Village Green Environmental Studies School would like to congratulate the first recipients of their Digital Manatee of the Week award. This new award will be given each week to recognize the students who continually exhibit the traits of Responsibility, Communication and Effort towards their virtual learning. Village Green looks forward to the continued success of all students during these difficult times.
Jacqueline Harris, a First grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School won 1st Place in the Out-of-the-Box category in the 35th Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics. Mrs. Harris’ project focused on incorporating Social Studies across the curriculum where her First grade students created a mini café and gift shop called the Primary Kidz Café with a classroom mini factory with assembly lines and was given the opportunity to work with two Ninth grade volunteers which they rarely have the chance to do. The First graders learned about goods and services, buying and selling goods, the importance of using money to obtain or trade goods and saving money using banking services. The students used real foods on the assembly line and designed T-shirts, bags, socks, flower pots, face masks, canvas pouches and hand puppets which they sold in the class gift shop to Kindergarten and First grade students who used their Manatee Moolas to make purchases. Her students were all excited and had a great time learning. She also gives credit for such a successful project to her wonderful group of students, her First grade team members and her highly supportive and caring administrators Ms. Aretha Vernette and Lauren Geisler. In 2011, Mrs. Harris, then teaching First grade at Samuel Gaines Academy won 2nd Place in the Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century category in the 32nd Annual Florida Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics.
On Wednesday, November 8, the Port St. Lucie High School JROTC went to Village Green Elementary to teach about flag folding and about the Class B uniform to first graders and to fifth graders. The JROTC cadets taught the meaning of the colors and each fold in the American Flag.
Situated between Marianne Futo and Christine Duane are students Dylan Rudd, Adrian Gallardo, Kayla Duane, Leah Murphy, Cody Cox, Matthew Futo, Leshal Ketwaroo
A group of Village Green students traveled to Sun Coast Community High School in Riviera Beach, FL to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition.
Village Green students in grades 3-5 won 2nd place in the Division I. They chose to participate in Problem 3: Pandora's Box. Their final combined score consisted of the Long-Term Problem and the Spontaneous scores.
In this "classics" problem, nine teams put a video spin on the story of Pandora's Box in which gamer characters took on multi-level games inspired by the Greek myth. Each team game included a prologue that depicted the original story of Pandora's Box, three characters representing different evils that escaped the box, and a power meter that represented the gamer character's health. To beat the game, the player advanced to the final level where it released hope into the world.
In addition to student-problem solving by using construction, skits, and other resources, Village Green students incorporated humor and wit into their presentation.
We appreciate our fabulous Village Green parents for their patience and never-ending support.
And we would also like to thank Mrs. Angle, Mr. Casper, Ms. Duane, Mrs. Futo, Mr. Gallardo, Ms. Millard, and our fabulous PTO for sponsoring applicable fees.
And most importantly, we congratulate our students for participating in regional competitions that allows them to apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
Students at two Village Green Environmental Studies Schools classes buddy up with each other in a variety of ways. Pictured are students from Christine Duane’s first grade class and Mark Casper’s second grade class “blasting away” at the SAT 10 standardized test.
Village Green teacher Christopher Kelly tracks his progress on the professional development learning goal. The professional development session was facilitated using the research-based strategies that teachers use in the classroom to focus on quality instruction in order to help students succeed.
Jacqueline was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award for the elementary (K-5) category. This award was accompanied by a check for $1500. During his announcement of this year’s award program Governor Scott said, “This February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we are honoring African-American innovators who have helped make Florida a great place to work, live and visit…Ann and I are also looking forward to recognizing some of the many great African American educators who are helping prepare our students for future success.” Mrs. Harris is no stranger to Governor Scott’s commendations. In 2014 and 2011, Mrs. Harris won the 1st and 2nd place Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics, sponsored by the Florida Council of Economics Education (FCEE). This year, Mrs. Harris is also Village Green’s Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Minority educator. Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris is pictured between First Lady Ann Scott and Governor Rick Scott.
VIP readers visited several classes for our Dr. Seuss Day on March 2nd. Media Specialist Debbie Remington organized this event in which our “VIPs” read to our students and engaged in meaningful conversations about what they read. Students and staff were appreciative of the VIP guests who took time to read with them and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
CAST hosted its premier virtual Leader of the Month ceremony to recognize students nominated for exhibiting the leadership trait of being “balanced,” part of Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Though we weren’t able to meet in person, we organized a ceremony in our virtual auditorium which included a musical performance by one of our students and each leader was individually recognized by Dr. Reid. Certificates were also mailed home. Congratulations again to all of our Leaders of the Month!
The graduation ceremonies will air on WLX-TV, the Education Channel of St. Lucie County, appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV channel 99. Furthermore, a link to the broadcasts will be found on the St. Lucie Public Schools webpage at www.stlucieschools.org.
Once aired, the ceremonies can be accessed through YouTube on-demand.
The ESE Department of St. Lucie Public Schools recently hosted a free vision clinic as part of the Florida Low Vision Initiative (FLVI) Clinic. This is an annual opportunity for students who have been evaluated and meet the criteria for initial or continued placement in the Visually Impaired Program under Exceptional Student Education. “Great value rests in these evaluations which are important in order to update low vision devices and to track visual changes,” explained Maria Benham, program specialist for visually impaired.
The FLVI is a portion of the Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment (CIVI) Project — a grant-funded program through Florida Department of Education located at Florida State University. Students who are selected to participate in the FLVI receive, at no cost to the family or the school district, a low vision evaluation from a FLVI project-approved provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist), as well as any prescribed non-electronic portable low vision device (i.e., glasses, contacts, sunglasses, magnifier, monocular).
Students are also permitted to receive an educational assessment prior to the first low vision evaluation with additional evaluation follow-ups every one to three years thereafter. The educational evaluation assesses reading comprehension and reading speed using the prescribed low vision devices. It also includes device evaluation to determine if the student is using the prescribed device(s) proficiently.
If you are interested in finding out more about this free service, contact Maria Benham at 772-429-7701.
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Florida Low Vision Initiative Program supports eligible students.
In early October, Lincoln Park Academy middle school art students participated in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest which is sponsored by Lions Clubs around the world. This art contest encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2015-2016 Peace Poster Contest was “Share Peace.” Thirty-three students, ages 11, 12 or 13, were selected to showcase their work in Art Mundo, a local gallery/workshop located in beautiful downtown Fort Pierce, 111 Orange Avenue. The opening reception will be during Art Walk on December 9th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will run throughout the month of December. Please join us in celebrating the students’ hard work and achievements!
Additionally, several of Ms. Duran’s students will be honored for their work at the Lion’s Club’s December 3rd meeting at 2nd Street Bistro. Diego Luna won 1st Place and will be the LPA candidate for the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest at the District level. Our local Lions Club Sponsor, Crystal Samuel stated, “The melting of the national flags to form the candle and then the overwhelming candlelight spoke volumes about what countries can do to ‘share peace’ if we all come together! It is brilliant! It stood out immediately from the rest.” Christen McCann and Samira Bowman were awarded second and third place. The Lion’s Club will honor each winner with a certificate, ribbon, and small cash award and give each of them a chance to briefly explain the creative process behind their art piece.
The faculty, staff and students at C.A. Moore Elementary School gave a warm Florida welcome to the Worcester Academy baseball team from Worcester, Massachusetts. This is the third year the team has visited C.A. Moore Elementary. The team donates supplies and books to the school on each visit, and this year presented the school with a video camera. The players read to the students and spent time in the classrooms motivating the students to do well in school. Cesar Hurtado, a fourth grade student, commented, “I want to be very successful in school, make A’s and B’s and I am now inspired to get good grades to play baseball.” Makayla Tillman spoke about team member, Turner Greenty reading excerpts from the biography of Babe Ruth. According to Tillman, “I love biographies and I was inspired to finish the biography of Babe Ruth during Spring Break.” Pictured is literacy coach Barbara Sutton giving directions to the team members for their classroom assignments. The team’s annual visits support the local economy as well as the literacy goals of the school.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s first grade students participated in Vocabulary Day. These proficient pupils transformed into vocabulary words for an audience of perfectly pleased parents. This performance task was a great success as students’ demonstrated understanding of tier 2 vocabulary, an essential skill for comprehension of complex text. Palm Pointe’s first graders are feeling fabulous about their foundation in reading! Pictured from left is; Reese Parrish, Kayleigh Murnane, and Jaycie Mera students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class.
Students at Floresta Elementary participated in a vocabulary parade showcasing their knowledge of vocabulary words they have read. The whole school paraded down the halls dressed as their favorite vocabulary word.
We had words such as enormous,fancy, mischievous, busybee, headstrong and glitzy.
Students in picture: Riley Luther, Isabella DiMeglio, Aiden Perga
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!
Wadson Charmant, Owen Morgan, and Dylan Torello in Mrs. Moreira’s 8th grade reading class at Westgate K-8 are involved in an active game of $1,000,000 Pyramid. Some friendly competition makes learning challenging vocabulary words more fun!
Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, recently met with all the volunteers for this school year to orient them on the new on-line application system. They also reviewed the volunteer expectations at the school while enjoying morning coffee and sweet rolls.