Students and staff enjoy PBS dance at F.K. Sweet

Students and staff enjoy PBS dance at F.K. Sweet

Teachers and students alike enjoyed the Positive Behavior Support dance recently at Frances K. Sweet Elementary.  Students from kindergarten to fifth grade came together for this after school dance. They enjoyed snacks and time with their friends and teachers. Pictured is Donna Hellums on the dance floor with a group of students.

Fairlawn Elementary students honor veterans

Fairlawn Elementary students honor veterans

Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School recently held a special program honoring veterans in commemoration of their service to our country. Students wrote and performed original songs and a special play to show their appreciation. In addition, all students presented a letter to the veterans. Pictured are LeeAnna Masters and Captain Mike Seale, a former Marine who served 12 years active duty and continues service with the National Guard.

Veteran dad visits during special celebration at F. K. Sweet Elementary

Veteran dad visits during special celebration at F. K. Sweet Elementary

After participating in the Tribute to Veterans celebration at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School, Richard Soricelli, Seargent in the U.S. Army, spoke to his daughter’s fourth grade class.  Mr. Soricelli shared pictures, equipment, and items that he brought back from Iraq. The students in Elish Mancuso’s class were engaged and interested as they learned information about Army life. Pictured is Seargent Soricelli with his daughter Mackenzie.

Students sock hop to celebrate 60 years

Students sock hop to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty School media specialist Diane Laster models clothing from the 1950s in anticipation of the school’s 60th anniversary celebration this weekend. The school opened its doors in 1953. This week, students participated in a 1950’s style sock-hop in the original gym.  Pictured with Ms. Laster is former Dan McCarty social studies teacher Joseph Noel who currently serves at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts.

Lakewood Park Elementary School literacy event a huge success

Lakewood Park Elementary School literacy event a huge success

Lakewood Park Elementary School first grade teachers, pictured from left, Hayley Peeler, MaryJane Kimball, Breannan Hooks, Jennifer Lusardi and Alyssa Tretter dress as their favorite story book character for the school’s recent “Our Characters on the Red Carpet” literacy event. During the evening event, activities were available for parents and their children to assist with reading and writing skills, and a special Make and Take session for ELL students and their parents was a big hit. Stories were read by teachers and staff in full dress as their favorite book characters. Principal Dianne Young and Assistant Principal Tammy Smith ran a Bingo for Books game, where students could win and choose a grade appropriate-book. There was also a Scholastic Book Fair for students in the media center. It was an educational, fun filled night that students and parents enjoyed very much.  Thanks to the parents and students, who came dressed as their favorite book character, school staff and teachers for coming and making the night a successful one, and aspecial thanks to Mattie Deubel for spearheading the event. 

Northport reading mentorships flourishing

Northport reading mentorships flourishing

Members of the Reading Leadership team at Northport K-8 School are offering reading mentorships to students across the campus. Book selections are based on student choice and interests. The mentorships are flourishing and students are excited to be part of the club memberships. The three opportunities for students being presented are “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper and “Oonawasee Summer” by Melissa Forney. The clubs will continue throughout the school year giving students the opportunity to join reading mentorship groups and forge ahead stretching their minds with reading concepts. Pictured with math coach Josie Bailey are a group of third graders from John Fallon’s class enjoying the book “Oonawasee Summer!”

Palm Pointe students enjoy pumpkin capers

Palm Pointe students enjoy pumpkin capers

Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently spent the morning unraveling math and science mysteries about pumpkins! Through hands-on activities, students measured the weight, height, and volume of their pumpkin. They then created a bar graph comparing the data that they collected. Students predicted how many seeds were in their pumpkins and also used estimation strategies on a HUGE jar of candy corn. A fun day was had by all!  Pictured is Victoria Cornelius with her fourth grade students.

Northport commemorates Veterans Day

Northport commemorates Veterans Day

Northport K-8 School participated in the annual commemoration of Veteran’s Day recently by inviting 18 veterans from all branches of the military, all with a variety of rank,s into classrooms. Veterans spoke openly with students about the United States military and their own role in their service to our country. Students listened intently and then asked in-depth questions and made heartfelt inquiries about each veteran’s career, including talks about patriotism and the importance of a solid, self motivated education. The Veteran Partners in Education program is a vital piece of the educational pie at Northport K-8 School. Thousands of students have been educated about thrilling aspects of American History and the military through the veteran’s programming. An annual September 11 tribute, a Korean War Interactive program and the Veteran’s Day commemoration are just a few of the school’s planned events. An Honor Flight program, a program spotlighting Normandy Beach with highlights from World War II, and a lifelong submariner’s experiences are still on the educational agenda for the year. Local veterans from across Saint Lucie County will participate in the eighth grade graduation as the Sons of the American Revolution pass out flags to each graduating eighth grader and their families. American history and instilling the love and pride of country is a strident part of the Northport K-8 educational experience. Pictured are veterans, student ambassadors and Northport principal Glenn Rustay.

Veterans pay a special visit to Windmill Point Elementary

Veterans pay a special visit to Windmill Point Elementary

It was another fun-filled, Kids at Hope day at Windmill Point Elementary as students welcomed local veterans to celebrate Veterans Day with students and staff. The special day began with a warm and enthusiastic tunnel that honored the veterans. They were truly touched by the decorated main hall and the many students waving flags and posters thanking them for their service. The special guests visited every class and spoke about the meaning of freedom and their experiences in the military. Students learned just how fortunate it is to live in a country in which freedom is valued and how the veterans have allowed us to remain free. Pictured, Windmill Point students, staff and families give special thanks to Vincent La Valle, Dennis Petrinik and Beth Bowden, for teaching us all life-long learned lessons, and a wonderful Veterans Day wish for this year!

Lawnwood Elementary teachers earn foundation grant to support student skills

Lawnwood Elementary teachers earn foundation grant to support student skills

Lawnwood Elementary School teachers Ashlay Parker and Theresa Brandifino received a grant from the St. Lucie Education Foundation for funds to create a Saturday Academy at Lawnwood Elementary. The goal of the  Academy is to help targeted students improve their scores on the FCAT by providing an increase in time focusing on skills. Over a six-week, half-day Saturday program, third, fourth, and fifth graders will receive intense reading and math instruction. In addition, fifth graders will be exposed to a hands-on science curriculum. The six weeks will culminate with a celebration of their participation and success. Pictured are Parker, left, and Brandifino discussing Saturday Academy curriculum.

Palm Pointe students enjoy favorite annual project

Palm Pointe students enjoy favorite annual project

Third grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition chose a fictional book from the media center and described the main character’s traits in the story. Students explained how the character’s actions contributed to evidence regarding their traits, motivations or feelings. Additionally, students designed a flow map, and wrote a response to literature. Lastly, students decorated and designed their pumpkin to look like their main character. This Pumpkin People Project is a Palm Pointe favorite and a tradition for many years to come! Pictured is Kristina White proudly displaying her pumpkin decorated as a dog and holding her report.

Dan McCarty anticipates 60th anniversary celebration

Dan McCarty anticipates 60th anniversary celebration

During the weekend of November 9th, 2013, the staff and families of Dan McCarty School will celebrate its 60th anniversary. There are many enjoyable activities planned that will start at 2PM Saturday, November 9, in the school’s gym. Remember to wear green! The school is located at Mississippi Avenue and 13th Street north of Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

Weatherbee Elementary kicks off motivational reading challenge

Weatherbee Elementary kicks off motivational reading challenge

Ronald McDonald visited Weatherbee Elementary School recently to ignite the Fall Reading Challenge to all students at the school. This program entitled “Bookin’ with Ronald McDonald” helps motivate students to read more often and with excitement, because reading is fun and will help them to succeed in the future. There was a commitment of all students to read over 2,500 books collectively before December 11. When students meet and exceed this goal, the school’s administrators and staff have vowed to happily work at a local restaurant cooking and serving the McDonald’s menu to all who attend.

Weatherbee Elementary students collect food for local charity

Weatherbee Elementary students collect food for local charity

Throughout the month of October, students at Weatherbee Elementary School participated in a food drive to assist the Salvation Army. This was another shining example of the Kids at Hope philosophy (Community and Service) at work at Weatherbee Elementary. This event was coordinated by Roberta Weil with the help of the Weatherbee Elementary Safety Patrol officers. Classrooms participated in creating decorated boxes to collect the food and over 320 pounds of food was collected.  Way to go, Mariners! Pictured, from left, are Hailee Belcher, Ludj Simon, Veslu Edwards and Matthew Wilkinson with some of the items collected.

F. K. Sweet fourth graders explore mass

F. K. Sweet fourth graders explore mass

Students in Elish Mancuso’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School explore the mass of the edible portion of a banana after reading interesting and intriguing information about bananas, and making predictions. The students used balance scales to measure the whole banana, the banana peel, and then determined the percentage that was edible. As a conclusion to their experiment, they enjoyed banana smoothies! Pictured, from left, are Elijha McArthur, Ava McGoorty, and Garion Miller.

F. K. Sweet students explore ancient Egypt

F. K. Sweet students explore ancient Egypt

Students in Stacey Johnson’s third grade gifted class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School proudly display their mummy and sarcophagus projects created during a study of the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Andreacchio, Alexis McEwen, and Quinn Stephenson.

Students enjoy inquiry labs at F. K. Sweet

Students enjoy inquiry labs at F. K. Sweet

The students in Betty Mayberry’s fifth grade science class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School performed an exciting inquiry lab to determine ways to separate mixtures by magnetic force, filtration, and boiling. Pictured are Allen Lin, left, and Taina Chery examining one of their mixtures.

Southport Middle School mentoring builds teacher, student bonds

Southport Middle School mentoring builds teacher, student bonds

Members of the faculty and staff at Southport Middle School regularly meet with students to mentor and support the students in their academic and extra-curricular goals and activities. Pictured, student Charnesia Willis, left, and teacher Mary Kurtz-Seiden enjoy morning tea time together as they discuss active reading strategies and various literature.

Northport students enjoy fall book selections

Northport students enjoy fall book selections

Northport K-8 School students are enjoying the Fall Book Fair immensely this year! Students, as well as parents and grandparents, are offered the opportunity to shop and make selections together at the media center supported fair. The book fair was open in the evening recently to accommodate families during the third grade parent night and will also be open to community members to congregate and shop for a balanced literacy plan for their children during the Title 1 Family Science Night. The fair is always an exciting time for students because they realize that the book fair is especially for them and opportunities are made available to visit the fair. A trivia contest is being offered and prizes are collected daily. Pictured, from left, are community volunteer Audrey Slater, second grade student from Barbara Greenood’s class Shea Ellsworth, and media clerk Sarah Lewis. Shea took plenty of time to select two chapter books, “The Story Book of Legend” by Shannon Hale and “Ghoul Friends Just Want To Have Fun” by Gitty Daneshvari.

Northport fifth graders enjoy benefits of special program

Northport fifth graders enjoy benefits of special program

Students in the Northport K-8 fifth grade classroom of Melanie Polascak have reaped the rewards of a very generous benefactor recently. Mrs. Polascak’s class was adopted through the website Adoptaclassroom.org by Katie Gilliam from Virginia. Katie, better known as “Aunt Katie” visited the fifth grade class on Halloween. She and her friends dressed as characters from the children’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz!” Ms. Gilliam donated the money specifically for school and classroom supplies and books for students. The children made an acrostic poem to be put into book format and will send to Aunt Katie when it is completed. Students have been corresponding with Katie all year and were finally grateful and thrilled to get to meet their benefactor. Pictured are Katie Gilliam dressed as the lion, adult friends dressed as characters and Mrs. Polascak and her students.