It’s official! Mosaic Digital Academy is proud to be a Kids At Hope school! Our amazing staff here are proud to join St. Lucie School District’s Treasure Hunters and wholeheartedly believe “all children are capable of success – no exceptions!” We would like to thank the staff at The Roundtable of St. Lucie County who also recently offered a Kids At Hope Parent Workshop to train our parents!
What is Kids at Hope? Have you heard the phrase “youth at risk?” Kids at Hope is the opposite of that. Kids at Hope is a belief that “all children are capable of success – no exceptions!” We believe that all children are at HOPE – at hope of succeeding in life. As caring adults, we must do all we can to help children focus on that hope. We must create a Culture of Hope so that they know that the adults around them expect them to experience success!
What great fun was had by students, teachers and parents of Mosaic Digital Academy at its first Fall Meet-Up! Mosaic Digital Academy’s K-6 virtual students, parents, siblings, teachers, and staff met for an afternoon treat at Tutti Fruiti and then enjoyed a little frisbee and kite flying with other students in the virtual school program. Parents had a nice opportunity to connect with other “Learning Coaches”, too! A repeat performance is expected soon.
Our own Jayden is a 6-year-old 1st grader at Mosaic Digital Academy who took 3rd place in K12, inc’s 10th Annual Art Contest. Jayden’s art project, “Journey to the Moon,” was created with paper, cardboard, glue, glitter, paint, stickers, number stencils, cut outs and tissue paper. Jayden enjoyed splattering paint all over the cardboard to create the stars…it was messy, fun and effective. Jayden has taken a recent interest in the moon and stars, leading us to explore the decade of the 1960’s when the first trip to the moon was made. Jayden used books, photos, adventures outside including star gazing, a recent viewing of the blood moon, and videos of the early Apollo missions to learn about this period of time. Jayden’s favorite part of learning about astronauts was eating space ice cream, and he did that for the first time during his construction of this artwork!
Morningside Elementary hosted a dessert theater and silent auction fundraiser to support their school teams’ trip to the State Finals for Odyssey of the Mind. Morningside was honored with Omer’s award for great teamwork at the Regional Competition held earlier in the year.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K to 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.
Students rotate through the school hallways, parent pickup, and cafeteria to learn or be reminded about the expectations and Code of Conduct so they can SOAR through the year! Thank you Deb Hitsman, administration, and the presentation team for a wonderful presentation!
In support of Unity Day, Morningside Staff wear orange to show their support against Bullying.
The Math Team for School Improvement joined with teachers of all grades to use geometry in a fun early release lesson. Each grade level had an appropriate plan beginning with Kindergarten students using shapes to create fall and winter pictures and ending with the upper grades making monsters with specific parameters such as “if you own a pet your monsters legs should be intersecting” or ” if you are a girl your eyes are NOT a polygon.”
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!
Congratulations are in order for Morningside Elementary and Principal, Kathleen Melrose. For the 2018 holiday season, Morningside Elementary gathered 1020 toys for donation to Toys for Tots. The community is thankful for your generosity. Way to go Morningside!
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.
Parents, grandparents, community members, teachers and PTO leadership met to discuss topics of interest for the new year. Topics included a speaker from Parent Academy, bullying and what it really means, and how we can support our students during the coming year.
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!
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.
Morningside and the Elks club send Odyssey of the Mind teams to state competition where our team, Experiencing Technical Difficulty placed eighth out of 19 teams. Our team, Wacky weather represented Morningside in the primary category.
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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
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