Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation
First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to Hispanic leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.
“Governor DeSantis and I are excited to join Floridians across the state in honoring some of our greatest Hispanic leaders and public servants,” said First Lady DeSantis. “Florida is particularly rich in Hispanic history and culture. In celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of our Hispanic neighbors and Americans of Hispanic descent for their noteworthy contributions to the Sunshine State.”
First Lady DeSantis invited students to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.
About the Student Art Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.
About the Student Essay Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is open to all 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
About the Excellence in Education Award
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.
Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month Committee
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
All entries must be received by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, September 13, 2019.
Students in Mrs. Logue’s 5th grade science class at Bayshore Elementary performed their first science experiment.
Students were shown five different liquids and asked what would happen if they were each poured into the same cup one at a time.
Students completed three different types of investigations (poll, internet research, and an experiment) and learned that performing an experiment was the most precise way to answer the inquiry question.
There were lots of “oohs and aahs” in Mrs. Logue’s classroom as students discovered not only that the substances layered and created a liquid rainbow, but that science can be fun too!
First Graders at Mariposa Elementary are enjoying the 2019-2020 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Junior books. Mia Romero and Isabella Cruz are buddy reading their first SSYRA book. They are best friends and are looking forward to reading all 15 of the books this year.
Congratulations to the three recipients of the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award!
Elementary School: Diane Eibl, Morningside Elementary
Middle School: Wendy Portillo, Allapattah Flats K8
High School: Luca Bradley, Ft. Pierce Central High School
Teachers were nominated by their school administrators and will be recognized by The Florida Council for the Social Studies at their annual conference on October 19th.
On Wednesday, August 28th, CAST held their first Stop and STEAM day of the year! This month’s school-wide event focused on the first letter of STEAM, “S”, for science. Teachers in grades K-8 designed and facilitated hands-on activities for their students to study and apply the scientific method in a variety of ways from investigations of color and shape to hypothesizing about changes in particles. Stay tuned for next month’s Stop and STEAM event highlighting technology.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School held a reward Carnival for students who participated in the Summer Reading Program. In order for students to attend, they had to read a minimum of two chapter books, one of them being a Sunshine State Reader book. Additionally, students had to create thinking maps that demonstrated they comprehended what they read. At the carnival, students participated in activities including ski ball, bowling, basketball, dancing, and a variety of other carnival games. Students also enjoyed snacks and prizes as they participated in the activities. The carnival was filled with smiles, as students celebrated their reading success. Way to go Reading Rockets!
This past weekend, the SLPS Medici Project held its first “Beginning Band A Palooza” at Ft. Pierce Central H.S. 165 beginning band students from APK8, CAST, SGAET, SOMS, SPM, WGK8, PPREK8, MAK8, SLWK8 participated in a group workshop to learn how to put their instruments together, and learn to make their first note on their instruments! High school directors and their leadership students from FPC, TCHS, PSL, and FPWA lead the workshops and helped each musician get off to a successful start.
Thank you to Music Man, Inc. who provided “Swag” for all participants.
The teachers visited restaurants in Tradition including PGA Golf Club, Longhorn Steakhouse, HopCat, The Great Greek, Panera, and Pop Stroke. The Krawls establish collaboration and partnerships to enhance job opportunities and enrich classrooms with relevant industry needs. Along the way, they saw several St. Lucie Public Schools Culinary graduates working in the local restaurants. We are very poud of our culinary students!
Seats are available on a first come, first served basis at Eagles’ Nest Preschool located on the campus of St. Lucie West Centennial High School. See the attached flyer and secure a seat for your child today!
John Akers (award accepted by Jacunti Prince)
Mona Webb and Dorothy Barron
Myrna Jimenez and Elizabeth Rivera
Nicole Ancewicz, Ryan Zakrajsek, Lisa Bowling, Dorothy Jean Hambrick
It was an amazing morning of intense learning and even more intense emotions. Northport students were enthralled by Mrs. Tiffany Tredor who played The National Anthem on her violin. Five Northstar 7th grade students served as “Instructional Coaches” and gave students five guiding questions using the 5 W’s of Who, What, Where, When and Why. The drama instructor, Ms. Kim Fields, and her middle school students used a special poem to portray and honor the eight children who perished on 9/11. Band director, Mr. Ricardo Renelus and a beautiful ensemble of students played “We Shall Overcome” and a solemn rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Eighth grade instructor, Ms. Sandra Tyndale Harvey sang like a nightingale using her voice like an instrument as she sang “Be Kind and Be Tender!’ Jayden Diago, Northport Northstar 8th grader, put together a very informative powerpoint which she narrated herself. The Primary Source guest speaker was NYC Detective Albert Hickey. Detective Hickey was a first responder during the weeks, months and years following 9/11. He was so moving and authentic that many of the students were overcome with emotion by his powerful message. He was amazing and strong and a real American Hero for students to see and hear. Many veterans were present during the program and were heartily honored. We honor our veterans, police, firefighters and first responders at Northport and we constantly promote their goodness to our students. As we closed the program, the flights were called and the eight children who perished had names called and honored with a flag. So many thanks to Ms. Josie Bailey who worked with our technology and to Ms. Maryanne Warren for her videography, and to all those that performed and participated in the project. We also wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all the teachers who took part in their classrooms by providing lessons and portraying their student’s artwork. STUNNING UNITY AT NORTHPORT!
What a pleasure and a real help to have Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) tutors on campus. With their love and support we have gone from a “C” school to a strong “B.” Thank you so much for your powerful assistance with some of our neediest children. Pictured are Esther Ruppel, Samantha Taylor, Bruce Kitson, Johanna Kitson and Leroy Cohen. Best Wishes BBBS for a wonderful year of assisting children.
Mrs. Logue’s 5th grade students made mixtures and then practiced using different tools to separate them by their properties.
First, they combined gravel and sand and then separated it by particle size using a sieve.
Then, students mixed iron filings into the sand and discussed how to separate them. They decided on using a magnet to get the iron out of the sand.
Finally, they mixed salt into the sand and discovered that the only way to separate the salt out was with the property of solubility. Students poured water into the mixture and stirred to dissolve the salt. Then they poured the saltwater mixture through a filter to remove any sand.
Once the sand was out they needed to figure out how to get the salt out of the water. They learned that if they boiled the saltwater then the water would change to water vapor and the salt particles would be left behind, thus separating the salt from the mixture.
Standard: Demonstrate and explain that mixtures of solids can be separated based on observable properties of their parts such as particle size, shape, color, and magnetic attraction.
Congratulations to Lincoln Park Academy Senior Callie Zheng! She has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is one of 16,000 seniors selected nationwide to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
The Career and Technical Education department traveled to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to attend the Gaetz Aerospace Institute’s District and School Leadership Conference. Our very own Professor of Aerospace Technologies at Fort Pierce Central High School, Dr. Bispham, was one of the panelists for the conference. Dr. Bispham was discussed the growing demand for the sUAS certification, and took students to the next level by working on drone security projects!
The Andrew Schmeer Foundation honors the memory of Andrew Schmeer who, on September 8, 2014, was tragically killed in a car accident. Funds raised will help to recognize well-rounded students, along the Treasure Coast, each year by providing college scholarships for those in need and with donations to animal rescues as well as children’s charities. Proceeds from this event will benefit the student scholarship program and local families in need.