St. Lucie County middle school students from Southern Oaks and their teachers were recognized for achieving first place in the national competition of the Zero Robotics Challenge held on the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The students recognized were Jaeger Johnson, April Vasquez, Maria Blaszkiewicz, Grisel Cabrera, Hansly Ledger, Michael Lefrancois, and Brooklynne Pimpo. The teachers who facilitated the teams are Kevin McInerney and Brian Jones. Also pictured are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Kerry Padrick and Principal Lisa Sullivan. Congratulations!
Marcella Bianco, Wellness Program Manager FL Department of Health, along with two SWAT youth members, Vance Taylor and Victoria Binner gave a presentation to the School Board on September 10, 2013. SWAT members, SWAT advisors and partnership members were recognized for their accomplishments with the new Tobacco Free Environment Policy #2.90 that was recently passed on July 23, 2013.
Wadson Charmant, Owen Morgan, and Dylan Torello in Mrs. Moreira’s 8th grade reading class at Westgate K-8 are involved in an active game of $1,000,000 Pyramid. Some friendly competition makes learning challenging vocabulary words more fun!
Northport K-8 School middle grades Art instruction has been deemed an integral facet in educating the school’s children. Students in grades K-8 enter Valerie Niewieroski’s art class with hopes of fun and color, but Mrs. Niewieroski offers so much more to the students. A plethora of studies have proven that an excellent fine arts school program enhances motor skills, builds language development, strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as offering a vital outlet for self expression and inventiveness. Studies have also proven a direct correlation between art, music education and higher academic achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the Arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in math and science fairs and to win writing awards. The month of September has been dedicated to the study of shapes in Mrs. Niewieroski’s classes. Students have created their own organic shaped beasts inspired by the paintings of Henri Matisse. Pictured are Northport students proudly displaying their creative energies.
Seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition enjoyed listening and learning to guest speaker, attorney Tanya Fender. She came to talk to them about the Constitution, rights and responsibilities. The students later were able to ask questions and discuss the information. It was a very informative and educational experience for the students.
Maliyah Montuna and Ruben Medina in Michelle O’Keefe’s kindergarten class, read to their reading buddies during literacy centers. They enjoyed picking out books and reading to their friend and their animals.
On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High. Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.
Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm. Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop. Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County! Pictured is Chef Jacqui Pressinger at SLW Centennial in Culinary Lab.
Ms. Jessica Berggren’s first grade class is participating in an alphabet exchange with 25 schools from around the country. The class was given the letter E. They read the book Elmer. Then they decorated the letter E to look like Elmer the elephant. The letters were mailed to other schools and the class has received a few returned letters already. The students can’t wait to receive even more “letters” from all around the country.
Mrs. Miller’s 5th grade art students discovered the Elements of Art using science observation skills. Each pair of students were given a hand lens and set of leaves and asked questions that they then answered using their senses and observation skills. Using team work, they then compared their observations and charted them to help the students understand the elements found in all art. Shown in the photo is Cassandra Lembo.
Katherine Avra’s art classes kicked off the year exploring the ELEMENT OF LINE. All classes started out by learning about line, utilitarian art, and Florida license plate designs. Students created their own personalized license plates with colored pencil. 6th graders learned about Notans, a Japanese term for the harmony of light and dark. We discovered the connections between positive shape, negative space and symmetry.
Our theme was sea life; students drew 6 sea life examples, carefully cut them out on black paper and flipped them outward to show symmetry and reveal the positive and negative harmonies. The work was mounted on hand-marbleized paper to represent the color and feel of the ocean by using food color, water, and cooking oil.
7th graders discovered ancient art through cave paintings around the world. They created their own cave art murals with partners including animals, plants, sea and landscapes. Their media was pencil, oil pastel, black paint real leaf printing, and metallic paint.
8th graders learned about Japanese Kirigami. Contrasting Japanese Origami which emphasizes paper folding, Kirigami explores paper cutting. We learned about radial symmetry, pattern, and how to use a compass. Our finished art works alternated marbleized construction paper rings with repeating patterns that were mounted and connected to create 3D lanterns.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. On September 17, Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in Circle of Hope, which is a district-wide project for creating cancer awareness, raising money for research and honoring those who have gone on a cancer journey. Pictured is the Morning Crew from left (Back row)Sydney Holtzclaw, Debra Snyder, Principal, Julia Genkinger, Alejandra Monzon, Mindy Murray, and Aishwarya Kalluri,( Front row ) is Maria Hearn, Celeste Hall, Krista Garcia, Lupe Novoa and Erika Goldberg after sharing interesting cancer awareness facts on the daily morning broadcast.
Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition completed a Thinking Map flee map using the Common Core standard of demonstrating understanding of characters, setting and plot using the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. They were excited to share their group effort with James Dean the representative of Thinking Maps.
Pictured from left is Karie Dyer, Naje’ Carter Evans, Jacob Eichenlaub, Alaysia Jackson, Nicolas Tovar, Nikko Lopez, Cianna Lents, Jack Lopez, Jasmine Duarte-Garcia, Cooper Kuba, Joshua Volcin, Zion Sanguinetti, Kenzie Kemerson, Breanna Sylvain, Madison Kohn and Luptia Vargus
Constitution Day is not going unnoticed at Samuel Gaines Academy. Mr. Robert Plowden’s 8th grade students joined this celebration by displaying thinking maps and art work. The students also have entered the “Constitution Day” poster contest and a group of attorneys from the Tri-County area came to speak with them about constitutional amendments.
Northport K-8 School welcomed LA Hardy recently to bring his message of self respect , self esteem, feeling great about yourself, and how to say “Enough is Enough” to bullies. Mr. Hardy spoke about his past as a bully and he informed the students about the differences between teasing and bullying. He spoke with heartfelt emotion about his trips to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a group of stand up comedians to bring special messages to the troops. Mr. Hardy, originally from Cleveland, Ohio presently is a radio host at WFLM 104.7 The Flame. He gave students an assignment to do something very nice for someone else, but don’t tell anyone you did it. Students were receptive and very well engaged in the message of bully prevention. Pictured are LA Hardy and some Northport middle grades students.
Manatee Academy boys gather for a great event where 13 Lads brought their Dads, uncles or Grandpas!
Several boys gave Booktalks about a book they really liked. Two Dads gave Booktalks too. They then went on a website where they answered 10 questions to determine what kind of Superhero Reader they were. Each boy received a new copy of Treasure Island to share with their significant male adult as well as a “Guys Read” bookmark. Pizza was enjoyed by all! Debbie Remington, Media Specialist, told them about recent research that showed that students who read for pleasure frequently not only improve their reading but also show gains in Math.
Northport K-8 School fifth grade students in Melanie Polascak’s class learned a valuable lesson on survival and how to flourish through a tragedy while learning about the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Mrs. Polascak integrated visual information using video clips of the original World Trade Center prior to 9/11 and of the Ground Zero Memorial, comparing and contrasting the scenes. The class noted the story of “The Survivor Tree” which sustained extensive damage during the attacks. The original tree, a callery pear tree, has been replanted at the Ground Zero Memorial for all to enjoy and learn the story of nature’s lone survivor. The eight foot tall tree, standing among a throng of white oak trees is a symbol of hope, peace, freedom and survival. The children then constructed a quilt with hand drawn pictures and words to symbolize their internal feelings about the story of the survivor tree. Student, Isai Quinones, wrote on his quilt, “Like a soldier, the tree wouldn’t back down!” Pictured are Mrs. Polascak and her fifth grade class.
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth and a group of her students honored local firefighters from Port St. Lucie, Station 3 on September 11 with a tray of homeade baked goods from the Northport Culinary students. Students walked to Station 3 after school and hand delivered the goodies. Along with the firefighters are Northport students from left, Ayana Kelly, Deja Gannon, Kelsey Krieger and Melissa Hruby. Northport K-8 School students delighted in honoring community first responders and were moved to remember all the heroes who acted courageously on September 11, 2001.
John Howard “mustache” you a question. Do you know the sound that the letter M makes? He does of course. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Michelle O’Keefe’s class at Frances K Sweet had fun wearing their mustaches while learning about the letter M.
In honor of the anniversary of 9/11, students in all grade levels at Frances K. Sweet wrote letters and cards to their local police and firefighters thanking them for their service to the community. The letters will be delivered to the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Fire Department on Wednesday, September 11th. Pictured is fourth grader Ava McGoorty.