Mariposa’s Open House was quite a success! Students and families met their teachers, received bus numbers, and enjoyed a special PTO Carnival! The Carnival was provided by the school’s Positive, Passionate, Progressive and Proven PTO partners for all students returning to school. Students won prizes, threw rings, made baskets, and had such a great time! School never started off with so much fun! Students were excited to get “back to school” at Mariposa Elementary.
Students from Janet Balletta’s class at Mariposa Elementary recently presented their animal research projects for their parents and classmates. Students researched their favorite animals and created innovative animal projects out of cereal boxes integrating language arts, technology, and oral language skills. The culminating activity was the students giving an oral presentation of their projects. Students were recognized for their participation, and celebrated their success with their family and peers. Neisha Caldwell, left, and Shane Spellacy, right, won first and second prize for the most original and unique animal projects.
First grade students at Mariposa Elementary School were recently challenged to dress as a US President as a way to learn more about Presidents in the past and those in the future. Pictured, Steven Reinosa poses as future President of the United States, and his costume was so impressive, he won the contest for his class and was awarded a set of mechanical pencils instead of feathered quills.
The Mariposa Elementary School band and chorus performed recently at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. They presented their holiday musical called “Santa Goes Green” with a message of becoming environmentally friendly this holiday season. Pictured is Alex Perry singing a solo with the chorus behind her. The musical was made possible with a generous grant from Florida Power and Light, and the N.E.E.D. organization.
The Mariposa Elementary School band and chorus put on a musical performance during the month of December titled “Santa Goes Green” under the direction of Linda McCartney. The students worked hard for months to prepare for the performance. The audience was able to see the students dance, sing, and play various musical instruments. DVDs were created to help earn money for the N.E.E.D program that includes a trip to Washington DC. Pictured, from left, are Alexandria Perry, Nichole Ledoux, Dylan Brook and Sydney Garcon.
Fourth grades students at Mariposa Elementary school held their yearly Wax Museum for parents and students recently. The event was held in the fourth grade classrooms. To prepare for this activity, each student researched a famous person and created a costume to portray their character. Students stand as wax figures until a guest comes up to their booth. Once the visitor is present, the wax figure comes to life and tells a short biography about their life. Pictured in their costumes, from left, are Estefano Livi, Isik Billingslea, Daniel Lincoln, Jacob Mc Crory, Sadia Kouns and Hannah Murphy.
Students in Ashley Thomas’ class at Mariposa Elementary were rewarded with an ice cream party for rocketing into mastering their multiplication facts through the nines. Each day Ms. Thomas quizzed students with 40 multiplication facts until all facts were mastered within a three-minute timeframe. Once students completed the different sets of facts, math coach Theresa MacInnes gave students a four-minute, 80-question facts test to complete. Pictured are Dasha Behrens, Taj Clyde, Khani Ellison, Kayla Green, Carter Heffley, Michael Hunter, Chyna Martinez, Rebecca Mosier, Jessica Sullivan, Anthony Torres, Thomas Duffy, Johann Vianna, Sara Westbrook, Trinity Hardy, and Brooklyn Parks. Other students who mastered their multiplication facts but not pictured are Anthony Borno and Amira Castillo. These students were motivated to work hard and had a great support from home to make this possible. Whether it was listening to multiplication raps, playing around the world, or drill and practice these students made the effort.
This week in the Mariposa Elementary School media center, media specialist Charlotte Pennington read to the kindergarten, first and second grade students “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot” by Dav Pilkey. Before the story began, Mrs. Pennington brought out a tin can robot she made at home. She explained to the students how she made it while the students sat wide-eyed. The robot prop was an excellent introduction to the chapter book. After the book was read, the students were instructed how to draw Ricky, one of the main characters. Pictured, from left, are Lea Cesiro, Cameron Peterson, Taline El-Khoury, and Stephanie Diaz.
Mariposa Elementary School’s third graders in Monica Almeida’s class are enjoying their first attempts at writing narrative stories. The students are using SMILE’s Quick beginning, Loooong, interesting middle, and Feelings at the end format to create their original stories. The students hope to share their stories with Mariposa’s kindergarten students soon!
Brandan Cooper in Rose Caraballo’s class aat Mariposa Elementary School demonstrates his knowledge of the United States geography by completing his map quiz in the Media Center. Third grade students have been working hard to learn the states by their shape and location as they complete a digital timed map quiz.
An exciting enrichment reading group activity was held in the Media Center at Mariposa Elementary. Third grade students assigned to Charlotte Pennington enjoyed reading a folktale titled “The Paper Crane” by Molly Bang. While reading the story, the students were encouraged to use various reading strategies taught by Charlotte Pennington: phonics, word decoding, clarifying, story mapping, predicting, questioning and summarizing. The story taught the students about the nature of gift giving and caring for others that are less fortune then themselves. As an activity, the students learned how to fold their very own origami cup following Mrs. Pennington’s
directions. Before the students returned to their regular classes, Charlotte Pennington presented a paper crane created by her and Christina Bondi, the media clerk, to each student as a reminder of this wonderful folktale. Pictured, back row, from left, Omarion Paul and Thomas Mehler. Front row, from left, Ian Ottinger, Joshua Pierre, Hayleigh McCune, Danielle Diaz, Alanna Rivera and Layla Brown.
In fourth grade to practice learning about fractions, students in Michele Graci’s class at Mariposa Elementary decided to do some real world application. This project was helpful for the class to be able to answer the question fractions’ purpose. The students each got a chance to make a cake mix and end up with cake pops to eat at the end of their experiment. The class was put into four groups, and each afternoon a different group was put to the test. They were given a cake mix box and all the ingredients and tools they would need. It was then their job to read the directions on the box to measure and mix the ingredients properly with no help from the teacher. Once they were sure it was ready, the cake pops were prepared in a small oven. The students were then able to taste the results when they were finished baking. At the end of the week, students votec on which batch tasted better. Students realized that it is important to be able to not only read directions, but also measure fractions properly because if not done so the cake pops will not bake properly. One of the groups did measure incorrectly and the students were able to tell right away because once baked the cake pops did not come out properly. Pictured are students reading the directions and preparing the cake pops.
Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary School were organized in a cooperative reading group with Kagan structures. There are four to five students in a group and each student has a specific job. One student will read aloud while the others read silently. When the page is read, each student has a task following a pyramid in the middle that says what that job is. Someone will summarize, then another student will predict, and the last student will connect the story to their lives, another book or a movie. After one round, the pyramid is turned to the left and the next person reads the next page. Each student will go through the cycle at least once. Students are accountable for what they are reading and learn to share their thoughts appropriately. They also get to verbalize their thoughts. It will take time to develop the skill of conversation and discussion, but the results will be fascinating. Pictured, from top left clockwise, are Jaden Derocha, Erik Paz, Joseph Potts, Jacob Guerrero, and Joey Peterson.
Mariposa Elementary School fourth grade students were enthralled with a Hobe Sound Nature Center presentation about raptors, also known as birds of prey. Staff from the Center brought in a rescued owl and hawk. After learning about these amazing creatures, students role-played being scientists. They needed to find out what owls had eaten from an owl pellet. They broke the owl pellet in half, then used tools such as tweezers to pull apart the fur, and find the bones that could not be digested by the owl. Students took home the bones and fur and were asked to re-create what the animal looked like by gluing the bones back together. It was a spectacular opportunity for the students to have a relevent, hands-on experience with nature, and expand their scientific
knowledge. Pictured is Jan Feliciano Alvarez.
The students in Elizabeth Forbes’ class at Mariposa Elementary learned about the Pilgrims in the month of November. The students read books and poems that described the Pilgrims’ exciting journey to their new land and wrote about how it would have felt to have been a Pilgrim child. The overwhelming consensus was that they would have missed electricity! Each student told one or more things for which they are thankful at the end of the activity. Pictured, from left, are Michael Anderson-Cline, Louisa Davila, Angelee Amperez-Jorge and Aiden Busch.
Mariposa’s first grade students studied marine biology on a recent field trip to the Manatee Center in Fort Pierce. The students were engaged in a presentation on Florida’s manatees hosted by the center’s educational coordinator. Students learned fascinating facts about manatees and other marine animals like sea turtles, tropical fish, and eels. After the presentation, the students got to walk around the observatory deck to search for manatees, take photographs, and purchase souvenirs in the gift shop. Students, parents, and teachers had a wonderful time in spite of the rainy conditions that prevailed. Pictured, from left, are A. J. Cummings, Remington Jones, Tatiana Negron, Nicholas Laliberte, Alex Jean-Pierre, Niesha Caldwell, Angelo Camerata, Kiarrah Jean-Baptiste, Kristian Csapo and Janellie Alverez.
Students in Toni Baptiste’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary School have researched a zoo animal and made a cereal box report about their animal. Boys and girls were excited to share their animal’s habitat, diet and fun facts to the class. In addition, students were able to share information they learned about each other’s animal to a chaperone on a field trip to the Palm Beach Zoo. Pictured, from left, are Brandon Schwochert, My Nguyen, Isaiah Bissram, Samuel Montgomery, John McCallum, and Sophia Mohammed.
Students in Ashley Coe’s class at Mariposa Elementary participated in a fun activity to learn about author’s purpose. Using a candy wrapper, they had to find the facts that informed the consumer about the product. Then they had to write an advertisement using figurative language to persuade the consumer to purchase the product. Finally, the students created an imaginative story about the candy product to entertain the purchaser.
Students at Mariposa Elementary School recently jumped for pledges for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. The goal this year was $7,000. All students spent their resource time, skipping, jumping rope, running an obstacle course and hopping to music. We thank all those who have made donations on behalf of the students. It is nice to know students are able to have compassion and place the needs of others before themselves. Pictured, from left, are Brianna Locklar, Ariya Mosley and Zechariah Araya.