32 middle and high school students from St. Lucie Public Schools competed at the 2013 Florida History Fair in Tallahassee on May 6. All entries were based on this year’s annual theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Students who placed in either first or second place at the District History Fair held on March 2 were eligible to advance to the state competition. Two students from Treasure Coast High School, Faith Percival and Ashlyn Rust, received the Native American Heritage Award from the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs for their website entry “Spanish Conquest of the Inca Empire.” Pictured is the group of competitors at the state event.
Southern Oaks Middle School students students were mesmerized by the seriousness of tobacco use and what it can do to your body and brain in a recent presentation. Students were shown half of a human brain and a monkey brain from a tobacco user. The presenter was a former employee of the tobacco industry who shared many funny stories which kept the students interested, and have not stopped talking about it.
Students in Christine King’s and Felicia Cobb’s fifth grade classes at Allapattah Flats K8 have been working hard during their after school tutoring program. They have been working with the Art in History curriculum where they interact with text that explains the historical significance of an important artifact in history. The students shown in the photo were assigned the Terra Cotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty (pronounced “chin”). They read about the history of the Qin Dynasty and the significance of the warriors. After about two weeks of research, they designed their own unique Terra Cotta Warriors shown above. Pictured, from left back to front, showing off their work, are Bianca Joseph, Gwen Jimenez, Dyamon William, and Christina Patalano.
The cadets of the Jaguar Battalion from Port St. Lucie High School presented the Colors for the Senior Awards Ceremony recently at Indian River State College from three programs — Educational Talent Search, St. Lucie Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math and science. The ceremony began with the presentation of the Colors, by the Jaguar Battalion, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The cadets that participated were cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins as commander holding the National flag, cadet Corporal Lily Durst holding the State flag, cadet Staff Sergeant Cole Herndon and cadet Sergeant Tyrone Salazar as the guards. Pictured, from left, are cadet Staff Sergeant Cole Herndon, cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins, cadet Corporal Lily durst, and cadet Sergeant Tyrone Salazar.
Fourth grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 School have spent the school year learning about Florida’s history as part of their Social Studies curriculum. As a culminating activity, the fourth graders recently took a field trip to St. Augustine. The students were able to visit the Old Jail, Florida Heritage museum, Fort Castillo de San Marcos, Historic St. George Street, and ride on a narrated trolley tour. The students were able to see the pages of their textbooks come alive and learned many interesting facts about our state’s history from the many tour guides and landmarks. This was a memorable and educational trip for all. Pictured are students from Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade class listening to their tour guide explain how far the cannons could fire from the top of Fort Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.
Students in Marta Almiron’s kindergarten class at WestGate K8 School recently got a presidential-sized surprise recently when they received a response letter from the White House. The students had written letters to President Barack Obama in November, 2012, congratulating him on his victory, and Ms. Almiron sent the letters to the White House. I thought the letters were just too cute to keep them for my self, so I mailed them to the White House. President Obama sent a response, along with his autographed photograph, and a picture of First Dog Bo. Pictured are the kindergartners with their prized letter and photos.
Seventh grade Lincoln Park Academy student Jamya Wiley was recently honored by Duke University at a reception at Florida Atlantic University for students the university has identified for its Duke University Talent Program (Duke TIP). Jamya scored a 20 out of a perfect 36 on her first attempt at the college entrance exam, at the 99% percentile of students who took the ACT, and is college ready now according to ACT guidelines.
Northport K-8 School’s youngest authors share their secrets to publishing a well planned, revised, edited and well written, illustrated book as they meet in the Media Center with their classes. Kindergarten student Isaac Muniz, from
Melody Nieves’ class, and Fabian Allen from Lorri Lamm’s second grade class, sit together to share their stories. Isaac’s book, titled “SpongeBob” and Fabian’s book, titled “The Day I Was A Super Hero,” were instant success stories with students as they moved from buddy to buddy sharing their stories and their secrets to effective writing! The promotion of positive interactions can be attributed to a school culture where creating a positive and flourishing
environment in which to read and share is optimal. Many students have requested to purchase other students’ Young Author books and to check the Young Author books out from the Media Center displays. This reminds us as educators
that the Young Author program and the students displays of their hard work is an integral facet to a successful “across the curriculum” learning project. Pictured are Fabian Allen, left, and Isaac Muniz.
Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Kristi Collins’ classroom who reach their reading goals earned dog tags to show how many points they earned on Scholastic Reading Counts. The students are given the opportunity to read and take assessments online to show their progress. Each time students take the assessment, they earn more points and are awarded the next level dog tag. The points start at 25 and go up to 250. Many students are at the 100 point level and some have even reached the max of 250! The students look forward to getting the dog tags and having their picture taken. The incentive keeps them motivated and makes them accountable for their goals. Front row, from left, Eric Singh, Lynette Rice, Juan Pablo Pelaez Zamudio, and Landon Hamilton. Back row, from left, are Monica Ponce, Gabriel Torres, Jerimiah Brinson, Isaiah Ruiz, Nathan Kush, James Richard, and Trever Lynch.
The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion conducted a Color Guard at Sportsman’s Park for the annual Caribbean-American Festival. The festival is a friendly competition between Caribbean-American residents in Port St. Lucie. The Color Guard, led by cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn holding the National flag, followed by cadet Corporal Travis Moberly carrying the State flag, and cadet Corporal Brandon Shriver and cadet Staff Sergeant Jaffery Murankus posted as the guards. The Caribbean-American participants greatly appreciated the excellent performance by the Jaguar Battalion Color Guard. Pictured, from left, are cadet Corporal Brandon Shriver, cadet Corporal Travis Moberly, cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn, and cadet Staff Sergeant Jaffery Murankus
Northport K-8 School is kicking off Young Author season this year in a big way! Each year, the Northport K-8 media center is decorated to showcase the terrific Young Author books at the school. This year, the theme is “Take Me Out To The Ballgame!” Teachers selected a table or counter space and decorated with items that incorporate the theme. Tables this year are decorated with themes of the Miami Heat from Juliette Thelusma’s fourth grade class, Chicago Cubs from Jennifer Gomez’s fourth class, kindergarten has a Mets theme and many, many other teams and sports are represented as a backdrop for the Young Author books. Students and parents have toured the school’s media center to read each others’ books. Planning, writing, revising, editing, illustrating and the complete writing process are showcased in a community wide project that address the anchor standards for writing across the curriculum in a fun and pride filled arena. The students love the project and like to promote their own books to others! Pictured are third graders in John Fallon’s class promoting their book table.
Northport K-8 School Media Services program, under the direction of Lynne Gruszka, along with students, faculty, administration and staff are assisting Northport alumnus Sgt. Xiovani Guanill of the U. S. Army. Sgt. Guanill, who administers Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, requested assistance for the 80 men and women in his company. His request included shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, magazines and other items. Not only did Northport students and families assist as a school community that filled 20 boxes, but many teachers offered with a generosity of spirit that included mailing all 20 boxes to Afghanistan. Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth, Linda Walker, Glenda Taylor, Louise Robinson, Charlotte Tombline, Georgia Stone, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Mirta Cepeda, Ann Barbare, Judy Fowler, Mary Toto, Diane Carvalho, Pam Crum, Lisa Cash, Lynne Gruszka and Lorie Monroe who quickly offered to mail a box filled with the donated items. Sgt. Guanill is also part of the community of veterans who speak to Northport students on a regular basis. This is Sgt. Guanill’s second deployment to the Middle East, and Northport is very supportive and proud to help the military. Pictured are students from Juliette Thelusma’s and Jennifer Gomez’s fourth grade class along with Mrs. Thelusma with boxes of donated items.
The Fort Pierce Central High School Fishing Club held its monthly Bass Club Tournament at Lake Okeechobee recently with 10 student anglers entered on five boats. It was a picture postcard morning that proved to be a great day on the lake for the competitors. Eight of the 10 student anglers weighed in, and the total for the day was 20 bass weighing in at 34 lbs 12 oz! the largest catch by a 5.77 pound fish caught by Will McKee, pictured. Thanks to the East Coast Bass Anglers Fishing Club out of Fort Pierce, which provided boat captains for the tournament. Prizes were donated by D.O.A. Fishing Lures and East Coast Bass Anglers Bass Club for the winning anglers. The top finishers were: first, Will McKee, five fish totalling 12 lbs. 5 oz.; second, Trenton Stewart, four fish totalling 7 lbs. 2 oz.; third, Ted Rudzinski, three fish totalling five lbs. seven oz.; fourth, Rue Kindred, two fish totalling three lbs. four oz.; fifth, Brianna Morris, two fish totalling two lbs. three oz.; sixth, Tyler Smith, two fish totalling two lbs. eight oz.; and seventh, Valerie Busch-Smith, FPCHS teacher and assistant club advisor, with one fish at one 1 lb. nine oz.
Students in Kelita Singleton’s third grade class at Windmill Point Elementary created their own comic strip “storyboard” to help them sequence and summarize information for their Young Author’s book. In addition, the students utilize the comic strips to determine appropriate transitional words to enhance their stories. Pictured, from left, are Adrian Colon Coss, Meraaz Mahmud and Marlee Wells.
Recently, 31 cadets from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC unit toured the national Navy UDT-SEAL Museum located in Fort Pierce. Upon arrival, cadets viewed multiple Navy patrol craft, two underwater SEAL delivery vehicles, and two Apollo Spacecraft training capsules. After entering the building, the cadets were guided through a World War I exhibit by a tour guide and then toured the rest of the exhibits on their own. They saw the actual 10,000 pound, fiberglass lifeboat where Captain Richard Phillips, of the Maersk Alabama, was taken hostage by Somalia pirates and saw how the SEALs rescued him. They also saw a miniature model of Osama Bin Laden’s compound and house diagramming how the SEALs conducted their raid. After touring the museum, cadets stopped by the gift shop to purchase t-shirts and other memorabilia.
West Gate K-8 sponsored the first Autism Walk on the Treasure Coast, Saturday April 27th in Tradition Square. The walk was held to increase public awareness of the needs of autistic children and to raise money for autism research. It was a huge sucess, with over 450 people attending the walk. Over 40 community agencies and local businesses supported and contributed to the walk. Thanks to all the walkers and sponsers, $31,000 dollars was raised for Autism Speaks.
Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC cadets presented the National Colors at the St. Lucie County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner recently in Port St. Lucie, where U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was the keynote speaker. Pictured with Rubio are, from left, Senior Army Instructor Lt. Colonel Nevarez, Veronica Acevedo, Gabriella Hernandez, Rubio, James Lowery and Devin Morris.
Students in Deborah Day, John Fallon and Janine Wiecks third grade classes from Northport K-8 school attended a stellar star show recently in the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College. Museums and planetariums evoke excitement and give children the foundational skills that enable them to be lifelong learners. Planetarium Director Jon Bell has been giving dynamic planetarium shows that engage students in the splendor of the stars and other celestial bodies for 20 years. Over 3,600 students from 19 St. Lucie Public Schools attended a planetarium show at IRSC this year. By seeing a planetarium show, students begin to understand their place in space and how scientists uncover the deep mysteries of the universe.
Members of the Northport K-8 School student council, under the direction of Christine Persick, promoted school spirit recently during a week long series of community building activities. Students and faculty, as well as administration and staff, participated in “Professional Dress Day,” “Hippie Day,” “Jersey Day” and several other activities to build school spirit and to add to the continuous rapport and “love your school” feeling that teachers and students address on a daily basis! Pictured, from left, are teachers in the groove John Fallon, Laura Poveromo, Michelle McCloskey, Melanie Polascak and Diana Lankow.
The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Air Rifle team wong first place at the American Legion Post 318 Invitational Air Rifle Match. Six four-person teams from three schools, including Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce Central, and Fort Pierce Westwood high schools competed for medals in each of the three positions: prone, standing, and kneeling. Port St. Lucie High’s Michael Hutchison scored the highest in the competition. Pictured, kneeling, Oscar Caceres, and standing, from left, Caitlin Landers, Ahmad Strong, Jeremy Dardon, David Oagles, Michael Hutchison, and Glynn Auger.