Students select books for summer reading

Students select books for summer reading

The recent Scholastic Book Fair at F.K. Sweet Elementary was a huge success. Every student received a free book and was able to shop throughout the week.  Parent Maria Mendoza, volunteered several days and is pictured helping Justin Adrian, left, and Caleb Cobb select books for their summer reading.
Ten St. Lucie Schools students earn Take Stock scholarships

Ten St. Lucie Schools students earn Take Stock scholarships

Ten St. Lucie County Schools eighth grade students were recently awarded valuable incentives for future success with President’s Challenge/Take Stock in Children scholarship awards held recently at Indian River State College.  Through an application process, all the selected scholarship recipients sign a contract agreeing to maintain good grades, to stay out of trouble, to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to graduate from high school. Those who meet the challenge will receive a scholarship towards tuition only to attend IRSC for two years, followed by two years at IRSC or another Florida public college or university. Pictured, front row, from left,  German Torres of Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8, Frederick Johnson III of Lincoln Park Academy, Johnathon Burgos of St. Lucie West K-8, and Gabriella Cano-Lagos of WestGate K-8. Second row, from left, Brandon LaPolla of Oak Hammock K-8, Abigale Miller of Southport Middle, and Jane Clement of Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts. Third row, from left, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Monica Smith of Southport Middle, Bruce Isenhour of Dan McCarty School, and Nicholas Fisher of Southern Oaks Middle.

Neha Reddy presented in international science fair

Neha Reddy presented in international science fair

Neha Reddy, a sophomore at Lincoln Park Academy, was one of 1,549 high school students from 68 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research and compete for over $3 million in awards at the recent  International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her project was titled  ” Influence of Genetic Variation of Brazilian  Peppertree  Schinus terebinthifolius on the Survival of a Biological Control Agent Pseudophilothrips ichinianden. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Congratulations to Neha for representing Lincoln Park Academy and St. Lucie Public Schools in this prestigious competition.

Northport students celebrated for excellence in math

Northport students celebrated for excellence in math

Northport K-8 students were celebrated for Excellence in Education in math recently at a Mathlete Award ceremony.  Students were given certificates and special recognition at the program which celebrated their dedication and hard
work this school year in math.  The third through fifth grade students won first place at the Northport K-8 Math Bowl competition and went on to represent Northport at the district first annual Math Bowl competition held at Fort Pierce Central High School.  The middle school students represented Northport at the regional MathCounts competition at Indian River State College in February.  Students are to be congratulated for their excellence in mathematics and their stellar representation of Northport K-8 School.  Pictured ,from top left, are  Angel Mozee, Rayla Ross, Tiana Aragon-Vargas, Kadesha D’Silva, Madison Webb, Victoria Juarez, Trevor Walk, Rheanna Buckman, Kenneth Bridges, Taya Komoroski, Kiara Badalo, Estefany Medina, Daniel Lopez, Ethan Trainor, Tome Kuzevski, Bret Smith, Alexis Moss, Connor O’Sullivan, Joshua Benjamin and Aldina Charles with math coach Josie Bailey.

Northport culinary students hold cupcake war

Northport culinary students hold cupcake war

Middle grades Northport K-8 students in the culinary arts program, under the direction of Caren Boyd,  participated in a cupcake war recently.  Students worked in cooperative teams and devised plans and recipes to produce the best cupcake.  Students in six groups used   Oreos, confetti, gum drops, Hershey kisses, marshmallows, caramel, cherries, peaches, strawberries and different types of icing to concoct the best cupcake.  Judges used a rubric which included taste, appearance, moistness and ingenuity.  Pictured are the winners, from left, Nailen Hernandez, Jaquinton Price, Joel Diaz and Kara Turpin.  The winning cupcake was Oreo flavored with a fudge center, vanilla icing and confetti topping.

Northport K8 students, staff and families enjoy field day

Northport K8 students, staff and families enjoy field day

Northport K-8 physical education instructors Linda Walker, Kim Kanada Graff, Ryan Carpenter, Kevin Fess, James Hebb and Daryn Ploeckelman promoted the joy of vigorous activity as well as building teamwork, cooperative learning skills and fine tuning locomotor activity.  Students in grades kindergarten through fifth were treated to Field Days Northport style!  A variety of activities were offered including parachute ball, obstacle courses, hula hoops, basketball throws, bouncy ball races, sidewalk chalk races, jump ropes, bubble blowing contests and lots more great events.  The classroom teachers are to be thanked for their participation right along with their students and many parents and grandparents were included in the health and fun focused Field Days!  Pictured are students in Kara McNair’s kindergarten class with coaches Walker and Kanada-Graff.

Jaguar Battalion says farewell to graduating seniors

Jaguar Battalion says farewell to graduating seniors

Teamwork and physical fitness are two of the fundamentals of JROTC training. A year’s worth of training is put the test annually at Field Day hosted by the Jaguar Battalion at Port St. Lucie High School. During Field Day, the three companies battled each other in several different sports and athletic activities to determine the best unit.  Battalion Field day is about saying goodbye to departing seniors. The Booster Club’s parting gift to the year’s seniors was a challenge coin commemorating their years spent with the Jaguar Battalion. Many seniors had several words to say about their experiences in the battalion, thanking the cadets and instructors within it for some of their greatest memories of high school.

Floresta Elementary students create and use recipe books to cook up sweet treats

Floresta Elementary students create and use recipe books to cook up sweet treats

In order to teach the students how to write in a variety of informational forms related to real world situations, the fourth grade students at Floresta Elementary created “How-to” manuals and recipe books. The recipe books included student made recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. As a culminating project, several classes used the recipes to make different items including French toast, pizza, and vanilla Oreo parfaits! Pictured, from left, are Kendra Basiliere, Hailey Shad, Cindy Reynolds (pouring the milk), Valerie Chaparro, Hannah Amaral, and Katelyn Thompson.

Village Green students buddy up to blast test

Village Green students buddy up to blast test

Students at two Village Green Environmental Studies Schools classes buddy up with each other in a variety of ways. Pictured are students from Christine Duane’s first grade class and Mark Casper’s second grade class “blasting away” at the  SAT 10 standardized test.

Family Fun Night just that — fun for all

Family Fun Night just that — fun for all

These faces can tell just how much fun was had by all at the recent Family Fun Night at F.K. Sweet Elementary. The annual event is sponsored by the PTO, with many members of the faculty and staff assisting with ticket and food sales.  A few of the available activities were dunking teachers in the huge water tank, sports, music, face painting, the bounce house, and everyone’s favorite, the giant slide. Camryn Gardner and Kayla Jungjohan both agree that the slide was the most exciting.
Third grade students compete in spelling bee

Third grade students compete in spelling bee

Twenty one F.K .Sweet Elementary third graders students participated in the recent spelling bee. After 18 rounds of challenging words, the winners were finally declared. Pictured is Principal Juanita Wright applauding, from left, Shellanda Pierre, third place, De’ Jaunte Timothy, second place, and Caleb Cobb, first place.  Congratulations on a job well done.

F. K. Sweet students enjoy field day fun

F. K. Sweet students enjoy field day fun

F.K. Sweet Elementary students enjoyed participating in a wide variety of games during their recent annual Field Day event. Activities ranging from jump rope to bowling captured the young spirits of second graders, from left, James Ewing, Cole Newbern and Zach Gosnell.

 

St. Lucie Mets players reward reading at WestGate K8

St. Lucie Mets players reward reading at WestGate K8

St. Lucie Mets baseball team pitchers Adam Kolareck and Chase Huchingson and team mascot Slider recently visited WestGate K8 to read to students in first and second grade classes.  The Mets program “Slide Into Reading” rewards students who read a required number of books by giving them two free passes to a summer ball game.  This year at WestGate students scored a grand slam home run!  WestGate is grateful to the Mets for their support of literacy in St. Lucie County.

Northport K8 science teachers earn unique grant

Northport K8 science teachers earn unique grant

Northport K-8 middle grades science instructors Amanda Sartain and Kalyn Nova have been selected to receive a 2012 Toolbox for Education Grant for a vegetable garden for the middle school next year.  A school garden allows students to
apply curriculum based education in innovative, unique and engaging ways.  Instructors will be using the Gardening For Grades curriculum by Florida Agriculture for planning and creating lesson plans for the garden.  Students will discover the components of a garden that correlates with curriculum from observing plants grown from seeds, measuring growth and designing experiments.  Students at the middle school level will be learning about Florida soil, different types of
soil, pH levels, hydroponics, soil testing, composting, planting from seeds, photosynthesis and types of seeds.  The shared garden will be an exciting opportunity for authentic growth and scientific discovery. Pictured are Ms. Nova, left, and Ms. Sartain.

F. K. Sweet students appreciate school nurse

F. K. Sweet students appreciate school nurse

Jackie Foster, the school nurse at F.K. Sweet Elementary, is a very popular person on campus with every student. Sometimes children have been known to fake an illness so they can go hang out with her for a visit. To show their appreciation and gratitude for doing such an outstanding job all year, third grade students made thank you cards and posted them outside the clinic so everyone could read and enjoy them during Nurses’ Appreciation Week.  Olivia Sperber and Will Nelson are pictured with Ms. Foster saying thanks after putting up their cards.