Readers celebrated at F. K. Sweet

Readers celebrated at F. K. Sweet

Some 38 students at F.K. Sweet Elementary read at least 15 Florida Sunshine Books and were treated to a “luau-themed” celebration of their success in the Media Center. Pictured are Lauren Nipper, left, and Kyla Pata enjoying the recognition.

Dan McCarty School team wins Project Citizen state title

Dan McCarty School team wins Project Citizen state title

The state finals, held May 24 in West Palm Beach, were the culmination of the nearly year-long effort by the class to identify and problem-solve a community public policy issue. The class Project Citizen project, “Vote to Make Fort Pierce Better: Voting Counts,” hopes to increase voter registration and voter participation in local, state, and national elections. A team of eight students representing the class made their oral presentation to a team of community judges. St. Lucie Public Schools had three teams participating in the state finals. Project Citizen is a national program encouraging students to get involved in their local communities. It is part of the School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program supported by the Center for Civic Education and implemented for all seventh grade Civics classes in St. Lucie Public Schools since the 2010-2011 school year. This year marked the first time St. Lucie Public Schools participated in the state competition. Pictured, from left, are Edmundo Moreno, Kiara Laurent, Kaviola Valsaint, Benjamin Johnson, Cindy Lucas, Alexandra St. Tellien, teacher Heather Eakins, Vanessa Cruz, Anna Duran, and judges Dr. Patricia Brannon, Florida Atlantic University, (Retired), Political Science and Public Policy, and Kalinthia Dillard, attorney with the Palm Beach County School Board.

Windmill Point Odyssey of the Mind team places ninth in world finals

Windmill Point Odyssey of the Mind team places ninth in world finals

The Windmill Point Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team recently competed at the World finals event at Iowa State University. It was a creative extravaganza where more than 800 teams from all around the world shared their ideas and work. The Windmill Point teacm competed against 51 others from around the world, and placed ninth overall for Division 1, Problem #2- Weird Science. Pictured, from left, are Edly Hyppolite, Tajhana Springs, Morgan Torbus, Maddie Nicklo, and Janathan Rivera. The team was coached by Robin Marmitt, who was taking the picture.

Star Bright therapy dogs help students improve reading skills

Star Bright therapy dogs help students improve reading skills

Alex Cardenal from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, along with his classmates, hugs one of the dogs from the Star Bright Therapy reading program. To the left of Alex is one of the volunteers from the program,  behind him is behavior technician Neil Siriani, and to his right is teacher Tammy Miller. Volunteers come with the dogs to Palm Pointe once a week for 45 minutes to read with the students. This helps students improve their reading skills. The dogs are ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation, they listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticize. They allow the students to proceed at their own pace and sometimes are less intimidating than peers. This program helps to build the student’s self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

Sunshine State Readers celebrate at Palm Pointe

Sunshine State Readers celebrate at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Eduactional Research School @ Tradition celebrate at a pizza and ice cream social after reading all 15 of the Sunshine State Reader’s Books. Pictured, back row from left, Christopher Decambre, Erika Goldberg, Shelby Arbacheski and Serena Williams. Front row, from left, David Ferguson, Judith Darville and Melanie Persad. 

Northport family enjoys district young author showcase

Northport family enjoys district young author showcase

Northport K-8 student Finnegan Carey reaped the rewards of using the writing process effectively, adhering to the school rubric, correctly using dynamic illustrations and producing a relevant and substantial piece of writing. Finn and his parents, Jennifer and Nick Carey, pictured above, celebrated at the school district’s Young Author Showcase recently along with fellow Northport students Saige Searcy, Jazz Courtenay, Samantha Huynh, Paul Brinker, Joseph Ybarra, Giovanni Wright and Raena Davis. Over 175 student authors from across the district and their families were treated to a visit with author Donna Gephart, who wrote the book “How To Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Students were treated to a special lunch and were able to purchase books as well as receive free books for being selected as district representatives. The Young Authors celebration is a terrific example of families and students coming together from many different schools and celebrating great books and great writing habits and techniques. The Young Authors program is a shining example of the culmination of a year of effective teaching and learning. The handwritten books are an investment in the future of each student.

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe launch rockets

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe launch rockets

Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, pictured from left, John Rimes, Michael Williams and Michael Lyons prepare to launch their rockets that they made as projects for Thomas Carr’s science class. This project incorporated both math skills and science. The
students had fun learning how to make the rockets and then watch as they launched their finished projects. 

Northport K8 students present at state Project Citizen oral hearings

Northport K8 students present at state Project Citizen oral hearings

Northport K-8 students from the Northstar team were selected to present at this year’s Project Citizen Oral Hearings held recently at the Palm Beach Coounty Convention Center. Three of the five teams presenting were from St. Lucie County and two were from Miami-Dade County. The team from Northport K-8 School represented Mary Ellsworth’s sixth period class with their project, “Put Down the Fork and Pick Up the Pace.” The project centered around the issue of childhood obesity and how schools can help combat
this increasing problem. With support from Northport administration, the PTO, Building Level Planning team, cafeteria staff and coaches, students were able to initiate a Fun Run, install changes in the school menu’s for next school year and earn the promise of a middle grades Field Day next year. Students
learned how much hard work, knowledge of current laws and civic responsibility it takes to get public policy enacted. Northport K-8 school is extremely proud of the state finalists. Pictured, from left, are Gabriella Mejia, Jellisa Alleyne, Cameron Templeton, Jalisa Smith, Sabrina Wing, Myles Jackson, Cassidy Giles and Alexandria Robinson. Students were accompanied by teachers Mary Ellsworth and Mala Woessner.

Port St. Lucie High seniors honored at Scholarship Night

Port St. Lucie High seniors honored at Scholarship Night

Port St. Lucie High School honored its graduating seniors at the recent Senior Scholarship Night event. Collectively, the graduating Jaguars earned over $2,971,934 dollars in scholarships from colleges and universities. From left, Ponce Oliver Montejo, Katelyn Lambert, Nickolas Vinson, Sheneen Soares, Skyler Jacobson, Matthew Jacobson, Alyssa Hedrick, Robert Fritz, Micky Braga, and Tyler Beauregard.

Gaines Academy students travel around the world

Gaines Academy students travel around the world

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.

Shirley Helton named Florida Stock Market Challenge teacher of the year

Shirley Helton named Florida Stock Market Challenge teacher of the year

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. 

 

Gaines Academy celebrates great readers

Gaines Academy celebrates great readers

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!

Gaines Academy students create study board game

Gaines Academy students create study board game

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.

Palm Pointe symphonic band takes memorable field trip

Palm Pointe symphonic band takes memorable field trip

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 nursing program hosts annual student health fair

St. Lucie West Centennial nursing program hosts annual student health fair

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.

First grade students at Sam Gaines Academy get a surprise visitor

First grade students at Sam Gaines Academy get a surprise visitor

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.

Allapattah middle grades math students use diagrams to summarize data

Allapattah middle grades math students use diagrams to summarize data

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.

There’s a ‘Battle of the Books’ in middle school at Allapattah Flats K8

There’s a ‘Battle of the Books’ in middle school at Allapattah Flats K8

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.