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.

 

Gaines Academy students awarded Take Stock scholarships

Gaines Academy students awarded Take Stock scholarships

Take Stock in Children scholarships are awarded to middle grades students after a selection process through the Indian River State College Education Foundation. The recipients will receive mentoring throughout high school, and then will have all four years of college tuition paid!  There were hundreds of applications, and only 10 students were selected county-wide.  Please join in congratulating German Torres from Sam Gaines Academy as a winner, and Cinthya Talbott as an alternate.

 

Northport K-8 honored to represent the message of MLK

Northport K-8 honored to represent the message of MLK

Northport K-8 School is proud and pleased to represent the very best of Dr.
Martin Luther King’s message of peace and unity.  Special thanks must go to the
school’s MLK committee who designed and decorated the float, to the school
administration who supported the endeavor and marched along with the school, the
teachers, staff and students who marched with the group.  Northport is pleased
to accept the first place honor for overall best K-8 school category.  Northport
K-8 truly admires Dr. Martin Luther King as the “Drum Major for Peace” that he
is and his inspiration of Remember, Celebrate and Take Action!

White City Elementary kindergartners learn from a special visitor

White City Elementary kindergartners learn from a special visitor

White City Elementary kindergartners had a special visitor from the community share about her cultural heritage.  Mrs. Yatabe grew up in Japan near Tokyo.  The students learned about Japanese customs and traditions and compared and contrasted them with American customs and traditions.  The students  also learned about origami and made their own samurai helmet! They tried the origami samurai hat on a stuffed Pokemon beanie baby.   She concluded the lesson by writing the word “dream” using Japanese symbols and helped each student to write their own name in Japanese.

Bayshore Elementary students participate in Odyssey of the Mind

Bayshore Elementary students participate in Odyssey of the Mind

Bayshore Elementary students and staff are excited to be participating in Odyssey of the Mind.  Odyssey of the Mind is an enrichment program that provides participating students with an opportunity to be creative problem solvers.  Pictured is third grade student Kyle Ingleton painting a prop that will be used during the state-wide competition.

Local businessman recognized for his foundation contributions

Local businessman recognized for his foundation contributions

Local businessman and philanthropist Larry Lee was recognized at the January 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his Lighthouse Foundation’s contributions, particularly a specific event where 250 students, 25 teachers and 25 other chaperones and principal D. David Washington from Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts were able to go to a Miami Marlins baseball game and meet Marlins player and fomer Westwood High School standout Charles “C.J.” Johnson. Pictured, from left, are Elker Harris of Fort Pierce Magnet, Superintendent Michael Lannon, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Larry Lee, foundation member Olivia Watkins, and principal Dr. David Washington with two of his students.

Fourth grade at Allapattah Flats is looking back at history

Fourth grade at Allapattah Flats is looking back at history

Fourth graders at Allapattah Flats K8 have been working together on Social Studies projects based on Florida history. They spent time researching their topic, as well as creating a timeline and poster board, complete with a description, pictures and an oral presentation. From left, Riley Franklin, Gabriella Maimone, Alexis Allen, and Chyna Nazario proudly display their work.

St. Lucie Schools take the lead in nutrition and exercise initiative

St. Lucie Schools take the lead in nutrition and exercise initiative

The St. Lucie County Nutrition and Food Services department has been the driving force for eight local schools to earn grants from the Florida Dairy Council and the NFL’s Play 60 initiatives. The schools must be committed to healthy eating plus activity promoting exercise. The schools include Mariposa, Lakewood Park, F. K. Sweet elementary schools, Manatee Academy K8, St. Lucie West K8, and Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast, and St. Lucie West Centennial high schools. Pictured is the team from F. K. Sweet with their mock check.

St. Lucie West K8 student earns scholarship

St. Lucie West K8 student earns scholarship

Congratulations to Jonathan Burgos, eighth grade St. Lucie West K8 student who was selected as a recipient of the 2012 President’s Challenge/Take Stock in Children Scholarship. The Deerbrook Charitable Trust, St. Lucie County Education Foundation, Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club, Indian River State College Foundation and many other local businesses and organizations sponsor this program to recognize and encourage student achievement. The scholarship covers two years of study at IRSC and two years at a Florida public college or university.

Students learn to use PowerPoint at Mariposa Elementary media center

Students learn to use PowerPoint at Mariposa Elementary media center

Students visiting the media center at Mariposa Elementary School are learning how to use Powerpoint to help present their research projects.  Students are taught by media specialist Charlotte Pennington on how to create powerful slide presentations by using photos, clipart, music, audio recordings, text, and animation to help make their research project come alive.  Many of the projects created in the media center will be used in the morning news show, WingsTV, for all to view. 

 

Teachers go to Saturday school

Teachers go to Saturday school

Gifted teachers in St. Lucie County schools went to Saturday school recently at Morningside Elementary to learn how to solve the Rubik cube and utilize it in their classrooms. Morningside Elementary teacher Brad Culbertson, whose lessons have been featured in US News and World Report magazine, shared the engaging standards-based curriculum with 10 fellow teachers as they learned how to harness the cube for b ehavior management, creative problem solving, logical thinking skills, and that relic — delayed gratification! Lessons were discussed and modeled, and teachers were given opportunities to develop lesson plalns utilizing the cube in math, science and in classroom management. The workshop was presented by the school district’s ESE and Curriculum and Instruction departments. At the top of the picture is Culbertson, with colleagues Jo Ann Gregory and Debra Tedder from Lawnwood Elementary.

Eight recognized as model PBS schools at school board meeting

Eight recognized as model PBS schools at school board meeting

Eight St. Lucie Public Schools have been recently recognized by the University of South Florida and Florida Department of Education as outstanding Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Response to Intervention B model schools by meeting specific criteria and utilizing innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS behavior approaches in their respective school. The PBS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills, and create support systems for the student. The PBS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals from a variety of disciplines regardless of the level implemented. Pictured, from left, are Bayshore Elementary principal Lori Reid, St. Lucie Elementary principal Bernadette Floyd, district PBS coach Dawna Guiel, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Allapattah Flats K8 principal Jonetha Maness, Weatherbee Elementary principal Mike Hitsman, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Lawnwood Elementary principal D’Jion Jackson, Garden City PBS coach Lisa DeCosa, Student Services director Barbara Casteen, Forest Grove Middle dean Beth McGee, Dale Cassens principal Ellen Harden, Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson, and Garden City principal Teri Barenborg.

St. Lucie County schools that are recognized at the Gold level are Forest Grove Middle School, Garden City Early Learning Academy, and Lawnwood and Weatherbee elementary schools. Silver level model schools include Allapattah Flats K8 and St. Lucie Elementary schools, while Bayshore Elementary and Delaware School have attained bronze status. As one of the annual leading PBS school districts in Florida, the transition from PBS to the more comprehensive RTI:B initiative has been more easily developed because the PBS models are so firmly entrenched in school operations.

 

The Florida Department of Education initiated the PBS Response to Intervention initiative during the 2009-2010 school year with two specific components: RtIA for academic improvement, and RtIB for behavior interventions. Specific characteristics of PBS:RtIB Model Schools are their consistent methods of utilizing  data to better serve the students and staff,  teaching PBS:RtIB to new students throughout the school year, creative and engaging reward systems, extending PBS:RtIB throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBS:RtIB into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities.

 

Bronze level model schools report a comprehensive system of support at Tier 1. Critical elements of Tier 1 PBS:RtIB are implemented with fidelity, and data are utilized within a problem-solving framework in order to improve the outcomes of students. Bronze level schools have developed innovative, creative, and functional ways of implementing Tier 1 PBS:RtIB that set them apart from other schools.

Silver level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze level schools and implement with higher levels of fidelity. Visibility, political support, parent involvement, and funding strategies are in place to ensure continued success with their implementation efforts. Silver level schools “drill down” into their data to ensure that their Tier 1 system is effective for all groups of students, and have taken steps to build systems of support for behavior at Tier 2.

 

Gold level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze and silver level schools, implement with the highest levels of fidelity, and have developed systems of support at Tiers 2 and 3. Gold level schools exceed their peers in both the quality and depth of implementation across all three tiers of support. Practices that are consistent with positive behavior support are evident in decision making, and steps are taken to ensure PBS:RtIB systems are supported. Positive outcomes for students are evident at the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 levels of behavior support.