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.

Fairlawn Receives National Recognition

Fairlawn Receives National Recognition

Fairlawn Elementary School received a $1000.00 check from the National VFW.  The State Commander,  T. Wayne Makham, presented the check to Principal Jennifer Hedeen at a faculty meeting with Superintendent Genelle Yost, Dr. Kevin Perry, and Lydia Martin in attendance.   This donation to Fairlawn Elementary was a result of Shirley Helton (retired 5th grade teacher) receiving the national honor of VFW Teacher of the Year 2014.  Mrs. Helton graciously accepted this award recently in St. Louis, Missouri.  Mrs. Helton was nominated by Nell Moyers to the local chapter and then continued on to win at the state and national levels.    Shirley Helton encouraged her students to show patriotism.  This award was granted for her extensive citizenship activities, including patriotic studies, the constitution, and the continuous support her students gave to the soldiers and the military medics in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Sue Keller, Allison Smith from the local VFW and Dr. Rosemary Ayers, VFW Ladies Auxiliary District 11 President, were also present as the donation was presented to the school principal.

Northport Commemorates and Educates on September 11, 2001

Northport Commemorates and Educates on September 11, 2001

The privilege of educating students on vital issues in history, patriotism, the strength and power of music and respect for our military and our veterans is evident at Northport K-8 School. The Northport K-8 School Media Center presented a beautiful and timeless program educating our students on the very somber issues of 9/11. The program began with a welcome from principal, Glenn Rustay and media specialist, Lynne Gruszka. Veteran Partners, teacher veterans on campus and guests were given a hearty welcome to the school. The pledge of Allegiance was led by sixth grader, Bradley Venneau. Kindergarten instructor, Tiffany Tredor played a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem on her violin. Students then heard reflections and viewed a beautiful, educational powerpoint used as a teaching tool to educate about the details of 9/11 and to highlight the children who perished on 9/11. Students were treated to primary source speaker, 9/11 First Responder, Detective Albert Hickey who touched guests hearts with his first hand account of his experiences at Ground Zero. Detective Hickey is truly a community leader who is leaving a great legacy. School Prevention Specialist, Maryanne Warren performed “Spoken Word Poetry” dedicated to the children of 9/11 and Sandra Tyndale-Harvey, Intensive reading teacher sang a heart wrenching rendition of “He Hears Us When We Cry!” The Northport Main Media Center was then dedicated with a large banner to the children of 9/11 by principal, Glenn Rustay, assistant principals, Lorie Monroe and Brooke Wiggington and Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka.

Students moved to the flagpole and small flags were posted for each of the 8 children who were lost. Instructor and United States Army veteran, Nick Carey and his student, Nixon Adea raised the American flag. The flag is so important to Northport K-8 School because it was carried on the back on Alexander Babington, son of former teacher, Thomas Babington as his unit marched into Fallujah. That flag remained on Babington’s back through his entire tour in Iraq. The program was wrapped up with beautiful music, “God Bless America,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art!” It is the sincere pleasure of the Northport community to honor and educate together on this anniversary of this momentous and tragic anniversary. Thank you to Marcy Waltz and Suzette Scott, PTO parents for assisting and helping to make the program a wonderful event. Special thanks to our veterans and parents who attended the moving program.

Positive Peer Leadership Program Launched at Weatherbee

Positive Peer Leadership Program Launched at Weatherbee

It was not a typical lunch period for the 35 boys delighted by a visit with Dr. David Washington, SLCSB Director of Recruitment and Retention, to kick-off Weatherbee’s monthly Hour-with-a-Positive-Powerful-Role-Model event.  This Peer Leadership Program is coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Nelson (5th grade teacher) and Guermithe Ogé (1st grade teacher).

The young men were captivated as Dr. Washington shared the timeline of his life — beginning with 3rd grade when his school, C. A. Moore Elementary, became racially integrated; to the challenges he overcame which made him stronger, the friend for life he made when he was the age of the boys in the audience, up to the present where his grandson is the 3rd generation of Washingtons to attend C.A. Moore.

The Positive Behavior Support and Kids at Hope initiatives at Weatherbee Elementary help students choose behaviors conducive to learning and visualize futures as productive members of their community.   To that end, Dr. Washington presented each student with a medal, a pencil to write their goals, a mint to help them focus, an eraser to move forward from their mistakes, a penny — the first cent of the $1,000,000.00 they will earn over their lifetimes – and the challenge to become leaders.

September 9, 2014

Allapattah Flats First Graders Get Their Gardens Started

Allapattah Flats First Graders Get Their Gardens Started

First Graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 took their first steps in earning their green thumb!  First graders are learning how to create a garden.  Our first step was to prepare the garden by adding a fresh layer of soil.  Elijah Adorno and Veneah Mussenden used their sense of touch while spreading out the soil.  The students will plant vegetable seeds next. We can’t wait!

Former NFL Player Tony Boselli Speaks at Principals Meeting

Former NFL Player Tony Boselli Speaks at Principals Meeting

Tony Boselli, former Jacksonville Jaguar football player #71, spoke to the St. Lucie County school principals on Thursday, September 11th at 8:00 am at the School Board District Office regarding his company, Healthy Schools and the FluMist Vaccination Program. Healthy Schools, in cooperation with the St. Lucie County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, is excited to kick off the “Teach Flu A Lesson” program in St. Lucie County. Every year thousands of children miss valuable school days because of the influenza virus. Offering flu vaccinations in the school setting has been proven to be effective in preventing disease and reducing absenteeism. October 2nd and 3rd are the designated days for the FluMist Program in St. Lucie County Schools.