Marine and Oceanographic Academy Promotes Anti-bullying with Lakewood Park Elementary

Marine and Oceanographic Academy Promotes Anti-bullying with Lakewood Park Elementary

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On Friday, November 6th, seniors from the Marine and Oceanographic Academy traveled to Lakewood Park Elementary to put on an anti-bullying skit for the students.

The skits, which were to created by the seniors, were meant to highlight different types of bullying that could take place in school and the resulting side effects.  In a day and age where bullying is becoming ever more prevalent, the seniors felt it was important to get the message out to the younger generation.

The seniors were thankful to Mrs. Young for allowing them to take time out of their day to meet with the students.

Geocaching Exercise at Southern Oaks

Geocaching Exercise at Southern Oaks

Through a collaborative effort by the Social Studies, ESE, and Robotics Departments, Southern Oaks Middle School students participated in their first geocaching exercise.
Student pairs were given the latitude and longitude of a cache location. Combining their GPS technology with their previously learned map skills, they sought out the hidden clues about Hammurabi’s Code, one of the oldest surviving codes of law in recorded history.
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Sam Gaines Academy Honor Roll/Student Led Conference Event

Sam Gaines Academy Honor Roll/Student Led Conference Event

On Wednesday November 4th, Samuel Gaines Academy hosted its first combination honor roll assembly/student led conference event.

Students explained to parents and Treasure Hunters all of their accomplishments from the first nine weeks of school. Students also led conferences showing the items in their Colt Binders.

Forest Grove Principal Terry Davis visited with several students to see and appreciate their hard work. Traci Wilke, proud principal of Samuel Gaines Academy, along with her dedicated staff did an awesome job of organizing all of the caring adults who were in attendance.sga honor 6 sga honor 4 sga honor 3 sga honor 2 sga honor 1sg honor 7

Northport Promotes Positive Interactions Between Students, Parents, Community, Teachers, and Books!  Thanks, Americorps!

Northport Promotes Positive Interactions Between Students, Parents, Community, Teachers, and Books! Thanks, Americorps!

Northport K-8 School is vigorously promoting community connections and positive support from our local business partners, veterans, Children’s Services Council, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, AmeriCorps, parents, grandparents and families. We realize that for a total and well-rounded education for all students, No Exceptions, we need support and open doors. This is Fall Book Fair time at Northport and we invite the community to join us to encourage reading for pleasure for all our students. Thank you to the many, many parents and grandparents who have to come to shop with their children, but we also give a standing ovation to our community members who come and purchase books for children who might not otherwise get a book.

The Book Fair causes a hum of excitement in the school for reading and it is a sheer pleasure to watch all the children get excited over books. What really causes teachers’ breath to catch and their hearts to beat faster are the kindergartners who visit the Book Fair for the very first time. Pictured are Merritt, Taylor and M.J. Lakin, a family of Northport children from the lower school and Azzam Abdur-Rahman one of the AmeriCorps tutors as Clifford. Clifford did an awesome job promoting the Fall Book Fair.

Impromptu Book Club

These 4th graders at Manatee Academy immediately formed their own BOOK CLUB in the library and started choral reading of a terrifying, suspenseful novel they couldn’t wait to get their hands on! They didn’t even notice that they were being photographed.  Now THAT’S a great book! One reader described it as “CREEPTASTIC!”

 

Eighth Graders at Palm Pointe Enjoying Science

Eighth Graders at Palm Pointe Enjoying Science

Eighth grade students in Heather Huszar’s science classes at Palm Pointe were learning how to evaluate the law of conservation of mass by demonstrating and concluding that mass is conserved when substances undergo physical and chemical change.  An experiment involving baking soda, balloons, water, and vinegar demonstrated this concept.  Students were engaged and excited about learning a difficult science concept.  Pictured are eighth graders getting ready to conduct the experiment.

Pumpkin Fun at F. K. Sweet

Pumpkin Fun at F. K. Sweet

Kindergarten students in Melanie Francisco’s class enjoyed a unit on pumpkins.  The students charted their schema and used their five senses to investigate the physical attributes of a pumpkin.  After some awesome predictions of  what they thought might be inside the pumpkin, they opened it up to find squishy, gooey, strings, and seeds.  Julian Wright loved being the first one to check it out!

F. K. Sweet Kindergartners Connect to Literature

F. K. Sweet Kindergartners Connect to Literature

Kindergartners in Morgan Haupt’s Class at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School related to the Little Red Hen’s lesson about working together in order to enjoy the final product.   The students helped their teacher make cupcakes and then they were able to frost them and eat them as a reward for their efforts. Pictured from left to right is Sera Selph, Sutton Paul, and Saige Demontegnac.

Northport Thrilled With “Priceless” Business Partner!

Northport Thrilled With “Priceless” Business Partner!

Northport K-8 School administrators and teachers are over the moon with the news that the school has been “adopted” by the local Walmart Distribution Center. On a recent morning, teachers were called to the Media Center for a surprise visit from several representatives from the Distribution Center. The group expressed to teachers that several of the staff who work at the center have children who attend Northport and that they would like to partner with the school to enhance community relations and to extend a helping hand to give teachers added support. The Walmart representatives distributed twenty $50 gift cards and jars of candy to randomly selected teachers. Talk about thrilling and thankful! Walmart has set a precedent with their gift and to the teachers, a priceless gift! Thank you so much to Walmart Distribution Center from the Northport Community. Pictured are the Walmart Distribution Center representatives, the teachers who received the gift cards and Northport Principal, Glenn Rustay.

Weatherbee’s Peer Leadership Program

Weatherbee’s Peer Leadership Program

Once a month, Weatherbee Elementary will host guest speakers who are positive and  powerful role models to come in and speak for one hour to students who will benefit from this event.

We started October 30th with Dr. Perry as our first guest speaker!

Students Find Opportunities to Serve Their Community Through Humane Society Partnership

A team of students from Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA) is working hand in paw with the Humane Society of St. Lucie County, Inc. According to Mrs. Jacqueline Lynch, principal of FPMSA, the students involved in this community service based project are members of a leadership cohort at the school. “They are so excited to be involved and support the Humane Society’s mission to educate the community on responsible pet ownership and to support finding safe homes for animals in our area.”

 

The team of student leaders enjoyed the first school visit from the Humane Society where they learned first-hand about the organization, its day-to-day operations, and the challenges of locating safe and secure homes for each animal.   The students met Odie, a two-year-old Blue Nose Pit who landed in the shelter after his owners moved and housing regulations restricted dogs. Odie, a gentle and friendly canine who is also taken to local nursing homes for visits, immediately captured the hearts of the students. They brainstormed and exercised their problem solving skills to share ways of supporting Odie’s adoption.

 

As the students continue to partner with the Humane Society, they will learn and understand the importance of responsible pet ownership and why adopting pets is important for their community.

 

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.

 


PBIS Chance Opportunity Event at Mariposa Elementary

PBIS Chance Opportunity Event at Mariposa Elementary

Wow! What a lucky CHANCE it was to win an awesome prize from our PBIS CHANCE Opportunity Drawing Event at Mariposa Elementary. For only three Butterfly Bucks, students had the opportunity to win one of our fantastic prizes. The CHANCE to win took place all month.  The drawing was broadcast live from our Mariposa Studio Newsroom with Mr. Wesley Dessources announcing the winners of these great prizes. The following students won these fabulous prizes:
Hello Kitty Personalized Ear Buds – Deyana Johnson
Hello Kitty Sketch Portfolio—Neilani Warren
Spirograph Card Creations – Cambree McKinney & Germene Jean-Louis
Design your own Birdhouse—Charlize Molina & Isabelle Vega
Kickball– Christopher Nicodemus & Brianna Locklar
Art Pad/Colored Pencils/Markers– Cambree McKinney
100 Weirdest Facts Book and Fun Origami Paper Planes– John Hern
Two Mind Craft Books Redstone Handbook & Essential Handbook—Dahlila Robbins
Two Mind Craft Books Combat Handbook & Construction Handbook— Abigail Santiago
Bone Collection – Skulls Book with Military Binoculars— Arrielle Jocelyn
Big Box of Awesome Rocks and a Whoopee Cushion – Landon Reitz
Congratulations to all!

Charlize Molina, Brianna Locklar, and John Hern are happily holding their PBIS prizes. There will be more Chance Opportunity Events as the year progresses.

Educators Attend Institute With Dr. Norman Webb

Educators Attend Institute With Dr. Norman Webb

Dr. Norman Webb presented an institute about his Depth of Knowledge (DoK) system at the Florida Reading Association Fall Conference.  Educators had an opportunity to learn about his studies regarding alignment between curriculum standards and assessment, along with an in-depth look at the application of the DoK system within the classroom.  Pictured, from left to right, is Kirstie Lickliter (Literacy Curriculum Supervisor), Lori Beans (Bayshore’s Media Specialist), Dr. Norman Webb, Lori Anne Reid (Bayshore’s Principal) and Cassandra Fess (Bayshore’s Instructional Coach).

Fund Raiser for Kerri Walukiewicz — A Family Reunion!

Fund Raiser for Kerri Walukiewicz — A Family Reunion!

On Wednesday, October 28, the Van Duzer Foundation hosted a fund raiser for Rivers Edge Principal, Kerri Walukiewicz, at the Big Apple Pizza near IRSC. Feeling like a family reunion, people from all over the county attended, ate dinner, donated blood, tested to be a donor and participated in the multiple raffles. Multiple generous businesses and a packed house brought in lots of love and over $14,000!

The Walukiewicz family would like to express their heart felt thank you to everyone who donated, organized and attended.  To quote Kerri Walukiewicz, “There are no words to truly express how overwhelmed my heart is with gratefulness.

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