Arielle Fountain represented Fort Pierce Westwood in Gainesville at the FFA Agriculture Education Career Development Event (CDE) and placed in the top six to advance to the State contest in June!
Arielle developed a lesson plan, taught UF professors, and took a written test on the standards she was assigned to teach!
She plans to major in Ag Ed at the University of Florida, and is off to a great start!
Mariposa Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind team led by Mrs. Jennifer Scipioni competed in the Palms Regional tournament in Riviera Beach, Florida. They competed in Division 1 for problem number 5 titled “Furs, Fins, Feathers and Friends.” They were one out of eight teams that decided to solve this problem. To solve this problem they created a comedic play about three animal friends (a hummingbird, a black panther, and a puffer fish) that helped a stranger get new pants, helped each other think positively with an adventure song, and helped all animals survive by finding King Arthur the Ant and helping him get back home.
All of their hard work paid off because they placed 2nd in their competition! A video of their performance was recorded to play over the morning announcements. If you see Samantha Gardner, Justin Horton, James Phillips, Sydnee Rubenstein, Alexandra “Allie” Smith, or Janellie Alvarez, make sure you congratulate them on their well-earned achievement. Plans are already underway to help prepare for next year’s competition. The team is already sad that Allie won’t be able to participate next year because she is moving to middle school. The search for her replacement is not going to be easy.
Thursday, April 7th was Mosaic Digital Academy Night at Tradition Field — a fundraising event for the St. Lucie Public School.
Principal Jeanne Ziemba threw the first pitch for the evening’s game!
On Wednesday, October 28, the Van Duzer Foundation hosted a fund raiser for Rivers Edge Principal, Kerri Walukiewicz, at the Big Apple Pizza near IRSC. Feeling like a family reunion, people from all over the county attended, ate dinner, donated blood, tested to be a donor and participated in the multiple raffles. Multiple generous businesses and a packed house brought in lots of love and over $14,000!
The Walukiewicz family would like to express their heart felt thank you to everyone who donated, organized and attended. To quote Kerri Walukiewicz, “There are no words to truly express how overwhelmed my heart is with gratefulness.”
Students in Melanie Francisco’s class enjoyed roll playing Zero the Hero while learning about the value of the number zero. Sara Jones, Evan Shaw, Drayden McLaughlin, Addison Burgess, and Jeremiah Hill loved soaring throughout the classroom with their classmates to number songs and finger plays, wearing their super hero masks.
Students from Windmill Point Elementary’s second grade classes enjoyed a field trip to the South Florida Science Museum. Shannon Sivalls and her students visit the prehistoric section of the museum.
Students in Grades K-5 ran laps to raise funds for Morningside PTO. Throughout the previous week Boosterthon personnel (funrun.com) and the PTO conducted a pep rally, sent out information, and presented fitness, leadership and character lessons as the students participated. Sponsors and parents pledged per lap or a set amount to help the students, and each students goal was to walk, dance, hop, or run 35 mini laps.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held a school wide “Fun Run” for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (P.B.I.S.) as a fundraiser. Each grade level had a special day where they went outside for activities such as walking, dancing, team sports, hula hooping, jump roping, etc. Students were able to bring their own I-pods to listen to as they were getting exercise at the different stations set up for them. At the end of the event students were given drinks and healthy snacks. The money raised will go back to the classrooms to purchase positive rewards for the students. The event was a huge success and the students had a blast! Pictured is all the students in third grade that participated along with their teachers at the end of the event.
The kindergarten classes at Frances K. Sweet listened to the story, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” in the media center with Mrs. Laura Glennon. After retelling the story to their friends, they created an edible craft of Pigeon driving the bus. They students really enjoyed this delicious treat! Pictured: Eden Wagerer ready to eat her bus.
The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
We are proud of Ms. Davenport’s accomplishments!
Ft. Pierce Westwood kicked off the 2014-2015 school year with a celebration of hope. The Tunnel of Hope is a yearly tradition at Westwood. As students came into the school the very first day of classes, staff was assembled in formation, waving banners, singing the “Happy” song and clapping. Mr. Rivera, a reading teacher at Ft. Pierce Westwood explained that each year students depart their buses only to be surprised at the warm welcome they receive. Mr. Rivera stated, it gives the students an understanding that the whole staff shares in the common welfare of each and every Westwood student. “We love what we do here at Westwood and we want the students to know we are here for them.”
Members of the Fort Pierce Westwood High School Panther Battalion took a day from work, school and friends to show their interest and commitment in their community by cleaning up Pepper Park. The cadets cleaned up Pepper Park in an effort to clean up their community. Afterwards, the cadets had fun playing sports, getting to know each other and having a barbeque. Pictured are cadets from the Ft Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion.
Westwood HS is excited to take part in Special Olympics-Project Unify!
Students from Mrs. Cooper’s class are ready and rearing to go!!!
Pictured from left to right with the students are: Dwayne Chapman (ESE School Based Specialist), Jill Willette (District Athletic Director), Lucresha Reeves-Robinson (Head Coach), Anne Cooper (Teacher), Lisa Bailey (ESE School Based Specialist) & John Lynch (Westwood HS Principal)
Members of the Fort Pierce Rotary Club recently visited Samual S. Gaines Academy and presented all third grade students with a free dictionary. Pictured is Rotarian Stephen Neil with students receiving their very own dictionaries!
The Fort Pierce Central High School Fishing Club held its monthly Bass Club Tournament at Lake Okeechobee recently with 10 student anglers entered on five boats. It was a picture postcard morning that proved to be a great day on the lake for the competitors. Eight of the 10 student anglers weighed in, and the total for the day was 20 bass weighing in at 34 lbs 12 oz! the largest catch by a 5.77 pound fish caught by Will McKee, pictured. Thanks to the East Coast Bass Anglers Fishing Club out of Fort Pierce, which provided boat captains for the tournament. Prizes were donated by D.O.A. Fishing Lures and East Coast Bass Anglers Bass Club for the winning anglers. The top finishers were: first, Will McKee, five fish totalling 12 lbs. 5 oz.; second, Trenton Stewart, four fish totalling 7 lbs. 2 oz.; third, Ted Rudzinski, three fish totalling five lbs. seven oz.; fourth, Rue Kindred, two fish totalling three lbs. four oz.; fifth, Brianna Morris, two fish totalling two lbs. three oz.; sixth, Tyler Smith, two fish totalling two lbs. eight oz.; and seventh, Valerie Busch-Smith, FPCHS teacher and assistant club advisor, with one fish at one 1 lb. nine oz.
The Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC Raiders team competed recently in regional competition among 16 Florida high schools and 49 teams to qualify for state competition. The Cobra battalion brought four teams a male team under Cadet Master Sergeant James Lowery and a second male mixed team under Cadet Staff Sergeant Daniel Grundstrom. The first male mixed team, under Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grundstrom, brought home third place in the three mile team run. The female team under Cadet Major Kayla Hartseil placed third in the three mile team run, third place in the rope bridge and third place overall. The members of the all female Raider team are Cadet Sergeant Alyssa Charles, Cadet Major Guadalupe Velasco, Cadet Sergeant First Class Nicole Geldmaker, Cadet Major Kayla Hartseil, Cadet Captain Gabriella Hernandez, Cadet Private Judi Moody, Cadet Sergeant Ariel Baldwin, and Cadet Sergeant Alyssa Leal.
Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC cadets presented the National Colors at the St. Lucie County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner recently in Port St. Lucie, where U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was the keynote speaker. Pictured with Rubio are, from left, Senior Army Instructor Lt. Colonel Nevarez, Veronica Acevedo, Gabriella Hernandez, Rubio, James Lowery and Devin Morris.
Mariposa students and staff held a surprise “tunnel of support” for students taking the FSA test to show the students how proud we are of their hard work and to help motivate them to do their best. Younger students from each class made signs and posters encouraging their peers. Students lined up on each side of the outside hallways with their signs. They cheered and held up their signs while the students walked through the tunnel. This event meant a great deal to the students. At dismissal, a fifth grader told Literacy Coach Monica Almeida that now she doesn’t feel nervous for her FSA test, and the parade made her feel really special. Music teacher Chad Guess had his after school music program drummers lead the parade throughout the school. The drummers pictured are Tanya Lima, Corbin Hahn, Andrea Henandez, and Lehla Badillo. It was a great parade!
The students and parents of White City Elementary participated in FSA Parent Night. Grades 3-5 families worked cooperatively to learn about FSA questions, writing rubric, and how iReady and SLC Unit Assessments are used to monitor students’ progress. It was an informative parent event.