Dr. Hillard presented the PBIS team and Morningside faculty and staff with the PBIS model school banner with bronze for the year 2014-2015. Congratulations!
Morningside Elementary’s grandparents were invited to have lunch with their grandchildren to celebrate Grandparents Day. Grandparents and family members filled the stage and front of the cafeteria throughout the last three days to celebrate the integral part that family has as part of the team that makes students well-rounded and successful.
Morningside Elementary School invited veterans from all branches of the armed forces to join students and staff in a tribute to honor their service to our county. On Thursday, November 9, the school’s hallway was lined with students waving flags, clapping, and cheering as veterans made their way to the school’s cafeteria.
Standing at attention, awaiting the ladies and gentlemen who served our country (some on active duty, some on reserve duty, some retired), was Port St. Lucie High School’s Color Guard. Students from each grade group performed songs and tributes to the audience with a medley of tunes representing each branch rounding out the performance as the finale.
Morningside’s STARS were celebrated Monday, January 4, 2016, with a breakfast, MSE shirt, and certificate.
Our School Related Employee of the Year is Candida Castrillo, executive secretary. The Distinguished Minority Teacher is Stacey McColley, kindergarten teacher, and our Teacher of the Year is Coach Ryan Prue, PE teacher.
Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team is one of the two best creative problem-solving teams in the state of Florida! This has earned them the right to compete with 25 other countries at the World Finals. The school is working hard to raise the money for travel, but they need your help! Please consider donating to the cause. This can be done in two ways:
- The Education Foundation is collecting donations. Donate on-line by going to www.efslc.org. Click on “donate now,” then “Apply to” and finally “SLE” the money put in here will go directly to us! You may also send donations directly to Morningside Elementary (Attention: Angie Sands).
- Please attend our car washes! These will be on Saturday, April 28th and on Saturday, May 5th at the Auto Zone at the corner of US1 and Port St. Lucie Boulevard. They will both be from 9 am until noon.
Parents and students met for student-led conferences. Students explained their work and progress, and parents praised and asked questions. A great time for all.
Teachers at MSE dressed up in their favorite decade outfit and wonderful conversations with children happened. We had representatives from 1940’s through the 1990’s.
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. She explained that the team, operating on their own were challenged 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, and we wish them great success.
They are currently hard at work fundraising for this trip along with the support of the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County.
Julie Moore – Coach
Addison Moore, 5th grade
Derek Boyer, 5th grade
Josh Caron, 5th grade
Tyler McDonald, 4th grade
Ethan Moore, 3rd grade
Alexis Allen, 3rd grade
Amy Alfonso, 3rd grade
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.
Mr. Graff, the media specialist at Morningside Elementary, received a $500 check from the Port St. Lucie Rotary Club. The money will be used to support our Reading Counts Program.
Students in third grade at Morningside Elementary each received a dictionary from the Rotary Club of Port Saint Lucie. Students were excited as they looked through the pages at pictures and new words in their very own dictionary. Thank you, Rotary, for your wonderful gift!
Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students competed in the MSE Spelling Bee on January 12, 2015. After 14 rounds of words, Aaron Nieves, a third grader buzzes to the top and wins the competition. Congratulation Aaron!!
Students at Morningside Elementary who earned Principal’s Honor Roll (straight A’s) were honored by the Principal, Cortina Bell-Gray, with a Pizza party. Congratulations, students!
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.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently performed a multicultural holiday event for families. The students sang songs from different countries, such as Jingle Bells and Feliz Navidad which were led by music director Christine Hill. After the performance, the families were able to sample foods from many different countries and enjoy the company of families and friends. It was a great learning experience for all!
Music In Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration. Music educators, students, and communities engage in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in St. Lucie Public Schools.
The theme for this year is “Music Connects Us.” Music is often called a ‘universal language.’ Every culture has developed their own system of music and the art has proven to be important in nearly every aspect of society. Learning how to interact with this ubiquitous world of music is of vital importance to all students throughout their entire school career.
St. Lucie Public Schools Annual Music In Our Schools Concert was held at the Fenn Center on April 12, 2018. The event featured over 500 elementary, middle, and high school band and chorus students from across the district. It was an evening of pure joy!
Chorus and band students from across the school district performed in spectacular fashion for a full house at the Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. As part of the annual Music In Our Schools celebration, students are specially selected from among St. Lucie Public Schools’ middle and high school band and chorus programs. The composite band or chorus group is then lead by a visiting clinician. Students rehearse for weeks to sing and play at top level with their peers. Music In Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration. Music educators, students, and communities engage in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in St. Lucie Public Schools. To view the performance, click the link below!
Celebrate Music in Our Schools with area bands and choral ensembles as they fill the Fenn Center with the sound of music on April 7 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools.
With over 500 students from across the District performing, audiences will enjoy a wide range of musical selections as students showcase their talents for their community. The concert, hosted by Jane Whitaker, will be presented in round robin style. The theme for this year’s celebration is Music Inspires! According to Whitaker, “Music is a creative process that serves to inspire and motivate both the performer and the listener.”
Music in Ours Schools Month was founded in 1973 by the National Association for Music Education. Its goal is to stress the importance and benefits of a high quality comprehensive, sequential music education program in our schools taught by exemplary music educators.
Students from elementary, middle, and high school band and chorus groups joined to shared the gift of music on April 7 during the annual Music in Our Schools concert.