Southport Middle School students research social issues of 1930s

Southport Middle School students research social issues of 1930s

Southport Middle School seventh graders participated in a carousel activity to develop context for Mildred D. Taylor’s novel “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” Students were assigned research topics and worked in groups to design posters on economic and social issues of the 1930s. The students then used the posters to teach their classmates about their research topic. By the end of the activity, all students were equipped with background knowledge the 1930s and prepared for a deep understanding of the issues faced by the Logan family and other characters in the novel. Pictured are Jelisea McIntyre, from left, Stephanie Brumlop, Danielle Timbo and Emily Schwartz.

Port St. Lucie High pre-law students visit college pre-law program

Port St. Lucie High pre-law students visit college pre-law program

Port St. Lucie High teacher Valerie Arendas escorted 22 students in her Forensics, Paralegal & Criminal Justice program interested in a pre-law course of study recently to Keiser University for a fun, interactive and educational field trip. Students met the judge presiding over a mock case and were sworn in as witnesses, and a jury deliberated the case presented to them. Pictured are the students in the college reception area.

Mariposa Elementary students hear messages about respect and academic excellence

Mariposa Elementary students hear messages about respect and academic excellence

Students and staff at Mariposa Elementary School recently enjoyed an assembly with remarks presented by the esteemed international Strength Team, rated #1 in the nation for school assembly programs. The group’s presentations promote anti-bullying, anti-peer pressure, anti-drugs, and anti-alcohol, while respecting others and academic excellence. A great morning was had by all with this motivating message on making the right choices and was received with applause, laughter, and cheering. Pictured is one of the team members addressing a question from the audience.

Storybook character visits F. K. Sweet to promote reading

Storybook character visits F. K. Sweet to promote reading

Clifford the Big Red Dog recently visited Frances K. Sweet Elementary School to promote the school’s fall book fair. Pictured is Clifford (Justin Adrian) with student Alex Neil with his purchase from the book fair. All profits from the book fair will be used to purchase new books for the Media Center.

F. K. Sweeet first graders learn about colors

F. K. Sweeet first graders learn about colors

First grade students at F. K. Sweet Elementary School have been learning about colors. They started with a black piece of paper and created the center of a sunflower with the neutral brown. Next, they used warm colors to create the petals. Last, they used cool colors to create a dot pattern in the background. The students noticed how the warm colors come forward and cool colors recede. Pictured in Cary Schott’s art resource class, top row from left, are Fayth Coley, Brandon Padilla Costilla, and Kanosha Hartwell. Bottom row, from left, Iris Vargas, and Nathan Downey.

St. Lucie Elementary students support troops

St. Lucie Elementary students support troops

Kinde3rgartners at St. Lucie Elementary School recently wrote thank you notes and made paper doll soldiers for members of unit 1-44 AMD in Fort Hood, Texas.  Kindergarten teacher Suzanne Burke hand-delivered the notes personally to her daughter’s unit over Veteran’s Day weekend.

Northport school family gives thanks for many blessings

Northport school family gives thanks for many blessings

Northport K-8 School administration, teachers, tutors and staff came together for a special Thanksgiving luncheon recently to count blessings and share camaraderie. The turkeys were carved by Principal Glenn Rustay for each of the lunch sessions and each administrator thanked the staff for digging in their heels and doing the very important and difficult work of educating students. The Thanksgiving luncheon is an annual event at Northport. The 28-year old school is steeped in tradition while constantly analyzing, evaluating and implementing new educational initiatives. The joy and beauty of the holiday season is not lost on the Northport K-8 School community! Pictured are Principaln Rustay and his administrative team as well as a sampling of teachers and staff.

Northport second graders share lesson of sharing

Northport second graders share lesson of sharing

Northport K-8 School parents packed the second grade classroom of teacher Lorena Paez recently as her students performed a rousing rendition of the fable, “Stone Soup.” Students demonstrated their fluency skills in a Readers Theater performance to concerned and attentive parents and then sang a song about sharing and Thanksgiving. The moral of the story “Stone Soup” fit into the classroom lesson as well as the mission of the school that caring and giving, even just a little, make for a better and stronger community. Pictured are Mrs. Paez, parents, family members and second graders.

Southport Middle School students combine history and art studies

Southport Middle School students combine history and art studies

Students at Southport Middle School are joining forces to combine the study of art and history. Eighth grade students rolled out clay slabs, and sixth grade students are working on Mesopotamian red clay table. Pictured are students in Linda Doyle’s class, who joined seventh grade students in making hand-built and press-mold clay bowls using coils, spirals, and spheres of clay. Students are working on the red clay tablets with Phoenician coded messages in collaboration with the social studies department. Pictured, from left, are Jakahl Hurst, Ms. Doyle, Jayde Davidson, Kaylin Beverly, Katherine Avra and Skylar Willoughby.

Lakewood Park families enjoy special night at local restaurant

Lakewood Park families enjoy special night at local restaurant

Lakewood Park Elementary students had the opportunity recently to visit a local restaurant during a teacher’s night. Teachers and staff worked the front desk, drive through window and made french fries, while free food item certificates were awarded to the students who could recite the Kid’s at Hope Pledge to Principal Dianne Young and Assistant Principal Tammy Smith. A percentage of the proceeds of the event will be returned to the school and will be used for incentives for students.  Staff member Simone Catrambone donated her time to paint faces for the students. Thanks go to the parents, students, staff, and restaurant staff for making this a successful event. Principal Young, Assistant Principal Smith, and restaurant owner Mr. Abirshami listen to students say the Kids at Hope Pledge.

Lawnwood Elementary teacher challenges his colleagues for holiday food drive

Lawnwood Elementary teacher challenges his colleagues for holiday food drive

Lawnwood Elementary School fifth grade teacher James Johnson has challenged his colleagues to match or beat the amount of food his students have collected for the upcoming holiday season. Johnson boasted that his is such a caring class this year, he is excited to see how enthused they are to help others during the holiday season. Johnson is pictured with students Giselle Cerda, center, and Phillip Adams.

Southern Oaks students mix art and history

Southern Oaks students mix art and history

Students in Todd Hibbard’s sixth grade class at Southern Oaks Middle School recently completed their extra credit Sumerian clay tablets. Students submitted over 80 tablets. Pictured, from left, are Bernardo Desir, Dominic Adams, Logan Feldherr, Caden Ayers and John Lamplough, who are just a few of the students whose tablets are on display. Sumerian clay tablets were written in cuneiform and were used to keep track of records and trade many centuries ago. Cuneiform uses wedge shaped symbols to represent objects. Students get really involved when they get to mix art with history.  

Southern Oaks Middle School supports local holiday food drive

Southern Oaks Middle School supports local holiday food drive

Southern Oaks Middle School faculty and staff raised $546 for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, which will provide 3,822 meals across the Treasure Coast this Thanksgiving. The campaign was led by seventh grade science teacher Maureen Davis. Pictured is Assistant Principal Mary Beth Forsyth as she presents the monies raised to a Treasure Coast Food Bank representative.

Palm Pointe students wrap up algebraic functions unit

Palm Pointe students wrap up algebraic functions unit

The pre-algebra students in Michelle May’s classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently wrapped up their unit on linear functions, utilizing slope intercept form of an equation, finding constant rate of change and discovering how that relates to slope intercept form of an equation. They took to the outdoors for their unit review. The students were partnered and worked together to do each problem on the unit review on the sidewalks in the school with chalk to demonstrate their understanding… They loved the change of environment and really worked hard together!  Pictured are Ashley Petrow, left, and Gina Carvelli as they work together on their problems.

Mariposa Elementary second grade students present theater for parents

Mariposa Elementary second grade students present theater for parents

Second grade students at Mariposa Elementary School have been working since September with students from the Port St. Lucie High School drama department, playing drama games and learning about performing in front of an audience. Each class recently presented a Reader’s Theater for parents and families. Pictured are students from Leslie Reddinger’s class, from left, Kiki Hayward, Arrielle Jocelyn, and Kiarrah Jean-Baptiste, performing “The Tale of the Lazy People: A South-African Fable.”

Jaguars qualify for state Raider meet

Jaguars qualify for state Raider meet

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team travelled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Raider meet qualifier, which included 10 schools from St. Lucie, Martin, Broward and Palm Beach County. The competitions were cross country rescue, truck pull, fitness test, rope bridge and a five kilometer team run. The female Raider Team placed second overall, took first place in cross country rescue and truck pull, second place in rope bridge, and third place in fitness test. The male Raider team also placed second overall, first in 5k run, and second in cross country rescue. Both the male and the female Raider teams qualified for the State Raider meet. Pictured is the Jaguar team. Photo by Jaffrey Murankus.

Floresta Elementary top earner for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Floresta Elementary top earner for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Floresta Elementary School took top honors this year as the school that collected the most donations for the 2013 Bowl for Kids Sake event held in September. Floresta Elementary raised $1,775.00 this year, made possible through the concerted efforts of individuals who are passionate about a cause. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the nation’s largest bowling event that raises critical funds to support the mentoring relationships of Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS). Floresta Elementary School has stood strong in its commitment to be a part of the important work BBBS continues to do for children in the area. Over the last ten years, Floresta Elementary School has raised $24,775.00 for BBBS, and continues to do whatever possible to advocate for children.  A huge thank you to Cemera Clancy for organizing the event at the school level, and to everyone who supported these efforts through participation and/or donations for this worthwhile cause. Pictured is the group from Floresta Elementary at the event. Submitted by Suzanne Diaz.

Lunabiotics brings creativity to Southern Oaks

Lunabiotics brings creativity to Southern Oaks

Representatives from Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics team recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School to meet with the students whose team took fifth place last spring among 50 international teams competing in the fourth annual NASA Lunabotics Mining competition. The team came to Southern Oaks and put on three presentations: the first session involved dissecting an edible asteroid, where students looked at all the layers and were then able to eat it; next session, students were given characteristics of  a creature and based on those characteristics they then had to draw what it looked like; and last, students were shown the robot that was used at the competitions. Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics Team built this robot from the ground up.  After the presentation students were given an opportunity to navigate the robot around the room.

St. Lucie public schools open Nov. 25-26

St. Lucie County Public Schools will be open on Monday and Tuesday November 25-26, 2013, for students and staff. District offices will be open Wednesday, November 27, and all school operations will be closed November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more calendar information, please check the district calendar posted on the district web site.

Southern Oaks Middle students learn marketing and science work together

Southern Oaks Middle students learn marketing and science work together

Pictured from left, Southern Oaks Middle School students Anthony Cannon, Mackenzie Troha, Gianna Gutierrez, Isabellah Hariharan and Eric Bejarano in Maureen Davis’s science classes are using their math, language and science skills in a lab project making toothpaste. The students create, color, flavor, and name their product, and create a jingle or slogan and prepare a short commercial to sell their product. Each member of the group was responsible for one of the tasks to be completed and they must collaboratively agree on each step. Several district representatives were on hand to observe and learn.