Parents at Weatherbee Elementary recently attended a workshop to learn about accessing the Parent Portal on the St Lucie Public Schools website and the “Skyward Family Access” program. Marj Armstrong of the Title I and Curriculum and Instruction departments, and Michael McCarthy of the 21st Century program, presented the workshop to parents. Parents learned how to access their child’s school grades, classroom assignments, and maintain vital teacher correspondence through the web based system. Pictured is McCarthy and parents learning about this vital resource.
Kindergarten through second grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School recently were visited by Wyland Foundation, along with Stella the Whale. Stella is a near life size canvas painting of a baby right whale. Students got to take part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other. Stella’s epic 30-day journey is part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered north Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400. To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale’s migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children’s centers, starting Oct. 14 in Key Largo and concluding Nov. 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville. Each stop on Stella’s route will include presentations from marine mammal experts and educators, a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella’s journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success. Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their winter calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia, according to the Wyland Foundation, and her journey provides a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals.
Seventh grade students in Christine King’s class at Allapattah Flats K-8 School created an interactive bulletin board of the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. The board gives other students, through the use of a flip chart, the opportunity to get a synopsis of the short story that will encourage them to seek Poe’s entire classic work out and read it on their own. The learning goal was for students to understand that text has meaning and students should be able to use dominant strategies and skills to construct that meaning. Pictured, from left, are Ahlyissa Hicks, Zachary Grundstrom, Joshua Bailey, Jesus Paz, Jayson Tabora, and Haley Roberson.
The Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC Raiders team competed recently in regional competition among 16 Florida high schools and 49 teams to qualify for state competition. The Cobra battalion brought four teams a male team under Cadet Master Sergeant James Lowery and a second male mixed team under Cadet Staff Sergeant Daniel Grundstrom. The first male mixed team, under Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grundstrom, brought home third place in the three mile team run. The female team under Cadet Major Kayla Hartseil placed third in the three mile team run, third place in the rope bridge and third place overall. The members of the all female Raider team are Cadet Sergeant Alyssa Charles, Cadet Major Guadalupe Velasco, Cadet Sergeant First Class Nicole Geldmaker, Cadet Major Kayla Hartseil, Cadet Captain Gabriella Hernandez, Cadet Private Judi Moody, Cadet Sergeant Ariel Baldwin, and Cadet Sergeant Alyssa Leal.
Students in Linda Auciello’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary recently enjoyed a hands on math activity that taught them many lessons combined into one. They learned about ordering numbers up through 10, the concept of one more, and counting objects up to 10. Pictured is Shane Lesser counting his sets of blocks. He realized that when you make each set of blocks one more than the previous one then it looks like a set of stairs! Math is so much more fun when you can do it hands on!
Northport K-8 fourth grader Cierra Yuhas knew she was having difficulty with reading comprehension. She spoke to her teacher, Carissa Provencher, who provided some valuable advice: select your favorite book, contact the author and get some tips on how to better understand concepts from books. Cierra took her teacher’s words to heart and wrote a letter explaining the situation to Cynthia Lord, author of “Rules”, Cierra’s favorite book. Lord wrote Cierra a very special letter with some words of advice to keep reading, to look closely at everything because it becomes more beautiful. The author also advised Cierra that her book was inspired by her son, who has autism like the book’s main character, and told Cierra to look out for her next book called “Touch Blue”. Cierra has been so inspired by the letter from Cynthia Lord that she is reading more than ever, as well as looking forward to writing her own Young Author’s book. Pictured is Cierra with her book and letter.
Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition spent a recent afternoon unraveling math and science mysteries about pumpkins! Through hands-on activities, students and parents measured the weight, height, and volume of their pumpkin. They then created a bar graph comparing the data they collected. The students predicted how many seeds were in their pumpkins and also used estimation strategies on a large jar of candy corn. A fun day was had by all! Pictured are Chase Martin and his mother, Lydia Martin, working together on one of the centers.
Manatee Academy K8 School Vet Prep students and their parents recently visited Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Veterinary Assisting Facility. Westwood’s Career and Tech Ed (CTE) Vet Assisting and Agricultural Biotech students hosted the campus visit, along with instructors Lisa Davenport and Charles Paschal, with the support of Westwood’s ninth grade counselor Monarae Buchanon. Manatee K-8 Science/Vet Prep instructor Lisa Friend said the visit was a great success, students were amazed at the variety of activities and learning experiences available in the Westwood program, and had many questions following the tour. Westwood students commented on how the Manatee students were so well-behaved and excited to see the high school campus. Pictured are Manatee Academy students Tori Mulligan, left, and Jessica Alles with a rabbit.
Students in Dorcia Reid’s first grade class at Windmill Point Elementary recently dressed up or created posters of their favorite characters and participated in a parade around the school to showcase their favorite character to parents and fellow students. Following the parade, students shared their books with their classmates and explained why they liked the character they chose.
The kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed their annual Storybook Character Parade. The students selected a book to read and dressed up as the book’s main character. Students and teachers paraded through the halls around the school so that students in other grades could see them. Parents were invited to come and see the parade too. After the parade, parents went to their child’s classroom to enjoy activities and refreshments. Pictured are students in Patricia Ifill-Bowen’s class.
Lisa Weil and Karol Carvelli’s reading class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition was visited by mystery reader Adam Jones, a Port St. Lucie businessman. Mr. Jones, a long- time resident in the area and British national shared his knowledge of English pounds and read from the novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Students ate British scones while listening to Jones’ interpretation of Phileas Fogg. Pictured, left, is Mr. Jones with students from the class and Karol Carvelli, back right.
Students in Lisa Bradley’s kindergarten class at Rivers Edge Elementary School recently picked their own pumpkins from the school’s Ppumpkin patch. Students counted pumpkin seeds, weighed and measured, learned about the growth cycle and sorted shapes to make decorative faces as they ended their unit on Cornucopia.
Students at Floresta Elementary participated in the school’s inaugural Vocabulary Parade recently. The Vocabulary Parade is part of Floresta Elementary’s ongoing effort to increase word recognition among students. Prior to the parade, teachers read Debra Frasier’s book, Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster, to their students. The school’s Literacy Council, k-5 classroom and resource teachers, and all support staff worked together to make the Vocabulary Parade an enormous success. Students learned a plethora of new words and enjoyed sharing original and creative representations of some extremely challenging words. A special thank you goes to administration, faculty, and staff who modeled for students how to select a word and provided suggestions and assistance in portraying words, especially for those who might not have participated otherwise. Prizes were awarded for the most original, creative, and challenging words among the grade levels. Pictured are Bradley Lessard, left, and Anthony Dipanni as they proudly pose for the camera showcasing their artful creations.
Floresta Elementary School hosted its Annual BOO Bash recently. This event was sponsored by the school’s very supportive PTO. TRAXX Entertainment provided the music and great entertainment, and even brought along a very special guest visitor just for this spooky occasion. Students in each grade level were awarded prizes and other recognition for the best costume. All proceeds benefit the school and students.
The Starbright Therapy Dogs visit Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition every week and visit and read with the middle school autistic students. Pictured is coordinator Dot Blair with Music, an Australian Shepherd that loves coming each week and reading with the students. Music looks great dressed up for
The Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently conducted its annual food drive. This is the fifth year that the food drive has been held in October. The club collected 16 boxes full of food for the local food bank, Harvest Outreach, in St. Lucie County. The food collected will help support many families that don’t have food for the fall holidays. This is a very worthwhile cause. Pictured are NJHS members gathering the boxes.
Windmill Point Elementary fifth graders are incorporating technology into Social Studies. Students have been learning about the European Explorers and the importance they have had on our world in Social Studies. Pictured is Laura Young’s fifth grade class as they are creating a Power Point presentation on a specific explorer. They will be teaching each other about their explorer by presenting their PowerPoint presentations to the class. They are learning not only how technology can enhance their projects but how it enhances their learning.
WestGate K8 School “Autism Speaks” walking team co-captains Jessica McLaughlin, right, and Valentina Whyte were recently presented with a $500 check from Nate Rivaldo representing the Port St. Lucie chapter of The Sons of Italy. Whyte, who is a behavior tech in one of WestGate’s autism units, said the donation will help reach the $2000 goal set for the year. The generosity of the members of The Sons of Italy is greatly appreciated.
Northport K-8 eighth grade Clownfish boys are supporting the school’s Relay For Life team this year by stepping into some big shoes! The theme this year is “Old Hollywood Glamour” and the boys are raising money for the event bypaying $5 per day to wear high heels. The Clownfish team leader Dru DeHart came up with the great idea to help support Relay For Life, and the boys have been vying to wear the shoes. The fundraiser for eighth grade boys runs October 30-November 16, and for seventh grade boys from November 27-December 19. The idea supports one of the school’s goals of providing opportunities for students to get involved with their local community efforts and to offer service to those in need of assistance. Pictured are eighth grade students, from left, Alex Lejeune, Kevin Sanchez, Sevon Cooper, Christian Gilbert and Osmany Venereo.
Students in the third grade classrooms at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have been learning about different reading skills. To heighten the students’ awareness of these skills and to incorporate a creative, hands-on activity, every year third graders create Pumpkin People projects. Students partner to read a storybook and organize their information into various maps to show cause and effect relationships, character development, vocabulary, and elements of a story. Once they have completed their maps, students paint and decorate a pumpkin to look like the main character of their book. Pictured is Cameron Cavanaugh displaying her Sponge Bob pumpkin project.