Students and families recently visited many countries while traveling around the world at Gaines Academy. Pictured with passports in hand are second grade student Jason Jacques in Mikki Greer’s class, and his sister Jennifer, a kindergartner in Leigh Chesney’s class upon arriving in Egypt, where they encounter a camel created by eighth graders in Paul Small’s class. They also saw a pyramid with mummies inside and hieroglyphic prints.
Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade teacher Shirley Helton has been named the Distinguished Stock Market Challenge Advisor of the Year for the State of Florida for demonstrating excellence in teaching economics skills of free enterprise and financial literacy. Each year, the Florida Council on Economic Education and Publix Super Markets Charities recognize a Distinguished Stock Market Advisor who goes above and beyond in teaching children about how financial markets work, how to invest money, and entrepreneurship. Helton’s fifth grade students this year won first place in the state Stock Market Challenge Elementary Division in the Fall Competition and second place in the state Spring Competition. Helton has also been nominated for Excellence in Teaching History Award for the State of Florida. Sponsored by Pearson Prentice Hall, this award is to recognize and celebrate a Florida teacher of history who encourages an appreciation and respect for the discipline of history, involves students in the historical process, and evidences mastery of the subject matter.
Fourth grade Samuel S. Gaines Academy students, from left, Adrian Zarate, Jaelyn Aguilar, and Megan Kelchner practice for the school’s final musical of the year, “Freddie the Frog and the Mighty Meter Gnome,” presented by the 21st Century after school program. Thank you to all who helped make this musical a success.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy is proud to acknowledge the following students for reading all 15 Sunshine State Young Reader’s books for the year. Pictured, from left, are fourth grader Erin Buchanon, eighth grader Jennifer Teran, seventh grader Michaela Kelly, and eighth grader Terry Revange. Students were awarded with certificates, and ice cream party, pizza party, trophy, and T-Shirts. Congratulations,
students, keep reading!
Students in John Davino’s seventh grade civics class at Samuel S. Gaines Academy created their own review board games to study for their upcoming final exam. Pictured here are a handful of SGA’s AVID students, from left, Leonar Barron, Akiefe Anderson, Joshua Martin, Aleshia Johnson, and Edith Raya playing their way to being prepared for the exam.
The Palm Pointe symphonic band recently travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in a private clinic at Georgia State University held by the university’s band director. While they were there they were able to tour the CNN television studios and view a live taping. Some of their other activities included visiting the Coca Cola corporation museum as well as visiting the world’s largest aquarium. Students gained memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. Pictured are members of the band in the CNN studio.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Nursing Assistant students held their annual health fair recently in the school’s gym. Students in social studies classes, and all Freshman Academy students were invited and were very enthusiastic about attending this informative event. The nursing program students planned for several months to bring 26 community agencies on campus to impart their knowledge of teen health issues. Some of the agencies that participated included the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, IRSC nursing students from Indian River State College, Children’s Home Society, Care Net, SWAT and and school district nurses. Students were provided a bag in which to put their brochures and other souvenirs from the organizations. They were also given a ‘passport’ that contained a listing of all of the agencies that attended. Students got their ‘passport’ stamped by the agencies when they approached each table to obtain information from them. This encouraged engagement and participation by the students. Allied Health students and HOSA members also acted as ambassadors to each community agency. School nurses instructed HOSA students prior to the event in calculating height, weight, and BMI. HOSA students assisted the school nurses with this vision screenings. Pictured is Lisa Pressendo, right, an 11th grade HOSA member, stamping the passport of fellow students Carl Durbin.
All through this school year, students in Pam Pressley’s first grade classroom at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce have been writing letters to the uncle of one of their fellow students who has been deployed in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy. Joshua Shepherd, whose nephew Hunter is in the class, surprised Hunter and his classmates recently, as they did not expect Joshua to return until next month. Hunter’s face lit up with just the sight of a recognizable tie as part of Joshua’s uniform. Television and newspaper media were there to capture the exhilirating moment.
Christine King’s sixth and seventh grade math students at Allapattah Flats K-8 are looking ahead to next year by exploring Box-and-Whisker Plots. Box-and-Whisker Plots are diagrams that summarize data by dividing it into quartiles. Students surveyed other students around school, their parents and even other teachers. Students asked questions such as “How often do you get on the internet in one week?” They then ordered their data, found the measures of variation and graphed their data on a Box-and-Whisker Plot. Pictured showing off their hardwork are Christine King and some of her students, from left, Matthew Gustin, Daniel Lopez, Cassidy Lanier, Alexis Tabora, Pricillia Samaroo, and sitting up front is Bailee Reese.
Allapattah Flats middle school staff and students recently competed in Battle of the Books. Each grade group had their own battle which was conducted as a game show. Sixth grade students read Freak the Mighty. Sixth grade students were victorious and won the battle clearly showing their superior reading efforts. Seventh and eighth grade students and teachers read “The Hunger Games”. After a heated round of bonus questions in both the seventh and eighth grade battles, the staff finally reigned as victors! Stay tuned for next year’s battle with the most anticipated sequel, “Catching Fire.” From left, Cedric McCutchen, Markens Paul, Ximena Paz, Brinklee Locrotondo and Austin Tabor debate one of their final answers.
Selected third through fifth grade students from Danya Etter’s music class at Allapattah Flats K-8 participated in the end of the year, “An Adventure in Music,” spring concert. The program consisted of a variety of songs from “You Raise Me Up” and Somewhere Over the Rainbow to Boogie Woogie, and “Beethoven’s Wig”. The concert was a success. Pictured left to right, back row: Zoey Van Etten, Jai-Marcia Williams, Alyssa Hartman, Aidan Atkinson, Kaminee Edmondson, Raeanne Anderson, Jerusalen Figueroa, and Jensen Erbe. Middle Row: Alexis Allen, Riley Franklin, Melanie Lynn, Brittany Braessler, Tori Braessler, Jacqueline Sebastian, Isabella Iarriccio, and Alec Boxer. Bottom Row: Jacob Barbour, Nicholas Kennedy, and Katherine Hassell.
Over 200 students at Bayshore Elementary School participated in the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program this year, and students who read all 15 of the selected books were presented with trophies during the WBAY morning news show. Congratulations to, from left, Christopher Bonilla, Brianna Creary, Marcos DosSantos, Joshua Alexander and Lanie Polanco.
Bayshore Elementary School’s kindergarten students recently performed during PTO Night. Students shared their love of literacy with families through songs, stories and skits. Pictured, from left, are Gemmavady Thay-Sann from Jeanne Comperchio’s class, Solymar Sanchez from Jennifer Archer’s class and Miguel Vela from Jeanne Comperchio’s class.
Palm Pointe Educatioinal Research School at Tradition has learned the school has the fourth highest combined fund raising total in the sstate for schools hosting both a Jump Rope for Heart event and a Hoops for Heart event. The school has raised approximately $14,000 over the past two years for the American Heart Association through the school’s two events as was highlighted in the most recent issue of the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and sport journal.Robert Santoro, Kristen Stafford, and Dale Francis, Physical Education teachers at the school, coordinate the events. The top student fund raiser for the past two years has been second grader Isabella Favata, who for over the past two years has raised over $3,500 for the cause. Isabella adds a personal touch in her
fund raising by giving people a note on why she has decided to make this her number one charity as well as furnishing people who donate with a hand-written thank you card with a challenge for them to top their donation the following year. Pictured, from left, are Coach Robert Santoro, Isabella Favata and Coach Kristen Stafford.
Kristin Helser, a local attorney practicing civil law, recently visited White City Elementary with her mother. The two guests addressed fifth grade students about the laws governing our state. Their commitment to helping the students of St. Lucie County is certainly valuable to our community and we are glad to have them as part of our White City family. Pictured, from left, Kristin Helser, Johnnie Mathis, Ms. Helser’s mother and Spelando Sauveur.
Kindergarten students in Raynell Mowitt’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoy a Mother’s Day Tea with their moms. Each student videotaped a special message to their mom on why they are so special to them. Everyone enjoyed refreshments and spending time together.
Northport K-8 sixth grade students in Amanda Sartain’s science classes immersed themselves in a life sciences unit on immunology and the immune system of the human body by forming a living human cell. The students gathered in a circle in the front of the school and joined hands to form the cell. One student remained outside the cell to represent a nasty virus. The virus burst into the cell and chose one person at a time to come into the cell and spread. The process continued until the cell was filled with viruses and the cell burst, spreading the virus into more of the body cells. Northport students were
intrigued by the innovative and uniques method of introducing immunology and the spread of viral illnesses. The students learned the concept quickly and effieciently when motivated by peer learning and instructor monitoring. Pictured is Ms. Sartain and her students.
Kate Klise, author of “Dying To Meet You,” one of this year’s Sunshine State books, visited Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently to discuss her books and give tips to our future authors. Ms. Klise also gave a non-fiction writing workshop for selected sixth graders. This year’s third through fifth grade students who read at least three of the 15 Sunshine State books from their list were able to vote for their favorite and “Dying to Meet You” received the most votes at Palm Pointe. Pictured, from left, are Isabelle Fleurant, Tatiana Philogene and Judith Darville having the books they purchased autographed by Ms. Klise.
Students who follow the ROAR Expectations at White City Elementary in Maria Cranmer’s and Amanda Dewey’s fifth grade class were invited to a tea to celebrate great behavior. Everyone was dressed to impress and enjoyed tea and pastries in an afternoon of elegance. Pictured is Alexis Rinaldo enjoying a cup of tea.
Two students from Treasure Coast High School graphic arts programs, Kiersten Pauline and Victoria Willis, were recognized at the May 22, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for their winning logo design selected for the school district’s Employee Wellness Program. Pictured, from left, are teacher Joseph Randazzo, Kiersten Pauline, assistant principal Nikki Kalvaitis, Victoria Willis, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, wellness program manager Carlye Fabrikant, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.