Lincoln Park’s Neha Reddy earns four year scholarship at international science fair

Lincoln Park’s Neha Reddy earns four year scholarship at international science fair

Two Lincoln Park Academy students won four-year scholarships at the recent Intel ISEF International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona, for their projects. The students were able to attend the International Fair with support from the St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s Fund A Project, and were able to solicit and raise the funding needed to participate. Junior Neha Kambam Reddy presented her project, “Sustaining Ecological Biodiversity with Highly Specific RNA Interference (RNAi),” and won a four year scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued at $60,000.00. Robert Bacchus, also a junior, presented his project, “CancAARS: A Novel Therapeutic Target for Melanoma Tumorigenesis,” and also won a four year scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued at $60,000.00. Robert also placed fourth in the grand awards for Biochemistry, and was presented a check for $500.00. University of the Sciences awards five $15,000 scholarships to students whose research and academic interests align with the USciences mission. Scholarships become effective upon enrollment in the incoming class of Fall 2014. Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year more than 1,500 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories display their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

Lincoln Park’s Robert Bacchus earns four year scholarship at international science fair

Lincoln Park’s Robert Bacchus earns four year scholarship at international science fair

Two Lincoln Park Academy students won four-year scholarships at the recent Intel ISEF International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona, for their projects. The students were able to attend the International Fair with support from the St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s Fund A Project, and were able to solicit and raise the funding needed to participate. Junior Robert Bacchus presented his project, “CancAARS: A Novel Therapeutic Target for Melanoma Tumorigenesis,” and won a special award, a four year scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued at $60,000.00. Robert also placed fourth in the grand awards for Biochemistry, and was presented a check for $500.00. Neha Kambam Reddy, also a junior, presented her project, “Sustaining Ecological Biodiversity with Highly Specific RNA Interference (RNAi),” and Neha also won a four year scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued at $60,000.00. University of the Sciences awards five $15,000 scholarships to students whose research and academic interests align with the USciences mission. Scholarships become effective upon enrollment in the incoming class of Fall 2014. Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year more than 1,500 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories display their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

St. Lucie Elementary celebrates Multicultural Week

St. Lucie Elementary celebrates Multicultural Week

During Multicultural Week, St. Lucie Elementary School teacher Susan Barber organized special events and guest speakers. Each day community members, teachers, and parents volunteered to speak to students about their cultural backgrounds. Students learned about Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras. Each grade group did a special presentaion of all that they learned on their country to the entire school. Pictured are students in traditional Mexican dress.

Centennial High students raise money for unique cause

Centennial High students raise money for unique cause

Students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently held the second annual “Sleep in a Box” overnight fundraiser for Invisible Children, a program designed to help combat the abduction of children from Uganda and Sudan who are then forced to become assassins. Eighty five students participated this year, all sleeping outside in the courtyard, in their boxes. They raised over $800 for the organization to help update radio communications in the area and build schools for displaced children. Pictued are Leedy Boyle, left, and Dustin Snyder.

Staff from Coast Guard station teach water safety at Weatherbee Elementary

Staff from Coast Guard station teach water safety at Weatherbee Elementary

Thanks to the Partnership in Education between Weatherbee Elementary and the United States Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce, first, third, and fifth grade students at Weatherbee learned about water safety during a visit to the school by staff from the Coast Guard station who delivered an informative presentation, teaching the students how to stay safe in, on, and around the water. After the presentation, members of the Auxiliary presented a “Let’s Talk Trash” game for the students to learn the importance of keeping waterways clean and also to learn how to put on a personal floatation device correctly. The students especially loved the surprise visit from Coastie, the remote control boat, pictured.

Windmill Point students visit St. Augustine

Windmill Point students visit St. Augustine

Students from from Nikki Rodriguez’s class at Windmill Point Elementary School listen intently to their guide during a recent trip to St. Augustine. Windmill Point’s fourth grade classes went to St. Augustine to deepen their knowledge about Florida history. They visited the Castillo de San Marcos, the Old Jail Museum, the Old Store Museum, and went on a narrated trolley ride around the Oldest City.

Forest Grove Middle concert band performs well at festival

Forest Grove Middle concert band performs well at festival

Students in Forest Grove Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade Concert Band, under the direction of Bradley Esau, recently participated in the Music in the Parks festival at Universal Studios. The band placed fourth of six middle school groups. Pictured are the members of the band.

Special bond created with first grade students

Special bond created with first grade students

What started out as a routine drop by visit to observe Oak Hammock first grade teacher Joy West teach Common Core writing has turned into a lasting friendship between students, teacher and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell. The first grade common core learning goal for writing states that Students will be able to write a variety of opinion, narrative, and informative pieces using digital tools to produce and publish writing. To meet this goal, students chose their favorite book, found three reasons that supported why they liked the book, planned their writing using a multi-flow map, created a draft, revised, edited and published a class book of opinions. Because of Dr. Rendell’s high interest in all students, he continued to visit the class and keep up with the students throughout the process. As a culminating celebration, students’ eyes beamed with excitement as they listened to Dr. Rendell share one of his favorite books, “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes”. Dr. Rendell’s apparent love for children and the interest that he has taken has created a memory that will last a lifetime. Pictured is Dr. Rendell, with Ms. West and her students.

Northport first graders participate in grand celebration

Northport first graders participate in grand celebration

First grade students in Rachel Ellsworth’s class at Northport K8 School recently participated in a grand
celebration of Young Author’s books, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Parents and grandparents were excited to participate with their young students in a day of sharing by partnering with students in the classroom to read Young Author books.  Students then performed two reader’s theater productions titled, “Mom:  Every Day Is Mother’s Day” and “Hats Off To Dad!”  Students had a wonderful opportunity to talk about their accomplishments and demonstrated an intensity and lively pace that both students and families throughly enjoyed! The lessons also offered an effective response to the needs of English language learners and special needs students. Pictured are Ms. Ellsworth, back right, her students and many family members.

Northport K8 students connect with author

Northport K8 students connect with author

Northport K-8 fourth grade students in Carissa Berkely’s class listened to their teacher read a book that they could really relate to and enjoy.  Mrs. Berkel, along with fourth grade teacher Juliette Thelusma, read the book “Sped” by Re Marzullo to their students recently. The students then wrote letters expressing their delight with the book and the story line to the author. Re Marzullo responded to the student’s questions in a letter and also sent each student an autographed bookmark. The book is about a small special education class in a middle school affectionately dubbed “Small Group Superstars.”  The main character is a young boy who has been in the class with boys only for several school years.  This year was different because two girls entered the class.  The story is about coping with change, bullying issues and meeting challenges. Students were so thrilled to receive an acknowledgement from the author because they enjoyed the reading so much. Pictured, from left, are Connor O’Sullivan, Cierra Yuhas and Giovanni DiCandeloro.

Port St. Lucie High cadets and parents enjoy field day

Port St. Lucie High cadets and parents enjoy field day

Every year, the Jaguar battalion from Port St. Lucie High School holds a Field Day for the cadets where companies compete against each other in several sporting events. It is a competition among Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie companies, which compete in a series of sports and events. However, the main point of the day is to say goodbye to the graduating seniors. Each senior was given a gift and they spoke about their future plans. Also, gifts were given to the booster parents of the graduating seniors for all their hard work in the booster club. Pictured are Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion sniors and their parents.

John Messina recognized for state honor

John Messina recognized for state honor

St. Lucie West Centennial High School athletic director John Messina was recognized at the May 14, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his recent induction into the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame. Coach Messina has a long list of distinguished achievements in the coaching category. As head baseball coach at Pace, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach high schools, he compiled a 465-160 record and totaled three state championships with two state runners-up while coaching two national Player of the Year standouts, Alex Fernandez in 1988 and Rick Ankiel in 1997. He was named the Florida State Coach of the Year on four occasions, earned the FIAAA Meritorious Service Award, two FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards and is currently on the FHSAA’s Academic All-State Committee and Representative Assembly. Pictured, from left, are Jeanne Ziemba, St. Lucie School Board member Kathryn Hensley, County Athletic Director Jay Stewart, School Board members Carol Hilson, Troy Ingersoll, and Dr. Donna Mills, current Centennial High School principal Dr. Kim Stephanic, Messina, former Centennial High School principal John Lynch, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Michael Lannon and former principal Charles Cuomo.

Northport students and staff enjoy annual field days

Northport students and staff enjoy annual field days

Northport K-8 School students from kindergartners to eighth grade enjoyed Northport’s annual Field Days recently held at Sportsmen’s Park. Students and teachers attended the Field Days in rotations with their classroom and elective teachers assisting to make sure all students were safe and enjoying the event. Activities included the 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash, jump rope, hula hoops, javelin throws, grass relays, crab races and the tug of war. This year was the first year that middle schoolers have been invited to participate in the events. Clownfish team teacher Sandra Tyndaler said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the well organized event. The students were eager participants and the day was smooth and fun filled!” The 7/8 Clownfish team was commended by Coaches Linda Walker and Kim Kanada Graff for outstanding behavior, sportsmanship and great attitudes. Overall, the Northport K-8 School annual Field Days events were a great wrap up for a year filled with fun learning activities for students of all ages. Pictured are students from the Mariners’ eighth grade team in a tug of war.

Mariposa Elementary students present animal research projects

Mariposa Elementary students present animal research projects

Students from Janet Balletta’s class at Mariposa Elementary recently presented their animal research projects for their parents and classmates. Students researched their favorite animals and created innovative animal projects out of cereal boxes integrating language arts, technology, and oral language skills. The culminating activity was the students giving an oral presentation of their projects. Students were recognized for their participation, and celebrated their success with their family and peers. Neisha Caldwell, left, and Shane Spellacy, right, won first and second prize for the most original and unique animal projects.

Bayshore Elementary’s Grayson Waugh to participate in national leadership conference

Bayshore Elementary’s Grayson Waugh to participate in national leadership conference

Fifth grade Bayshore Elementary School student Grayson Waugh will participate in the upcoming People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., June 17-22. Grayson is the only local student who will attend the conference designed to teach students about leadership and how iconic leaders throughout history have handled world events. Varioius hands-on activities, relevant professional speakers, small group workshops and visits to significant memorials, museums and monuments will present Grayson with insight into the importance and essemtial need for inspired and informed world leaders. Grayson will also have the opportunity to create lifelong memories and lasting friendships with other leadership ambassadors from around the world.

MOA students amaze showcase guests on scientific results

MOA students amaze showcase guests on scientific results

Student scientists Riley Kicker, from left, Shayne Nurse, David Todd, Kassidy Allie Stephenson, and Kaylee Andrews are joined by Kaylee’s younger sister Sara as they prepare to time the rate of sinking for various “plankton” creations designed by attendees of the recent Environmental Perspectives showcase of Arts and Sciences at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy. Students and guests alike were amazed at the scientific results!

MOA freshmen help art fair attendees create fish prints

MOA freshmen help art fair attendees create fish prints

At the recent Environmental Perspectives showcase of Arts and Sciences at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy, freshmen Lauren Martinez, from left, Caitlyn Richardson, and Aneesa Dial guided attendees in creating fish prints of various inhabitants of our south Florida waterways.

Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

St. Lucie County Circuit Court Judge Dan Vaughn recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School. Seventh grade students have been learning about the three branches of government in their civics classes this year. Judge Vaughn spoke with the students about what it means to him to be a judge, and the education needed to become one. The students were eager to ask Judge Vaughn questions about the judicial branch of the government and how it works. Judge Vaughn explained to the students about the history of the robe, which seemed to be a big cause for questions. He also discussed courtroom etiquette as well as respect for the judicial system. Students were impressed that a person of Judge Vaughn’s prestige would visit the school. Judge Vaughn is pictured with students asking questions about the judiciary.