Palm Pointe students succeed in their own lemonade stand

Palm Pointe students succeed in their own lemonade stand

Get your ice cold lemonade, for only 75 cents at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition! The first nine weeks of school, students in Kaitlyn Olesik’s autistic middle school class worked very hard on identifying coins and their values. They put all of their prior and new knowledge to the test by opening up their very own class lemonade stand! The students were given the opportunity to make homemade lemonade. They used skills such as following directions, measuring ingredients, taking turns and squeezing fresh lemons! The turnout was great, they had many classes stop by and they got to utilize their new skills. The class would like to thank everyone who participated! Pictured, from left, are Principal Debra Snyder purchasing lemonade from Stephen LePore, and Curriculum Specialist Kathleen Melrose getting ready to purchase hers.

Northport instructors apply academic games to curriculum

Northport instructors apply academic games to curriculum

Northport K-8 sixth grade Starfish students and instructors joined forces to compare and contrast the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man recently as part of a unit of study. Students studied the characteristics of the two as well as weaponry and methods of survival. As a culminating activity, teachers dressed the parts of Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble and Pebbles Flintstone and encouraged students to compete in a “Deadliest Warrior” Survivor game. Each group of five students were given “dino bone survival scenarios” to read and then determined which man, Neanderthal or Cro-magnon, would survive the scenario. Students were engaged in the game and used critical thinking skills to determine the winning man. Pictured, back row from left, are instructors Amanda Sartain, Georgia Stone and Mindi Slater as  well as students Javan Bellamy, front row left, and Trey Bingham.

Gaines Academy celebrates Character Day

Gaines Academy celebrates Character Day

Samuel S. Gaines Academy second grade teachers Amanda Hayes, left, as Bad Kitty and Eileen Repoli as Amelia Bedelia joined with students, faculty and other staff members celebrating Character Day recently, dressing up as their favorite story book character.

Morningside Elementary students learn about fire safety

Morningside Elementary students learn about fire safety

Students in Diane Eibl’s Kindergarten class at Morningside Elementary were visited by two firefighters this week. Firefighters Wayne and Dan, from Station 17, came in to teach students about fire safety. The students were reminded to STOP, DROP and ROLL, DON’T HIDE, GO OUTSIDE, FALL AND CRAWL. They were given the homework to make sure each has a family fire escape plan. The children enjoyed the visit, especially the part when they got to put on the turnout gear!

Port St. Lucie High School honors seniors with pinning ceremony

Port St. Lucie High School honors seniors with pinning ceremony

Port Saint Lucie High School held its annual senior pinning recently at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The
Jaguar Battalion presented the colors as part of the opening ceremony. The Color Guard displayed a wonderful presentation of the colors. C/CSM Cruz led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, C/SSG Pollino presented
the state flag, and C/CPT Benagh and C/PFC Renderos stood as the guards. principal Bridgette Hargadine spoke eloqently to the seniors to remember for their last year at the school. Congratulations to all the senior Jaguars of 2013 that were pinned at the ceremony. Pictured is the JROTC Color Guard presenting the colors.

Top fund raisers for Bowl for Kids’ Sake recognized at meeting

Top fund raisers for Bowl for Kids’ Sake recognized at meeting

The three top school fundraising teams for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) “Bowl for Kids Sake” event were recognized at the October 23, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The popular event is held every year, where teams raise funds to support BBBS mentoring programs. Pictured, from left with the trophies, are first place assistant principal Maria Noya from WestGate K8, second place assistant principal Linda Menekheim from Floresta Elementary, and Christy Nuccio from F. K. Sweet Elementary School.

Kindergarteners at Frances K Sweet practice classifying

Kindergarteners at Frances K Sweet practice classifying

Kindergartners in Kristin Griffin’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School practiced sorting and classifying leaves. After finding that the leaves could be sorted in a couple of different ways, the students were then asked to sort and classify in their favorite way, color, size, or shape. Jayna Baptiste, left, picked color and Cedric Garvin, Jr. picked shape.

F. K. Sweet students work with place value

F. K. Sweet students work with place value

Students in Dorian Newbern’s first grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary are learning about place value. From left, pictured are Katelyn Foster, Kanari’l Tolbert, and Ethan Belulovich working together to make numbers using ones and 10s blocks. Later on in the lesson, the students were able to compare their numbers by using the blocks as a reference.

Northport embraces a bully free culture

Northport embraces a bully free culture

Northport K-8 School community “walked the walk” and “talked the talk” recently at the school’s second annual Unity Day. Students made posters, banners, flags and signs and walked a route marked by the physical education instructors to offer support and to empower students against the harmful effects of bullying. Third grade teachers Melanie Polascak and Diana Lankow appeared on the morning announcements with important messages about bullying, teen girls painted their pinkie fingers blue in unity against girl bullies, classes watched clips about bullying and important lessons filtered the school classrooms about bullying. Several parents came to join their own children and their classmates in solidarity against bullying. The message at Northport K-8 School is clear and on point:  bullying will not be tolerated by administration, teachers, staff or by students at the school. Empowerment is the key word at Northport! Pictured, from left, are students Okyia Mclean, Daniela Recinos and teacher Susan Smith.

Garden City students enjoy theatre on the go

Garden City students enjoy theatre on the go

Garden City Early Learning Academy (GCELA) students in grades Pre-K through two recently experienced live theatre through a new program developed by Riverside Children’s Theatre. The program is called “Theatre on the Go” and is designed to take live theatre to the schools in the area. The performance of “Scrambled Stories”, adapted by Kevin Qullinan and Angelo Cerniglia, were favorite stories that were cracked, broken and scrambled by the silly Professor Scattergood. The students participated by helping unscramble “Goldilocks”, “The Ugly Duckling”, and “The Three Little Pigs”. Students had to help get them back to where they belong through audience participation. The students have been working hard in music class with Mrs. Quillinan, as well as with their classroom and other resource teachers. They are learning about proper audience etiquette which was demonstrated during the performance, as they were a wonderful audience! Great appreciation goes to Kevin and Deborah Quillinan for making this possible for GCELA students. Pictured, from left, are Kaitlyn Schirard and Chelsea Swearingen from the children’s theatre, GCELA teacher Karen Alarie, and Jacob Cummings from children’s theater.

Four elementary schools pilot content literacy in grades 4 and 5

Four elementary schools pilot content literacy in grades 4 and 5

Teachers Abigail Prager, left, and Erin Bunnell of Parkway Elementary School model analyzing an historical primary source document in order to answer the document-based question (DBQ), “Early Jamestown: Why Did So Many Colonists Die?” They were among a group of 36 teachers trained on October 15 in the Common Core-aligned literacy strategies used throughout the DBQ Project method. With this method, students analyze and corroborate information from multiple documents to write an evidence-based argumentative essay. This method shows great promise for integrating literacy skills with content knowledge. The four schools participating in the pilot are Dan McCarty School, Lakewood Park, Lawnwood, and Parkway elementary schools.

Music support foundation presents student with gift from anonymous donor

Music support foundation presents student with gift from anonymous donor

The Bluebird Educational Productions (BEP) organization which supports music education and appreciation in St. Lucie Public Schools recently received an anonymous donation from a local patron so that a deserving student could have a instrument of their own to pursue their love of music and perform in their school’s band and music programs. Cole Maxwell of Lincoln Park Academy was selected to receive a new alto saxophone courtesy of the donation. BEP, which sponsors music appreciation and performances in St. Lucie Public Schools, is currently promoting its Recycling in the Key of E program, which puts refurbished musical instruments in the hands of students to pursue their desire to participate in musical programs in local schools. Pictured, from left, are Lincoln Park Academy band director Jason Albert, BEP board member and Forest Grove Middle School principal Terry Davis, BEP founder and chairman Darryl Bey, Cole Maxwell with his saxophone, Superintendent Michael Lannon and St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson.

Planting Day sprouts beauty at Rivers Edge Elementary

Planting Day sprouts beauty at Rivers Edge Elementary

The annual Planting Day at Rivers Edge Elementary School always refreshes the campus with new seasonal beauty. Students in Lorraine Bernard’s fourth grade class Jamar Gullett, Emily Plank, Paige Parrett and Sofietta Perfetti work at planting flowers and mulching their classroom garden just outside their door. Thanks go to the students and volunteers for making the campus a more welcoming place to be.

Students earn books at Rivers Edge Elementary family event

Students earn books at Rivers Edge Elementary family event

Rivers Edge Elementary hosted an exciting family event recently to put books in to the hands of students, Bingo for Books. Pictured is third grade student Kayla Filippini from Barbara Ditrapani’s with her dad enjoying a robust game of Bingo mixed with science trivia questions. Every student went home a winner!

Local teachers earn STEM grant through Education Foundation efforts

Local teachers earn STEM grant through Education Foundation efforts

Fifth grade students at Morningside Elementary School will have the opportunity to learn and apply STEM skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $50,000 for a second year to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) areas this school year through a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s project was one of 10 chosen to receive $5,000 through a competitive judging process with each application being reviewed and scored by a panel of STEM industry professionals through CFEF. STEMulating Models, students will create power plant models to show the different sources of power that create electricity in the United States. After learning about the sources crucial for energy through National Energy Education Development Units, students will design and create their own models of power plants using LEGOs. The business partner for this project is Jeff Cook of Florida Power and Light. “Each year, I am truly amazed by the ground-breaking work our grant recipients like the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations accomplish through their Innovation Generation grants,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “These grantees are playing an active role in developing the future of STEM education for our country. As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as CFEF.” Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Morningside Elementary assistant principal Cindy Roach, and St. Lucie Education Foundation Executive Director Jim McKenzie.

Local schools do well in cadet meet

Local schools do well in cadet meet

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted the annual Treasure Coast Raider Meet at Port Saint Lucie High School recently. Participating schools included Port Saint Lucie High School, Ft. Pierce Central High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Ft. Pierce Westwood High School, Okeechobee High School and
Treasure Coast High School. Treasure Coast High School has an Air Force JROTC unit, St. Lucie West Centennial has a Navy unit, and the remainder are Army JROTC units. The Jaguar battallion won first place overal, Treasure
Coast High School won second place overall, and a tie for third place between Centennial High School and Okeechobee High School. Pictured are members of the Jaguar battallion in one of the meet events.

Four local schools benefiting from Young Adult Choices book program

Four local schools benefiting from Young Adult Choices book program

Manatee Academy K8 School media specialist and St. Lucie County Reading Council president Debbie Remington LOVES books, especially when students read books. This affection prompted Ms. Remington to volunteer to serve as the Florida Director of the Young Adult Choices, a division of the International Reading Association which will enable her to bring to St. Lucie County Schools over 5,000 recently released books for grades 7-12 over the next three years! That’s about $90,000.00 worth of books that will be going on library shelves in four different schools: Northport K-8, Dan McCarty School, Treasure Coast High School and Manatee Academy. “All summer the doorbell would ring and my husband and I would shout in unison “books are here”, Remington said. “It was like Christmas all summer! Remington said the hardest decision was which school should get which books.  The first 400 books came this year, next year the bulk of the books will be delivered (about 3,000) and the remaining books the year after that. In the program, students in grades 7-12 read the books from numerous publishers and then rate them on a ballot in each book that doubles as a bookmark. All of the ballots in all four schools are tallied and sent to the reading associatioin, who collects ballots from across the country, the results determining the top 30 books for the year. Remington calls the program unique because teens are selecting the best books, not publishers, teachers or even librarians.

F. K. Sweet students raise funds for causes

F. K. Sweet students raise funds for causes

Students at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School are raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society throughout the month of October. All of the donated change goes towards research in treating and finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma in children. Students in Julia Melville’s second grade class have contributed over $100 in the first week. Students are truly proud of their efforts and are excited to be part of a great cause! Pictured, from left, are Desirae Knight, Jayden Zamplione, Madison Davis, Jayden Ligonde, Quinn Stephenson, and Ansel Espinal.

J.A.G.S. support community efforts

J.A.G.S. support community efforts

The (J)aguar (A)thletes (G)etting (S)tronger, or JAGS, donated money, time, enthusiasm, and support for breast cancer research at the recent Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, held at the Port St. Lucie Civc Center. Port St. Lucie High School had representation from basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, and volleyball, along with teachers, clerical staff, and family members and friends of the Jaguar Nation.