Lakewood Park Elementary School’s garden supplies extras for lunch

Lakewood Park Elementary School’s garden supplies extras for lunch

Lakewood Park Elementary Cafeteria Manager Andrea Pierson and students from Loretta Humphrey’s second grade class help harvest cilantro from the student-grown garden. The cilantro will be used in a salad for the school’s lunches. Students have worked the garden all year around, yielding all types of vegetables such as tomatoes, tomatillo, and herbs. Pictured, from left, are students Jennifer Onofre, Kylee Corona and Kevon Blocker with cafeteria manager Andrea Pierson.

Lakewood Park Elementary School literacy event a huge success

Lakewood Park Elementary School literacy event a huge success

Lakewood Park Elementary School first grade teachers, pictured from left, Hayley Peeler, MaryJane Kimball, Breannan Hooks, Jennifer Lusardi and Alyssa Tretter dress as their favorite story book character for the school’s recent “Our Characters on the Red Carpet” literacy event. During the evening event, activities were available for parents and their children to assist with reading and writing skills, and a special Make and Take session for ELL students and their parents was a big hit. Stories were read by teachers and staff in full dress as their favorite book characters. Principal Dianne Young and Assistant Principal Tammy Smith ran a Bingo for Books game, where students could win and choose a grade appropriate-book. There was also a Scholastic Book Fair for students in the media center. It was an educational, fun filled night that students and parents enjoyed very much.  Thanks to the parents and students, who came dressed as their favorite book character, school staff and teachers for coming and making the night a successful one, and aspecial thanks to Mattie Deubel for spearheading the event. 

Lakewood Park Elementary Receives Grant From Southeast Petro Distributors, Exxon Mobil

Lakewood Park Elementary Receives Grant From Southeast Petro Distributors, Exxon Mobil

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!!

Lakewood Park Elementary Principal  Dianne Young Carves Thanksgiving Turkey

Lakewood Park Elementary Principal Dianne Young Carves Thanksgiving Turkey

Lakewood Park Elementary Principal Dianne Young had the honor to carve the first turkey for the students’ lunch while E’mon Thomas-Yasmin got to taste the first piece. Besides turkey the students enjoyed dressing, mash potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, salad and much more. Mrs. Andrea Pierson, cafeteria manager, asked questions to students about the first Thanksgiving dinner such as these and more:

  1. What types of food was served at the first Thanksgiving dinner?
  2. How many Pilgrims and Indians were at the dinner?
  3. What kind of animals did the Indians hunt to contribute to the meal?
  4. How many days did the first Thanksgiving last?

Thanks to Mrs. Simone Catrambone and Mrs. Andrea Pierson for the beautiful Thanksgiving decorations.
Thanks to our wonderful cafeteria staff for the delicious food they prepare every day for our students and staff. We are very thankful for them and all they do.

Lakewood Park Elementary would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday and drive safely.

Lakewood Park Elementary Math Night at Winn Dixie

Lakewood Park Elementary Math Night at Winn Dixie

Lakewood Park Elementary students and parents had the opportunity to explore the world of math in real-world situations by attending a family math night at Winn Dixie.  Math Night was a huge success allowing those in attendance to work on their math skills, singing holiday songs, face painting, and having a great time visiting with members of the Falcon family as well as members of the community.  We had exactly 100 students sign in for this event and many of our classrooms were represented.  In our VPK—2nd grade event attendance contest, Mrs. Jones’ Kindergarten class had the most students in attendance.  In the 3-5 competition, Mrs. Norling’s fourth grade class had the most students in attendance.

Parents and guests listened to some holiday music while shopping presented by Angela Moretti’s Lakewood Park Elementary chorus consisting of forty-five third, fourth and fifth graders. We would like to say thanks to students and Miss Moretti for a job well done.  Go Falcons!

Lakewood Park Elementary would like to thank Mr. Gagnon from Winn Dixie who is one of our business partners, and all of his staff that worked so hard to make this evening an educational success.

The following were the teachers with the highest attendance in each of our other grade levels.  VPK—Mrs. Helseth; 1st Grade—Ms. McDougal; 2nd Grade had a tie with Mrs. Albritton and Ms. Souza; 3rd grade—Mr. Werner; and 5th Grade had a tie with Mrs. Garcia and Mr. Jones.  Congratulations to all.  Students in attendance received a bag of goodies and a free homework pass.

Special thanks go to the math committee for all their hard work spearheaded by Teresa Cannon.  Other committee and staff members  include Principal Dianne Young, Assistant Principal Tammy Smith, Ms. Andrews, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Briand, Mrs. Butterworth, Mrs. Cirrillo,  Mrs. Garcia, Miss Hazen, Mrs. Innocent, Miss Moretti and Mrs. Pulliam.  Thanks everyone for coming.  Go Falcons!

 

Lakewood Park Elementary fourth grade students make their own glue

Lakewood Park Elementary fourth grade students make their own glue

Lakewood Park Elementary fourth grade students recently participated in a STEM design project called “Make it Stick.” They used common kitchen ingredients like flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt to mix a solution to see which group could make the strongest glue. Students tested their glue using beans and index cards.  After their first glue solution was created, they analyzed and recorded the class results to design a new recipe using a different combination of the same ingredients. Pictured are fourth grade teacher Allison King with students Kathryn Baldwin, left, and Kimberly Temene finding out which homemade glue sticks better.

Lakewood Park Elementary chorus performs at City Hall and local service group

Lakewood Park Elementary chorus performs at City Hall and local service group

Students in the Lakewood Park Elementary School chorus recently entertained for staff members at Fort Pierce City Hall and the St. Lucie County Telephone Pioneers with holiday music. The 64 performers were dressed in white shirts, navy pants, with a plaid vest of white and blue checks. The boys had bowties while the girls had unique bows that set off the festive fashion. The students, led by Angela Moretti, had a melodious sound for the holiday season that had the audience clapping their hands and tapping feet with songs such as Rock ‘n Roll Snowman and Blitzen’s Boogie. Both performances were received with the warmest welcome and filled with holiday cheer.  Lakewood Park Elementary students thanks both audiences for a truly enjoyable and delightful experience and for the goodies and drinks that were served. Pictured are some of the choralers.

Lakewood Park Elementary celebrates with Tunnel of Hope

Lakewood Park Elementary celebrates with Tunnel of Hope

Lakewood Park Elementary School students and staff recently celebrated the FCAT Writes with a special Tunnel of Hope. The school body lined hallways holding posters and encouraging students as each of the fourth grade class passed by. Special visitors and volunteers also participated, including School Board chairman Debbie Hawley and instructional suppport for science technology specialist Teri Barenborg. After the fourth grade students passed through the Tunnel of Hope, they enjoyed a special assembly, where they had a chance to answer questions to go on stage for special creative activities to enhance writing skills needed for making the perfect 4.0 score. Pictured is Ms. Barenborg encouraging students in the Tunnel of Hope.

Lakewood Park Attendance Awards

Lakewood Park Attendance Awards

Each month Lakewood Park Elementary celebrates students with attendance awards.  These students are present every day of the month, arrive on time, and complete the school day.  They receive a special treat each month as well as a certificate of recognition. This month they walked away with a handmade bracelet to remind them of their dedication.  Way to go, Falcons!

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Surrounded by his softball team, St. Lucie Public Schools staff, and fans, Roger Mathews celebrated his 500th victory as a softball coach on Tuesday, April 4th. He has supported Lincoln Park Academy’s (LPA) Lady Greyhounds round the bases for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he coached softball at Port St. Lucie High School and John Carroll. In sum, this legendary coach has spent 29 years on the field.
 
LPA’s Athletic Director Jill Corey presented Mathews with a commemorative plaque and banner on a softball field chalked with special “500” markings in honor of his coaching accomplishment. Sharing a personal account of his career with his wife by his side, Mathews indicated that having no children of his own, his players are like his family, and he looks forward to continue coaching softball and watching his athletes accomplish their goals on and off the field.
 
Mathews is ten and three for the season as he heads into his last four games for the 2017 season.
 

 

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

FORT PIERCE, FLSurrounded by his softball team, St. Lucie Public Schools staff, and fans, Roger Mathews celebrated his 500th victory as a softball coach on Tuesday, April 4th. He has supported Lincoln Park Academy’s (LPA) Lady Greyhounds round the bases for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he coached softball at Port St. Lucie High School and John Carroll. In sum, this legendary coach has spent 29 years on the field.
 
LPA’s Athletic Director Jill Corey presented Mathews with a commemorative plaque and banner on a softball field chalked with special “500” markings in honor of his coaching accomplishment. Sharing a personal account of his career with his wife by his side, Mathews indicated that having no children of his own, his players are like his family, and he looks forward to continue coaching softball and watching his athletes accomplish their goals on and off the field.
 
Mathews is ten and three for the season as he heads into his last four games for the 2017 season.
 
About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

Lady Colts Take First!

Lady Colts Take First!

Congratulations to Sam Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies!  Coach Crenshaw and the Lady Colts basketball team bounded into first place at the MLK Basketball Tournament!

Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 4th is the Labor Day Holiday, and schools will not be in session.

Students and staff will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday, September 5th.

 

 

Kudos to HOSA Award Winners

Kudos to HOSA Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who won recognitions and awards at the HOSA conference. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Career Health Display:
First Place- Sebastian Falconi & Yamilet Aviles
Community Awareness:
First Place- Cassandra Connor, Kelsey Melandes, Nayeli Silva, & Danielle Geary
Barbara James Service Award-
Gold Level Recognition- 250 hours
Tamia Foxx-Bailey
Kelsey Melandes
Cassandra Connor
Ebonie Sydnor
Krystal Thomas
Sebastian Falconi
Nayeli Silva
Silver Level Recognition- 175 hours
Tamia Reaud
Yamilet Aviles
Voting Delegate representative- Kenique Cummings
Courtesy Corp representative- Aaliyah Frank
*These students are eligible to advance to the International Conference in Dallas Texas this June.
Know the Warning Signs

Know the Warning Signs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance (mostly in adolescents)

Mental health conditions can also begin to develop in young children. Because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include the following:

  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums

Where to Get Help

Don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.

Reach out to your health insurance, primary care doctor or state/country mental health authority for more resources.

Contact the NAMI HelpLine to find out what services and supports are available in your community.

If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

– See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Know-the-Warning-Signs#sthash.rvwjGCIf.dpuf

Source: National Alliance for Mental Health

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Know-the-Warning-Signs