Weatherbee Elementary students are spending Saturday mornings in a science enrichment camp fostering creative problem solving and teamwork – 21st century life skills imperative to success in our modern society. Each Saturday, students rotate through stations, each of which encourages working in diverse teams, engaging in investigations, experiments, and engineering challenges that combine science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in enriching, hands-on activities. Students in teams have dissected owl pellets, built electrical circuits, created potato batteries, made organic polymer slime, measured the effect of varying forces on golf ball speed, as well as determining the effect of camouflage on predation to name a few activities. All activities are geared toward fifth grade benchmarks. The camps are the brainchild of Weatherbee Elementary Science Resource Teacher Mary Bishop.
Weatherbee Elementary School students learned about various career opportunities and how a quality education can make a huge difference in their future as Ian Macpherson, St. Lucie County firefighter, describes the uniform used when he is fighting a fire. Melanie Macpherson, third grade teacher at Weatherbee, served as a model for this activity.
Throughout the month of October, students at Weatherbee Elementary School participated in a food drive to assist the Salvation Army. This was another shining example of the Kids at Hope philosophy (Community and Service) at work at Weatherbee Elementary. This event was coordinated by Roberta Weil with the help of the Weatherbee Elementary Safety Patrol officers. Classrooms participated in creating decorated boxes to collect the food and over 320 pounds of food was collected. Way to go, Mariners! Pictured, from left, are Hailee Belcher, Ludj Simon, Veslu Edwards and Matthew Wilkinson with some of the items collected.
Students at Weatherbee Elementary celebrated as their Stampede into Reading Challenge came to a close. Over 5200 books were read by students with top readers receiving a special photo from the Stampede Crew. Pictured are top readers from Weatherbee’s fifth grade (from left ) Aaron Reed from Charles Cornyn’s class, Sebastian Johnson from Kim Brennan-Lee’s class, Brianna Snyder from Caroline Redding’s class and Sara Robbins from Rachelle Miller’s class. They are joined by Principal Michael Hitsman and Assistant Principal Dianne Young. On horseback are Thomas Richards riding Levi and Emily Bullins riding Dreamer.
Weatherbee Elementary held a successful fifth Annual Publix Math Night Event recently. More than 80 eager students and their parents experienced applying real life, age appropriate math skills to complete math word problems. A big thank you to Publix for providing goodie bags and cookies to all participants for returning their completed math worksheet. All students had a fun time and learned a lot as they earned a homework pass for a job well done. Pictured, back row from left, second grade teacher Christine Mathison, math coach Terry Longar, and assistant principal Jennifer Avellino. In front are Donnell Williams, second from left, with his mother and siblings.
Demi Barnett, a kindergarten student in Isabelle Brunache’s class at Weatherbee Elementary enjoyed a special moment with Santa as she received the first gift of Christmas as a part of the kindergarten’s Polar Express literacy activity. Santa arrived with the support of the St. Lucie County Fire Department complete with a police escort. Snow fell from above to complete this special moment for Weatherbee students. What a wonderful way to make literature come alive.
Thank you to all the students, teacher and staff that participated in the recent Jump Rope for Heart event at Weatherbee Elementary School. All students had the opportunity to participate in this community service learning program of the American Heart Association. This was an excellent way to promote knowledge in the importance of developing heart-healthy habits; that being physically active can be fun; that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education helps save lives in the community and across the country. Way to go Weatherbee Mariners!
In appreciation of their tireless commitment to maintaining a safe learning environment for their peers, a group of Weatherbee Elementary fifth graders recently enjoyed a day at Sea World. Members of the safety patrol, supervised by Roberta Weil, and the Weatherbee morning news crew, directed by Robyn Wright, worked daily throughout the school year to be positive role models and help the entire student body exhibit Mariner SAIL behavior expectations. Pictured are the Mariners who visited the park.
Weatherbee Elementary Safety Patrol members celebrated a year of successful service to their school with a field trip to SeaWorld in Orlando. Members not only assisted students and staff at arrival and dismissal each day, but truly served as role models for younger students. Students participated in a fund-raising event with the assistance of Weatherbee’s faculty and staff members in order to participate. Students were excited as many were visiting SeaWorld for the very first time. A special thank you to Roberta Weil, Safety Patrol Coordinator, as well as many parents, faculty and staff members who served as chaperones for this event. What a great way to celebrate a successful school year!
Jennifer Avellino, Assistant Principal of Weatherbee Elementary, accepted the Gold Award for the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. Five schools from St. Lucie County were recognized as PBIS Model School for the State. Along with Weatherbee are, Bayshore Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School and West Gate K-8, each receiving the Bronze Award. There are approximately 1500 schools across the state of Florida who particpate in PBIS, and less than 10 % are chosen as PBIS Model Schools. Congratulations to all our schools! Jennifer is pictured here between School Board Chair Debbie Halwey and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Weatherbee Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday this week by kicking off its Principal’s Reading Challenge, with the entire faculty and staff encouraging students to read as much as possible to improve their literacy. Each student will read to gain individual and classroom points. Pictured are media specialist Diane Laster and data specialist Louise Lucia looking for books in the school library.
Parents at Weatherbee Elementary recently attended a workshop to learn about accessing the Parent Portal on the St Lucie Public Schools website and the “Skyward Family Access” program. Marj Armstrong of the Title I and Curriculum and Instruction departments, and Michael McCarthy of the 21st Century program, presented the workshop to parents. Parents learned how to access their child’s school grades, classroom assignments, and maintain vital teacher correspondence through the web based system. Pictured is McCarthy and parents learning about this vital resource.
Weatherbee Elementary students participated in the school’s annual Spelling Bee recently. Those who placed in the Spelling Bee are, from left, Jessica Eastland, a fourth grade student taking third place, Britney Eliassaint, a fifth grade student taking second place and Alexa Torres, a fourth grade student gaining the first place position and serving as Weatherbee’s representative for the upcoming District Spelling Bee.
Ronald McDonald visited Weatherbee Elementary School recently to ignite the Fall Reading Challenge to all students at the school. This program entitled “Bookin’ with Ronald McDonald” helps motivate students to read more often and with excitement, because reading is fun and will help them to succeed in the future. There was a commitment of all students to read over 2,500 books collectively before December 11. When students meet and exceed this goal, the school’s administrators and staff have vowed to happily work at a local restaurant cooking and serving the McDonald’s menu to all who attend.
Weatherbee Elementary recently honored all of the school’s nominees for various awards that will be presented at this year’s Night of the Stars employee recognition ceremony. Pictured are Monica Adhin, Weatherbee Elementary’s nominee for Outstanding First Year Teacher, with Principal Michael Hitsman, left, and Assistant Principal Dianne Young.
Weatherbee Elementary School faculty participated in a math routine training led by math coach Teresa Longar as a part of the monthly new teacher/mentor meetings. Pictured, from left, are guidance counselor Nitza Roman, ESE teacher Christine Gawlak, Teresa Longar, second grade teacher Monica Adhin, fourth grade teachers Shannon Walsh and Jennifer Nelson, second grade teacher Tammie Pittsley, fifth grade teacher Kim Brennan-Lee, principal Michael Hitsman, ESE teacher Roberta Weil, and kindergarten teacher Christel Denson.
Students in Julie Moore’s enrichment class at Weatherbee Elementary celebrated National Soup Month by serving students and staff a hearty bowl of their delicious soup. Students participated in this authentic learning experience under the direction of Andrea Pierson, Cafeteria Manager. Pictured, from left, are Marcus Reed, Jessica Eastland, Britney Ellisaint and Andrea Pierson.
September 9th the volunteers at Weatherbee Elementary were given a breakfast and orientation for new prospects. Last year our volunteers donated over 7,000 hours of their time to our classrooms. We look forward to seeing more of them in this coming school year and appreciate all they do for our children. Featured here are Elizabeth Thomas, PTO President, and Donna Pancoast.
In recognition of the many contributions our families make to children, Weatherbee Elementary opened its doors to welcome grandparents, family members, and friends for our Kids at Hope Celebration on September 10th and 11th.
Jahson Nelson and his special friend share lunch at Weatherbee’s Other Caring Adults Luncheon last week.
Weatherbee Elementary School celebrated National Kids at Hope Day during student led conferences. Each student took a letter and sat with their parent(s) or other caring adult and wrote down why they are a Kid at Hope. The letters were then posted outside of the individual teacher’s room spelling out “Kids at Hope, No Exceptions!” Teachers came out and took a picture with their classes, which were put together in one large poster to display on campus.