Juding and ceremonies for Project Citizen, 2012, at Sam Gaines Academy was held recently. As the hostesses, students and staff members were extra excited to impress the judges and community. After several weeks and months of grueling work, it was finally time for students to present their projects. There were three groups from Gaines Academy — one group was from Mary Gokcen’s seventh grade civics class, in which students created a project that focused on the problem of bullying. The other two groups presented their projects on FCAT. The first group was from John Davino’s first period civics class, and included, pictured from left, Isabella Kochanowski, Destiny Hill, Cameron Wilson, Jayling De La Cruz, and Unique Avery. The other group, which was from John Davino’s seventh period Advanced Civics class consisted of Mehdina Koleini, Michaela Kelly, Jasper Magnuson, and Stephanie Destile. The Gaines Academy representative groups reveled in the experience of it all; the experience of presenting relevant problems and realistic solutions in a 4-minute speech and 6-minute grueling question and answer selection. Though this experience was a first for most of them, Gaines Academy students claim it would not be their last.
The anxious, edge-of-seat reaction from my students when Kevin Moore, Alan Damisse , and Kevin Parkes volunteered their free time to speak to 7th graders at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce was a proud moment. Keeping the undivided attention of thirteen- year –olds is quite the daunting task. Most people would be intimidated by ninety teenagers gawking at them, but these confident, accomplished young men definitely played it cool. Not only were they well-spoken, but they were charming, funny, and engaging.
Kevin Moore, a paramedic student at Indian River State College, was the first to take the floor. He shared his own personal learning style which is writing rap songs to help him memorize facts of over sixty drugs. When the kids heard him rap, “Acetylsalicylic acid/ It is used when your weak heart is gaspin’/ But never fear/ We can please it/ With this anti-platelet analgesic,” their jaws dropped and eyes opened from the excitement of the moment. He then used his rap to segue into an inspiring conversation about rap stars with college educations.
Next up was Alan Damisse, a business student at Florida Atlantic University. He spoke of his dreams of becoming a basketball star, and how he used his athletic talent as more than a chance to play a game. He told students to use their athletic abilities as a means to pay for higher education. Clearly, his words were a message of true inspiration.
Last to speak was Kevin Parkes, a firefighter and paramedic for Martin County. He clued the teens into the realities of real-life expectations. He shared pictures of events he experienced on a daily basis and preached how school expectations are quite easy compared to managing life as an adult. His point was that, as a firefighter, there are no second chances; if a mistake is made, it could mean someone’s life. It was truly an eye-opening message for the youth in front of him.
In truth, these men were incredible. From their efforts, it’s clear to recognize that they understand the importance of investing in our nation’s future. After speaking, they posed for pictures and answered individual questions. They were local celebrities for a glimpse of time. As an observer, it was a great moment to see students learning so much from role models and members of our very own community. It was truly what the teacher ordered.
Pictured are speakers, top left, Alan Damisse, Kevin Moore, Desalen Bourjolly, Kerwens Fils-Aime (slightly behind Desalen), and Kevin Parkes.
Bottom left: A’Treyanna Moore, Cristian Hernandez, Tyrelle Holyfield, and Beina Jerome
Members from the Samuel Gaines Academy’s National Honor Junior Society are packing food for the Elks Weekend Backpack Program, a project to provide meals on the weekends to children in need. Pictured, from left, are Edgar Carrasco, Edith Raya, Adriana Calderon, Ebony Young, and Michaela Kelly.
Third grade students Ricardo Garcia, Da’Shawn West, and Kyara Johnson from Cheryl Salerno’s class at Sam Gaines Academy believe in teamwork in the media center while searching for books on the computer.
Samuel Gaines Academy recently presented the kindergarten and first grade resource showcase for the month of April. Students demonstrated activities learned in music from Merritt Tilson using different instruments and sang a melody of animal songs. Megan Schwenger’s computer students displayed on the screens illustrations of the animals they made using computers. Patt Reynolds’ first grade media students presented a flannel board story and puppet show, and kindergartners sang Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Pictured are Coach Lynn Camarotti’s first grade students recreating the awaking of a butterfly to music using a parachute.
Carmello Williams and Dominique Thomas welcomed Letycia Holley to Cindy Hedrick’s VPK class at Samuel Gaines Academy. The three students were playing in the dramatic play center imagining the future when they came up with these unusual, but flattering outfits.
Students in John Davino’s seventh grade civics class at Samuel S. Gaines Academy created their own review board games to study for their upcoming final exam. Pictured here are a handful of SGA’s AVID students, from left, Leonar Barron, Akiefe Anderson, Joshua Martin, Aleshia Johnson, and Edith Raya playing their way to being prepared for the exam.
Take Stock in Children scholarships are awarded to middle grades students after a selection process through the Indian River State College Education Foundation. The recipients will receive mentoring throughout high school, and then will have all four years of college tuition paid! There were hundreds of applications, and only 10 students were selected county-wide. Please join in congratulating German Torres from Sam Gaines Academy as a winner, and Cinthya Talbott as an alternate.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s Student Council facilitated the school’s participation in the Channel 5 Food For Families Drive. Their donations went to the Southside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, and as a school they collected 1,773 items to donate to this worthy cause. Students and staff truly showed the Thanksgiving spirit by opening their pantries and their hearts to support people in need in our community. SGA AVID teacher Kristen Register with student council members: Katiana Bourjolly, Andrew McConnell, Tatiana Wilks, Mateo Rubio, De’Avion Clark, Joevante Briggs, Adriana Calderon, and Rosita Martinez.
Gaines Academy is proud to announce the results of the Student Council elections that were held in the Middle School on October 15th. Newly elected 2015-2016 officers will serve as:
Danisha Paul – President, Yasmine Gatlin – Vice President, Amethyst Scott – Secretary, Zakiyah Paul – Treasurer, and Abrianna Minjares – Public Relations officer. Congratulations ladies!
Pictured from left, Mary Fowler, Mikki Greer, Courtney Crooks, Beth McMillen carry the Samuel S. Gaines Academy banner at opening ceremonies for St. Lucie West’s Relay For Life event. The team held events throughout the year to raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s research. Fund raisers included a Pie-In-The-Face contest, Caps for a Cure and Crazy Sock It To Cancer day. Not pictured but also attending the event from SGA were Megan Schwenger and Jen Bozone.
The Gaines Academy soccer team went undefeated and won the district tournament. Jesus Gil and Isaac Pierre led the team with five goals each. Samuel Gaines Academy soccer team, back row from left, John Davino, Rodrigo Vega, Daniel Perez, Jose Garcia, Javier Gasca, Pablo Luna, Luis Nava-Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel, German Torres, and Alex Cruz. Front row, from left, Erick Diaz, Xochitl Barrios, Jesus Gil, Jeremiah Flores, David Osorio, Christian Hernandez, Gustavo Salgado, and goalie Macolister Bispo in front.
The Samuel Gaines Academy soccer team competed at the recent district tournament at Fort Pierce Central High School. The Colts proudly represented their school as they shut out two of their opponents on their way to the semi-finals for a second straight year. Led by Captains Jesus Gil, Pablo Luna, and Gustavo Salgado, the Colts were eliminated just one game shy of the finals. Pictured are team members, from left, back row, John Davino, Rodrigo Vega, Daniel Perez, Jose Garcia, Javier Gasca, Pablo Luna, Luis Nava-Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel, German Torres, and Alex Cruz. Front row, from left, are Erick Diaz, Xochitl Barrios, Jesus Gil, Jeremiah Flores, David Osorio, Christian Hernandez, Gustavo Salgado, and goalie Macolister Bispo.
The Samuel S. Gaines Academy Soccer Team went 3-2 at the District Winter Tournament. Lead by captains Manuel Esquivel #20, and Jean Saintable #10, the team advanced to the semi-finals. The leading scorer for the day was Luis Gil #4, who had six goals, beating the team record of 5 goals set a year earlier by his cousin Jesus Gil. While Luis was the leading offensive player, the star of the day was the goalie, Jose Villalta, who made save after save. Jose’s highlight of the day was blocking a penalty kick during the semi-final game, keeping the Colts alive down to the final minute. Pictured, front row, is Jose Villalta, middle row, from left, Jahira Sanchez, Erik Rameriz, Cristian Hernandez, Walberto Maldonado, Raphael Villanueva, Francisco Tavera, Rameiro Gomez, and Manuel Esquivel, and back row, from left, Jean Saintable, Coach John Davino, Jeremiah Flores, Peterson Gaston, Christian Hernandez, Leonardo Mandojano, Luis Gil, Daniel Guzman, Moises Lopez, and Miguel Gamez.
Students in Christen McCray’s class at Gaines Academy K8 wrapped up a Nature of Science unit in which they investigated airplanes. Students flew airplanes made from various types of paper to see which would fly the farthest. Students applied the scientific method as they developed a hypothesis, collected, recorded, graphed, analyzed data, drew a conclusion and shared the results. Pictured is Johnnie Velasquez.
Students Jovante Briggs and Jonathan Derinor from Jackie Kendall’s sixth grade second period math class at Gaines Academy were given the task of creating a math game using all of the skills they had learned this year. The boys created the game, as well as the rules, game cards, and pieces. They were then asked to test the game out on some of their classmates to see if what they had created was as exciting to them as it was to the boys. The students who played the game said it was fun and exciting.
Enthusiastic seventh grade students in Beth Torresson’s reading class at Samuel Gaines Academy have diligently been working hard in the “Language” reading program. This 90 minute direct instruction is given on a daily basis. The “Language” program is a comprehensive literacy curriculum. The students work on a variety of concepts each day, including grammar and usage, listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing, phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, spelling, vocabulary and morphology. All of these concepts will enhance their skills to become better readers and to understand the structure of the English language more proficiently.
Students and staff at Samuel S. Gaines Academy are very proud of the newly formed Girl Scout Troop #40729. The young ladies who participate in troop acitivies learn about their special talents and how to be leaders in their community. The new troop is comprised of second through fifth graders who are Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. Pictured are troop members with their sashes, who are ready to serve their community with a smile.
Seventh grade students in Nicole Maddux’s science classes at Gaines Academy are studying the different cycles different materials experience to form rocks. Pictured are Michael Cook, left, and Zykecia Thornton using crayons to demonstrate their knowledge.
Congratulations to the Samuel Gaines Academy spelling bee winners. Pictured, from left, is third place winner, sixth grade student Marisol Aguilar, second place winner, eighth grade student Destiny Gamble, Principal Carolyn Wilkens, and first place winner, seventh grade student Jeremiah Flores.