Morningside Recognized for Energy Project

Morningside Recognized for Energy Project

National Energy Education Development (NEED) selected Morningside Elementary as THE Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-Up.

The award was based on Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade class portfolio on energy studies. 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.  It was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community.

The School Board recognized students and their teacher who attended an awards recognition conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to: Mrs. Mollie Mukhamedov, Mia Iken, and Charity Robinson!

Morningside PTO Presents Escape School

Morningside PTO Presents Escape School

The PTO at Morningside Elementary hosted parents and students for an exciting evening of dinner and Escape School.  Mr. Seliga taught students how to escape from adults who could cause them harm and gave them tips on how to ask for help from adults.

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Morningside Places 2nd in the World for the Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Morningside Places 2nd in the World for the Odyssey of the Mind Competition

At the September 9th School Board meeting Morningside Elementary was recognized as a winner of Odyssey of the Mind. Students took 2nd in World for Problem 2 Division 1. Odyssey of the Mind is a creating problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division. The teams of up to seven students work under the guidance of an adult coach.

Pictured in the back row are, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Co-Coach Dr. Jayne Hartman, Spontaneous Coach Amy Spurr, Coordinator Catherine Oliver, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Co-Coach Michele Lukey, and in the front row are, Aliza Ahmed, Erica Austria, Kendrick Carpenter, Nichapa Dancharnjitt, Noah Hamilton, and Charles Willoughby. Team member, Angela Schaffer, was not present for photo. Congratulations!

Morningside Odyssey of the Mind Team Places 2nd at World with a Perfect Score in the Spontaneous Competition

Morningside Odyssey of the Mind Team Places 2nd at World with a Perfect Score in the Spontaneous Competition

Aliza Ahmed, Erika Austria, Kendrick Carpenter, Nichapa Dancharnjitt, Noah Hamilton, Angela Witz-Schaffer and Charley Willoughby represented our school, county, region, and state at the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition in Ames, Iowa, May 27-31, 2014.

They ranked 2nd in the world overall with a perfect score in the spontaneous competition! What a life changing opportunity and experience to meet and greet students who came from all over the world.

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Morningside Named National Finalist

Morningside Named National Finalist

Morningside Elementary was selected as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary Finalist for the NEED project. The students pictured (Ben Prohaska, Paul Mukhamedov, Wyatt Taylor, Luke Prohaska, Sincere Robinson, Logan McDonald, Tyler McDonald, and Ryan Ayvaz, along with advisor/5th grade teacher, Mollie Mukhamedov) will represent Morningside Elementary at the 2019 NEED Youth Conference in Washington, D.C. this June.
 
To find out more about the NEED Project, click on the link below.
NEED – National Energy Education Development Project
Morningside Million Father March

Morningside Million Father March

The cafeteria filled as fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male caregivers joined in support of their students at Morningside Elementary on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Our guests enjoyed donuts and the speakers included volunteer, Myron Varn, volunteer coordinator Heather Ritter, and administrators, Cortina Bell-Gray and Cynthia Roach.

 

 

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Morningside Library Splashes Into Summer This June

Morningside Library Splashes Into Summer This June

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The Morningside Branch Library splashes into summer on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. as the Movie Matinee presents “Aquaman.”

Featuring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, the latest in the DC Universe follows Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, as he goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. The movie is rated PG-13 with a running time of 143 minutes. Anyone younger than 13 who would like to attend the movie matinee, must be accompanied by or have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.               

Additional family activities for June include:

·        Coding for Kids on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. Join us for fun, hands-on coding activity where kids get to decide what happens next by creating “An Unusual Space Discovery” using Scratch 3.0. Designed for grades 4 through 9, space is limited to 20 students.

·        Summer Reading Blast Off Celebration takes place Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Activities include face painting, crafts, games, music and Summer Reading registration.

·        Legos for Kids on Saturday, June 15 from 2 p.m. Suited for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students can play, build and learn with Legos.

·        Exploring Constellations takes orbit on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m.  Listen to stories about the stars in our sky; learn to use a Planisphere and make your own Constellation Viewer. Designed for grades K through 5.

·        The Science Across the Universe program blasts off on Fridays at 2 p.m., starting June 14 through July 19 (except for the week of July 4). Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, this program provides students with the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments.

·       Blast off into a Universe of Stories with the Super Stargazers on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy dancing, trivia and much more during this intergalactic adventure.

·        Take a Great Space Adventure on Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Experience a Universe of Stories with magic and balloons featuring Wally the Wacky Word Bird.

·        Storytime is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

These programs are free and open to everyone.

For more information about Morningside Library events, call 772-337-5632 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/Library. The Morningside Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

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Morningside Honors Veterans

Morningside Honors Veterans

Morningside Elementary school students and teachers honored Veteran families by holding an assembly.  Students from all grades greeted the Veteran guests as they entered the school building and the students in the Gifted Program created skits, read poems and sang songs to honor the individuals who have served or are currently serving in the Armed forces.  Veteran guests appreciated the recognition and enjoyed the assembly.

Morningside PTO kicks off the new year with info and ice cream!

Morningside grandparents are center stage!

Morningside Elementary celebrated Grandparents’ Day a little early.  The grandparents were invited to join their students for lunch on the stage, in front of the stage, and throughout the cafe to celebrate the importance of family supporting education and their students!

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Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First in State and Is Headed to World…

Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First in State and Is Headed to World…

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team won first place at the state competition and is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 21 – May 26 in Lansing, Michigan. MSE’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.

 

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.  “The students have a great pair of coaches.  They have 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.”

 

For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, check out www.odysseyofthemind.com or keep up with the school’s journey on Morningside Elementary’s Facebook page.

 

Team Coaches: Karen and Dave Carpenter

Students: Sophia Arias, Brady Young, Mackenzie Carpenter, Jesus Rivera, Gabriele Melo, Jimena Garcia

 

Problem 5: Opposites Distract 
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.

 

 About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Morningside Elementary Title I Superhero Literacy Night

Morningside Elementary Title I Superhero Literacy Night

The Morningside Elementary Title I Superhero Literacy Night was a huge success! Students and families were encouraged to wear superhero costumes or shirts when they attended the fun-filled event. Families rotated through superhero stations that featured reading skills while integrating science, math, and writing.  The attendees also were treated to delicious pizza from Little Caesars and all students received a superhero-themed prize at the end of the event!dsc_0141  dsc_0137 dsc_0134

Morningside Elementary team wins regional Odyssey of the Mind contest

Morningside Elementary team wins regional Odyssey of the Mind contest

Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Angels team won first place and an “Omer Award” for notable team work at the recent regional Odyssey of the Mind competition.  Teammates, front row, from left, Macy Nielander, Rylee Nelson, Tiffani Kinnaman, Lexus Hommer, Grace Kukielka, Jory Krier, Kendrick Carpenter, along with coaches, back row,  Tania Nelson and Brad Culbertson are now preparing for the state competition next month.