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 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.
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!
All five teams placed first at the Palms Regional Competition, and Mrs. Moore’s team placed fourth at the State level. Congratulations, Bluejays!!!
Fifth grade students at Morningside elementary planted trees in celebration of Earth day, April 22, 2014.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Northport kindergartners were so lucky to visit with Mrs. Kate. Mrs.Kate is a renowned folksinger, songwriter and storyteller. The students loved the immersion into a musical morning with a very talented artist. Thanks to our great kindergarten teachers for their kindness, patience and dedication to learning. ❤
The students in Mrs. Ascani’s class at F.K. Sweet learned about creating a healthy and happy classroom environment by making “Friendship Salad!”
Mr. Luke Hall was the recipient of a STAR Award at the September Board Meeting based upon the recommendation of one of his students’ parents who lauded his efforts to support her son as well as the other members of the positive band program. Mr. Hall’s high expectations for success with built-in factors for a safe and respectful environment were key attributes highlighted for this exceptional educator’s recognition.
Fort Pierce Westwood High School hosted its very own Mr. Joseph Lezeau as the guest speaker for the Speakers Bureau Series.
Mr. Lezeau spoke about the basic principles that were taught to him by his father. These are two very important resources to have: information and knowledge. He recounted his experiences of initially growing up poor in both Haiti and the U.S. Mr. Lezeau also shared with his audience the fact that, in the beginning, he did not take advantage of the resources and knowledge he attained and was not appreciative of what was in front of him. He recognized that at that age he “short-changed” himself. However, he emphasized that because of his determination and diligence “to be more” and “to have more,” his mindset eventually changed. Mr. Lezeau now represents St. Lucie Public Schools as an Intern Principal at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.
For the month of February, the students in the Peer Leadership Program at Weatherbee Elementary had the privilege to meet with State Representative Mr. Larry Lee Jr. This program targeting male African American students is one of the PBS strategies used at Weatherbee Elementary. Each month a male role model from the community comes to address these students in need of extrinsic motivation. This month, Mr. Larry Lee Jr. brought a lot of excitement in the air when he offered $5 dollars to any students who answered his questions correctly. In addition, he promised a $5 incentive to all students meeting proficiency in the writing FSA. Furthermore, each Peer Leader received an interactive activity book about the Florida House of Representatives. The educational channel was present to capture this event, which can be viewed on WLX-TV, The St. Lucie Education Channel.
On Tuesday January 31st, Lincoln Park Academy’s Caleb Pottorff was notified that he had be named “Gatorade Player of the Year for Cross Country.” Caleb also won the “Mr. Cross Country” award from the Florida Dairy Farmers.
Congratulations to Caleb on his recent awards.
October’s School Board Meeting provided an opportunity to spotlight the services of Mr. Brown, a dedicated member of the Transportation Team, who goes the extra mile for his students and our schools. Mr. Brown was recommended for a STAR Award based upon his outstanding service to provide assistance and support for the safe transit of students to and from schools.
Thank you, Mr. Brown, for being that ray of light for so many in our District!