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.
Fourth grades students at Mariposa Elementary school held their yearly Wax Museum for parents and students recently. The event was held in the fourth grade classrooms. To prepare for this activity, each student researched a famous person and created a costume to portray their character. Students stand as wax figures until a guest comes up to their booth. Once the visitor is present, the wax figure comes to life and tells a short biography about their life. Pictured in their costumes, from left, are Estefano Livi, Isik Billingslea, Daniel Lincoln, Jacob Mc Crory, Sadia Kouns and Hannah Murphy.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 School promoted the love of reading with an incentive to win an Amazon Kindle. During April, School Library Month, students were registered to win a Kindle when they checked out a book. Pictured, from left, are Anita Mattia, winning student Ryan Zelaya and media specialist Angela Mas as he picked up his prize!
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.