Floresta Elementary School recently hosted Family Math Nights. Kindergarten through second grade and third grade through fifth grade students and parents attended two special presentations explaining the new Common Core State Standards along with an overview of what students are expected to become fluent in with regards to mathematics.
Parents and students participated in math tutorials that included double-digit multiplication using partial product and long division using partial quotient. Parents learned math games to use at home with their students as well as tricks and tips on how to talk with their children about math.
Family Math Night at Floresta was a huge success with parents, teachers, and students. The evenings were hosted by math coach Victoria Pease, and refreshments were provided by the Floresta PTO. Students were given a math goodie bag with dice, playing cards, beads, and index cards to use at home.
Written by Sandy Pagliughi
Floresta Elementary School science resource teacher Mollie Mukhamedov has been recognized by the Executive Director of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project Board of Directors and staff for her outstanding energy education project. Additionally, Floresta Elementary School was selected Florida Elementary School of the Year and also elementary finalist at the national level. Mrs. Mukhamedov and her students are invited to attend the NEED National Recognition Ceremonies scheduled for June 22-25, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to Mrs. Mukhamedov and all students and staff who have worked together to make this project worthy of state and national recognition. Pictured, from left, are Christopher Rahuba, Brittany Kanhai, Mackenzie Waltz, Rachel Thomas, Zoya Mukhamedov, and Ericka St. Louis.
Congratulations to our teachers/employees of the year, Heather Knab, Judy Rotella, Shelby Rebora, and Adam Schwimer.
A great big “Shout Out” to our St. Lucie District Teacher of the Year nominee: Heather Knab
Floresta Elementary’s Heather Knab serves the elementary school as a literacy coach for grades K through five. In this role, she happily finds herself wearing many hats throughout the day. Whether it be modeling, coaching, collaboratively planning with teachers, analyzing data, conducting a literacy meeting, or coordinating the Title One tutorial program, she embraces them all with enthusiasm and is dedicated to providing a remarkable environment for students to have exceptional learning opportunities.
With strong data to support her students’ growth in reading, Mrs. Knab finds great value in assessing students’ individual needs and monitoring their growth trends. As a literacy coach, she has the whole school under her wing, and therefore, has the opportunity to work with groups of children each day to support their varying ranges of literacy needs. She begins her work with each child by setting attainable and meaningful reading goals so they know where they are as readers. Together, she and her students practice reading skills, foster a love of reading, and celebrate positive growth toward their literacy goals.
Students, faculty, and staff at Floresta Elementary School recently pulled together for a worthwhile cause — to collect and distribute food and related items to local needy families. Pictured are members of the student council, who performed the groundwork necessary to collect the donations each morning for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. A great deal of appreciation is due these students, and the families, faculty and staff who contributed through donations or effort. Written by Suzanne Diaz.
Mrs. Glidden’s first grade class tests the order of their addends in their addition sentences to find out if it changes the sum. The students quickly found out that it did not and engaged in a game of “find your flip flop fact friend” to match their addition sentence with someone else who had their same addends ordered differently.
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On February 14, 2018, the JROTC Jaguar Battalion had our annual Service Learning event. At this event our cadets retired unserviceable flags from public buildings and military bases. We had U.S. veterans attend, along with our Jaguar band and Mr. Frazer’s class. The master of ceremony was C/ Major Syanna Graham.
Christopher Gomez at Frances K. Sweet was surprised to find out he won the 2017 Drop Savers Water Conservation Poster Contest for fifth grade. The City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems, in conjunction with Florida Section American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), held the contest for all St. Lucie County students in order for them to better understand the importance of water conservation.
Grade level county winners now have their posters submitted for the state contest. Christopher was excited they made his poster into a bag, a window cling, a magnet, and his poster will be on display in the city offices.
The Classics, Mockumentary!
Finished First and Advances to State Competition
Team Members: Chyanne Creel, Carmela Bustamante, Chase Wu, Julia Mills, Sienna Mills, Camryn Monroe, and Charles Frazier
Coach: Stacey Johnson
A Stellar Hangout
Team Members: Madeline Chiong, Vanessa Tabana, Arianne Reif, Julian Wright, Anthony Green, Charlotte Sellers, and Julia Hidrowah
Coaches: Celeste Hartsfield and Minnie Spivey
The students in Mrs. Traci Lott’s second grade class had a wonderful time on their field trip to Al’s Family Farms. Students had the opportunity to learn about the citrus industry with a guided tour of the packing house. Students were able to learn about Florida citrus from the time it was planted until the time it was picked and cleaned and then finally packed for delivery or sold to consumers. All the students agree that the best part was the samples of oranges, orange juice, and the delicious orange ice cream.
Frances K. Sweet Magnet School was pleased to host Mr. E. Wayne Gent at our School Advisory Council Meeting on February 12, 2019. Parents, teachers, students, staff, and community members received important information regarding the proposed referendum directly from our Superintendent. They had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
After the meeting, Mr. Gent visited the music suite and performed a solo piano exhibition that was impressive to students and educators alike! Thank you Mr. Gent for your belief in our students, teachers, and community.
Five Star School Awards for 2013-14 were presented to St. Lucie Public Schools at the Board meeting on October 28, 2014. In order for a school to qualify for this prestigious award they must have a grade of “C” or above for the school year; achieve 100% of the criteria in the categories of Business Partners, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service and School advisory Councils; and have a portfolio that documents the achievements of each criteria. The awards were given to: Allapattah Flats K-8, Bayshore Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, Forest Grove Middle, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, Mariposa Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Northport K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School, Parkway Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, Southern oaks Middle, Southport Middle, St. Lucie West Centennial High, St. Lucie West K-8, Treasure Coast High, Village Green Environmental Studies School, Weatherbee Elementary, West Gate K-8, and White City Elementary. Congratulations!
The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.
In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories.
- Business partnerships
- Family Involvement
- Student Community Service
- School Advisory Councils
Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.
This year’s winners include:
1. Allapattah Flats K-8 School
2. Bayshore Elementary School
3. Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
4. Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School
5. Floresta Elementary School
6. Forest Grove Middle School
7. Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
8. Samuel S. Gaines Academy
9. Lakewood Park Elementary School
10. Lawnwood Elementary School
11. Lincoln Park Academy
12. Mariposa Elementary School
13. Morningside Elementary School
14. Northport K-8 School
15. Oak Hammock K-8 School
16. Palm Pointe Ed. Research School
17. Parkway Elementary School
18. Port St. Lucie High School
19. Rivers Edge Elementary School
20. Savanna Ridge Elementary School
21. Southern Oaks Middle School
22. Southport Middle School
23. St. Lucie West Centennial High School
24. St. Lucie West K-8 School
25. Treasure Coast High School
26. Village Green Env. Studies School
27. West Gate K-8 School
28. Weatherbee Elementary School
29. White City Elementary School
30. Windmill Point Elementary School
Five St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting as PBS model schools. Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Delaware Avenue School, and Parkway Elementary were recognized as a Bronze, Garden City Early Learning Academy as a Gold, and Weatherbee Elementary as a Gold for the third year in a row. Pictured, from left, from Weatherbee Elementary School are PBS team members assistant principal Jennifer Avellino, Melanie Macpherson, Erinn Anderson, Monica Adhin, Principal Mike Hitsman, Christine Gawlak, Roberta Weil, former assistant principal Dianne Young who was instrumental in guiding the program, and PBS coach Peggy Kirby-Sewell.
Students who will represent Mariposa Elementary School in the All County Chorus in April are Jessica Bently, SadiahKouns, Mia Rose Kirchner, Alex Perry, and Sara Cardoso. This year’s theme is Songs of Florida. The students will be practicing after school with music teacher Thomas Conner to prepare for their video taping for the concert April 26 at the Fenn Center in Fort Peirce. Pictured, from left, are Jessica Bently, SadiahKouns, Mia Rose Kirchner, and Alex Perry.
Manatee Academy K8 students, from left, Crystal Fissette, Serona Brown, Michael Pecora, Tia Camp, and Naiah James were chosen to represent the school in the All County Elementary Chorus. Attached is a link to the performance which will air on WLX-TV, the St. Lucie County Education Channel, at various times.
Congratulations to Shamir Sterlin, Dayden Holtman, Lana Lovanh, Brian Wu, and Skylar Monroe who won this year’s Law Poster Contest! The theme this year (for Elementary grades) was “Voting at the Polls”. Mrs. Cary Schott was so proud of her art students. Each student worked hard to create a winning illustration. For grades 3-5, Brian Wu took 1st place and received $150.00. Dayden Holtman took 2nd place and received $100.00. Lana Lovanh took third place and received $75.00. For grades K – 2, Skylar Monroe took 1st place and received $100.00 and Shamir Sterlin won 2nd place and received $75.00. Thank you to the Friends of the Saint Lucie County Law Library who sponsored such a wonderful event for the students.
Students in three Allied Health Assisting classes at St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently completed a Financial Literacy Program in Mary Higgins’ and Elizabeth Durkee’s classes. The program consisted of 12 online modules and was completed as a class assignment. The program is offered through the nonprofit Debt Management Credit Counseling by Jason Athas, Manager of Educational Programs at Debt Management Credit Corps. He has been teaching these classes at Centennial for about seven years. Five of the students in the program received a perfect score, who are pictured, from left, Christa Oralus, Matt Leo, Jason Athas from DMCC, Levi Wesley, Taylor Ferruggia, and Holly Aldrich. All received a certificate for completing but also received a cash prize. Students were quoted as saying “I didn’t know credit was that important;” “It’s definitely something I need to pay attention to;” “The financial literacy program was a very good experience;” “All high school students should participate in this program. By learning about finances ahead of time, a person would be less likely to end up in a bad financial situation.”
Article submitted by Holly Aldrich
On Thursday, October 26, the Jaguar cadets took a trip to Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) to expand their knowledge of senior ROTC and the college admission process. With a few guest speakers from the admissions office, ROTC and a US Army Officer; the Jaguar cadets have learned valuable information about how their future should go.
Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker requested the Board’s endorsement of the “First Vote Week” Proclamation for March 11-15, 2019, that upholds a non-partisan, classroom-based voter education, registration and citizenship program conducted in Social Studies and American Government classes for high school students.
The goal of the Supervisor of Elections is to give every student the opportunity to register to vote at age 18 or pre-register at age 16 and 17. The Supervisor of Elections and her staff will be on high school campuses to assist students and teachers with voter registration in support of the First Vote program.