F. K. Sweet second graders learn about the past

F. K. Sweet second graders learn about the past

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.

 

Bayshore Elementary wins national contest

Bayshore Elementary wins national contest

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.

 

Windmill Point students bee’s best spellers

Windmill Point students bee’s best spellers

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.

Northport K8 sixth graders determine tornado resistance

Northport K8 sixth graders determine tornado resistance

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.

Fort Pierce Central student works hard for competition

Fort Pierce Central student works hard for competition

Fort Pierce Central High School Medical Academy sophomore Kathy Budge recieved a one on one learning experience with teacher Samantha Pullins on administering intramuscular injections. Kathy decided early in the year that she wanted to compete in Clinical Nursing at the recent Health Occupations Students of America Region Competition. Ms. Pullins was not sure this was the best event for her, because it is designed for high schools with LPN programs. But Kathy was determined and spent numerous hours studying for her event! She completed and passed a written exam that allowed her to advance to the skills portion of the competiton. Kieser Univeristy donated injection supplies and Kathy was taught the various techniques of injection using an orange as the “patient”able to practice her skill using Ms. Pullins’ arm to inject a dose of B12.

 

Fort Pierce Central four sign to play college ball

Fort Pierce Central four sign to play college ball

Four student athletes at Fort Pierce Central High School signed letters of intent to play football at the college level. From left,  Zerrie Patterson signed for Florida A & M University, Carl Bess signed for Stetson University, Bryce Hall for Florida A & M University, and Freedom Whitfield for Florida Atlantic University.

Bayshore Elementary celebrates Literacy Week

Bayshore Elementary celebrates Literacy Week

Bayshore Elementary School kindergarten through fifth grade classes featured a book and/or author on their door in honor of Celebrate Literacy Week.  Jackson Yound, left, and  Giavonna Stephens from Jeanne Comperchio’s kindergarten class show off the door they helped to decorate in honor of the book Snowman at Night by Caralyn Beuhner.

Bayshore Elementary students dance to raise money for Relay for Life

Bayshore Elementary students dance to raise money for Relay for Life

Bayshore Elementary students attended a Winter Wonderland Dance to raise money to support Relay for Life.  Students had a great time dancing, eating pizza and having their pictures taken. Students raised over $1200 for Relay for Life.  Pictured, from left, are fourth graders Spencer Selph and Riley Corbin, and first grader Jacob Applebaum having a great time on the dance floor.

Jaguar Battalion holds annual chili cook-off

Jaguar Battalion holds annual chili cook-off

The Port St. Lucie Moose Lodge hosted the annual chili cook-off recently with the help of cadets of Port St. Lucie High School’s JROTC. Cadets labeled the bowls of chili and served them to the voters. Six pots of chili were entered, and five of those six were entered by a cadet or parent from the Jaguar Battalion. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson (middle) and his mother were awarded a first place ribbon and $30. The second place ribbon and $20 were earned by cadet First Lieutenant Albert Farrant and his father (left). Cadet Sergeant First Class William Benagh and his mother (right) received the third place ribbon and $10. Good job to all competitors and congratulations to the winners!

Local restaurant donates some proceeds to a school

Local restaurant donates some proceeds to a school

Recently McDonald’s on South US #1 in Fort Pierce hosted McTeacher Night for the staff of F.K. Sweet Elementary and donated 15% of the proceeds made between 5 and 7 PM to the school to help defray expenses. Teachers worked the counter, drive through, cooked, packaged, and wiped tables. Stacey Johnson and Cindy Young even tempted the diners with samples of chicken nuggets. It was not only a fun experience, but gave everyone an insight to what goes on in a fast food restaurant.

 

Mariposa Elementary students learning to write narrative stories

Mariposa Elementary students learning to write narrative stories

Mariposa Elementary School’s third graders in Monica Almeida’s class are enjoying their first attempts at writing narrative stories. The students are using SMILE’s Quick beginning, Loooong, interesting middle, and Feelings at the end format to create their original stories. The students hope to share their stories with Mariposa’s kindergarten students soon!

Centennial High drama students competing in state event

Centennial High drama students competing in state event

St. Lucie West Centennial High School drama students earned five trophies, including best supporting actor overall, best supporting actress and the critic’s choice award in the district 15 One Act Drama Competition. As a result , 27 Centennial students are now on their way to perform at Morsani Hall in Tampa for the State Finals Drama Competition in March and five students will be performing in the state final individual events. Pictured, front row from left,  are Angel Martinez, Kaitlynn Torres, Courtnet Chronister, Amber Camacho, Brianna Lorenz, Valerie Burns, and Kristina Hoeffer. Second row, from left, are Justin Tardagno, Michael Ladewig, Passion Delgado, Suzie McKenzie, Whitney Bridges, and Dylan Akers. Back row, from left, are Francis Sabando, Brandon Nelson, Isac Benavides, and Tonii McKenzie. Not pictured, but competing, are Chelsey Vignier, Johhny Volcy, Ricardo Juez, RonJunior Carrey, and Austin Swink. Good luck Eagles!

 

F. K. Sweet kindergartners learn about Chinese New Year traditions

F. K. Sweet kindergartners learn about Chinese New Year traditions

After learning about the celebrations that take place during Chinese New Year, Kristin Griffin’s kindergarten class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary enjoyed eating traditional Chinese foods. They feasted on dumplings that symbolize togetherness in the coming year and stir-fried rice that represents harmony and happiness.  Nicole Williams and Terry McQueen show their classmates how to eat withchopsticks.

Northport proud of district senior Volunteer of the Year selection

Northport proud of district senior Volunteer of the Year selection

Northport K-8 School Media Services is pleased and honored to welcome Bill Arnold, Northport’s Senior Volunteer of the Year and St. Lucie County School District Senior Volunteer of the Year for a special program for sixth graders on the Starfish team in the Media Center.  Mr. Arnold was selected to represent the school and the school district for his service to the school and to the students.  Mr. Arnold has served well over 4500 students and at least 800 parents and grandparents at 28 different school events.  As a veteran, Mr. Arnold has imparted a wealth of information to students and has spearheaded a program that includes a cadre of volunteer veterans from across the community for Veterans In Education.  Pictured are Bill Arnold along with sixth grade students Mercedes Grove and Samantha Mason.

Students use Twister game to extend active play

Students use Twister game to extend active play

Second grade students, from left, Dylan Rizzo, Sylvava Petrozzino, and Connor Kovich-Bousley in Traci Lott’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary enjoy exercising during extended physical education time by playing Twister. Twister is a game that is sure to stretch the body and exercise every muscle. The state mandated several years ago that every student receive an additional thirty minutes of exercise and active play daily.