Southport Middle School’s Bobcats recently participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program by sending a touch of home to the U.S. military. The students created thank you holiday cards to share their appreciation for the sacrifices members of the Armed Forces make each day to protect our freedoms. Back row, from left, are Osmel Artiaga, Kristina Niederhauser, Dylan James, Kyle Dutton, and Anthony Ortega. Middle row ,from left, are Alesha Johnson, Tiara Perch, Melissa Rispoli, and Steffon Madramootoo. Front row, from left, are Josephine DeBiase and Chris Pietkewicz.
A new group of Book Buddies and Beyond students from Southport Middle search for great books at the Morningside public library to read to the eagerly awaiting kindergartners in Amy Spurr’s classroom at Morningside Elementary. Pictured from right, are Jade Groth and Megan Edmunds, Nicole Hastings.
Southport Middle School students were the first to spend Cane Cash to have lunch together at the new PBS hot spot on campus. Principal Lydia Martin and Assistant Principal Nicole Telese stopped by to see students enjoying cool conversation in the relaxing atmosphere, dining in comfort with their friends at the new PBS Canes VIP Luncheon located in the SPMS cafeteria. Pictured, from left, are Jessica Pratt, Taylor Cotton, Principal Lydia Martin, Wade Akins, Alexander Pineda, Sergio Beniquez Gomez and Assistant Principal Nicole Telese.
Southport Middle School art teacher Judith Hough and her students, along with the cafeteria manager and staff ran an art contest for My.Plate. The students were able to choose from each food group and create a drawing using food as the base for the picture. Students were awarded School Lunch “Let’s Grow Healthy” pencils for participating. First place student Shaqwan Brown won a $25.00 gift card to Walmart. Second place students received a jump rope and My Walking Fitness Guide and Recorder for Kids.
The National Junior Honor Society at Southport Middle School is helping the PTO assemble food baskets for the holidays for some Southport families. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Welker, Kaylee Tolliver, Lucia Cabanela This is another way that students are learning to care for the needs of the community and make a positive impact when ever possible.
Northport K-8 School is proud to announce the school based Volunteer of the Year, Rosemary Lambert and the Senior Volunteer of the Year, Bill Arnold. Mrs. Lambert has dedicated her services to the school on a daily basis for the last three years. She is on campus each day volunteering in the choral and band departments, sewing and cooking in the culinary department and generally assisting wherever she is needed. Mr. Arnold has been a fixture at the school for the last four years. He has been an integral asset in bringing the school’s Veteran Partners In Education program to fruition. Through his service and the service of the veterans cadre, the school won the District award for Parent and Community Involvement for the 2010- 2011 school year.
Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast prepared with all the fixings by the cafeteria staff. The food was delicious and the students and guests had a great time. Pictured, from left, are kindergartner Maya Wright, her Mom and her younger student as they enjoy their feast!
Students in Andrea Porte’s third grade class at St. Lucie Elementary had a good time reading their favorite books in their pajamas at the Positive Behavior Support Reading Camp-In. Enjoying their books, from left, are Lizbet Venegas, Ryan Maldonado, Kendrick Bailey, Henry Jones, and Isabel Maldonado.
Northport K-8 second graders welcomed Hobe Sound Nature Preserve into classrooms to learn about different types of owls and their eating habits. The program Directors, Ms. Debbie and Mr. Traci, brought two live owls and owl pellets to the classrooms for students to inspect and dissect. Students became expert researchers as they picked, poked and prodded their way through the pellets. Students found mouse and rat skulls, bones, ribs, hair, jaw bones, teeth and hip bones inside the pellets. Students completed their scientific research by making sorting charts and aligning the specific bone to a diagram. This reseach offers second graders a unique opportunity to learn about food chains, natural history, bone structure and skeletal anatomy of rodents. Pictured is second grade teacher Denise Fields with two students.
Northport K-8 seventh grade students in De Green’s science classes are studying the electromagnetic spectrum. As microwave ovens are a form of radio waves within this spectrum, the student research teams developed individual tests that could be performed with popcorn kernals. Tests varied widely but examples are, “does kernal location in the microwave affact popping success?” and “If a kernal is not in a wrapper, will it pop in the microwave?” When the data was analyzed and conclusions reached by each research team, success was celebrated by popping a bag of popcorn for student consumption. What an outstanding and unique opportunity for students researchers to learn the scientific method.
The student council of St. Lucie Elementary recently held a food drive to benefit the Harvest Food and Outreach Center. Jakob Warren, Ramon Aguilar and Yasmin Enriquez from Holly Stephen’s first grade class proudly display canned goods their class collected.
Northport K-8 students in Georgia Stone’s sixth grade class enjoy a unique PBS or Positive Behavior Support activity. Students are using critical thinking skills, following directions and team building techniques to produce an authentic product. After viewing Mrs. Stone modeling crocheting techniques, reading exact directions and getting the yarn and hooks together and understanding the tools, students are refining techniques to make their own scarves. Students will give the scarves as gifts or enjoy for themselves. Students did an excellent job decoding instructions, monitoring each others progress and cultivating a positive classroom community that is celebrated with enthusiasm.
Do you have fond memories of sitting in a circle and being read to in the school library? Not too much has changed as kindergartners prepare to listen to a new book, Library Lily, read by F. K. Sweet Elementary school media specialist Jeanie DuPell.
Second grade students in Traci Lott’s class at F.K. Sweet Elementary are busy identifying vowel digraphs at a word work center during the Daily Literacy Routine. From left, Dylan Rizzo, Preston Zinter, Benjamin Nissinoff, Abbey Brosnihan, and Feliciano Jean are enjoying working together as a team.
Jonathan Colon and Bakari Mosley, fourth grade students in Kim Yoder’s class at F.K. Sweet Elementary, are working together on solving long division problems with remainders. What’s with the socks? It is an easy and fast way to wipe the white boards after checking over their work.
The Rivers Edge Elementary student canned food drive was a huge success! The food was distributed to many families and everyone was grateful for the help during the holiday season. Pictured, from left, are students from Sandra Foley’s fourth grade class Esbeydy Dumas, Pasquale Giallongo, Derrick Brooks, Kayla Mayes and Megan Dugan.
Second graders Junior Edmond, Miles Biglin, and Alessandra Martinez in Julia Melville’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary are using base ten blocks while learning to subtract with regrouping. Go Math emphasizes the daily use of manipulatives to help students use a hands on approach for mastery of math skills.
F.K. Sweet technology teacher Michelle Adrian is busy helping third grade students Jakissia Wheeler and Kamryn Gardner create a holiday wish list while using Desk Top Publishing. Students use this program throughout the year for publishing stories and writing letters. Students this year are also enjoying using Quizlet.com for multiplication practice.
As part of participating in The Great American Smoke Out recently, students in the West Gate K-8 SWAT chapter created and unveiled a pledge board filled with pledges from friends and loved ones who promised to quit smoking for a day. This was in conjunction with the monthly Tobacco Free Partnership meeting that was hosted by West Gate K-8. Pictured, from left, are Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Kelsey Melandes and Noah Binner, co-secretaries, Andrea Arvelo, president, Gregg Austin, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Kayla Moccia, ambassador, Dan Regis, American Cancer Society St. Lucie Co. representative, Brittany Wesley, ambassador, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Josie DeFrancesco, vice president, Officer Richard Swiderski, School Resource Officer, and Jordan Hilton, ambassador. Also in attendance were St. Lucie County School Board Chairman Carol Hilson and Area Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chris Taylor.
Students from West Gate K-8 were recently visited by Rick Bender, a cancer survivor. Rick is a motivational speaker who shares his story of surviving throat cancer after losing a section of his face to illustrate the dangers of spitless tobacco. He had the students captivated with his personal story and the information he imparted about the big tobacco companies that target the youth. From left to right: Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Rick Bender, Cancer Survivor/motivational speaker, and Serena DeFrank, Health Educator with the Saint Lucie County Dept. of Health.