What an awesome day to be in first grade! On Friday we got to dress up and show off our favorite characters in the book of our choice!
Everyone in Mrs. West’s first grade class participated by reading their favorite book. Students completed a brown bag book report which included describing the characters, settings, and events of a fictional story. (RL.1.3). Students presented their bags by sharing the characters in their book, a summary they wrote of what happened in the beginning, middle, and end, and showed off the five items they placed inside the bag that represented the book.On top of letting the students get artistic and creating their own character bag, students were allowed to dress up as their favorite character from that book! We had ninja turtles, mermaids, and princesses walk into the class and captivate us into their fictional world.
A WORD FROM MS. MARINO:
My 2nd grade RTI class from Allapattah Flats K8 School has been busy reading and finding evidence in text. After reading The Science of Snow, Snowflake Bentley and Freddy Flake’s Water Cycle Journey, I decided that these students were ready to be real investi-“gators” on the concept of snow. So, each student was given a magnifying glass to begin their hunt, and off they went.
The students were broken up into groups of three and four and assigned one of the stories. Certain questions were asked and the search began for the quickest find! In the end, they all earned prizes and are ready to begin the journey again next week.
Ms. Mellion’s 2nd Period reviewed simplifying fractions after teaching students how to relate division to fractions. Students were able to work in groups with whiteboards for better understanding. They were excited to be able to tell the difference between simplified fractions and not simplified to smallest form fractions. Students are also learning about creating expressions with and without solving.
Students Simplifying Fractions at APF
Claretha Robinson was recognized at the School Board Meeting on January 13th as a STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipient. Ms. Robinson is the front office clerk for Fort Pierce Westwood High School. Because of the nature of what she does, many times she receives the brunt of those that come in and may be upset, however she always remains true to form. She listens to the needs of our students and parents and is slow to pass judgment. Ms. Robinson has taken on more tasks that have put her out of her comfort zone and she continues to stretch herself professionally.
Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Claretha Robinson, and Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills.
Another proud moment for Morningside Elementary as two of the Bluejays Teams placed first and second at the Odyssey of the Mind competition!
Stellar Hangout Coached by Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Garcia
Team Members: Genna Blake, MacKenzie Carpenter, Emma Espinal, Christian Garcia, Jimena Garcia, Harper Hansman, Jesus Rivera
Animal House Coached by Mrs. Lachance
Team Members: Connor Bodawala, Andres Capador, Brittany Chandler, Matthew Hermann-Fehr, Madyson Maroska, Jordan McKenna, Branden Rothe
Emoji, Speak for Yourself Coached by Mr. Kroll and Ms. Custis
Team Members: Madison Carpenter, Kalleigh Denmark, Avery Geer, Cole Gildersleeve, Arianna John, Bryce Myers, Isabella Ramos-Cordero
Triathlon Travels Coached by Mrs. Moore
Team Members: Amy Alfonso, ALexis Allen, Derek Boyer, Josh Caron, Tyler McDonald, Addison Moore, Ethan Moore
Our MSE Blue Jays glowed with joy and pride at this year’s BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake event on Saturday, September 24th at Superplay USA! Fun was had by all at this neon/glow in the dark themed event. Our team raised $636.62 for the cause!
Morningside Elementary congratulates our Teacher of the Year Janice Elmasian-Therrien; First Year Teacher Michael Alvarez; Minority Teacher Sarah Williams; and School Related Employee Diana Crosdale.
We are blessed to have staff that loves children and gives their all to helping them become the best they can be as people.
Fifth grade students at Morningside elementary planted trees in celebration of Earth day, April 22, 2014.
All five teams placed first at the Palms Regional Competition, and Mrs. Moore’s team placed fourth at the State level. Congratulations, Bluejays!!!
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.