ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students. On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day. “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend. The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.
Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding. SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee. With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.” She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.
SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.
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Students from Weatherbee, St. Lucie Elementary, White City, and Chester A. Moore explore force and motion as well as reflection and refraction at the Saturday With a Scientist program led by Erin Squires and Kyle Cobb.
This program takes place at Indian River State College with groups of fifth graders from across all schools and is organized by the Office of Teaching and Learning’s Paul Reif.
The students and staff of Savanna Ridge Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss Day on Friday, March 1, 2019. The students enjoyed breakfast, guest readers, and a vocabulary parade!
Students in Mrs. Jones’ first grade class learned about Hispanic Heritage from Mrs. Rivera, ESOL paraprofessional. She taught students about Hispanic culture and traditions while students enjoyed a hands on learning experience creating their own pinatas! Jose Pereira, a fourth grade student at Savanna Ridge assisted Mrs. Rivera (bottom picture).
Fifth graders at Savanna Ridge Elementary conducted research to learn more about Hispanic Heritage. They created projects to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and proudly placed them on display at the district office. Pictured below are teachers from the fifth grade team (L to R) Mr. Watson, Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Albers.
Savanna Ridge Elementary had an exciting week of activities for this year’s Literacy Week. Students participated in buddy reading, where they were paired up with other students and read together. They also had engaging conversations about books while enjoying a snack during “chew and chat.” Families were invited to the school for “Books and Baked Ziti Night,” where parents participated in literacy stations where they learned how to incorporate reading at home, valuable online resources, and how to utilize our print rich environment. Parents enjoyed baked ziti, a book exchange, and were even able to sign up for a public library card. The highlight of the week was the many guest readers from the community and school district to share their favorite book with the students. The students were so excited to have police officers, business owners, school board members, university students, and district leaders here to read to them. The students were able to hear and see the love of reading that we learn as children and carry with us throughout our lives. Thank you to everyone who participated in Literacy Week at Savanna Ridge, it was a huge success! Pictured are Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Kerry Padrick, left, Dr. Mary Huffstetter and her dog Charlie celebrating the week by sharing a story with kindergarten students.
Students enjoyed bringing their fathers and important male role models to Savanna Ridge Elementary’s “Donuts with Dads” as part of the Million Father March initiative throughout the county. Over 80 male role models came out to enjoy donuts and sign pledges. We were ecstatic to see the pride and smiles on each child’s face as they entered school with their fathers.
The “Writing Wizard” James Dean recently helped prepare students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School for the annual FCAT Writes standardized test. Dean, a representative from Thinking Maps, has been diligently working with the teachers and students in preparation for the writing test. The day consisted of students creating magic wands, wizard hats, and hearing a presentation to help reinforce the material they learned for the test. The students rotated through stations where they used their wands to “zap” out irrelevant information, became writing wizards on how to use clear and precise language, created thinking maps on helpful writing hints, and used their magic wands to create thank you notes and good luck cards to their peers and teachers. The students enjoyed having the visitors and were enthusiastic and prepared for the FCAT Writes! Pictured is Principal LaTanya Greene with students celebrating in one of the stations.
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Christopher’s Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary were excited for their first day of school. Mrs. Christopher welcomed them with open arms and enjoyed taking a first day of school picture to capture the special day!
Staff at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed supporting Relay for Life at the Annual Walk at Tradition Stadium in St. Lucie West. Staff members enjoyed taking part in various activities throughout the year to fund-raise for the school Relay for Life team such as Coins for Cancer.
Student Council members at Savanna Ridge helped serve meals at Matthews Café of Grace Way Village on Sunday. They provide a healthy hot meal, every Sunday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for those in need. What a great way for our students to show the community they care by helping others.
Dante Nurse, a third grader at Savanna Ridge Elementary, was recognized as one of the top 500 Classworks All-Star students for their excellent usage and high scores in Reading and Math for Spring 2015. We are so proud of our All-Star!
Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary partnered with Publix to help make Mother’s Day special for their loved ones. Publix brought cakes to Savanna Ridge and helped second graders decorate them as a Mother’s Day sweet treat. Thank you to Tina and Christine from Publix for assisting our students.
Students at Savanna Ridge Elementary raised money during a recent PTO fundraiser whereby the winners wore turkey costumes for the day.
Mr. Clements (5th grade teacher) and Mrs. Fletcher (2nd grade teacher) were good sports and wore turkey costumes for the day since they were the ones who raised the most money for the fundraiser. They are pictured with the SRE Morning News Team members and Savanna Ridge’s PTO President Ericka Goyes after they announced it on the Morning News Show.
Students at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed celebrating Literacy Week 2015 with Books, Bingo and Baked Ziti night. Students and families came out for a delicious baked ziti dinner and played multiple rounds of Bingo. There were many smiling faces as students were able to come up on stage and pick a book of their choice after winning!
Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Kristi Collins’ classroom who reach their reading goals earned dog tags to show how many points they earned on Scholastic Reading Counts. The students are given the opportunity to read and take assessments online to show their progress. Each time students take the assessment, they earn more points and are awarded the next level dog tag. The points start at 25 and go up to 250. Many students are at the 100 point level and some have even reached the max of 250! The students look forward to getting the dog tags and having their picture taken. The incentive keeps them motivated and makes them accountable for their goals. Front row, from left, Eric Singh, Lynette Rice, Juan Pablo Pelaez Zamudio, and Landon Hamilton. Back row, from left, are Monica Ponce, Gabriel Torres, Jerimiah Brinson, Isaiah Ruiz, Nathan Kush, James Richard, and Trever Lynch.
Students from Keiser University came to Savanna Ridge Elementary last week to read to students in Penny LaCorte’s classroom as part of a partnership between the school and Keiser as an ongoing support system. The 15 Keiser students had a unique assignment for their Speech/Communication class — to create a short children’s story and practice their public speaking skills by sharing their work to a group of students. The Keiser students supported the primary classrooms during the reading block. They shared their stories during read aloud time and served as “live” centers to work with students in small groups. Savanna Ridge students loved listening to the creative stories that the visitors had to share. The Keiser students were nervous at first but as they met the anxious children they felt excited and overwhelmed with love. It was hard to tell who was more appreciative, the Keiser students or the Savanna Ridge students! What an excellent way to learn and grow from each other!
Representatives from school districts in Florida and Georgia recently visited Savanna Ridge Elementary to see enthusiastic teachers implementing Document Based Questions (DBQs). The students were engaged as teachers walked them through the process of analyzing documents and making inferences to answer the question, “Jamestown: Why did so many colonists die?” The visitors participated in a debriefing session following their classroom observations, and were impressed by the level of engagement from teachers and students. Many of the representatives are currently using DBQs within their middle and high schools, so they were excited to see elementary students actively participating in higher level thinking and questioning. Pictured are two representatives from Brevard County in Elisabeth Harvin’s fifth grade classroom.
Third through fifth grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary participated in a recent school spirited pep rally. Third grade students lead the 4th and 5th graders in a remix song about taking on the challenge of the FCAT and passing it with no problem! Each grade level came in their designated class T-shirt and showed their spirit through a friendly competition on the song they learned. Principal LaTanya Greene led the students in a motivational speech that gave the students the boost they needed for the upcoming testing. Teachers and students had a great time showing their spirit and enthusiasm after months of preparation and hard work!
Fourth grade students in Mr. Moulton’s class engage in math activities by working on Kagan cooperative learning strategies.