Allapattah Flats seventh graders prefer the book to the movie

Allapattah Flats seventh graders prefer the book to the movie

Students in Crystal Carrington and Bridget Valinote’s seventh grade classes were  excited to attend a field trip to Rave Cinema to see the new movie The Hunger Games. Students had just finished reading the book in their reading class, so they were able to extend their learning by comparing and contrasting elements of the book to the movie.  The votes are in that the book was better than the movie and gave so much more detail!  Students are now very motivated to read the sequel Catching Fire. Pictured, from left, are Madison Kennedy, Brandon White, and Kylie Coons smiling and eager to board the bus to go watch the much anticipated movie.

Southern Oaks Middle students focus on reading

Southern Oaks Middle students focus on reading

Southern Oaks Middle School sixth grade students recently received small group instruction for reading in preparation for the upcoming FCAT.  Southern Oaks media center’s Cathy Odom and Kim Johnson organized the event for the students.  Sixth grade students from Cathy Ciccarelli’s and Kevin McInerney’s classes participated in the rotation.  Students were placed in groups of five or six each day and traveled through four different classes on reading.  Kaitlyn Granger and Vincia Gavoni taught Author’s Purpose, Cathy Ciccarelli and Tiffany Barrett taught Text Features, Sara Denning and Jo Ann Conard taught Context Clues, and finally Jack Babcock and Kevin McInerney taught Computer Testing Skills.  The student’s response to the small group activities were overwhelmingly positive!  Pictured, from left, are Altynai Davis, River Eichas, Melene Joseph, Charity Richadson, and Alexander Schrimer.

First graders at Palm Pointe help support Relay for Life

First graders at Palm Pointe help support Relay for Life

Students from Desiree Miller’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are seen holding up posters they made for cafeteria manager Nancy DeGuzman, pictured with the students. Students participated in the Walk-A-Thon with proceeds going to the Relay for Life team which helps the American Cancer Society.

Static electricity demonstrated by Palm Pointe fifth graders

Static electricity demonstrated by Palm Pointe fifth graders

Fifth grade twins Rachel and Carly Bentel at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition use balloons to demonstrate static electricity in a recent science experiment for their science club.  The club is sponsored by fifth grade teacher Michelle Powers. Students met once a week in the morning before school and did fun and educational experiments.

Technology students create “sprites” at Palm Pointe

Technology students create “sprites” at Palm Pointe

Students in Maurizio Apostolico’s Visual Computer Modeling class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are hard at work creating “sprites,” images that can be used in their original game creations.  The concept was to illustrate an original game character, then pixelate the image to create a sprite.  Eventually, these sprites will become fully animated for their final project.  Pictured is seventh grader Logan Henik as he shows what he’s been creating.

Palm Pointe participates in Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

Palm Pointe participates in Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

Students in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are pictured here as they work in their classroom.  Students and staff wore blue for “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness with the proceeds going to help support the Autism Speaks Walk which will take place on April 21, 2012.  Pictured, from left front row, are  parent Cheryl Guth, John Howarth, Chelsea Falsey and Amy Chesnut. Back row are paraprofessional Jennicey Zitti and behavior technician Victory Batson-Phinn.

 

Local students win awards at state science fair

Local students win awards at state science fair

Thirteen  students from St. Lucie County participated in the recent 57th Annual State Science Fair in Lakeland, the largest academic competition in the State of Florida.  Over 820 students statewide  participated in the event hosted by  the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS).  FFFS  is a statewide, non-profit organization authorized by the 1957 Legislature of the State of Florida to discover scientific and technical talent in the schools of Florida and to encourage the pursuit of careers in science and engineering. Students from St. Lucie County participated and received awards/ recognition  in the following categories at the State Science Fair event:   Behavioral and Social Sciences,  Jacob A. Smith, Marine Oceanographic Academy at Westwood High School; Biochemistry,  Robert  M. Bacchus Jr., Lincoln Park Academy, third place;  Botany, Stephanie B. Fisher, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, fourth place;  Engineering, Zoe R. Barebau, Olivet Private School, second place; Justin R Becker, Olivet Private School, recognition and Yale Science and Engineering Association Inc. Award;  Environmental Sciences,  Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy, third place;  Neha K. Reedy, Lincoln Park Academy, second place, USDA Agricultural Research Award;  Todd J. Condon Jr., Lincoln Park Academy, second place, $3,000/ yr  scholarship, University of Central Florida;  Mathematics, Danae J. Pick, Olivet Private School, fourth place, National Youth Science Camp Award;  McKenzie M. Cameron, St. Lucie West K-8, fourth place;  Microbiology,  Cristin K. Donaldson, Lincoln Park Academy, third place;  Faizah Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy;   Zoology,  Nicole K. Delano, Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition.  Pictured, from left, are Robert M. Bacchus Jr, Danae J. Pick, Nicole K. Delano,  Zoe R. Barebau, Cristin K. Donaldson, McKenzie M. Cameron,  Todd J. Condon Jr., Haniya Shareef,  Neha K. Reedy,  Jacob A. Smith,  Justin R Becker, Stephanie B. Fisher,  and Faizah Shareef.

Forest Grove Middle culinary students explore careers at IRSC

Forest Grove Middle culinary students explore careers at IRSC

Eighth graders in Janet Clayman’s culinary careers class at Forest Grove Middle School recently attended a career exploration field trip to Indian River State College Culinary Institute at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach. Lisa Lamarre, Academic Coordinator and Chef Deborah Midkiff lead a discussion on eating nutritiously by making informed food choices. The students participated in adding condiments to a salad in which they had to figure the total number of calories. Malik Thompson was awarded an apron for calculating the correct number of calories. The IRSC culinary students prepared and served a healthy lunch. The students were given a guided tour of the commercial kitchen and talked with the college students about their studies. Career and Technology Career Specialist Dana Caputo chaperoned the trip, which was made possible through a school-wide grant from the St. Lucie Education Foundation.

Centennial junior publishes novel

Centennial junior publishes novel

St. Lucie West Centennial High School junior Lauren King has published her first novel entitled  A Flower Named Rose. It is a teen romance in which the protagonist, a princess, flees to escape an arranged marriage. Her hope is that on her journey she will find happiness. The publisher is createspace.com, and the book may be ordered from Amazon.com.

Five Manatee Academy students participated in the All County Elementary Chorus

Five Manatee Academy students participated in the All County Elementary Chorus

Manatee Academy K8 students, from left, Crystal Fissette, Serona Brown, Michael Pecora, Tia Camp, and Naiah James were chosen to represent the school in the All County Elementary Chorus. Attached is a link to the performance which will air on WLX-TV, the St. Lucie County Education Channel, at various times.

http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/MediaServicesVideos/ACC_2012_WEB.wmv

School district reinforces no tolerance policy on bullying and harassment

The St. Lucie County School District does not tolerate acts of bullying or harassment, including bullying or harassment based on disability. The following descriptions describe those behaviors:

BULLYING means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. 

HARASSMENT means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, written or oral statement, or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that:

(i)         Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to person or property,

(ii)        Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or

(iii)       Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.

A single act may constitute prohibited harassment if sufficiently severe.

Prohibited conduct includes acts of bullying or harassment based on protected characteristics such as sex, religion, race/ethnicity, or disability. 

For more information, please refer to School Board Policy 3.43, Bullying and Harassment, and the District’s Bullying and Harassment web page, available at:  http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/bullying.aspx

 

Centennial cadets visit Coast Guard station

Centennial cadets visit Coast Guard station

 Fifty two cadets from the St. Lucie West Centennial High School JROTC visited the Fort Pierce Coast Guard station recently.  The cadets saw the  facilities, toured the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Blue Fin, got “underway” aboard the forty-five foot high speed patrol boat for a ride out to the Atlantic, and toured the other patrol craft the stations uses on a regular basis.  The cadets gained a real understanding of what it is like to be a member of the Coast Guard and what it means to live by their motto of “Semper Paratus,” or always ready.

Bayshore Elementary students learn to identify story elements

Bayshore Elementary students learn to identify story elements

Bayshore Elementary’s first grade students in Amber Godown’s Rti group have been demonstrating their knowledge of story elements.  Students picked their favorite books and created a quilt identifying the characters, setting, problem and solution.  Pictured is first grader Olivia Moore-Nazario with one of her favorite books, The Steadfast Tin-Soldier.

Centennial cadets visit Parris Island Marine base

Centennial cadets visit Parris Island Marine base

Students face tough challenges every day, but 32 cadets from the St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy JROTC faced a very tough one recently, spending spent four days at the U. S. Navy’s Parris Island Boot Camp.  During their visit they were treated just like any other recruit.  They learned how to follow orders with spit second response times.  They learned to pay close attention to details or suffer “extra military instruction.” Of course, they received “counseling” from their drill instructor, slept in barracks, ate in the Mess Hall, trained on the obstacle course, and drilled just like Marines.  On their way home, cadets stopped to visit the U.S.S. Yorktown, saw the fighter jets, visited the bridge, combat information center, engine room, and many other parts of the ship.

Lawnwood Elementary students rewarded for reading challenge

Lawnwood Elementary students rewarded for reading challenge

Lawnwood Elementary students who met their reading goal were recently treated to a special spring activity and Easter egg hunt.  Pictured top row, from left, Michelle Tamayo, Vanessa Dubberly, Ferlie Fabre, Nadia Dimitroff, Gariyana Avant, Karla Ponce, Jonathan Aguilar, and Cynthia Thompson.  Bottom row, from left, Sharell Lack, Macey Allan, Kacey Fackler, Mucola Reed, Zachary Lightsey, and Nathaniel Nichols.

Northport K8 celebrates national library week

Northport K8 celebrates national library week

Northport K-8 fifth graders in Valerie Niewieroski’s class helped celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012, at the school by visiting the Media Center and checking out new library books and playaways, which are books with a matching audio reader.  Students are voraciously reading books utilizing the playaways. Sixth grade instructor Amanda Sartain commented that the students don’t even care what they are reading as long as they are using the playaways. The school media center is busier than ever helping families, students and teachers find appropriate reading materials and providing computers for research skills building and finding up to the minute resources and internet access. Much needed materials have been added to the media collection using funds budgeted from district planning, Follett Titlewish programming which is an online fundraising opportunity, the school’s PTO and community donations. The school also initiates usage of critical databases provided by the school district such as Groliers, World Book on line and Capstone Digital.

Students’ painted bowls support local charity

Students’ painted bowls support local charity

Cary Schott, Art Specialist at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, and Janey MacArthur, retired from Westwood High School, volunteered for an Empty Bowls program event recently at the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce. Students from several schools made and painted bowls to sell and raise money for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Pictured, from left, are Ms. Schott and Ms. McArthur.

Fort Pierce Central High culinary arts students share their craft with guests

Fort Pierce Central High culinary arts students share their craft with guests

Fort Pierce Central Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunch for 30 area leaders on March28 inCentral’s Cobra Cafe.  St. Lucie County School Board Member Kathryn Hensley coordinated the lunch during a visit by Dr. Jack Payne, Vice President of University of Florida for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).  Guests included community leaders in education, research, and economic development who highlighted our local area’s ‘possibilities’.  The students served a delicious lunch of spicy tomato soup, Caesar salad, and cheesecake.  FPC Cobras are cooking! Pictured is Gabriela Garcia making Picatta sauce for chicken.