Students in Jean Constantine’s kindergarten class at Morningside Elementary School had made and sent valentine cards to USAF Captain Brandon Daigle overseas and the class was surprised when he sent them sent a big flag from his plane on the dashboard as he flew reconnaissance over Afghanistan. He also included a certificate to the class (by name) and two photos, one of him with the valentines and one of his whole squadron. Pictured is Ms. Constantine, her students, and their prized possession.
Maggie Garrett, seated, a kindergartner in Jean Constantine’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary School reads to fifth graders Raisa Asim, Alyssa Byrum and Hilario Garcia the book she put together and colored to work with her sight words she is learning to read.
Allapattah Flats K-8 kindergartners celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with lots of events to emphasize the fun of reading. As part of the celebration, students participated in read-alouds featuring published books by Ted Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Students had the opportunity to prepare and taste their own green eggs and ham, as well as dress up for Seuss Day. Pictured, from, left are Aidan Madden and Alexander McFarlane.
Floresta Elementary School second grade students were visited by Captain Citrus, the mascot from the OJ4NRG tour, a program put together by the Florida Department of Citrus to enlighten students about the many benefits of Florida citrus. Students learned that oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits are special kinds of berries, and that most of the world’s citrus comes from our own state of Florida. Orange juice provides vitamin C, potassium, folate, calcium, and vitamin D, and is free of fat and contains no sodium or cholesterol. Students learned that the citrus industry employees nearly 76,000 workers and positively impacts the economy of our state to the tune of about $9 billion dollars per year. That’s a lot of oranges! According to Ariel Ball from Julie Gray’s class, the very best part of the program was the tasting of the citrus. She said oranges and tangerines are really sweet, but grapefruit are sour. Students and teachers enjoyed the program and learned a great deal about the nutritional value of citrus, as well as how it is grown and processed. Pictured are students in Holly Patterson’s class.
First grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 are springing into geometry! To go along with their study of three-dimensional shapes, students were asked to bring in objects from home that represented three-dimensional shapes. These objects were displayed and students took a tour as they identified the faces, edges, and vertices of the spheres, cylinders, cones, rectangular prisms, and square pyramids. The children were so excited to see their math relate to the real world! Pictured, front to back, are students from Stephanie Sanchez’s class Romin Herrera, Dominic C., Tyler Kwiatek, Cameron Hicks, Zaniya Scott, Hannah Hudson and Jace Celentano.
Sixth grade students, pictured from left, Genesis Gibson, Derrick Davis, Jessica Hoyt, Zach Roach, and Christen Bailey listen intently to the Battle of the Books question for their team. The annual Battle of the Books contest matches a student team against a faculty team to answer comprehension questions. This year, the sixth and eighth grade student teams won their battle, while the seventh grade faculty team won their battle. This event coordinates literature study among the reading classes, and creates a positive school-wide literacy culture.
Students in Andrea Anicito’s seventh grade science classes at Forest Grove Middle School were given a visual scenario in which they were presented with a parent’s genetic information. Students then had to create a punnett square to determine the probability of the offspring’s traits. The final part of the project was to build a “spud”. Because there were traits that showed other than 100% probability, the offspring all looked a little different, just like siblings. Together, the class created a potato head family.
Students in Andrea Blackburn’s fourth grade class at Samuel Gaines Academy presented Black History Projects to students in K-5 grades. The students had all of February to study their subject and create their project. They became experts in who they studied and were able to present to anyone that came by to check them out. All that participated in the
Black History Fair were very impressed by the amount of knowledge the students had about the person they studied. Parents enjoyed coming the night before to review their child’s projects as well. Pictured are Isaiah Davis, Gilberto Barron, Edwin Tinoco, and Yohan Purkiss.
First grade students in Jacqueline Harris’ class celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The students enjoyed a read aloud of Green Eggs and Ham followed by a surprise breakfast of which they were all eager to consume. Later on they made hats depicting the character Cat in the Hat using his hat and created “at” word family words which were displayed on the their hats. Pictured, from left, are George Gervin, Dontavius Tindall, Valentina Damian, Cedtearia Hayes, Eliette Jean, Tom Flucker, Richelle Williams, and Leslie Bonilla.
Enthusiastic seventh grade students in Beth Torresson’s reading class at Samuel Gaines Academy have diligently been working hard in the “Language” reading program. This 90 minute direct instruction is given on a daily basis. The “Language” program is a comprehensive literacy curriculum. The students work on a variety of concepts each day, including grammar and usage, listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing, phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, spelling, vocabulary and morphology. All of these concepts will enhance their skills to become better readers and to understand the structure of the English language more proficiently.
Northport K-8 principal Glenn Rustay and assistant principals Bennie Montenegro and Doug Shook, as well as the entire Northport K-8 family and several district staff, welcomed motivational speaker Dr. Adolph Brown III to an inspiring and energizing program for the seventh and eighth graders. Dr. Brown entered the room dressed as a thug looking for his grandmother. Students began to take notice of his dreads and his clothing almost immediately. Dr. Brown moved to the stage and began taking off his first impression outfit and thrilled the students when he appeared well groomed and full of confidence. Dr. Brown moved the students and guests to understand that first impressions are lasting impressions. He related grade point averages to real world finances, supported positive behavior by urging students to make good choices and came down hard against bullying. Dr. Brown used music to relate to the students and his impact was powerful. Dr. Brown is pictured in the front with principal Rustay, staff and several students.
The golf club at F.K. Sweet Elementary is part of the partnership between St. Lucie Public Schools and the PGA. Students, pictured from left Keith Colley, David McDaniel, Jerry Johnson, Lance Fleschner, and Michael Mangeri, met once a week for eight weeks to develop and practice skills need for beginners and intermediate players. Along with the technical aspects of the game, students also learned the golf rules of etiquette. All of the students, who were taught by the golf pros at PGA, celebrated the final week with an awards banquet at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition. Students were awarded participation trophies, but also won medals for most improved, and most professional.
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School won first place at the St. Lucie County Fair for the Elementary School display category. The students created a variety of arts based on the theme: Past, Present, and Future of St. Lucie County. Art Specialist Cary Schott, pictured, set up the display at the fair.
The staff at Garden City City Early Learning Academy thrilled 25 students in their Kids at Hope program to Fort Pierce Westwood High School to meet and talk with older students. Various student leaders on campus, including student athletes, student government officers, and ROTC cadets toured the school with the elementary students in the culinary, chorus, band, veterinary, and pre med programs on campus, and answered questions from their guests about athletics, student government and the cadet program. The visit ended with assistant principal Anthony Conti and a student representative talked with the young visitors about good choices and decision making. The experience for the elementary students was an important one, because one of the important aspects of the Kids at Hope philosophy is for the child to be able to articulate his or her dreams for their future. Pictured are administrators, staff and students from both schools.