Students at Frances K Sweet Magnet School donated items to help make Christmas more enjoyable in Haiti. Children in Haiti will be pleased to receive the gift boxes filled with toys and school supplies. We were able to contribute 15 filled gift boxes.
Some of the students that were happy to help out are pictured, left to right back row, Alex Macias, Juan Escobedo, Sierrah Payne, and front row, Sarah Burkert, Joseph Richardson, and Ty’Shawn Moore.
Mentor Dorothy Stuber in Barbara Whellams’ third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary shared with the students news about her recent cruise through the Panama Canal. The children were interested in all aspects of the cruise,especially hearing that the ship, Queen Victoria, weighed 70,000 tons. Dorothy also gave each child a “lucky” coin as a remembrance of her trip.
The students in Traci Lott’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary work cooperatively to create Thinking Maps with the spelling skill of the week. Students sort words into a tree map based on the weekly skill, record their words individually on paper, and then use those words as a launching point for other engaging word work activities. From left, A’myah Combs, Blake Ooms, Shadalou Fernandez, Abbey Brosnihan, and Dylan Rizzo ejoy working together.
After reading “Curious George Makes Pancakes” by Margret and H.A. Rey, students in Morgan Haupt’s kindergarten class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School made pancakes for themselves. The students loved learning and seeing first-hand how pancakes are made. From left, Skylar Monroe, Jacire Johnson-Bell, and Kalia Alexander helped measure the ingredients for the pancakes.
Students in Donna Hellums’ first grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school with a day full of fun and engaging activities. Pictured, from the left, are Kanye Whitehead, Kaliyana Limear, Regina Macias, and Nathan Kline proudly showing off the tower they made with 100 cups.
Third and fourth grade students in gifted programs at F.K. Sweet Elementary School culminated a unit on the Middle Ages with a Medieval Feast. Students made surcoats, worn by knights, and baked trenchers (bread plates) to eat from. During the unit, students modeled castles, created a Coat of Arms, learned the art of illumination, and experimented with catapults. Pictured, from left, are D’Marvelous Reid, Joshua Caldwell, Quinlen Meservey, and Cameron Dodd.
Fourth grade students Kayla Ceasar, left, and William Nelson in Nardi Routten’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School became scientists last week as they explored ice balloons. Students used their observation skills to explore the surface of ice balloons after salt and food coloring were added.They then wrote down questions their observations inspired. Questions were sorted and new investigations were designed to answer some of those questions.
Students at F.K. Sweet Elementary that have read a total of 10 Florida Sunshine Books were recently treated to an ice cream sundae party by Jeannie DuPell, media specialist. The goal is to read all 15 books by the end of spring.
Jackie Foster, the school nurse at F.K. Sweet Elementary, is a very popular person on campus with every student. Sometimes children have been known to fake an illness so they can go hang out with her for a visit. To show their appreciation and gratitude for doing such an outstanding job all year, third grade students made thank you cards and posted them outside the clinic so everyone could read and enjoy them during Nurses’ Appreciation Week. Olivia Sperber and Will Nelson are pictured with Ms. Foster saying thanks after putting up their cards.
What an accomplishment for fifth grade F.K. Sweet Elementary student, Jerry Miles Johnson III, in winning first place for four years in a row at the Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest recently held at Ft. Pierce Central High School. Jerry’s strong oratory focused on this year’s theme, Remember, Celebrate, and Take Action.
Elia McDonald, in Laura Glennon’s third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary, is the class winner for his prize cabbage. His information and cabbage picture will be submitted to Bonnie Plants, in Union Springs, Alabama. Elia’s cabbage will be judged on the cabbage head size, overall appearance, and weight. There will be a $1,000 scholarship awarded to each state winner. The contest is sponsored by Bonnie Plants and the Department of Agriculture. Gook luck, Elia with your four pound cabbage.
The Student Council officers and classroom representatives were all on hand to assist with students having their pictures taken with Santa at the recent Saturday morning breakfast at F.K. Sweet Elementary. The breakfast was organized by sponsor Michelle Adrian, and enjoyed by many families.
On the January Professional Development Day, the staff at F.K. Sweet Elementary had a Marzano training on several of the design questions featured in his book. Teachers worked in groups to share activities that could be used as part of an effective classroom. Sharing their presentation, from left, are Jody Horton, Dorain Newbern, and Deanna Scotto.
For Music in our Schools Month, I would like to introduce you to F.K. Sweet’s “Blues Brothers Team!”
For our Musical Color Wars theme, our Administration and Front Office Staff paid tribute to the Blues Brothers!
The students in Celeste Hartsfield’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Magnet School are learning about different shapes and their attributes, as well as how to make patterns with the shapes. Students had a great time making their own hats by using shapes and making them into patterns. Pictured, from left, are Aamar Black and Alexander Ramos.
Second graders Junior Edmond, Miles Biglin, and Alessandra Martinez in Julia Melville’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary are using base ten blocks while learning to subtract with regrouping. Go Math emphasizes the daily use of manipulatives to help students use a hands on approach for mastery of math skills.
Students in Mrs. Julia Melville’s second grade class have been studying the human body. As a culminating activity to this unit, students created a model of the human skeleton, identifying the bones and their basic functions in relation to the human body. Pictured are Fayth Coley, Carsen Reis, Kanosha Hartwell, and Jonah Dicuia with their skeletons.
The students in Mrs. Traci Lott’s second grade class had a great time reading literature and informational stories about spiders. Students were able to compare and contrast the most important ideas from the two texts on the same topic. At the end of their book study, the students enjoyed making their own “spider treats!” Pictured here from left to right are Ashley Suazo, Josh Banate, Lani’ Chambers, and Heather Wallman.
F.K. Sweet 2nd graders in Mrs. Lott’s class enjoyed learning about the solar eclipse and loved making models to represent what was happening to the Sun, Moon, and Earth during the eclipse.
Nicholas Sparkman and Mike Harris, students in Rachel Luhta’s F. K. Sweet Elementary class, take turns pumping water at the Gardner House. The house is located on the grounds of the St. Lucie Historical Museum in Fort Pierce. F.K.Sweet second graders recently took a field trip to the museum in order to learn more about local area history.