What does it mean to be a winner? For the Jaguar Battalion Drill Team, it’s the pride of knowing that hard work and dedication pay off. Port St. Lucie High School hosted the annual Treasure Coast Drill Meet, with four other schools competing. There were eight different events, and the Jaguar Battalion took first place in each one. The following is a list of the commanders that led their teams to victory: cadet Corporal Ashlee Seipel, cadet Second Lieutenant Andrew Miller, Cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes, cadet First Lieutenant Gerard Delgado, cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet Captain Sean Scott, and cadet Captain Ryan Monday. The cadets displayed excellent dedication, and competed outstandingly in all events.
The Mobile Planetarium Tour “Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky” visited GCELA with an inflatable dome that introduced children to the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections. Inside the dome, the children viewed a special planetarium show – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (created by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and its partners, with major support from the PNC Foundation.) Through the lens of astronomy, children joined Elmo, Big Bird and HuHu Zhu, as they explore the night sky and took an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon. Each child received a daytime/night time activity poster with reusable, glow-in-the-dark stars to display at home. The students truly enjoyed this experience and GCELA appreciates the PNC Foundation for its support.
Northport K-8 administration, instructors, staff and students commemorate Presidents Day on February 20 by honoring all 44 American presidents. Students are learning information about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and
are celebrating the lives and contributions of US presidents. It is vital that students remember the history of the country, remember the names of those who worked to make America the most vital country on Earth and the bravery that it
takes to be America’s president. Northport K-8 marks the days in February to celebrate great American leaders. Pictured is a variety of Northport seventh and eighth grade students.
Fort Pierce Mayor Robert Benton recently presented a special proclamation from the city to the Westwood High School administration and ROTC battalion for the new unit patch and crest to recognize their “pride in the past, dedication in the present and confidence in their future.” The school colors of maroon and grey are present in the crest, with maroon symbolizing victory and black symbolizing consistency. Other icons symbolize the arts, science, atheltics, knowledge, and spirit of adventure found in every cadet, the proclamation states. Mayor Benton described the cadets as the “scholars, athletes and leaders of the future.” Pictured, from left, are Principal Mallissa Hamilton, Assistant Principals Anthony Conti, Mary Gregory, James Sloan, and Presley Charles, Battalion Commander Cadet Major Quinton McCormick, Battalion Executive Officer Cadet Major Jon Parrish, Battalion Adjutant Cadet Sergeant First Class Amanda Frederick, and Mayor Benton at the podium.
Fifth grade students at Gaines Academy have worked really hard constructing amazing ecosystems. They were studying biomes and plant/animal adaptations. Pictured with a diorama of the Savannas are Ydori Torres and Rossmirline Feneliace from Chrystal Bonowicz’ class.
The Fort Pierce Central health occupations students competed recently at the regional HOSA Conference. Eleven students from Central competed against students from across the region which includes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. Pictured, from left, are the students who will advance to state level competition, Ruth Martinez, first place Healthy Life Style, Sara Flores, Courtesy Corp, Valeria Martinez, Extemporanous Health Poster, Derrick Williams, first place Home Health Aide, Gia Frantantoni & Erin Pate, First Aid and CPR, Marc Anthony Sierra, third place Dental Assisting, and Kathy Budge, third place Clinincal Nursing. Not pictured is the Health Education Team, fourth place, Flor Lopez, Dixie Liede, Maylynn Wright, and Michelle Sanchez.
Gaines Academy kindergarten and pre kindergarten students enjoyed many activities for the 100th day of school, including making hats and glasses. Pictured as very old ladies are pre-K teacher Cindy Hedrick and paraprofessional Catherine Mills.
The Vocabulary Parade came to Windmill Point Elementary again this year, and the students were invited to dress up to describe their assigned word. Ashli Sivalls, kindergarten student from Tara Nettles’ class, described her word “observe” perfectly with her magnifying glass!
The Windmill Point Elementary PTO sponsored a Mother/Son Dance recently. Music teacher Jim O’Brien served as the DJ for this event! Shown in the photo are Blake Camacho, fourth grade student, and his mom, Denise Robinson, who had a wonderful time!
Windmill Point celebrated Literacy Week throughout the last week in January. Many special visitors came to the school, including Superintendent Michael Lannon. Mr. Lannon read a story to Tracy Wert’s fifth grade class.
February 6th marked the 100th day of school, and Windmill Point Elementary celebrated with a special kindergarten parade. Carmela Innamorato, kindergarten teacher, is shown in the photo with several students from her class!
Nicholas Sparkman and Mike Harris, students in Rachel Luhta’s F. K. Sweet Elementary class, take turns pumping water at the Gardner House. The house is located on the grounds of the St. Lucie Historical Museum in Fort Pierce. F.K.Sweet second graders recently took a field trip to the museum in order to learn more about local area history.
Did the groundhog see his shadow? Kathy Offerdahl’s kindergarten students at F.K. Sweet Elementary predicted whether or not Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow. They made their own groundhogs ‘pop’ out of their ‘burrows’ to share with their families.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day was celebrated recently at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. Female Panther athletes enjoyed a breakfast in the cafeteria and heard information about Title IX and what the statute means to female athletics.
Bayshore Elementary School was recently recognized by the National Kids at Hope Organization. The Bayshore Tech Team, under the direction of computer teacher Pamela Garrity, won the “We Connect” theme award in the Kids at Hope Day national contest. Students created a powerpoint demonstrating Universal Truth #2 that states that “Children succeed when they have meaningful and sustainable relationships with caring adults.” In addition to being recognized on the national website, they also received a $100 gift certificate to the Kids at Hope Store and a Kids at Hope banner honoring their achievement. Pictured are technology teacher,Pamela Garrity with Tech Team members, from left front row Amaya Fennell, Riley Corbin, and Spencer Selph. Center row, from left, Sasha Castro, Alexa Boyles, and Christian Conklin, and back row Taina Auguste and Devan Carroll.
Morningside Elementary School kindergartners, from left, Hudson Fein, Victor Monaco, Judith Vazquez, Gillian Ellis and Melissa Gale from Jean Constantine’s class had the honor of creating beautiful Valentine cards that will be sent to troops overseas who are serving our country.
Morningside Elementary teachers show their support for the American Heart Association dressed in
jeans and sports jerseys/shirts for a donation to the American Heart Association helping raise $600.
These Windmill Point students were all smiles after achieving first, second and third place during the school’s Spelling Bee! Congratulations to, from right, first place winner Talia Ricketts, second place winner Christopher Moore, and third place winner Angel Rodriguez.
Port St. Lucie High School senior Josh Murriel signed his national Letter of Intent to become a student-athlete at Marshall University in West Virginia to play football.
Northport K-8 sixth grade students in Amanda Sartain’s classes completed a comprehensive unit of study on weather, natural disasters and climate. Mrs. Sartain, helping students to interact with new knowledge, assisted students by representing new knowledge as a fun and interactive research and engineering design project. Students researched tornado resistant buildings and built their own tornado reistant building with materials on hand. Students tested the durability of their designs on three different levels using a box fan as a tornado simulator. Students collected data on each design at each level and then graphed the resulting data.