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.
VPK visited the library and heard a wonderful story from media specialist Ms. Cutchens. She helped them learn about what a librarian does. VPK is so excited about visiting the library again for the book fair.
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.
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
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!
Lilliana Turner, Maiya Shaw, Tiana Alexis and Zxariah Cooper enjoyed their field trip to the Treasure Coast Children’s Museum. They are seen here engaged with the hands-on materials of the museum.
Witch Hunt Hysteria came to Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition! Mrs. Wright’s eighth grade U.S. History Classes went on a “Witch Hunt” as part of their first DBQ investigating “What caused the Salem Witch Trials Hysteria in 1692?” Students were challenged to analyze a series of Primary Sources to determine the motivation of the hysteria. Pictured is Mark Allen and Chelsea Juarez who were the first accused in the “Witch Hunt” Simulation!
The PSLHS Marching Jaguar Band, under the direction of Band Director Mr. John McGallagher, recently competed in the 33rd Annual Crown Jewel Marching Festival in Vero Beach. They marched away with the following trophies in the Bronze Division: Best in Class Overall, Best in Class General Effect, Best in Class Music, Best in Class Marching, Best in Class Auxiliary, Superior Drum Major, and Outstanding Participation, After competing in Finals, they also took 2nd runner up in the Ruby Division.
The band executive leadership team is pictured, with trophies. From left to right are Jose Salazar. Drum Captain; Cole Herndon, Band Captain; Sonia Rivera, Woodwind Lieutenant; Sascha Gorbach, Brass Lieutenant; Maddie Krekelberg, Junior Drum Major; Alyshia Hogan, Guard Captain; and Steve Tobias, Senior Drum Major.
Jeff Cross, retired former Miami Dolphin’s player came to visit the sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition and spoke about perseverance, organization and staying on track with academics with their years to come. He stressed to the students how important organizational skills are and how pertinent they will be for them in the future. Teachers are here to help you form good study habits and continue to follow rules and procedures later in life. Jeff interacted with the students by having them give their definitions of “a professional football player” and what “scholarships” are. He stressed the importance of getting good grades and following through with their goals. Sports and academics go hand in hand. Students asked him a variety of questions related to academics and his football career. Overall, it was a great way for our students to really see the importance of academics and taking school seriously from a professional athlete who DID work hard from the very start. He said “you are going to close your eyes one day and wake up and it’s going to be over.”
Elizabeth Pruitt, Math Supervisor K-12, was presented a S.T.A.R. Award (Special Thanks and Recognition) on October 14th at the School Board Meeting. Ms. Pruitt was nominated by a high school teacher Taleese Walsh, who wrote:
I wanted to take a moment to speak about Liz Pruitt. I just learned that she is responsible for compiling math course “toolboxes.” These used to be accessible through the scope and sequence link, but were recently moved to Infinity. When I found they had been removed, I feared they were no longer available. I just wanted to break down and cry. Liz came to my rescue and had them emailed to me immediately. Entering my eleventh year of teaching, this resource is the single most valuable resource I have ever had as a teacher. To create these toolboxes I am sure would have taken Liz hours, over months and years. It would have been hard, grueling work, because the information isn’t easily found or compiled. I have told her thank you, but my thanks can’t be sufficient to the task and the work she has done on our district’s behalf. I just wanted to let you know that you have an employee of such merit in this district who adds real value to the lives of teachers, and consequently students, every day. I hope you can add to my thanks and recognition of her work.
Pictured are, Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Elizabeth Pruitt, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Michelle Jerger.
On October 14, 2014 the Loretta Adams and Sam Andrianoff Awards were presented in conjunction with the declaration of Disability History and Awareness Month. These two exceptional people left a great legacy. Loretta Adams was the forefront of the inclusion movement and was an advocate for students with disabilities. This years awards were presented to Megan Guyer, Assistant Principal at Fort Pierce Central High School and Kathy Nobel, Transportation Area Manager ESE. These ladies represent what it means to be an advocate for students with disabilities. They make a difference in the lives of the people they work with each and everyday.
Sam Andrianoff was a student who overcame many challenges and obstacles to realize success. This years awards were presented to Michael Bean from Port St. Lucie High School and Aaron Hanna from St. Lucie West Centennial High School. These young men have worked to be an active part of their community through volunteer activities as well as employment. Both Michael and Aaron have developed and used skills to advocate for themselves as they transition from school to adult life.
Pictured are, Bill Tomlinson, Debbie Hawley, Aaron Hanna, Michael Bean, Megan Guyer, Lesa Kitzmiller, Kathy Nobel, Betty Jean and John Andrianoff, and Genelle Yost.
Despite the rain and rearranged plans, everyone enjoyed Art in the Park in Southport Middle School’s cafeteria. Students beamed with excitement as they moved from one delicious activity to the next and enjoyed scrumptious appetizers donated by local businesses, faculty and staff. Students were encouraged to play with their food in the “Food Art” station, where they used fresh produce as paint brushes to create their own masterpieces. A beautiful fresh fruit and vegetable “basket of plenty” was raffled off.
Pictured is the winner of the raffle, Morningside Elementary student Isabella Cruz and Southport Food Service Manager Eileen Kielbasa.
All of the activities tied in with National Farm to School Month and helped to fund our Arts in Education program.
Weatherbee collected a dollar from each participant for “Jeans Day”. All the donations will go to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (when the messages from our brains that tell our bodies to move do not get to our muscles). Along with the fundraiser, the school had an Ice Bucket Reading Challenge!
Top readers in each class got to dump a bucket of ice water on a teacher or staff member chosen from a special list. The top overall readers in the school got to earn the privilege of dumping buckets of ice water on Mr. Hitsman and Ms. Avellino. The students accumulated 8,176 points through Reading Counts in six weeks. “READERS ARE LEADERS!”
The kindergarten students in Ms. Ham’s class at Oak Hammock K-8 have four new fluffy additions to their classroom. In September, we studied farm animals and what animals need to survive. As a culminating activity, we received eggs from the 4-H farm in Fort Pierce to incubate. We learned what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator each day for twenty-one days and are so happy to announce that our chicks are finally here! We’ve been taking great care of them and love having extra friends in our room!
On October 23rd and 24th parents and other caring adults were given the opportunity to listen to their student express their academic and behavioral goals and give encouragement as they learn to monitor their own progress and feel a sense of accomplishment. We thank all parents and caring adults for their participation and support! While Asst. Principal Jennifer Avellino looks on Coast Guard Representative, Gary Bowerman and first grade student, Damion Chavez discuss his goals.
Thank you to all the fathers, uncles, grandfathers and family members that came out to support our students at Forest Grove Middle School.
Seventh grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 have been given the opportunity to participate in an Indian River Lagoon restoration project through 4H. Students have been studying the effects of runoff water on the lagoon and have learned about various biological controls such as oyster beds. Students attended a field trip in which they were able to participate in four stations that each taught them an important part of Indian River Lagoon preservation. The first station allowed them to observe specimens of the various types of sea life present in the lagoon. In the next they completed a data collection experiment in which they compared two different methods of collecting underwater data. During the third they compared the salinity levels along 2 different points in the lagoon. Lastly they assisted scientist in filling bags with empty oyster shells to use on their next trip to the lagoon in order to build their oyster beds. While on this trip students were able to learn from several scientists that are currently studying how to restore the Indian River Lagoon.
Pictured from left to right: Chad Adkins, Dominick Magana, Cameron Webb
Congratulations to Nicolas Suarez, a tenth grade student at Lincoln Park Academy, who was chosen to serve on the Florida Youth Advocacy Board of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), a statewide youth-led movement.
The Youth Advisory Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the direction and goals of the SWAT organization and of the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control campaign. Students work with county grantees on a local level to support initiatives that educate others about tobacco use, help protect youth from tobacco, and strengthen local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke.
“Youth advocates are the next generation of leaders in Florida and across the country,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “These enthusiastic students work diligently with a passion to create positive change and raise awareness among their peers and community about the dangers of tobacco use.”
SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible.
“We are proud of Nicolas and his contribution to our community,” stated Superintendent Genelle Yost. “Efforts to eliminate the use of tobacco creates a healthier tomorrow for all of us.”
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts students in Rachel Ellsworth’s class competed in the desserts category for the Future Chef competition at the Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market recently. The event was organized by Slow Foods of Ft. Pierce. Students were thrilled to learn that their entry, pecan bars with fresh whipped pumpkin topping won first place in the desserts category. Students chose the recipe and some of the ingredients were purchased from local vendors at the Farmer’s Market. The pecans were purchased from Yun’s Produce and the vanilla was purchased from Lola Tortola Sugar and Spice. Four judges analyzed the bars for taste, display and creativity. Also competing were Fort Pierce Central High School, Treasure Coast High School, Port Saint Lucie High School and Forest Grove Middle School. Northport K-8 School culinary arts students and Mrs. Ellsworth were especially thrilled because their chef’s jackets were completed and delivered the day before the competitive event. The Northport Culinary Arts program provides students with an area of expertise that many times goes uncultivated. The program is “just right” for students who love to cook and invent a real Pièce de résistance! Pictured is Northport 8th grade student and chef, Zachary Shelton with other members of his team.
St. Lucie Public Schools recently hosted a unique and powerful event in the lives of our educators, ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers). The event supported the four core messages of SLPS: academic achievement and excellence; high quality instruction; safe and caring schools; and recruitment and retention of high quality staff. This was an event planned by teachers for teachers to support and share their passion for education. The convening provided opportunities for great teachers to “tell their story” and provided opportunities for teachers to learn with each other, network, and collaborate. The event was funded by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the St. Lucie Education Foundation.
The teacher leaders who organized the event were recognized at the School Board Meeting on October 14, 2014. Pictured in the back row are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Natasha Rodriguez, Chavonn Silas, Angela Patton, Didi Campbell, Chairman Debbie Hawley, and on front row are, Heather Bolitho, Lori Applebee, Amber Martin, Jenny Clancy, Charelene Edwards, and Michelle Farley.