Palm Pointe students investigate types of matter

Palm Pointe students investigate types of matter

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have been working recently on deepening their knowledge of matter and its behavior by interactively looking at the properties and changes of atoms in different types of matter. Students focused their efforts on becoming experts in matter, mass, weight, volume and density. Students worked to calculate and identify the mass, volume and density of all different types of matter during their three days of laboratory investigation. First, students looked at different regular and irregular shaped (dominoes/bell-etc) household objects, and determined the objects mass and volume. Pictured are Criston Wilson, left, and Alberto Torres as they work together to find the volume of irregular objects in Heather Huszar’s eighth grade science class.

Gaines Academy supports worthwhile event

Gaines Academy supports worthwhile event

The recent county-wide Bowl for Kids Sake event was great fun for an important cause, as funds raised are used to help support such worthwhile programs as the AmeriCorps volunteer reading program. A big Gaines Academy K8 thank you to, from left pictured, Lisa Bollinger, Traci Wilke, Christen McCray, Mike Clarke and Duane Turner for their support.

Southport Middle School students learn about life through literacy

Southport Middle School students learn about life through literacy

Seventh grade students in Dielma Eusebio’s class at Southport Middle School are reading the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, which is set during the 1960s. Students connect with the characters and the era by dressing up as “greasers,” kids who encountered many challenges in their everyday life due to economic and social pressure. Students learn how appearance played a major role in the lives of these students. Pictured, from left, are Anahi Ortega, Sharron Dudash, Brandon Anderson, Johaan Feliciano-Alvarez, Logan Binkley and Blanca Compton.

Gaines Academy sixth grade students investigate aviation

Gaines Academy sixth grade students investigate aviation

Students in Christen McCray’s class at Gaines Academy K8 wrapped up a Nature of Science unit in which they investigated airplanes. Students flew airplanes made from various types of paper to see which would fly the farthest. Students applied the scientific method as they developed a hypothesis, collected, recorded, graphed, analyzed data, drew a conclusion and shared the results. Pictured is Johnnie Velasquez.

Southport Middle School morning news crew keeps school up to date

Southport Middle School morning news crew keeps school up to date

The WSPM Channel 2 Morning News crew at Southport Middle School brings fun and breaking news to students and staff every school day morning at 9:45. This fun and informative start to the day has students, faculty and staff involved in what is going on around their campus. News features included are “What’s for Lunch,” “What ‘Cha Reading Wednesdays,” current events, weather, the day’s planned events and much more! Southport Middle School media specialist Angela Mas works with the students to create, write and edit television programming material using real life technology. Pictured, from left, are front row, Brendan Gonzalez, Hanna Spurr, Haley Pollard, and Lexus Guthrie. Back row, from left, are Kevin Huynh, Sydney Cirasuolo, Alexandra Barrios, Josephine DeBiase, Valentina Tromba, Georvany Nonnombre and Jessica Pratt.

Allapattah Flats first graders get fire safety tips

Allapattah Flats first graders get fire safety tips

First graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 are investigating about fire safety with the help of retired Indian River County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Freeman.  Mr. Freeman read an informational text about firefighters and their responsibilities. He also brought his bunker gear including a helmet, boots, pants, coat, and gloves to show the first graders how firefighters stay safe. Students vigorously asked him questions about his gear, job, and his bravery.

Port Saint Lucie High cadets take top honors in regional meet

Port Saint Lucie High cadets take top honors in regional meet

The Jaguar Raider Team competed in its first Raider competition this year at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. Seven schools from St Lucie, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach counties competed in six extremely physically demanding events: cross country rescue, truck pull, fitness test, rope bridge, obstacle course, and three-mile team run. The Raider male team won first place overall, taking top honors in cross country rescue, fitness test, rope bridge, obstacle course, and three-mile team run and second place in the truck pull. The female Raider team tied for first place overall for females, and placed first in truck pull, rope bridge, obstacle course, and second in three-mile team run, fitness test and cross country rescue. Pictured are Jaguar Cadets at the awards ceremony. Photo by Tammie Lynn.

WestGate second grade scientists learn about developing hypotheses

WestGate second grade scientists learn about developing hypotheses

Second graders in Kelsey Schumacher’s class explored apples using the scientific method. As scientists, they posed several questions and generated a hypothesis. After gathering the necessary materials, they went to work in the classroom and the science lab to find out if their work supported their hypothesis. After the investigations were over, the students wrote conclusions and shared their findings with each other. Students in Janet Brewi’s middle school science classes then interviewed the younger scientists about their work.

Allapattah Flats students create atoms in science class

Allapattah Flats students create atoms in science class

Students in Joe Kline’s eighth grade science classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 have been recently studying atoms. The students completed a hands-on science lab where they created atoms from clay. Students had to create the protons, neutrons, and electrons. In addition, they are building their own periodic table using their own elements — all while calculating the important parts of the atom. Pictured, from left, are Jordan Williams and Matthew Madera.

Experiments matter at Allapattah Flats K8

Experiments matter at Allapattah Flats K8

As part of their science curriculum, students in Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade class at Allapattah Flats K8 recently studied physical and chemical changes of matter. As a culminating activity, the students performed four different experiments using baking soda and vinegar, salt and water, glow sticks, and crumbling paper. Students then decided whether a physical or chemical change occurred in each experiment based on their observations and knowledge. Students filled out their lab sheets with hypotheses, observations, and data as they went. Pictured, from left, are Chloe Perlmutter, Kyleigh Reese, and Christopher Daley.

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about math theory

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about math theory

St. Lucie West K-8 eighth grade students have found a unique way to learn about the Pythagorean theorem, by putting their problems down on the sidewalks around school! Not only did the students in Carol Matulonis’ class learn about the mathematical theorem, but students viewing their artwork were able to see how it works. Pictured, from left, are Marie Saint-Fleury, Eli Renteria, Alexis Henke, Kayla Manso, Guerna Lormejuste, Ashley Masabanda, and Brianna O’Day.

Mosaic Digital Academy keeps virtual students engaged with real-world experiences

Mosaic Digital Academy keeps virtual students engaged with real-world experiences

Virtual students often express feelings of isolation as they school from home, but not Mosaic Digital Academy students! The St. Lucie school team is committed to keeping students tethered, with live, engaging lessons and live experiences around the beautiful community, promoting a well-rounded student life. Each month there are planned events to engage students with their peers, such as social meet-ups in Tradition where students play ball, Frisbee, and organized games with their teachers. Pictured, students recently enjoyed an active day on the Indian River lagoon, sponsored by Lisa’s Kayaks in Fort Pierce. Brushing On Bisque in Tradition Town Center offered another great opportunity for middle grade students to socialize and use their creative side. Visit the Mosaic Digital Academy web site at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/school/schools.aspx?s=mdato learn more about the program.

Port St. Lucie High JROTC remembers missing military

Port St. Lucie High JROTC remembers missing military

The cadets of Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their support and paid their respects to missing and captured veterans. This ceremony is to show appreciation for individuals’ defense of the US and to recognize that they have not returned home. Present at the ceremony was a table set for one. This table symbolizes missing military. The cadets also formed an “Honor Cordon” at the entrance and down the stairs to the memorial. The cadets were proud to have participated in the remembrance ceremony, which was appreciated by all those who attended.

Volunteer Orientation at Palm Pointe

Volunteer Orientation at Palm Pointe

Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, recently met with all the volunteers for this school year to orient them on the new on-line application system.  They also reviewed the volunteer expectations at the school while enjoying morning coffee and sweet rolls.

Florida Engineering Society Teacher of the Year

Florida Engineering Society Teacher of the Year

Lincoln Park Academy’s “Project Lead The Way” teacher, Mark Hueter, was named the “Florida Engineering Society’s 2013 K-12 Teacher of the Year” at their annual event on August 2, 2013. Treasure Coast Chapter President Adam Schildmeier nominated Mr. Hueter for creatively  incorporating and promoting engineering and technology concepts and activities into his classroom, truly engaging students and promoting critical thinking.

Mark is highly respected by his peers and professional colleagues for facilitating his students’ progression through concepts including static and dynamic analysis, stress/strain diagrams and testing, and hydraulic calculations often not taught until the college level. This rigorous curriculum and top-notch instructor rank high among St. Lucie County’s quality program offerings.

Mr. Hueter was honored at the School Board Meeting on September 24, 2013. Pictured are Candace Stone, Debbie Hawley, Pamela Dampier, Mark Hueter, Genelle Yost, Kathie Schmidt, David Foxx, and Adam Schildmeier.

Jaguar cadet wins Americanism Essay Contest

Jaguar cadet wins Americanism Essay Contest

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 had 80 entries from three different schools for the “Americanism Essay” contest. The topic was “What freedom do I enjoy most?”  Port Saint Lucie’s Mauricio Campos wrote about the first amendment and won the local essay contest; he received a certificate and a $50.00 check.  The winner of the American Legion Department of Florida state level contest is Port Saint Lucie’s Joshua Ryun writing about the right to bear arms; he received a medal and certificate from the American Legion. These cadets show the pride of the Jaguar Battalion, Congratulations cadets!

Americanism Chairman Rita Woodburn and Josh Ryun

Forest Grove Middle School bowls for kids

Forest Grove Middle School bowls for kids

Staff from Forest Grove Middle School participated in the recent Big Brothers, Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund-raiser event. Participants caught by the paparazzi at the event, are back row, from left, Daniela Markowitz, Liz Clark, Terrance Barriner, Jennifer Stuart, Leigh Bretherick, and Terry Davis. Front row, from left, are Katina Barriner, Terry Shepkosky, Doris Follweiler, Linda Doss, and Leslie Parker-Earll. Front center is Vernetta Sanders.

Mariposa Elementary students learn matter matters

Mariposa Elementary students learn matter matters

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary are studying matter. Pictured, from left, Joslyn Patterson, Sydney Luppens, Faith White, Taline El-Khoury, Alanna Riverahad were asked to measure the  volume and mass of objects. Each station had a different activity exploring matter. For example, at one station, students had to find the volume of an irregular object using water displacement. Students were engaged and learned how to work as a team.

F. K. Sweet students study the elements of art

F. K. Sweet students study the elements of art

Pictured, from left, F. K. Sweet Elementary School fourth grade students Tanyia Chery, Emma Brosnihan, Calvin Bowens, and Quinlen Meservey have been working with the elements of art to create the cover of their sketchbooks. The elements include the study of line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space. The students used all the elements except value and form to create their designs. The students use their sketchbooks throughout the school year to practice their drawing skills, take notes, and for some writing assignments to enhance the academics.