SLWK-8 kindergarten teachers declared that December 11th would be Grinch Day. The students embraced this concept and went all out! Happy Grinch Day!
Ms. Serrano’s ESY PK-1 Hearing Impaired class participated in an interactive review of their camping vocabulary words. This activity required students to identify items they would need on a camping trip. Once identified, students located camping items that were strategically placed in the classroom and packed it in the class duffel bag.
The SLWK-8 Jr. Thespian Troupe wowed the audience at their 4th annual Thespian Showcase performance on November 19th.
In addition, they performed at the District 3 Junior Thespian Festival on December 5th and brought home 11 scores of EXCELLENT and 6 scores of SUPERIOR.
Great job, Ms. Tsunoda and our talented thespians!
Commissioner Kim Johnson speaking with the 5th graders about following their dreams and goal setting in life. An amazing motivational speaker that connected with the students!
St. Lucie West K-8 participated in the Palm Regional Competition for Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There were five problem-solving categories. SLWK-8 entered teams in three of the five categories.
• Omer to the Rescue, Again placed 1st in their category with team members: Jasmine Gabriel, Stephanie Leonard, Alexandria Mancini, Isabella Mora, Logan Pino and Kianush Torkaman.
• Opposites Distract placed 2nd in their category with team members: Lilliana Boham, Hannah Gaffney, Samantha Leonard, Lillian O’Neill, Parisa Torkaman and Abigail Wiley.
• Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop placed 3rd in their category with team members: Elizabeth Callaway, Nora Calnan, Sophia Gutshall, Donnae Moore, Aiden Sculnick and Ivan Sheehan.
The 1st and 2nd place teams will be representing St. Lucie West K-8 at States in Orlando on April 6, 2019! The coaches, Mrs. Binns, Ms. Brightwell, Mrs. Casper and Ms. Dahms, are very proud of the students’ perseverance through months of problem-solving and practices, along with their extraordinary team work displayed during the competition. Great job sharks!
The SLWK-8 elementary gifted S.A.G.E. classes participated again this year in a holiday community service project. The students decorated holiday bags for the “Meals on Wheels” program in our area. This program provides and delivers meals to senior citizens who are homebound.
These students have volunteered their time to show their holiday spirit and citizenship during the holidays!
Casie Schulz and Bailey Layle, two 8th grade SLWK-8 Shark chefs, are preparing Red Velvet Roulades for the District Culinary Showcase to be held at the St. Lucie County Civic Center on Wednesday December 9th from 5 to 7 PM. Their teacher is Ms. Jennifer Tremblay.
St. Lucie West K8 (SLWK8) is excited to welcome our first monthly Speakers Bureau speaker in partnership with Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Vice-Chairperson. Each month, SLWK8 along with other schools, hosts guest speakers who encourage and motivate students to make good choices, use positive role models and learn to find their passion and purpose in life.
SLWK8’s guest speaker was Mr. Samuel McDuffie, basketball coach and motivational speaker. Mr. McDuffie spoke insightfully to our eighth grade Sharks. He gave background information about himself and about his youth. He encouraged students to think bigger and to be resolved and focused.
The Speakers Bureau extends to our students a great opportunity, and we look forward to working with Dr. Mills and with the many who are willing to share their inspiring stories with our students.
Christina DiMeo, an 8th Grader at St. Lucie West K-8 School, was selected as the Weekend Weather Kid by CBS12. Nominated by Barbara Ricks, her business education teacher, Christina conducted herself like a pro during the December 30th broadcast.
Congratulations, from your SLWK-8 family!
Tama Jeanchery’s artwork entitled “Rooted Heart” was recently entered in The Dali Museum’s 2016 Florida statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit: Between Dream and Reality.
We are proud to announce that it was chosen to be exhibited at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL this summer. Tama is an 8th grade student at SLWK-8. Her art teacher is Mrs. Jaime Mazzo.
Great work, Tama!
Ms. Kimberly Nedrow’s art students participated in an art poster contest back in January. Congratulations goes to:
• Emelie Paula, 7th Grade Whale Sharks – 1st Prize and $200
• Mishelle Scuderi, 8th Grade Whitetips – 2nd Prize and $150
• Keirah Jimeson and Tiffany Perez, 6th Grade Whitetips – 3rd Prize and $50 each
• Sammiah Dorelus, 8th Grade Whitetips and Luyeisy Marquez-Moreno, 8th Grade Megalodons – 4th Prize and $37.50 each
In fact, Emelie’s and Tiffany’s poster entries are still in the running for a national prize in their grade groups. You can help by clicking on the link and voting by this Saturday https://linksinc.wishpond.com/links-poster-art/. You can type in the student’s name to find their poster to vote on.
Emelie’s poster –
Tiffany’s poster –
We are so proud of these students! Don’t forget to vote!
The SLWK-8 4th Grade students recently took a field trip to Ft. Christmas and Alligator World. The students learned about how pioneers lived in early Florida and were able to grind corn and churn butter. Then they traveled to Alligator World where they observed animals in their natural habitats and explored the tools used by native Americans and settlers to survive in Florida.
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.
Northport community is so proud of our littlest Navigators. Great job Mrs. Frazier and Mrs. Tillman as well as parents and families. We lovingly present our newest graduates: VPK to kindergarten. ❤
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!