Root and Rocket Garden at Palm Pointe

Root and Rocket Garden at Palm Pointe

Recently, first grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the inauguration of the “Root and Rocket Garden.” A ribbon cutting ceremony took place with first grade teacher Rebecca Benton organizing the event. Students and staff were excited to see the garden take shape and the plants growing. Great job rockets!

REE’s Annual Camp Out Fun in the Rain

REE’s Annual Camp Out Fun in the Rain

REE hosted their annual family camp out on Friday night before Thanksgiving. Tents were set up all over the property while hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled. The rain changed a few of the planned activities and cut the favorite night hike in half, but it couldn’t stop the families from having fun. There was dancing under the cover and a concert by Madnote – a band that includes one of our 5th grade teachers, Gregory Stetz. This long-standing tradition is organized by our Media Specialist, PJ Price.

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Northport Students Participate in an Act of Courage and Learning!

Northport Students Participate in an Act of Courage and Learning!

Wonderful morning recently in the Northport Media Center as we work through our “Gold Star Family Education Week!” Two courageous Gold Star moms, Linda Schuman and Karen Zook who both lost sons in recent years visited the Media Center to help educate our students about key qualities that help our community and families instill attributes that make awesome citizens. The women gave solid examples of the words: integrity, sacrifice, empathy, service, commitment, honor and teach. Ian Zook, Karen Zook’s son, gave the “Ultimate Sacrifice” for our country in Iraq and Jordan Schuman, Linda Schuman’s son, gave the “Ultimate Sacrifice” in Afghanistan. Both women used the time to educate and to bring awareness to our children. The program will continue with two more sessions available on designated days from 9:35-10:15 am. It is notable that Ian Zook was a Northport alumni. There was no greater honor than to listen to these moms and understand the courage that it took for them to talk to our children. Special thanks to Mrs. Wilson, Dr. Woodworth, Ms. Hamblin, Mrs. Kovich and Ms. Lusardi for bringing the students to the sessions.
Students are learning that Gold Star Families are families who have lost a loved one during active military duty. These families are made up of someone’s son, daughter, husband, brother, or sister and its incredible the number of students who are responsive to this program and know someone who serves our country in the military. A memorial is being built in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Port Saint Lucie to serve the Treasure Coast families who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Teaching our children is the only way for them to comprehend the magnitude of what many sacrifice for our way of life. Our teachers have collected nearly $300 by wearing jeans on two designated days. On the first of December, Northport, Chili’s, local veterans and Gold Star Mothers will form a coalition with a special dinner at Chili’s restaurant in SLW. Ten percent  of each tab will be donated to the Gold Star program.

Some of the children are called to get involved. Pictured is 3rd grader, Rashad St. Louis who dug deep and gave the first $1 towards the Gold Star Memorial. All were overwhelmed when he stood up to dedicate his donation to Gold Star Families.

Students Compete for Title: Chefs of Tomorrow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Today’s Iron Chefs have nothing over the talented student chefs who will be competing for tasty votes during the 3rd Annual Culinary Showcase on Wednesday, December 9, at the City of Port St. Lucie Civic Center on US Hwy One. From 5 pm to 7 pm, the public is invited to sample the cooking creations from the St. Lucie Public Schools’ five high school culinary arts programs (Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast, and St. Lucie West Centennial High Schools) and two middle school programs (Northport VPK-8 and St. Lucie West K-8).

A nominal fee of five dollars will be charged in exchange for the opportunity to taste and vote on the Chefs of Tomorrow. This honor is bestowed upon the school with the most votes.  The Chefs of Tomorrow winner will be announced at the close of the event (7 pm).  All proceeds from this culinary challenge will support the District’s culinary programs.

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.

Fort Pierce Central High School to Be Inducted Into Super Bowl High School Honor Roll

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) will accept the Super Bowl Honor Roll Wilson Golden Football — a symbol of distinction bestowed upon the school on behalf of Robert Weathers (FPCHS Class of 1978) and the National Football League (NFL). The induction ceremony in which FPCHS will become part of the community of schools that have contributed to Super Bowl history will take place during an in-school basketball game.

Select high schools across the country will receive a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson for each player or head coach who graduated from the high school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. The Cobras are proud of alumni Robert Weathers who played for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Alex Gerson of the NFL stated in a letter to Principal Todd Smith “…we are proud to induct your high school into the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.”

As part of the Super Bowl Honor Roll, FPCHS will receive the Wilson Golden Football and the NFL Character Education Curriculum. In addition, the high school will be eligible to apply for grants from the NFL Foundation to help support and grow their high school football programs.

To join the online conversation about Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, utilize social media platforms including hashtags: #SBHonorRoll, #SB50 or handles: @NFL, @SuperBowl.

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.

 

School Board Members Reflect on the Year with WPSL 1590

School Board Members Reflect on the Year with WPSL 1590

After students perform holiday selections for the annual WPSL Christmas Kids Concert, Carol Wyatt of WPSL 1590 highlights arts in education and much more as she and School Board Members reflect on the year.  They share their thoughts on the accomplishments of St. Lucie Public Schools including the selection of a new superintendent, the Speakers Bureau, the performing arts, @ccess Now, and the celebrations of students and staff.
WPSL Christmas Kids Concert

WPSL Christmas Kids Concert

Lincoln Park Academy’s students perform for the annual WPSL 1590 Christmas Kids of St. Lucie County Concert.
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Superintendent E. Wayne Gent speaks with Greg and Carol Wyatt of WPSL 1590 about the opportunities for students in St. Lucie Public Schools on the annual Christmas Kids show.
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Savanna Ridge Students and Staff Raise Money for PTO Turkey Fundraiser!

Savanna Ridge Students and Staff Raise Money for PTO Turkey Fundraiser!

Students at Savanna Ridge Elementary raised money during a recent PTO fundraiser whereby the winners wore turkey costumes for the day.

Mr. Clements (5th grade teacher) and Mrs. Fletcher (2nd grade teacher) were good sports and wore turkey costumes for the day since they were the ones who raised the most money for the fundraiser.   They are pictured with the SRE Morning News Team members and Savanna Ridge’s PTO President Ericka Goyes after they announced it on the Morning News Show.

Weatherbee Receives Gold PBIS Model School Award

Weatherbee Receives Gold PBIS Model School Award

Weatherbee Elementary School has once again achieved Gold Level Model PBS School status. Recently, Dr. Lurana Hillard presented the PBIS team with a certificate of success for the 2013-14 school year along with gold pins for all faculty and staff.  Pictured is the PBIS team accepting the award.

Frances K. Sweet First Graders Make Butter

Frances K. Sweet First Graders Make Butter

Students from Mrs. Cindy Langel’s 1st grade class are comparing life now with life in the past.  After learning about how people in the past prepared food, the students used heavy whipping cream to create homemade butter. The students were then able to share their butter with their families during their classroom feast. Pictured from left to right are Luis Rivera, Denzel Wright, Kyra Burton, and Nancy Thomas.

Frances K. Sweet Has Fun at Their PBIS Event

Frances K. Sweet Has Fun at Their PBIS Event

Frances K. Sweet celebrated the last day before the Thanksgiving holiday by having their monthly PBIS event. Ms. Marla Liberatore’s 3rd grade class brought in their favorite games to play with their friends. Students enjoyed playing board games like Monopoly, Sorry, and Hedbanz, and card games like UNO and Crazy Eights. Everyone enjoyed spending their Starbucks to play with their friends at this event. Pictured from left to right are Latrice Elliott, Lauren McEwen, and Jenna Franklin, while they played Monopoly.

Weatherbee Fall Reading Challenge Ends With a Pie in the Face

Weatherbee Fall Reading Challenge Ends With a Pie in the Face

On Monday, November 24th, the Weatherbee Fall Reading Challenge ended.  570 students read 10,379.123 words and earned a total of 7,785 points.  The top students in each class received the honor of throwing a cream pie at their teacher!  Pictured is Katelynn Justice pieing her teacher, Mrs. Melanie MacPherson, as teacher Mr. Ed Strivelli looks on.

Allapattah Flats’ 2nd Graders Measure Up!

Allapattah Flats’ 2nd Graders Measure Up!

Ms. Mellion’s 2nd graders used rulers they created to measure all around their classroom. Students worked in groups to create a list of classroom objects along with height (inches) in their Math Interactive Notebooks. They are currently working on measuring the length of objects by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tape.

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Pen Pals Make Great Mentors at Mariposa Elementary

Pen Pals Make Great Mentors at Mariposa Elementary

At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Michelle Smith’s 2nd grade class teamed up with Mrs. Theresa Delancy’s 3rd grade class for writing!  Every 2nd grader has a 3rd grade pen pal who acts as a writing mentor.  After reading the story The Plump and Perky Turkey, students were asked to imagine that they were a turkey! Together with their pen pals, students had to come up with reasons as to why the turkey should not be eaten on Thanksgiving! Tahlia Sugrim and Abigail Santiago are showing their hard work. The students had a blast! Afterwards, they celebrated by creating their own Thanksgiving turkey cookie!

Northport Hosts Inwater Research Group

Northport Hosts Inwater Research Group

Marine biologists, Mr. and Mrs. Mott from the Inwater Research Group, presented a stimulating enrichment program to the 6th-8th grade Northstar students about sea turtles. They showed specimens of turtle anatomy and related body structures to their function for survival in the ecosystem. Students considered characteristics of organisms as they identified the shared characteristics used for taxonomic classification of organisms. Students were encouraged to think about the impact humans have on the environment and share their ideas. Conservation and protection practices for threatened and endangered species were elicited from the students since we all share the responsibility of good stewardship of Planet Earth!

Students enjoyed the opportunity to use their scientific knowledge in an authentic manner as they considered evolution, anatomy, physiology, environmental science, ecology, chemistry, meteorology, and more recognizing the interconnections among all fields of science.
Way to go Laura Woodworth for offering your students a primary source and an awesome learning experience!

Northport Selects First Year Teacher of the Year!

Northport Selects First Year Teacher of the Year!

We are so proud of our Northport K-8 School First Year Teacher of the Year! First, we are so glad that she chose teaching as her profession. It takes a very special person to be a classroom teacher. It takes grit, integrity, honesty, compassion, respect, knowledge, trustworthiness and an abilty to make a real connection with the kids.

Second, we are thrilled that she chose Northport! Our ESE kids are winners and they deserve an awesome teacher. Megan and her family moved here from the state of Washington. Big Change! Please congratulate Megan Hill and be as supportive as you can for her. She deserves all the accolades that we can offer! Way to go Megan! Become that teacher that we know is waiting to burst forth! Keep on truckin!