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.
Palm Pointe Kindergarten students enjoyed an exciting learning opportunity this week when St. Lucie County Firefighters came to their school to teach them about fire safety.
October is fire safety month, and to celebrate this initiative, students had an opportunity to interact with our local firefighter heroes. Students learned what to do in the event of a fire, how to safely exit their home, how and when to call 911, and the importance of coming up with a family plan during a fire emergency. They were able to explore the firetruck and tools used by the firemen.
Thank you to the brave men and women who serve us everyday in our local St. Lucie County Fire Department.
Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast prepared with all the fixings by the cafeteria staff. The food was delicious and the students and guests had a great time. Pictured, from left, are kindergartner Maya Wright, her Mom and her younger student as they enjoy their feast!
The kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed their annual Storybook Character Parade. The students selected a book to read and dressed up as the book’s main character. Students and teachers paraded through the halls around the school so that students in other grades could see them. Parents were invited to come and see the parade too. After the parade, parents went to their child’s classroom to enjoy activities and refreshments. Pictured are students in Patricia Ifill-Bowen’s class.
Kindergarten students in Raynell Mowitt’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoy a Mother’s Day Tea with their moms. Each student videotaped a special message to their mom on why they are so special to them. Everyone enjoyed refreshments and spending time together.
Kindergarten students from Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition play on the drums that they made at a recent pow wow. Students all dressed as Indians and did several activities outside along with playing the drums. This was an awesome learning experience and that students had a great time performing for their families and friends.
Palm Pointe Educatioinal Research School at Tradition principal Debra Snyder, from left, and assistant principals Latricia Thompson and Kathleen Perez visit classes to encourage students before they take the FCAT tests. Benchmark data is reviewed, test tips are given as well as lots of celebrations.
Media specialist Elsie Garber, right, and media clerk Kathy Ferguson from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition introduced the book “Mr. Wiggles” to Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten students. Ms. Ferguson read the book, which is about how to take care of the books in the library, to the students in the class. This lesson will be very helpful for these kindergarten students when they go to the library to check out books.
Students and families at Palm Pointe Educational Research School came out to participate in an Escape Room Event. This event was designed to allow students to work together in solving various academic tasks that led them to clues. These clues revealed special codes to lock boxes that revealed their next tasks. Escape room tasks included different types of government systems, FSA Mathematical questions, language and editing tasks, and research on the inventions of Benjamin Franklin. Students had to use black lights and QR codes to assist them in revealing the correct answers. Both students and families had a terrific time trying to escape their rooms by completing the challenges set for them. Additionally, this event was tied to a reading gamification students are participating in based off of the novel, The Eureka Key by Sarah Thomson.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School won the St. Lucie County Middle School Soccer Championship on Saturday, February 7. The coach of the team was Mr. Robert Santoro, Physical Education teacher and athletic director at the school. “It was truly a team effort throughout the day as both the offense and defense had outstanding performances,” said Mrs. Santoro. This was their first soccer championship. Ms. Debra Snyder, principal at Palm Pointe, and Mr. Santoro, are very proud of the athletes who worked so hard. Congratulations, Rockets on this outstanding accomplishment. Pictured from left is: Back Row (standing) – Nemuel Robinson, Nicholas Gebert, Michael Smith, Rian Jamai, Martin Alvarez-Quiorga, Keaton Hall, Coach Santoro. Middle Row – Sebastian Fernandez, Alexander Antonakos, Mark Allen and Front Row (kneeling) – John Sarullo, Alessandro Tavera, David Zepeda and Andre Gomes-Lopez.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is proud to announce the middle school Spelling Bee winners. The judges for this year’s competition were Alison Yano, Brandi Pagano, Andrea Tang and Debbie Hawley, St. Lucie County School Board vice chairman and chairperson for the FAU board. The first place winner will compete in the district competition on February 22, 2012. Pictured, from left, are first place winner Aishwarya Kalluri, second place Mackenzie Levin, and third place Renata Risi.
The morning show crew at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition does a great job each morning letting the students and staff know what is happening around campus. Each student on the crew has a specific job such as an anchor position, weather/special events/script, mixer/director, sound board, teleprompter, studio cameras, minidv/dvdplayer, and chyron graphics. The students do a great job with all the equipment and delivering the news to the school. Maurizio Apostolico is the teacher that teaches them how to use all the different equipment. Pictured, from left, back, are Marissa Abbott, Stephan Lepore, Charity Bell, Max the Puppet, Anthony Ceglio, Faith Twomley, Adriana Novoa and Juan Mejia. Front row, from left is, are Adrienne Rodney, Sophie Phillips, Shayna Caldwell, Bianca Kadison, Faris Qubain, Mr. Apostolico, Mackenzie Jeffrey and Spot the Dog.
The Palm Pointe Rocket Jazz Band recently hosted members from the Foirt Pierce Jazz and Blues Society for a side by side clinic to prepare students for their upcoiming festival performance at the District 13 Jazz ensemble Performance Assessment. The students enjoyed hearing new musical concepts to add to their music. The staff and administrators at Palm Pointe thank the members of the Jazz Society for their generous contribution of time and resources. Pictured are members of the organization who provided guidance with the student musicians.
The Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently conducted its annual food drive. This is the fifth year that the food drive has been held in October. The club collected 16 boxes full of food for the local food bank, Harvest Outreach, in St. Lucie County. The food collected will help support many families that don’t have food for the fall holidays. This is a very worthwhile cause. Pictured are NJHS members gathering the boxes.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest that was a district event. The theme this year was “Dream Forward: Choose Peace, Equality, and Change. Students wrote their essays about this theme and recited their speeches before a panel of judges. The school would like to congratulate eighth grade student Sarah Wouters for winning first place, sixth grader Kiahra Wood for placing third, and fourth grader Alexia Morgan for placing third. Pictured from left is Sarah Wouters, Kiahra Wood and Alexia Morgan. Great job Rockets!
On Saturday, December 5, the Jazz Band under the direction of Band Director Jason Hatfield from Palm Pointe Educational Research Center @ Tradition participated in All County Music’s Star Wars Day celebration in Tamarac, Florida. Students dressed in Star Wars shirts and played themed music in a benefit concert for children in need.
Pictured are students in the Jazz Band and Director Jason Hatfield in the back left corner. Great job, Rockets!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. On September 17, Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in Circle of Hope, which is a district-wide project for creating cancer awareness, raising money for research and honoring those who have gone on a cancer journey. Pictured is the Morning Crew from left (Back row)Sydney Holtzclaw, Debra Snyder, Principal, Julia Genkinger, Alejandra Monzon, Mindy Murray, and Aishwarya Kalluri,( Front row ) is Maria Hearn, Celeste Hall, Krista Garcia, Lupe Novoa and Erika Goldberg after sharing interesting cancer awareness facts on the daily morning broadcast.
Students in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are pictured here as they work in their classroom. Students and staff wore blue for “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness with the proceeds going to help support the Autism Speaks Walk which will take place on April 21, 2012. Pictured, from left front row, are parent Cheryl Guth, John Howarth, Chelsea Falsey and Amy Chesnut. Back row are paraprofessional Jennicey Zitti and behavior technician Victory Batson-Phinn.
Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed participating in the recent Martin Luther King Jr. parade. This year’s theme was “Reaching Beyond the Dream” and Palm Pointe designed their float using a rocket soaring into the clouds, stars and planets to take his dream into the future. Pictured on the float in the back, from left, are Michelle Farley and B-J Farrell. Students, front row, from left, are Fabrizzio Capocci, Raven Butts, Isaiah Jean, Liam Martinez and Kyle Beard.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition staff, parents, and students participated in a brisk walk around the lake in Tradition for Autism Speaks. It was such a beautiful day to walk for such a great cause. Students, staff, and parents enjoyed the activities.