Students in fifth and seventh grades in St. Lucie County Public Schools will continue this school year with a program begun last year with Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute called Saturdays with Scientists. Approximately 200 students will meet with the VGTI scientists at three different high schools during the school year to work on real scienitific projects. The purpose is to spark an interest in science for the students. Pictured is the school district Science Curriculum supervisor and 2011 Teacher of the Year Cristina Veresan with students at Treasure Coast High School for a recent Saturday event.
For the second consecutive year, Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed January 4-8, 2016 as Florida First Responder Appreciation Week.
First responders play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and all Floridians benefit greatly from the services they provide.
On behalf of St. Lucie Public Schools, thank you for your dedicated service!
Check out St. Lucie Public School’s line-up of stars who threw the first pitch at St. Lucie Mets games this season! We have an all-star team.
Emily Utts (Outstanding First Year Teacher)
Samantha Piscopo (Assistant Principal of the Year)
Sabrina Faniel (Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year)
Dorothy Hall (School-Related Employee of the Year)
Makeda Brome (Teacher of the Year)
Andrea Popwell (Principal of the Year)
On Friday, February 6, Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry visited Mariposa’s second and third grade classes who were participating in the District’s pilot chess program called First Move. From the beginning of the year, these students and their teachers have learned how to play chess and even to develop strategies as they played the game. The picture shows Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry with Mrs. Balletta’s second graders who were playing a match against other children in the class.
St. Lucie Schools held its first Math Bowl for students in grades three through five recently at Fort Pierce Central High School. Students from C. A. Moore Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, Northport K8, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, and Dan McCarty School participated in this inaugural yet successful event. Several parents, teachers, math coaches, and principals also attended to join in the fun. Students competed at their schools to create the teams to compete in the math bowl. Coordinators included host Gina Renna, and math coaches Teresa Longar, Josie Bailey, Tari Sexton, Cecilia Martin, Victoria Pease and Robert Suggs helped coordinate the event. Victoria Pease, Elizabeth Pruitt and Tari Sexton also served as judges. Congratulations to the Weatherbee Elementary team for first place in third grade, Samuel S. Gaines Academy team for first place for fourth grade, and the Weatherbee Elementary team for first place in fifth grade. Pictured, from left, are Sara Robbins, Aaron Reed, Rolando Castro and Marissa Garcia on Weatherbee Elementary’s first place fifth grade team.
Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation
First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to Hispanic leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.
“Governor DeSantis and I are excited to join Floridians across the state in honoring some of our greatest Hispanic leaders and public servants,” said First Lady DeSantis. “Florida is particularly rich in Hispanic history and culture. In celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of our Hispanic neighbors and Americans of Hispanic descent for their noteworthy contributions to the Sunshine State.”
First Lady DeSantis invited students to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.
About the Student Art Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.
About the Student Essay Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is open to all 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
About the Excellence in Education Award
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.
Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month Committee
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
All entries must be received by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, September 13, 2019.
Beth Forbes’ First graders conducted an experiment in science. They predicted items would either float or sink in a tub of water. Each student had an opportunity to gently drop something into the tub. Most of their predictions were correct…however, they had two surprises: a tiny paper clip plummeted to the bottom, and a pencil floated on top of the water! It was fun…learning…a good day in first grade. Pictured from left to right in the first row are Jakoby Riley, Sofia Delgado Ortiz, and Karli Rubin. Pictured in the Second Row is Thomas Rivera, Symora Dowe, Leana Nguyen, and Kadence Haddon. Pictured in the third row is Dominic Delancy, Boden Bishop, Luke LaCombe, Taylor Wildes, Brandon Reyna, and Paige Huhn.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently went searching for a compass. They found it on campus after learning about it during integrated language arts. Great job Rockets!
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a PBS (Positive Behavior Support) dance recently. The theme was Spring in Paris and the students dressed in their finest attire. Students earned rocket fuel for their positive behavior and turned them in to their teachers to be able to attend the dance. All the classes enjoyed the event as well as the teachers. Pictured is first grader A’Marion Hall in the center surrounded by his classmates.
Students in Donna Hellums’ first grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary celebrated the winter holidays with a pajama party and a viewing of the Polar Express. They compared and contrasted the book and the movie.
Students from Desiree Miller’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are seen holding up posters they made for cafeteria manager Nancy DeGuzman, pictured with the students. Students participated in the Walk-A-Thon with proceeds going to the Relay for Life team which helps the American Cancer Society.
Students in Mrs. Auciello’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary used Play-Doh and toothpicks to create a 3-dimensional cube! The students figured out that they needed 6 Play-Doh vertices and 12 toothpick edges.
Pictured are Andrew Newhouse, Jaxson Plantier, Malia Johnson, Jaistyn Thurston, and Madelyn Farrell.
What a great way to learn about the defining attributes of 3D shapes!
Students in Mrs. Alice Parks’ first grade class at Frances K. Sweet worked on composing two-dimensional shapes. The shapes were: rectangles, squares, trapezoids, and triangles. The students created a composite shape using pretzels and marshmallows as their manipulatives. The students enjoyed eating their shapes after making them. Students from left to right: Mia Delara and Rain Bailey
Students in Ann Hartman’s first grade class at Allapattah Flats K8 listen attentively as Craig Perry from Huntington Learning Center reads a special holiday story, “Oliver All Alone”. Students listened to the story in the special Gator Reading Room. Mr. Perry helped foster the students love of reading, and kept them engaged by asking purposeful questions throughout the story. What a special treat for the students. Pictured, back row from left, are Jimmy Fanning, Enrique Mojica, Andre Hale, Mia Horowitz, Angelica Maldonado, Courtney Waithe, Antonio Alves, and Jayden Torello. Front row, from left, are Michael Brown, Emily Middlebrook, Craig Perry, Cordelia Raeburn, Kes Barber, Isabelle Veloz, and Parkyr Saylor.
First grade students in Jacqueline Harris’ class celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The students enjoyed a read aloud of Green Eggs and Ham followed by a surprise breakfast of which they were all eager to consume. Later on they made hats depicting the character Cat in the Hat using his hat and created “at” word family words which were displayed on the their hats. Pictured, from left, are George Gervin, Dontavius Tindall, Valentina Damian, Cedtearia Hayes, Eliette Jean, Tom Flucker, Richelle Williams, and Leslie Bonilla.
All through this school year, students in Pam Pressley’s first grade classroom at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce have been writing letters to the uncle of one of their fellow students who has been deployed in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy. Joshua Shepherd, whose nephew Hunter is in the class, surprised Hunter and his classmates recently, as they did not expect Joshua to return until next month. Hunter’s face lit up with just the sight of a recognizable tie as part of Joshua’s uniform. Television and newspaper media were there to capture the exhilirating moment.
First grade students in Michelle Smith’s First Grade Class at Mariposa Elementary each have their individual goal folders. Inside their goal folders are sight words, math concepts (numbers, 3D shapes, etc.) and chunks (digraphs/blends/word families). The students pair up each week to practice their goals and congratulate one another when they reach their goals. Their teacher, Mrs. Smith, checks their goals each week and helps students create new goals for themselves as they achieve each objective. “I’m so proud of you!” Deven Harris tells classmate Abigayle Conner, as she passes her sight words page in her Goal Folder. “The students work very hard to meet and exceed their goals,” says Smith. “They are fueled by the praise they get from their peers and enjoy being an encouragement to others.”
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.
At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Linda Auciello’s 1st grade students Abigail Negron, Sophia Manson and Rashard Alston are busy working on their “listen to read” reading center. Reading center rotations are practiced to ensure students stay engaged and gain a variety of different learning opportunities within their classroom.