The Steam Advocates, with the help of several teachers and students, applied for an international award from the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in “STEM Excellence.” They have been selected as 1 of 3 high school finalists from across the country! This is an amazing accomplishment for Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the implementation of the STEAM school initiatives and this award would not be possible without their hard work for our students’ success.
Below is the link to the video portion of our application.
WestGate K8 1st graders studied the sun’s beneficial and harmful effects. They spent time reading in the class space bubble as well as singing a parody of a popular song explaining the sun’s effects, magnification, stars, and gravity.
Second graders from West Gate K-8 had a great day at the Brevard Zoo. Ms. Schumacher’s students got up close and personal with giraffes. They fed them and had their own personal trainer educate them about these wonderful creatures. The students spent the rest of the day exploring different habitats and the wonderful exhibits. Pictured left to right, Arianna Saitta, Jasmine Rivas, Tori Roe and Macy Ernst.
Riverside Children’s Theater On the Go came to West Gate K-8 to perform for First Grade. Students were enthralled with The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Students enjoyed watching the singing, tap dancing, fun, and adventure in this classic tale. The first graders loved the characters and the humor throughout the show. Students compared the play to the original Book written by Beatrix Potter and wrote opinion papers explaining which version of the story they liked best. Riverside Children’s Theater did a fabulous job! The First Graders at West Gate K-8 hope to see them again soon.
Look who stopped by — it’s Mary Poppins! Actually, Beverly Buehrig, second grade teacher at WestGate K8 joins some other book characters in her class. WestGate students were recently invited to come to school dressed as their favorite book character as the kick-off activity for Literacy Week . Pictured with Ms. Buehrig are, fr0m left, Julian Guerro, Nicolas Tavares, Caleb Gross, Justin Padilla, Alex Daniels, Noami Osceola and Nathen Rodriguez.
Students at West Gate K-8 raised over $1000 dollars for the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF is a childhood cancer foundation which raises money for childhood cancer research and families. All donations were made in memory of our 3rd grade student Julian Fraga who passed away in February.
The parade float team at WestGate K8 School is proud to accept awards for their second place entry in the Martin Luther King, Jr., parade January 16, 2012. Accepting the award for art direction are Cat Palmer, Marcia Aquino, and Wendy Stewart. Accepting for set direction are Christopher Calvo, Arthur Kitchen, Jonathan Dodson, Easter Weathers, Minnie Spivey, Carla Manning, Rose Wong, Sean McInerney, Anita Downing, Kristine Bowman, and Shequita Merelus. A special thanks goes to Steve Ragland and the amazing WestGate marching band for their musical support.
West Gate K-8 sponsored the first Autism Walk on the Treasure Coast, Saturday April 27th in Tradition Square. The walk was held to increase public awareness of the needs of autistic children and to raise money for autism research. It was a huge sucess, with over 450 people attending the walk. Over 40 community agencies and local businesses supported and contributed to the walk. Thanks to all the walkers and sponsers, $31,000 dollars was raised for Autism Speaks.
Students in Marta Almiron’s kindergarten class at WestGate K8 School recently got a presidential-sized surprise recently when they received a response letter from the White House. The students had written letters to President Barack Obama in November, 2012, congratulating him on his victory, and Ms. Almiron sent the letters to the White House. I thought the letters were just too cute to keep them for my self, so I mailed them to the White House. President Obama sent a response, along with his autographed photograph, and a picture of First Dog Bo. Pictured are the kindergartners with their prized letter and photos.
As part of participating in The Great American Smoke Out recently, students in the West Gate K-8 SWAT chapter created and unveiled a pledge board filled with pledges from friends and loved ones who promised to quit smoking for a day. This was in conjunction with the monthly Tobacco Free Partnership meeting that was hosted by West Gate K-8. Pictured, from left, are Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Kelsey Melandes and Noah Binner, co-secretaries, Andrea Arvelo, president, Gregg Austin, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Kayla Moccia, ambassador, Dan Regis, American Cancer Society St. Lucie Co. representative, Brittany Wesley, ambassador, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Josie DeFrancesco, vice president, Officer Richard Swiderski, School Resource Officer, and Jordan Hilton, ambassador. Also in attendance were St. Lucie County School Board Chairman Carol Hilson and Area Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chris Taylor.
Mrs. Kawa, a retired 2nd grade teacher, volunteers each week for Ms. Schumacher’s class. She is reading one of her favorite read a-louds, Charlotte’s Way by E.B White. The students look forward to her visits each week with excitement, and can’t wait to work with her during small groups. Mrs. Kawa works with all students to deepen their knowledge on the targeted skill for the unit. she also does reteach and enrichment groups.
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 West Gate K-8 held their first “Million Father March” in conjunction with the SLC School Board initiative. The Million Father March is a national event that promotes a father’s active involvement in the education of their children. West Gate’s event was held in the gym and had over 300 participants. 170 dads signed a contract vowing to be more involved in their children’s lives. The dads were invited to participate in some of West Gates most exciting Physical Education activities. Each dad had a task sheet that included cup stacking, hula hooping, basketball, volleyball, table top 4 square, bowling, jump roping and much more. The West Gate PTO organized the sign in sheet and helped run the concession stand. West Gate’s dads are our student’s SUPER HEROS!
Second graders in Kelsey Schumacher’s class explored apples using the scientific method. As scientists, they posed several questions and generated a hypothesis. After gathering the necessary materials, they went to work in the classroom and the science lab to find out if their work supported their hypothesis. After the investigations were over, the students wrote conclusions and shared their findings with each other. Students in Janet Brewi’s middle school science classes then interviewed the younger scientists about their work.
Students in Christopher Calvo’s third grade class at WestGate K8 School have been studying the history of Costa Rica for Hispanic Heritage Month. The students’ main focus was the volcanoes of Costa Rica. Students created volcanoes constructed using cardboard and plastic water bottles, covered with paper mache and painted. Pictured, standing from right, are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, WestGate Principal Robert Cranmer, and Mr. Calvo with students watching in awe as the six volcanoes were erupted in the hallway.
A group of 42 eighth grade WestGate students and four chaperones recently visited Washington, D.C. They visited the White House, and upon entering the East Wing, the newly appointed Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob Lew, was leaving the White House and returning to the adjacent Treasury Department. They visited the Jefferson, World War II, Grant and Martin Luther King, Jr., memorials. They visited the Kennedy famly gravesite at the Arlington National cemetery, and viewed the solemn ceremony of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The students then visited Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and took pictures with many historical figures. A snow storm greeted the group on their second day of the trip, a first for many students, and they toured the Iwo Jima, Lincoln, Vietnam Wall and Korean Memorials in the snow. The group then went to the Capitol and visited with Congressman Patrick Murphy. While on a guided Capitol tour, in Statuary Hall, the Speaker of the House John Boehner walked by and chatted with the West Gate students for a few moments. The group visited the Smithsonian Museums, National Aeronautics and Space, both the American Museum of Natural History and the museum of American History, where the restored “Star Spangled Banner” is on display. Pictured are the students in the north portico of the White House.
Kelly Koenke, representing the orthodontic offices of Dr. Lee Leglar, recently surprised WestGate K8 fifth grade teacher Yanet Garcia with an Apple I-pad. Fifth grade WestGate students and teachers attended the Education Day events at the Mets Stadium on May 16th, and teachers put their names in a drawing for the IPad, and Ms. Garcia was the lucky winner of the raffle sponsered by Dr. Leglar. Ms. Koenke and Ms. Danny Ormstom also surprised Ms. Garcia’s students with pizza and soda. A sincere thank you to Dr. Leglar for supporting St. Lucie Schools. Pictured are Ms. Koenke, left, and Ms. Garcia.
This year the Westgate Adopt-A-Class program led the county in classroom donations. More than $2,450.00 was donated to various classrooms. The teachers would like to thank our parent community for their generosity. Special thanks goes to teacher Dawn Mealing and SAC member Dana Stonelake for working so hard to spread the word about this wonderful program.
West Gate K8’s second annual Community Walk for Autism Speaks was a huge success! Over 1,500 community members came out to bring awareness to a condition that affects 1 in 62 children. The event featured West Gate’s former student Mozart Sobrinho performing his song, “Stay with You.” The family fun walk also included bounce houses, DJ Calvo, face painting, information on services for people with autism, and more. Five other schools formed teams to participate in the walk and West Gate alone collected over $1010.00. Along with the St. Lucie County Firefighters, West Gate’s walk for Autism Speaks raised $18, 850.00 online and $8,364.97 at the walk.
Making an event like this a success is no easy task and we’d like to recognize the West Gate teachers and staff who worked hard to make this possible. From left to right: Sherry Petrino, Jessica McLaughlin, Lisa Landis, Shequita Merelus, Valentina Whyte and Mozart Sobrinho coordinated the event at Tradition Square for the second year.
Congratulations to the Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Teams of Cadets who competed in the Junior Leadership and Academic Bowls. The Academic team consisted of Cadets Andrews, Loschin, Soto, Flores, and the alternative cadet Rigsby. The Leadership team consisted of Cadets Payen, Egan, Lovell, Ocampo, Hartley, and Reese. Out of the 1,308 teams that participated across America to include Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam, and DOD Schools across the world; they’ve earned the bragging rights to say both teams will be moving on to Level 2. The next level of the competition will be held February 1-15.
On January 21st, the Westwood Panthers JROTC Cadets were honored to assist veterans of the Ft. Pierce and Indian River community who have been awarded the Purple Heart Award. The Purple Heart Award is awarded to veterans who have been wounded in action while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The event took place at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. The Indian River Woodcarver’s, headed by Lloyd Lasenby, designed and carved eagle-head canes. Each cane was personalized to each Purple Heart recipient.