Standing Room Only for Lawnwood Talent Show

Standing Room Only for Lawnwood Talent Show

Singer, dancers, karate, gymnastics, and football moves were only a few of the dozens of talented teachers and students who took the Lawnwood Elementary stage. The annual Talent Show Night was presented to over 300 friends and parents who excitedly packed the auditorium. All performers received a goody bag and a big dose of self esteem for their hard work. pictured l to r are Keirra Holycross and Audrey Kloeckner.

F.K. Sweet Third Graders Visit the Planetarium

F.K. Sweet Third Graders Visit the Planetarium

Third grade students from Mrs. Eleanor Baker’s, Mrs. Lisa McGuire’s and Mrs. Barbara Bennett’s classes enjoyed a field trip to IRSC’s Hallstrom Planetarium. At the planetarium students enjoyed the show narrated by Mr. Jon Bell.  The new projector is amazing and made the whole experience even more exciting!  The students have a better understanding of the phases of the moon and about why we have four seasons, the planets and the conditions on each planet, and how stars and black holes are formed. The visit proved to be an interesting experience for the students.

Cumberland Farms Partners with Forest Grove Middle

Cumberland Farms Partners with Forest Grove Middle

Forest Grove was on hand April 30, 2014, to assist with the ribbon cutting at the new Cumberland Farms on Midway Road and 25th Street.  Cumberland Farms has partnered with Forest Grove Middle School as a business partner.  During the month of May, Cumberland Farms will donate 10 cents for every fountain beverage or coffee purchased from that location.  Thank you Cumberland Farms for supporting education.

Mariposa Elementary’s Valued Americorps Volunteer

Mariposa Elementary’s Valued Americorps Volunteer

Mariposa Elementary has been extremely fortunate to have Ms. Marjorie Ovsiovitch as our Americorps volunteer this year. Ms. Ovsiovitch has helped numerous children close their learning gaps while enjoying time with her. She is kind, dedicated, and loyal to our Monarchs. The students’ eyes light up when it is their special time to read with Ms. O. She truly is a treasure here at our school. Pictured are first grader, Isabella Perez, and Ms. Ovsiovitch.

Southport Student Wins Third Place!

Southport Student Wins Third Place!

“The Right to Vote” was this year’s theme for The Friends of the Rupert J. Law Library’s Annual Law Day Celebration student art and essay contest. Southport’s Graciela Pardo, 3rd place Middle School winner, is pictured with Southport’s art teacher Katherine Avra.  Grace’s work featured an abstract American Flag with this year’s theme showcased in the foreground.

Northport K-8 Students Host Mayor Joanne Faiella

Northport K-8 Students Host Mayor Joanne Faiella

Northport K-8 School kindergarten students in Melody Nieves hosted Port St. Lucie mayor, Joanne Faiella recently. Mayor Faiella graciously accepted the invitation by Big Brothers, Big Sisters AmeriCorps tutor, Alex Neelan who tutors several of the kindergarten students.

Mrs. Nieves prepared the students by having them make welcome signs in the front office, on the classroom door and in the classroom. Students were thrilled to hear about the duties of the mayors job and Mrs. Faiella answered the question so eloquently that the kindergarteners eagerly asked more questions. Mayor Faiella spoke about her experiences teaching in a private school and the duties of the mayor. She discussed street lights, side walk safety and the procedure for citizens to get problems solved. The mayor invited the students to take a field trip to City Hall and then to take a walk to the Port St. Lucie Police Department and told the students that she was thrilled to post their pictures in City Hall. The kindergartners realized that the mayor can listen to issues and then solve problems. They realized that the mayor works for the people of Port St. Lucie.

Northport K-8 School thanks the mayor for her time and her willingness to help the students develop an interest in government and the issues of the day which are so vital to the well being of the community. Pictured are the kindergarten class and from back left, Alex Neelan, Melody Nieves and Mayor Faiella.

Oak Hammock 7th Grade Students Investigate Adaptations of Darwin’s Finches

Oak Hammock 7th Grade Students Investigate Adaptations of Darwin’s Finches

Students in Ms. Seaton’s 7th grade science class spent some time using different tools which simulate the various possible beaks that birds on the Galapagus Islands have. Students made hypotheses then tested the efficiency of each beak, and then went on to do increased competition as resources dwindled. They were able to make the connection between their hands on experience and how adaptations and competition affects survival of the fittest. They truly enjoyed the experience.  Pictured are Paula Arias and Seylor Worrow

Lakewood Park Elementary Students Roar Through FCAT

Lakewood Park Elementary Students Roar Through FCAT

Lakewood Park Elementary Teachers, Principal Dianne Young and Assistant Principal Tammy Smith dance to the music “Roar” for grades 3rd through 5th at three different Prep Rallies.  Students also played the game “Are you smarter than a third, fourth, or fifth grader.”  Some teachers also participated in FCAT Crunch for third, fourth and fifth grades.  Students you make us proud!! Go Falcons and you did ROAR through the FCAT.

FPC JROTC Cadet slected for 2014 Girls State

FPC JROTC Cadet slected for 2014 Girls State

Every year, local students fill out an application, write two essays and are interviewed to compete for a spot to go to Tallahassee for a chance to experience and participate in our states government. Out of all applicants, only 300 girls get this honor. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 is proud to give this opportunity to a very deserving candidate.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318, Port St. Lucie, President Debbie Johnston would like to congratulate Nicole Geldmaker for being the 2014 Girls State recipient. Nicole attends Fort Pierce Central High School and is the Battalion Commander for the JROTC under the direction of LTC (R) Al Nevárez. She is vice president of the Debate Team as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Her sights are set on attending West Point Military Academy and obtaining a degree as a pharmacist then serving in the Army for five years. She is very active in our community volunteering more than 500 hours. One platform she is passionate about is education reform and educating other students about government.

Area Plant Manager receives STAR Recognition

Area Plant Manager receives STAR Recognition

Rosemarie Abbuhl was recognized as a STAR recipient at the April 22nd School Board Meeting. She was recommended by Mrs. Wright, Principal of FK Sweet for her skills as an Area Plant Manager. She is a real asset to our custodial team. Mrs. Abbuhl supervises C A Moore Elementary, F K Sweet Elementary, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Ft. Pierce Westwood High, Lincoln Park Academy, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elemenatry, Samuel Gaines Academy, MOA, Means Court Studio, Delaware Avenue Site/North Compound, and the District School Board Office. Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, SGA Principal Traci Wilke, LWPE Principal Dianne Young, Area Plant Manager Rose Abbuhl, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Custodial Services Coordinator Carolyn Rarriek, Area Plant Manager Larry Beckham, Area Plant Manager Rudy Manna, and Custodial Bookkeeper Grisell Guanill. Congratulations Rose!

Southport Middle School makes language learning fun and exciting for students and their families

Southport Middle School makes language learning fun and exciting for students and their families

Parents and students in the After School Language Learning Lab are delighted to spend their time in the Media Center learning English, Spanish, and French using the Rosetta Stone computer program. What began as a Title III program specifically for English language learners has caught on with other students who are now learning Spanish and French. Pictured in the photo from top left include Althea Charles, Angel Lima, Emmanuela Tranquille, Milena Alvarez, and Alexandra Chisholm. On the bottom starting furthest back are: Milena Alvarez, Laureanna Arrabe, Leanne Arrabe, Lianys Betancourt, Rachel Zhou, Axel Rueda, Ignacio Lopez, and Jhony Phy Kyaw.  The after-school program is available to all Southport students and their families.

STAR Award Presented to Linda King

STAR Award Presented to Linda King

“Sometimes it’s just the little things we do that can make all the difference.” At the School Board Meeting on April 22, 2014, Linda King, School Office Clerk at Treasure Coast High School, was presented the STAR Award. She was recommended by a parent for helping a student at the school complete the process to apply for scholarships, and helping to prepare her to be a successful lifelong learner. Pictured from left are, Assistant Principal Nikki Poole, Principal Denise Rodriguez, Assistant Principal Henry Sanabria, Student Assignment Director Michelle Jerger, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, our STAR Linda King, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

LPA Adobe CAPE Academy Wins 4 Day Trip to NYC for Panasonic Worldwide Video Contest

LPA Adobe CAPE Academy Wins 4 Day Trip to NYC for Panasonic Worldwide Video Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ADOBE CAPE ACADEMY TEAMS!

THEY JUST DOMINATED THE AMERICAS FOR PANASONIC’S WORLDWIDE VIDEO CONTESTS AND ALL WON A 4 DAY TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY AND WINNERS WEEKEND!

The Eco-Effect winning team of Donovan Kryak and Zaid Jamil created a fascinating typography-animated video on water conservation:  View the Water Conservation Video

Our New Vision Award Winning Team includes: Janice Ng, Imani Rodney, Sana Adalsha, and Marisol Galindo! They created a 5 minute video documentary on World Hunger which includes an international perspective, as well, as how we can act locally through our Empty Bowls event with proceeds going to the Treasure Coast Food Bank:  View the World Hunger Video

This is a wonderful achievement for LPA as no other school has won both divisions! We are very proud of their accomplishment!

Join us in our Adobe CAPE Academy – LPA HS RM 152!

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International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Team Member

International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Team Member

Lincoln Park Academy senior, Luke Muller, has been selected as one of twelve to compete in the 2014 International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Team Regatta in Tavira, Portugal, on July 12-19, 2014. Luke is a member of the Lincoln Park Academy International Baccalaureate program, has been nominated and appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and has been accepted for admission to Stanford University. Pictured from left are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Parents George Muller & Ann Huff, LPA Senior Luke Muller, School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Principal Pam Dampier, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

Bank Of America donates $5,000

Bank Of America donates $5,000

At the April 22nd School Board Meeting, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to the St. Lucie County Education Foundation in support of its Working Together for Success Grant Program. Providing support to organizations such as the St. Lucie County Education Foundation is just one of the ways that Bank of America helps to improve the quality of life in communities it serves.  Herve Lesperance- Vice President Banking Center Manager, Elaine Clem- Assistant Vice President Client Sales & Service Officer, and Robin Secor-Assistant Vice President Banking Center Manager presented the check along with board members of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation. Pictured from left are, Debbie Hawley, Dr. Mark Rendell, Dr. Donna Mills, Robin Secor, Genelle Yost, Elaine Clem, Vanessa Tillman, Candace Stone, and Herve Lesperance.

Lawnwood media specialist represents the faculty in dodgeball

Lawnwood media specialist represents the faculty in dodgeball

Lawnwood Elementary Media Specialist, Mrs. Schaeperkoetter, represented her faculty team in April’s PBS challenge. The teachers joined a team of kindergarteners in  a game of dodge ball during the annual and popular award event.  The students worked for several weeks collecting “Lawnwood loot ” behavior rewards to participate in the friendly challenge, which included PE coaches, resource, and kindergarten teachers.

Kickball: Students vs. the Faculty

Kickball: Students vs. the Faculty

To culminate a recent Principal’s Reading Challenge, the top readers in grades 3-5 played kickball against Weatherbee Faculty.  All other students who obtained their goal were spectators for this event.  We won’t say who won, but a fun time was had by all!

 

Northport Teachers and Students Vie for Championship Title

Northport Teachers and Students Vie for Championship Title

Northport K-8 teachers, staff and students went head to head recently in a playoff basketball game in the school gymnasium. Students participated in an FCAT pep rally and wrapped the afternoon up with a basketball game that thrilled not only the middle school students but the staff and teachers as well. The students drove hard but could not beat the teachers. A rematch will be held after the final FCAT test is wrapped up and shipped. The school has worked extremely hard to instruct, teach and encourage the use of test taking strategies and to motivate their students to do well on the test as well as to have their “head in the game” all year long. Pictured is Northport principal, Glenn Rustay being guarded by eighth grader Evan Laplant during the hard fought game!

Weatherbee Preps for FCAT

Weatherbee Preps for FCAT

The Weatherbee administration recently staged “Prep Rallies” for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Students prepared for the high stakes testing by showing off their math and reading skills. Here, Bobby Lloyd is being put to the test by Principal Hitsman, AP Avellino, and Reading Coach Terrie Norris.