Unity Day at Palm Pointe

Unity Day at Palm Pointe

Make it ORANGE and make it end!  What are your true colors when it comes to bullying?  If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day.  That’s the day everyone came together in schools, communities and online to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition proudly supported the day with a school wide event of dressing in orange and students signed pledges to stand up to stand out against bullying.. Pictured from left are first graders; Kashylla Wood, Elizabeth Hannon, first grade teacher, Glenna Sigmon, Jamy Del Campo and Logan Blair.

Disability Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month

More pieces to the puzzle…
At Gaines Academy, Mr. Davino’s 8th grade AVID students work with Ms. Calandra’s and Ms. Madalena’s classes during Autism Awareness Month. What a wonderful experience for all!

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Cobras Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Cobras Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Fort Pierce Central High School conducted a week of training to increase awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. All drivers entering the FPC campus last week were asked to sign a pledge to NOT TEXT AND DRIVE and were given a thumb-ring inscribed with TXTL8R to remind them through the day. This campaign will culminate with Teen Awareness Week as part of FPC Homecoming 2015.

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SGA Community Meeting

SGA Community Meeting

Gaines Academy students enjoyed sharing the Good News of Gaines at a community meeting held at New Destiny Family Worship Center on the evening of October 15th. Pictured are Delisha Pressley, sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society, and the students who spoke eloquently about the NJHS program, citizenship and their service projects: Abriyana Baboram, Tehilim Rodriguez, Bianca Mendoza, Alysha Josue, Gonzalo Villalta and John Metilus.

Power Hour fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Power Hour fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had a school-wide event sponsored by P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support). Students in grades K-8 participated in a Power Hour to raise money for their teachers’ classrooms. All the proceeds from the event will be used in the classrooms for rewards for students with positive behavior. Teachers buy items that their students can purchase with rocket fuel  they have earned. The event was a lot of fun for the students; the theme was a luau and there were games, music, limbo, photo booth, snacks and small trinkets for everyone! Pictured are fifth grade students dancing at the event!

VGESS Is United Against Bullying

VGESS Is United Against Bullying

Village Green Environmental Studies School students, teachers, and staff stand together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Students in Unity

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 was dedicated to everyone coming together—in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Unity Day

Palm Pointe Celebrates Florida Government Week

Palm Pointe Celebrates Florida Government Week

To help celebrate Florida City Government Week, Port St. Lucie Councilwoman Shannon Martin came to Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition to talk with students in the seventh grade. Councilwoman Martin talked with students about public policy and how the local government plays an important role in policies and legislation. Students also were able to ask the Councilwoman questions about their project topics for Project Citizen.  Pictured is Councilwoman Shannon Martin as she talks with the seventh grade students.

Northport Third Graders Commemorate Disability Awareness Month!

Northport Third Graders Commemorate Disability Awareness Month!

Northport VPK-8 School third grade students in Susan Poveromo’s class learned all about the life of Helen Keller recently in a heartfelt lesson in commemoration of Disability Awareness Month. Students read all about Helen Keller who lived her life in virtual darkness. They learned that Helen was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama and that Helen was born a bright and lively baby but at nineteen months old contracted scarlet fever which left her blind, deaf, and unable to speak. Students learned about the special touch of Helen’s teacher, Annie Sullivan, and they also learned that “kindness is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” Student discussions included talks about personal strengths, limitations, and ways of communication. Students viewed clips from the movie version of The Life of Helen Keller and related what they read to what they visualized. The third graders learned introductory sign language and wrote five W’s summaries about lessons learned from the story of Helen Keller. Students were thrilled with the first-rate lesson and were so excited to discuss their newly discovered appreciation for people with disabilities. Great job, Mrs. Poveromo!

Wounded Warrior Surf Day

Wounded Warrior Surf Day

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC cadets were excited to present the colors and be part of the Wounded Warrior Surf Day. Cadet First Sergeant Ryan McCarthy led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Staff Sergeant Travis Cetin and Cadet Major Catherine Zukowski. The Color Guard marched behind the bag pipe player leading the warriors and their families to the event. The volunteers and participants were grateful for the cadets and the Color Guard. At the end of the event, Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC was presented with a picture frame signed by all the volunteers to show their gratitude. We look forward to doing a Color Guard for the event again next year.

Jaguars Salute the Seniors

Jaguars Salute the Seniors

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion opened the annual senior pinning ceremony for the class of 2016 at the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Julian Taft and Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema. The Color Guard gave a great presentation of the colors to begin the ceremony. Congratulations to all the senior Jaguars of 2016 who were pinned at the ceremony.

Triangles Are A Lot of Fun at Mariposa Elementary

Triangles Are A Lot of Fun at Mariposa Elementary

The students in Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary are having fun learning all about triangles! Michael Soto, Zykeria Reynolds, and Kaarina Wiley are demonstrating their skills by creating a human triangle. One of the many activities the students participated in was using a string to create a triangle in their classroom. Also, they were able to describe the triangle by its attributes; they recited that “A triangle has three sides and three vertices!”

REE Proudly Puts on Pink!

REE Proudly Puts on Pink!

Rivers Edge staff and students put on the pink for Wear It Pink day!

Personalizing the day for Rivers Edge, it was decided that all donations would be given to our amazing principal, Mrs. Walukiewicz.

We hope for any and all forms of this disease to be removed from our planet!

Southport Middle School 6th Grade Student Retreat

Southport Middle School 6th Grade Student Retreat

Southport’s 6th grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at our first annual Student Retreat. Students participated in several activities and games throughout the day, as well as small group discussions where they learned about each other’s likes and dislikes. In addition to writing motivational letters to themselves (which will be given back to them during the school year), they received Palanca letters, which are letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members. Three speakers from the community–Pastor and HS Football Coach Terry Ingrim, Motivational Speaker Heidi Monsour, and Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec—gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

Students were split into small groups with adult team leaders and participated in various team building activities. The activities included games such as Blindfold, where students were blindfolded and verbally guided through an obstacle course by their peers. In Building Bridges, students held PVC pipes at the waist to make a bridge for their team member to walk across. The students had to continue to build the bridge in front of the person walking across it without letting them fall. At the end of the day students were asked to team up to create and perform a skit pertaining to bullying. All students participated and each group put on a great performance.

Those students with permission to stay after school enjoyed a pizza dinner and participated in a “walk” through the day in a life of a middle school student. They were blindfolded and led by an adult around campus through three zones: teachers/parents, bullies, and Southport support, where their blindfolds were removed and students were greeted with encouragement, positivity, love, and happiness. Students talked and reflected on the experience afterwards. Later on in the evening they enjoyed a movie and popcorn together. The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.

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