Third grade students in Laurie Boyer’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition used a cereal box to create an informative project about a president of their choice. Pictured is Athresha Kalluri, who chose President Barack Obama and included a report about the early, middle and late years of his life. In addition, she posted words and pictures that described the president on the cereal box.
Weatherbee Elementary School faculty participated in a math routine training led by math coach Teresa Longar as a part of the monthly new teacher/mentor meetings. Pictured, from left, are guidance counselor Nitza Roman, ESE teacher Christine Gawlak, Teresa Longar, second grade teacher Monica Adhin, fourth grade teachers Shannon Walsh and Jennifer Nelson, second grade teacher Tammie Pittsley, fifth grade teacher Kim Brennan-Lee, principal Michael Hitsman, ESE teacher Roberta Weil, and kindergarten teacher Christel Denson.
F. K. Sweet Elementary fifth grade science Donald Logue gives students last minute tips and instructions before Joey Yannucci, left, and Ethan Yarberry launch their rocket. The highlight of the entire year for fifth grade students is always rocket launch day when they are given an opportunity to demonstrate the power of their self designed plastic bottle rockets.
Students at St. Lucie Elementary recently participated in a Jump Rope for Heart event. While exercising and having fun they also raised money for the American Heart Association.
St. Lucie Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday beginning with a breakfast of green eggs, cupcakes at lunch and many activities throughout the day. Pictured, from left, are food service staff members Tara Stoddard, Jackie Wince, Vickie Pryor, Shirley Lamb, Regina Beasley and Liz Folks, with second grade student Frankie Nichols.
Eighth grade Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition student Nicole Delano recently qualified for the State Science and Engineering Fair after her science project was one of five projects in middle school that was selected at the St. Lucie County Regional Science Fair. Nicole won first place in the category of zoology, and received an $8000.00 scholarship to Florida Atlantic University. Pictured, from left, are Nicole and her science teacher Peggy Radtke.
St. Lucie County School Board member Dr. Donna Mills recently visited Mariposa Elementary School and addressed third to fifth grade students in an assembly on Black History. Dr. Mills discussed the importance of caring about yourself and gave a background on her life.
To show support for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the great work being done, recently the staff and faculty at F.K. Sweet Elementary School dressed in purple, which symbolizes the hope and effort that a cure will soon be discovered for the disease. The entire school is highly involved with other fund-related activities supporting ACS.
Thirty three students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently competed in the St. Lucie County History Fair after completing research projects using the National History Day theme, “Revolution, Reaction, & Reform in History”. Students competed in the five categories, including exhibit, research paper, performance, documentary, and website. Of those 33 students, the 17 students pictured placed either first or third at the district competition. First place winners will attend the Florida State History Fair from April 29th-May 1st in Tallahassee, FL. where they will compete with students from around the state with hopes of attending the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. First place winners were Junior Group Documentary, “The History of Movie Making” – Gabriella Lara and Candice Lindo, and Junior Group Performance, “The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938” – Nataly Duarte, Caelan Mahieu, Ashley Petrow and Jessica Stelly.
To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, community members visited F.K. Sweet Elementary to read to primary grades students. Local attorney and former parent Steve Hoskins is having fun reading to students in Sandy Picano’s kindergarten class.
Former F. K. Sweet Elementary School parent, community leader, and cancer survivor Aileen Pruitt spoke to the annual Circle of Hope gathering recently. She empasized to the audience the importance of taking good care of one’s body and “listening” to it for any signs of trouble. Aileen’s inspirational talk preceded the release of white doves and songs by the school chorus and fifth graders.
To honor the legacy of Dr. Seuss, students in Lisa Green’s second grade class at Mariposa Elementary School invited parents to read stories created by the famous author. When the parents arrived , the students were very surprised to see one of the parents dressed as The Cat in the Hat. His costume made the celebration come alive. The day turned out to be a great success as the students listened, read, and shared their projects on Dr. Seuss with their classmates and visitors. Parent Robert Harrod is pictured reading as The Cat in the Hat.
St. Lucie Public Schools is featured in the March, 2012, edition of the national education publication District Administration as an example of effective educational reform. St. Lucie is recognized for its adoption of the framework of educational researcher Robert Marzano in establishing a teacher evaluation system that provides more specific guidance on successful elements of instruction, as well as the professional development for teachers and administrators in the observation process. A photo of Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Susan Ranew, and Lawnwood Elementary School principal D’Jion Jackson, performing a classroom observation was included in the article.
A team of middle grades students from Dan McCarty School recently competed in the Space Coast Science Education Alliance Regional Science Bowl in Melbourne, Florida. After practicing for weeks under the direction of science teacher Holly Kaas, the students made the trip on a Saturday to participate. The team made it through two grueling rounds before defeat. Pictured, from left, are Coach Kaas and team members Micoy O’Meally, Meshun Atkins, Colton Gillman, Jonathan Ordonez and Edmundo Moreno. St. Lucie Public Schools’ K-12 Science Title 1 Curriculum Supervisor District Science Coordinator Steven Shotola, far right, was also on hand to support the team.
Two teams from Fort Pierce Westwood High School Marine Oceanographic Academy took first and second place at the 15thannual Florida Manatee Bowl, which this year took place at the Johnson Education Center at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, home of the MOA academy. Sixteen high school teams with four or five students on each team participated in this year’s Manatee Bowl. The academic competion consisted of buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team-challenge questions. The first place place team included, pictured, from left, Samantha Oxley, Shelby Busenbark, Danielle Gordon, Brooke Gaylord, Jeremy Johnson, and coach Scott Hurley. They will now compete against 24 teams in April at the National Ocean Science Bowl in Baltimore, Maryland. The second place team consisted of Samuel Jones-Bankston, Justice Smith, Helda Vega, Ludwin Vielman, Tommy Yannopoulos and Coach Scott McMillen. Also participating from St. Lucie Public Schools was a team from St. Lucie West Centennial High School including of Kayla Birch, Dallas Sidebottom, Sissy Sidebottom, Cassi Smith, Chris Wirsing and Coach Deron Bauer. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a collaborative effort between the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and host institutions. Its mission is to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.
Students and staff of Dan McCarty School recently gathered around the school track to create the Circle of Hope and show support for cancer victims, survivors and research. Assistant Principal Luvenia Morgan welcomed and thanked everyone, and Annie Kate Jackson, cancer survivor and Secretary of the American Cancer Society, made brief remarks. Dan McCarty School band director Richard Shaw sang to close the gathering. Many students and staff wore purple or pink to show support as well. Staff and students of Dan McCarty School were proud to participate in this moving and important event.
Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Angels team won first place and an “Omer Award” for notable team work at the recent regional Odyssey of the Mind competition. Teammates, front row, from left, Macy Nielander, Rylee Nelson, Tiffani Kinnaman, Lexus Hommer, Grace Kukielka, Jory Krier, Kendrick Carpenter, along with coaches, back row, Tania Nelson and Brad Culbertson are now preparing for the state competition next month.
Morningside Elementary students in Rebecca Macintire’s kindergarten class celebrated Dr. Seuss Day wearing Lorax mustaches while their teacher read them the book “The Lorax.”
Allapattah Flats K-8 students in Edwina Taylor’s fourth grade classroom are currently learning about the life cycle of plants and plant reproduction. Each student was given a flower to examine, so that they could label the parts of the flower. Then, the students created a Brace Map to separate the plant from whole to part. The students really enjoyed this activity. Pictured front row from left, Aiyana Owen-Edjang, and Jaida Baker. Back row, from left, Dymond Willis, and Emmanuel Noel.
Several Jaguar Battalion cadets conducted an expanded Color Guard for the Honor Flight ceremony, which honors the many veterans in the St. Lucie community. Participating in the Color Guard were cadet Colonel Diamond Salazar, cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, cadet Command Sergeant Major Mason Propst, cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet First Lieutenant Andrew Miller, cadet Staff Sergeant Anthony Fusco, cadet Staff Sergeant Arlene Mabry, cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino, and cadet Private First Class Daulton Macklem. The cadets presented the national and state flags, Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag, and one for each service branch. Each cadet felt honored to have the opportunity to participate in this ceremony, and they were met with great appreciation from the various spectators.