Students in Julie Moore’s enrichment class at Weatherbee Elementary celebrated National Soup Month by serving students and staff a hearty bowl of their delicious soup. Students participated in this authentic learning experience under the direction of Andrea Pierson, Cafeteria Manager. Pictured, from left, are Marcus Reed, Jessica Eastland, Britney Ellisaint and Andrea Pierson.
A contingency of St. Lucie County School Board members, Superintendent Michael Lannon, district administrators and executives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation surprised three finalists today for the school district’s 2012 School Related Employee of the Year honor on Thursday, January 5.
The finalists were selected from nominees of support personnel from departments and schools representing such school operations as finance, food services, maintenance, transportation, clerical and office support, student assignment and instructional technology. Applications require selection criteria, including professional support, continuing education and community service.
The nominees for the annual award include Dan McCarty School attendance clerk Sharon Parenteau, Weatherbee Elementary School behavior technician Francesca Petrocelli, and Southport Middle School office clerk Patricia Christian-McFadden. The School Related Employee of the Year honor is one of four awards announced in the Night of the Stars annual celebration sponsored by the Education Foundation and the school board held annually in February. The other honors are Teacher of the Year, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. The Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee nominees will go on to regional consideration for the state awards in their categories.
Ms. Parenteau has been with the school district for 22 years, 16 of those at Dan McCarty School. Her responsibilities as attendance clerk are accurate and timely student records, and facilitate student services to improve attendance if appropriate. She also serves as the school’s business partner and volunteer coordinator, is a member of the school advisory council and a Kids at Hope mentor.
Ms. Petrocelli has been with the school district for a decade, three years at Weatherbee Elementary School. Her responsibilities as a behavior technician include developing and implementing interactive learning modes to increase student understanding of course materials, modifying the general education curriculum for special needs students, and supporting the behavior and procedures for students. Petrocelli has also been involved as an advisor for the Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s program.
Ms. Christian-Mc Fadden has been with the school district for 27 years, 7 at Southport Middle School as the office clerk, typically the first person with whom visitors interact or speak to by telephone. During her professional history, Christian-McFadden’s duties have included organizing, coordinating, and managing payroll for after school programs, and managing parent student conferences with school administrators. She has been the school’s United Way campaign coordinator, worked with parents on improving student academic performance, and coordinated student events.
Pictured, top row left, is Francesca Petrocelli with Weatherbee Elementary School principal Mike Hitsman, top row right is Barbara Parenteau with Superintendent Michael Lannon. Bottom row is Patricia Christian-McFadden with Superintendent Lannon and school board chairman Carol Hilson.
Thanks to funds provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, St. Lucie Schools’ Employer Group Health Insurance provider, St. Lucie County School District now has an Employee Wellness Program Manager, Carlye Fabrikant. Carlye has worked in the areas of health and wellness for over 12 years with experience educating all ages on various health topics, creating wellness programs for various populations, and counseling individuals on proper nutrition, exercise, stress management, and disease prevention/management. Her objectives for the district’s employees are to create programs to meet the needs and interests of the employees, and to be a resource for the employees on the health services and education that are available to them in the community and bring many of those services to our schools. These objectives will assist in reaching our goal of healthier employees and reduced insurance costs.
Valerie Doyle’s fifth grade class at Floresta Elementary School recently was visited by Tim Polzin, a personal friend of Ms. Doyle’s who lives in Saint Lucie County. Tim is a famous bass guitarist who currently fills in when needed for various performing bands. During his career as a musician, he has traveled all over the world and has played with many top rock and country bands. He brought two of his favorite guitars, which were custom made for him by Stuart Spector . Each guitar was valued at over $10,000. Mr. Polzin spoke to students about the importance of staying in school, doing their best, and following their dreams. He performed several songs for the students, and gave each child an autographed picture of himself. Students were excited to hear him play, and listened to his words of wisdom and encouragement. They had many questions for Mr. Polzin and he answered all of them.
As Allapattah Flats middle school students wrapped up science fair, sixth grade moved into learning about magnetic forces. The class has been using electric charges and magnetic charges within a lab setting for hands on learning. Eighth grade has just finished studying various kinds of mixtures as well as matter and the energy cycle. Bailey McCall is pictured intently studying his work as he conducts an experiment on mixtures.
Third grade classes at Allapattah Flats are excited about Positive Behavior Support! The students that have earned 10 Gator Bucks are looking forward to a movie and popcorn party. Students are working hard to show their best behavior and earn Gator Bucks. They also try to be good role models for other students and work their way towards becoming “Gator of the Month”. In order to accomplish this, students must remember to follow the school wide PBS expectations of: Responsible, Respectful and Safe. Way to go third grade. Pictured are Rhianna Sheehan, Jeremy Auguste, Heather Granjean, Gabriel Vernon, Jaida Haynes, Nevlee Litton, Lauren Bishop, Mariana Trujillo Naranjo, Madison Garcia, Connor Cook, Kahmyrah Greene
St. Lucie West Centennial High School senior Nicole McHenry is one of only 16 student athletes chosen from over 700 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) member schools to serve on the FHSAA Student Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to educate student athletes on FHSAA policies. Nicole was nominated by SLWCHS Athletic Director John Messina and has played volleyball and softball for all of her four years at Centennial.
Ron Parker, head football coach at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, was selected by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association to coach for the South team in Florida’s 2011 North/South All Star game in Sebring. Senior defensive back Ty Jackson, pictured with Parker, was also selected to participate in the game.
Fairlawn Elementary School recently celebrated the 11th Annual Inclusive Schools Week. Media Specialist Buster Nelson read a different book about children with disabilities to each grade level. He read Leo the Late Bloomer about Developmental Disabilities to kindergarten, Andy Finds a Turtle about physical disabilities to first grade, Danny and the Merry Go Round about Cerebral Palsy to a second grade, Luna and the Big Blur about visual impairments to third grade, Knots on a Counting Rope about blindness to fourth grade, and View from our Shoes about siblings of children who have brothers or sisters with special needs. After Mr. Nelson read the book to each class every student wrote a trait that was unique to them on colored strips of paper. Each strip was connected to another to create a school wide chain entitled “We Are All Unique” which is displayed in the main office hallway. Pictured are students in Todd Adrian’s fifth grade class.
Robbie Baumgarten, a second grade student in Rachel Lutha’s class at F.K. Sweet Elementary is using a part of his Daily Five Reading time to reflect and write about what he has just read. Students are afforded choices within the literacy routine on a daily basis.
Students at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently enjoyed an after school dance sponsored by the PBS Team. The proceeds from the dance will be used to purchase award items for each classroom teacher. This conga line is enjoying one of many different kinds of dances.
The recent Scholastic Book Fair at F.K. Sweet Elementary was a huge success. Students were able to browse before making their final selections of favorite reads. Pictured getting ready to shop are students Alexicia Barron and Derek Paredes.
Fourth grade students at F.K. Sweet Elementary in Amiee Cripps’ class are currently focusing on Florida history and are proud of their Florida Native American projects. Each student created a diorama focusing on an aspect of their life and culture.
Students at F.K. Sweet Elementary that have read a total of 10 Florida Sunshine Books were recently treated to an ice cream sundae party by Jeannie DuPell, media specialist. The goal is to read all 15 books by the end of spring.
Honor Roll Assemblies were held prior to winter break, and seen celebrating Principal’s Honor Roll is F.K. Sweet Elementary third grade student, Justin Adrian, and his father Todd Adrian, a teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School. Students making Principal’s Honor Roll must obtain A’s in all subjects, including art, music, physical education, and conduct.
ESOL paraprofessional at F.K. Sweet Elementary, David Morales, visits various classrooms throughout the day to assist students. His services are avilable to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. He helps to translate for parents during conferences and other school meetings. Camerino Diaz, pictured, has been working with him for several years.
The beautiful voices of the F.K.Sweet Elementary School’s choral group Sweet Sounds rang loud clear during the recent Winter Holiday Concert. Pictured with the music teacher Jan Christensen are fourth and fifth graders that practice twice weekly for concerts and other vocal events.
Students in Donna Hellums’ first grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary celebrated the winter holidays with a pajama party and a viewing of the Polar Express. They compared and contrasted the book and the movie.
Fifth graders at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School got an in depth look inside the ear. Students enjoyed a lesson presented by Joe Mutter from Mutter’s Hearing Center on the anatomy of the ear and the benefits of taking steps now to prevent hearing loss later in life. In this picture, Mr. Mutter is showing students Allaysia Miller’s auditory canal and eardrum. Students also took hearing tests and experienced what life would be like with moderate hearing loss.
The Student Council officers and classroom representatives were all on hand to assist with students having their pictures taken with Santa at the recent Saturday morning breakfast at F.K. Sweet Elementary. The breakfast was organized by sponsor Michelle Adrian, and enjoyed by many families.