Morningside Places 2nd in the World for the Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Morningside Places 2nd in the World for the Odyssey of the Mind Competition

At the September 9th School Board meeting Morningside Elementary was recognized as a winner of Odyssey of the Mind. Students took 2nd in World for Problem 2 Division 1. Odyssey of the Mind is a creating problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division. The teams of up to seven students work under the guidance of an adult coach.

Pictured in the back row are, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Co-Coach Dr. Jayne Hartman, Spontaneous Coach Amy Spurr, Coordinator Catherine Oliver, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Co-Coach Michele Lukey, and in the front row are, Aliza Ahmed, Erica Austria, Kendrick Carpenter, Nichapa Dancharnjitt, Noah Hamilton, and Charles Willoughby. Team member, Angela Schaffer, was not present for photo. Congratulations!

9-11 Presentation at Port St. Lucie High School

9-11 Presentation at Port St. Lucie High School

On September 11, 2014 in the Port St. Lucie High School Auditorium, Deputy Rosario gave a very powerful lecture on his personal experiences on that dreadful day in New York when the Twin Towers toppled to the ground.  The presentation began with a student who sang God Bless America and led in the Pledge of Allegience. The JROTC posted the colors. Deputy Rosario spoke about his personal experiences and how many of the first responders came to support the situation with disregard to their own safety, while helping others. He also shared a power point presentation. “This was the best presentation that I have ever seen on 9-11,” stated Ronald Frazier, Teacher Leader & Adjunct Professor IRSC Dual Enrollment PSLH.
Deputy Rosario read a quote from George S. Patton in commemoration to 9-11. Paraphased:  America was down, but America will bounce back.

Frances K Sweet Kindergarteners Make Connections with Literature

Frances K Sweet Kindergarteners Make Connections with Literature

Kindergartners in Melanie Francisco’s Class at F.K.Sweet Magnet School related to The Little Red Hen’s lesson about working together in order to enjoy the final product.   The students helped their teacher make cupcakes and then they were able to frost them and eat them as a reward for their efforts.  Anthony Crouse and Thomas Ham stopped working just long enough to smile for the camera.

PBIS Twin Day held at Palm Pointe

PBIS Twin Day held at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a P.B.I.S (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) event. Students were able to turn in five rocket fuel tickets that they had earned for positive behavior and dress up as a twin for Twin Day. Students were very excited for this event and many students participated. Pictured is Dean Matthew Kovach and first grader Kyle May. This is Kyle’s second year dressing up as a twin with the dean. Way to go Kyle!

US Army Jazz Band

US Army Jazz Band

St. Lucie Sunset Rotary Club hosted the US Army Jazz Ambassadors concert in Downtown Tradition. Port Saint Lucie High Schools JROTC cadets, Cadet Captain Ashlee Seipel, Cadet Captain Cole Herndon, Cadet Sergeant First Class Jamie Triplett and Cadet Captain Robert Hopkins, were very excited to present the colors and introduce the US Army’s Jazz Band. When things got kicked off, the band played beautiful symphonies ranging from Latin music, swing, contemporary Jazz and more.  The St. Lucie Sunset Rotary Club appreciated Port Saint Lucie High schools JROTC Color Guard for participating in the concert. The Rotary Club members said that the cadets did a tremendous job and made them feel very proud.

Odyssey of the Mind Winners

Odyssey of the Mind Winners

Lincoln Park Academy was recognized as a winner of Odyssey of the Mind. Students took 8th in World for Problem 2 Division 3. Pictured are, Baylie Cainas, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Coordinator Ms. Judi Hueter, William Clarizio, Rachael Howard, Hamza Razuman, Samreen Razuman, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Brenden Rouse. Team member, Samantha Strong, was unable to attend this recognition. Congratulations to a job well done!

Florida Junior Rookie of the Year Award for the NEED Project

Florida Junior Rookie of the Year Award for the NEED Project

Cody Jennings and Alex Oravec, Lincoln Park Academy students, were recognized at the School Board Meeting as the Florida Junior Rookie of the Year for the NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project. Their project advisor was Marylou Jennings. Pictured are Chairman Debbie Hawley, Alex Oravec, Cody Jennings, and Superintendent Genelle Yost. Congratulations!

Morningside Elementary Students Recognized As Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED Project

Morningside Elementary Students Recognized As Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED Project

On September 9, 2014 Morningside Elementary students were also recognized as the Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project at the School Board Meeting. The project advisor was Mollie Mukhamedov. Pictured are Chairman Debbie Hawley and Superintendent Genelle Yost in the back row; Isabella Cruz and Grace Robinson in the front row. Team members not present are Paul Mukhamedov, Zoya Mukhamedov, and Emanuel Rueda. Congratulations!

Mariposa Elementary Students Recognized As Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED Project

Mariposa Elementary Students Recognized As Florida Elementary Finalist for NEED Project

At the School Board Meeting on September 9,  2014 Mariposa Elementary School fifth grade students (from 2013-14 school year) were recognized as the Florida Elementary Finalist for the NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project. The mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

In this program, students at all grade levels learn about the forms of energy- heat, light, motion, sound, nuclear energy, and electrical energy- with age-appropriate, hands-on explorations that emphasize the scientific process and an application of, newly gained energy knowledge to understanding energy sources, electricity generation and more. The project advisors were Adam Archer and Mary McCartney.

Pictured are, Jan Feliciano Alvarez, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Monica Kalina, Allysha Lillard, Mr. Adam Archer, Justin Locklar, Ms. Mary McCartney, Mikayla Sampson, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Ariana White, and Hannah Wright. Team members not pictured are, Johann Vianna and Tnanazia Young.

Southern Oaks Middle Placed 3rd in Regional Zero Robotics Competition

Southern Oaks Middle Placed 3rd in Regional Zero Robotics Competition

For the second year in a row, Southern Oaks Middle School hosted the Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program, a five-week STEM program designed to engage students in learning and working in a 3D environment, applying forces and Newton’s laws, using conditionals for programming robotics SHERES which are Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites.

This year’s team placed third in the Regional Competition. Our program facilitator Kevin McInerney, an instructor at Southern Oaks, supported students with hands-on experiences in programming their satellites to compete with other teams in Florida. Students learned to navigate obstacles and strategize for fuel conversation as well as develop an appreciation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics- that is STEM. Teams competed by programming their strategies into Their SPHERES and then proceeded to the elimination rounds whereby each satellite’s speed, rotation. And direction of travel were factors in determining the winner if each round.

The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the MIT Space Systems Lab and the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (MAP) with support from Aurora Flight Sciences and TopCoder. Zero Robotics is sponsored by NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

Pictured in the back row are, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and in the front row are, Elijah Canegallo, Logan Baker, Andrew Johnson, Jacob Powers, Hansly Leger, Michael Futo, Mr. Kevin McInerney, and Michael LeFrancois. Students that were not present for photo are, Ann Jager, Gioia Perriello, Grisel Cabrera, April Vazquez and the high school volunteer Jaeger Johnson.

Forest Grove Student Attends Leadership Program

Forest Grove Student Attends Leadership Program

7th grade student,Sultan Mahmud, was nominated by Leigh Bretherick.   He attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC over the summer for 1 week.185 middle school students participated.He heard speakers such as Al Gore, Mitt Romney, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), Newt Gingrich, Jesse Jackson, etc.Sultan learned that a leader has many different traits and that determines what leadership style they have.His favorite part was a sleep-over at the science museum and using the simulators.

Fairlawn Elementary Shows Their Appreciation for the Transportation Department

Fairlawn Elementary Shows Their Appreciation for the Transportation Department

Students at Fairlawn Elementary showed their appreciation for the Transportation Department following the PBIS Training and Breakfast. Fairlawn’s Bus Drivers, Bus Monitors and Larry Petruff from the Transportation Department were amongst our invited guest. Students from Mrs. Cohen and Mrs. Neshkoff’s first grade classes honored them with a song tribute and students Olivia Titherington, Gracelyn Rouleau, Jacob Cason, and Isabel Paschal did the poster presentation. “Thanks for all that you do in taking us safely to and from school,” students noted. Fairlawn appreciates the Transportation Department!
Allapattah Flats Kindergarteners Learn to Use Kagan Structures!

Allapattah Flats Kindergarteners Learn to Use Kagan Structures!

The Kindergarten students in Mr. Zakrajsek’s class are shown working hard. They are using a Dr. Spencer Kagan strategy called Rally-Robin to orally communicate the rules and expectations to their friends. The students have also used this strategy to meet their new friends and describe themselves to one another. Throughout the year they will use this strategy to  communicate what they have learned throughout each lesson. The students are very excited to be able to discuss what they know with their friends. The students will also learn more valuable Kagan strategies to help facilitate their learning and help their oral communication skills as they work through their challenging year in Kindergarten.

Northport Kindergarteners Embrace “Fancy” Words with Flair!

Northport Kindergarteners Embrace “Fancy” Words with Flair!

Northport K-8 kindergarten instructor, Tiffany Tredor, and her students have been putting the “sweet and sassy” into learning new vocabulary words this year much to the delight of the students and their very happy parents! Mrs. Tredor and her students read the book “Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Connor and are now embracing “fancy words!” Kicking off the EOVocabulary unit, students very first new word is “glimmer,” so students dressed up in their very best clothes and even insisted that Mrs. Tredor dress up as a ballerina. One of the students brought in a tutu for Mrs. Tredor to wear, but the fit was snug so she wore the student’s tutu as a fancy headdress, much to the delight of the students. The special lesson evoked joy and happiness from the children as brand new exciting vocabulary becomes a part of their lexicon of language. Great job Tiffany Tredor for bringing joy and happiness to your daily lessons as well as bringing challenging, engaging and creative work to your students. Thank you for immersing your students in the vision and mission of Northport K-8 School.

Goodies with Grandparents a Great Gathering

Goodies with Grandparents a Great Gathering

Allapattah Flats hosted its first annual Goodies with Grandparents day on Tuesday, September 9th.
The turnout was spectacular and the students were thrilled to spend some quality time with their grandparents.  Grandparents and students were walked through a comparison activity, they listened to a student do a read aloud and then created a little crafty gift for the grandparents to take home as a keepsake.
Pictured:  Trinity Scott and her Grandmother, Madge Gibson.
Northport Fifth Graders Honor the Spirit of 9/11 Survivor’s Tree!

Northport Fifth Graders Honor the Spirit of 9/11 Survivor’s Tree!

Northport fifth grade instructor, Melanie Polascak and her students learned about the Survivor’s tree at Ground Zero. Students learned that the pear tree was crushed as the towers collapsed but, like the human spirit, it was repaired, nourished and has regenerated. The tree is now in a precious spot at Ground Zero. Mrs. Polascak’s class made a wonderful analogy about the rebirth of that small pear tree and the healing of the millions of people affected by 9/11. The class constructed a quilt highlighting the healing that has taken place and placed it outside the doors of the school’s 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library! Great job class! Pictured are Melanie Polascak and her fifth grade students in front of the quilt.

Northport K-8 School celebrates Grandparents Day with Flair and Style!

Northport K-8 School celebrates Grandparents Day with Flair and Style!

Northport K-8 School celebrated Grandparents Day recently with a grand flair and style! Hundreds of grandparents and extended family members celebrated their children and the community efforts of the school by visiting the cafeteria and courtyard and lunching, picnic style. Culinary Arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth and her students prepared a wonderful salad bar and sweet treats for grandparents to enjoy. The camaraderie and joy was evident and the school was thrilled to host the magnificent opportunity to remember grandparents.

Special thanks to Mrs. Ellsworth, the PTO, kitchen staff and all who helped make the day a joyful one! Northport, a well-rounded community school, offers their families many opportunities to get involved and recognizes that to improve student achievement we must depend on the success of the family connection.

Pictured is 4th grader, Deja Adams and her grandmother, Susie Hope.

Weatherbee Celebrates Our Volunteers

Weatherbee Celebrates Our Volunteers

September 9th the volunteers at Weatherbee Elementary were given a breakfast and orientation for new prospects.  Last year our volunteers donated over 7,000 hours of their time to our classrooms.  We look forward to seeing more of them in this coming school year and appreciate all they do for our children.  Featured here are Elizabeth Thomas, PTO President, and  Donna Pancoast.