Weatherbee Elementary School students learned about various career opportunities and how a quality education can make a huge difference in their future as Ian Macpherson, St. Lucie County firefighter, describes the uniform used when he is fighting a fire. Melanie Macpherson, third grade teacher at Weatherbee, served as a model for this activity.
Weatherbee Elementary students are spending Saturday mornings in a science enrichment camp fostering creative problem solving and teamwork – 21st century life skills imperative to success in our modern society. Each Saturday, students rotate through stations, each of which encourages working in diverse teams, engaging in investigations, experiments, and engineering challenges that combine science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in enriching, hands-on activities. Students in teams have dissected owl pellets, built electrical circuits, created potato batteries, made organic polymer slime, measured the effect of varying forces on golf ball speed, as well as determining the effect of camouflage on predation to name a few activities. All activities are geared toward fifth grade benchmarks. The camps are the brainchild of Weatherbee Elementary Science Resource Teacher Mary Bishop.
A recent picture-perfect day was a perfect setting for the “Jump Rope for Heart” event at Weatherbee Elementary. The annual event is part of the American Heart Association and their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In the weeks preceeding the fundraising event at Weatherbee Elementary, each class raised money as a team by filling up a can in their classroom with their extra coins. Physical Education teacher Nuran Onal, who organized the event, rewarded classes raising the most money with pizza parties, certificates, and jump ropes. Pictured, from left, are Zarek Fernandez, Jefte Simplice, and Israel Bradley.
Weatherbee Elementary students participated in a poster contest depicting the school’s S.A.I.L. (Self-Control, Acts Responsibly, Is Respectful, and Learn) Expectations. Students in pre-K through fifth grade had an opportunity to enter this unique contest and create posters depicting one or all of the school wide Positive Behavior Support expectations. Eight winners were selected and each received a Wal-Mart gift card. Winning posters were displayed in the cafeteria. In fact, all posters entered were displayed throughout the hallways for all to view. Wonderful job, Mariners! Pictured with Principal Michael Hitsman and Assistant Principal Jennifer Avellino are the poster contest winners Mitsu Pierre, Jacy Reeves, Jennifer Edmond, Summer Roach, Karina Aguilar, Gracie Morris, Judah Reeves, and Leonel Baltazar.
Weatherbee Elementary students in Jennifer Nelson’s fourth grade class read the book, “Dexter the Tough” where a fourth grade boy finds out his father is recovering from cancer. Students wrote encouraging letters and made “Links of Hope” with words of hope for cancer patients at St Lucie Medical Center. Letters and links were picked up by hospital public relations representative Ginger King. What a wonderful way to support others in the community.
Weatherbee hosted an episodic reading event on the last day before winter break. Members from the community, including SLPS District Office employees, St. Lucie County School Board Members, business leaders, St. Lucie County Commissioners, and law enforcement professionals came to Weatherbee to share their love of reading with our Mariners. Each guest reader visited three classrooms, read a book aloud, and shared how literacy has positively impacted their lives.
On Monday, November 24th, the Weatherbee Fall Reading Challenge ended. 570 students read 10,379.123 words and earned a total of 7,785 points. The top students in each class received the honor of throwing a cream pie at their teacher! Pictured is Katelynn Justice pieing her teacher, Mrs. Melanie MacPherson, as teacher Mr. Ed Strivelli looks on.
On Friday, January 29, Weatherbee Elementary hosted its annual Episodic Reading Day. The event was a huge success and a perfect ending to the many activities planned for Literacy Week. The Women’s Volleyball and Basketball teams from Indian River State College shared stories with students and talked to them about the importance of sportsmanship and keeping good grades in order to participate in sports. District leaders including: Dr. Prince, Gina Anthony, Teri Barenborg, Kimberly Roberts, and School Board Member Debbie Hawley had a fantastic time sharing their favorite books with our students. The students were especially excited to see the state troopers and meet K9 Piko! The visitors complimented the students’ excellent behavior and were impressed with students following the SAIL expectations. Thank you to the VPK students, Gracie Morris, and the wonderful safety patrol team for welcoming our guests.
Principal Michael Hitsman and Assistant Principal Jen Avellino welcome Santa Claus to Weatherbee on Saturday, December 5th. Students and their families who attended the annual Breakfast with Santa event enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast, face painting, shopping at the PTO Holiday Shoppe, and getting their picture taken with the jolly old elf himself!
Weatherbee faculty and students wore pink on October 23rd for Breast Cancer Awareness. Pictured here our the second grade teaching staff.
Weatherbee Mariners kicked off Literacy Week with a school wide read-aloud courtesy of Mrs. Cassie Fess, AP, and Ms. Juliette Thelusma, Teacher on Special Assignment. They read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. More activities are planned throughout the week.
Weatherbee staff and students wore yellow and caught the wave to empowerment on Friday, September 27th. Each class designed a surfboard illustrating ways they feel empowered or can empower others. Weatherbee’s motto this year is “Catch the Wave to Success” and the surfboards tie into that theme.
Weatherbee Mariners bid adieu to Celebrate Literacy Week!, Florida 2018 with an old fashioned parade. On Friday afternoon, students and staff joined the magnificent cavalcade of favorite book characters and vocabulary words parading through our hallways. It was the crowning glory of a week filled with classroom door decorating, buddy reading, Dropping Everything And Reading, creating personalized bookmarks, and more. Thanks to Literacy Coach Heather Bolitho and the amazing Literacy Committee for promoting a love of literacy at Weatherbee.
Recently Weatherbee hosted our first annual “Math Olympics!” This exciting event was planned for students who passed a math facts fluency test. Every student who showed proficiency on these quizzes was able to play Giant JENGA on the stage in the cafeteria and also invited to our outdoor Olympic event. Students participated in the High Jump, Long Jump, Hula-hoop Hopscotch, and the Hula-Hoop Tire Challenge. With over three hundred student in attendance, this was a very successful event. All students and staff had a fabulous time and we can’t wait to start planning for next year!
Students at Weatherbee Elementary School are applying literacy and STEAM skills during weekly visits to the media center. Students create in the new Maker Space, read in the Library Living Room, practice fluency in the George Washington Readers’ Theater, and work on computer-based learning in addition to checking out their favorite books.
The Weatherbee administration recently staged “Prep Rallies” for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Students prepared for the high stakes testing by showing off their math and reading skills. Here, Bobby Lloyd is being put to the test by Principal Hitsman, AP Avellino, and Reading Coach Terrie Norris.
Weatherbee Elementary has just completed their book fair. The name of every student who made a purchase, was put into a jar to draw for a series of free books. The winners were: Dominick Baily, Ronald Cantarero, and Jyssel Nunez.
The Holy Family Church Council of Catholic Women presented Weatherbee Principal Kim Cain with a generous donation of Blessings In Bags which will assist in making the holidays bright for our Mariners.
Weatherbee Elementary School has once again achieved Gold Level Model PBS School status. Recently, Dr. Lurana Hillard presented the PBIS team with a certificate of success for the 2013-14 school year along with gold pins for all faculty and staff. Pictured is the PBIS team accepting the award.
The faculty and staff at Weatherbee Elementary are “Happy” to begin a new school year. Here they are putting on their best smiles.