Grandparents Day celebrated at Palm Pointe

Grandparents Day celebrated at Palm Pointe

Melissa Bonet’s “Busy Bees” kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently welcomed their grandparents to school in celebration of Grandparent’s Day. Students and grandparents worked on a craft together to show their love and appreciation for each other and enjoyed spending quality time together. Pictured is Christian Locascio and his grandfather Mr. Locascio.

Palm Pointe deans talk with kindergarten students about making choices

Palm Pointe deans talk with kindergarten students about making choices

Dean Deborrah Estrada and Dean Christopher Pierre at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition have been talking to kindergarten students about making good and safe choices. The deans reminded students about Palm Pointe T.E.A.M. expectations:  T – Take Responsibility, E – Engage in your Learning, A – Act Respectfully and M –Make Safe Choices. They also explained about the reward system with “rocket fuel” and consequences for not following rules. Great job listening, kindergartners!

Palm Pointe students enjoy bar code scavenger hunt

Palm Pointe students enjoy bar code scavenger hunt

The eighth grade Algebra 1 Honors students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were getting their chapter one test review via QR Codes.  QR Codes are the square barcodes that have more product information. QR codes were created free on line and when scanned came back to the student, on their device, with the questions the students needed for their review.  Students used the codes through a scavenger hunt activity.  Once they solved the question they had scanned, students had to find the next question with the answer they got and continue until they completed all questions on the hunt.  Students were using their own devices (cell phones, tablets and IPods) to scan the barcodes with free apps available.  Student were paired up to make sure there were enough devices to go around, this pairing also provided them a buddy to help if they needed support with a question.  Students enjoyed the scavenger hunt and were engaged in their learning for the entire class period. Pictured, from left, are Edwin Bustamante, Alexander Emmert, Michael Smythe and Adriana Jacques.

Southern Oaks Middle students learn to use media center

Southern Oaks Middle students learn to use media center

Sixth grade students at Southern Oaks Middle School have been coming to the media center for an orientation and a scavenger hunt using the Dewey Decimal System.  After a brief orientation, the students were instructed on how to use the Dewey Decimal System to find non-fiction books. Students were placed on teams of two and given three slips of paper with types of books written on them, such as basketball, poetry, or cooking. When media specialist Cathy Odom and clerk Kim Johnson gave the signal, the students moved through the library to find their books. When the students found a book, they raised their hands and Ms. Odom or Ms. Johnson checked to see if they had the correct book. The first three teams to find all of their books won prizes.

F. K. Sweet students work on writing

F. K. Sweet students work on writing

Isabella Lott in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School is building “work-on-writing” stamina as a part of the Daily 5 reading block. Students have the freedom of choosing what they want to write about during this independent practice time.

Forest Grove Middle students get to know each other

Forest Grove Middle students get to know each other

Students in Charlene Carter’s reading classes at Forest Grove Middle School got to know each other recently using a series of activities meant to gather information about classmates as well as build knowledge of thinking maps, note taking techniques, Kagan structures, and cloze sentence templates. Pictured, from left, are Cicilio Ramirez and Enoc Lopez.

Students work with numbers at F. K. Sweet

Students work with numbers at F. K. Sweet

Fourth grade students Janyla Rolle, left, and Caleb Militello in Nardi Routten’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School worked together to create large numbers. They then wrote those numbers in three different ways: standard form, word form, and expanded form. This was a fun way to practice place value.

F. K. Sweet students become scientists

F. K. Sweet students become scientists

Fourth grade students Kayla Ceasar, left, and William Nelson in Nardi Routten’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School became scientists last week as they explored ice balloons. Students used their observation skills to explore the surface of ice balloons after salt and food coloring were added.They then wrote down questions their observations inspired. Questions were sorted and new investigations were designed to answer some of those questions.

Savannas Preserve staff recognized at school board meeting

Savannas Preserve staff recognized at school board meeting

Staff from the Savannas Preserve State Park was recognized at the August 28, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for their support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programs at Port St. Lucie High School during the 2011-12 school year. The personnel at the Savannas Preserve hosted field trips and provided community service opportunities for students. Pictured, from left, are Merle Townsend, Friends of Savannas president Merle Townsend, Florida State Parks AmeriCorps member at Savannas Mary Bennett, park manager Dylan Gavagni, Friends of Savannas Education Committee Member Jim Stewart, Friends of Savannas Education Committee chairman Henry Maursey, Tessa Roberts, Park Services Specialist Tessa Roberts, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, Port St. Lucie High School principal Bridgette Hargadine, St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Leslie Taylor, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

USDA scientists recognized at school board meeting

USDA scientists recognized at school board meeting

Scientists from the Horticultural Research Laboratory at the USDA location at the Research Park were recognized at the August 28, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for their support of STEM (Science, Technology, Enginerring and Mathematics) education programs at Port St. Lucie High School during the 2011-12 school year. Scientists at lab hosted field trips, and served as Science Fair advisors and judges. The lab also provides summer employment and enrichment opportunities for students. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Erin Rosskopf from USDA, Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Leslie Taylor, St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Port St. Lucie High School principal Bridgette Hargadine, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, Dr. Earl Taylor and Dr. Gavin Poole of USDA, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

F. K. Sweet students plan to honor grandparents

F. K. Sweet students plan to honor grandparents

Students in Marla Liberatore’s third grade class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School recently sang to their grandparents in honor of Grandparents Day. The boys and girls created cards and small gifts to present to their grandparents as well. Grandparents are invited to the school for lunch on September 7th to see the videos and receive their gifts.

Mariposa Elementary students experimented with flight

Mariposa Elementary students experimented with flight

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary did a spectacular experiment recently. Students created Spin-Copters to determine whether the mass of an object would affect how well the copters flew. The students found out that when you add a paper clip to the copter, it would fly a little farther away and spin a little faster on its descent.  However, when you did the same thing with cardstock or heavier paper, the copter did not fly so well because it had too much mass.  The students were engaged in this activity and enjoyed testing the copters further by adding more and more paper clips for weight. 

Mariposa Elementary students ready to get back to school

Mariposa Elementary students ready to get back to school

Mariposa’s Open House was quite a success! Students and families met their teachers, received bus numbers, and enjoyed a special PTO Carnival!  The Carnival was provided by the school’s Positive, Passionate, Progressive and Proven PTO partners for all students returning to school.  Students won prizes, threw rings, made baskets, and had such a great time!  School never started off with so much fun! Students were excited to get “back to school” at Mariposa Elementary.

Allapattah Flats students use scientific method to determine best materials to use in production

Allapattah Flats students use scientific method to determine best materials to use in production

Eighth grade Allapattah Flats students practiced using the scientific method to determine which type of paper will allow a paper airplane to fly the furthest. Students used prior knowledge to generate their hypothesis and develop their procedures and will apply what they learned from this lab activity to engineer a more aerodynamic plane in their lab work. Students learned to identify the value in using the scientific method in everyday life as a guide for how to think like a scientist. They are also learning to differentiate between science and non-science.   Pictured, from left, are Vincent Iapriccio, Jesenia Casado, Caitlin Cooney as they test out their paper airplane designs.

Allapattah Flats kindergartners start school with a bang

Allapattah Flats kindergartners start school with a bang

The Allapattah Flats K-8 School kindergartners had a great start of the school year. Students did many activities related to school and classroom rules, took a tour of their new school and met many of the great staff. The students were also asked to bring in items in a small lunch bag that would tell their friends something special about “me”.  They were all eager to share their special story using the microphone. It was a great way to warm up to their new teacher and classmates. Pictured is Ryan Cook as he shares his love of basketball with the class.

Northport middle grades chorus makes debut

Northport middle grades chorus makes debut

Northport K-8 middle grades chorus,  under the direction of instructor and new choral director James Kirk have been diligently preparing for their debut as a distinguished chorus.  Students will don dress attire and sing an arrangement of America The Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates at the school’s first assembly of the year.  Students will sing at the September 11 Commemoration to be held on September 10 in the Northport gymnasium.  Mr. Kirk previously directed at Alfred Ely Beach High School in Savanna, Georgia.  Mr. Kirk began directing in 2004.  The debut should prove to energize the Northport Choral Department and bring the gift of music to the school community.

Northport enjoys collegiality at reading council kick off

Northport enjoys collegiality at reading council kick off

Northport K8 School sent a large contingency of instructors and staff to enjoy the Meet and Greet held at Chili’s in St. Lucie West recently for the St. Lucie County Reading Council. The council offers district staff a wonderful opportunity to inspire collegiality and promote positive interactions with literacy at the forefront. The Meet and Greet hosted author Henry Cole, who wrote the new One Book-One Community Read, “A Nest For Celeste”! The council, led by president Deb Remington, Manatee Academy media specialist, offers a variety of opportunities to share ideas, compare learning strategies and a chance to take part in district initiatives, including the Young Author’s program, One Book-One Community program, and Family Reading Festival held in the spring at Digital Domain Park, as well as several other opportunities.  Northport’s contingent numbered more than 20 teachers and staff, a thorough investment in the council’s objectives as well as an awesome chance to tip our hat to
professionalism and collegiality!

F. K. Sweet students work with expectations

F. K. Sweet students work with expectations

After discussing the PBIS expectations in the classroom, students in Kim Yoder’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary extended their learning using a cause and effect thinking map. This map helped review the rules and brainstorm what type of rewards the students were interested in this year. Pictured, from left, are Tra’Kyla King, Ericka Zurita, Kamryn Gardner, and Kayla Jerger.

Opening days are active at Floresta Elementary

Opening days are active at Floresta Elementary

Floresta Elementary School teachers returned for the new school year on Monday, August 13,
to a full schedule of Professional Development trainings and a variety of other opening week activities.  Pictured are teachers participating in an energizing teambuilding activity, from Kagan’s Silly Sports and Goofy Games publication. This is one of many research based Kagan activities teachers will put to use in the classroom this school year.

Northport K8 media center promotes literacy and community action

Northport K8 media center promotes literacy and community action

Northport K-8 School Media Center is open for business and promoting the joy of reading this year!  Long range goals have been formulated with student achievement in the forecast.  Students will learn to select books focusing on their interests and quality research skills are connected to classroom instruction.  Premier literacy programs are offered through the media center targeting common core standards across the curriculum.  Some of the quality programs offered are Veterans Partners In Education programming, September 11 commemoration program, community reading programs and partnerships, Young Authors program, spelling bee, Women’s History programming, book fairs, multicultural events, guests speakers on a variety of subjects, Veteran’s Day “Invite a Vet to Class” program, Titlewish Community Book Fair as well as the school wide antibullying program, Unity Day, One Book-One Community programming as well as in depth involvement in the St. Lucie County Reading Council to promote positive interactions with colleagues and to promote literacy in our community.  The school media center offers students and teachers an opportunity to connect with great books, utilize technology and open avenues for community and parental involvement.