Centennial High School cadets bring home trophies

Centennial High School cadets bring home trophies

St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC field meet competition team participated at a field meet in Miami Beach recently. Even though the team was missing some valuable players, the cadets overcame their disadvantage and took home 10 trophies, the most the unit has ever earned. The cadets took first place in Armed Exhibition Drill and first place in Unarmed Basic Drill, and came in third place overall out of 15 schools. Congratulations to the Black Talon Navy Junior ROTC cadets.

Students dress alike for fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Students dress alike for fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a “Twin Day” to raise money for Relay for Life. This organization raises money for cancer awareness and for different services for cancer patients. Each year Palm Pointe participates and several activities are planned to help raise money.  Pictured are third grade students from Rosary Polanco’s class that wanted to all dress alike. Back row, Casandra Isaac, left, and Alyssa Dwyer. Front row, from left, Cara Lents, Brooklyn Lyons, Allison Kohler, Emily Rabich, Kacy Zdenek and Haylynn Tate.

School district nutrition department seeks state award

School district nutrition department seeks state award

St. Lucie Public Schools’ school nutrition services department’s Anita Alli, president of the St. Lucie County Florida School Nutrition Association, enlisted the support of Superintendent Michael Lannon in the local group’s application for a President’s Award through the state association. The award, “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow,” recognizes school districts which actively work together districtwide to promote education and nutrition. Pictured is Ms. Alli with Superintendent Lannon.

Gaines Academy students impress at Project Citizen

Gaines Academy students impress at Project Citizen

Seven seventh grade students from Samuel S. Gaines Academy impressed the judges at the recent districtwide Project Citizen event hosted at Samuel Gaines Academy. With the assistance and support from their civics teacher John Davino, these students were able to impress the judges and represent Samuel Gaines Academy with their proposal that “Suspension should be Suspended!” Pictured, from left, are Mateo Rubio, Adriana Calderon, Ashley Dean, Ebony Young, Yanet Guzman, Tatiana Wilks, and Aide Aguilar as they prepare for their group’s four-minute speech, “Solutions, Solutions, Not Suspension.”

Fourth graders at Palm Pointe celebrate Arbor Day

Fourth graders at Palm Pointe celebrate Arbor Day

State Farm agent Janine Tillman sponsored the fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition by donating trees and wildflower seeds for Arbor Day. Students learned the importance of taking care of the Earth, not only for themselves but for future generations. They were all excited to plant, care for, and watch their trees grow for many years to come.  Pictured are students from Victoria Cornelius’ fourth grade class as they show their certificates, trees and seeds.

St. Lucie School District earns national fit-friendly award

St. Lucie School District earns national fit-friendly award

American Heart Association representative Linda Perez presented the St. Lucie County School District an award at the January 22, 2013, school board meeting recognizing the district as a Fit-Friendly company. The national recognition is presented for organizations promoting health and wellness. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, district wellness manager Carlye Fabrikant, Ms. Perez, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Port St. Lucie High cadets enjoy Military Ball

Port St. Lucie High cadets enjoy Military Ball

The Port St.Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Military Ball recently at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. The Military Ball is an event in which cadets participate in a formal dining-out, followed by an informal dance. To begin the events, cadets and their guests proceeded through a receiving line and were greeted by the cadet leadership, led by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Byron Cruz. After the receiving line, an array of speeches and toasts were made, and the traditional grog bowl ceremony took place. Once again, cadets had a safe and entertaining night, and look forward to next year’s ceremony. Pictured are cadets enjoying the formal ceremony. 

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Battalion honors Dr. King in parade

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Battalion honors Dr. King in parade

The Jaguar Battalion of Port St. Lucie High School participated in the annual parade honoring one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Jaguar Battalion received many accolades from the spectators during the event. The battalion was led by Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry, followed by the battalion Color Guard, the battalion staff and the three companies with their professionalism. Through the dedication of the cadets and the leadership of the senior cadets, the Jaguar Battalion remained loud and proud throughout the parade. Pictured are the cadets during the parade.

Westwood JROTC shines in parade

Westwood JROTC shines in parade

Ft. Pierce Westwood Army JROTC Panther Battalion led their school in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the annual MLK parade in Ft Pierce. The 74 Cadets of the battalion were led by Cadet Battalion Commander Maynali Gamez and were accompanied by the color guard, company guidon bearers and an Army High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) from the 1218th Transportation Company of the Florida National Guard. The Panthers also featured a seven-cadet step team led by Cadet Tamiya McClain who pumped up the crowd throughout the march with their unique step routine. Cadet Keundra Durham kept the Panthers in step and highly motivated during the march with Army cadence calls or “Jody” calls as they used to be called during WWII. It was a great day for Westwood High School and the Panther Battalion and a fitting way to remember the courage, vision and personal sacrifice of Dr. King.

F.K. Sweet students rewarded for hard work

F.K. Sweet students rewarded for hard work

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.

Annual parade highlights MLK events

Annual parade highlights MLK events

Newly seated St. Lucie County Commissioner Kim Johnson and wife Sharita Johnson were entertaining masters of ceremony for the annual parade on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on 25th Street in Fort Pierce. The parade highlighted a 10-day celebration, which included a spelling bee, oratory contest, and candlelight parade. Schools, community groups, fraternal organizaitons and local businesses paraded down 25th Street displaying their renditions of the year’s theme, “Reach Beyond the Dream.”

Centennial cadets meet Coast Guard Commandant

Centennial cadets meet Coast Guard Commandant

St Lucie West Centennial High school Navy Junior ROTC cadets presented the colors at the recent Treasure Coast Navy League Dinner honoring 95 year old Rear Admiral William Jenkins. Admiral Robert J. Papp, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, lauded Admiral Jenkins for his many years of outstanding service to the nation. Pictured, from left, are Cadets Lucas Glykas, Bailey Lake, Admiral Papp, Kelsey Daly, and Luis Still. The cadets were honored to meet both admirals, as well as Michael P. Leavitt, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.

Northport students buddy up for literacy initiative

Northport students buddy up for literacy initiative

Northport K-8 students in Pam Mishler’s first grade class and Lisa Cash’s sixth
grade class made new friends all in the name of literacy recently when the
students paired up to prepare for the school’s vocabulary parade.  Students used
words from their reading text for the year to make vocabulary costumes and  hand
made signs to wear in the parade to celebrate words. Teachers and students used
the book “Miss Alaineus” by Debra Frasier to hone ideas and to prepare to model
their costumes in the vocabulary parade.  The vocabulary parade is just one of
the activities made available to Northport students to participate in Just Read,
Florida’s initiative, “Celebrate Literacy” during the week of January 14-18.
Pictured from left are Destiny Davis, Skylar Warner, Tatiana Hamilton, Harper
Carey and Ariane Russell.

Northport kindergarteners display data books

Northport kindergarteners display data books

Northport K-8 School kindergarteners in Melody Nieves’ class shared with a
room full of parents the many reading and writing skills that they have acquired
throughout the school year. Students shared Gingerbread books that illustrated
an excellent use of beginning, middle and ending for a story plot, good use of
punctuation and started each sentence with a capital letter. Students also
demonstrated a working knowledge of shapes by reading a sentence that each wrote
using shapes such as circle, square, rectangle, triangle and rhombus. Parents
and friends oohed and aahed over each student’s data books that were explained by
the children demonstrating sight words, upper case letters and numbers one
through ten.  Pictured, from left, are Alexandria Urton, her mother Dina Elliott,
and Evelyn Lopez.

Forest Grove Middle School students drop protected eggs

Forest Grove Middle School students drop protected eggs

Students in Colleen Wilson’s sixth grade science class at Forest Grove Middle worked on a class science project, “Can you protect a falling egg?” Students created “protectors” for their eggs out of different materials with the goal of dropping an egg from the second story balcony and ensuring that the egg arrived on the ground unharmed. Pictured are Guadaloupe Rubio, left, and Marissa Garcia.

Northport students build scale models to learn math

Northport students build scale models to learn math

Northport K-8 School students in June Wilson’s seventh grade math class exercised their creativity by reproducing scale models of furniture in their classroom.  Students learned proportion, similarity, scale drawing, perimeter and area of similar figures. Students utilized bridge maps for clarification of similarities.  At the completion of the project, students were able to compute the perimeter and areas of their models to the actual objects by using the scale factor. Mrs. Wilson stated that students were thrilled to be learning math skills with a hands-on approach and social interactions were a positive influence on student output.

Two Fairlawn Elementary students to compete at state level for essay contest

Two Fairlawn Elementary students to compete at state level for essay contest

Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary took top honors in the VFW (Veteran’s of Foreign Wars) essay contest promoting citizenship and patriotism. Jillian Markle, left, placed first in the district and Sariah Strunk came in second. They won for the district and will go on to the state competition. Congratulations!

Northport lower school students participate in word parade

Northport lower school students participate in word parade

Northport K-8 lower school students proved their domination over hundreds of words by participating in a vocabulary parade recently. Students poured over lists of words from their texts and chose words that appealed to each, then made posters, signs, decorations and costumes declaring the definitions, the synonyms, antonyms, correct spelling and use of the words in sentences. All students used the book “Miss Alaineus” by Debra Frasier as a road map to comprehension. Northport K-8 School reading coach Deb Mock led the parade with an excellent costume of “Miss Alanieus” herself! Northport K-8 particpated fully in the Just Read, Florida initiative, “Celebrate Literacy!” Pictured is Jonathon Santos from John Fallon’s third grade class.

Palm Pointe student places second at oratorical contest

Palm Pointe student places second at oratorical contest

Eighth grade Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition student Drew Maciel won second place in the  middle school category for the Martin Luther King, Jr., oratorical contest which was recently held at Lincoln Park Academy. Drew, pictured, was allowed up to three minutes to capture the audience with his speech and he did. Congratulations Drew! 

Students celebrate literacy, Northport style

Students celebrate literacy, Northport style

Northport K-8 School teachers, reading coach Deb Mock, and media specialist Lynne Gruszka utilized a variety of means and modes to get students involved in the Just Read, Florida initiative “Celebrate Literacy!” Students from grades K-8 appeared on the morning announcements to talk about their love of reading and to recommend good books. Students worked on posters for a display themed, “Take the Lead and Read” and buddied up with students in other classes to hone reading skills and encourage the joy of reading. Students also were offered the opportunity to show off their writing skills by penning an essay titled, “What Freedom Do I Enjoy The Most,” offered by American Legion Post 318. Other fun reading opportunities offered to students were “Chew and Read Wednesday” and a vocabulary parade using the book “Miss Alaineous.”  Pictured, from left, with enjoyable books are seventh grade student Samia Sides, and eighth grade students Ashley Robertson, Calvin Ward, Loveguerson Fleurine, Alexis Jones and Melinda Said. The week of January 14 -18 has been designated “Celebrate Literacy Week” by the state of Florida.