White City 1st Grader Earns Top Fundraiser

White City 1st Grader Earns Top Fundraiser

White City Elementary School congratulates first grader Madison Maclachlan in Ms. Bianchi’s class! Madison was the school-wide top fundraiser for Jump Rope for Heart! Madison raised $370. This money is donated to the American Heart Association whose primary mission is to help “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”  We are so proud of you Madison!  

Floresta Elementary Employees of the Year

Floresta Elementary Employees of the Year

Congratulations to our teachers/employees of the year, Heather Knab, Judy Rotella, Shelby Rebora, and Adam Schwimer.
A great big “Shout Out” to our St. Lucie District Teacher of the Year nominee: Heather Knab

Floresta Elementary’s Heather Knab serves the elementary school as a literacy coach for grades K through five. In this role, she happily finds herself wearing many hats throughout the day. Whether it be modeling, coaching, collaboratively planning with teachers, analyzing data, conducting a literacy meeting, or coordinating the Title One tutorial program, she embraces them all with enthusiasm and is dedicated to providing a remarkable environment for students to have exceptional learning opportunities.

With strong data to support her students’ growth in reading, Mrs. Knab finds great value in assessing students’ individual needs and monitoring their growth trends. As a literacy coach, she has the whole school under her wing, and therefore, has the opportunity to work with groups of children each day to support their varying ranges of literacy needs. She begins her work with each child by setting attainable and meaningful reading goals so they know where they are as readers. Together, she and her students practice reading skills, foster a love of reading, and celebrate positive growth toward their literacy goals.

 

 

Northport Instructor Fulfills Daughter’s Legacy of Sickle Cell Awareness

Northport Instructor Fulfills Daughter’s Legacy of Sickle Cell Awareness

It is with great pleasure that Northport hosted Yvonne Meyerson, Philanthropic Advisor for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in the media center recently. Students have been learning all about Sickle Cell disease and how prevalent the disease is within our own community. The “Project Tough Kookie” program was initiated at Northport two years ago by Marie Solide, ESE instructor, who lost her daughter Kookie following a long battle with Sickle Cell Disease. Students have learned that one in every ten African Americans has a sickle cell trait and one in every one hundred Hispanics carry the trait. In the United States, approximately 100,000 people have Sickle Cell disease and 2 million people have the sickle cell trait. Twenty-five years ago, a person with Sickle Cell disease was not expected to live to adulthood and the life span was 21 years of age. Today, the outlook is much more optimistic and many people are living beyond the age of 50.

Students in Mary Ellsworth’s seventh grade Civics class decided that this year their Project Citizen research should be about Sickle Cell disease. The students’ project, entitled “Bring Order to Disorder” was showcased at the SLPS district-wide Project Citizen event.

Mrs. Solide and her friend and co-worker, Northport Instructor Christina Davis, have been working diligently to educate our students about the disease and have held a “Sickle Cell Walk” in Tradition and several other fundraisers for the cause. All funds raised through “Project Tough Kookie” and the Tough Kookie Foundation will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for medical research.

Students from Mrs. Ellsworth’s class are so interested that they have written letters to the Northport media center to purchase a book titled, My Brother Has Sickle Cell by Dr. Erica D. Gamble. Students sent the ISBN # which is 978-1-49186-929-1. Northport student, Gladine Laguerre said, “Please purchase this book for our library. Not only do we want even more information about Sickle Cell, but a book is like a journey into a different world which is what I want to experience. I want to feel what the character’s brother felt.” Marie Solide will be spearheading her next fundraiser for “Project Tough Kookie” on April 23 at Saint James Hall on Airoso Blvd in Port Saint Lucie from 8:00 pm until midnight. The cost is $30 and will include terrific multicultural food, music, and drinks.

Please join Marie and Tough Kookie Foundation for a culturally diverse fundraiser for a terrific cause. Thank you to the Tough Kookie Foundation for fulfilling your daughter’s legacy and bringing awareness to the students of Northport K-8 School and for helping to further research at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Exciting Lab Activity for Mariposa Students

Exciting Lab Activity for Mariposa Students

Hobe Sound Nature Center visited the fourth graders at Mariposa Elementary. The center brought an owl for students to study and look at the world of raptors, while examining closely the adaptions of owls. Mrs. Jennifer Scipioni’s students learned about these adaptations through a hands-on activity investigating owl pellets. During this exciting lab activity, the students learned about food chains, ecology, and natural history. The lab activity produced small skeleton parts from rodents, birds, and more. The fourth graders were very excited to be able to take home these discoveries!

Are You Smarter than a Seventh Grader?

Are You Smarter than a Seventh Grader?

Are you smarter than a seventh grader?  Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s seventh grade team hosted a fun informational session for parents and students.  They competed with FSA and EOC type questions…and the student team won in all four rooms!  Way to go Rockets!

Kindergarten Celebrates Joining of Letters at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten Celebrates Joining of Letters at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the joining of the letters Q and U as in “quack” and “quick.”  They also held a ceremony for other consonants that frequently go together in words such as sh, ch, wh and th. What a beautiful occasion to commemorate these unions.

Palm Pointe Enjoys Read to Your Sweetheart Day

Palm Pointe Enjoys Read to Your Sweetheart Day

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition in first and second grades enjoyed reading to their families.  This is an annual “Read to Your Sweetheart” celebration and the students love sharing their favorite books with their family and friends.  Their love for reading is wonderful!

Allapattah Flats Students Become Experts and Share

Allapattah Flats Students Become Experts and Share

Ms. Mellion’s students at Allapattah Flats K-8 were engaged in African American History Month using informational texts about Jackie Robinson. Students worked together in groups to become experts on certain parts of his life. They presented to the class their circle maps as well as shared facts they had researched about him. Second graders loved learning about this important historical figure in American History.

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Lincoln Park Academy Mathletes Win Big

Lincoln Park Academy Mathletes Win Big

Congratulations to the Lincoln Park Academy Math Team on a great finish Saturday, February 13th, at Suncoast Community High School’s February Regional Mu Alpha Theta Math Competition. Eighth graders Callie Zheng, Sreya Banik, and Yanan Lin took home the third place trophy in the Geometry Team division. Callie also finished in 8th place as an individual. In the Calculus division, seniors Geoffrey Zheng, Carlos Arce, Jason Dennis, and junior Bradley Gilrane finished in third place with Geoffrey placing 2nd overall as an individual. The High School Math Team will be back in action February 19th at IRSC’s annual High School Math Olympics.

F. K. Sweet Father Daughter Dance

F. K. Sweet Father Daughter Dance

Fathers at Frances K. Sweet had the opportunity to come out for our Second Annual Father Daughter Ball. All of the girls and dads were dressed in their fanciest clothes and danced the night away. Pictured are many of the girls showing their dads how it should be done.

Literacy at Mariposa Elementary

Literacy at Mariposa Elementary

Literacy Week was a success! Students participated in daily Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) time. Students got cozy with a good book! Pictured are Cameron Wright, Josue Ajucum, and Abigail Santiago.

We also had first grade teddy bear picnics, a third grade vocabulary parade, fourth grade guest readers, as well as “Going Bananas for Reading” and book exchanges at Mariposa.

Mrs. Delancy’s third grade class also met up with Mrs. Smith’s second graders to read books and create bookmarks for literacy week! Students in those classes communicate with each other regularly through pen pal letters and activities each month. “Having older students to mentor my second graders is wonderful! My students are more motivated to check their work and make sure it includes adjectives and details! We are so thankful for Mrs. Delancy and her amazing class,” said Mrs. Michelle Smith, second grade teacher.

National Take-Your-Child-to-the-Library Day!

National Take-Your-Child-to-the-Library Day!

It’s National Take-Your-Child-to-the-Library Day! So at Manatee Academy that means families come out on a chilly Saturday morning and enjoy free world-famous, yummy chocolate-chip pancakes (by Chef Remington in pink), juice, prizes, and our fabulous library! Students could check-out up to 10 books! A truly fun day!

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Local Educators Selected to Participate as UF Teacher Leader Fellows

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Nardi Routten, a fourth grade instructor at F.K. Sweet Elementary and Glenna Sigmon, a first grade instructor at Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition have been selected to be part of an elite pool of 40 professional educators from across the state of Florida to participate in the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship Program.

The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning partnered with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) to host this program. It is designed to support Florida teachers and their leadership practices. Participants will benefit from a three-pronged focus: improving the quality of standards-based classroom teaching; documenting the impacts of professional learning on teacher and student growth; and promoting teacher voice and leadership within and across schools and districts.

Routten and Sigmon will participate in several leadership institutes, regional meetings, and virtual sessions throughout the year. Both educators have already proven themselves to be leaders and positive role models. “This opportunity will serve to support their on-going drive for professional growth,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “They are shining examples of the growth mindset we value in our professionals.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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School District Grade Increases in St. Lucie County

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The district grade awarded to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) increased from a C to a B this year. This is a significant accomplishment despite the fact that learning gains were not included in the calculations. It is important to note that two SLPS realized multi-grade increases: Rivers Edge Elementary moved from a D to an A and Morningside Elementary advanced from a C to an A. An additional six schools also increased their school grade rating. Individual school ratings throughout the county did not change drastically with the majority of schools remaining the same as last year.

“While we celebrate the increases, one must be reminded that these results are based upon a flawed and incomplete state accountability system. We will continue to focus on what is important – quality instruction for each child every day. As a District, we have been proactively analyzing multiple data points in order to gather clear and accurate measures of our students’ progress. Our leadership and instructional teams meet regularly to review and discuss data, create action plans, and implement these plans to support our students and teachers,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “The fact that our graduation rates continue to increase year after year is evidence that what we are doing is having a positive impact on our students’ success,” he added.

Superintendents and school advocates across the state questioned the validity of the results based upon the fact that the first year of the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) only measured proficiency and did not recognize students’ learning gains – an important measure for economically disadvantaged students. Therefore, it is an incomplete measure of student performance that does not reflect annual student growth.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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Recycling is Fun!

Recycling is Fun!

Treasure Coast High School Students Encourage Second Graders to Recycle

As part of their community service project for Skills U.S.A., Arielly Dias, Arthur Waddell, and Olivia Wallman visited several of the elementary schools in St. Lucie County including Palm Pointe, Bayshore, and Manatee in an attempt to emphasize the positive effects that recycling has on a community and its environment. Through an interactive presentation, second grade students learned that recycling is creative and fun. With objects such as a bag made from plastic bags, a purse and wallet made from juice pouches, and a game called “recycling basketball,” the students were able to experience firsthand the different innovative ways of recycling. The main goal of the presentation was to impact the youth of St. Lucie County by showing them that even though they are young, they can make their communities and local ecosystems safer to live in just by recycling.

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