Morningside Elementary students get a lesson on owl pellets

Morningside Elementary students get a lesson on owl pellets

Morningside Elementary third grade classrooms had the privilege of having Hobe Sound Nature Center come to all of the classes and present a lesson on owls.  Students were able to see a live owl and learn about their habitat, the foods that they eat and actually dissect an owl pellet. Ella Walby and Amaya Swelland are observing an owl pellet and identifying the parts of it.  Thanks to Tracy Boothby and DebbieFritz-Quincy for coming to the school for this great learning experience.

Morningside Elementary announces spelling bee winners

Morningside Elementary announces spelling bee winners

 Morningside Elementary School recently held it 2011-2012 Spelling Bee. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Principal Jennifer Hedeen, first place winnre Raisa Asim, third place winner Rodney Calixte,  second place winner Bianca Morris second place, Principal Cortina Bell-Gray and in the back, bee coordinator Jean Constantine.

Morningside Chorus Presents Traditions Around the World

Morningside Chorus Presents Traditions Around the World

On Thursday, December 11, 2014,  the Morningside Elementary Chorus under the direction of Donna Calvert presented a upbeat singing and speaking presentation for parents and guests to celebrate traditions around the world.  The students dressed in traditional costumes from their country or state and told about the  traditions that are part of that country’s holiday time. Student’s also played bells, tambourines and other percussion instruments throughout the program.

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Morningside celebrates Barbara Immediato and Peggy McBee

Morningside celebrates Barbara Immediato and Peggy McBee

Both ladies celebrated their upcoming retirement with staff, teachers, family and other guests. Barbara (Mrs. I) has worked for 17 years in St. Lucie County working in our elementary schools with small groups of students to raise their confidence and achievement scores.  For the past 46 years, Peggy (Mrs. McBee) has taught high school students in Physical Education and has specialized in Gifted Curriculum throughout our county at the elementary level.  Best Wishes to you both! You will be missed! 20150520_15030620150520_144647

Morningside 5th Graders Launch Rockets

Morningside 5th Graders Launch Rockets

Fifth Grade students at Morningside Elementary learned lessons in motion and energy. They designed, built and launched rockets along with their teachers and former Morningside teacher, Tom Filipkowski. The students enjoyed their experience and gained a deeper understanding of science standards.

More parents graduate from Title I basic computer classes

More parents graduate from Title I basic computer classes

Parents from St. Lucie County Title I Schools have finished a Basic Computer Class at the Title I Parent Resource Center at Garden City Annex. Parents attended classes each week for seven weeks to learn basic computer skills, Internet Safety, how to use Skyward to monitor their child’s progress and learn to use Microsoft Word. The goal of the program is to help parents have the skills needed to help their child with their school work and to enhance the parents’ computer skills. Information about upcoming computer sessions is sent out to all parents in Title I schools through an outbound phone message before the classes begin. More classes are being planned at this time and information will be sent out through ConnectEd.

More Central High student athletes sign to play college athletics

More Central High student athletes sign to play college athletics

An additional 12 student athletes at Fort Pierce Central High School signed letters of intent to play athletics in college this coming season. A celebration was recently held by the students, staff and families for the occasion. Athletes and their schools are: Jonathan Marcelin, football, Bethany College; Jonathan Marsailles, wrestling, Central Baptist College; Maurice Campbell, football, Southern University; Jameel Jackson, football, Grambling State University; Tyler Gaskin, football, Benedict College; Deion Robinson, football, Graceland University; Eugene Jacobs, football, Ave Maria University; Nikko Crespo, baseball, SUNY Canton; Roneisha Jordan, volleyball/basketball, Rainy River Community College; Ebony Joseph, basketball, Rainy River Community College; Nic Padrick, football, Mount Union College; Demarcus Semer, football, Elmhurst College; and Shanessa Rees, softball, Benedict College. Congratulations to all.

Moment of Silence/Reflection

Moment of Silence/Reflection

Port St. Lucie High School students take time during organized school-wide events such as the recent flag football game to reflect in remembrance of victims of violence.  Student leaders work with school administrators to plan school events and opportunities for students to voice thoughts, share ideas, and exercise positive civic responsibilities.

Mock Trial at Palm Pointe

Mock Trial at Palm Pointe

Seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, along with The Honorable Judge Smartt of the St. Lucie County Court, held a mock trial for their Civics Class.  This was a great learning experience for everyone who participated.

The students standing participated in the trial as the prosecutor, the defense, the witnesses, and the defendant along with their teacher Mrs. Anne Lulkin and Judge Smartt.

The students seated made up the jury.

Great job students.

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MOA students amaze showcase guests on scientific results

MOA students amaze showcase guests on scientific results

Student scientists Riley Kicker, from left, Shayne Nurse, David Todd, Kassidy Allie Stephenson, and Kaylee Andrews are joined by Kaylee’s younger sister Sara as they prepare to time the rate of sinking for various “plankton” creations designed by attendees of the recent Environmental Perspectives showcase of Arts and Sciences at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy. Students and guests alike were amazed at the scientific results!

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MOA Senior Aneesa Dial Announced as Finalist in Florida’s Leader 4 Life Fellowship Program

In a surprise announcement, Aneesa Dial of Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA), learned that she is one of 14 finalists for the Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program offered through the Take Stock in Children program at Indian River State College (IRSC). This is a prestigious statewide fellowship which is designed to provide highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success with the financial resources, services, and support needed to ensure student success throughout college. Six students will become “fellows” as winners of the L4L Fellowship. Fellows will be announced in January 2016.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and other members of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) joined Take Stock in Children program administrators along with other IRSC dignitaries including Dr. Edwin R. Massey for the announcement celebration at the Fort Pierce Westwood MOA campus. As a finalist for the L4L Fellowship, Aneesa received a certificate for a laptop and a certificate honoring her as a finalist. The high school senior is currently ranked 16 out of 311 students in her graduating class. She excels in her MOA and Dual Enrollment classes and participates in numerous school-based activities including National Honor Society, Environmental Club, and Aquarium Club among others. In the community, Aneesa is also active in supporting children’s ministries and Students Working Against Tobacco. She plans to continue her studies at the university level in marine biology.

Superintendent Gent stated that he is confident in her ability to continue to shine as a leader among her peers. “Aneesa represents the quality of students we have in St. Lucie Public Schools who will continue their learning and leadership to positively impact our community. I look forward to hearing about her many successes-to-come over the years,” he added.

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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Left to Right: John Lynch, Dr. Edwin R. Massey, James Sloan, Deborah Hawley, Aneesa Dial, Dominick Clayton, E. Wayne Gent, Joseph Lezeau, Leslie Taylor

MOA freshmen help art fair attendees create fish prints

MOA freshmen help art fair attendees create fish prints

At the recent Environmental Perspectives showcase of Arts and Sciences at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy, freshmen Lauren Martinez, from left, Caitlyn Richardson, and Aneesa Dial guided attendees in creating fish prints of various inhabitants of our south Florida waterways.

MLK Parade Winners Recognized

MLK Parade Winners Recognized

The Grand Parade is the capstone event of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. Once again this year, all of our schools participated in the parade. Representatives from the Commemorative Celebration Committee honored the schools who won awards in the parade.

MLK Parade Winners

MLK Parade Winners

Congratulations to the following schools that received special recognition for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Grand Parade entries:

Elementary Schools

1st Place – Lawnwood Elementary

2nd Place – Rivers Edge Elementary

3rd Place – Savanna Ridge Elementary

Middle Schools

1st Place – Forest Grove Middle

2nd Place – Southern Oaks Middle

3rd Place – Dan McCarty Middle

K-8 Schools

1st Place – Northport K-8

2nd Place – Samuel Gaines K-8

3rd Place – Oak Hammock K-8

High Schools – Floating – Westwood High

Overall Participation and Creativity – St. Lucie West K – 8