Three Mariposa Elementary staff members recently ran the Torrey Pines Race for Research half marathon. The staff members participating in the race were, pictured, from left, Sue New, Christina Bondi and Michelle Graci. Sue and Michelle ran their first half marathon and Christina ran her sixth half marathon. After running 13.1 miles, the ladies earned a Torrey Pines Half Marathon medal.
Southport Middle School students had the opportunity to see the “Hunger Games” movie on the opening weekend of the film. Southport Middle media specialist Angela Mas secured a private theater screening at Regal 16 just for Southport students and families. There were 130 tickets sold. The “Hunger Games” book series by Suzanne Collins has been promoted by the eighth grade Language Arts department and the media center as well. Students have been devouring the books and were excited about the opportunity to see the movie. Several teachers, staff and parents accompanied students. Southport students made a great impression as their behavior at the theater was commendable! After seeing the movie, even more students have been requesting the book from the media center. Pictured are some of the students and faculty/staff who attended. Top row, from left, Sabrina Bertrand, Journey Velez, Dionna Richards, Tacien Forbes, Lanecia Stephenson, Judith Rawdon, and Andrea Levin. Bottom row, from left, Monica Smith, Selena Izzo, Mary Kurtz- Seiden, Amanda Rawdon, Wanda Galey, Maureen Dakin, Ryan Dakin and Anita Mattia.
Bayshore Elementary School second grade students have been learning about energy. Students researched heat, sound, light and electrical energy. Afterwards they created three dimensional models to exhibit their findings. Pictured are Renee Immordino’s second grade students, from left, Jenassa Bynoe, Cameron Jackson, and Nico Mistretta.
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.
Allapattah Flats K-8 middle grades students recently learned how erosion and deposition have formed the landscape around us. Seventh grade students studied plate tectonics, while eighth grade students finished up space. To review and prepare for FCAT over the next couple of weeks, the students are doing labs. Students completed a running lab where they found their speed, velocity, momentum, acceleration, force and work. Students also created simple machines using a few household objects. Pictured are Tricia Allen, left, and Alexzandra Vericella completing the “make your own simple machine” lab.
The concert band of Allapattah Flats K-8 School is preparing for its end of the year concert under the direction of Elyse Larkins. In class, band members are working diligently to produce a good tone on their instrument by using air support. With this technique, students will develop a high quality sound. Along with learning the characteristics of tone of their instrument, band members are learning how to play their music expressively by using dynamics and phrasing. Pictured, from left, Brenda Villarroel, Scott Barnhart, and Lindsey Allgire.
Students at Weatherbee Elementary celebrated as their Stampede into Reading Challenge came to a close. Over 5200 books were read by students with top readers receiving a special photo from the Stampede Crew. Pictured are top readers from Weatherbee’s fifth grade (from left ) Aaron Reed from Charles Cornyn’s class, Sebastian Johnson from Kim Brennan-Lee’s class, Brianna Snyder from Caroline Redding’s class and Sara Robbins from Rachelle Miller’s class. They are joined by Principal Michael Hitsman and Assistant Principal Dianne Young. On horseback are Thomas Richards riding Levi and Emily Bullins riding Dreamer.
Students in Greta Hyatt’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary created an animal report using tree maps. Tree maps direct students on creating reports by providing research strategies at a primary level. The students were directed to find information about their animals by answering the following questions: What does your animal look like? Where does your animal live? What does your animal eat? After finishing their assignment, each student had an opportunity to share their new animal facts with the class.
Students at Mariposa Elementary School recently jumped for pledges for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. The goal this year was $7,000. All students spent their resource time, skipping, jumping rope, running an obstacle course and hopping to music. We thank all those who have made donations on behalf of the students. It is nice to know students are able to have compassion and place the needs of others before themselves. Pictured, from left, are Brianna Locklar, Ariya Mosley and Zechariah Araya.
Four cadets from Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Battalion presented the flags for the dedication ceremony of the United States Federal Courthouse in Ft. Pierce. The ceremony was a major event in our community whose audience included prominent public figures like Senator Bill Nelson and various congressmen, including Honorable Thomas Rooney. Participating in the Color Guard were cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, cadet First Lieutenant Andrew Miller, cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, and cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino. The cadets spectacularly presented the flags during the ceremony, and they received numerous accolades from the spectators. We appreciate the opportunity to execute a Color Guard for such a monumental ceremony and anticipate future chances to participate in ceremonial events. Pictured is cadet First Lieutenance Andrew Miller.
Students in Jeanie Alves first grade class at Mariposa Elementary have been learning about different foods and where they come from, and Ms. Alves’ class selected oranges and picked several from the school garden. Students learned how to squeeze the oranges to get the juice, which they love!
C.A. Moore students celebrated their parents and guardians at Kids at Hope Night. The students presented their parents with Very Important Parent certificates and wrote letters explaining why they loved them. It was obvious the letters came right from the heart! Said one student, ” I love you because you brought me into this world. You are my mom and my dad. You are the only ones I have in this world. You work hard to give me what I need. You will always be in my heart no matter what. I love you very, very much. God bless you for what you do for me.” Pictured with the students and parents is third grade teacher Kanika Williams.
Holocaust survivor Peter Feigl spoke to the sophomore class at Fort Pierce Central High recently about his experiences as a child during World War II. Mr. Feigl, 83, described the unfortunate events he experienced to an audience of over 700 students and staff in the school auditorium, and spoke about how more than once people put their lives in danger in order to protect him. After sharing his emotional journey, Mr. Feigl answered questions and greeted students, who presented Mr. Feigl with a certificate and a gift. “It is very rare to meet someone that is as tenacious as Mr. Feigl,” one student remarked.
Second grade students in Kasey Ascani’s RTI enrichment class at F.K. Sweet Elementary are participating in a Readers Theatre activity to improve their reading fluency. Pictured, from left, are Brooke Adams, Juliana Mejia, Zion Hunt, and Jode-Ann Bailey.
Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar ROTC Battalion hosted its 16thannual award ceremony where various awards were presented to deserving cadets. The awardees are selected based on exceptional JROTC performance and superior physical fitness, but a prerequisite for each award is academic excellence. The entire battalion gathered in the auditorium, anxious to learn who earned one or more of the various awards presented at the ceremony, such as the Sons of the American Revolution award, presented to cadet Captain Alex Seipel. Following the ceremony, the JROTC Booster Club hosted a reception for cadets who received an award and special guests that participated in the ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jay Wise from The Sons of the American Revolution, St. Lucie River Chapter, and Cadet Seipel.
Fort Pierce Central Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunch for 30 area leaders on March28 inCentral’s Cobra Cafe. St. Lucie County School Board Member Kathryn Hensley coordinated the lunch during a visit by Dr. Jack Payne, Vice President of University of Florida for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Guests included community leaders in education, research, and economic development who highlighted our local area’s ‘possibilities’. The students served a delicious lunch of spicy tomato soup, Caesar salad, and cheesecake. FPC Cobras are cooking! Pictured is Gabriela Garcia making Picatta sauce for chicken.
Cary Schott, Art Specialist at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, and Janey MacArthur, retired from Westwood High School, volunteered for an Empty Bowls program event recently at the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce. Students from several schools made and painted bowls to sell and raise money for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Pictured, from left, are Ms. Schott and Ms. McArthur.
Northport K-8 fifth graders in Valerie Niewieroski’s class helped celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012, at the school by visiting the Media Center and checking out new library books and playaways, which are books with a matching audio reader. Students are voraciously reading books utilizing the playaways. Sixth grade instructor Amanda Sartain commented that the students don’t even care what they are reading as long as they are using the playaways. The school media center is busier than ever helping families, students and teachers find appropriate reading materials and providing computers for research skills building and finding up to the minute resources and internet access. Much needed materials have been added to the media collection using funds budgeted from district planning, Follett Titlewish programming which is an online fundraising opportunity, the school’s PTO and community donations. The school also initiates usage of critical databases provided by the school district such as Groliers, World Book on line and Capstone Digital.
Lawnwood Elementary students who met their reading goal were recently treated to a special spring activity and Easter egg hunt. Pictured top row, from left, Michelle Tamayo, Vanessa Dubberly, Ferlie Fabre, Nadia Dimitroff, Gariyana Avant, Karla Ponce, Jonathan Aguilar, and Cynthia Thompson. Bottom row, from left, Sharell Lack, Macey Allan, Kacey Fackler, Mucola Reed, Zachary Lightsey, and Nathaniel Nichols.