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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Florida Family Engagement Month

Florida Family Engagement Month

Florida Family Engagement in Education Month is a time to celebrate the important role parents and families play in their children’s education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed-not just in school, but throughout life.

Local Teachers Benefit from Walmart Teacher Rewards Program

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Walmart awarded 20 teachers from Allapattah Flats K-8 School with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students as part of the company’s Teacher Rewards program. For the sixth year, Walmart will donate over $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards to help offset the cost of classroom expenses at the beginning of the school year. These funds come at a critical time, as many teachers will spend an estimated $1,000 of their own money to ensure their students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.
More than 5,000 U.S. Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local public school, grades K-8, and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from each selected school. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and markers.
“We are proud to honor our community’s teachers, who give time and often their own money to ensure our students have everything they need to be successful throughout the school year,” Daniel Mojica. “At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our community.”
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart’s ongoing support of local initiatives that help students, teachers and families better prepare for their future including programs like Breakfast in the Classroom, Fill the Bus and Farm to School.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com

 

Florida Council on Economic Education Names St. Lucie County Educator as the Next “Teacher Spotlight” Feature

(TAMPA) – October 30, 2015– The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE), is pleased to announce the newly selected outstanding educator for quarter two featured on our “Teacher Spotlight – Recognizing Superior Educators for Innovation in the Classroom” webpage is, Jacqueline Harris of Village Green Environmental Studies School in St. Lucie County, FL.

Ms. Harris is an energetic and outgoing first grade educator who was awarded first place in the Entrepreneurship Category, Elementary Division, at the 2015 Governor’s Award Program for Excellence in Teaching Economics, for her project “The Healthy Kidz Snack Shop & Eatery”. Her project, which asked students to run a mock business, challenged her class to use critical thinking skills in a real-world application. For her project submission, Ms. Harris filmed the students as they explored through role-play the financial and economic concepts of owning and running an eatery.
When asked what piece of advice Ms. Harris would give to a new economics or finance teacher she replied, “…commit to hard work, be truly dedicated to teaching economics from start to finish and remember that economics and personal finance are important aspects of our lives in the real world and are considered significant parts of preparing students for college, careers and the real world later on.”
To learn more about Ms. Harris and her award winning project, or the FCEE please visit: http://www.fcee.org/teacher-spotlight/.
About the Florida Council on Economic Education
The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The Florida Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by leading corporations and individuals throughout the state.
The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, investors, and citizens in the global economy.

 

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE  COUNTY – Ecstatic and astonished were the common reactions from St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year nominees as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers surprised the school leaders with the news this week.

Mrs. Latricia Woulard, principal of St. Lucie Elementary, and Mrs. Michelle Herrington, assistant principal of Windmill Point Elementary, are this year’s nominees. While the two school leaders serve different schools this academic year, they served together last year as a dynamic duo at Windmill Point Elementary.  “Both ladies are exemplary in their dedication to helping their students excel.  Their innovation in leadership is fueled by their passion to see each and every child succeed,” said Gent.

The Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership were established by the state to recognize exemplary school leaders for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors those who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.  “I am truly honored to be recognized for doing what I dearly love,” said Woulard amid hugs and cheers.

Woulard and Herrington are veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for stellar achievement throughout their careers. Both were celebrated as Teachers of the Year, both have held positions in which they led talent development as leaders of leaders, and both are voracious in their desire to bring to light the quality educational programs provided to students in St. Lucie County.  As one who benefited first-hand from SLPS, Herrington stated, “I am always proud that I am a product of St. Lucie Public Schools, LPA class of 1997!”

Theatre Group Performs at Manatee Academy

Theatre Group Performs at Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy 4th and 5th grades were enraptured by the performance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by The Riverside Children’s Theatre professional group this week. Students and teachers have been reading the Narnia books for the last month and thought this interactive interpretation was “Awesome!

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“Halloweengo” a Hit at REE!

“Halloweengo” a Hit at REE!

REE hosted their annual Bingo for Books with a Halloween twist thrown in.

Coupling it with a Title 1 presentation, the students then paraded by grade level across the stage in their costumes. Bingo then ensued with students winning a book every time they achieved BINGO!

Our ever fabulous PTO handily decorated the cafeteria and gave out creepy treats!

Everyone went home with a book and a smile!

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