Seventeen students representing Dan McCarty Middle School recently joined their voices with other middle school singers from around the Treasure Coast area to participate in the Four County Middle School Honors Choir at Indian River State College. Each year, middle and high school choruses from Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties come together to rehearse and perform a concert with guest clinicians. The students are selected based on their musicianship skills and the recommendation of their chorus director. Dr. Rolanda Jones directs the Dan McCarty Middle School chorus.
Middle grades students at Northport K-8 School have been working diligently on learning how to build strong leadership skills. Through a series of guest community leaders, students are learning to generate and pose deeper level questions about a variety of topics and to dig deeper and get into a more provocative atmosphere of questioning. Students have asked extended, well thought out questions of each guest and then have been learning to respond to those questions with follow up questions. The platform allows students to get out of their comfort zone, stand up and pose questions on serious issues and to have those questions answered with a well thought out and respectful response.
The series of guests for the Leadership Summits have included Florida State Representative Gayle Harrell, Deputy City Manager of Ft. Pierce, Nick Mimms, a host of local veterans, SLC school board member, Deborah Hawley and most recently, Ashley Mock, Communications Coordinator of our local Children’s Services Council. Ms. Mock answered many hardball questions about the large variety of programs offered through Children’s Services Council, about her opinions on issues such as domestic abuse cases, programs offered for children of substance abusers, common core and education questions and went into great lengths talking to the students about career paths and how it is imperative to find a passion, not just a job and sometimes that search can take a meandering path. The list of leadership traits that Northport students, collaborating with Northport Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka and classroom teachers, have compiled include: a leader must love the people they lead, be flexible, be organized, respect the people you lead, be capable of seeing the “big picture,” give lots of positive feedback, be able to delegate, use humor, be a constant learner, have integrity and be a great listener.
Eighth grade student, Finn Carey presented Ms. Mock with a gift card and flowers in appreciation for her efforts to help build leadership skills at Northport and for her willingness to share her own life stories to encourage students to make better choices in life. Special thanks to Northstar, teacher, Nick Carey for facilitating the summit and for working with his students to help formulate deep and intriguing questions. The next Leadership summit will be held in February in the Northport Media Center. Pictured is Ashley Mock with Northstar students.
Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students competed in the MSE Spelling Bee on January 12, 2015. After 14 rounds of words, Aaron Nieves, a third grader buzzes to the top and wins the competition. Congratulation Aaron!!
Southport Middle School had a wonderful turn out for their very first Literacy Pow Wow Night. Over 100 students, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed the Hitchiti dancers who put on an amazing show, giving everyone a glimpse of their authentic Native American culture. It was a great night for singing, dancing, eating Native American food and making crafts around the bonfire.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the annual Martin Luther King Junior Day parade in Fort Pierce. Marching in this parade is a tremendous honor and privilege for Port Saint Lucie High.
The Battalion formation was led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard was commanded by Cadet Sergeant First Class Jamie Triplett carrying the National Flag. Cadet Second Lieutenant Jonathan Steiner carried the State Flag. Cadet Sergeant First Class Adam Pagan and Cadet Staff Sergeant Seth Taylor posted as Guards.
Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the company formations. Beginning with Alpha Company formation then Bravo, Charlie and lastly Delta. The cadets preformed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion. Way to go Jags!
CA Moore had a Take Your Parent to School Day on November 12th for parents to go to their child’s classroom for 30 minutes and observe the teacher conferencing with students. The teachers also gave strategies for parents to assist their children at home with reading. We hope to continue these events, rotating math and reading. We embrace the Kids at Hope philosophy along with the Treasure Hunter’s Pledge and student pledge that is recited daily on our morning show. We utilize the caring adult as well, as it is critical that our students know that they have a caring adult in their life that cares about them.
Pictured: Jeremiah Wilson sits with his Ace for Take Your Parent to School Day at CA Moore
F K Sweet kindergarteners would like to invite YOU to their circus. You can watch the fearless Lion Tamer and the daredevils on the high-wire! Laugh at the whimsical clowns and be amazed at the acrobats. All preformed by our talented and amazing kindergarten students. It is free to all! It’s fantastic, fun, and FREE. Be at Lincoln Park Academy, Thursday, February 5th at 6:00 pm. You don’t want to miss it.
St Lucie Public Schools is a venerable and grand institution, home to exemplary educators whose passion and commitment to the students they serve knows no bounds. Each year the district has the privilege of recognizing teachers selected to represent their individual schools as Teacher of the Year. Given there are so many highly qualified educators found at each school, the selection process is arduous and this year is no exception. Superintendent Genelle Yost and members of the Saint Lucie County School Board are honored to announce the finalists for Saint Lucie County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2016.
Sherree Madorma is the nominee from Rivers Edge Elementary School. Ms. Madorma began her teaching career in Coney Island, New York, teaching fifth grade next to her father’s fourth grade classroom. Sherree teaches fifth grade students and a phenomenal 94% of her students demonstrated learning gains in mathematics. Her classroom is a beehive of activity each day – children laughing, engaged, and enjoying the learning process through innovative methods provided by their teacher. Ms. Madorma offers a Morning Math Club for her students every Thursday from 7:25 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Parents appreciate this free tutorial service and other teachers are joining in with their own Morning Math Clubs. Sherree uses data extensively to enhance the learning opportunities for her students and rejoices and celebrates their achievements. Aware of the importance of recognizing extraordinary efforts by staff members, Mrs. Madorma implemented “Monthly Shout-Outs” that acknowledge two teachers and one school related employee each month. Staff members learn together, collaborate, and celebrate one another’s successes. Above all, Sherree encourages students to shoot for the moon, and even if they miss they will still land among the stars and they enthusiastically do!
Julie Caiazzo is Oak Hammock K8’s nominee this year. Ms. Caiazzo is a second grade teacher for both general education students and students with disabilities. Julie began her teaching career in Saint Lucie Public Schools about five years ago. She is both committed to and passionate about the students she serves. To better communicate with those children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing Julie is taking classes in sign language using her own resources and time. Ms. Caiazzo is the PBIS chairperson, Kids at Hope core team member, new teacher mentor, District Math Assessment team member to name a few of the roles she fills at school. As a direct reflection of her leadership, open communication, and dedication, the school was recognized as a PBIS Bronze Level Model School for the first time. Children entering Julie’s classroom immediately sense the safe learning environment fostered by their teacher. Ms. Caiazzo provides an atmosphere where students know they can succeed. The expectations are clear, concise, and encouraging. By example, children are taught to be kind and respectful of others, to be positive in their actions. Julie Caiazzo pursues every opportunity for personal and professional growth and implements best practices in her classroom and works collaboratively with colleagues. Julie supports creativity and nurtures the adventuresome spirit in young children and encourages them to “dream big.”
Latricia Stubbs is the nominee from Dan McCarty Middle School. Latricia is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. More important than the grade she teaches is the skill she has in fostering a climate where students want to learn and believe they can! Ms. Stubbs teaches in a school where many students struggle in both their personal lives and in their educational accomplishments. Latricia has immersed herself in the Saint Lucie Way and continually adjusts her teaching methods to achieve the highest level of performance of her students. She develops relationships with the families of students through notes and personal phone calls. Parents know her through their children and they willingly work cohesively together so their children can know academic success. Ms. Stubbs serves as department chair and works tirelessly with colleagues to provide opportunities for students to apply the skills they have learned. Working with the school administration, Latricia developed a plan of action to increase the writing scores at Dan McCarty Middle School through the creation of writing prompts and practices designed to increase student achievement. The assessment data at the end of the year indicated a sixteen point gain in those scores. It was recommended by the DA team from the Florida Department of Education that Ms. Stubbs teach all grade eight students the lessons she developed. Through the specialized schedule created by administration, Latricia did just that! She works with Saint Lucie County Instructional Partners to facilitate workshops at the Saint Lucie County Differentiated Instruction Summer Academy and participated in the Five Day Reading Edge leadership training. Latricia believes that all children, wealthy or impoverished, can learn. She spends her afternoons and evenings planning, reflecting, and finding best practices for motivating students toward higher achievement and instilling a firm belief their lives can be better with education.
Northport K-8 School is pleased that we can announce our 2015 Spelling Bee champion. Our first place winner is eighth grade Northstar student, Ashley Quijada who was submitted by instructor, Nick Carey. Ashley will represent Northport at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on March 14 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The competition went five rounds with the winning word as “epoch.” Students withstood intense pressure as the words became increasingly more difficult. Students who participated in the bee were: Hailey Wrench, Destiny Diaz, Claudio Quant, Maya Kurasawa, Giselle Fernandez-Cerda, Anthony Otero, Kahlani Walk, Blake boyer, Dudley Olibrice, Miles Davin, Deontae Yuhas, Aaliyah Rodriguez, Destiny DeLater, Ke’Andre Moreno Pearson, Alec Cortez, Josh Ramos, Sierra Molinary, Daphney Sheets, Ashley Quijada, Jade Byerly, Sophia Blanco, Geredyne Carpentier, Kiara Badalo, McKayla Sanan, Nicholas Lewis, Cynthia Reynolds, Jesse Swain, Olivia Rios, Emma Stassen, Collin Sunes, Alexis Bowes, Jonathan Cales, Dylan Brown and Vincent Nelson. Serving as Northport judges and spelling host were the school’s AmeriCorps tutors, Barbara Heller, Tameka Walker and Azzam Abdur-Rahman. Pictured is Azzam kicking off the 2015 Northport Spelling Bee. Special thanks to all parents who attended the bee.
Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in a Mismatch Day sponsored by the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program. Students used their earned rocket fuel for good behavior in the classroom to be able to dress mismatched. Pictured from left is sixth grade student Nadia Mihajlovski, fifth grader Sara Al-Turk and fifth grader Kailee Larmon.
Lakewood Park Elementary was nominated and awarded a $500.00 grant from the local Exxon/Mobil location. The award was presented to the faculty by JP Snead Brand, Manager for Southeast Petro Distributors, Inc., which is a part of Exxon Mobil. This money is provided to enhance instruction in the areas of math and science. Lakewood Park Elementary would like to say thanks for this great honor and the funds will be used wisely. Go Falcons!!
Dr. Judi Miller, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, and Ms. Sabrina Seme, Volunteer Recruiter, presented the School Board with a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued support. January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to observe the month by honoring its valued partners.
Pictured are, Dr. Judi MIller, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Superintendent Genelle Yost and Sabrina Seme.
Pilot Club members presented a check to the School Board on January 13th for the 2014-2015 Pilot Club Grant. The check in the amount of $1,500 is to be used for the Best Buddies Program at Fort Pierce Central High School.
Best Buddies International is a non-profit 501 organization. It consists of volunteers that create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies High Schools foster one-to-one friendships between students with and without IDD. The high school years are a time of heightened social and emotional development and can be difficult even for those without IDD. Best Buddies High Schools helps break through social barriers at an important time in a young person’s life.
Pictured in the back row are, Kristi Pacocha, Megan Guyer, Joseph Lezeau of FPCH, and Supeintendent Genelle Yost. In the front row are, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Lesa Kitzmiller, Evelyn Stover of FPCH, Adele Lowe, Tena Sigmond, and Janis Smith.
Claretha Robinson was recognized at the School Board Meeting on January 13th as a STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipient. Ms. Robinson is the front office clerk for Fort Pierce Westwood High School. Because of the nature of what she does, many times she receives the brunt of those that come in and may be upset, however she always remains true to form. She listens to the needs of our students and parents and is slow to pass judgment. Ms. Robinson has taken on more tasks that have put her out of her comfort zone and she continues to stretch herself professionally.
Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Claretha Robinson, and Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills.
At Mariposa, Mrs. Elizabeth Forbes, first grade teacher, volunteered to serve as the Unicef Coordinator. She turned this into a learning experience for her students. She had enough coins to allow her first graders to sort, count, make patterns, and even count by 5’s and 10’s. What an opportunity! So now these first graders know their coins! First graders at Mariposa helped count change during the school’s UNICEF drive. From Left to Right are Sofia Delgado-Ortiz, Juliana Gutierrez-Garcia, Dominic Delancy, and Taylor Wildes.
Child Nutrition Services launches a Farm to School Program in all school cafeterias. Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables such as romaine lettuce, oranges, peppers, strawberries and cucumbers will be served to all students starting on Wednesday January 14th. This is just the beginning of many locally grown produce items that will be offered to our students.
Students will also learn the nutritional value of the wholesome items that are being offered. This locally grown produce is delivered within 24 hours of harvest to the schools, straight from the farm to the plate! It has been the Child Nutrition Service Program’s goal to have partnerships with our community farms. When students learn where what they eat comes from, it will open their awareness of how important eating fresh fruits and vegetables is to the body so that they can continue to grow and learn successfully.
The Child Nutrition Program is extremely excited to see that students will receive locally grown fresh fruit and vegetable products at the highest nutritional value throughout the harvest months of November through May each year.
These four fifth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were selected to attend “Saturday with a Scientist” on Saturday, 10, 2015 at V.G.T.I. (Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute). Students were able to do several hands on science experiments. The students all learned valuable lessons and enjoyed the experiments that they did. Pictured from left is one of the V.G.T.I. Scientists, Bernol Roache, Matthew Tucker, Kate Barcelona, Aryan Vashishta and another V.G.T.I. Scientist.
The Kindergarten Team at Mariposa Elementary showed their amazing collaborative planning abilities as they put together an extremely engaging end-of-unit Gingerbread Day. After a week-long unit that involved comparing and contrasting different versions of the Gingerbread Man stories, the students illustrated their own gingerbread characters. The week ended with the students decorating gingerbread cookies and building Gingerbread houses of their own. The fun projects helped bring the stories to life. Mariposa’s Kindergarten Team pictured from left to right are Camelia Lebron, Sue Caldwell, Kari McIntyre, Laura Wollff, Greta Hyatt, and Linda Auciello.
Northport K-8 students in grades six through eight participated in the Northport Science Fair recently. The young scientists entered projects in eight categories. The projects integrated scientific thinking and processes with literacy, writing and mathematics. Students researched and developed a problem statement which had real world applications, wrote cited background research reports, formulated a testable and quantifiable hypothesis based on their understanding of the background information, designed and performed their controlled experiment, made statistical calculations to analyze the data and stated their findings in a conclusion. The four judges selected the following students for awards in their entered categories:
1st place award recipients: Lindsey O’Sullivan, Finnegan Carey, Michael Gorbach, Dallas Persick, Samantha Adams, Macy Nielander, Taygen Pennella, Kyle James and Annabelle Sasso.
2nd place recipients: Hamza El-Azzami, Makenzie Waltz, Rosette Garcia, Kassandra Morona, Victoria Juarez, Cody Hundley and Saige Searcy.
3rd place recipients: Ashley Quijada, Matthew Pinto, Amber Hood, Zack Mack, Brandon Quijada, Nathaniel Rios, Bladimir Aparicio, Sheryl Martinez and Jamie Kosbob.
Look for some of the students great projects at the Regional Science Fair which is open for public viewing at the IRSC Kight Center on January 29. Northport community is very proud of our teachers, competing students and their families! Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth, our science fair coordinator.
Mrs. D’jion Jackson, Principal of Lawnwood Elementary, displaying some of the wonderful gifts purchased by our faculty and staff!