Southern Oaks’ family science night a success

Southern Oaks’ family science night a success

Nearly 400 turned out for Southern Oaks Middle School’s second annual Family Science Night recently. Students and parents alike participated in many hands-on science activities prepared by the Southern Oaks faculty. One of the big crowd pleasers was the STEM l, where parents and students were able to see the hydroponic plants and the rockets that were built. Students from Fort Pierce Central High School’s culinary arts program provided some delicious cookies and performed a demostration, and students from Central’s automotive, biology, and HOSA programs also shared their experiences. Students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School shared information about the Marine Oceanographic program, and showcased all the exciting things going on in Marine Biology. Students and parents were able to enjoy all the great
science programs and learn a little about what is expected in high school and beyond.  A special thanks to Ft.Pierce Central and Westwood high schools’ teachers, students and administrators.

Sheriff’s detectives provide internet safety guidance to Floresta Elementary parents

Sheriff’s detectives provide internet safety guidance to Floresta Elementary parents

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office detectives spoke to parents at Floresta Elementary School recently about internet safety. Risky internet decisions while utilizing social media include socializing, downloading, posting photos, music, and games were discussed. Parents were made aware of the dangers of unknown friending, posting personal information, embarrassing or harassing people, sending provocative images, sharing passwords, or clicking on pop-ups. Attendees were shown a presentation and videos focusing on internet safety. Warning signs include receiving gifts, making calls to unknown numbers, turning away from friends and family, or exhibiting extreme emotional behavior when they have no access to the internet. A question and answer period followed. For more information, visit netsmartz.org.
Written by Sandy Pagliughi

Palm Pointe students participate in All County Chorus

Palm Pointe students participate in All County Chorus

Five Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition students participated recently in the St. Lucie All County Chorus. This is an annual event which takes place each Spring in honor of Music In Our Schools Month. Students from all elementary schools in St. Lucie County come together to videotape a concert that will be played on Channel 13 as well as
in all schools as children all over St. Lucie County learn and sing these songs. Pictured, back row, are Briena Hall and Biance’ Kirkpatrick. Middle row are Aaron Oliveira and Sarah Wouters, and front row is Cianna Hall. 

Palm Pointe students enjoy Spring book fair

Palm Pointe students enjoy Spring book fair

The students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed shopping at the Spring Book Fair. Books from every genre and reading level were available for sale. Students could also sign up for a new service called Storia, which is for e-books. Those who signed up received five free e-books. Pictured, right, is third grader Nicholas Polanco as he takes advantage of this great program, with dad and younger brother Maddox. 

Curious George visits St. Lucie Elementary

Curious George visits St. Lucie Elementary

Curious George surprised St. Lucie Elementary’s VPK students with a special visit. Sherry Beland’s VPK class had the highest usage of the online curricula for the second quarter. Students in her class were ecstatic as Curious appeared from around the corner.

Port St. Lucie drill team qualifies for state meet

Port St. Lucie drill team qualifies for state meet

Both male and female teams of the Port S. Lucie High School Jaguar ROTC Battalion have qualified to go to the state drill meet by placing in first to third place in their events in the district drill meet hosted recently by Fort Pierce Central High School. The teams took first place in two of the events, and third in another event. Also in an individual knock-out drill, which is like a military “Simon Says,” two cadets won placed in the top 10. Overall, the Jaguar Battalion Drill Team performed very well and is anticipating the state meet. Pictured is the JROTC Jaguar Battalion Drill Team.

Former principal visits elementary school

Former principal visits elementary school

Students in Veronica Patrick’s second grade class at St. Lucie Elementary was paid a special visit from Mr. Reverend James Sullivan, a former principal of St. Lucie County Schools. Reverend Sullivan took the time to educate her students on Black History and honorable individuals remembered for their braveness, such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, and many more. A special thank you Reverend Sullivan.

Weatherbee Elementary students enjoy Saturday science enrichment camps

Weatherbee Elementary students enjoy Saturday science enrichment camps

Weatherbee Elementary students are spending Saturday mornings in a science enrichment camp fostering creative problem solving and teamwork – 21st century life skills imperative to success in our modern society. Each Saturday, students rotate through stations, each of which encourages working in diverse teams, engaging in investigations, experiments, and engineering challenges that combine science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in enriching, hands-on activities. Students in teams have dissected owl pellets, built electrical circuits, created potato batteries, made organic polymer slime, measured the effect of varying forces on golf ball speed, as well as determining the effect of camouflage on predation to name a few activities. All activities are geared toward fifth grade benchmarks. The camps are the brainchild of Weatherbee Elementary Science Resource Teacher Mary Bishop.

Fort Pierce Central cadets qualify for state drill competition

Fort Pierce Central cadets qualify for state drill competition

The Fort Pierce Central High School JROTC recently hosted the 2013 Area III Drill Competition, and qualified in six categories for state competition. The five-county drill competition is the state qualifier for over 26 high school JROTC programs. The top three in each category win a trip to Lakeland for the Florida State Drill Competition. Each school is evaluated on their ability to demonstrate precision, originality, and overall showmanship within the routines. The Cobra cadets placed third overall, and first in Male/Mixed Armed Platoon Exhibition, Female Unarmed Regulation Squad, and Male/Mixed Color Guard. The cadets also earned second place in Female Armed Platoon Exhibition, third Place in Female Armed Squad Exhibition, and third Place in Male/Mixed Unarmed Regulation. This is the third year that Ft Pierce Central JROTC has hosted the Area III Drill Competition. Story Submitted by C/Cpt Gene Moore, Public Affairs Liasion.

WestGate students enjoy whirlwind Washington visit

WestGate students enjoy whirlwind Washington visit

A group of 42 eighth grade WestGate students and four chaperones recently visited Washington, D.C. They visited the White House, and upon entering the East Wing, the newly appointed Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob Lew, was leaving the White House and returning to the adjacent Treasury Department. They visited the Jefferson, World War II, Grant and Martin Luther King, Jr., memorials. They visited the Kennedy famly gravesite at the Arlington National cemetery, and viewed the solemn ceremony of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The students then visited Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and took pictures with many historical figures. A snow storm greeted the group on their second day of the trip, a first for many students, and they toured the Iwo Jima, Lincoln, Vietnam Wall and Korean Memorials in the snow. The group then went to the Capitol and visited with Congressman Patrick Murphy. While on a guided Capitol tour, in Statuary Hall, the Speaker of the House John Boehner walked by and chatted with the West Gate students for a few moments. The group visited the Smithsonian Museums, National Aeronautics and Space, both the American Museum of Natural History and the museum of American History, where the restored “Star Spangled Banner” is on display. Pictured are the students in the north portico of the White House.

Mariposa Elementary students learn math and measuring through baking

Mariposa Elementary students learn math and measuring through baking

In fourth grade to practice learning about fractions, students in Michele Graci’s class at Mariposa Elementary decided to do some real world application. This project was helpful for the class to be able to answer the question fractions’ purpose. The students each got a chance to make a cake mix and end up with cake pops to eat at the end of their experiment. The class was put into four groups, and each afternoon a different group was put to the test. They were given a cake mix box and all the ingredients and tools they would need. It was then their job to read the directions on the box to measure and mix the ingredients properly with no help from the teacher.  Once they were sure it was ready, the cake pops were prepared in a small oven. The students were then able to taste the results when they were finished baking.  At the end of the week, students votec on which batch tasted better. Students realized that it is important to be able to not only read directions, but also measure fractions properly because if not done so the cake pops will not bake properly. One of the groups did measure incorrectly and the students were able to tell right away because once baked the cake pops did not come out properly. Pictured are students reading the directions and preparing the cake pops.

Northport garden wins fair accolades

Northport garden wins fair accolades

Northport K-8 fifth grade instructor Judy Fowler and her students won accolades, money and ribbons of all colors at the St. Lucie County Fair for vegetables home grown in the class’ garden and for journals that students submitted. Students exhibited vegetables such as kohlrabi, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, dill, mustards, collards, onions and strawberries. Two students, Trevor Walk and Kaitlyn Friedt, won ribbons for their gardening journals which detail daily gardening activities. Students in Mrs. Fowler’s class were provided clearly stated learning goals, scales and rubrics for the
engaging project and the very special long range lesson provided for learning needs of every student including ESE and ESOL special learners. The garden and the final exhibit provided positive interactions with teacher, students and parents as well as community services.

Northport students excel at history fair

Northport students excel at history fair

Northport K-8 middle grades students excelled at the 2013 SLC School District
History Fair. Three Northport students, Moriah Weir, Michael Gorbach
and Casey McCowan,  were finalists in the second round of judging at the fair
held on March 2, 2013. Michael Gorbach’s exhibit, The Russian Revolution of
1917 was chosen as a finalist for the top three slots. Michael will be presented
with a second place award at the presentation ceremony on Wednesday, March 13 at
Fort Pierce Central.  Northport History Fair coordinator is instructor Bob
Burdge. Pictured, from left, are Bob Burdge, students Moriah Weir, Michael
Gorbach, Casey McCowan and principal, Glenn Rustay.

“Gallon pals” arrive at Windmill Point!

“Gallon pals” arrive at Windmill Point!

Windmill Point Elementary second graders in Caryol-Lynn Hallahan’s class created their own “gallon pals” to help them learn capacity and equivalents in math. Each student made their own pal beginning with a gallon body, accompanied by quart arms and legs, pint hands and feet, and cup fingers and toes to help them visualize how our customary system of measurement works. Pictured are Efrain Pellot and Christopher Skrabak.

Windmill Point students learn about money through circle maps

Windmill Point students learn about money through circle maps

The students in Erin Cook’s and Melissa Lucrezia’s second grade classes at Windmill Pointe Elementary synergize as they create a circle map. The students’ learning goal to will understand money. Through Common Core curriculum, students are required to show a deep understanding of money. The students are showing all the different ways to make
88 cents through different coin combinations. Pictured are Dylan Charan, left, and Elijah Steckler.

Mariposa Elementary students combine reading, writing and art

Mariposa Elementary students combine reading, writing and art

Fourth grade students in the After School Tutoring Program at Mariposa Elementary are enthralled making paper mache characters or scenes from books they have read. The project is to connect reading, writing, and art. Students are learning characterization, setting, plot and finding facts from text. Not only are they learning but having a ball constructing their projects. Pictured, from left, are Kailey Oullette, Aivi Lang, Kanson Paul, Adriana Perez, and Arianna White.

Northport K8 honored for parent involvement

Northport K8 honored for parent involvement

Northport K-8 School has achieved the school district’s Parent Involvement award for the middle/senior level. Northport K-8, a Title 1 school, submitted its “Take The Lead And Read” program for consideration. The program standards must apply a welcoming of all families into the school community, effective communication, support of students’ success, sharing power, speaking up for every child and collaborating with the community. The award highlights exemplary programs in Florida schools. The award also reflects innovative practices for recruiting, training and recognition of family and community members.  Northport’s programming includes strong PTO support, 21st Century before and after school program, veterans program, Waggin’ Tales public library program, involvement in community reading events, community book fairs, support of Florida initiatives for Just Read, Florida, a challenge camp and volunteer reading mentors. Pictured are proud members from across the school community.  From left, student Adnan Abdelquader, volunteer Sally Poole, students Ashlei Freeman and Christina Lambert, Northport’s adult Volunteer of the Year and parent, Suzi Scott, and teacher Chris Prusa.

Northport kindergartners prepare for authors program

Northport kindergartners prepare for authors program

Northport kindergarteners in Megan Castiglia’s class, better known as Ms. MC and the “Little Hammers” invited parents and administrators to the Media Center to help celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and the kickoff for the students’ Young Author’s program. Students built a main character using the Dr. Seuss model, wrote stories to share with all parents and performed several songs including the class pledge and motto! The parents and grandparents moved from student station to student station, enjoying the work and achievement of each child in the class. The enthusiasm was obvious as the students were provided the opportunity to celebrate their work!

Northport kindergarteners delve into Dr. Seuss

Northport kindergarteners delve into Dr. Seuss

Northport K-8 kindergartners in Melody Nieves’ classes completed an author study in the school’s Media Center recently as a culminating activity for their Dr. Seuss birthday celebration. Students listened to the story “There’s A Wocket In My Pocket” read by media specialist Lynne Gruszka, then participated in a rhyming word sentence structure activity.  Students then modeled their sentences for the very enthusiastic group of learners. Pictured are the students, along with, from left, assistant Tyna Richards, Ms. Nieves and assistant Mrs. Cleveland.

Oak Hammock Osprey Band delights Mets game crowd

Oak Hammock Osprey Band delights Mets game crowd

The Oak Hammock Osprey Band, led by Director of Bands Amy Isenhower, performed the National Anthem at the New York Mets’ recent Spring Training game against the University of Michigan. This is the third time the group has performed at a Mets game as they are appreciated for their performances.