Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition Dean Christopher Pierre passes out snacks to the bus drivers that service the school during FCAT week. These drivers do a great job of getting students to school safe and on time everyday and especially during testing. Thank you to all drivers.
Townes Pagano in Laurie Boyer’s third grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition created an awesome bottle biography of President Grover Cleveland. Students were asked to create these bottles as part of their President’s Project in honor of President’s Day.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Volleyball Team “B” recently played in a District tournament, and we are so proud to announce that they took second place. These girls worked very hard to get ready for the tournament under the direction of their coaches, Felicia Smith and Stephanie Remsen. Pictured from the left in the back row: Coach Felicia Smith, Jordyn Behringer, Mariana Trujillo, Aashana Francis, Principal Debra Snyder, Kiana Mehu, Deztyni Joseph and Coach Stephanie Remsen. Front row from the left: Logan Poschman, Emma Allen, Shannon MacGregor, Miranda Lee, and Ariel Rubel.
Congratulations to the team!
Assistant Principal, Deborah Iseman accepted the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School Bronze Award at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. A PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Model School is characterized by their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Mrs. Iseman is pictured with Board Chairman Debbie Hawley and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator for Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, recently welcomed the volunteers/business partners at an orientation. A fabulous breakfast was provided by PNC and Tropical Smoothie, and was served to approximately 45 volunteers that joined the Palm Pointe team. They signed up for committees and were informed of volunteeer procedures. These volunteers support the school in numerous ways and have volunteered as many as 50,000 hours in one school year and are very much appreciated at Palm Pointe.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is so honored to win first place for the Martin Luther King Jr. “Week of Kindness”. The school did several activities during that week. Students in all grade levels K-8 decorated their doors with the Kindness theme. A school wide Diversity of Kindness wall was created by students who submitted kindness drawings and sayings. Teachers were given Kindness Coins to pass out to students and teachers for random acts of kindness throughout the week. To end the week students and staff dressed in one of the Kindness Colors for our Diversity of Kindness Day! The Week of Kindness was sponsored by the Treasure Coast Charmettes and the participants were from schools, churches and other organizations. The winners were chosen based on the quality of acts of kindness demonstrated during that week as well as how many people were impacted by the acts of kindness. Ms. Luvenia Morgan, Assistant Principal of St Lucie West K-8 came to Palm Pointe and presented the first place trophy to Palm Pointe Principal, Ms. Debra Snyder and Chairperson of the MLK Committee, Mrs. Debborah Estrada. Pictured from left is; Debborah Estrada, Debra Snyder and Luvenia Morgan.
7th grade Civics students at Palm Pointe won 2nd place in the state in the 3rd annual FLREA mock trial competition. Students were given a case and had to write opening and closing statements, question and cross-examine witnesses, and then videotape their presentation of the case for submission. The students would like to thank Mrs. Oliveira (Centennial H.S. Law Academy) and Judge Narline Smartt (St. Lucie County Court) for their invaluable guidance and assistance.
Students in Hillary Cruz’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently won the first place award at the St. Lucie County School District’s Project Citizen Showcase! Project Citizen is a seventh grade county-wide competition in which students identify a problem within the community, brainstorm and research possible solutions, create a public policy to solve the problem, and develop a plan of action for implementation. Students selected the problem of puppy mills, or breeders who neglect and abuse mothers and puppies for the sake of profit, and the lack of legislation at the state level. Florida is one of few states in our country that does not have a law to regulate commercial breeders, instead relying on the federal Animal Welfare Act, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which only applies to two kennels within the state. Throughout their research, students met and discussed federal legislation and enforcement with Dr. Gaj (manager of the southeastern region of the USDA) and received letters of support for their proposed bill from both Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. Students will now continue to the next level in the competition, in which their portfolio will be displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Tallahassee this spring. Another round of judging will occur, in which ten of the top projects from across the state will be selected to move on to the state level of competition, taking place in Orlando this May. Pictured, from left, are front row, Chris Skubish, Christina Wagner, Mia Kirchner, and Tyler Edwards. Back row, from left, are Sarahi Fraga, Julia Pacek, Annalisa Albert and teacher Hillary Cruz.
The Panther Battalion was invited to attend a Veterans Ceremony at Frances K. Sweet Elementary. The Color Guard presented the national colors. The Color Guard consisted of C/SGT Barnhill, C/SGT Scanlan, C/PFC Flores, and C/PVT Lifhrid, commanded by C/MSG Tavernia. The Battalion Commander, C/LTC Hardecia Williams, gave a speech commemorating all veterans on this special day. The purpose of the event was to give respect and attention to all veterans, both alive and deceased. The Panther Battalion’s Bravo Company also started the “push-ups for veterans.”
The Panther Battalion Air Rifle Team won the JROTC Area III Regional Championship on Saturday, 14 March held at Rockledge High School, posting a school record 1,038 points to outmatch the other 9 regional finalists. Daisy Arriola, Team Captain, set a new individual school record of 280 out of 300 points, smashing the old school record of 261. Alex Rediker and Jennifer Arriola both posted personal bests of 259 and 260 respectively. Alex Rediker put the Panthers in the lead during the first relay, outscoring all of his opponents by more than 10 points. The Panthers never relinquished their lead after that. Raul Velasco, shooting in only his third match, sealed the championship with his final effort. Daisy Arriola was the individual match champion as well as the champion for both the prone and kneeling positions. Alex Rediker also took an individual medal with a 3rd place in the standing position. Jennifer Vargas was the team alternate. The Panthers will move on to the state championship on the 25th of April for the second consecutive year.
On January 7th and January 8th, Westwood’s Panther Battalion volunteered to assist at the Dog Agility Show held at the Fair Grounds. Cadets learned the basics of hosting and running a professional dog show while also becoming familiar with different breeds of dogs. The cadets hard work helped when it came to getting everything set up and assuring that the show ran smoothly. When the Dog Agility Show is back in town, the Panther Battalion looks forward to helping again.
On February 9th, 2017, the Panther Battalion completed the second round of the Junior Leadership Academic Bowl (JLAB). They successfully scored an 82% overall and showed great improvement and commitment to make it to the next round. They worked together answering different questions on the verbal, math, and science sections of the timed test. The team was composed of the Cadets Nathen Andrews, Jennifer Soto, Joel Flores, and Sebastian Loschin. They are now awaiting their results to find out if they made it to the third round which will be held in Washington, D.C.
Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s cafeteria has a bright new look for students to enjoy. Working in partnership with the high school, Child Nutrition Services infused the school’s new design to provide an uplifting experience where students can enjoy great food, fellowship, and Panther pride!
The Panther Battalion Rifle Team swept the competition at the 5th Annual McNair Memorial Air Rifle Match. The veteran team of Alex Rediker, Tae Frazier, Kirmille Joseph and Jose Cristales retained the McNair Cup for the 4th year in a row, posting a score of 1,034 points to defeat six other veteran teams.
Alex Rediker was the match champion as well as 1st place award winner in prone and standing and a 3rd place finisher in kneeling out of 31 veteran shooters. Kirmille Joseph was the kneeling champion for the veterans’ competition. A finals event was also added this year, and Tae Frazier took 1st place honors with freshman Jose Cristales taking second.
The Panther “Boots” (first year shooters) brought the Boot trophy back home this year soundly defeating all comers by a 12-point margin. The Boot team consisted of Hilda Cristales, Diana Soto, Tyheim Graham, and Julian Egan. Freshman Diana Soto, shooting in only her second match, earned a third-place spot in prone. Nicholas Montaque was 2nd in standing and Tyheim Graham also took a second place in kneeling. The Panther Boots swept the finals with Hilda Cristales taking first, Devon Ingraham capturing second, and Tyheim walking away with third.
Cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School recently traveled to Cape Canaveral to learn about an ongoing scientific project. Cadets spent the morning with Dr. Deborah Gordon and Kurt Leucht understanding their studies of the foraging and communications algorithms of ants and how these algorithms have been converted into software that will be used for the search robots that will roam the planet Mars during the Mars missions in 2030.
The afternoon was spent in the Atlantis Center appreciating the space shuttle program. It was both an educational day and an experiential learning day for the Cadets. Cadets showed their enthusiasm and interest during the trip. All of this was sponsored by the CASIS organization.
The Westwood JROTC Air Rifle Varsity Team defeated four schools to retain the much-coveted McNair Silver Trophy cup at the 4th Annual McNair Memorial Rifle Match for the third year running. Alex Rediker led the varsity team as the match individual champion as well as earning three additional individual medals. Jennifer Arriola was the prone champion and the “Sniper” champion, boasting nine out of 30 perfect 10’s! Raul Velasco also took an individual medal in standing. Alejandro Garcia rounded out the Varsity team. Miguel Rodriguez led the JV team to a second place finish and also earned individual medals in Standing and as the runner up JV match sniper. Other members of the JV team include Quytaja Frazier, Sally Dupre and Kirmille Joseph. The Varsity team is preparing for the Area III Regional South qualifier held Atlantic HS on the 27th of February.
Palm Pointe honors male role models in Dads Take Your Child to School Day! What a great event to honor our fathers and ask for their commitment to stay involved. Over 300 male role models brought their child to school on Wednesday, September 27th. After a brief ceremony with a guest speaker, the reading of the proclamation from all PPE male role models, and the choral reading with all involved to pledge to stay involved, the event ended with a parade where all faculty and staff and moms cheered as our fathers walked in the parade around the school before bringing their child to class. We look forward to seeing all male role models at future events!
Join The Parent Academy of St. Lucie County for Two Upcoming Workshops!
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February 12, February 22, March 1, March 8
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March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12
Beginning Wednesday, May 9th, The Parent Academy will offer Parenting Wisely – a free workshop for parents focused on building positive relationships and developing effective communication with your kids.
Sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Virginia College in Ft. Pierce.
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