The Windmill Point Elementary PTO sponsored a Mother/Son Dance recently. Music teacher Jim O’Brien served as the DJ for this event! Shown in the photo are Blake Camacho, fourth grade student, and his mom, Denise Robinson, who had a wonderful time!
The Vocabulary Parade came to Windmill Point Elementary again this year, and the students were invited to dress up to describe their assigned word. Ashli Sivalls, kindergarten student from Tara Nettles’ class, described her word “observe” perfectly with her magnifying glass!
Gaines Academy kindergarten and pre kindergarten students enjoyed many activities for the 100th day of school, including making hats and glasses. Pictured as very old ladies are pre-K teacher Cindy Hedrick and paraprofessional Catherine Mills.
The Fort Pierce Central health occupations students competed recently at the regional HOSA Conference. Eleven students from Central competed against students from across the region which includes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. Pictured, from left, are the students who will advance to state level competition, Ruth Martinez, first place Healthy Life Style, Sara Flores, Courtesy Corp, Valeria Martinez, Extemporanous Health Poster, Derrick Williams, first place Home Health Aide, Gia Frantantoni & Erin Pate, First Aid and CPR, Marc Anthony Sierra, third place Dental Assisting, and Kathy Budge, third place Clinincal Nursing. Not pictured is the Health Education Team, fourth place, Flor Lopez, Dixie Liede, Maylynn Wright, and Michelle Sanchez.
Fifth grade students at Gaines Academy have worked really hard constructing amazing ecosystems. They were studying biomes and plant/animal adaptations. Pictured with a diorama of the Savannas are Ydori Torres and Rossmirline Feneliace from Chrystal Bonowicz’ class.
Fort Pierce Mayor Robert Benton recently presented a special proclamation from the city to the Westwood High School administration and ROTC battalion for the new unit patch and crest to recognize their “pride in the past, dedication in the present and confidence in their future.” The school colors of maroon and grey are present in the crest, with maroon symbolizing victory and black symbolizing consistency. Other icons symbolize the arts, science, atheltics, knowledge, and spirit of adventure found in every cadet, the proclamation states. Mayor Benton described the cadets as the “scholars, athletes and leaders of the future.” Pictured, from left, are Principal Mallissa Hamilton, Assistant Principals Anthony Conti, Mary Gregory, James Sloan, and Presley Charles, Battalion Commander Cadet Major Quinton McCormick, Battalion Executive Officer Cadet Major Jon Parrish, Battalion Adjutant Cadet Sergeant First Class Amanda Frederick, and Mayor Benton at the podium.
Northport K-8 administration, instructors, staff and students commemorate Presidents Day on February 20 by honoring all 44 American presidents. Students are learning information about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and
are celebrating the lives and contributions of US presidents. It is vital that students remember the history of the country, remember the names of those who worked to make America the most vital country on Earth and the bravery that it
takes to be America’s president. Northport K-8 marks the days in February to celebrate great American leaders. Pictured is a variety of Northport seventh and eighth grade students.
The Mobile Planetarium Tour “Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky” visited GCELA with an inflatable dome that introduced children to the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections. Inside the dome, the children viewed a special planetarium show – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (created by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and its partners, with major support from the PNC Foundation.) Through the lens of astronomy, children joined Elmo, Big Bird and HuHu Zhu, as they explore the night sky and took an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon. Each child received a daytime/night time activity poster with reusable, glow-in-the-dark stars to display at home. The students truly enjoyed this experience and GCELA appreciates the PNC Foundation for its support.
What does it mean to be a winner? For the Jaguar Battalion Drill Team, it’s the pride of knowing that hard work and dedication pay off. Port St. Lucie High School hosted the annual Treasure Coast Drill Meet, with four other schools competing. There were eight different events, and the Jaguar Battalion took first place in each one. The following is a list of the commanders that led their teams to victory: cadet Corporal Ashlee Seipel, cadet Second Lieutenant Andrew Miller, Cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes, cadet First Lieutenant Gerard Delgado, cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet Captain Sean Scott, and cadet Captain Ryan Monday. The cadets displayed excellent dedication, and competed outstandingly in all events.
New Year celebrations. The students created colorful dragon masks and enjoyed a fun parade around the school in honor of the holiday. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Students in Linda Auciello’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary know how to write and read 100 sight words by the 100th day! They used their word knowledge to create a massive poster of the sight words they have learned and they also wrote their own smaller sized list of the same words. This is turning into a classroom full of sight word
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 from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition received the highest rating possible at the District 13 Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Lincoln Park Academy. All students that participated received superior ratings! Congratulations to all the students and to the band director Jason Hatfield. Pictured, from left are, standing Salvatore Spera, Bryan Garcia, David Alexis, Antonio Rojas, Chemaly Fleury, Brent McFarland, Alyssa Reiter, and Rebecca Mitchell. Kneeling, Avery Siders, Adriana Novoa, Paula Hoheb, Barbara Baalam, Julia Sessa, Stephanie Lee, and Ashley Hall. Seated, Jacob Molner, Nicole Ruppert, Nicole Delano, Trevor Falsey and Sara Campbell.
Students performed a Reader’s Theater selection at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition during the Literacy & Linguini Night. The performance was for the book, Hansel and Gretel: The True Story. Pictured, from left, are Marisa Spicuzza, Kyerra Gordon, Dejon Lawrence, Tatyana Williamson, teacher Emily Bokhart, Kennedi Brissett, Bryan Burgos and Alberto Torres.
Jennifer Sterling, Casey Bentley and Isaiah Vidal in Laurie Boyer and Melissa Efron’s third grade classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition take part in a light energy science experiment. This was one of the experiments that the classes did as part of third grade’s Science Day.
Bayshore Elementary families had a wonderful night of learning during the FCAT Information Night. The families started the night with a delicious dinner of baked ziti, salad and garlic bread cooked by business partner Big Apple Pizza. Families then learned ways to help their children be successful on the FCAT. Pictured are Michael Giachetti, center, enjoying a garlic knot with his dad Thomas Giachetti, left, and sister Melanie.
Northport K-8 students in Vicki Baird’s eighth grade Spanish classes created their own family trees using Spanish words and phrases. Students identified relationships to family members and then gave two physical and two personality
traits for each family memeber using Spanish language skills. Students also displayed handmade Ojo de Dios or Eyes of God. The Ojo de Dios were symbolic of wisdom and light in the Indian cultures in Mexico and Central America. Students
on the Northstar team in eighth grade have a great opportunity to earn one of two required high school foreign language credits at an advanced pace.
Students in Kate Kennedy’s sixth grade World Cultures classes at Southern Oaks Middle School have been studying about the fascinating civilization of Ancient Egypt. Students were asked to choose a topic in which they were particularly interested in of the ancient culture and become SOMS “Egyptologists”. The assignment included the opportunity for students to choose the medium by which to present the topic to the class. Some of the options were to create a homemade model, make a diorama, make an informative poster, or to create a PowerPoint slide show describing an aspect of ancient Egyptian life. For example a student could report on the building of the pyramids using a visual aide and the “five W” facts (who, what, where, when, why, and how), about their topic. Students produced some impressive projects and enjoyed reporting and learning from classmates.
Students in Pamela Owens’ and Ann Hartman’s first grade classes celebrated Literacy Week with a special guest reader, Principal Jonetha Maness. Mrs. Maness read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” to first graders in the special “gator” reading room. Students giggled hysterically as the giraffe learned how to dance, they also shared connections they made to the story and their lives. What a great way to foster the love of reading. Students featured in the photo are, first row from right, Angelica Maldonado and Parkyr Saylor, second row Jayden Torello and Jaydin White, third row, Samantha Roeder and Emily Dale, Mrs. Owens, Ariana Lenoir, and Justin Meyer, fourth row Isabelle Veloz, Mia Horowitz, and Jamie Huchez, back row, Nicholas Wilson, Darren Bertrand, Ari-Annah Julien, and Najelez Rivera.
Allapattah Flats K8 School congratulates four students who have been recognized as 2011 Florida’s Young Scholars Award Recipients. The noted students join nearly 2500 3rd-8th graders from across Florida that received such acclaim. Hundreds of schools participated in the project to select and honor students who not only excel academically but show that they are well-rounded individuals. Congratulations go to, from left, Adriana Carrengo, Ashley Kinberger, Ella McDonald, and Mina Sang.