Mariposa Elementary kindergartners study penguins

Mariposa Elementary kindergartners study penguins

Kari McIntyre’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary School learned about the characteristics of penguins. The students wrote about what they eat, where they live, and what they look like. The students’ final project was creating their own penguins. Richard Roth demonstrates his creativity with his penguin waving hello.

Northport volunteers shine at recognition event

Northport volunteers shine at recognition event

Northport K-8 School Senior Volunteer of the Year and district representative for Senior Volunteers Bill Arnold was one of the shining stars of the recognition event planned by district volunteer coordinator Susan Helms-Smith.  Mr. Arnold’s work at Northport K-8 was highlighted and backdropped by a wonderful series of video clips of the work he has accomplished with the Northport Veteran Partners in Education program held at the school.  Mr. Arnold and all the veterans were celebrated with a standing ovation. Also honored was Rosemary Lambert, Northport
K-8 Adult Volunteer of the Year.  Pictured, freom left, are Northport K-8 principal Glenn Rustay, Bill Arnold, Media Specialist and Volunteers Coordinator Lynne Gruszka, Rosemary Lambert and many representatives of Northport’s Veterans In Education and their wives.

Northport K8 coaches display unity

Northport K8 coaches display unity

Northport physical education instructors Linda Walker, Kim Kanada Graff, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Kevin Fess and Ryan Carpenter promoted camaraderie and collegial interactions as they modeled for students not only the joy of jumping rope but promoting jumping rope for an excellent cause. Students and PE teachers raised well over $3000 for Jump Rope For Heart this year!  Students were thrilled as the music blasted as each participated in jumping single, double and double dutch ropes.  The display of unity by the coaches promoted a positive atmosphere for the students and much was accomplished.

Science matters to Northport student

Science matters to Northport student

Dr. Laura Woodworth, Northport K-8 science instructor, tweaked seventh grade student Grace Buzziz’s interest and provoked an in depth home learning project as Grace surprised Dr. Woodworth with an active and scientifically correct volcano. Grace modeled her volcano with running lava and answered detailed questions from classmates about her scientific inquiry. Grace urged her classmates to start independent scientific projects at home to extend their
classroom learning.

Garden City celebrates 100 days of school

Garden City celebrates 100 days of school

The VPK class at Garden City Early Learning Academy recentlycelebrated 100 days of school!   The students have accomplished so much during the first 100 days.   To celebrate, they participated in various activities such as counting to 100 and reading stories and poems.  The class also made a Toy Store containing 100 toys.    The students made “100th day” party hats to wear for the celebration.   During snack time, pretzels and crackers were used to make the number 100 which the students ate,  along with apples from the fresh fruit and vegetable program.

Allapattah Flats K8 students move to the music

Allapattah Flats K8 students move to the music

This week in music class at Allapattah Flats K-8, students listened to a piece called “Gallop” from The Comedians composed by Dimitri Kabalevsky. The instructional focus was on “form,” the structure of a musical composition as it can be divided into different sections. Teacher Danya Etter made the activity exciting by not only adding movements for the different sections of the piece, but also had streamers to make the lesson a hit! Pictured are Helen Gonzalez, Maximo Mendoza, Karlee Acri, Bailey Lobrutto, Brianna Welington, and Amelia Jeannoel getting ready with their streamers.

 

Treasure Coast High junior recognized for community service

Treasure Coast High junior recognized for community service

Congratulations to Rae Duvert for his outstanding volunteerism through St. Lucie County Parks and Recreation.  Rae, a junior at Treasure Coast High School has been recognized as Minsky Gym “Volunteer of the Quarter” for his hard work and dedication as well as his talents and commitment to working with the Junior basketball players. Rae joins the long list of Titans who are making a difference in the community!

Gaines Academy soccer team wins district

Gaines Academy soccer team wins district

The Gaines Academy soccer team went undefeated and won the district tournament. Jesus Gil and Isaac Pierre led the team with five goals each. Samuel Gaines Academy soccer team, back row from left, John Davino, Rodrigo Vega, Daniel Perez, Jose Garcia, Javier Gasca, Pablo Luna, Luis Nava-Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel, German Torres,  and Alex Cruz. Front row, from left, Erick Diaz, Xochitl Barrios, Jesus Gil, Jeremiah Flores, David Osorio, Christian Hernandez, Gustavo Salgado, and goalie Macolister Bispo in front.

Gaines Academy AVID students learn teambuilding

Gaines Academy AVID students learn teambuilding

AVID students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Samuel S. Gaines spent a day at Broward College’s Tigertail Lakes activity center. Students participated in high ropes course, low ropes course, and teambuilding activities throughout the course of the day. The trip was designed to strengthen collaborative and critical thinking skills within grade levels. The students learned many valuable skills that will be used in the classroom setting, including positive team interactions, and had a great time challenging both their minds and bodies on the course. Pictured from left are seventh grade students Loudridge Josue, Shirley Armendariz, Rodrigo Vega-Duran, Karla Ortiz-Duran, Jasper Magnuson working as a team passing carpet squares to cross the fire swamp.

Allapattah Flats recognizes Young Scholar award recipients

Allapattah Flats recognizes Young Scholar award recipients

Allapattah Flats K8 School congratulates four students who have been recognized as 2011 Florida’s Young Scholars Award Recipients. The noted students join nearly 2500 3rd-8th graders from across Florida that received such acclaim.  Hundreds of schools participated in the project to select and honor students who not only excel academically but show that they are well-rounded individuals.  Congratulations go to, from left, Adriana Carrengo, Ashley Kinberger, Ella McDonald, and Mina Sang.

Allapattah Flats first graders celebrate Literacy Week

Allapattah Flats first graders celebrate Literacy Week

Students in Pamela Owens’ and Ann Hartman’s first grade classes celebrated Literacy Week with a special guest reader, Principal Jonetha Maness.  Mrs. Maness read “Giraffes Can’t Dance”  to first graders in the special “gator” reading room.  Students giggled hysterically as the giraffe learned how to dance, they also shared connections they made to the story and their lives.  What a great way to foster the love of reading.  Students featured in the photo are, first row from right, Angelica Maldonado and Parkyr Saylor, second row Jayden Torello and Jaydin White, third row,  Samantha Roeder and Emily Dale, Mrs. Owens, Ariana Lenoir, and Justin Meyer, fourth row Isabelle Veloz, Mia Horowitz, and Jamie Huchez, back row, Nicholas Wilson, Darren Bertrand, Ari-Annah Julien, and Najelez Rivera.

Southern Oaks students become Egyptologists

Southern Oaks students become Egyptologists

 Students in Kate Kennedy’s sixth grade World Cultures classes at Southern Oaks Middle School have been studying about the fascinating civilization of Ancient Egypt. Students were asked to choose a topic in which they were particularly interested in of the ancient culture and become SOMS “Egyptologists”. The assignment included  the opportunity for students to choose the medium by which to present the topic to the class. Some of the options were to create a homemade model, make a diorama, make an informative poster, or to create a PowerPoint slide show describing an aspect of ancient Egyptian life. For example a student could report on the building of the pyramids using a visual aide and the “five W” facts (who, what, where, when, why, and how), about their topic. Students produced some impressive projects and enjoyed reporting and learning from classmates.

 

 

Northport Spanish language students dazzle with displays

Northport Spanish language students dazzle with displays

Northport K-8 students in Vicki Baird’s eighth grade Spanish classes created their own family trees using Spanish words and phrases.  Students identified relationships to family members and then gave two physical and two personality
traits for each family memeber using Spanish language skills.  Students also displayed handmade Ojo de Dios or Eyes of God.  The Ojo de Dios were symbolic of wisdom and light in the Indian cultures in Mexico and Central America.  Students
on the Northstar team in eighth grade have a great opportunity to earn one of two required high school foreign language credits at an advanced pace.

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.

Students enjoy Science Day at Palm Pointe

Students enjoy Science Day at Palm Pointe

Jennifer Sterling, Casey Bentley and Isaiah Vidal in Laurie Boyer and Melissa Efron’s third grade classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition take part in a light energy science experiment.  This was one of the experiments that the classes did as part of third grade’s Science Day.

Readers Theater delights literacy event Palm Pointe

Readers Theater delights literacy event Palm Pointe

Students performed a Reader’s Theater selection at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition during the Literacy & Linguini Night.  The performance was for the book, Hansel and Gretel: The True Story.  Pictured, from left, are Marisa Spicuzza, Kyerra Gordon, Dejon Lawrence, Tatyana Williamson, teacher Emily Bokhart, Kennedi Brissett, Bryan Burgos and Alberto Torres.

Palm Pointe students earn highest rating in music festival

Palm Pointe students earn highest rating in music festival

Students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition received the highest rating possible at the District 13 Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Lincoln Park Academy.  All students that participated received superior ratings!  Congratulations to all the students and to the band director Jason Hatfield.  Pictured, from left are, standing Salvatore Spera, Bryan Garcia, David Alexis, Antonio Rojas, Chemaly Fleury, Brent McFarland, Alyssa Reiter, and Rebecca Mitchell. Kneeling, Avery Siders, Adriana Novoa, Paula Hoheb, Barbara Baalam, Julia Sessa, Stephanie Lee, and Ashley Hall. Seated, Jacob Molner, Nicole Ruppert, Nicole Delano, Trevor Falsey and Sara Campbell.

Mariposa Elementary students learn about advertising writing

Mariposa Elementary students learn about advertising writing

Students in  Ashley Coe’s class at Mariposa Elementary participated in a fun activity to learn about author’s purpose. Using a candy wrapper, they had to find the facts that informed the consumer about the product. Then they had to write an advertisement using figurative language to persuade the consumer to purchase the product. Finally, the students created an imaginative story about the candy product to entertain the purchaser.

 

Mariposa Elementary kindergartners are sight word wizards

Mariposa Elementary kindergartners are sight word wizards

Students in Linda Auciello’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary know how to write and read 100 sight words by the 100th day! They used their word knowledge to create a massive poster of the sight words they have learned and they also wrote their own smaller sized list of the same words. This is turning into a classroom full of sight word
wizards!