Palm Pointe prepares for the parade

Palm Pointe prepares for the parade

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition stand next to their float at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Everyone that helped with the float and walked in the parade had a wonderful time.  Thank you to all that participated!

Humane Society visits Palm Pointe

Humane Society visits Palm Pointe

Janet Winikoff from the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County speaks to seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition about sick and neglected animals and about the Humane Society.  She did a PowerPoint presentation and answerd questions that students had about pets being neglected because of hard economical times and possible solutions to help.

Project Citizen entries judged at Palm Pointe

Project Citizen entries judged at Palm Pointe

Judges listen to Palm Pointe Educational Research seventh grade students as they present their Project Citizen reports.  Project Citizen is a student led class project in which students select a problem in the community and create a public policy addressing it.  Students select the problem as a class, research it, come up with two or three solutions, select the solution that best solves the public policy issue and develop an action plan to make their idea become a reality.  The top three projects selected by the judges to move on to the district Project Citizen showcase are: “No Homework, No Stress, No Problem” by Team Apollo, “Boot the Recruit of Gangs” by Team Columbia and “Tossing Salad into Schools” by Team Columbia.  Pictured are judges, from left,  Assistant Principal Alex Oge from Pt. St. Lucie High School, Palm Pointe teacher Amanda Shaffer,  Dan McCarty Assistant Principal Rebecca Goodman, and Zaid Iqbal from business partner Wells Fargo.

Spelling bee winners emerge at F.K. Sweet Elementary

Spelling bee winners emerge at F.K. Sweet Elementary

It took over 30 rounds to declare the 2012 spelling bee winners at F.K. Sweet Elementary. The best of the spellers from each fourth and fifth grade class recently took stage  to spell some very difficult words. In the end, pictured from left, Rida Ahmed emerged as the winner, followed by second place speller Cassie Ackenbrack, and Ariel Neptune took third place. Congratulations on a job well done.

Students in St. Lucie County schools learn how to avoid bullying

Students in St. Lucie County schools learn how to avoid bullying

Students in St. Lucie County schools have been learning about bullying in their classrooms. At FK Sweet Elementary, Joe the Biker talked with students at a recent assembly on how to recognize bullying  and strategies for dealing with this type of behavior. The children listened intently as Joe talked about his elementary experiences of being bullied.  Pictured, DeEra Nelson and Elijah Major both feel better equiped to handle any bullying incidents that might arise in the future.

Parade theme reflected in F. K. Sweet parade entry

Parade theme reflected in F. K. Sweet parade entry

Remember, Celebrate, and Take Action was the theme of the recent Martin Luther King parade. Second place winner in the elementary division from F.K. Sweet Elementary captured all three aspects perfectly with remembering  Dr. King’s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, while children celebrate by joining hands and uniting in order to take action. Pictured, art teacher Carey Schott and her committee worked tirelessly to create this year’s beautiful float.

Arbor Day at Mariposa Elementary provides trees for students

Arbor Day at Mariposa Elementary provides trees for students

In celebration of Arbor Day, Mariposa Elementary School fourth graders were foresters for a day. The students were able to plant the state tree, Sabal Palm,  around the school grounds in hopes to bring awareness of the importance of plants and trees in our environment.  At the end of the day, each student was able to take home a Sabal Palm of their very own to plant in their yards.
Fourth grade F. K. Sweet students publish a book about turtles

Fourth grade F. K. Sweet students publish a book about turtles

Students in Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently wrote a children’s book as part of their Disney Planet Challenge.  This book is about two sea turtles — Bianca and Timmy — and their journey to their ocean home.  They face many dangers as they strive to reach the ocean waters.  Published via DiggyPod, students are selling these books for $6.00 each.   Proceeds from the sale of these books will be donated to the Mosquito Control and Marine and Coastal Management Services to help fund their projects with sea turtles.  Pictured from left are Melanie Page, Jacob Corman, Lauren Nipper, Callie Zheng, Jacob Yannucci, and Aaron Beauchamp.

Bayshore Elementary spelling bee winners announced

Bayshore Elementary spelling bee winners announced

Bayshore Elementary School is proud to announce its school spelling bee winners for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  The first place winner was Skylar Collins, left, from Leigh Grippe’s third grade class, second place winner was Brianna Creary, center,  from Jennifer Glidden’s third grade class, and the third place winner was Aisha  Jean Baptiste, right,  from Joanne Smith’s third grade class.

WestGate K-8 students enjoy Literacy Week activities

WestGate K-8 students enjoy Literacy Week activities

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.

Northport K8 students beautify their campus

Northport K8 students beautify their campus

Northport K-8 students in Carissa Provencher’s fourth grade class received donations from the City of Port St. Lucie and Waste Pro USA to beautify the school area.  Students and their teacher planted Sabal Palm trees near the school parking lot and bike rack to provide shade and make the curb side appeal more inviting.  Students learned all about the importance of trees and the environment in classroom lessons, then applied that knowledge in an outdoor atmosphere.  Ms. Provencher scaffolded information using students’ prior knowlege and built on that information using real life lessons.

Southport Middle School holds science expo

Southport Middle School holds science expo

Southport Middle School recently held its annual Science Expo in the school’s media center.  Over 80 student projects were on display with 10 being chosen to represent Southport at the istrict level science fair February 7, 2012.  The event was attended by School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, District Science K-12 Curriculum Specialist Steven Shotola, as well many students and faculty members.  Pictured is eighth grade student Kaylee Tolliver with her project titled, “Which brand of toothpaste makes a Kool-Aid stained marble appear whiter?” along with science teacher Kelly Lunt.

Forest Grove Middle students create anti-bullying projects

Forest Grove Middle students create anti-bullying projects

Forest Grove Middle School reading coach Melodee Hickman has created an anti-bullying unit in her reading classes. The seventh grade class created Thinking Maps on a variety of topics and skills about bullying, including comparing and contrasting, classification, description and higher level thinking questions. Pictured are students signing a pledge to support a bully free zone. Students will also soon begin a Random Acts of Kindness unit, which will include an interactive PowerPoint slide show, an anticipation guide, Kagan strategies, higher level thinking skills and most important, will lead into the book The Bystander to be read by all seventh grade students, who will then compete in Battle of the Books after seven weeks of reading.

 

 

Northport K8 selects school representatives in employee honors

Northport K8 selects school representatives in employee honors

Northport K-8 School is pleased to promote Excellence in Education by showcasing role models who promote a positive learning environment and display the camaraderie of a vital and dynamic school.  Northport’s Teacher of the Year is Mala
Woessner, who reflects the best attributes of a well rounded teacher.  First Year Teacher of the Year is Dulce Castro, who teaches first grade.  Lorena Paez Ampuero, second grade teacher, is Minority Educator of the Year and media clerk
Pam Crum has been named the School Related Employee of the Year. Pictured are Ms. Woessner, right, and Ms. Crum.

Northport K8 showcases love of literacy

Northport K8 showcases love of literacy

Northport K-8 lower school teachers and students showcased their love of literacy and participated in the state wide reading initiative, Celebrate Literacy, by marching in a literacy Character Day parade.  Students dressed in book character costume, carried their books and walked with parents around the school to promote the pure joy of reading.  The positive interaction between classes, teachers and parade watchers provided a great opportunity for students to see just how much they are cared for and to view the connections between books and good fun!  Pictured are third graders from Diana Lankow’s class promoting popular book character Judy Moody.

WestGate K8 float takes second place in parade

WestGate K8 float takes second place in parade

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.

 

Northport K8 ESOL student achievements celebrated

Northport K8 ESOL student achievements celebrated

Northport K8  lower school students Marion Barrios, Bridgeth Molina,
Ashley Rivage, Breanna Nevarez and Katlyn Cortez display qualities of
achievement and perfect attendance in the Northport K-8 Imagine Learning Lab
under the direction of instructor Mary Toto and assistant Marion Morales.  The
needs of English Language Learners are addressed with gravity at Northport K-8
School and  achievements are celebrated.

Palm Pointe students win oratorical contests

Palm Pointe students win oratorical contests

Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition pose for a photo during Kindness Week after placing first and second place in the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest in their division.  Manisha Hussman, left, won first place and Jonathan Auguste won second place.  They wrote their speeches about “Universal Brotherhood” and presented them recently at Ft. Pierce Central with other schools from the district. Awesome job Rockets!

Palm Pointe celebrates Kindness Week

Palm Pointe celebrates Kindness Week

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in a school-wide event during Kindness Week as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration activities.  Everyone wore stickers to promote kindness and were given red ribbons to pass forward to someone showing an act of kindness.  It was a great week with these acts and the school has pledged to continue this all through the school year.  Great job Rockets! Pictured, front row from left, are Lubens Odias, Roger Boulay and Mitchell Ohlrich.  Back row, from left, are Jennifer Talles, Angella Robinson and Marcy Deweese.