First grade students from Lyndsey Matheny’s class at Gaines Academy built a volcano during Angella Bennett’s science resource class. Miranda Resendiz explained the experiment of creating a volcano using modeling clay, adding baking soda and red food coloring, and lastly vinegar, which caused the liquid to come out of the volcano! Pictured, from left, are Miranda Resendiz, Liliana Delgado, Jimena Macias, and Sage Dennon.
Students Jovante Briggs and Jonathan Derinor from Jackie Kendall’s sixth grade second period math class at Gaines Academy were given the task of creating a math game using all of the skills they had learned this year. The boys created the game, as well as the rules, game cards, and pieces. They were then asked to test the game out on some of their classmates to see if what they had created was as exciting to them as it was to the boys. The students who played the game said it was fun and exciting.
Four Gaines Academy students participated in the recent Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 Basketball Hoop Shoot free throw contest, all of whom “placed” and received a trophy! Three of these students will have the opportunity to participate in the District Hoop Shoot Contest on January 7th in Lake Placid. Scholarship money may be awarded to these students because of their participation. Pictured, from left, are Mathieu Zamy first place boys 8-10, Karim Sulton, first place boys 11-13, Mickaela Kelly, first place girls 11-13, and Angel Zamy, second place boys 8-10.
Northport K-8 kindergartners in Staci Saunders’ and Chelse Goergen’s classes
celebrated Gingerbread Man Day recently by decorating gingerbread men using foam
shapes and sequins, made word family gingerbread houses, counted one to 20 using gingerbread shapes, graphed the number of cookies decorated, estimated numbers of cookies and made a variety of patterns using the gingerbread shapes. Students also joyfully decorated gingerbread tree ornaments using glitter and
glue. The activities supported many daily lessons and justified vital classroom information while valuing student interests and community spirit. Pictured is Mrs. Saunders with several of her students.
Kelly Lunt’s eighth grade homeroom class at Southport Middle School collected the most box tops for the first half of the year and were able to celebrate with a pizza party courtesy of the school’s PTO. The PTO at Southport Middle School encourages students to make a difference for their school in a positive way. There are many activities that benefit the students, community and the school as a whole that the PTO promotes, and members always have some kind of “special treat” for the students to show appreciation of their efforts!
Dielma Eusibeo-Zuvich’s sixth grade students learned how to study culture by identifying the Eight Elements of Culture, Religion, Economy, Government, History, Beliefs /Practices, Art, Social Groups (religion, social classes, education, and sports), and Communication. Culture is a way of life which people learn from their parents and ancestors. The students’ project identified the culture of a country of their choice. This project taught the students how culture members adapt to their environment, economic activities, the purpose of social groups, and the values and beliefs influence individual and group behavior. Students who participated are Briana Chavez, Alejandro Echeverri, Kyle Gastgeber, Lisa Guan, Brandon McDonald, Alaura McGonnell, Yanira Rivera, Allison Schrameck, Conner Smith, Sydney Starnes and Quinn Tucker.
Northport K-8 Northstar students in grades six, seven and eight under the
direction of instructor Kathy White celebrated November as National Novel
Writing Month. The project involves amateur and professional writers from all
over the world. The Young Writer’s program allows students to choose their own
word goal. Mrs. White’s Gifted and Enriched students wrote from a range of 2500
to well over 4000 words. Eighty five percent of the team succeeded or surpassed
their word goals with eighth grader, Emily Royo, exceeding her word count by
10,000 words for a total of 14,987 words published. Students used all aspects
of the writing process effectively and communicated ideas and information very
effectively. The writing project foreshadows the school wide Young Author’s
Program in the Spring following the FCAT. Pictured are Mrs.White and Emily Royo.
Students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s ESE/Gifted programs have begun a school enterprise at the district offices. Several mornings a week, students run Panther Place in the employee lounge featuring breakfast items at very reasonable prices. Pictured, right, is John Earnhardt, ESE/Gifted program specialist with senior Sabrina Bajking.
Fifth grade Mariposa students in Zoie Sloan’s Social Studies class are studying the 13 original colonies of the United States. The students have created a flipbook of information about all 13 colonies, create a map, and then complete a project on one specific colony. They will present an oral presentation including a visual representation of the information when the final project is completed. Pictured are McKayla Lauriston completing her map and Dontay Budhu working on his flipbook.
Weatherbee Elementary students in Jennifer Nelson’s fourth grade class read the book, “Dexter the Tough” where a fourth grade boy finds out his father is recovering from cancer. Students wrote encouraging letters and made “Links of Hope” with words of hope for cancer patients at St Lucie Medical Center. Letters and links were picked up by hospital public relations representative Ginger King. What a wonderful way to support others in the community.
Weatherbee Elementary School students learned about various career opportunities and how a quality education can make a huge difference in their future as Ian Macpherson, St. Lucie County firefighter, describes the uniform used when he is fighting a fire. Melanie Macpherson, third grade teacher at Weatherbee, served as a model for this activity.
Weatherbee Elementary recently honored all of the school’s nominees for various awards that will be presented at this year’s Night of the Stars employee recognition ceremony. Pictured are Monica Adhin, Weatherbee Elementary’s nominee for Outstanding First Year Teacher, with Principal Michael Hitsman, left, and Assistant Principal Dianne Young.
Students in Ann Hartman’s first grade class at Allapattah Flats K8 listen attentively as Craig Perry from Huntington Learning Center reads a special holiday story, “Oliver All Alone”. Students listened to the story in the special Gator Reading Room. Mr. Perry helped foster the students love of reading, and kept them engaged by asking purposeful questions throughout the story. What a special treat for the students. Pictured, back row from left, are Jimmy Fanning, Enrique Mojica, Andre Hale, Mia Horowitz, Angelica Maldonado, Courtney Waithe, Antonio Alves, and Jayden Torello. Front row, from left, are Michael Brown, Emily Middlebrook, Craig Perry, Cordelia Raeburn, Kes Barber, Isabelle Veloz, and Parkyr Saylor.
The Allapattah Flats K8 girls volleyball team recently participated in the district tournament and finished as 2011-2012 district runner-ups. Congratulations and great job to the super six, Ryleigh Veith, Shannon Braessler, Valerie Trujillo, Gabby Bather, Madeline Lawson, Tiara Evans and Coach Justin Allen.
Four outstanding employees have been selected at Allapattah Flats K8 for their dedication and effort to the school, students and district and they will represent the school in the annual employee recognition program. The employees are reportedly irreplaceable, committed to the students, staff and community, and truly make a difference each day.]Pictured, from left, are Melissa Nelson, School Related Employee of the Year, Mary Ellen Barrett, Teacher of the Year, Danya Etter, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and Tekia Montgomery, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year.
Parents of first grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 listen attentively as Craig Perry from Huntington Learning Center gives a “Homework Helper” presentation. Mr. Perry explained the importance of having a special place to do homework, how to handle your child’s frustration with homework, and reinforced the importance of parents working with teachers as partners in their child’s education. Pictured, from left, Craig Perry, Tracy Vasquez, April Dunlop, Nicole Ancewitz, Katie Veloz, and Kelly Smith. It is rewarding to see the community, school and parents work together to create a fantastic partnership in children’s education!
Second grade students’ behavior in Sherrie McLemore’s class is reinforced through the “Gift Giving Tree.” As the students are following the PBS school-wide expectations of Responsibility, Safety and Respect they receive positive praise and are given a Gator Buck. When they receive two Gator Bucks they may trade them in for a gift ticket which go into a jar and the teacher randomly draws tickets throughout the day. The students are able to choose a gift from off of or under the tree. The tree is loaded with gifts such as books, pens, pencils, candy, stickers, puzzles and much more! Angelo Donayre and Teysia Tuff show off their recently acquired treats.
First graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 enjoyed a visit from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Students learned about the food pyramid, healthy eating, and the importance of exercise. Isabelle Veloz, from Ann Hartman’s first grade class, enjoyed making her very own yogurt parfait with the help of Joyce Thomasson from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Eagerly waiting their turn to make some yogurt are Cordelia Raeburn and Antonio Alves.
As more holidays approach, first graders in Ann Hartman’s and Pamela Owens’ classes reflect back on a special event they enjoyed at Thanksgiving. Last month first graders recited poetry, shared what they were thankful for, and had a fantastic Thanksgiving Feast with their friends and family. First graders and their parents enjoying the delicious feast, from left, are Jaydin Torello, Vera Horowtitz, Samantha Roeder, Mia Horowitz, and Jason Horowitz. Parents had a wonderful time hearing what their students are thankful for, and enjoying a fabulous meal!
Students in Jody Horton’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School have been learning about the native tribes of Florida. Students created dioramas on either the Calusa, Apalachee, Timucua, Tequesta, or Tocobaga tribes. They also wrote summaries about the tribe that included where they lived and their customs. Pictured, from left, are Owen Biglin, Halle Daube, Kyla Pata, and Dawson Holtman enjoying sharing their projects.