Sixth grade Panther team students at Forest Grove Middle School had the unique opportunity to welcome and honor a returning veteran, Captain Brandon Joseph Richard Gray, USAF. Captain Gray is the son of Rik Gray at Lincoln Park Academy and Pam Gray at Forest Grove Middle School. Captain Gray has just returned from a six-month tour in Afghanistan. He wanted to visit the school to thank staff and students for all of the cards, letters, and gifts that were sent to him and his troops during his deployment. Sixth grade Language Arts teacher Ilyssa Greene sponsored the outreach. Students have been thrilled to receive letters as well as several service coins from the soldiers in response to their efforts. The students have gone above and beyond to show their appreciation for military troops. Pictured is Captain Gray as he is a guest on the school’s morning news show.
The Manatee Academy K-8 Purple Pirate Monkeys Envirothon team, coached by Richard Maller and Judith Nova, took first place for the Indian River lagoon category at the recent Regional Envirothon Competition. The Envirothon is a nationally based competition for middle to high school teams of students which promotes environmental awareness, science skills and research. The Purple Pirate Monkeys have been working in partnership with local members of the Divisions of Environmental Protection and Forestry, and the Savannas Education Center for the past two years, and have had several division awards during the past two regional games. Pictured, from left, are Samantha Lumbi, Louis Dominiquez, Elena Mena, Nicholas Drew, Frank Reynolds, and Jennifer Alles.
Fifth grade students in Tekia Montgomery’s elementary art classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 are re-introduced to the concept of enlarging. They will create enlarged drawings from small pictures using a grid technique. Students will use T- squares and work together to make a large grid where they will transfer their original drawings into a larger scale. This year’s theme is under the sea. This particular project is done every year, and although this project is a bit of a challenge for the students, it seems to be a favorite! Pictured are Calendra Holbrook and Jorge Liberate taking their time with their underwater creations.
The Southern Oaks Middle School Social Studies Department, headed by Christopher Maxon, held its annual Geography Bee recently. Students first competed in class competitions featuring questions regarding local, city, state, country and world geographical sites until each team had a winner along with a few who were nominated by faculty. The top 11 students were selected to compete in front of the judges in the Geography Bee. Upon answering questions about rivers, lakes, mountain ranges, etc. all over the country and world, and allowing three incorrect answers before elimination, sixth grader Eunique Robinson took first place with only 1 missed question. Eighth grader Kevin Cisneros finished a close second. Pictured, left, is Eunique Robinson with Christopher Maxon.
Lincoln Park Academy senior Todd Condon is one of only six students statewide selected for the prestigious honor to speak at the opening ceremony of the 57th State Science and Engineering Fair in April in Lakeland, Florida. Todd will speak in front of 850 science fair participants, their parents and coordinators. Todd was selected because of his ability to communicate his science research in a manner that suits scientists and lay persons alike. Todd has participated in Science Fair every year since sixth grade, he has been to state competition four times and international competition twice. He has been a role model to numerous younger students and they all look to his project for inspiration.
This week in the Mariposa Elementary School media center, media specialist Charlotte Pennington read to the kindergarten, first and second grade students “Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot” by Dav Pilkey. Before the story began, Mrs. Pennington brought out a tin can robot she made at home. She explained to the students how she made it while the students sat wide-eyed. The robot prop was an excellent introduction to the chapter book. After the book was read, the students were instructed how to draw Ricky, one of the main characters. Pictured, from left, are Lea Cesiro, Cameron Peterson, Taline El-Khoury, and Stephanie Diaz.
Students in Marsha Reese’s sixth grade Language Arts classes at Allapatah Flats K-8 read the novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. After completing an evaluation of the character relationships and their impact on the conflict in the novel, the students used their character analysis to design projects that would show how the novel ‘s characters (set in 1933 Mississippi) would fare in present day society. Projects ranged from journal entries to skits. Pictured, from left, are Faith Rice, Rebekah Peraza, and Gracie Jimenez showing off social network profiles that they created for different characters.
Students in Danya Etter’s music class at Allapattah Flats K8 are currently working towards their “black belt” in recorder for Recorder Karate. Recorder Karate is a fun and exciting way to learn all about the instrument and after playing each song, one can earn a different belt color as in karate. This week the fifth graders focused on the popular classic “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Once they master the art of the song, they will begin to test for their black belt. Students are eager to practice in and out of the classroom. Pictured, from left, are Daniel Broland, Jordan Jones, Tahni Vasquez, Frank Smith, Thomas Castillo-Ponce, and Mina Sang.
Allapattah Flats K-8 middle grades students had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. over spring break. The students visited numerous national monuments and learned about the nation’s history. Students visited the Capitol, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, and the Washington monument. They enjoyed the Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King Memorials, as well as the Korean, Marine, Viet Nam Memorials and the tomb of the unknown soldier where they witnessed the changing of the guard. The group wrapped up the trip by visiting some of the capitol’s famous museums and spent the last day at Georgetown University checking out the college.
Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary is working on a science experiment to see how much water an organism can hold. The students in the picture demonstrate how to use a balance and a ruler to determine growth. The students were amazed on how much growth took place in one day. The experiment will continue for another 7 days to allow for collection of data. Pictured, from left, are Anijah Shuford-Moore and Nazeer Dunn.
Miguel Juarez in Ami Jobson’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary School made a hardcover book titled “Alligators”. His book is divided into sections: Table of Contents, Meet the Author and alligator facts. To honor Miguel for his hard work, Mariposa’s broadcasting station, Wings TV, invited him on the show as their special guest. His book was televised for the whole school to see.
For the second year, a team of five Westwood High School students recently earned the opportunity to compete at the national level in the Euro-Challenge, an academic competition on students’ knowledge of the European monetary system. The Westwood team was the only freshman team to earn one of the top three spots in the regional contest in Miami recently, and will go on to New York in April for the national competition with two other Florida teams. The students spent over 45 hours of after school and time during Spring break conducting extensive research, participating in Webinars, and perfecting their presentations. Pictured, from left, are Nathan Wyche, Rhyan Grant, Nyah Tennell, Coach Dennis Dawson, James Rhees Kaufman, and Zachary Taylor. They now join their peer Westwood team preparing for the national Ocean Bowl spending extended hours working on presentions and acquiring all the new information that they will need to be competitive.
Nationally recognized motivational speaker and education authority Dr. Adolph Brown III continued his commitment to St. Lucie Public Schools with two days of appointments at several schools and an evening community program at East Florida Primitive Baptist Association Temple in Fort Pierce. Dr. Brown’s messages energize, educate, inspire and entertain all audiences. Dr. Brown’s continued association with the school district is part of the five-year partnership with educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to transform the school system through instructional practice and excellence in materials. For more information about Dr. Brown’s message, visit http://www.docspeaks.com/.
Romari Timothee and Raymond Coburn from Morgan Haupt’s kindergarten class at F.K.Sweet Elementary enjoy working together and comparing lengths of cube trains during math centers. Kindergartners are busy working and learning all of the skills that they will need for first grade.
Each week for the last twelve years, Medical Academy students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School have had the privilege of spending part of their school day at Martin Health Systems-St. Lucie West. The variety of health professions which they can shadow and glean career information from is unending. For instance, pictured is Dr. Steven Parr, Martin Health System’s ER physician, instructing medical academy students in examination techniques in the Emergency Room of Martin Health Systems- St. Lucie West. From left, are Dr. Parr, student-patient, Reinaldo Ramos, and students Marissa Russo and Jo Jo Corsi.
Students throughout high schools in the United States may now take a Career and Technical Education program track, which allows the students in high school to take elective classes on medical career topics. The programs in Florida model what the co-curricular student organization HOSA or Health Occupations Students of America and the Florida Department of Education have created as a series of classes to start the student out learning about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, topics such as body mechanics, bloodborne pathogens, infection control, medical errors, and information about the many medical careers and the education needed for each career. Once the student has gone through these courses, they may also take electives which gain them industry certifications in areas like Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, EKG Technician, Administrative Medical Assisting, and First Responder, to name a few.
Students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School must demonstrate initiative, maturity, and responsibility before they are offered the opportunity to spend valuable class time at Martin Health- St. Lucie West. Debbie Markey, the manager at the facility, assists the teachers at Centennial High with preparing the students for a quality experience. She gets all of the departments on board with the needs of the students and then orients the students and discusses the importance of confidentiality and HIPAA laws. The students are transported to the facility by SLC school transportation and they are directly supervised by their teachers, both of whom are nurses, Elizabeth Durkee and Mary Higgins. While at the facility, students are assigned individually to a mentor in some area of Martin Health-St. Lucie West. Participating students are juniors and seniors in high school who have had the immeasurable opportunity to spend time in the lab, radiology, mammography, CT scan, nuclear medicine, pulmonary lab, MRI, PT, OT, registration, numerous primary care and specialty care physician’s offices, wound care, medical records, and finally, in the new ER. The staff welcomes the students and makes them feel as if they are part of the staff. For this the students and their teachers are eternally grateful.
So if you visit Martin Health-St. Lucie West, watch for a young, fresh-faced student in their crisp navy scrubs and imagine, this could be your health care provider in the future!
At Mariposa Elementary, first grade students in Ami Jobson’s class are authors! Each student recently chose an animal to research before the class field trip to the Palm Beach Zoo. The students researched habitat, eating habits, offspring and what each animal looks like. The students worked hard to report detailed, accurate facts and the outcome was amazing! Parents were then invited to school for an animal presentation and to celebrate their child’s accomplishment.
Frances K. Sweet Elementary second grade students gather to examine a native plant species during their recent Oxbow Eco-Center field trip. The students, from Rachel Luhta’s class, also went on a nature hike to learn more about insects and plants while visiting the center.
Fifth grade students Adriana Edmond, Julia Pacek, and Jakiah Webb in Christy Nuccio’s class at F.K. Sweet Elementary are enjoying ice cream sundaes for earning reading points. Students at F. K. Sweet are all involved in the Scholastic Counts program and are enjoying reading, testing, and earning points. Teachers may set individual or class goals for students.
Northport K-8 students in several different classes are vigorously preparing for the school’s second annual Women’s History/Women’s Victory celebration to be held in the Media Center to commemorate the strength and
determination of women and to salute March as Women’s History Month. A sampling of performances are seventh grade girls in Dot Still’s classes preparing a dramatic reading of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, fourth grade students in Juliette Thelusma’s class demonstrating a Susan B. Anthony beat, Northstars 6,7 and 8 graders in Mala Woessner’s preparing a powerpoint about Iron Jawed Angels, whose motto was “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!” Teachers Vicki Baird will sing in memory of Connie Arrindell, deceased Northport teacher and Tiffany Tredor will perform a violin solo. Also on hand will be students singing, commentating and performing a variety of showstopping clips, including an I Love Lucy skit by sixth graders! Pictured are instructor Mala Woessner and two of her
students working on google documents and putting together PowerPoint slide shows for the program.
Southport Middle School teachers and students participated at a local McDonald’s restaurant for “McTeacher’s Night” event. Pictured, from left, are Adriana Garcia, Susan Schill, Alexia Tsikoudis, Lilas Demontegnac, Christine Richards, Jim Saunders and Kendall Spurr.