Celebrating Success at Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Celebrating Success at Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Congratulations to all of the AP Spanish Language students who passed with scores of 3, 4 and 5. Ms. Denski’s students had a 100% passing rate! These test takers were among the first to take the newly redesigned AP Spanish Language and Culture course which went into effect in fall 2013. The new curriculum integrates the following five themes: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. The Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. Ms. Denski, an AP Reader herself, is very happy and grateful that the new course demands were successfully met.

Northport Celebrates Disability History and Awareness Weeks!

Northport Celebrates Disability History and Awareness Weeks!

Northport K-8 School has been providing instruction and a variety of opportunities to expand student knowledge, understanding and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history and the disability rights movement recently. Disability and History Awareness Instruction was signed into law in 2008 and Northport K-8 School gladly acknowledges the designation of the first two weeks in October as an opportunity to celebrate Inclusion and Awareness.

One in every five Americans is a person with a disability. A great example of the instruction occurring at Northport K-8 School showcasing Disability Awareness has been in the classroom of Dr. Laura Woodworth. Dr. Woodworth teaches science on the Northstar team. Recently, students experienced what it like to live as a disabled person. Students wore special glasses coated with Vaseline to mimic glaucoma and macular degeneration. They read aloud to a lab partner with the glasses to understand the difficulty of vision impairment. Students also wore large gloves to push buttons, try to write and use their hands to mimic arthritis and neuropathy. Students then wore special headphones to understand hearing loss. All took speech discrimination tests and then reflected on their disabilities, discussing with a learning partner how it felt to have a disability. Following the exercises, students wrote reflection essays on what it was like to have a disability and brainstormed about how the non-disabled could assist the disabled person better. Students cited information gleaned from the Disability Etiquette 101 handout that was derived from the list of resources offered by the Saint Lucie County Student Services Program.

Students all across the campus are reading books from a targeted list sourced from the media center and discussing how a person may be born with a disability, may acquire a disability through an accident or illness, or may acquire a disability as a part of growing older.

Pictured are students from Dr. Laura Woodworth’s class engaging in awareness activities.

Mrs. West and Class Celebrate Character Day at Oak Hammock K-8

Mrs. West and Class Celebrate Character Day at Oak Hammock K-8

What an awesome day to be in first grade! On Friday we got to dress up and show off our favorite characters in the book of our choice!

Everyone in Mrs. West’s first grade class participated by reading their favorite book. Students completed a brown bag book report which included describing the characters, settings, and events of a fictional story. (RL.1.3). Students presented their bags by sharing the characters in their book, a summary they wrote of what happened in the beginning, middle, and end, and showed off the five items they placed inside the bag that represented the book.On top of letting the students get artistic and creating their own character bag, students were allowed to dress up as their favorite character from that book! We had ninja turtles, mermaids, and princesses walk into the class and captivate us into their fictional world.

2014 Broadcom Masters Finalist Hafsa Saeed

2014 Broadcom Masters Finalist Hafsa Saeed

Hafsa Saeed meets President Obama while attending the Broadcom Masters Science and Engineering competition in Washington DC last month. A true testament of our Greyhound spirit, pride and excellence. She certainly represented us well!!!

Hafsa received a medal, $1000 for her school (LPA), $500 for herself, and she got a mini planet and an asteroid named after her and for her sponsored teacher.

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars)

Science Parade at MSE

Science Parade at MSE

Science costumes give a whole new meaning to Science vocabulary.  On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, students and teachers at Morningside Elementary dressed up as their favorite Science term.  Some of the terms included texture, stars, clouds, the skeletal system, camouflage, atoms and color.  The students paraded through the halls showing their costumes to their fellow school mates.

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Bowl for Kids Sake Winners

Bowl for Kids Sake Winners

At the School Board Meeting on October 14th Dr. Judi Miller, Big Brothers Big Sisters, recognized winners from the Bowl For Kids Sake event. 100 % of all monies collected go to Big Brothers Big Sisters Reading Mentor Program. In fifth place was St. Lucie West K-8, Susan Seal and John Keelor. In fourth place was Palm Pointe Educational Research School, Debra Snyder and Beth Wuycheck. In third place was Rivers Edge Elementary, Kerri Walukiewicz and Ashley Easom. In Second place was Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Juanita Wright and Barbara Bennett; and First Place went to Floresta Elementary, Bernadette Floyd and Linda Menikheim.

Pictured are, Debbie Hawley, Christy Nuccio, Barbara Bennett, Mike Fitzgerald, Andrew McIntosh, Ashley Easom, Kerri Walukiewicz, Christine Hill, John Keelor, Susan Seal, Genelle Yost, Bernadette Floyd, and on the front row are, Linda Menikheim, Cemera Clancy, and Judi Miller.

 

Silver School Award 2013-14

Silver School Award 2013-14

St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the School Board Meeting on October 28th who achieved the Silver School Award for 2013-14. The Silver School Award is presented to recognize secondary schools that provide exemplary services to elementary and secondary schools that meet the following criteria: the sending school must have a school volunteer who provides coordination of the program, placement of students, orientation/training for the receiving staff, student/program evaluation, and student volunteer supervision; student volunteers and the receiving faculty must both receive orientation and training; the composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students (FTE count) in the sending school; and elementary schools are not eligible for this award.

The awards were presented to the following schools: Fort Pierce Central High, Fort Pierce Westwood High, Forest Grove Middle, Lincoln Park Academy, Northport K-8, Oak Hammock K-8, Port St. Lucie High, St. Lucie West Centennial High, St. Lucie West K-8, Southern Oaks Middle, Southport Middle, Treasure Coast High, and West Gate K-8. Congratulations!

Golden School Award 2013-14

Golden School Award 2013-14

The Golden School Award for 2013-14 were presented to St. Lucie Public Schools at the School Board Meeting on October 28, 2014. The award went to all schools who had 80% of the school staff participate in training for a school volunteer; a volunteer coordinator designated for recruitment, placement, training and supervision of school volunteers; and, school volunteer hours that equal twice the number of students enrolled in the school. The schools that achieved this award were: Allapattah Flats K-8, Bayshore Elementary, Chester A. Moore Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, Floresta Elementary, Forest Grove Middle, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, Mariposa Elementary, Northport K-8, Oak Hammock K-8, Palm Point Educational Research School, Parkway Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, Southern Oaks Middle, St. Lucie Elementary, St. Lucie West K-8, Village Green Environmental Studies School, Weatherbee Elementary, West Gate K-8, White City Elementary, and Windmill Point Elementary. Congratulations!

 

Five Star School Award 2013-14

Five Star School Award 2013-14

Five Star School Awards for 2013-14 were presented to St. Lucie Public Schools at the Board meeting on October 28, 2014. In order for a school to qualify for this prestigious award they must have a grade of “C” or above for the school year; achieve 100% of the criteria in the categories of Business Partners, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service and School advisory Councils; and have a portfolio that documents the achievements of each criteria. The awards were given to: Allapattah Flats K-8, Bayshore Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, Forest Grove Middle, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, Mariposa Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Northport K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School, Parkway Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, Southern oaks Middle, Southport Middle, St. Lucie West Centennial High, St. Lucie West K-8, Treasure Coast High, Village Green Environmental Studies School, Weatherbee Elementary, West Gate K-8, and White City Elementary. Congratulations!

4th Grade is Magnetic at APF

4th Grade is Magnetic at APF

Chandler Snowden, Wyatt Clayton, and Cory Rendell are future Electric Engineers who are trying to determine how to effectively increase the strength of an electromagnet at Allapattah Flats.

Florida Fish and Wildlife  Visit Gaines Academy Second Graders

Florida Fish and Wildlife Visit Gaines Academy Second Graders

Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) gave a presentation for second grade at Samuel Gaines Academy. Students learned about what these officers do, how they help the community, and how laws and consequences are carried out. Students were able to see a demonstration with the K-9, as well as, a close look at the trucks and boats FWC uses.

Hobe Sound Nature Center visits Palm Pointe

Hobe Sound Nature Center visits Palm Pointe

Recently, Fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in The Hobe Sound Nature Center Owl Pellets Lab. Students learned about food chains, ecology and natural history. Students found small skeleton parts from rodents, birds and more! They loved this hands on activity and enjoyed being scientists for the day. Pictured is fifth grader Braylen Lopez with a Barred Owl and a Red Tail Hawk from the Hobe Sound Center.

Dental Screenings for Weatherbee

Dental Screenings for Weatherbee

Weatherbee was visited by Ervin Valcin RHD and Patricia Johnson DA, who did a fabulous job seeing our VPK-2nd grade students for a dental screening.  Each year we are fortunate to be able to offer dental screenings to our VPK-2nd grade students at Weatherbee.  Just one more reason to be proud to be a Kids at Hope School!

In the picture is Ervin Valcin RDH, John Taylor, a VPK student and Chris Talley LPN.  John’s screening is going great!

Westgate First Grade Enjoys Peter Rabbit

Westgate First Grade Enjoys Peter Rabbit

Riverside Children’s Theater On the Go came to West Gate K-8 to perform for First Grade.  Students were enthralled with The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Students enjoyed watching the singing, tap dancing, fun, and adventure in this classic tale. The first graders loved the characters and the humor throughout the show. Students compared the play to the original Book written by Beatrix Potter and wrote opinion papers explaining which version of the story they liked best. Riverside Children’s Theater did a fabulous job! The First Graders at West Gate K-8 hope to see them again soon.

 

Westgate Million Father March

Westgate Million Father March

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 West Gate K-8 held their first “Million Father March” in conjunction with the SLC School Board initiative. The Million Father March is a national event that promotes a father’s active involvement in the education of their children. West Gate’s event was held in the gym and had over 300 participants. 170 dads signed a contract vowing to be more involved in their children’s lives. The dads were invited to participate in some of West Gates most exciting Physical Education activities. Each dad had a task sheet that included cup stacking, hula hooping, basketball, volleyball, table top 4 square, bowling, jump roping and much more. The West Gate PTO organized the sign in sheet and helped run the concession stand. West Gate’s dads are our student’s SUPER HEROS!

Dr. Mark Rendell Reads at Palm Pointe

Dr. Mark Rendell Reads at Palm Pointe

Dr. Mark Rendell kicked off Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s yearlong reading initiative entitled, “Real Men Read” which encourages all students to read but emphasizes the importance of boys reading.  During his 2 minute video presentation he discussed his love of reading and shared several books that he thinks students would enjoy as well as what he is currently reading.

Northport Hosts Second Leadership Summit!

Northport Hosts Second Leadership Summit!

Northport K-8 Media Center has initiated and developed a brand new program this year called “Leadership Summit!” Students are learning all about leadership skills and what qualities are required to be an effective and inspiring leader.

The vision of the program is to not only teach leadership skills through discussion and role modeling, but to bring in community leaders to talk to the students about their own leadership qualities and some of the prominent issues that they face each day. The first guest in September was Representative Gayle Harrell.

This month, our guest was Deputy City Manager, Nick Mimms. Mr. Mimms used the student driven format of questioning to talk about his roots in Ft. Pierce and his local education as well as his college education. Mr. Mimms answered often times very difficult questions formatted by students on the Northstar team of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students with a positive and community oriented focus. He fielded questions concerning the use of solar energy in Ft. Pierce, sidewalks on school routes, how to get street lights placed, red light ticket camera placements, water quality and environmental issues. He included information about the Indian River Lagoon and the steps that the City of Ft. Pierce are taking to keep the waters clean such as the drainage systems and the restriction of chemicals in the water.

Some of the more pointed questions that Mr. Mimms answered were, “Following the Ferguson, Mo. incidents, are their plans in place so that type of occurrence does not happen in our communities?” and “What is the city of Ft. Pierce and the police department doing about gang issues?” Mr. Mimms gave positive responses to students. He spoke about neighborhood watch groups, working together to reduce any racial divide and clear communication. He told the students, “Police are human beings, sometimes mistakes are made, but a good working relationship between community members , families and law enforcement is vital for the fabric of a healthy and strong community.”

Mr. Mimms was an excellent example of a great leader, a powerful and positive voice for the City of Ft. Pierce and a great role model for our students. He shook hands with many of the students and then continued on to a separate classroom to answer more discussion questions. A big thank you to Mr. Mimms for taking the time to make such an impact on our Northport students and making a great impression for the City of Ft. Pierce.

Pictured are Deputy City Manager Mimms and many of the Northstar students.

Special thanks to instructor Nick Carey for focusing and working with the students on the topics of discussion.

Gaines Academy Teachers Attend FRA Conference

Gaines Academy Teachers Attend FRA Conference

Samuel Gaines primary teachers presented at the Florida Reading Association Conference on Oct. 17. Mission Possible: Helping Younger Readers Access Complex Text was well received by the audience of primary teachers from across the state. Participants learned about text complexity, interactive notebooks and close reading strategies during this engaging session.

Pictured from Left to Right: Tina Eaker, Jennifer McCluskey, Kimberly Mallard and Lenaiah Wood

LPA Special Thanks

LPA Special Thanks

October is National Administrator Month and Lincoln Park Academy’s National Honor Society gave a big thank you to our fantastic administrators, Mr. Sanabria, Ms. Stone, Miss Veldhuis and Mr. Lehman. We very much appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our school safe, successful and productive!