Gaines Academy teams win trophies in math bowl

Gaines Academy teams win trophies in math bowl

Congratulations to third, fourth and fifth grade Math Bowl teams from Gaines Academy for their representation at the first ever St. Lucie Schools Math Bowl. The Math Bowl was a team academic competition in which four students worked collaboratively to solve math problems in less than 5 minutes. Gaines Academy’s third grade team placed third, the fourth grade team placed first, and the fifth grade team placed third. Pictured holding their trophy are Lopez Bourjolly, left, and Gabriela Armendariz, students in Kimberly Masters’ third grade class.

Northport K8 celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Northport K8 celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Northport K-8 third graders celebrated Cinco de Mayo and integrated Positive Behavior Support into their day by giving students who earned SAIL Notes a choice of activities as a reward.  Students chose between viewing The Three Caballeros, eating chips and salsa, dancing to fiesta music or making confetti pinatas.  Students worked together using tissue paper and glue then filled the pinatas with goodies to share.  Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the fifth of May each year and commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.  This is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and is warmly embraced at Northport K-8.  Pictured, from left, are third grade students Andrew Tzul and Kyle Hess with their pinatas.

First math bowl for grades three to five a big success!

First math bowl for grades three to five a big success!

St. Lucie Schools held its first Math Bowl for students in grades three through five recently at Fort Pierce Central High School. Students from C. A. Moore Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, Northport K8, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, and Dan McCarty School participated in this inaugural yet successful event. Several parents, teachers, math coaches, and principals also attended to join in the fun. Students competed at their schools to create the teams to compete in the math bowl. Coordinators included host Gina Renna, and math coaches Teresa Longar, Josie Bailey, Tari Sexton, Cecilia Martin, Victoria Pease and Robert Suggs helped coordinate the event. Victoria Pease, Elizabeth Pruitt and Tari Sexton also served as judges. Congratulations to the Weatherbee Elementary team for first place in third grade, Samuel S. Gaines Academy team for first place for fourth grade, and the Weatherbee Elementary team for first place in fifth grade. Pictured, from left, are Sara Robbins, Aaron Reed, Rolando Castro and Marissa Garcia on Weatherbee Elementary’s first place fifth grade team.

 

Gaines Academy thanks business partner for support

Gaines Academy thanks business partner for support

A special thank you to Jed Garbie from Samuel S. Gaines academy business partner Sonic restaurant for the 2011-2012 school year.  Sonic has donated a variety of coupons for free or discounted items from their menu.  The coupons were used for COLT of the month, honor roll, and perfect attendance.  They also gave free slush coupons to the class that brought in the most box tops.  The school thanks Sonic for all it does to benefit and encourage Gaines Academy students. Pictured is store manager Jed Barbie.

Bayshore Elementary students are becoming scientists

Bayshore Elementary students are becoming scientists

Bayshore Elementary students are demonstrating their skills as scientists by investigating scientific problems.  Students in Nancy Fallon’s third grade class were investigating if the number of coils on an electromagnet affected its strength.  Pictured, from left, are Kyla Higgins, Michael Bresch, and Sam Vicente.

Jaguar Battalion supports Relay for Life

Jaguar Battalion supports Relay for Life

Every year, the  Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducts service learning event designed to serve the community and teach the cadets valuable life skills. This year’s Service Learning Project supported the Relay for Life, which is an organization that supports the American Cancer Society in the fight against all cancers. Cadets set up luminaries around the track, which are bags of sand with a single, lit candle inside, recognizing those fighting or those who have fought cancer. Four cadets, pictured from left, cadet First Sergeant Timothy Kroell, cadet Captain Devynn Rhodes, cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino, and cadet Master Sergeant William Benagh, also conducted a color guard which led the way for the first lap of the relay.

White City Elementary students celebrate their love of poetry

White City Elementary students celebrate their love of poetry

Students in Edward Strivelli’s first grade classroom at White City Elementary have been writing class poems throughout the year as part of their word families study.  In each ‘silly’ poem, the  students used words containing a target sound.  At the end of the week, the children read to an audience filled with students from Lois Peith’s second grade class. After their poems were presented, the students joined together and read more class poems from the first graders’ class poem journal.

Allapattah Flats kindergartners crack the reading code!

Allapattah Flats kindergartners crack the reading code!

Allapattah Flats kindergartners are becoming super sleuths using Secret Stories.  The students learned about what happens when the letters t and h are side by side in a word.  Then, they practiced sticking out their tongues to make the “thhhhhh!” sound.  Lastly, the students used letter Legos to build words that begin or end with th. Pictured, Jolaine Austin works with, back to front,  Timothy Smith, Arieana Mitchell, Jeffrey Sebastian-Agustin, and Tyler Garren.

Southport Middle has unique guest for Young Authors event

Southport Middle has unique guest for Young Authors event

Southport Middle School’s Young Authors celebration included a video conference with author Douglas Quinn.  With the help of grandson, Southport Middle sixth grade student Quinn Coleson,  Quinn has written four adventure series novels featuring his grandson as the main character.  St. Lucie County’s ITS department supported  Southport’s media center to set up the video conference with Mr. Quinn, who resides in North Carolina with his wife.  Also presenting at the celebration was Scripps newspaper contributor Hillary Copsey, who spoke to students and parents about the wonderful books that the sixth through eighth grade students submitted.  Winning submissions will go on to a district level competition. Pictured is Quinn visiting with his grandparents prior to the actual celebration.

Allapattah Flats students share in instruction duties

Allapattah Flats students share in instruction duties

Students Myron Varn’s eighth grade American History classes just completed a Student Teaching Module (STM) which divided the class into five groups, each responsible for  part of a chapter covering the inventions and early industry from 1740-1790.  They planned lessons to include learning goals and assessments.  Some lessons were as intricate as PowerPoint slide shows with a Jeopardy quiz. Others were as simple as choral reading and questioning.  When asked to reflect, the groups that had the more complex lessons said that they learned more about their subject, but that it took a lot more time to put together.  Groups that had the simplest lessons said that although choral reading was easy to set up and do, it wasn’t much fun.  They all  pooled the questions that they thought were most important into a review and ending assessment.  Many students want to do this again, saying they learned more through preparation. Pictured, from left, are Conner Hay, Joseph Furman, and Javier Rosado.

Family Reading Night another hit at F. K. Sweet

Family Reading Night another hit at F. K. Sweet

The annual Family Reading Night Celebration at F.K. Sweet Elementary was another huge success with over 100 students, parents, and community members in attendance. Children were allowed to rotate from reader to reader and listen to teachers and community members reading lots of their favorite stories. Students filled goodie bags with pencils, pens, bookmarks, and books. Concessions, face painting, and balloons were also available. Pictured are the fifth grade teachers Christy Nuccio, Jodie Steele, Donald Logue, and Cindy Young entertaining a packed room with the book Jolly Mon, by Jimmy Buffet.
F. K. Sweet student to participate in plant growing competition

F. K. Sweet student to participate in plant growing competition

Elia McDonald, in Laura Glennon’s third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary, is the class winner for his prize cabbage. His information and cabbage picture will be submitted to Bonnie Plants, in Union Springs, Alabama. Elia’s cabbage will be judged on the cabbage head size, overall appearance, and weight.  There will be a $1,000 scholarship awarded to each state winner. The contest is sponsored by Bonnie Plants and the Department of Agriculture. Gook luck, Elia with your four pound cabbage.
Third graders rack up reading

Third graders rack up reading

How many kids does it take to read 20,979,863 words and rack up 8,490 points since the beginning of school in August? Well, it only took 17 third graders in Barbara Whellams’ class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School to accomplish such a task! To reward the students for reaching and surpassing their goal of 300 points each, the students will be treated to a movie matinee and concessions before the end of the school year. Reading Counts is a district wide program that encourages children to read and provides the classroom teacher with an array of information that can target  individual strengths and weaknesses.
Jaguar Battalion supports scholarship awards ceremony

Jaguar Battalion supports scholarship awards ceremony

Members of the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted a color guard for the Young Floridians Scholarship Award Ceremony at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the IRSC campus recently. The cadets presenting the colors were, pictured, from left, cadet First Lieutenant Andrew Miller, cadet First Sergeant Timothy Kroell, cadet Master Sergeant William Benagh, and cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino. Many of our community’s leaders such as President of Indian River State College, Dr. Edwin Massey, Superintendent Mike Lannon, Port St. Lucie High School principal Dr. Mark Rendell, and several Chamber of Commerce members were present for the color guard. Members of the Jaguar Battalion that participated in both the color guard and honor guard did so with pride.

F. K. Sweet kindergartners wow the crowd in annual circus

F. K. Sweet kindergartners wow the crowd in annual circus

The F.K.Sweet Elementary School annual kindergarten circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, was a recent crowd pleaser. The audience was highly entertained by clowns, magic tricks, prancing ponies, acrobats, and wild animal acts. The climax of the evening  and a spell binding experience was someone surviving being shot from a cannon. A huge thanks to teachers Morgan Haupt, Kristin Griffin, Kathy Offerdahl, Michelle O’Keefe, Melanie Francisco, and Sandy Picano for their hard work and countless hours of practice. Pictured are some of the stars of the show!

Northport K8 awarded for support of military

Northport K8 awarded for support of military

Northport K-8 School proudly accepted a commendation by 14 Medal of Honor recipients held recently in Texas.  The Medal of Honor recipients signed a plaque with the date and signatures of each national hero.  The plaque reads in part, “For the students, faculty and staff of Northport K-8 School located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for their exceptional support of active duty military personnel and the veterans community of St. Lucie County, Florida.”  The Medal of Honor is the highest award offered to U.S. military.  Most awards are given posthumously for going far above and beyond the call of duty in the service of America.  Northport K8 principal Glenn Rustay and media specialist Lynne Gruszka were given 150th anniversary edition gold coins for their unwavering support of the United States military.  The coins are replicas of real Medal of Honorcoins carried by only a handful of veterans.  Pictured are Northport 8th grade students from the Clownfish and Mariner teams, from left, Amy Lainez, Jonathon Sims and Michael Miano.  Retired Air Force Sgt. Roy Brewer will extend the awards to Northport K-8 at the school’s eighth grade graduation ceremony in June.

Budding scientists’ projects to highlight community showcase

Budding scientists’ projects to highlight community showcase

The community is invited to enjoy a showcase of hundreds of science projects created by some of our district’s youngest budding scientists in kindergarten through fifth grade at the 2012 St. Lucie Public Schools Science Showcase on Saturday, May 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Southern Oaks Middle School, located at 5500 N. E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. The event is central to the school district’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative and an opportunity for the community to appreciate the STEM resources available in St. Lucie Public Schools.

This free community event will also feature exhibitors from local science institutions and organizations, as well as STEM-related high school academies, including Treasure Coast Wildlife, Indian River State College, Savannas Preserve State Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Fort Pierce Central High School’s Aeronautical Aviation Academy affiliated with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Families will be engaged with hands-on science activities, live animal shows, and interactive displays.  Fun items such as Frisbees and water bottles will be given away, and concessions will be available for purchase.  

For more information, call St. Lucie Public Schools K-12 Science Curriculum Supervisor Cristina Veresan at 429.3615.

Northport student writers set examples for excellence

Northport student writers set examples for excellence

Northport K-8 students are participating in the Young Authors program and are setting examples of effective writing for display in the school Media Center.  Students from kindergarten through eighth grade have been preparing, thinking, writing, revising, editing, illustrating and demonstrating a commitment to great writing through a year long process of effective learning and teaching.  The crown jewel in Northport’s commitment to effective writing and communicating ideas and information effectively is the Young Authors program.  Each year, students display their books in a Media Center showcase with a theme as a backdrop.  This year the theme is “Wild, Wild West Writes  Again.”  Entering the Media Center is a step back into American history where the Old West was King!  Pictured is third grade instructor Glenda Taylor with her students in front of the third grade “Trail of Tales!”  Red checkered table cloths, real cow and bull skulls, deer antlers, a saddle and bridle, a sarsasparillla 5 cents stand, kerchiefs, horseshoes and old pots and pans are some of the memorabilia that students are checking out!  Young Authors Season is one of the highlights of Northport’s investment in student achievement!