The Kindergarten and VPK students at White City ES enjoyed their annual trip to the White City United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch. The community and school joined together to show the Kindergarten students at WCE a fun fall experience. Students listened to a story about pumpkins while watching the reader carve a real pumpkin to go along with the story. The students toured the pumpkin patch and compared how the pumpkins were the same and different using their five senses. Everyone got to bring home their very own pumpkin to remember our fun day!
VPK celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by reading The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish . We had Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast thanks to our Cafeteria Staff. Each student turned themselves into a “THING” by making a hat and picking out their THING Number. In math we practiced counting by rolling a dice and placing the correct number of “Goldfish Crackers” into the fishbowl. Students practiced pattering by placing the sliced strawberries and bananas in a row to make a Dr. Seuss hat pattern on a stick before enjoying a yummy snack. WE had a FUN SEUESSICAL day LEARNING!!
White City Elementary School received a monetary donation of $711.00 from the 7-Eleven Store located on Midway and US1. White City appreciates 7-Eleven for being a business partner and supporting the staff and students of WCE.
White City Elementary School’s JBN Society (“Just Be Nice”) spread some happiness a little further down the street recently. JBN’s seven members and two chaperones took a walking field trip from White City’s campus about a half-mile
down Oleander Avenue to Divine Senior Care, an assisted living facility that is set up like a cozy home for its nine residents. The students spent about an hour with their new friends, learning about their families, hometowns, and memories from elementary school years ago. Beatriz Ortega, a fifth grader at White City Elementary and one of the founding members of the JBN Society, chatted with a sweet friend named Rosalee who has lived in Florida since she was a baby, and who used to play the saxophone and dance for extra money. Third grade JBN member Patrick Rodriguez
met a man named Paul, who moved to Florida from California, after retiring from the cattle farming industry there. The visit ended with a long game of Bingo, followed by lunch for the JBN members at White City Elementary business partner Frank and Al’s restaurant. Without a doubt, JBN students and Divine Senior Care’s residents all had smiles on their faces after having spent this valuable time together.
“First Grade students at White City Elementary learned all about Fire Safety from the Fire Safety Trailer. Among other things, students were trained on what to do in an emergency, how to prevent fires, how to establish a safe meeting place after an emergency and practiced the proper way to exit a burning structure. The Fire Safety Trailer comes from the Public Education Division of the St Lucie County Fire District.
Kindergarten students at White City Elementary dove deep to extend their learning of sea turtles. Students in Mr. Capozzoli’s science resource classes discussed traits of a sea turtle, measured length of a turtle model, and examined models for damage caused by humans. Our kindergarten students are “surfing to excellence.”
The kindergarten classes at White City Elementary have been studying community helpers. To culminate their units, students were visited by Leland Karlson, a Fort Pierce Utilities Authority employee. Mr. Karlson visited each classroom, and explained the dangers of playing with kites by electrical wires. He also told the students that they should report any wires that are on the ground to an adult and not touch them. Mr. Karlson brought with him a giant display. Students were able to see up close the dangers of playing on or around power lines.
On Friday February 25, 2016, White City Elementary recognized students for the character trait of the month: Perseverance. When you persevere, you continue trying to do your best even though something is difficult.
Wildcats, we are so very proud of you and know you will continue to do great things!
White City Elementary School 2015 Employee Recognition goes to:
Shawn Lewis, Teacher of the Year; Gabrielle Gross, School Related Employee of the Year; Dawn Dukes, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year; and Alyssa FitzGerald, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Anderson, 5th grade reading teacher, is celebrating as WPBF’S Weather School Superstar of the week. Cris Martinez surprised Mrs. Erica Anderson with this week’s honor.
White City Wildcats are roaring readers! They took on the Action 100 program with amazing ambition and the results show their success. Students read at least one hour every school day and 30 minutes on non school days. The program was completed with the fidelity of steps being recorded daily and ongoing conferencing throughout the year. Congratulations to all!
Students in all grades at WCE chipped in their quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies to help the charitable organization (The March of Dimes). The March of Dimes uses funds collected to fund research to help prevent premature births. We are so proud of all who contributed!
Students at White City Elementary wrote and published their own books for Young Authors. Every student started with an idea, narrowed the focus and wrote a story. After editing and revising their work, the students published their work, including illustrations, in a Bare Book. Four students’ books were chosen as representatives from each grade level. Pictured are the 24 representatives with their certificates and medals.
The students in Mrs. Irby’s Kindergarten class celebrated the 100th day of school with fun 100th day activities. Students counted ten groups of ten pictures and glued them on strips to make hats, created eye glasses with 100 pieces, read 100th day books, sorted 100 words, and participated in many other activities!
VPK Wildcats in Ms. Buescher’s class have worked hard all year! Students have learned letters, sounds, beginning reading strategies, numbers, addition and subtraction, science, social skills and more! We are so proud to move you up to Kindergarten next year!
Congratulations to the VPK class of 2016!
Fourth grade students at West Gate K-8 participated in the presentation “Wildlife Around Us”. This program allowed them to meet an owl, hawk, baby alligator, and snakes. The students learned about the need for habitat protection and how to co-exist with native wildlife.
St. Lucie Public Schools students started their summer learning as they took part in the Oxbow Eco-Center’s “Wildlife Biology Bootcamp.” Students had the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real scientist by joining in field studies alongside local biologists. Students experienced what science looks like out in nature as they explored the wildlife awaiting them in the preserve. The Oxbow Eco-Center is hosting weekly bootcamps throughout the summer ranging from Ecosystem Exploration to the Art of Puppetry.
Congratulations to Principal Traci Wilke and Assistant Principal Marcy Luckey!
Both are outstanding administrators recognized for their strong leadership. Traci Wilke, who proudly serves as the principal of Lawnwood Elementary, was greeted by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Dr. Kevin G. Perry, and Lydia Martin to hear the news that she will represent St. Lucie County as this year’s Principal of the Year. Marci Luckey was greeted by the team and her Executive Director Dan Frank at St. Lucie Elementary. She was thrilled to find out that she will represent the District as the Assistant Principal of the Year.
The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improved school environments.
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to share the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) announcement for Principal of the Year finalists. Lawnwood Elementary Principal Traci Wilke is named as one of the three finalists!
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “Mrs. Wilke is exemplary in every facet of educational leadership. She is passionate about providing the very best learning environment for her students, committed to supporting her staff, and engaged in participating in the community she serves. She has blazed a trail of success with her past educational experiences, and I foresee a future equally as productive with regard to her impact on student achievement.”
Commissioner Stewart Announces Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 12, 2018 – Today, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced the finalists for Florida’s 2018 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership (Principal of the Year) and the Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award (Assistant Principal of the Year). The winners will be named during the Commissioner’s Summit for Principals on February 9 in Orlando.
“It is a great honor to recognize these principals and assistant principals whose hard work and commitment to Florida’s students sets them apart, and I look forward to celebrating them next month at the Commissioner’s Summit for Principals,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart.
The 2018 Principal of the Year will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the remaining Principal of the Year finalists will receive $1,500. The 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year will receive a cash prize of $3,500, and the remaining Assistant Principal of the Year finalists will receive $1,061.
The three Principal of the Year finalists are:
Eric Fleming, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, Brevard County
For more than 23 years, Eric Fleming has served the Brevard County School District in various teaching and administrative roles. To enhance team camaraderie, Fleming instituted a “Wildcat Winner” program at faculty meetings where teachers acknowledge each other’s hard work and dedication. He is often sought upon for his leadership expertise, and he serves on various committees that are focused on improving education. He is praised for leading by example and serving as a role model for his students, staff and community.
Kenneth Savage, James Stephens International Academy, Lee County
After serving successfully as principal at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts K-8, Kenneth Savage was appointed as a turnaround principal for James Stephens International Academy. In one year, Savage helped his school improve from an F to a B (based on 2016-17 school grades). He is commended for being a self-starter and critical thinker, and he is known as a diligent data user who always focuses on the ultimate goal – student achievement. He is a member of Principal Leads in Lee County and mentors other administrators.
Traci Wilke, Lawnwood Elementary School, St. Lucie County
With more than 20 years of experience in St. Lucie Public Schools, Traci Wilke is in her second year as Lawnwood Elementary School’s principal. Prior to joining the faculty at Lawnwood Elementary, Wilke was the principal at Samuel S. Gaines Academy where she contributed to a significant improvement in the school grade. Under Wilke’s leadership, Lawnwood Elementary’s school grade improved from a D to a C (based on 2016-17 school grades). She is known by her colleagues for going above and beyond for her school community and for her consistent track record of growth.
The three Assistant Principal of the Year finalists are:
Trisha Elliott, Crystal Lake Elementary School, Martin County
With more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education, Trisha Elliott joined Martin County School District in 2008 and held various roles before becoming the assistant principal at Crystal Lake Elementary School in 2013. Her focus on data, research, collaboration, and feedback has contributed to the upward trend in her school’s data. Last year, Crystal Lake Elementary School improved its school grade from a C to an A (based on 2016-17 school grades). Elliott believes that all students can achieve at high levels and succeed when authentic relationships are in place. She is committed to fostering relationships with and among staff members, students, families and community members.
Jackie Ramsey, Carver Middle School, Orange County
As the assistant principal for instruction at Carver Middle School, Jackie Ramsey is known as a dynamic leader who provides exceptional support and motivation to teachers at several Orange County schools. Ramsey believes that all students will learn when they receive quality instruction. At Carver Middle School, students’ reading proficiency is up by three percentage points, and the bottom quartile learning gains are up by four percentage points. Under her leadership, Carver Middle School has improved its school grade from an F to a C (based on 2016-17 school grades).
Tiffany Cantwell, The Webster School, St. Johns County
Tiffany Cantwell has served as an assistant principal within the St. Johns County School District since 2013. She was recently appointed as principal of Ocean Palms Elementary School. While serving at The Webster School, she had the opportunity to interact with a diverse student population with varying needs. Because of her dedication to student and teacher success, she was instrumental in helping Webster raise its school grade from a D to a B (based on 2016-17 school grades). Her colleagues praised her for having a can-do attitude, extraordinary organizational skills and for being a tremendous educational leader.
Candidates for these awards were nominated by the superintendent from their respective school districts. Complete lists of candidates from each district for both categories are available online: 2017-18 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership District Winners and 2017-18 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award District Winners.
For more information about Florida’s educator recognition and recruitment programs, visit http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/recognition-recruitment.
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.