Palm Pointe first graders blend vocabulary and fun

Palm Pointe first graders blend vocabulary and fun

First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition have deepened their understanding of Tier 2 vocabulary with Vocabulary Day! Pictured are first grade students learning new words and their definitions in a meaningful way. Students employ several techniques to meet Common Core Standards for vocabulary including context clues, synonyms/antonyms, illustrations, and role play as evidenced by their unique, inventive costumes when they transformed into their favorite vocabulary word for parents and other special guests on Vocabulary Day.

Palm Pointe first graders celebrate positive behavior

First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated a PBS reward in their pod by raising 25 white rocket fuel for their whole classes’ behavior.  The students chose a snow cone and dance party as their reward.  The students all had a great time and saw how positive behavior in the classroom is rewarded!

Palm Pointe first graders enjoy seining at Jaycee Park

Palm Pointe first graders enjoy seining at Jaycee Park

Students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition spent a sunny day seining with the Manatee Center at Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce. This enriching opportunity provided a hands-on learning experience to deepen students’ understanding of local habitats and ecosystems. These concepts of science were embedded across all content areas for the unit to facilitate the district’s STEM initiative in which science is an integral part of English, language arts, and mathematics. Pictured, from left, are student Shelby Kay Sigmon, a volunteer from the Manatee Center helping the students, and student Cailey Landreville.

Palm Pointe first graders explore St. Lucie lagoon with the Manatee Center

Palm Pointe first graders explore St. Lucie lagoon with the Manatee Center

Students in Desiree Miller’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition explored the St. Lucie lagoon with the Manatee Center.  The students captured many different fish and other sea animals in the estuary using nets.  After collecting the different things they found, the students sorted them before releasing them back into the river.  It was a great learning experience and a fun day for all!  Pictured are students, from left, Sabrina Fontanez, Jasmine Chuong, Kiera Murray and a staff member from the Manatee Center helping them.

Palm Pointe first graders learn about friendship

Palm Pointe first graders learn about friendship

First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learn about friendship.  The students were asked what qualities they would like in a friend and then they wrote “wanted posters” advertising for a friend.  Pictured from left are Michael Brown, David Sanchez, Jessica Jean-Baptiste and Taylor Bush.  Way to go Rockets!

 

Palm Pointe first graders spend the day as scientists

Palm Pointe first graders spend the day as scientists

First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a Super Science Day with the help of the Manatee Center. Students were able to wear lab coats as they did experiments. They created their own lava lamps by putting an Alka-Seltzer tablet in oil and water and the water bubbled up through the oil, and made “flubber.” The students were excited to take the things that they made in class home to show their families. 

Palm Pointe “Fishbowl” Activity

Palm Pointe “Fishbowl” Activity

Team leaders and department chairs at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are participating in a “fishbowl” activity. Fourth grade teachers shared recent test results on the Summative Assessment Reporting form and modeled the process of analyzing data. They discussed root causes of proficiency and non-proficiency and worked to create a plan of action for student success.

Palm Pointe fourth graders learn about melodic notation

Palm Pointe fourth graders learn about melodic notation

Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learn to write their own melodies and then play them on their recorders! Christine Hill, music director, helped her students create a rhythm and then put the melodic pitches to them. The last step was to put the whole melody on the musical staff. Pictured, from left, are Breana Lamothe, Noah James, Alexandra Sessa and Harlem Lilly.

Palm Pointe fourth highest in the state for American Heart Association

Palm Pointe fourth highest in the state for American Heart Association

Palm Pointe Educatioinal Research School at Tradition has learned the school has the fourth highest combined fund raising total in the sstate for schools hosting both a Jump Rope for Heart event and a Hoops for Heart event. The school has raised approximately $14,000 over the past two years for the American Heart Association through the school’s two events as was highlighted in the most recent issue of the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and sport journal.Robert Santoro, Kristen Stafford, and Dale Francis, Physical Education teachers at the school, coordinate the events. The top student fund raiser for the past two years has been second grader Isabella Favata, who for over the past two years has raised over $3,500 for the cause. Isabella adds a personal touch in her
fund raising  by giving people a note on why she has decided to make this her number one charity as well as furnishing people who donate with a hand-written thank you card with a challenge for them to top their donation the following year. Pictured, from left, are Coach Robert Santoro, Isabella Favata and Coach Kristen Stafford.

Palm Pointe guests join the morning news show

Palm Pointe guests join the morning news show

Kailey Alford and Jasmine Choung, first grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were guest weathermen (women) on the Morning Show which airs each morning at the school.  The girls earned the privilege by turning in their earned rocket fuel which is a positive behavior support (PBS) program used at the school.  Keep up the great work girls!

 

Palm Pointe Guidance Counselor in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe Guidance Counselor in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition’s elementary school counselor, Summer Kuba, organized a “Day on the Hill” in Tallahassee where school counselors across the state met with legislators to educate them on the impact school counseling services have on student academic and social emotional development, college and career readiness, and overall lifelong success.  Pictured second from the left in the front row is Summer Kuba.

Palm Pointe has Literacy Week door decorating contest

Palm Pointe has Literacy Week door decorating contest

During Literacy Week at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition grades four, six, seven and eight competed in a door decorating contest.  The fourth grade classes did a Book Study as a guide for decorating their doors and the middle school classes used an Author Study for their doors.  Pictured here is the door decorating winner for Harry Potter as a Book Study from Ashley Rich’s fourth grade class.  Excellent!

Palm Pointe hosts a clarinet clinic

Palm Pointe hosts a clarinet clinic

Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition a clinic was hosted for clarinet players in the four county area.  The evening was sponsored by Music Man Instrument Company and included master classes as well as give aways.  Students were able to gain experience by listening to two clinicians as well as picking up technique hints that were offered.  Way to go Rockets!

Palm Pointe Jazz Band creates “Jazz -O- Lanterns”

Palm Pointe Jazz Band creates “Jazz -O- Lanterns”

Students in the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition Jazz Band recently spent their afternoon jazz period carving out musical pumpkins in their second annual Jazz O Lantern carving competition. Patterns ranged from original to store bought patterns. A great time was had by all. Pictured from left is Caleb Molina and Orret Hall.

Palm Pointe Jazz Bands Achieve Superior Rating at District 13 Jazz Band Festival

Palm Pointe Jazz Bands Achieve Superior Rating at District 13 Jazz Band Festival

On Thursday, January 31st, the Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe participated in the Florida Bandmasters District 13 Jazz Band Performance Music Assessment at St. Lucie West Centennial High School where they were evaluated by a panel of three state certified Jazz Adjudicators.

We are proud to announce that both bands achieved straight superior ratings, which is the highest possible rating. Congratulations to the Palm Pointe students and staff on this awesome achievement.

Palm Pointe jersey day supports Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Palm Pointe jersey day supports Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed wearing their favorite team jerseys, an annual fundraising event. Everyone donated $1.00 to help support Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Students and staff look forward to helping out this organization every year. 

Palm Pointe junior honor society beatufies campus

Palm Pointe junior honor society beatufies campus

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a Beautification Day at the school.  JMC Landscaping, St. Lucie County Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7038 in Ft. Pierce, Palm Pointe’s Junior National Honor Society, Palm Pointe PTO and maintenance staff all participated in the school beautification project.

Everyone picked up trash, pulled weeds and laid mulch.  Approximately 800 bags of mulch were donated by Wal-Mart and some Junior National Honor Society members also donated mulch.  After the work was done, PTO fed all the workers.  Palm Pointe will also be receiving a grant from Wal-Mart’s Volunteerism Always Pays program.  This grant will support future maintenance projects at the school.

The next school beautification project is scheduled for January 28, 2012. Pictured are students Valerie Viruet, Alexandra Velasco, Danae Beech, Coral Bailey, Melissa Fox and Robin Franklin from the maintenance department.

Palm Pointe K-8 Kids Heart Challenge

Palm Pointe K-8 Kids Heart Challenge

The Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) event was held last Friday, February 15th at Palm Pointe K-8.  Coach Piscopo and Coach Santoro were amazing volunteers and do so much to support the American Heart Association mission. This year, the students raised $4,431 to help further the mission of the AHA.  Great work!

Palm Pointe kindergartners celebrate special wedding

Palm Pointe kindergartners celebrate special wedding

Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the wedding of letters Q and U. The students learned that Q and U are always together so they had a mock wedding to re-enforce this fact. Students all had a part in the celebration as a member of the wedding party or as helpers with the reception after the ceremony. This was a fun learning experience and one they will always remember. Pictured are Trotter Chaisson, left, as the groom and Madison Parrish as the bride. 

Palm Pointe Kindergarten Celebrates Harvest Festival and Friendship Feast

Palm Pointe Kindergarten Celebrates Harvest Festival and Friendship Feast

All year long, Kindergarten Rockets have been tending their garden of fresh herbs, vegetables, and greens.  Students were excited to harvest some of their produce to create fresh, homemade salsa using cilantro and green peppers from the gardens.  To quench their thirst, they also made a lemonade that they incorporated fresh mint into. Students, parents, and family members all came to see the bounty they prepared and to check out their gardens.  Everyone joined together at a Friendship Feast where our Rockets serenaded their families with songs of thanks and friendship. Palm Pointe is thankful for all our students and families.