Bayshore Elementary families participate in fun learning event

Bayshore Elementary families participate in fun learning event

Bayshore Elementary School recently held a “Minute to Win It” event for students and their families. This was an exciting evening of learning combined with the fun of “Minute to Win It” activities. Families learned many strategies to help their children be successful with reading and math skills. Pictured is fifth grade teacher A.J. Bevacqua monitoring students while they try to keep balloons afloat for one minute, without using their hands!

Bayshore Elementary families attend FCAT night

Bayshore Elementary families attend FCAT night

Bayshore Elementary families had a wonderful night of learning during the FCAT Information Night.  The families started the night with a delicious dinner of baked ziti, salad and garlic bread cooked by business partner Big Apple Pizza.  Families then learned ways to help their children be successful on the FCAT.  Pictured are Michael Giachetti, center, enjoying a garlic knot with his dad Thomas Giachetti, left, and sister Melanie.

Bayshore Elementary Community Night a huge success

Bayshore Elementary Community Night a huge success

Bayshore Elementary School held its first Community Resource Night.  The mission of Community Resource Night was to provide families with access to the many services and resources that St. Lucie County has to offer.  Pictured is Mindi Fetterman from the Roundtable of St. Lucie County talking to students and families about Kids at Hope.

Bayshore Elementary community night a great parent resource

Bayshore Elementary community night a great parent resource

Bayshore Elementary School held its third Annual Community Night recently, bringing together community groups, school staff, and families to learn about available resources. Families received valuable information from many community groups, such as Girl Scouts, Kids at Hope, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Health Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Huntington Learning Center, and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured, from left, are Principal Lori Anne Reid, Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella, Assistant Principal Edwin Munoz and Janelle Palmer from Nancy Fallon’s second grade class.

Bayshore Elementary Celebrates Students

Bayshore Elementary Celebrates Students

Bayshore 5th graders, along with their families, celebrated their division fact fluency! Students earned pieces of an ice cream sundae as they worked their way up the “fact ladder” during weekly timed quizzes. Once they earned enough sundae pieces, they earned an invitation to the party! We loved celebrating their hard work. Congratulations to those that earned this delicious experience!

 

 

Bayshore Elementary celebrates literacy week

Bayshore Elementary celebrates literacy week

Bayshore Elementary students and staff participated in Celebrate Literacy Week. Students and staff members learned about vocabulary words and story book characters, then demonstrated their knowledge by participating in a literacy parade. First grade teachers provided students with visual representations of vocabulary words starting with the prefix mis. Pictured, from left, are Abby Mollet (mismatched), Stacy Baldino (misbehaved), Debbie Gonzalez (misunderstood), Marge Cuellar (misfortune), Vanessa Piekara (mistaken), and Natasha Alexander (misspelled).

Bayshore Elementary celebrates Literacy Week

Bayshore Elementary celebrates Literacy Week

Bayshore Elementary School kindergarten through fifth grade classes featured a book and/or author on their door in honor of Celebrate Literacy Week.  Jackson Yound, left, and  Giavonna Stephens from Jeanne Comperchio’s kindergarten class show off the door they helped to decorate in honor of the book Snowman at Night by Caralyn Beuhner.

Bayshore Elementary and N.E.H.S.

Bayshore Elementary and N.E.H.S.

Bayshore Elementary students  in the National Elementary Honor Society (N.E.H.S) clean up their school. For part of the N.E.H.S. community service project, students in fourth and fifth grade at Bayshore Elementary developed and implemented a plan to clean up their school. Students worked after school hours to clean up the entire campus of tehir school. Pictured from left to right are, Alex Martin, Teacher and Sponsor Alan (A.J.) Bevacqua, Solithia Coke, Marisa Roth, Giana Infante, Patrick Boje, Andrew Jones, Trinidy Restle, Jamaro Lee, Katelyn Hall, and Timaya Jones.

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Bayshore Elementary 5th Graders Develop a Love for Science

Bayshore Elementary 5th Graders Develop a Love for Science

Students in Mrs. Logue’s 5th grade science class at Bayshore Elementary performed their first science experiment.

Students were shown five different liquids and asked what would happen if they were each poured into the same cup one at a time.

Students completed three different types of investigations (poll, internet research, and an experiment) and learned that performing an experiment was the most precise way to answer the inquiry question.

There were lots of “oohs and aahs” in Mrs. Logue’s classroom as students discovered not only that the substances layered and created a liquid rainbow, but that science can be fun too!

Bayshore Elementary 5th Graders Demonstrate Separation of Mixtures

Bayshore Elementary 5th Graders Demonstrate Separation of Mixtures

Mrs. Logue’s 5th grade students made mixtures and then practiced using different tools to separate them by their properties.

First, they combined gravel and sand and then separated it by particle size using a sieve.

Then, students mixed iron filings into the sand and discussed how to separate them. They decided on using a magnet to get the iron out of the sand.

Finally, they mixed salt into the sand and discovered that the only way to separate the salt out was with the property of solubility. Students poured water into the mixture and stirred to dissolve the salt. Then they poured the saltwater mixture through a filter to remove any sand.

Once the sand was out they needed to figure out how to get the salt out of the water. They learned that if they boiled the saltwater then the water would change to water vapor and the salt particles would be left behind, thus separating the salt from the mixture.

Standard:  Demonstrate and explain that mixtures of solids can be separated based on observable properties of their parts such as particle size, shape, color, and magnetic attraction.
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Bayshore Donates to Toys for Tots

Bayshore Donates to Toys for Tots

Bayshore Elementary School students and staff members participated in a toy drive for Toys for Tots sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.  Second Grade Teacher Nancy Fallon coordinated the event and was excited to have Bayshore Elementary as a designated drop-off location.  All donated toys will go to local families in need.  Thank you for to our students and staff for your donations.  Pictured, from left to right: Mrs. Silas (Bayshore Assistant Principal), Mrs. Reid (Bayshore Principal) and Mrs. Fallon.

 

Bayshore Celebrates Sunshine State Readers

Bayshore Celebrates Sunshine State Readers

Bayshore Elementary School is excited to celebrate our Sunshine State Readers!  The Sunshine State Readers Awards Program is a statewide reading motivation program which encourages students to read independently for personal satisfaction.  Students earned various prizes throughout the year, including an ice cream party and trophies for those who read all 15 books!  Congratulations!

Bayshore Celebrates Chimpmas

Bayshore Celebrates Chimpmas

Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, asked for assistance during the holiday season creating safe decorations to be used for their Chimpmas Celebration.  Bayshore students donated recycled boxes and created paper chains that will be part of the chimpanzees celebration.  Pictured: Mrs. Reid, Bayshore Elementary School principal, donating the items to Save the Chimps representative.

Battle of the Books Championship at Manatee Academy

Battle of the Books Championship at Manatee Academy

These 4th and 5th grade Manatee Academy students are thrilled with the prizes they received after competing in our recent Battle of the Books Championship match!  Students read 13-15 of the Sunshine State Young Reader Award nominees for this year.  Their overall favorite? Pie by Sarah Weeks.

Batter Up! St. Lucie County Education Foundation Celebrity Softball Game Benefits Scholarship Fund

Batter Up! St. Lucie County Education Foundation Celebrity Softball Game Benefits Scholarship Fund

Education Foundation, St. Lucie County will be hosting a celebrity softball game to raise money for public school teachers and students.

The game will feature an all-star lineup of St. Lucie County firefighters vs. St. Lucie County public school educators.

The first annual All-Star Softball game will be at First Data Field on May 12. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. with a variety of sponsors and vendors who support education. The softball game will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a St. Lucie Mets game at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks after the game.

“We’re excited to bring St. Lucie County fans the first annual softball game between local firefighters and educators,” said Thom Jones, president of the Education Foundation. “The money we raise from the game will be used to fund student scholarships and provide grants to public school teachers.”

St. Lucie County Public Schools, St. Lucie Fire District, St. Lucie Mets and the Education Foundation have teamed up to create this fun and exciting new event.

“We hope the community will come out and support this event,” said county Fire Chief Nate Spera. “The more money we raise, the more that will be available to fund scholarships for our students and to help teachers with classroom expenses.”

Education Foundation, St. Lucie was created in 1990, to support the St. Lucie County School Board. Its mission is to advance public K-12 education through partnerships with local businesses and organizations.

It sprang from legislation that was passed in 1984 allowing school districts to create local foundations to raise money for programs to support students, teachers and public schools. Since its beginning, Education Foundation, St. Lucie, has provided millions of dollars in student scholarships and teacher grants. The grants allow educators to increase and create opportunities for student success by providing the funds to support innovative teaching methods and programs.

Education Foundation, St. Lucie is a community wide organization. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, volunteer or supporter, contact Jones at 772-429-5505 or visit www.efslc.org.

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement for St. Lucie Public Schools’ CWA

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement for St. Lucie Public Schools’ CWA

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Communications Workers of America (CWA) partners on Thursday, August 24, for the 2017 – 2020 Contract which includes compensation and benefits for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “We are committed to working together in order to reach an agreement that will benefit our employees. I am thankful to the collaborative efforts of our bargaining teams, and I appreciate the unwavering support of our School Board.”  President of Local CWA 3181 Rick Poulette said, “CWA and the District have reached a fair and equitable agreement. We thank the bargaining teams on both sides for working together in the interest of the workers, the District and the children of St. Lucie Public Schools.”

The package includes an average increase of 2.14 percent which represents a commitment by the District to increase compensation beyond the 1.49 percent increase in State funds received this year.   Each eligible CWA bargaining unit employee will receive a step increase, each step in the salary schedule will be increased by $149, and a 27th step will also be added to CWA salary schedules providing raises to those currently on the top step.

In addition to the 2.14 percent salary increase, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in high-deductible H.S.A. eligible plans and a contribution of $6,010 toward insurance premiums.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement for St. Lucie Public Schools’ CWA

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement

 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Communications Workers of America (CWA) partners on Thursday, August 24, for the 2017 – 2020 Contract which includes compensation and benefits for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “We are committed to working together in order to reach an agreement that will benefit our employees.  I am thankful to the collaborative efforts of our bargaining teams, and I appreciate the unwavering support of our School Board.”  President of Local CWA 3181 Rick Poulette said, “CWA and the District have reached a fair and equitable agreement. We thank the bargaining teams on both sides for working together in the interest of the workers, the District and the children of St. Lucie Public Schools.”

The package includes an average increase of 2.14 percent which represents a commitment by the District to increase compensation beyond the 1.49 percent increase in State funds received this year.   Each eligible CWA bargaining unit employee will receive a step increase, each step in the salary schedule will be increased by $149, and a 27th step will also be added to CWA salary schedules providing raises to those currently on the top step.

In addition to the 2.14 percent salary increase, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in high-deductible H.S.A. eligible plans and a contribution of $6,010 toward insurance premiums.

 

 

Baptiste-Harris Receives John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

Baptiste-Harris Receives John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

Baptiste-Harris Makes A Positive Difference

Baptiste-Harris Makes A Positive Difference

The School Board of St. Lucie County and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent were proud to recognize Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School for her achievement as the recipient of the Council for Economic Education’s John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award during October’s School Board meeting.  This honor is bestowed upon those who exemplify the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success.

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Mrs. Baptiste-Harris has just attended the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event in New York where she had the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.  She is a wonderful ambassador for SLPS.

 

 

Banking 101@ Southern Oaks Middle

Banking 101@ Southern Oaks Middle

Seacoast’s Relationship Manager Maryann Matteo and Stephanie Jenkin, bank teller, visited Mrs. Robinson’s Business Class to reinforce what the sixth grade students have learned about banking, writing checks, and checking accounts.