Allapattah Flats K8 recently held student led conferences with every child on campus in kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents attended conferences where the students had the opportunity to take the lead. Students presented their academic data as well as goals they set for themselves throughout the semester. They shared work samples, projects, and assessments that allowed parents to see what they do in class as well as track their progress over the course of the nine weeks. Students were able to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and present their goals for the upcoming semester. All students spent time going over their portfolio with either parents or staff members. More than 300 parents attend this event as well as more than 60 staff members who volunteered to participate and meet with students at all grade levels. Parents, students and staff members all enjoyed the event and look forward to the next conferences in May. Pictured are Connor Cook and Nicole Cook tucked away in a quiet corner as they go through Connor’s portfolio during conferences.
Allapattah Flats K-8 students in Edwina Taylor’s fourth grade classroom are currently learning about the life cycle of plants and plant reproduction. Each student was given a flower to examine, so that they could label the parts of the flower. Then, the students created a Brace Map to separate the plant from whole to part. The students really enjoyed this activity. Pictured front row from left, Aiyana Owen-Edjang, and Jaida Baker. Back row, from left, Dymond Willis, and Emmanuel Noel.
Community members came out to Allapattah Flats K8 School recently to share their love of reading with kindergarten through fourth grade students who were fortunate to see members of local law enforcement, school district officials, and even some familiar retirees at this event. Thanks go to each and every one of the readers for taking time out of their busy schedules to read to the students. Pictured is Tina Ruybalid with Randi Pierson’s third grade class.
Allapattah Flats K-8 students recently held their own student-led conferences, proudly showing off their work for the first nine weeks of school. During these conferences, students were able to show a parent or staff member their academic performance on things such as their classroom work and grades, benchmark scores, and progress for the first quarter. Students also discussed how they achieved their grades, what grades they plan to get next quarter, and their plan to improve academically. Some 180 parents attended a conference with their students to get more deeply involved and hear from their child about their school progress. Pictured Ann, left, and Alyssa Hartman.
Allapattah Flats Gators honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in the MLK Parade on January 21, 2019!
The Allapattah Flats family celebrated National Kids at Hope Day in conjunction with Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 12th. To honor all of our service personnel for our city, county, state, and country, Allapattah Flats proudly conducted a Tunnel of Honor.
The entire school of over 1000 students and staff lined the school walkway, waving American flags and cheering for veterans, first responders, police, deputies, firefighters and Coast Guardsmen as they walked through the tunnel. These guests of honor were treated to a musical performance by the middle school band & chorus as well as our elementary chorus. Songs included military anthems and the Star Spangled Banner. Prior to the ceremony, each class created red, white & blue paper chains, naming a goal for the future in one of the destination points on a link. These paper chains were presented to the guests of honor. To conclude the ceremony, all invited guests came up with a link of their own and connected our paper chain together to form one long chain, showing the power of connecting and celebrating the role these Aces play in student’s lives, as well as the role the guests of honor play in the Community & Service Destination.
In addition, students created Aces Pinwheels using construction paper and pencils. On each pinwheel, students were asked to name an Ace of Hearts, Ace of Clubs, Ace of Spades, and Ace of Diamonds on each blade of their pinwheel. Prior to the Tunnel of Hope, these pinwheels were placed in the grassy field, to spell out the letters “KAH,” for Kids at Hope, which could be seen from the third story in the school!
Seventh grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 have been given the opportunity to participate in an Indian River Lagoon restoration project through 4H. Students have been studying the effects of runoff water on the lagoon and have learned about various biological controls such as oyster beds. Students attended a field trip in which they were able to participate in four stations that each taught them an important part of Indian River Lagoon preservation. The first station allowed them to observe specimens of the various types of sea life present in the lagoon. In the next they completed a data collection experiment in which they compared two different methods of collecting underwater data. During the third they compared the salinity levels along 2 different points in the lagoon. Lastly they assisted scientist in filling bags with empty oyster shells to use on their next trip to the lagoon in order to build their oyster beds. While on this trip students were able to learn from several scientists that are currently studying how to restore the Indian River Lagoon.
Pictured from left to right: Chad Adkins, Dominick Magana, Cameron Webb
Allapattah Flats K8 School girls basketball team hosted the girls’ “A” Division county tournament recently. The girls team won both games giving up only seven points in two games and scoring 61. This has put them as the # 1 seed in the final four championships that will be played on April 14th at Fort Pierce Central High School. Pictured, front row from left, Natasha Peraza, Abigail Jimenez, Gracie Jimenez, and Rebekkah Peraza, Back row, from left, Nick Spaguolo, Brittany Gladden, Tiara Evans, Madeline Lawson, Kara Flynn, and Jud Allen Not pictured are Gabby Bather and Alexis Tabora.
Fourth grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 School have spent the school year learning about Florida’s history as part of their Social Studies curriculum. As a culminating activity, the fourth graders recently took a field trip to St. Augustine. The students were able to visit the Old Jail, Florida Heritage museum, Fort Castillo de San Marcos, Historic St. George Street, and ride on a narrated trolley tour. The students were able to see the pages of their textbooks come alive and learned many interesting facts about our state’s history from the many tour guides and landmarks. This was a memorable and educational trip for all. Pictured are students from Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade class listening to their tour guide explain how far the cannons could fire from the top of Fort Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.
As part of their science program, students in Crystal Cade’s fourth grade Response to Intervention group at Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently learned about the scientific method. The students discussed the role of a scientist and the importance of scientific investigations. The students identified the steps necessary to complete a scientific investigation. As a culminating activity, the students completed an inquiry activity in which they used the scientific method to create lava in a cup. Students also discussed the possible implications of not following the scientific method. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Ganus, Lisbet Figueroa, and Giancarlo Gallegos.
First grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 are springing into geometry! To go along with their study of three-dimensional shapes, students were asked to bring in objects from home that represented three-dimensional shapes. These objects were displayed and students took a tour as they identified the faces, edges, and vertices of the spheres, cylinders, cones, rectangular prisms, and square pyramids. The children were so excited to see their math relate to the real world! Pictured, front to back, are students from Stephanie Sanchez’s class Romin Herrera, Dominic C., Tyler Kwiatek, Cameron Hicks, Zaniya Scott, Hannah Hudson and Jace Celentano.
Mrs. Furtah’s First grade class at Allapattah Flats has enjoyed responding to literature with team work! The students worked together in teams to create a double bubble thinking map to compare the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
Mrs. Furtah’s First grade class at Allapattah Flats have enjoyed responding to literature with team work! The students worked together in teams to create a double bubble thinking map to compare the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
First Graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 took their first steps in earning their green thumb! First graders are learning how to create a garden. Our first step was to prepare the garden by adding a fresh layer of soil. Elijah Adorno and Veneah Mussenden used their sense of touch while spreading out the soil. The students will plant vegetable seeds next. We can’t wait!
First graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 are investigating about fire safety with the help of retired Indian River County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Freeman. Mr. Freeman read an informational text about firefighters and their responsibilities. He also brought his bunker gear including a helmet, boots, pants, coat, and gloves to show the first graders how firefighters stay safe. Students vigorously asked him questions about his gear, job, and his bravery.
Students in Pamela Owens’ and Ann Hartman’s first grade classes celebrated Literacy Week with a special guest reader, Principal Jonetha Maness. Mrs. Maness read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” to first graders in the special “gator” reading room. Students giggled hysterically as the giraffe learned how to dance, they also shared connections they made to the story and their lives. What a great way to foster the love of reading. Students featured in the photo are, first row from right, Angelica Maldonado and Parkyr Saylor, second row Jayden Torello and Jaydin White, third row, Samantha Roeder and Emily Dale, Mrs. Owens, Ariana Lenoir, and Justin Meyer, fourth row Isabelle Veloz, Mia Horowitz, and Jamie Huchez, back row, Nicholas Wilson, Darren Bertrand, Ari-Annah Julien, and Najelez Rivera.
First grade students in Ann Hartman’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 are excited to explore their garden in the warm sun. Students are checking the progress of their peppers, cucumbers, carrots, peas, and many other plants. Each child has a “plot” to grow their plant of choice, beginning with just a seed that has resulted in beautiful plants! The students are responsible for watering and weeding the plants, too. The garden is a huge hit at Allapattah Flats K8! Pictured, from top left, are Jacob Garcia, Marc Cohen, Henos Yonas, Caylie Harris, Jordan Fernandez, Claudia Jolivert, Chinhayi Evans, Kaleb Whitehouse, Maximo Mendoza, and Daezhane Calvo.
Allapattah Flats fifth grade students use the steps of the scientific method to determine which household items, such as nail polish remover, vinegar, and tiki torch fluid, would continue to burn when put in water. This activity enhanced students’ learning about scientific inquiry and also prepared them for creating their own scientific investigations. Pictured is a demonstration by fifth grade teacher Kenya McGriff.
Allapattah fifth graders have been learning and identifying different natural disasters. Students were recently visited by fire-medic Josh O’Brien from Martin County Fire Rescue. Students learned about fire extinguishers, how to plan for an emergency at home, how to exit a smoke filled room safely, and the special equipment needed for a firefighter to stay safe during a fire. They were also given the opportunity to solve mock emergency situations. Fire-Medic O’Brien spoke to the students about the importance of fire safety and the dangers of not taking the issue seriously. Pictured from left are Felix Valentin Jr., Adam Iacisfoli, Fire-Medic Josh O’Brien, Cuis Flores, Felix Roberts, Jordan Jones, and Tyrec Thompson.
Fifth grade students from Allapattah Flats K8 School recently visited the Oxbow Eco-center in Port Saint Lucie. The Oxbow staff presentations provided students with information about the importance of water-conservation, nature preservation and the maintenance of “natural Florida”. During their visit, students had the unique opportunity to enhance their understanding of Florida’s complex eco-system through the use of hands-on activities and animated presentations. Pictured are students enjoying the staff presentation.