Fort Pierce Westwood High School would like to recognize and celebrate one of our teachers, Mr. James Norcia. Mr. Norcia created a motivation plan known as the “The Raceway Contest” which has made its way onto the Reading Plus© Training Site – Creating Motivation Plans. Mr. Norcia developed this plan last spring during our initial implementation of the Reading Plus© program. This extrinsic motivation plan celebrates the student’s individual and class success within the Reading Plus© program as they improve their reading comprehension skills.
“The Raceway Contest” had every class choose a car and then each class was able to earn “laps” around the raceway by achieving weekly goals. The class with the most laps earned each week received a prize. Individual students were also entered in to a weekly “winners circle.” Student class prizes changed regularly to promote the three important reader motivations of interest, dedication, and confidence.
Mr. Norcia has been supporting and motivating students at Westwood for the past seven years. Please join us in congratulating him for having his work incorporated in this training site. #fpwpantherpride
Fort Pierce Central High School hosted over 200 student-athletes throughout three weeks of basketball camp this summer. The FPC Basketball / Person of Influence Camp challenged campers to maximize their athletic potential while encouraging these students to extend past comfort level and to open their minds to learning new techniques and drills. Additionally, students were engaged in coaching-instruction that focused primarily on teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence. All of these activities aid in the development of strong work habits and positive values which students need to carry with them throughout the course of their athletic and academic career. Every camper had the opportunity to meet new friends in an encouraging environment where success was measured by effort and self-improvement, not by winning and losing.
Mrs. Stacey Johnson was awarded a $100.00 classroom grant from the Retired Florida Education Association. Mrs. Barbara Kaste presented the award which will be used to purchase rocket engines for building model rockets from recycled materials with students in the Challenge Program. Pictured with Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Kaste are second grade challenge students and Mrs. Juanita Wright, principal.
Third grade students from Mrs. Eleanor Baker’s, Mrs. Lisa McGuire’s and Mrs. Barbara Bennett’s classes enjoyed a field trip to IRSC’s Hallstrom Planetarium. At the planetarium students enjoyed the show narrated by Mr. Jon Bell. The new projector is amazing and made the whole experience even more exciting! The students have a better understanding of the phases of the moon and about why we have four seasons, the planets and the conditions on each planet, and how stars and black holes are formed. The visit proved to be an interesting experience for the students.
Scientist Dr. Susan Sennett from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution assists third grade students at F. K. Sweet Elementary School with a buoyancy experiment during a presentation on the scientific method. Pictured hard at work, from left, are Terry Boles, Armani Richardson, and Sylnia McMillan with Dr. Sennett.
Students in Eleanor Baker’s third grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary proudly display their North American country projects. Students created maps, timelines, brochures, and postcards after they researched and wrote about important events, people, and places of their chosen country.
F.K. Sweet Elementary third grade students recently visited the IRSC Planetarium. Teacher Marla Liberatore had earned a field trip grant that provided enough funding for students in all seven third grade classes could attend. Waiting to enter the planetarium, from left, are students Angelica Villalobos, Jessie Rezac, Timothy Chaill, Jacon Bartkowiak, and Darnisha Forestal.
A special thanks to Mr. Calhoun, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Lowe from the Rotary Club of Ft. Pierce, who generously presented dictionaries to all third grade students at Frances K. Sweet Elementary Magnet School. They were greatly appreciated!
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School won first place at the St. Lucie County Fair for the Elementary School display category. The students created a variety of arts based on the theme: Past, Present, and Future of St. Lucie County. Art Specialist Cary Schott, pictured, set up the display at the fair.
Upcoming fifth grades had the opportunity to attend summer camp at F. K. Sweet. Students are learning and having fun all at the same time. Students explored force and motion using balloon race cars to demonstrate the forces surrounding us. Pictured, left to right, are Jacob Andreacchio and Larry Freeman.
Students in Dorian Newbern’s first grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary are learning about place value. From left, pictured are Katelyn Foster, Kanari’l Tolbert, and Ethan Belulovich working together to make numbers using ones and 10s blocks. Later on in the lesson, the students were able to compare their numbers by using the blocks as a reference.
After discussing the PBIS expectations in the classroom, students in Kim Yoder’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary extended their learning using a cause and effect thinking map. This map helped review the rules and brainstorm what type of rewards the students were interested in this year. Pictured, from left, are Tra’Kyla King, Ericka Zurita, Kamryn Gardner, and Kayla Jerger.
Isabella Lott in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School is building “work-on-writing” stamina as a part of the Daily 5 reading block. Students have the freedom of choosing what they want to write about during this independent practice time.
Fifth grade students from Frances K. Sweet Elementary took a trip back in time to the Civil War period in a field trip recently. The students were able to see authentic uniforms, supplies, and equipment. The trip ended with a firing of the cannon. Pictured, from left, are Bakari Mosley, Aleyah Moore, Cassie Ackenbrack, Courtlyn Cooper, Amber Bowen, Jocelyn Richardson, and Cindy Montalvo with one of the period staff persons.
F.K. Sweet technology teacher Michelle Adrian is busy helping third grade students Jakissia Wheeler and Kamryn Gardner create a holiday wish list while using Desk Top Publishing. Students use this program throughout the year for publishing stories and writing letters. Students this year are also enjoying using Quizlet.com for multiplication practice.
Pictured from left, Abbie Newbern, Mylee Moreno, Shinese Saintil, and Maryanne Logsdon, students in Donald Logue’s fifth grade class at F. K. Sweet Elementary, display the vocabulary posters they created. The posters illustrated the meanings of various vocabulary words from their unit on solids, liquids, and gases.
Fourth grade students in Kim Yoder’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School celebrated mathematical success with ice cream sundaes. Fourth graders have been completing multiplication quick quizzes and post tests throughout the year demonstrating skill, accuracy, and speed. Those students who possess those qualities were rewarded with an ice cream sundae buffet. With over 20 different toppings, bowls were piled high with sweet rewards for sweet success. Pictured, from left, are Justin Adrian, Stoney Braynen, Cody Harris, and Allen Lin.
Students at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School are raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society throughout the month of October. All of the donated change goes towards research in treating and finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma in children. Students in Julia Melville’s second grade class have contributed over $100 in the first week. Students are truly proud of their efforts and are excited to be part of a great cause! Pictured, from left, are Desirae Knight, Jayden Zamplione, Madison Davis, Jayden Ligonde, Quinn Stephenson, and Ansel Espinal.
Students in Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School presented a check for over $500 to the mosquito control and marine and coastal management services to buy a sensor machine to help track sea turtles at the February 14, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The students had entered into the Disney Planet Challenge. The local environmental issue they focused on was the restoration of marine habitats with a focus on sea turtles. Their activities included beach clean-ups, planting and measuring various species of mangroves, seining and water testing. The students also wrote a book about two baby sea turtles struggling to get back to their ocean home. Their story is based on research about specific species of sea turtles. The books have been selling for $5-$6 each, and proceeds from the sale of the books were represented by the mock check. Pictured, behind the students in the back row, from left, are F. K. Sweet Elementary principal Juanita Wright and assistant principal Kisha Bellande-Hinds, County Commissioner Tod Mowery, Mosquito Control Coordinator John Tucker, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, and School Board chairman Carol Hilson.
It’s no wonder why brothers, fourth grade student Grayson, left, and second grade student Noah DiBernardo, have earned Star Reader shirts from the Media Center at Frances K. Sweet Elementary. They obviously practice reading as much as they can. Star Reader shirts are awarded to students who show academic growth on the SRI test or is already reading above grade level.