West Point Visits Students at Palm Pointe

West Point Visits Students at Palm Pointe

Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition two West Point people came to speak with eighth grade students that were interested in attending West Point in the future. Mr. Chris Slate is an alum and in charge of admissions in this area. A sophomore cadet, Madison Crum also came to speak with students about the program. A video was shown about West Point, information given to the students and a question and answer session at the end. The students at Palm Pointe were very interested in the program and appreciated them coming to enlighten them on the procedures. Pictured from left is Cadet Madison Crum, Area Admissions Chris Slate and Guidance Counselor from Palm Pointe, Andrea Tang.

Bingo for Books at Morningside Keeps Parents Informed

Bingo for Books at Morningside Keeps Parents Informed

Morningside Elementary PBIS team hosted their very first Bingo for books to reward students with books and to inform parents about our behavior procedures for the classroom, hallway, cafeteria and playground.  Parents, grandparents and friends joined their children for an evening of fun, food, and at least two books per student.

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Spherion Staffing Community Give Back Program

Spherion Staffing Community Give Back Program

Richard and Sherry Kolleda presented a check of $500.00 from the Spherion Staffing Community Give Back Program to the St. Lucie County Education Foundation to provide scholarships and support to teachers.

Pictured are, Dr. Kevin Perry, Carissa Zerga, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Richard Kolleda, Sherry Kolleda, and Vanessa Tillman.

The Kolledas Are Recognized For Their Support

The Kolledas Are Recognized For Their Support

The Education Foundation Board presented a plaque to Rich and Sherry Kolleda, owners of Spherion, for their dedication and continued support of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation on December 9, 2014.
Pictured are, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Education Foundation President Carissa Zerga, Rich and Sherry Kolleda, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

 

Northport Students Host School Board Member Deborah Hawley for Leadership Summit

Northport Students Host School Board Member Deborah Hawley for Leadership Summit

Northport K-8 Media Services program held the student’s fifth monthly Leadership Summit recently in the school’s Media Center. The Leadership Summit is an opportunity for middle grades students to become aware of leadership skills, to learn about leadership style and to learn how to step forward and use the skills learned in their own lives. The Leadership Summit’s are progressively becoming more and more student- driven as children become more comfortable with the open format of learning and the ability to pose critical focus questions. The questions that students pose to community leaders are authentic and often times, hardball questions. Students have amassed a list of leadership qualities that each can aspire to including, loving the people that you lead, flexibility and organizational skills, respect the people that you are leading, capable of seeing the “big picture,” giving much positive feedback, the ability to delegate and not micromanage, humor, being a constant learner and most importantly, according to the students, integrity.

The community leader to guest the fifth Leadership Summit was Saint Lucie County School Board member, Debbie Hawley. Mrs. Hawley answered focus driven questions that students had prepared beforehand and then answered extemporaneous questions with equal attention. The students questioned Mrs. Hawley on a wide array of topics such as dress code, bus stop safety, school lunches, computer access and the use of cell phones in the classroom.. Examples of student driven, deeper level questions were, “Can you explain the new test that will replace the FCAT?”, “Why do students have so many tests, including Easy CBM, Classworks and all aspects of the FCAT?”, “Why did you choose to become a school board member?”, “Why can’t we talk about God in school?”, “Students need time to rest, Why can’t we have short recesses? After all, we are just kids,” Can you please explain what a Charter School is,” “What do you think are the most important qualities of a leader?”, “What is your best recollection about Northport?” and “As a school board member, what are you most proud of about our schools?”. Mrs. Hawley answered each question with patience, good information and a style that encouraged each student to get involved in the open conversation. Students opened up and really brought authentic and engaging questions to the format. Mrs. Hawley spoke about “integrity” and her definition of the word, “to act the same way when you are alone as when you do in public!” She challenged students to define the word and to bring integrity to their own lives. Mrs. Hawley gave forthright, well thought out answers to student questions and gave each student equal opportunity ask their burning question.

Previous community guests included, Florida State Representative, Gayle Harrell, City of Ft. Pierce Deputy Manager, Nick Mimms and a group of fourteen local veterans. The next Leadership Summit will be held in January.

Thank you, Debbie Hawley

Thank you, Debbie Hawley

At the Board Meeting on December 9, 2014, Dr. Donna Mills, current Board Chair, presented Mrs. Debbie Hawley with two pictures as a “thank you” for her service as the Board Chair for the past two consecutive years. Pictured are, Debbie Hawley, and Board Chair Donna Mills.

Deborah Daly, Our STAR Recipient

Deborah Daly, Our STAR Recipient

Deborah Daly, Personnel Records Specialist, was presented the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the December 9th School Board Meeting. It is not everyday that our staff is recognized for the kind and thoughtful things they do on a daily basis. Debbie is a quiet and caring employee who works behind the scenes in Personnel. She is not one to draw attention to herself. She is a genuine caring and compassionate individual.

Earlier in the school year, one morning before the district office opened for business, Debbie encountered a homeless man sleeping on the bench in the main entryway of the building. Prior to sending him on his way, she gathered bottled water and other food items, creating a care package for the gentleman. The majority of those items came directly from her lunch she had packed for herself that day. She has since seen him around, although he is still experiencing a hardship, he’s looking better and remembers her act of kindness.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, (Our STAR) Deborah Daly, and Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills.

Helping a Family to Rebuild:  A Fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Helping a Family to Rebuild: A Fundraiser at Palm Pointe

As a way to help out a Palm Pointe family who recently lost their home due to an electrical fire an eighth grade teacher,Kris Demarais volunteered to have his head shaved. A school wide fundraiser was set up to help the family. Students were asked to bring in whatever money they had to give to the Lagrandeurs’. The classes in K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 with the highest donations would receive an ice cream party and would be able to go and watch Mr. Demarais get his head shaved. One student was randomly selected from each winning class to come up and cut a pony tail from Mr. Demarais head. Great Clips hair saloon came and finished shaving it so that it looked perfect. The pony tails are being donated to Locks of Love. All the funds collected for the family will go to help them rebuild. Along with the fundraiser, household items and clothes were collected and donated for the entire family.  Pictured from left is Olivia Scott, Jessica Lee, Emily Williams, Nick Stagg, Olivia Donnelly, Kris Demarais and Osee Lagrandeur.

Interact Club Joins Effort to Stop Hunger Now

Interact Club Joins Effort to Stop Hunger Now

On November 1st, 2014 the Interact Club of Treasure Coast High School, the Rotary Clubs from the Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Area, and other volunteers came together to Stop Hunger Now!  Treasure Coast Hospice hosted a meal-packaging event, which was an immensely fun, hands-on, and rewarding experience for everyone. The dedicated volunteers packaged 13,000 meals in just two hours!2

Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly.

Empowering Young Minds

Working with programs like this helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skill development, and health care while also receiving much needed nutrition.

4Young people like the Interact Club members of Treasure Coast High School benefit from this experience by learning more about events around the world and developing teamwork with leaders within their community. These community leaders from the Rotary Club (“Rotarians’), donate their time and effort to be a part of this and other service events within the community. The 77 members of TCHS’s Interact have already learned so much from projects with the Rotarians, and look forward to participating in future events like SHN with them.

 

 

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(Top Left):  President Chloe Amedee, Isabel Tapanes, Angel Hayle, Esther Artica, Ivon Tamarit, Andrea Gonzales, Christian Hayes, Josephine Cuoco, Taylor Kelly, Yasmin White, Albert Zemsky

(Bottom Left): Stephanie Jagmohan, Geraldine Jean-Charles, David Martinez, Rene Mirucki, Riley Smith, Megan Wichern, Ms.Choppa Interact Sponsor and International Business Academy Instructor.

What is Stop Hunger Now?

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

The packaging operation is mobile enough to go wherever volunteers are located, and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across the world. Stop Hunger Now provides over 70% of its meals to support transformational development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics.

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Spread the Word and become a voice for the Hunger Now

You can join in the fight to eliminate hunger by spreading the word about Stop Hunger Now and the vision to end hunger within our lifetime.  Tell your friends about Stop Hunger Now and invite them to visit our website at www.stophungernow.org to learn more about what we do.  Go viral – invite friends to join the Stop Hunger Now Facebook Fan page or to follow us on Twitter to get updates about packaging events, recent crisis responses and to chat with other supporters

 

F.K. Sweet Students Donate Items to Children in Haiti

F.K. Sweet Students Donate Items to Children in Haiti

Students at Frances K Sweet Magnet School donated items to help make Christmas more enjoyable in Haiti. Children in Haiti will be pleased to receive the gift boxes filled with toys and school supplies. We were able to contribute 15 filled gift boxes.

Some of the students that were happy to help out are pictured, left to right back row, Alex Macias, Juan Escobedo, Sierrah Payne, and front row, Sarah Burkert, Joseph Richardson, and Ty’Shawn Moore.

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Treasure Coast High School Student Wins Top Honors on Algebra Wall (and an iPad mini)

Treasure Coast High School Student Wins Top Honors on Algebra Wall (and an iPad mini)

Students at Treasure Coast High School are making use of ‘Algebra Nation,’ an intensive, free, online learning Algebra End-of-Course (EOC) exam preparation resource. Triniti Wimbs won top honors on the Algebra Wall, an interactive discussion forum that allows students from around the state to ask algebra questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Study Experts monitor the wall and award students karma points when they help other students. Each month, the middle and high school student with the highest total number of karma points in the state wins an iPad mini. Triniti earned the award in October for the High School student with the most karma points. On Thurday, November 6, 2014, Algebra Nation awarded Triniti her iPad.

Algebra Nation visited Treasure Coast High School to deliver this well-deserved prize. Triniti is always on Algebra Nation afterschool, learning and helping other students from across the state of Florida with their algebra questions. Now Triniti can answer questions just by drawing out her answers on her new iPad!

Triniti WimbsteachAlgebra Nation began as a collaborative effort between the University of Florida and Study Edge. UF professors, master teachers and Study Edge experts have dissected the material tested on the End-of- Course exam and aligned Algebra Nation with the latest state standards. Algebra Nation delivers dynamic concept videos, corresponding study guides, an online practice tool that emulates the EOC testing environment, and an interactive discussion forum (the Algebra Wall) where students, teachers, and parents across the state of Florida can ask and answer questions about algebra. Algebra Nation is being used in over 1,300 schools across Florida.

Mrs. Mannion (above), Triniti’s teacher was very proud of Triniti and her activity on the Algebra Wall, and she encourages all of her students to use Algebra Nation to prepared for the End-of-Course exam

Students, parents, and teachers can access Algebra Nation’s free resources 24/7 through their computers, iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. To learn more about Algebra Nation, go to www.AlgebraNation.com.

 

Morningside SHAPES Education with a Geometry Lesson

Morningside SHAPES Education with a Geometry Lesson

The Math Team for School Improvement joined with teachers of all grades to use geometry in a fun early release lesson.  Each grade level had an appropriate plan beginning with Kindergarten students using shapes to create fall and winter pictures and ending with the upper grades making monsters with specific parameters such as “if you own a pet your monsters legs should be intersecting” or ” if you are a girl your eyes are NOT a polygon.”   image-1                         20141120_125648           image-2     

Students Construct Solar Ovens at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Students Construct Solar Ovens at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Fifth grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School enjoyed a day of STEM learning. Their task was to design, construct and test solar ovens to demonstrate the transformation of solar energy to thermal energy. After researching different designs, students were given materials to construct a solar oven from a pizza box. They tested their ovens first by melting a square of chocolate for three minutes. They returned to the lab to make adjustments to their designs before making s’mores. Through the STEM activity students reinforced content learned in the classroom and of course, the s’mores were enjoyed by all.

Kindergarten Students at Palm Pointe Learn about Bicycle Safety

Kindergarten Students at Palm Pointe Learn about Bicycle Safety

Recently, the kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition spent some time learning about how to be a good citizen, and about the importance of rules. To enhance the lesson, Mrs. Rubel’s Kindergarten class had a visit from Chief Pruitt of the Jupter Inlet Colony Police Department. Chief Pruitt spoke to the students about the importance of rules and how they keep citizens safe. Chief Pruitt also discussed various safety topics such as: stranger safety, gun safety, fire safety, and bicycle safety. Chief Pruitt finished his presentation by fitting each of the students in the class with their own bicycle helmets that the students were able to take home. The class received many safety related items and materials all from a grant funded program. After Chief Pruitt’s visit, the kindergarten students in Mrs. Rubel’s class at Palm Pointe now feel even more prepared to be safe citizens!

Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Lions International Peace Poster Contest

These students were part of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest with the Fort Pierce Lions Club. Ferlie Fabre (LPA), with her sister, took first place in the international Peace Poster Contest. Muabohn Dahn (LPA), with her father, won third place. A student from Southern Oaks, Emily Barkheimer, no pics, received second place. The First place entry will go on to represent our area in the regional portion of the competition. Teacher Judi Hueter hope that the wonderful accomplishments of her young artists will spark other St. Lucie students to participate in future events!

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Veterans Visit Lakewood Park Third Graders

Veterans Visit Lakewood Park Third Graders

A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 came to Lakewood Park Elementary School to speak with 7 third grade classes.  The Veterans also decorated a display case filled with metals, flags, helmets, books, dog tags, plaques, awards, hats of the different branches of the military, and old photos.  The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about their parts they played in the Vietnam War.  The group of Vets also donated new American Flags to Lakewood Park Elementary School classrooms.  Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to our students.

In photo:  Joe Lusardi, Dave Cameron, Roy Brewer, Mike Kiper, Myles Gill and Wally Wallentini.

Explosive Volcanoes  at Mariposa Elementary

Explosive Volcanoes at Mariposa Elementary

Fifth grade students, Heather Heath, Tuan Tran, Levi Gonzalez, and Sophia Lopez in Carla Bargeron’s Science resource class at Mariposa Elementary recently completed an exciting science unit.  Students first learned about landforms and volcanoes and then worked in teams to design and construct paper mache’ volcanos.  Students also learned about the steps in the scientific process and physical and chemical changes in matter.  Mrs. Sandra Bushby and the fifth grade students were thrilled as they conducted “explosive” experiments with their hand-made volcanoes and gooey “lava”. Aka jello chemical changes can be fun!

Lincoln Park Academy Represents the USA at the Panasonic KWN 25th Anniversary Global Awards Ceremony

Lincoln Park Academy Represents the USA at the Panasonic KWN 25th Anniversary Global Awards Ceremony

The two teams from Lincoln Park Academy, under the guidance of master Adobe instructor Gena Harriman, won The Americas region in their respective categories!

LPA’s World Hunger team and civic documentary moved on as one of seven finalists with other regional winning teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, and Thailand. They also won another similarly action packed 5-day trip to NYC with the addition of a cultural exchange and a brand new studio quality Panasonic video camera! At the KWN 25th Anniversary Global Contest, their Fighting World Hunger video won the Best Concept Award and another brand new studio quality Panasonic video camera!

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The Panasonic Kid Witness News World Competition

KWN got its start in 1989 in the U.S. as a hands-on video education program supported by Panasonic North America, which supplied video cameras and editing equipment to public schools to make news programs from the perspective of children. The program was subsequently expanded on a global scale. At present, 548 schools from 23 countries and regions are participants in the program.

KWN is designed to foster creativity and presentation skills among young students. Supervising teachers cite further merits of the program such as a heightened awareness of the environment and the community as well as development of team skills among participants through the process of creating civic documentaries. The expanding network of KWN schools also provides a platform for international cultural exchange among KWN students.

The two teams from Lincoln Park Academy, under the guidance of master Adobe instructor Gena Harriman, won The Americas region in their respective categories!

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 Students Donovan Kryak and Zaid Jamil won the 2014 Eco-Effect Award for Best PSA Of The Year with a public service announcement entitled Water Conservation. Marisol Galindo, Imani Rodney, Sana Adalsha, LPA AP Ms. Candace Stone, Janice Ng, Donovan Kyrak, Zaid Jamil

Students Janice Ng, Imani Rodney, Marisol Galindo, and Sana Adalsha won the 2014 New Vision Award with Fighting World Hunger!2

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Both teams each won impressive trophies, and a 4-day Winners Weekend trip for all team members to the new Panasonic North American HQ, the 2014 KWN New Vision & Eco-Effect Awards Ceremony, Double Decker Bus Tour in NYC, Lunch in Times Square, Broadway Performance: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dinner at Don Pepe Restaurant, Night at the Movies: Shaquille O’Neal’s CityPlex Movie Theatre and many more team building activities!

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Marisol Galindo, Imani Rodney, Sana Adalsha, LPA AP Ms. Candace Stone, Janice Ng, Donovan Kyrak, Zaid Jamil

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LPA’s World Hunger team and civic documentary moved on as one of seven finalists with other regional winning teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, and Thailand. They also won another similarly action packed 5-day trip to NYC with the addition of a cultural exchange and a brand new studio quality Panasonic video camera! At the KWN 25th Anniversary Global Contest, their Fighting World Hunger video won the Best Concept Award and another brand new studio quality Panasonic video camera!

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