St. Lucie Centennial SWAT hosts meeting

St. Lucie Centennial SWAT hosts meeting

St. Lucie West Centennial High School SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Club hosted the monthly meeting of the Tobacco Free Partnership of St. Lucie County recently. Students have been promoting prevention and cessation initiatives as well as all-around tobacco education at Centennial High School and have been asked to reach out to other district schools that may want to start their own SWAT club. If you are interested in getting SWAT started at your own school, please contact Marcella Bianco at 772-785-6135. Pictured, from left, are Leedy Boyle, Keegan Mafiore, and Christina Wilson.

F. K. Sweet students learn about scientific process

F. K. Sweet students learn about scientific process

Fifth grade students in Donald Logue’s science class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School recently completed an investigation to determine which objects would create the biggest impact crater when dropped from a height of one meter. Students used two different types of marbles and one piece of sandstone as their variables.  Students first found the mass, then the volume, and finally the density of the objects to use as a basis for their hypothesis. Then students measured the width and depth of each crater and found the average size after three trials of each object. Pictured, from left, are Nate Baker, Justice Anderson, and Lance Fleschner.

Port St. Lucie High cadets participate in ceremony

Port St. Lucie High cadets participate in ceremony

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently participated in a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The cadets stood along the side of the park in formation to show respect and support for this ceremony. Several of the cadets, led by c/LTC Amanda Mabry, performed TAPS, which is a silent armed drill. Two cadets also participated in the presenting the colors. It was an honor for the Jaguar Battalion to participate in this year’s ceremony.

Importance of parent involvement recognized at school board meeting

Importance of parent involvement recognized at school board meeting

The St. Lucie County School Board approved a resolution recognizing November as Florida Parental Involvement In Education Month. A proclmation from Governor Rick Scott’s office was read during the November 13, 2012, school board meeting. Pictured, from left, are School Board chairman Carol Hilson, coordinator of Title I programs Yvonne Johnson, parent Lilly Bowe who read the proclamation, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Book retailer donates thousands of books to St. Lucie students

Book retailer donates thousands of books to St. Lucie students

Book retailer Barnes and Noble is donating over 4,000 children’s books divided between schools in St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties and Hibiscus Children’s Centers purchased by store customers. Linda Daly, Community Relations Manager, brought the first 1,125 books sorted by reading level to St. Lucie School District offices this week. The books will be distributed through the Title One department. Pictured with Daly, right, is Rod Natta, manager of Federal and Special Programs, accepting the first delivery.

ATT recognized for anti-texting while driving campaign

ATT recognized for anti-texting while driving campaign

ATT was recognized at the November 13, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for its “It Can Wait” project, an awareness campaign to educate and inform teenagers about the dangers of texting while driving. The national campaign made a stop at Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) recently, with a simulated experience for young drivers what can happen in the split second of texting on a cell phone while operating a vehicle. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, who shephered the project in the district, Catherine McKenzie of ATT, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, TCHS principal Densire Rodriguez holding a poster board of students’ pledges not to text while driving, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Palm Pointe teacher wins prizes from “Little Debbie” contest

Palm Pointe teacher wins prizes from “Little Debbie” contest

The Make a Teacher a Classroom Hero program sponsored by “Little Debbie” was held during the month of August 2012. The area distributor who had the top sales total for the month would choose their favorite K-12 teacher to be a Classroom Hero and award that teacher with a $300.00 Visa gift card to use for their classroom supplies. Andy McNally, a local “Little Debbie” snack distributor, won the contest and picked Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition because the school is in the area that he delivers to. He contacted the school and wanted to pick a teacher that deserved the award. Principal Debra Snyder, knowing that all teachers at the school were deserving of the award, decided to put every teacher’s name in for a drawing on the daily morning announcements. Stephen LePore, a middle school autistic student was chosen to draw the teacher’s name.  He selected second grade teacher, Michelle Farley. The class and the teacher were all overwhelmed with the gifts that were presented to her and the class.  They received a whole box of snacks, a big stuffed deer to read with in the class and the teacher received a hat and the $300.00 gift card.  It was a very exciting day for everyone.  Palm Pointe would like to thank “Little Debbie” and of course Mr. McNally for their generosity and for choosing our school! Pictured, from left, Mr. McNally presents the prizes to Ms. Farley.

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at White City Elementary completed a real-world engineering project based on the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Students were “NASA engineers” for the day and competed against other engineering teams to design and build a lunar habitat model using only straws, masking tape, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap.  Each model needed to be airtight, have an airlock, and a renewable energy source. Pictured, from left, are Brecia Trejo, Torris Henderson, and Dazia Fernandez.

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition investigated, examined and studied various artists and their work.  After creating their own original works of art based on the artist they researched, students digitized their work and then used Adobe Photoshop to enhance their images. The work was framed and hung in the newest gallery at the school.

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Fairlawn Elementary School teacher Shirley Helton was recently presented with the 2012 “Excellence in Teaching History Award” for the state of Florida. This prestigious award is presented by the Florida Council for the Social Studies to recognize a teacher who encourages an appreciation and respect for history, involves students in the historical process, and evidences mastery of the subject matter. Congratulations to Ms. Helton for earning this distinction.

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

St. Bernadette Church in St. Lucie West supported a Project Children’s Literacy book drive to allow Garden City Early Learning Academy students to take a few books home with them during their Thanksgiving break. Father Victor Ulto and the church’s Stewardship Committee sponsored Project Children’s Literacy, and 15 stewards and literacy committee members regularly enjoy working with students at Garden City during their literacy block. Pictured, from left, are literacy Coach Lexi Laoutas, principal Traci Wilke, with stewards and volunteers George Lambert, Marilyn Faria, and Cilla Vitagliano, with St. Lucie Public Schools Early Childhood coordinator Mary Huffstetter. Seated is steward and volunteer Mary Lambert with several of the children who will be taking books home during the holiday break. The literacy committee presented 512 books to the school, along with $945 for the purchase of additional books!

Mariposa Elementary students learn reading skills in media center

Mariposa Elementary students learn reading skills in media center

An exciting enrichment reading group activity was held in the Media Center at Mariposa Elementary. Third grade students assigned to Charlotte Pennington enjoyed reading a folktale titled “The Paper Crane” by Molly Bang. While reading the story, the students were encouraged to use various reading strategies taught by Charlotte Pennington:  phonics, word decoding, clarifying, story mapping, predicting, questioning and summarizing.  The story taught the students about the nature of gift giving and caring for others that are less fortune then themselves. As an activity, the students learned how to fold their very own origami cup following Mrs. Pennington’s
directions.  Before the students returned to their regular classes, Charlotte Pennington presented a paper crane created by her and Christina Bondi, the media clerk, to each student as a  reminder of this wonderful folktale. Pictured, back row, from left, Omarion Paul and Thomas Mehler. Front row, from left, Ian Ottinger, Joshua Pierre, Hayleigh McCune, Danielle Diaz, Alanna Rivera and Layla Brown.

Students learn through volcanic eruptions at Southport Middle School

Students learn through volcanic eruptions at Southport Middle School

At Southport Middle School, students in Jessica Allen’s seventh grade science class from the Panthers team work with students from the Hornets team. The students had the opportunity to see the different types of volcanic eruptions with different types of sodas (regular and diet) and mentos. The students estimated the distance of the height of the eruption after putting the mentos into the soda bottle and graphed the results to determine the reaction of each type of soda.

Windmill Point students explore civics and government

Windmill Point students explore civics and government

In light of the recent presidential election, students in Caryol Hallahan’s second grade class at Windmill Point Elemnentary researched information about many of the prominent symbols of freedom and democracy. Students learned about the Statue of Liberty, the AmericanfFlag, the White House, and the bald eagle, among other symbols. Pictured here, students share a presentation for parents that they wrote and created based on their research.

Students at Windmill Point hold mock presidential election

Students at Windmill Point hold mock presidential election

After weeks of research and debate about the candidates, the students in Pam Bryant’s fourth grade class at Windmill Point Elementary School voted for President. Students enjoyed learning about the voting process, the terminology, and the significance of elections in our country. With this experience happening only every four years, it was an excellent teachable moment about history. The students really enjoyed learning about the voting process and all that it entails and are looking forward to the day that they will get to cast their votes.

Port St. Lucie High cadets excel at regional meet

Port St. Lucie High cadets excel at regional meet

The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Raider team recently competed in the District Raider meet. Forty-five teams with eight cadets per team from 16 schools competed in five physical and academic
events. The raiders’ male A-Team placed second overall in the 3-mile run with a time of 19:26. Mixed team placed second overall in the cross country rescue course. c/CPT Devynn Rhodes placed third overall in the individual female P.T. test with a total of 51 push-ups and 86 sit-ups. Congratulations to all of the Jaguar Battalion Raiders for competing in the Area III Raider Meet and thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Raiders.

Northport welcomes local veterans to celebrate special day

Northport welcomes local veterans to celebrate special day

Northport K-8 School welcomed 23 local veterans into classrooms recently to listen to stories about their military careers, wars served, medals won and battles lost. Students asked an abundance of questions and were thrilled to be educated with primary source information. Students in Sandra Tyndale’s seventh grade class served as ambassadors to walk the veterans to classrooms and introduced the honored guests. Veterans were welcomed in the Media Center by principal Glenn Rustay and media specialist Lynne Gruszka. The importance of veterans’ service to America could not have been stressed enough as eighth grader Moriah Weir welcomed each veteran and Grace Buzziz, eighth grader recited a beautiful Veterans Day poem to commemorate the special feelings that the students have for the veterans. Eighth grader William Hirsch correctly answered when the Coast Guard was formed with the year 1790 and was rewarded with a special military pin by the veteran guest speaker. Students were so overwhelmed with the honor that several other boys offered William $20 for the pin. It was a wonderful Veteran’s Day celebration at Northport K-8 School. Pictured are several of the veterans and children who enjoyed the morning.

Book fair an all-star event at Palm Pointe

Book fair an all-star event at Palm Pointe

The book fair at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is in full swing and is an all-star event. Parents and students throughout the school are purchasing books and enjoying the display of all the choices of books. Books can also be ordered online from Scholastic. Pictured are Liani Rivera, left, younger sister of first grade Palm Pointe student Ariana Rivera as they shop at the book fair.

Palm Pointe students experience mock election

Palm Pointe students experience mock election

Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition experienced the voting process by participating in a mock election for the President of the United States. Students read non-partial literature and reviewed real ballots before voting.  The simulated election connected students to current events and deepened their knowledge of the patriotic process. Pictured casting their votes are third graders Dustin Condra, left, and Sebastian Rodriguez.