As part of their Science curriculum, third grade students at Allapattah Flats are beginning to study the sun and other stars in our solar system. The students are learning how to compare and contrast the brightness, sizes, shapes and colors of various stars. This week students attended a field trip to the Indian River State College Planetarium. The students enjoyed watching the night sky light up in front of their eyes and discussing burning questions they had with Planetarium Director Jon Bell. Pictured, from left, are Trinity Scott, Madison Garcia, Isabella Westling, Dylan Maloy and Zachary Estep.
Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently held its annual Title 1 and Curriculum Night. Parents and students were treated to a pasta dinner and given a Title 1 presentation. After the presentation, parents were then able to break out into different sessions held by grade groups and departments where they could learn about what their students were going to be learning and participating in throughout the school year. Pictured, from left, are teachers Mallory Ziegler, Nicholas Spagnuolo, and Ann Hartman.
Students in Christine King’s and Felicia Cobb’s fifth grade classes at Allapattah Flats K8 have been working hard during their after school tutoring program. They have been working with the Art in History curriculum where they interact with text that explains the historical significance of an important artifact in history. The students shown in the photo were assigned the Terra Cotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty (pronounced “chin”). They read about the history of the Qin Dynasty and the significance of the warriors. After about two weeks of research, they designed their own unique Terra Cotta Warriors shown above. Pictured, from left back to front, showing off their work, are Bianca Joseph, Gwen Jimenez, Dyamon William, and Christina Patalano.
Ms. Newell’s VPK class visited the pumpkin patch for some fall fun.
VPK visited the library and heard a wonderful story from media specialist Ms. Cutchens. She helped them learn about what a librarian does. VPK is so excited about visiting the library again for the book fair.
As 5th grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 finished up their unit for Force and Motion, they brushed up on their Tug-of-War skills. Students were given a recording sheet with four scenarios dealing with balanced and unbalanced forces. Students played out the various scenarios to decide which side had a greater force or a net force of zero. Students loved having the hands on learning time as well as throwing a little physical movement in. Way to go Gators!
Fifth grade students from Allapattah Flats K-8 learn about the solar system while visiting Indian River State College’s planetarium. Students created Thinking Maps to organize and explore information they gained at the planetarium about the planets in the solar system. Pictured are Brenton Palmer, left, and Arturo Mojica from Janessa Harden’s class.
Congratulations to the Allapattah Flats girls volleyball team for winning the county tournament. The girls devoted the past eight weeks preparing and competing for this tournament. Allapattah went 4-0 at the tournament and won in Gator fashion in the championship game 2-0. This is the first county title for the girls volleyball team at Allapattah. Pictured standing, from left, are Assistant Principal Casandra Flores, Coach Amy Franklin, Danielle Rosenthal, Maria Hernandez, Ashley Kinberger, Taylor Brennan, Gracie Jimenez, Coach Justin Allen, and Assistant Principal Ana Rodriguez. Kneeling are, from left, Tori Braessler, Kali Hartman, and Danya Lenoir.
Allapattah Flats fourth grade student Enrique Crespo has been selected to represent People to People, as a Student Ambassador, for England and France in the summer of 2012. This is an exciting educational opportunity designed specifically for students and led by teachers. People to People’s mission is to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, making the world a better place for future generations. During the 14-day journey Enrique will learn about British government, Shakespeare’s theatre, Normandy Beach, see the architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral and explore art at the Louvre Museum. Enrique and his parents are grateful for his teachers, Eric Redding, Shannon Johnson, and Edwina Taylor for believing in him and inspiring him to learn.
Staff members at Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake event at Superplay USA. With an 80’s theme, staff members enjoyed sporting their neon shirts and listening to music from that time period. With three lanes in use for Allapattah, each team member got to show off their bowling and athletic abilities. All the money raised will go to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
First grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 launch into the study of the sky with a visit to the Hallstrom Planetarium! Students were able to explore Earth’s place in space by learning about gravity, the Milky Way galaxy, stars, the solar system and Earth. The students had an engaging time seeing the real-world example of the night and day sky. They saw that the number of stars in the sky was too numerous to count. They realized that stars are not scattered evenly in the sky and that there are great distances between Earth and other space objects. The students are eager to take this knowledge back to their classroom and continue learning about the sky around them. Pictured, back row from left, are Jaydin White, Justin Meyer, Jimmy Fanning, Nicole Coons, Ariana Lenoir, Kailee Brouse. Kneeling in front is Conner Henderson.
The Literacy Committee at Allapattah Flats K8 School recently put together two baskets, filled with all the items needed to make a complete Thanksgiving feast. The baskets were donated to two families in need at the school. The receiving families were extremely appreciative of the generosity of all who donated. A huge thank you to all faculty and staff who donated items for our annual Thanksgiving baskets. Pictured, from left, are Bridget Valinote, Shannon Johnson, and Nikki Rodriguez.
Christine King’s sixth and seventh grade math students at Allapattah Flats K-8 are looking ahead to next year by exploring Box-and-Whisker Plots. Box-and-Whisker Plots are diagrams that summarize data by dividing it into quartiles. Students surveyed other students around school, their parents and even other teachers. Students asked questions such as “How often do you get on the internet in one week?” They then ordered their data, found the measures of variation and graphed their data on a Box-and-Whisker Plot. Pictured showing off their hardwork are Christine King and some of her students, from left, Matthew Gustin, Daniel Lopez, Cassidy Lanier, Alexis Tabora, Pricillia Samaroo, and sitting up front is Bailee Reese.
Students in Melissa Nelson’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 School used cards to understand, create, and practice exponential equations. Students worked in pairs and flipped over cards to provide bases and exponents. Students then solved the exponential equations they created! Pictured are Sharon Charite, left, and Sarla Dominguez.
Allapattah Flats K8 recognized outstanding Business Partner Walmart Distribution Center as its Business Partner of the Year, and attended the recent recognition ceremony at the district office. The company has been instrumental in creating a truly fantastic business partner relationship for Allapattah Flats K8. Jennie Shalala-Hartman has volunteered her time to reading to our primary classes, and has volunteered at various school functions. She has created sight word flash cards, cut out needed materials, and is always willing to assist. She was able to enroll our school in the VAP program, Volunteering Always Pays, which awarded our school a check for $250.00 for her 25 hours of volunteer service. The Walmart Distribution Center has also donated a $100.00 gift certificate toward supplies for the school’s holiday program. Pictured are Jennie Shalala-Hartman, left, and Ann Hartman, business partner chairperson for Allapattah Flats K 8.
Allapattah Flats K-8 super second graders just completed learning all about the bones in their bodies. As part of their learning experience, they listened and danced to the music of “Slim Goodbody”. Pictured are Jessica Morales and Adam Eyayem participating in the lesson. Students loved getting up and moving to the music. This lesson is sure to stick with them for a while.
Jaime Hillaire, a seventh grade student at Allapattah Flats K8, received state, regional, and national recognition from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for his entry in the Junior American Citizens contest. That’s quite an accomplishment for which he should be proud. Allapattah sends out a big congratulations to Jaime!
The third graders of Allapattah Flats K8 School could not imagine being any busier! A large group of third graders has been participating in a novel study of “Because of Winn Dixie”. As they are reading the novel, students are involved in a wide range of activities, incluidng completing thinking maps, participating in small group discussions, and creating a character scrapbook. The novel study group is anxious to complete this book and see what they will be reading next! Pictured are DrewAnn Parks, Alyssa Hartman, Lauren Bishop, Hannah Taylor, and Nicholas Kennedy hard at work on the pages of their character scrapbooks.
Students at Allapattah Flats were recently visited by two members of a BMX group as part of a PBS reward. All kindergarten through eighth grade studnets could use their Gator bucs to attend the show and watch the extreme stunts performed by the BMX bikers. Ten lucky students who were top sellers in a school fundraiser recieved VIP tickets to the show where they got to sit in the front row and have a meet and greet with the riders after the show. Students watched in awe as the riders did jumps, flips, and even jumped over the head of their administrator. Pictured are two of the performers.
The third grade student team at Allapattah Flats K-8 School was excited to host the dunk tank at this year’s Gator Fest. Students from all grade levels, and some parents, lined up to dunk their favorite staff member. Pictured is Jacob Barbour trying to dunk third grade teacher Lauren Monroe.