Village Green’s “Odyssey of the Mind” Team Lands a Win at Regional Competition

Village Green’s “Odyssey of the Mind” Team Lands a Win at Regional Competition

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Village Green Garden Takes Best in Show at St. Lucie County Fair!

Village Green Garden Takes Best in Show at St. Lucie County Fair!

Village Green is pleased to announce that its permaculture garden produce won Best in Show as well as numerous other ribbons at the St. Lucie County Fair in the Vegetable and Citrus 12 and Under category! Produce from the garden included Sweet Potatoes, Taro Root, Yuca, Pigeon Peas, Bananas, Surinam Cherries, Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus Leaves), Longevity Spinach and Okinawan Spinach.  This garden was cared for and harvested by Village Green students.  Special thanks to Ms. Cole, Ms. Wilson and students of the Environmental Club for making this fair display possible.

Village Green Flag Folding

Village Green Flag Folding

On Wednesday, November 8, the Port St. Lucie High School JROTC went to Village Green Elementary to teach about flag folding and about the Class B uniform to first graders and to fifth graders. The JROTC cadets taught the meaning of the colors and each fold in the American Flag.

Village Green Environmental Studies School Teacher Wins First Place in Florida Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

Village Green Environmental Studies School Teacher Wins First Place in Florida Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

Jacqueline Harris, a First grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School won 1st Place in the Out-of-the-Box category in the 35th Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics. Mrs. Harris’ project focused on incorporating Social Studies across the curriculum where her First grade students created a mini café and gift shop called the Primary Kidz Café with a classroom mini factory with assembly lines and was given the opportunity to work with two Ninth grade volunteers which they rarely have the chance to do. The First graders learned about goods and services, buying and selling goods, the importance of using money to obtain or trade goods and saving money using banking services.  The students used real foods on the assembly line and designed T-shirts, bags, socks, flower pots, face masks, canvas pouches and hand puppets which they sold in the class gift shop to Kindergarten and First grade students who used their Manatee Moolas to make purchases. Her students were all excited and had a great time learning. She also gives credit for such a successful project to her wonderful group of students, her First grade team members and her highly supportive and caring administrators Ms. Aretha Vernette and Lauren Geisler. In 2011, Mrs. Harris, then teaching First grade at Samuel Gaines Academy won 2nd Place in the Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century category in the 32nd Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics.

Vietnam veterans visit Lakewood Park Elementary

Vietnam veterans visit Lakewood Park Elementary

A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 visited Lakewood Park Elementary School recently to speak with students. The veterans also decorated a display case filled with helmets, books, dog tags, hats of the different branches of the military, old photos and model helicopters of the UH-1Huey and the AH-64D Apache Longbow. The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about parts they played in the Vietnam War. Thevets also donated a new American flag to the school. Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to the students. The students gave the vets 27 boxes filled with donated items to be sent to U.S. military troops serving overseas.  Students also made cards, poems, letters, and art work for troops to enjoy. We are thankful for the freedom that our servicemen have given to us here in America. Pictured, Principal Dianne Young presents a plaque to Joe Lusardi, Aris Atoa, Scott Bartal, Myles Gill, Dave Cameron, Mike Bradley, Mike Kiper, and Wally Wallentiny.

VGESS Is United Against Bullying

VGESS Is United Against Bullying

Village Green Environmental Studies School students, teachers, and staff stand together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Students in Unity

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 was dedicated to everyone coming together—in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Unity Day

VGESS Honors Foster Grandparents

VGESS Honors Foster Grandparents

 

Village Green Environmental Studies School administration was honored to attend a banquet celebrating the dedication, hard-work, and care the foster grandparents provide each day to students in St. Lucie County.  We love our grandparents!

 

VGESS Is United Against Bullying

VGESS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

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“Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free” was the Red Ribbon Week theme this year. Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School participated in several anti-drug/anti bullying activities, some of which included: creating posters, signing pledges, and a presentation by Joe the Biker.

VGE Student Success Celebrated with iReady Carnival!

VGE Student Success Celebrated with iReady Carnival!

Snarg, from the iReady program that students use for reading and math, came to visit VGE during the iReady carnival. Students who met both math and reading goals were excited to get their picture taken with Snarg and have a laugh with him. All students were able to participate in the carnival which consisted of ice pops, free play and the ever-popular prize wheel! Thanks to Snarg and all the awesome staff at VGE for your unending student support. 💙💚

VGE Maintenance Supports Green Efforts

VGE Maintenance Supports Green Efforts

Dirk Smith, Plant Manager of Village Green Environmental Studies School, has implemented a fun and rewarding recycling program.  Each week the classes of VGESS compete to see who will win a coveted Sundae Party for the most material recycled in one week.  The incentive program has been a huge success. In fact, one class produced ZERO trash one week as they were determined to win.  Mr. Smith’s bright idea supports the mission and vision of Village Green Environmental Studies School, connects to the theme of this year’s SLC Fair, and most importantly saves money and our planet.

WAY TO GO, MR. SMITH!

Pictured: Dirk Smith and Raul Silverio serve students in Ms. Ausnehmer’s class during a sundae party celebrating the weekly recycling challenge.

VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

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Village Green Environmental Studies School hosted student led conferences on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Students shared their growth during quarter one, set goals for the upcoming term, and planted a sunflower to signify future growth.  Village Green administration sincerely thanks the many community members who helped to ensure EVERY student was able to share with a caring adult.

Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology

Ft. Pierce Westwood’s veterinary lab is a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital where students learn through hands-on experiences in veterinary medicine.   After graduating, students can work immediately upon graduation as Veterinary Assistants or continue further education at the college level.
Veterans Visit Lakewood Park Third Graders

Veterans Visit Lakewood Park Third Graders

A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 came to Lakewood Park Elementary School to speak with 7 third grade classes.  The Veterans also decorated a display case filled with metals, flags, helmets, books, dog tags, plaques, awards, hats of the different branches of the military, and old photos.  The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about their parts they played in the Vietnam War.  The group of Vets also donated new American Flags to Lakewood Park Elementary School classrooms.  Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to our students.

In photo:  Joe Lusardi, Dave Cameron, Roy Brewer, Mike Kiper, Myles Gill and Wally Wallentini.

Veterans pay a special visit to Windmill Point Elementary

Veterans pay a special visit to Windmill Point Elementary

It was another fun-filled, Kids at Hope day at Windmill Point Elementary as students welcomed local veterans to celebrate Veterans Day with students and staff. The special day began with a warm and enthusiastic tunnel that honored the veterans. They were truly touched by the decorated main hall and the many students waving flags and posters thanking them for their service. The special guests visited every class and spoke about the meaning of freedom and their experiences in the military. Students learned just how fortunate it is to live in a country in which freedom is valued and how the veterans have allowed us to remain free. Pictured, Windmill Point students, staff and families give special thanks to Vincent La Valle, Dennis Petrinik and Beth Bowden, for teaching us all life-long learned lessons, and a wonderful Veterans Day wish for this year!

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Voice of Democracy Winner

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Voice of Democracy Winner

On Tuesday February 7th, Cadet Major Jennifer Arriola (right) was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8058, Voice of Democracy Essay/Audio Scholarship. She wrote and recorded a two-page essay describing her responsibility to America. Her essay was titled “The Land of the Free.” In her essay, she described her mission to give back to America and expressed her patriotism for this great country. Cadet Arriola’s essay/audio won first place locally and placed second in the District judging. She was presented her award at the award ceremony, which took place at the Fort Pierce VFW Auxiliary. The Fort Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion JROTC Color Guard presented the national colors. They were also presented with the community service award for their work in the community.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

On Saturday, November 11th, the JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in the honoring of all veterans. Alongside Air Force JROTC, Navy JROTC and veterans dating back to WWII, the Jaguar Battalion stood in honor of those who fought to keep our country safe. (more…)

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion proudly supported the Port Saint Lucie Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The Jaguar cadets provided an Honor Formation during the ceremony, Color Guard, and a tap ceremony. Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.) Nevarez was one of the guest speakers who gave an amazing speech.

The Jaguars worked in unison with Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC, and other organizations for the posting of the colors. The cadets gave an outstanding presentation overall. The Jaguar Battalion greatly appreciates and salutes all of the veterans, and their sacrifices to our nations.1 3 4 5