On Saturday, October 24, SLWK8 students competed as a team in the Future Chef Competition held in Ft. Pierce at the Green Market. Students competed against the local high schools and one other K-8 school in this event. The Shark Chef Team (Casie Schulz, Laravanessa Cano and Gabriella Quimby) showed well with their appetizer of Savory Shrimp Persimmon and Plum Skewers over Orange Ginger Jasmine Rice and served an entree of Banh Mi with Watermelon Salad. The judges particularly enjoyed that many flavors from the market were showcased and added that our chefs exhibited outstanding culinary skills.
Students from Mr. Artiles’ 7th grade Civics class at St. Lucie West K-8 School received a visit from Mark Woods, Deputy Chief of Safety and Security for St. Lucie Public Schools. Students invited Mr. Woods to present to their class as part of their Project Citizen topic of School Violence Prevention.
Deputy Chief Woods shared current school violence prevention measures already in place in the school district, including monthly Code Red drills, and perimeter security. He also stressed the importance of reporting suspicious behavior or threats immediately.
Students also had an opportunity to hear his feedback on several public policy proposals they had brainstormed on this issue.
Dana Brightwell and Matthew Glotzer coached a brilliant group of students through this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition at Suncoast High School. The SLWK8 Team chose to compete in Problem #5, “A Stellar Hangout”. Team members were Lilliana Boham, Nora Calnan, Jasmine Gabriel, Hannah Gaffney, Samantha Leonard, Jayden Nargen and Ivan Sheehan. They all worked diligently on the creative and technical portions of the problem, and demonstrated fortitude and perseverance throughout the many months of preparation.
Small group instruction is a daily part of the reading routine in Morgan Haupt’s kindergarten class at F.K. Sweet Elementary. Students have access to leveled readers that compliment the new reading series. Za’Niyah Taylor, Skylar Monroe, and Shinyla Williams think that learning to read is cool, and look forward to reading with their teacher.
To help celebrate Fire Safety Month, Smokey Bear came to visit Oak Hammock Kindergartners. Students had the chance to see all of the equipment used to help put out forest fires. Smokey talked to the students about wildfire prevention and ways to be safe around and with fire. After the presentation, students had the chance to read their Scholastic reader on Fire Safety.
Opening day for the 2012-2013 school year went smoothly, no major issues had arisen by mid-day. Students at 13 local schools were welcomed with Kids at Hope tunnels, where school staff and community members applauded and gave “high-five” greetings with encouraging messages to the returning students. Pictured, at left, are St. Lucie School Board members Kathryn Hensley and Debbie Hawley, and right, Superintendent Michael Lannon and Boys and Girls Club executive director Norm Penner welcoming students at Garden City Early Learning Academy.
Samuel Gaines Academy students in grades 3-8 enjoyed being served delicious, icy snow cones by our parents and volunteers. How did they earn them? Students attended all the days of FCAT testing without having to take any make-up exams. We aren’t sure if it was the snow cones that motivated them or their excitement to show all the learning they acquired this year, but a whopping 99% of students took the test without having to take ANY of the exams on make-up days…that’s a lot of snow cones!
Snowballs in all colors of the rainbow were whizzing through the air outside Weatherbee Elementary School this week. The PBIS Event for January was… a SNOWBALL FIGHT! Students spent their Mariner Dollars to buy into this annual fun filled affair which is always one of the most popular highlights of the WBE Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support program.
The Social Studies Teachers of the Year were recognized at the School Board Meeting on June 10, 2014. Jean Emerson, Treasure Cost High School, was recognized for the high school category. Melanie Larsen, Palm Pointe Educational Research School, was presented a plaque for the elementary school category. Belkis Madera, Oak Hammock K-8, received a plaque for the middle school category.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Social Studies educators from Pensacola to Key West made their way to Palm Harbor, Florida for the 60th Annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference. Amid their peers, St. Lucie Public Schools educators were honored for teaching excellence. In an awards dinner celebration that carried the conference theme of “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, and Shaping the Future,” Nikki Gomez (Rivers Edge Elementary), Lauren Kappler (Westgate K-8), and Lea Ann McCaffrey (St. Lucie West Centennial High School) were recognized for their efforts and strengths in teaching that they bring to their profession and share with others.
In addition, Sharon Ortiz (Fort Pierce Central High School) was also recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and ably representing the goals of the organization. Sharon is a founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies. “Our social studies department is outstanding,” said Social Studies Curriculum Lead Kate Ems. “The team from elementary to high school work together to keep the past vibrant while we work to support our students as they become thoughtful citizens.”
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Calling all 10th, 11th and Government Teachers! Would you like to learn more about utilizing your new Pearson Education textbook? Join us for a summer training opportunity facilitated by Canvas trainers on Wednesday, June 20th from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Allapattah Flats K-8. Canvas is St. Lucie Public Schools’ learning management system that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers use into one simple place. Please register in Frontline at www.mylearningplan.com
Southern Oaks Middle School PTO Parents, Principal Hargadine, and Mr. Gent Celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Southern Oaks Middle School PTO parents, Ms. Evans, Ms. Phillips, and Ms. Skinner happily pose with Principal Hargadine and Superintendent Gent as they await the arrival of Southern Oaks Middle School’s crossing guards: Dawn Weinkrantz, David Griffin, and Joyce Milligan for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!
The Southern Oaks Middle School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society has been busy with a road clean-up and sponsoring the band’s “Coin Wars.” Tri-M students walked 1/4 mile on St. James picking up trash, then carefully crossing the street and cleaning up our campus. We collected 7 bags of trash, everything from old broken pens and pencils, used batteries, to pieces of cars, broken bottles and unmentionables. It is a very rewarding, yet safe, experience for the students.
Nancy Stone and Elizabeth Carrasco
As for the “Coin Wars,” as of this writing, 3rd hour band is in the lead with negative $1.23. This will change. From the educator perspective, it teaches students about money and more importantly about negative numbers. Pennies are positive. Everything else is negative. Each class has its own jug, but all jugs are available to all classes. Students have made plans to sabotage the other classes. There are plans within plans. Their brains are in high gear. It is awesome and a lot of fun! There are some very smart students who want to win the pizza party for their class. Let the games begin!
WestGate K8 School “Autism Speaks” walking team co-captains Jessica McLaughlin, right, and Valentina Whyte were recently presented with a $500 check from Nate Rivaldo representing the Port St. Lucie chapter of The Sons of Italy. Whyte, who is a behavior tech in one of WestGate’s autism units, said the donation will help reach the $2000 goal set for the year. The generosity of the members of The Sons of Italy is greatly appreciated.