When the 2014-2015 school year started Mrs. Wilke presented the students with a challenge. She challenged them to read 1,000,000 steps of reading practice for 100 Book Challenge. Mrs. Wilke told the students if they met the principal’s challenge she would do anything they wanted her to do. The students voted on several options such as sing karaoke, dress like a clown, and complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. In an almost unanimous decision, the students voted on the Ice Bucket Challenge to be their reward.
With the challenge accepted, and an exciting reward in place, the students got right to work. They read, and read, eventually earning 1,889, 715 steps collectively as a K-8 student body! Mrs. Wilke couldn’t have been prouder. She gladly accepted her fate to be soaked by ice and water in order to reward the students for their hard work and perseverance to not only meet their reading goals, but to surpass them.
As she made her closing remarks at the end of the Ice bucket Challenge, Mrs. Wilke challenged the students to read 2,500,000 steps in the 2015-2016 school year. We can’t wait to see how she rewards the students for reaching (and surely surpassing) that reading goal!!
Gaines Academy cheerleaders and student council members participated in the Sights and Sounds Parade on Second Street in Fort Pierce recently, and despite the rain fun was had by all. Pictured from left are Taylor Peebles, Storm Santana, A’Treyanna Moore, Principal Carolyn Wilkins, and Asia Jones.
During Megan Schwenger’s computer class at Samuel Gaines Academy, middle school student Julian Maso De Mayo assists kindergartner Luther Edmond in completing an eight question PBS survey. The survey asks students various questions about how they earn Colt cash and what they want to spend Colt cash on. The PBS team will then take the results of this survey to better implement the use of Colt cash at Samuel Gaines Academy.
The Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s Lady Colts basketball team won the 2013 St. Lucie County Interamurals Girls division
A basketball championship with an overall win 26-10. Thank you to Donella Crenshaw and Shauna Cobb for devoting their time and talent in leading the girls to become champions. Pictured standing, from left, are Donella Crenshaw, Beina Jerome, Michaela Kelly Leroyeisha Thomas, and Jade Murray. Sitting, from left, are Mishla Pierre, Destiny Hill, and Aleshia Johnson.
Gaines Academy kindergartners, from left, Mauricio Murillo-Rojo, Angel Raya, and Roberto Luna Jr. from Tracy Davis’ class were full of excitement flying their paper-bag kites. The students made the kites during a writing assignment where they had to write step by step directions on how to make a paper-bag kite.
Gaines Academy kindergartners recently went on a field trip to Fire Station # 1 in Fort Pierce. Pictured are Luis Guerrero-Rivas and Alejandro Cano from Jennifer Denise’s class exploring Engine # 1, getting the feel of what it would be like to have a career as a fireman.
During Spring Break, thirty Home Depot employees and volunteers enhanced the Samuel S. Gaines Academy campus with a Kids at Hope Garden. Volunteers installed an irrigation system, built plant boxes and fences, transplanted trees, and beautified the garden area with new sod and mulch. This garden will be a school-wide, student-managed initiative to learn how to plant, grow, and maintain a variety of crops.
The SGA Kids at Hope Committee, in partnership with the St. Lucie Education Foundation Inc., applied for and was awarded a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to fund construction of this vegetable and herb garden. Over the last few years, SGA and The Home Depot (#6376 SLW) have continued to build its partnership as they have sponsored numerous Kids’ Club events and donated materials to school-wide initiatives.
Thank you, Home Depot!
Gaines Academy recently intalled new picnic tables outside the gym to help promote a positive school environment. Some of Kimberly Masters’ third grade students were the first to take advantage of using these tables while enjoying their lunch. Pictured, left side front to back, are Fernanda Carrasco, Daisy Guzman-Esquivel, and Gabriela Armendariz. Right side, front to back, are Lopez Bourjolly, Edwin Lozano, Kaitlyn Logan, Kimberly Masters.
Gaines Academy K8 Girls A Basketball team beat West Gate K8 Girls B team with a score of 29 to 12, going undefeated in the regular season. Savannah Houle and Michaela Kelly were the high scorers with 13 points and 9 points, respectively. Pictured, top row from left, are Antonnette Boothe, Savannah Houle, Tashonna Deval, Breanna Williams, and Stephane Destile. Bottom row, from left, are Duvy Hurtado, Sharmane Saunders, Michaela Kelly, and Cherise Johnson.
Students in Andrea Blackburn’s fourth grade class at Samuel Gaines Academy presented Black History Projects to students in K-5 grades. The students had all of February to study their subject and create their project. They became experts in who they studied and were able to present to anyone that came by to check them out. All that participated in the
Black History Fair were very impressed by the amount of knowledge the students had about the person they studied. Parents enjoyed coming the night before to review their child’s projects as well. Pictured are Isaiah Davis, Gilberto Barron, Edwin Tinoco, and Yohan Purkiss.
First grade students from Lyndsey Matheny’s class at Gaines Academy built a volcano during Angella Bennett’s science resource class. Miranda Resendiz explained the experiment of creating a volcano using modeling clay, adding baking soda and red food coloring, and lastly vinegar, which caused the liquid to come out of the volcano! Pictured, from left, are Miranda Resendiz, Liliana Delgado, Jimena Macias, and Sage Dennon.
Gaines Academy kindergarten students had a special presentation during their library time. Students from Gregory Stetz’s fifth grade class preformed a puppet show reading the book “The Noisy Way to Bed” by Ian Whybrow. Pictured standing are narrator Angela Logan, left, and Jose Gomez. Sitting are Carina Ocampo, left, and Makailah Loyer.
There was a lot of learning about writing skills during the Family Writing Night recently at Sam Gaines Academy K8 School, which included a chicken dinner and ending with a door prize drawing. Pictured is seventh grader Alexis Langel and her father holding the door prize they won.
Thank you to the families and staff that participated in the Samuel Gaines Academy Literacy Night, parents learned about the 100 book challenge while the students picked out a book to read to their parents and also choose a book to take home to keep. The evening ended with a spaghetti dinner and door prizes. Pictured is first grader Anthonia Hudson excitedly reading to her mother Lorraine Robinson while her brother, kindergartner Anthony Hudson II looks through his book.
Gaines Academy kindergarten and pre kindergarten students enjoyed many activities for the 100th day of school, including making hats and glasses. Pictured as very old ladies are pre-K teacher Cindy Hedrick and paraprofessional Catherine Mills.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy is proud to acknowledge the following students for reading all 15 Sunshine State Young Reader’s books for the year. Pictured, from left, are fourth grader Erin Buchanon, eighth grader Jennifer Teran, seventh grader Michaela Kelly, and eighth grader Terry Revange. Students were awarded with certificates, and ice cream party, pizza party, trophy, and T-Shirts. Congratulations,
students, keep reading!
Samuel S. Gaines Academy second grade teachers Amanda Hayes, left, as Bad Kitty and Eileen Repoli as Amelia Bedelia joined with students, faculty and other staff members celebrating Character Day recently, dressing up as their favorite story book character.
AVID students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Samuel S. Gaines spent a day at Broward College’s Tigertail Lakes activity center. Students participated in high ropes course, low ropes course, and teambuilding activities throughout the course of the day. The trip was designed to strengthen collaborative and critical thinking skills within grade levels. The students learned many valuable skills that will be used in the classroom setting, including positive team interactions, and had a great time challenging both their minds and bodies on the course. Pictured from left are seventh grade students Loudridge Josue, Shirley Armendariz, Rodrigo Vega-Duran, Karla Ortiz-Duran, Jasper Magnuson working as a team passing carpet squares to cross the fire swamp.
The 5th GRADE FLAG LEADERSHIP INIATIVE was started based on the administration’s vision to create a system in which a daily ceremony occurs of raising and lowering the American and FL State flag daily. Identifying 5th grade as the chosen grade for this initative would build leadership capacity with our older elementary age students. Students were taught the proper procedures for folding and caring for the flags.
We are very thankful to have our very own Veteran Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, teacher at SGA teach our 5th grade student leaders important facts about our American flag. 5th grade teachers chose the 5th graders based on their positive character and willingness to be a model student leader in the classroom.
There are so many people in St. Lucie Public Schools that go great things every day for our students, teachers, staff and community. At the June 10th School Board Meeting, three individuals from our Information Technology Services (ITS) Department were presented the STAR Award with special thanks and recognition for all the tireless weekends they put in resolving problems and ensuring that students, parents, teachers, and staff can accomplish their daily tasks. Because of what they do in the background we are better able to serve.
They are Carmen Kizmann-Programmer Analyst, Pedro Balderas-Data Base Analyst, and James Dunn-Data Processing Manager.
Pictured are: Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Michelle Jerger (Student Assignment), Carmen Kizmann (ITS), and Genelle Yost (Superintendent).