Morningside Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team going to World!

Morningside Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team going to World!

The “Not so Haunted House”  team from Morningside Elementary took their show to Palms district competition and won first place.  On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the team competed against 18 other state winners and won first place launching them to World.  Our team will be participating in Odyssey of the Mind world competition from May 28-31, 2014.

Morningside Elementary kindergartners create bravery badges

Morningside Elementary kindergartners create bravery badges

Morningside Elementary kindergartners Jeremiah Griffin and Elijah Laguerre are making bear claws for bravery. Kindergarten students listened to a story about a Native American who was brave in the face of danger. Students then shared their experiences of being brave in different circumstances and made their own bear claw for bravery badge.

 

Morningside Elementary kindergarten class receives flag from captain

Morningside Elementary kindergarten class receives flag from captain

 Students in Jean Constantine’s kindergarten class at Morningside Elementary School had made and sent valentine cards to USAF Captain Brandon Daigle overseas and the class was surprised when he sent them sent a big flag from his plane on the dashboard as he flew reconnaissance over Afghanistan. He also included a certificate to the class (by name) and two photos, one of him with the valentines and one of his whole squadron. Pictured is Ms. Constantine, her students, and their prized possession.

Morningside Elementary Heads to World Competition Again

Morningside Elementary Heads to World Competition Again

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. Morningside’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 our journey on our Morningside Elementary Facebook page.

Team Coaches: Karen & Dave Carpenter

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.

Morningside Elementary gifted students perform in holiday jeopardy show

Morningside Elementary gifted students perform in holiday jeopardy show

Morningside Elementary gifted students Cody Jennings, Elize Starr, Winter Pepitone, Kaylyn Redway perform a rendition of the Island of Misfit Toys during the school’s holiday show. Holiday Jeopardy was created and performed by the gifted students in first through fifth grade classes work with drama students from Port St. Lucie High School who coached and directed the young thespians in their holiday show.

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.