Manatee Academy Re-opens “Pages Cafe”

Manatee Academy Re-opens “Pages Cafe”

Manatee Academy middle school students are so excited about the Grand Reopening of Pages Cafe (which serves one item and one item only: BOOKACCINOS!) that they were lined up before school today! Students use Manatee dollars to purchase the fabulous beverage that they can sip while reading a book in our Media Center. Media Specialist AKA Barrista (or BOOKarrista) Debbie Remington loves discussing and recommending books with her patrons as she prepares their BOOKaccino!

Manatee Academy Prepares for Book Fair

Manatee Academy Prepares for Book Fair

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“Recycled MONSTERS were the theme at Manatee Academy in preparation for the upcoming MONSTER Book Fair next week.  Students also had to Guess How Many Eyeballs in a fish tank to get a free Book Fair book.  A MONSTER PUMPKIN contest and Door Decorating contest enabled teachers to join the fun and earn gift certificates worth $50.00 and $100.00 respectively in Book Fair goodies! A THRILLER Flash Mob is planned for FREAKY FAMILY Book Fair Night!

Manatee Academy Partners with Red Cross for “Pillowcase Project”

Manatee Academy Partners with Red Cross for “Pillowcase Project”

Manatee Academy was fortunate to have the dynamic Patty Mayer from our local Red Cross speak to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes.  Debbie Remington,  Manatee’s media specialist organized the event.

The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5 which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Generally given as a 40-minute presentation by Red Cross volunteers, the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community.

Manatee Academy Million Father March

Manatee Academy Million Father March

Manatee Academy supported the Million Father March with a morning of “Donuts for Dads”. Over 120 fathers and other special guests arrived to enjoy a special morning with our students. Many of our guests also had the opportunity to peruse the BookFair and walk their children to class. We are quite thankful for the amazing support of our families and community!

Manatee Academy kindergartners enjoy Fancy Nancy day

Manatee Academy kindergartners enjoy Fancy Nancy day

Kindergartners at Manatee Academy recently dressed to impress and celebrated Fancy Nancy Day in the media center by exploring (that’s a fancy word for discovering) a Fancy Nancy glitter puzzle, listening to an original story by Media Specialist Debbie Remington titled “Radical Tad”, playing the Rad Tad fishing game, listening to the latest Fancy Nancy chapter book, “Nacy Clancy” and of course sipping sweet tea, pinkies up of course!

Manatee Academy K-8 team wins category in regional environmental competition

Manatee Academy K-8 team wins category in regional environmental competition

The Manatee Academy K-8 Purple Pirate Monkeys Envirothon team, coached by Richard Maller and Judith Nova,  took first place for the Indian River lagoon category at the recent Regional Envirothon Competition. The Envirothon is a nationally based competition for middle to high school teams of students which promotes environmental awareness, science skills and research. The Purple Pirate Monkeys have been working in partnership with local members of the Divisions of Environmental Protection and Forestry, and the Savannas Education Center for the past two years, and have had several division awards during the past two regional games. Pictured, from left, are Samantha Lumbi, Louis Dominiquez, Elena Mena, Nicholas Drew, Frank Reynolds, and Jennifer Alles.

Manatee Academy is Celebrating Children’s Book Week in a HUGE Way!

Manatee Academy is Celebrating Children’s Book Week in a HUGE Way!

Mrs. Remington, Manatee Academy’s media specialist, set a school-wide challenge to read 3,000 pages in one day. After two hours in (because students were already at 9,000 pages) she upped the ante to 30,000!!!  Our voracious students surpassed our goal and read 76,106 pages in one day!!!

The challenge?  Kiss an exotic animal on live TV!  Mrs. Remington kissed our own Vet Prep lab rats, “Iggy” and “Izzy”(although Mrs. Remington nicknamed them both “Icky”)!

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Manatee Academy Helps “Save the Chimps”

Manatee Academy Helps “Save the Chimps”

IMG_2376Manatee Academy’s Pre-Vet class organized a fantastic school-wide collection program this year for “Save the Chimps,” a local animal sanctuary that cares for about 300 rescued chimpanzees. Students donated over 535 items to this local organization. The goal of the non-profit animal sanctuary is to provide endangered chimpanzees a private, comfortable existence in an environment which simulates a natural habitat as closely as possible. Every chimp costs $16,000 per year to support, and chimps live to an old age of 80 years on average.

To encourage donations, Mrs. Friend’s eighth grade Vet Prep students designed an EXPO which was held in the gym to teach younger students about chimpanzee life. 7-800 students visited the vet prep presenters, who designed themes including “Why Chimps Do Not Make Good Pets,” “Natural Diet of Chimpanzees” “Chimp Social Behavior,” and “History of Save the Chimps Facility” just to name several examples.

Booth activities provided instruction for the elementary age students and included art, songs, dancing, games, puzzles and riddles to solve. Jacob Dixon even entertained classes dressed as a friendly chimp!  Classes were entered into a donation contest with the winning class earning a banana split ice cream sundae party.  Additional enrichment projects include K-8 classes signing up to create chimpanatas; paper-mache covered balloons that the sanctuary stuffs with paper shreds and treats to stimulate the chimps’ natural foraging instincts.

Manatee Academy Vet Prep students select one animal rescue effort to support each school year. Students enrolled in the Vet Prep class study animal science, humane animal treatment, and most move on to academically rigorous high school attractor programs through the district.

Manatee Academy Girls Track Wins Third Consecutive Title

Manatee Academy Girls Track Wins Third Consecutive Title

On Saturday, April 23, Saint Lucie County middle schools participated in the District championship track meet at Lawnwood Stadium. For the third year in a row, the girls team from Manatee Academy took home the championship. The boys team outperformed expectations and were a close runner up, finishing only 12 points away from their second consecutive trophy.  Head coach Chuck Pilson credits a rigorous training regiment that started in September to prepare his athletes for success.

The girls team, composed of 6th-8th grade students, dominated the field. Manatee finished first in every event except two and more than tripled the point total of the second place team. The 3-peat is even more impressive considering this is only the fourth year of Manatee’s existence in the district track program.

Coach Pilson was assisted this season by Kyle Pilson, Ashley Eldridge, and Shotput Coach Caleb Bihari. All the coaches would like to thank the fans who came out to support the team. See you next season!

Final results

 

Manatee boys team finished 2nd to Southern Oaks in the 2016 district championship track meet.

Manatee boys team finished 2nd to Southern Oaks in the 2016 district championship track meet.

 

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(From left to right): Coaches Kyle Pilson and Chuck Pilson, Manatee Academy Principal Lily Beauchamp, Coaches Caleb Bihari and Ashley Eldridge

 

Male Youth Summit

Male Youth Summit

The inaugural Male Youth Summit at Performance Based Preparatory Academy was a collaboration between the Bethune-Cookman University’s Male Development Institute and the Omicron Tau (Treasure Coast) Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Male students in grades six through twelve attended this event and participated in breakout sessions covered topics such as: dressing for success, grades, mental health, and time management.

 

 

Making Science Fun for Everyone!

Making Science Fun for Everyone!

For more information, contact:

Natalie Frendberg, 772-785-5842, info@irlsciencefest.org

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Save the Date for the 2019 Indian River Lagoon Science Festival!

Fort Pierce, FL – The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its 6th year on Saturday, October 26 from 10am-3pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE, all-ages, day of discovery promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of minds-on, hands-on activities exploring the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival aims to show not only the importance of science, but also to highlight how fun it can be. Last year we had over 80 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors!

Leading up to the Festival on October 26, we will be hosting a series of science-focused satellite events that will be taking place around the Treasure Coast! For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival Eventbrite Page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/irl-science-festival-15187812659

Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We are looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 26 and October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. Registration for volunteers will open on September 16th. More information can be found at http://irlsciencefest.org/volunteer/. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, registration is open online at https://irlsciencefest.org/host-an-exhibit/.

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival was established in 2014 and is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates in a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state of Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Foundation, Renaissance Charter School, Children’s Services Council/St. Lucie Reads, PNC Bank,and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce.

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Making Everything Work

Making Everything Work

It’s early morning and Treasure Coast High’s Manufacturing Lab is busy!
Mr. Ordonez’s students are working the machines using critical thinking, engaging in teamwork, making connections, and applying classroom lessons to hands-on activities. Awesome things are happening at Treasure Coast High!  Go Titans!   
Make A Difference

Make A Difference

SLPS is seeking high performing teachers (see eligibility requirements on flyer) to make a difference in the lives and learning of children at Chester A. Moore Elementary and Lawnwood Elementary.

Interested? Apply today!

Maintenance department intern program funds seven scholarships this year

Maintenance department intern program funds seven scholarships this year

The St Lucie County Schools Facilities and Maintenance Department has identified seven scholarship winners from 2011 Summer Youth Internship Program.  They include John McDonald, Ft. Pierce Westwood, $2,000; Sandra Luxama, Ft. Pierce Central, $1,500; Tedra Turner, Port St. Lucie High, $1,000; Austin Fountain, Ft. Pierce Central, $500; La’Metria Bivens, Ft. Pierce Central, $500; Iman Hall, Ft. Pierce Central, $500; and Rafael Chavez, Ft. Pierce Central, $500.  For the past four years the Facilities Department has raised all funds needed to support the Summer Internship Program, primarily through their biggest fundraiser, their Annual Golf Tournament. Through the dollars that are raised, not only are student interns paid wages they also are able to compete for college scholarships from funds raised. Since the inception of the Summer Internship Program, the Facilities Department has partnered with the Career and Technical Education Department to make the internships a reality.  Regional workforce board Workforce Solutions has also collaborated allowing even more students who qualify for their services to participate in the internship program. It is a great win-win situation where student interns learn the soft skills necessary for employment.  For many students the summer internship is their first job.  Students learn the important expectations necessary to keep a job such as being on time, coming to work every day, communicating with a supervisor, communicating with a co-worker, returning from lunch on time, and many more skills that entry-level employees need.  Thanks go to maintenance department bookkeeper Cindy Hill, secretary Regina Chester, senior bookkeeper Dainia Breakenridge, and project manager Gary Taylor have spearheaded this student opportunity.  Their dedication and partnership with the Career and Technical Education Department has led to a very successful program that has grown, changed and improved each summer allowing more students to participate. Pictured is Austin Fountain as he assists Gary Taylor maintaining sports fields.

Magician Mesmerizes the Students of Floresta

Magician Mesmerizes the Students of Floresta

Students at Floresta Elementary were truly awestruck by the captivating and mesmerizing tricks performed by the Magician Jamie Porter as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention & Support. Students were charged 15 Dolphin Dollars to participate in the magic show which was held in the school’s cafeteria, on Friday, May 17. The magician performed amazing card tricks and tricks with bags and ribbons that boggled students’ minds.  Some students described the event as entertaining and exciting, while others said that the magician was very funny.  All in all, the magic show was a refreshing and delightful experience for the students at Floresta Elementary School.

Written by Norda Clarke and Suzanne Diaz

Lunabiotics brings creativity to Southern Oaks

Lunabiotics brings creativity to Southern Oaks

Representatives from Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics team recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School to meet with the students whose team took fifth place last spring among 50 international teams competing in the fourth annual NASA Lunabotics Mining competition. The team came to Southern Oaks and put on three presentations: the first session involved dissecting an edible asteroid, where students looked at all the layers and were then able to eat it; next session, students were given characteristics of  a creature and based on those characteristics they then had to draw what it looked like; and last, students were shown the robot that was used at the competitions. Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics Team built this robot from the ground up.  After the presentation students were given an opportunity to navigate the robot around the room.

LTAB Poetry Spoken Word Recognition

LTAB Poetry Spoken Word Recognition

Students who participated in the Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Spoken Word Competition at Nova Southeastern University were recognized at the school board meeting on April 28, 2015. LTAB was founded on a student-centered, educational philosophy geared toward young people ages 13-19. The “trick of the poetry slam is to use the guise of competition to attract interest in the telling of stories through the written word.” The most critical component of LTAB is the year-around, meaningful instruction inside the classroom with teachers who create and facilitate a safe space for individual and collective self-expression. LTAB bridges gaps between community borders and introduces teens who would not otherwise meet. It inverts the traditional educational paradigm by asking students what they think, see, and experience in their words, often re-engaging students. LTAB provides students with a platform for their voices to be heard. These students realize the strength they possess and are validated through the stories they tell and experiences they share.

Fort Pierce Central High School team placed 2nd in the finals. Members of this team were Katie Thompson, Kyle Scott, Darnel Medor, Antravious Soleyn, Taylor Gibbons, Dorrian Bridges and Fvshivn Bhadu. St. Lucie West Centennial High School team placed 12th in group competition. Members of this team were Dustin Ahmad-Kahn, Katy Mitchem, Taylor Ratti, Renee Shirley, and Dustin Snyders. Dustin Snyders was also a finalist for individual finals. Congratulations!