Thank you to the families and staff that participated in the Samuel Gaines Academy Literacy Night, parents learned about the 100 book challenge while the students picked out a book to read to their parents and also choose a book to take home to keep. The evening ended with a spaghetti dinner and door prizes. Pictured is first grader Anthonia Hudson excitedly reading to her mother Lorraine Robinson while her brother, kindergartner Anthony Hudson II looks through his book.
C.A. Moore Elementary School participated in Celebrate Literacy, Florida Week by community members coming into the school to read. Each classroom had a community person read to the students. The guest readers read the book, The Giving Tree and each class now has a copy of the book. Ms. Felicia Nixon, principal made a special presentation on morning announcements. Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll donated a book about Florida. Her message to the students was to keep reading their 800 minutes per quarter and that she is proud of all of them. The students are good readers now and are working to become better readers. Pictured is St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara reading to Julie Luneburg’s fourth grade students.
During Literacy Week at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition grades four, six, seven and eight competed in a door decorating contest. The fourth grade classes did a Book Study as a guide for decorating their doors and the middle school classes used an Author Study for their doors. Pictured here is the door decorating winner for Harry Potter as a Book Study from Ashley Rich’s fourth grade class. Excellent!
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition seventh grade students placed second and third in the district Project Citizen Showcase. Anne Lulkin’s class project titled “Tossing Salad in to Schools” placed second and Hillary Cruz’ class project “No Homework, No Stress, No Problems” placed third. These projects will now go on to the state level of the competition and will be on display in the Capitol building in Tallahassee. State legislators will judge the projects on February 10 and winners will go on to state finals in Orlando. Great job Rockets!!
Alexandria Coutret, far left, and Joedyn Behringer, far right, from Laurie Boyer and Melissa Efron’s third grade classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoy celebrating Literacy Week with their middle school reading buddies. These middle school students from Sara Apostolico and Anne Lulkin’s classes helped the third graders read books. All the students enjoyed the time together.
Kindergarten students enjoyed connecting literature across the curriculum. After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the students learned sequencing, days of the week, and the butterfly life cycle. Students will proudly display their work on the kindergarten bulletin board. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Garica, Sariya Brown, and Jayden Stoveall as they show off their creativity in their projects.
Seventh grade students in Christi Pittman’s classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 School are learning about the Civil Rights Movement in language arts. After listening to Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety, students were impressed with his eloquence and use of “big words.” Inspired, the students wrote their own “I Have a Dream” paragraph about what they would like to see changed in their community, state, country, or world. Pictured are Madison Kennedy and Victoria Joseph working together to research some events of the civil rights movement in order to prepare their speech and get ready for their upcoming novel study.
Allapattah Flats K8 first graders were treated to a special event after studying animals in science. Cheryl Wise from Busch Wildlife Sanctuary educated first graders about Florida wildlife and habitats. First graders were able to touch an alligator, opossum, bofu frog, king snake and a skunk. Students beam, anxiously awaiting their turn to touch the bofu frog. Pictured, from left, are Andre Hayle, Angelica Maldonado, Jaydin White, Enrique Mojica, and Courtney Waithe. They were also able to see an owl, compare and contrast features of an alligator to a crocodile, and visit with a tortoise. What a great day to be in first grade at Allapattah Flats K-8!
The Jaguar Battalion of Port St. Lucie High School participated in the recent parade honoring one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Jaguar Battalion stretched over two city blocks and received many accolades from the spectators. The Jaguar Battalion was a very notable feature of this parade. The battalion was led by the Battalion Commander, cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, followed by the battalion Color Guard, the battalion staff and the three companies. The cadets’ professionalism was undeniable, as they set the standards for all other JROTC units in the area. Through the dedication of the cadets and the leadership of the senior cadets, the Jaguar Battalion remained loud and proud throughout the parade.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Military Ball recently. The Military Ball is an event which cadets participate in a formal dining in, followed by an informal dance. Cadets attending were greeted by the cadet leadership in the receiving line, led by cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jacobson and cadet Command Sergeant Major Propst. Many speeches followed, and the grog bowl ceremony took place afterwards. The informal portion of the event followed the dinner. All of the cadets that attended had an outstanding time. Most cadets say the Military Ball is more enjoyable than prom! Once again, cadets had a safe and entertaining night, and we look forward to next year’s ceremony.
At Allapattah Flats K8, students in Melinda Van Der Werff’s creative writing class wrote and illustrated books for Shannon Johnson’s third grade students. The eighth graders read their stories to their third grade buddies over cookies. The third graders loved hearing the books as much as the eighth graders enjoyed making them. Pictured is eighth grader Carlos Castillo and third grader Gavrie Andrews reading The Soccer Ball.
Students in Keva Miller’s journalism classes at Fort Pierce Central High School created children’s books to donate to a local daycare and elementary school. The students were required to produce their own children’s stories with a moral or lesson learned, draw, trace, or use computer graphics for their pictures and other instructions and requirements that were given to them in a rubric for creating their children’s books. The students enjoyed writing, illustrating and designing their children’s books to inspire other students to learn and develop a love for reading.
Northport K-8 School celebrated cultures of the world in a wonderful and highly energized afternoon of booths, theater groups, costumes, posters, trinkets and lots of information. Students and teachers prepared displays replete with music
and interactive fun while learning information about 22 different countries of the world. Students were engaged with a desire to learn and teach information that was creative, innovative and lots of fun!
Third grade students Ajeya Adams and Julian Nunez in Barbara Whellams’ class at F.K. Sweet Elementary enjoyed a yummy math lesson on fractions using M & Ms. The students had several exercises on understanding that fractions can be a part of a whole, or part of a group. Afterwards, the M & Ms mysteriouly disappeared off each student’s desk.
Students at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently held a fund raiser for the United Way. On Monday students brought in pennies, followed by nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, and quarters on Thursday. For the grand finale on Friday students were allowed to have a No Dress Code Day for one dollar. Pictured is a group of third grade girls sporting their “weekend” clothes.
Lincoln Park Academy student Aolani Bruhn, former third grade student in Barbara Whellams’ third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary, has returned to her old classroom to mentor students on Monday and Friday afternoons. All of the students are anxious to read and work with Aolani.
Mentor Dorothy Stuber in Barbara Whellams’ third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary shared with the students news about her recent cruise through the Panama Canal. The children were interested in all aspects of the cruise,especially hearing that the ship, Queen Victoria, weighed 70,000 tons. Dorothy also gave each child a “lucky” coin as a remembrance of her trip.
F.K. Sweet students from grades kindergarten through fifth participated in a three day cheer camp held by Lincoln Park Academy varsity cheerleaders. The students were taught cheers, jumps, and dances. Students ended camp with a performance at the high school varsity basketball half-time show.
Dr. Donna Devlin from FAU spoke to Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementaryabout Bio-Diversity. Dr. Devlin is heading a mangrove restoration project where different genotypes of mangroves are planted, and testing whether or not different genotypes grow better in a mixed group or in a similar group. Mangrove restoration is taking place in several areas as they are vital to the ecosystem. The fourth graders will meet Dr. Devlin at Blind Creek Park this week to assist with this project.
Kamryn Gardner and Morgan Busby show off their laurel wreaths while studying ancient Greece. Students in Stacey Johnson’s third grade RTI Enrichment group at F.K. Sweet Elementary are learning about the contributions of this ancient civilization to our modern society. Students discovered the roots of democracy and the Olympic Games. They enjoyed learning about the gods and goddesses and the myths that were told to explain the world around them, practiced writing letters of the Greek alphabet and learned where they are still in use today in our fraternal organizations.