World Odyssey!

Morningside Elementary Prepares For A World Odyssey

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 23 – May 26 in Ames, Iowa. Morningside’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.

Julie Moore is an instructor at MSE and coach for the MSE Odyssey of the Mind Team.  “This is a fantastic group of students. Each brings a unique gift to the team,” said Moore.  Team members   Addison Moore, 5th grade; Derek Boyer, 5th grade; Josh Caron, 5th grade; Tyler McDonald, 4th grade; Ethan Moore, 3rd grade; Alexis Allen, 3rd grade; and Amy Alfonso; 3rd grade, completed the  Triathlon Travels problem.

As a team, they were required to create a team-operated vehicle. Judging was based on the creativity and uniqueness of the vehicle’s propulsion and steering systems. The team then used the vehicle to complete three tasks: curling, tracking, and jousting — all while telling an original and humorous story. Their solution incorporated creative use of recycled materials, team choreographed song and dance, and a uniquely powered vehicle that was successful in all three areas of competition. At the World Finals, teams will be judged on three different areas: their long-term problem, their spontaneous problem, and overall style of their solution.

When asked about the school’s team, Principal Kathleen Melrose said, “The students learn more than just engineering and performance arts, they learn to cooperate and work together. They learn to accept and build on each other’s answers to solve for an open-ended solution.”  She went on to explain the value of the process and its inclusion of science, technology, engineering, arts, and, mathematics (STEAM) as well as the role of the coach.  “Mrs. Moore has been a superb team coach.  She has supported appropriately and motivated this innovative team; but the team is self-reliant.  They completed the required tasks on their own.  Their independence is extremely important.  Adult assistance, or any outside assistance for that matter, will incur penalty points at the tournament.”

Melrose stated the team is also in the midst of fundraising to support travel, room, and board for eight people and their props from Port St. Lucie to Ames, Iowa.  “This can be a daunting task. The team and their families are working tirelessly to raise money so that all team members are able to attend. The cost per team member is over $1,400.00.” MSE is sponsoring car washes, bake sales, and other fundraisers to help cover some of this cost for the team. Additionally, the Education Foundation has set up a page at: www.efslc.org. For donations, click on the “donate now” button, select “apply to” and “SLE.” All donations are appreciated and welcome.

For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, check out www.odysseyofthemind.com or keep up with our journey on our Morningside Elementary Facebook page.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Morningside Elementary Promotes Trustworthiness!

Morningside Elementary Promotes Trustworthiness!

Parents, friends and neighbors honored our February students of the month for the character trait of Trustworthiness.  Each child was given a certificate and a positive affirmation about why they are trustworthy.  The students then enjoyed a cookie and time with their guests. Pictures of each grade levels students follow.

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Morningside Elementary School Travels to Washington, D.C. as  Florida’s Representative for…

Morningside Elementary School Travels to Washington, D.C. as Florida’s Representative for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Morningside Elementary School students are charged for their trip to Washington, D.C. as the Florida Elementary School of the Year for Energy Achievement. The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project selected Morningside Elementary as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-up.

 

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Principal Kathleen Melrose beamed with pride stating, “Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade students conducted studies on energy using resources made available through the NEED project. They documented their hands-on experiences throughout the unit, and submitted their portfolio of activities.”

 

The fifth-grade group was highly engaged as their studies and experiments on the science of energy led them through class activities, energy expos, and community festivals.  “This was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community,” said Melrose.

 

She also explained the students look forward to the National Recognition Ceremony slated for June 25th.   While at the conference, students will work with peers to explore new energy activities, and NEED teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other professionals.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Morningside Elementary School’s Veterans Day Ceremony Color Guard

Morningside Elementary School’s Veterans Day Ceremony Color Guard

On Wednesday November 7, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s color guard presented the national colors as students said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem. Opening the Morningside Elementary Veterans Day Ceremony and commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon Mathews accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major as state flag bearer, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett as national guard, and Cadet Sergeant Michael Schmitt as state guard.

Veterans were welcomed into the cafeteria where they sat down and enjoyed various students sing songs and thank them for their service.

Morningside Elementary second graders create commercials

Morningside Elementary second graders create commercials

Renee Barnes’ second grade RtI class divided into small groups to create commercials. Dariusz Dobrowolski, Jade Magranelo, Jackson Chism, Kendall Norton, and Taylor Leonard sold pickles and cucumbers. The group decided what
they needed to say and how to act to make people want to buy their product. They rehearsed their parts and presented their commercial to the class.

Morningside Elementary students attend a PBS dress code dance

Morningside Elementary students attend a PBS dress code dance

 

Morningside Elementary students Yasmine Taveras, Jocelyn
Ortega, Leilani Warner, Emily Casler and Summer McDonough enjoy dancing
together at the Dress Code dance that the PBS team sponsored. Students in
grades K- 5 were able to attend the dance if they were in dress
code the entire first semester of the school year.

Morningside Elementary students learn about fire safety

Morningside Elementary students learn about fire safety

Students in Diane Eibl’s Kindergarten class at Morningside Elementary were visited by two firefighters this week. Firefighters Wayne and Dan, from Station 17, came in to teach students about fire safety. The students were reminded to STOP, DROP and ROLL, DON’T HIDE, GO OUTSIDE, FALL AND CRAWL. They were given the homework to make sure each has a family fire escape plan. The children enjoyed the visit, especially the part when they got to put on the turnout gear!

Morningside Elementary students learn about gardening

Morningside Elementary students learn about gardening

Morningside Elementary School students in Rose Pazos’ fifth grade class have been maintaining a garden they planted with coaching from science teacher Mar Lou Jennings. The garden includes a sensory area, a flower area, and a vegetable area. The vegetables include broccoli, mustards, tomatoes, turnips, eggplant, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, and purple and green cabbage.

 

Morningside Elementary Students Recognized As Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED Project

Morningside Elementary Students Recognized As Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED Project

On September 9, 2014 Morningside Elementary students were also recognized as the Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project at the School Board Meeting. The project advisor was Mollie Mukhamedov. Pictured are Chairman Debbie Hawley and Superintendent Genelle Yost in the back row; Isabella Cruz and Grace Robinson in the front row. Team members not present are Paul Mukhamedov, Zoya Mukhamedov, and Emanuel Rueda. Congratulations!