As Fort Pierce Central Medical Academy students Edward Winter, from left, Mischelle Sanchez, Kyle Glenton and Sendy Molinas lean over their own mannequins on the floor of the school’s medical lab, the song “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees starts pumping, which seems appropriate since that’s the goal of the Health Science class, to keep someone alive using CPR training. Medical Academy instructor Samantha Jackson uses the music to inspire the students to make the appropriate number of compressions — 100/minute — for success. Students in Jackson’s class will earn their American Heart Association certification in first aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be able to take this certification to add to any resume, regardless of field. In a class that is full of opportunity to goof around and ignore the teaching, all of the students stayed very attentive, constantly asking questions. When the trainers brought out the practice AEDs the students got especially quiet, grasping the gravity of shocking someone’s heart to resuscitate them.
Northport K-8 kindergarten students in Melody Nieves’ and Megan Castiglia’sclasses enjoyed a special holiday story time in the school’s main media center recently. Students listened to a rendition of the beautiful story “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, and then sang holiday songs together. Students sang Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and other holiday favorites. Students each received a candy cane
pencil and held teddy bears. Pictured are Northport media specialist Lynne Gruszka and media clerk Pam Crum with students in the beautifully decorated media center.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently performed a multicultural holiday event for families. The students sang songs from different countries, such as Jingle Bells and Feliz Navidad which were led by music director Christine Hill. After the performance, the families were able to sample foods from many different countries and enjoy the company of families and friends. It was a great learning experience for all!
The Rocket Chorus from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently visited Torrey Pines Research Center in Tradition to sing for the WPSL Christmas Kids radio program. Pictured are Lillian Bloom, left, and Grace Lloyd, who were among the 63 students who participated in the performance. The Palm Pointe chorus has been singing for the local program since the school opened.
The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Raider Team finished off their season strong by “surviving” their annual Raider campout recently. The Battalion Raider team spent a tough night out at Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa in Fort Pierce. Throughout the overnight campout, the Raiders exhibited their mastery of survival skills, shelters, trap and fire building that they have learned throughout the season. The raiders are grateful for the outstanding survival class taught by Amanda Thompson from the Oxbow Environmental Center. The team enjoyed the campout and learned many useful survival skills. Pictured are the cadets at their campout.
Recently, 29 cadets from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC toured Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach. In the morning, they visited the barracks, gym and souvenir shop. After lunch in the mess hall, cadets watched paratrooper squadron demonstration, toured the flight line fire station, had a briefing on education benefits, observed the security forces K-9 unit, and fire range simulator. Cadet Johanna Moody said the best part of the tour by far was the security forces because that is what she would like to have as a career. Pictured are the students by a helicopter.
“Ho, Ho, Ho,” proclaimed Santa, at Allapattah Flats’ Santa Breakfast recently. Parents, teachers and students alike enjoyed the festivities as they watched Danya Etter’s elementary chorus perform several Christmas songs to bring in the holiday season, and eagerly awaited the arrival of Santa. The morning included a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa and a holiday shop for all to enjoy. Students were overwhelmed with all the holiday decorations and couldn’t wait to tell Santa their wish lists. It was a great event for the whole family. Allapattah staff even took a quick moment to get their own picture with the man in red.
Students at Allapattah Flats recently held a food drive for families in need for the Thanksgiving break. Students were asked to bring in canned and boxed food items over a one week period. The classes with the most participation were rewarded with a pancake breakfast prepared by Principal Patti Galloway and served by Assistant Principals Casandra Flores and Ana Rodriguez. Susan Funari’s second grade class won for the primary grades and the students were delighted to be served at their desks, partaking in the home made pancakes covered in syrup used to create hearts, stars, and smiley faces for a little extra cheer. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Seda, Jay Briggs, and Dylan Cravey as they work on their second serving.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC Field Meet Competition Team participated at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s field meet in Daytona Beach, Florida earlier this month. Each cadet showed a tremendous amount of motivation and dedication throughout the long hard day at the university. The cadets brought home seven trophies including first place for personnel inspection, unarmed basic, armed basic, armed exhibition, and color guard, second place overall drill, and fourth place overall. They defeated the reigning national champion, Boca Raton High School, in five events! This field meet qualified the Black Talon Company to attend the state championships in March.
Students in Mrs. Nesbitt’s first grade class are learning about place value. Students are showing their understanding of tens and ones using pretzel rods and Cheerios. Pictured are Greg Robinson and Destiney Johnson.
The morning show crew at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition does a great job each morning letting the students and staff know what is happening around campus. Each student on the crew has a specific job such as an anchor position, weather/special events/script, mixer/director, sound board, teleprompter, studio cameras, minidv/dvdplayer, and chyron graphics. The students do a great job with all the equipment and delivering the news to the school. Maurizio Apostolico is the teacher that teaches them how to use all the different equipment. Pictured, from left, back, are Marissa Abbott, Stephan Lepore, Charity Bell, Max the Puppet, Anthony Ceglio, Faith Twomley, Adriana Novoa and Juan Mejia. Front row, from left is, are Adrienne Rodney, Sophie Phillips, Shayna Caldwell, Bianca Kadison, Faris Qubain, Mr. Apostolico, Mackenzie Jeffrey and Spot the Dog.
Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC presented the colors for the Daughters of the
American Revolution annual meeting recently. Cadet Captain Devynn Rhodes led the Color Guard presenting the U.S. flag, cadet Staff Sergeant Andrea Harrell presented the state flag, and cadet Corporal Lily Durst and cadet Lieutenant
Colonel Amanda Mabry were the guards. Each of the students on the Color Guard were
asked to tell the Daughters of the American Revolution what their roles in
JROTC are and what their plans are after they graduate from high school. The Jaguar
Battalion cadets appreciated the opportunity and were honored to interact with the ladies of DAR. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Corporal Lily Durst, Cadet Captain
Devynn Rhodes, Cadet Staff Sergeant Andrea Harrell, and Cadet Lieutenant
Colonel Amanda Mabry.
Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School are corresponding with U.S. military troops stationed in Afghanistan. They write letters and send treats to the troops to boost morale, and also enjoy receiving news from the soldiers. The troops have sent books, pictures and other artifacts from Afghanistan. The students enjoy their community efforts to help our soldiers abroad.
Members of the St. Lucie County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) team presented an update on their tobacco prevention efforts in local schools at the December 11, 2012, St. Lucie School Board meeting. Students also provided local data from the 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey. Pictured at back, far left, is School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, and at back, far right, Superintendent Michael Lannon, with the students and their sponsors.
William Barr, a junior from Treasure Coast High School (TCHS), has been nominated to the Florida Department of Education as the Sunshine State Scholar for St. Lucie County. Students are nominated based on their success in high level math and science courses, and the intent to major in those subjects in college. William also scored the highest PSAT score in TCHS history! William and his parents were recognized at the December 11, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured, from left, are School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, TCHS assistant principal Nikki Poole, William and his parents Bill and Nancy, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts, TCHS assistant principal Henry Sanabria, principal Denise Rodriguez, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held its annual Breakfast with Santa. Over 500 breakfasts were sold with pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee or juice. The students had so much fun with the different holiday crafts that were available. There was face painting along with raffles, and, of course, pictures with Santa. Santa made his entrance aboard a fire truck which was so exciting for the kids. Dean Debborah Estrada brought her keyboard player and sang throughout the event. The event was so memorable and everyone had a fantastic time! Pictured is the Casey Family as they all came to the event to enjoy the day together.
Cadets from the Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC program visited Palm Beach Atlantic University recently for their ROTC Leadership Day. The cadets participated in a scavenger hunt that helped them learn all about the campus, and leadership activities that were led by PBAU students. A PBAU administrator informed the students about enrollment criteria, grants, scholarships, and what PBAU has to offer them. There was also a panel of Vietnam veterans, ranging from a general to a junior enlisted, who told of their experience in the military followed by a question and answer session. The students felt that this was a very informative and memorable experience. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Second Lieutenant Timothy Kroell, Cadet Second Lieuteant Robert Gallimore, Cadet Sergeant Leilani Blackburn, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry, Cadet Staff Sergeant John Hunter, Cadet Captain William Benagh, and Cadet Sergeant Major.
Northport K-8 School sixth grade students in Georgia Stone’s class learned the six types of persuasive techniques and put each to good use making their own commercials in the classroom. Students created commercials selling items such as a magic Santa hat that grants wishes to a “spectacular sponge,” and an “extreme latreme” face cream that keeps users young and beautiful. Students portrayed techniques such as testimonials, repetition, bandwagon, snob appeal and name calling in the unique lesson. Students learned the techniques, viewed examples of the different techniques, then made the commercials. The lesson was very effective and extremely engaging! Pictured at left is Mrs. Stone with students in her classroom.
Second grade students Victoria Shiver and Gonzalo Villaltafrom in Ashley Steward’s class at Samuel Gaines Academy show off their successful contraction “surgery.” Students worked in pairs to perform “surgery” on words. The students started with two words and had to create one contraction by correctly cutting the words apart and adding a band aid (apostrophe) in the precise spot.
Fifth grade students in Kim Terpening’s music class at Windmill Point Elementary used their bodies
and scarves to describe what they hear in music. As students work to reach their learning goal of understanding notation and being able to read and notate music, each student was given a scarf to demonstrate their understanding of staccatos and legatos. Students used the scarves and their bodies to distinguish between these two forms of musical articulation as they listened to “The Syncopated Clock” by Leroy Anderson.