The Spine & Sport Rehab Institute provided St. Lucie Elementary teachers and staff with a relaxing massage during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. The institute was also named St. Lucie Elementary’s “Business Partner of the Year.” Pictured, from left, are Principal Bernadette Floyd, Marketing Manager El Fuenmayor, Assistant Principal Nicole Ortega, and St. Lucie County School Board Vice Chairman Deborah Hawley.
Students at Windmill Point Elementary decorated surprise Mother’s Day cakes as part of the school’s PBS fundraiser. Students enjoyed making their own special cakes with the help of cafeteria staff to honor the significant person in their lives. Many, many thanks to Publix for always supporting students!
St. Lucie Elementary business partner CenterState Bank provided a delicious lunch for school staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation week. Pictured receiving a “Certificate of Appreciation” from principal Bernadette Floyd, left, are Branch Manager Lori Wuchte, Mortgage Loan Officer Marni Parent, and Assistant Principal Nicole Ortega.
All Northport K-8 students participated in the Young Author program recently. Students planned, wrote, revised, edited, illustrated and published their own book. Students displayed the books in the school Media Center with decorations and table adornments geared toward the wild west. Classes, parents and grandparents toured the tables and were able to see authentic growth of real writers and authors. Seven students were selected to represent the best of Northport K8 and will attend a celebration of good writing at Manatee Academy. Author Donna Gephart will be the guest speaker for the event. Gephart is the author of “How to Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Pictured are Northport fourth grader Raena Davis and her teacher Jill Staggs.
Students in Northport K-8 Pam Mishler’s first grade class displayed a wonderful tribute to Mother’s Day recently. Students prepared a Reader’s Theater titled, “Buying Mom’s Present” to express fluency and to give their mothers a message about love and respect. Students also recited a special poem celebrating a mothers love and the struggles that a mother goes through daily. Each student made a gorgeous necklace called “Box of Love” that was prepared and filled with words and poetry to express their unconditional love for their mothers. Many parents and grandparents attended the special celebration of love and the learning was palpable.
Allapattah Flats K8 recognized outstanding Business Partner Walmart Distribution Center as its Business Partner of the Year, and attended the recent recognition ceremony at the district office. The company has been instrumental in creating a truly fantastic business partner relationship for Allapattah Flats K8. Jennie Shalala-Hartman has volunteered her time to reading to our primary classes, and has volunteered at various school functions. She has created sight word flash cards, cut out needed materials, and is always willing to assist. She was able to enroll our school in the VAP program, Volunteering Always Pays, which awarded our school a check for $250.00 for her 25 hours of volunteer service. The Walmart Distribution Center has also donated a $100.00 gift certificate toward supplies for the school’s holiday program. Pictured are Jennie Shalala-Hartman, left, and Ann Hartman, business partner chairperson for Allapattah Flats K 8.
Floresta Elementary School is recognizing outstanding student authors as the school’s Young Author winners. The students each wrote and illustrated a book on a topic that interested them. Pictured are Ashna Patel, in front, and back, from left, Tiffany Alexander, James Sell, and Gioia Perniello. Students will be honored at a celebration at Manatee Academy K-8 School and parents are invited to take part as well. Floresta Elementary is proud of all the students who participated in the project and thank their teachers for guidance and support.
First grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 launch into the study of the sky with a visit to the Hallstrom Planetarium! Students were able to explore Earth’s place in space by learning about gravity, the Milky Way galaxy, stars, the solar system and Earth. The students had an engaging time seeing the real-world example of the night and day sky. They saw that the number of stars in the sky was too numerous to count. They realized that stars are not scattered evenly in the sky and that there are great distances between Earth and other space objects. The students are eager to take this knowledge back to their classroom and continue learning about the sky around them. Pictured, back row from left, are Jaydin White, Justin Meyer, Jimmy Fanning, Nicole Coons, Ariana Lenoir, Kailee Brouse. Kneeling in front is Conner Henderson.
The following Bulldogs are to be congratulated for being reading leaders this 2012 school year! These students traveled to the Barnes & Noble Bookseller in Jensen Beach. In order to be invited, students either were top Reading Counts point earners for their grade, or participated as a panelist for their grade in the March Battle of the Books event. Students were Christen Bailey, Sydney Rankin, Hannah Catlett, Geneva Deckert, Genesis Gibson, Derrick Davis, Jessica Hoyt, Zach Roach, Alton Mills, Mark Marin, Hikaru Kurasawa, Lyzberthe Chery, Ilee Fagarass, Ashley Dorvilias, Abigail Peterson, Jada Williams, Noah Dale, Fredline Beauge, Kerry Oreo, Kyle Thomas, Bobbi Goff, Ivy Spivey, Erasto Quintana, and Austin Baumann. Pictured with the students are reading teacher Melodee Hickman, far left, and literacy coach Suzan Eshleman, far right.
Northport K-8 sixth grade science instructor Amanda Sartain addressed deep content in her lesson segment about the human body systems and their relationship within the body. Ms. Sartain reviewed the new content, then organized students into learning teams to practice and deepen knowledge. Students shared the tasks of cutting out the skeletal system with construction paper, added the main organs for respiratory, circulatory, nervous and digestive systems and then attached each organ to the appropriate place in relation to the skeleton and displayed on a hallway wall. Students then labeled each organ with function and each system with its job in the body. Students worked cooperatively putting the bodies together on the wall and then reviewed each system within their learning teams. As students were reviewing within the teams, Mrs. Sartain monitored for remaining unanswered questions and addressed student learning needs. Pictured is Ms. Sartain with her sixth grade students.
Floresta Elementary School science resource teacher Mollie Mukhamedov has been recognized by the Executive Director of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project Board of Directors and staff for her outstanding energy education project. Additionally, Floresta Elementary School was selected Florida Elementary School of the Year and also elementary finalist at the national level. Mrs. Mukhamedov and her students are invited to attend the NEED National Recognition Ceremonies scheduled for June 22-25, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to Mrs. Mukhamedov and all students and staff who have worked together to make this project worthy of state and national recognition. Pictured, from left, are Christopher Rahuba, Brittany Kanhai, Mackenzie Waltz, Rachel Thomas, Zoya Mukhamedov, and Ericka St. Louis.
Students Michelle Graci’s language arts classes at Mariposa Elementary have been reading and learning how to write poetry. They all wrote poems to enter the Young Writers of America Contest. The students had a choice of three different topics from which they could choose: WWhat My Family Means to Me”, “The World as I See It”, or “My Wish for the World”. The students read a variety of different poems to develop ideas. Several students received letters stating that their poems will be published. The students whose poems were chosen were Faith Eizenman from Jennifer Skurnick’s class, Amira Castillo, Tnanazia Young, and Anasatasia Sergiou from Rose Caraballo’s class, and Emmanuella Coupet, Sabrina Cineus, Mariulyn Baez, Geovanny Reyes, Ronald Marquez, Cadence Connors, Jan Feliciano, and Daphne Torres from Ms. Graci’s class. These students have the opportunity to win the grand prize. Featured, from back left, are Jan Feliciano, Sabrina Cineus, Faith Eizenman, Amira Castillo, Emmanuella Coupet, Geovanny Reyes, Ronald Marquez, Mariulyn Baez, Cadence Connors, Anastasia Sergiou, and Daphne Torres.
Food and Nutrition Services school staff recently attended the Florida School Nutrition Association Conference to receive training in all areas of its Child Nutrition Program. Two St. Lucie Schools employees were recognized for their efforts in improving the nutrition environment at their schools. Eileen Kielbasa, second from the right on the front row, kneeling, at Southport Middle and Carole Schutt at St Lucie West K-8, not pictured, received the School Nutrition Award for the middle and elementary school level, respectively.
The United Way of St. Lucie County presented awards for the 2012 campaign at the May 8, 2012, meeting of the St. Lucie County School Board for the campaign that netted over $55,700. The awards included: Highest Student Campaign, Elementary, Lakewood Park; K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition; and High School, Tresure Coast High School. In the largest Employee Giving site, for Elementary, Morningside Elementary; Middle School, Southport Middle School; for K8 School, Northport K8 School; and for High School, Treasure Coast High School. In the Largest Campaign Overall, for Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary; Middle School, Southport Middle School; K8 School, WestGate K8 School; and High School, Treasure Coast High School. Pictured, front row from left, Lakewood Park Elementary School principal Jennifer Avellino, Southport Middle School principal Lydia Martin, WestGate K8 School teacher and campaign coordinator Deborah Schremmer, and School Board Chairman Carol Hilson. Back row, from left, United Way executive director Karen Knapp, Lakewood Park Elementary teacher and campaign coordinator Harry Stuart, Lakewood Park Elementary assistant principal LaVonne Walker, Treasure Coast High School principal Denise Rodriguez, WestGate K8 principal Robert Cranmer, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.
F.K. Sweet Elementary third grade students recently visited the IRSC Planetarium. Teacher Marla Liberatore had earned a field trip grant that provided enough funding for students in all seven third grade classes could attend. Waiting to enter the planetarium, from left, are students Angelica Villalobos, Jessie Rezac, Timothy Chaill, Jacon Bartkowiak, and Darnisha Forestal.
Northport K-8 teachers are celebrated by administration, staff and students for the month of May during Teachers Appreciation Week! Teachers will be treated to a special luncheon provided by the PTO and a special board was made by parent volunteer Jackie Weir to honor teachers. Students wrote notes to teachers to be put into a mosaic of appreciation for all to see and enjoy. Some of the notes read, “Mrs. Polascak, you are so nice, funny and pretty!” “Mr. Fallon, you are helpful to every student!” “Mrs. Caren Boyd, you are an amazing and caring teacher!” “Mrs. Lankow is always keeping track of everything we do!” and “Mrs. Thelusma, you are wonderful, inspiring and competitive!” The special board is filled with student commentary on how much the teachers are cared for and respected! Pictured are Northport seventh grade
students promoting the Teacher Appreciation board.
Kindergartners at F.K. Sweet Elementary wrapped up their unit on fairy tales by having a Fairy Tale Feast. Students loved tasting delicious treats as they engaged in lessons on several of their favorite stories. Classes enjoyed snacks such as pigs in a blanket for the Three Little Pigs, Snow White’s applesauce, and gingerbread cookies for the Gingerbread Man. You can see by the smiles how students in Melanie Francisco’s class had a blast dressing up as their favorite fairy tale characters.
Lawnwood Elementary recently celebrated Spirit Week. Students, faculty, and staff had a blast with the different daily themes. Pictured here are some silly students from Colleen Hawkes’ third grade class on Wacky Day. Bottom row, from left, Nicarus Smith, Jennelius Albury, Ana Cardenas, Orion Hall, and Agustin Sanchez. Top row, from left, Demetra Nicholson, Maria Mendez, Lesli Andaracua, Colleen Hawkes, Nicholyas Reese, and Christopher Cady.
Lawnwood Elementary’s PBS program allows students who have earned 100 in “loot” to be principal of the day. Pictured, from left, are several students who were principal for the day, Charles Weems, Brittany Hernandez, and Graciela Garcia.
Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary are studying magnetism by exploring the properties of various materials that respond to a magnetic field. As part of their experiment, students were given magnets, a compass, string and paper clips to investigate magnetism. The activity included magnetizing a paperclip by scratching the surface of a magnet, exploring the earth’s magnetic pull by using a compass and watching it point towards the North Pole, then disrupting the needle of the compass by placing a magnet near the device. Students gained insight into what is a magnet and how it works. Pictured are Sasami Bagnall, left, and Kaitlyn Fiske.