Windmill Point students enjoy field day

Windmill Point students enjoy field day

Fifth grade students at Windmill Point Elementary School recently enjoyed competing in the events at Field Day. Spirits were high along with the competition. Students remarked that they have a “blast” at Field Day, which shows students how much fun physical activities can be working together. Pictured are Joey Cerbone, left, and Peyton Mertz demonstrating teamwork is the key to success!!

Windmill Point students enjoy Kids at Hope Day

Windmill Point students enjoy Kids at Hope Day

Windmill Point Elementary celebrated its first school-wide Kids at Hope Day recently. The day centered on mental time traveling, which involved exploring students’ future life in the following four destinations: career and education, home and family, hobbies and recreation, and community service. Many thanks go to St. Lucie County School Board member Carol Hilson, pictured, who spoke to fourth grade students, not only about her career choices, but also about believing in oneself and setting goals to reach one’s dreams, and to all of the guest parent and community speakers. Windmill Point Elementary students, staff, and parents believe the Kids at Hope vision, that all children are capable of success, no exceptions!

Windmill Point students enjoy science experiments

Windmill Point students enjoy science experiments

Students in Meghan Brown’s third grade class at Windmill Point Elementary are enjoying working on their science experiments during their science block as they explore the scientific process. Students help one another by coaching and encouraging their teammates to formulate questions, generate hypotheses, conduct experiments and collect data.  Pictured, from left, are Julia Ribeiro, Paul Alegre, Catherine Nehru, and Karicia Santiago.

Windmill Point students enjoy special visit from a furry friend

Windmill Point students enjoy special visit from a furry friend

Windmill Point students in Dan Butts’ and Sherri Neri’s classes were treated to a visit from Mr. Neri and his dog, Princess. Fifth grade students have been studying plant and animal adaptations. Princess is a Siberian Huskie and Malmute mix. Mr. Neri explained how Princess has adapted to life in Florida. She has less thickness of hair because it doesn’t get as cold here. She loses hair but not as much as if she was up north. One of the children asked how she dealt with the heat, and Mr. Neri laughed and said the same as we do — she goes into the air conditioning. He also explained about how cold it gets up north in Alaska.

Windmill Point students enjoy their reading station

Windmill Point students enjoy their reading station

Windmill Point Elementary students in Patricia Reardon’s third grade class are engaged in working on reading fluency and vocabulary during their reading station. Working together provides students the opportunity to draw on each others’ strengths, fostering confidence as students collaborate. Pictured, from left, are Kaden Stratton, Harold Velasquez, Iyana Dominguez, and Daejsha Jackson.

Windmill Point students enjoy veteran’s visit

Windmill Point students enjoy veteran’s visit

In honoring Veterans, Retired Master Chief Eugene Sereg of the United States Navy visited Windmill Point Elementary students recently. Master Chief Sereg shared his experiences and his accomplishments in the Navy. Pictured with Sereg is fifth grade teacher Elizabeth Guanchez, who volunteered to model a real-life soldier’s uniform during war time. Students loved when Master Chief played his bugle.

Windmill Point students explore civics and government

Windmill Point students explore civics and government

In light of the recent presidential election, students in Caryol Hallahan’s second grade class at Windmill Point Elemnentary researched information about many of the prominent symbols of freedom and democracy. Students learned about the Statue of Liberty, the AmericanfFlag, the White House, and the bald eagle, among other symbols. Pictured here, students share a presentation for parents that they wrote and created based on their research.

Windmill Point students learn about energy

Windmill Point students learn about energy

Fourth graders in Joanna Toto’s class at Windmill Point Elementary School are learning about energy. As they progress through the unit, they are creating an “Energy Flip Book” with all of the information they are learning about mechanical, sound, electrical, light, solar, heat and thermal energy. It is a great reference tool while giving the students a hands-on activity they can use in the future. Pictured, from left, are Andre Gomes-Lopez and Donald Harris.

Windmill Point students learn about first responders

Windmill Point students learn about first responders

Windmill Point second grade students commemorated Patriot Day by making a special “thank you” for the Port St. Lucie Police Department. The students have been learning about the roles of community members and the importance of first responders. Officer David Caniello was presented with a “thankful wreath” during a visit to Caryol Hallahan’s classroom on September 11th. He discussed the roles and duties of police officers with the class. He also took time to read the story, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein.

Windmill Point students learn about money through circle maps

Windmill Point students learn about money through circle maps

The students in Erin Cook’s and Melissa Lucrezia’s second grade classes at Windmill Pointe Elementary synergize as they create a circle map. The students’ learning goal to will understand money. Through Common Core curriculum, students are required to show a deep understanding of money. The students are showing all the different ways to make
88 cents through different coin combinations. Pictured are Dylan Charan, left, and Elijah Steckler.

Windmill Point students practice writing skills

Windmill Point students practice writing skills

Students in Jeannine Lockart’s fourth grade class at Windmill Point Elementary are eager to learn new writing strategies and improve their writing. Pictured, from left, are Lauren Bishop, Jazmym Figueroa, Madison Koza, and Sadie Richmond who are working cooperatively to peer edit and practice writing strategies as they strengthen their skills.

Windmill Point students use comic strips for Young Authors books

Windmill Point students use comic strips for Young Authors books

Students in Kelita Singleton’s third grade class at Windmill Point Elementary created their own comic strip “storyboard” to help them sequence and summarize information for their Young Author’s book. In addition, the students utilize the comic strips to determine appropriate transitional words to enhance their stories. Pictured, from left, are Adrian Colon Coss, Meraaz Mahmud and Marlee Wells.

Windmill Point students visit St. Augustine

Windmill Point students visit St. Augustine

Students from from Nikki Rodriguez’s class at Windmill Point Elementary School listen intently to their guide during a recent trip to St. Augustine. Windmill Point’s fourth grade classes went to St. Augustine to deepen their knowledge about Florida history. They visited the Castillo de San Marcos, the Old Jail Museum, the Old Store Museum, and went on a narrated trolley ride around the Oldest City.

Windmill Point students work with shapes

Windmill Point students work with shapes

Students in Jackie Davis’s second grade class at Windmill Point Elementary enjoyed collaborating with their peers in making a tree map on two-D and three-D shapes. Pictured are Rusty Nersesian, right, and Elijah Johnson enjoying learning about shapes and their different attributes.

Windmill Point welcomes back students with Tunnel of Hope!

Windmill Point welcomes back students with Tunnel of Hope!

Students at Windmill Point Elementary were welcomed back to school with a Tunnel of Hope by our community, staff and parents!  We are proud to be a Kids at Hope school and believe that ALL children are indeed, capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS! Pictured are Daniel Solorzano, 5th grader, and Isabella Solorzano, 3rd grader.

Winners announced for annual school district employee honors

Winners announced for annual school district employee honors

The winners in each of four employee categories for St. Lucie Public Schools were announced at the annual Night of the Stars gala celebration at Lincoln Park Academy February 22, 2014. The recognition program is sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation and the school board.

Oak Hammock K-8 School media specialist Heather Bolitho was named 2015 Teacher of the Year, and Parkway Elementary School school nutrition manager Angelia Jean-Louis was named 2014 School Related Employee of the Year. Both of these district representatives will move on to regional consideration for the state honors in their categories. The Teacher of the Year distinction is historically for the year after the selection due to the year of service for the state in the following school year. The Morganti Group sponsors the award for Teacher of the Year, and the St. Lucie Education Foundation sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year award.

Self-described “new generation” teacher Leilani Ankiel, who teaches intensive reading at Treasure Coast High School, was announced as the 2014 Outstanding First Year Teacher, though she was accompanying her girls’ varsity basketball team at the state championships in Lakeland and could not attend the event. Robert Plowden, a middle grades social studies teacher at Samuel S. Gaines Academy, graduate of Lincoln Park academy and seocnd generation St. Lucie Public Schools teacher, is the 2014 Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. These two categories are local recognitions. Seacoast National Bank sponsors the Outstanding First Year Teacher award, and Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year award.

Pictured, front row, from left, are Robert Plowden, Heather Bolitho, and Angelia Jean-Louis. Back row, from left, are Samuel S. Gaines Academy principal Traci Wilke, Oak Hammock K8 School principal Carmen Peterson, and Parkway Elementary School principal Carolyn Wilkins. Not pictured are Leilani Ankiel and Treasure Coast High School principal Denise Rodriguez, both of whom joined the celebration via video link.

Other finalists for Teacher of the Year were Fort Pierce Central High School chorus and band teacher Matthew Boswell, and Fairlawn Elementary School media specialist Kelly Ridle.

Other finalists for School Related Employee of the Year were Palm Point Educational Research School health paraprofessional Michelle DeGarmo, and Allapattah Flats K-8 School school office clerk Adela DellaCroce.

Schools and district departments annually may nominate an employee at their site for the appropriate categories. Selection committees comprised of former honorees, teachers, and school and district administrators reviewed applications of the nominees for each category and interviewed applicants for the state honors. Three finalists in the Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year categories were selected, and surprise visits announced those finalists.

From school sites, nominees included for Teacher of the Year (TOY), School Related Employee of the Year (SREY), Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year (DMEY) and Outstanding First Year Teacher (OFYT), were:

Teacher of the Year

NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Katherine Christopher
Dan McCarty Robin L. Fillmann
Forest Grove MS Leigh Kimberly Bretherick
Ft. Pierce Central HS Matthew Boswell
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Maureen Greenberg
Lakewood Park Elementary Jennifer Lusardi
Lawnwood Elementary Ashlay Parker
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Jade Alisen Joie
Samuel Gaines K-8 Christen McCray
St. Lucie Elementary Angela Ehrhard
Weatherbee Elementary Cindy Keesler Winterkamp
White City Elementary Rhiannon Myers
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Danya Etter
Bayshore Elementary Jennifer Archer
FK Sweet Elementary Cynthia Langel
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Heather Nesbitt
Lincoln Park Academy Sally VanDereedt
Manatee K-8 Dawn Montoya
Oak Hammock K-8 Heather Bolitho
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Carol E. Rondeau
St. Lucie West K-8 Michelle Fryer Dommel
Treasure Coast HS Grace Pierre-Louis
West Gate K-8 Kimberly L. Wolcott-Rappuhn
Windmill Pointe Elementary Stephanie E. Sakowski
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Kelly Ridle
Floresta Elementary Grace Duvelsdorf
Mariposa Elementary Theresa Delancy
Morningside Elementary Allison R. Hargroves
Northport K-8 Alexander M. Phillips
Parkway Elementary Laurie A. Farr
Port St. Lucie HS Shea Lodes
Rivers Edge Elementary Natasha R. Rodriguez
Savanna Ridge Elementary Andrea N. Rice
Southern Oaks MS Tiffany Barrett
Southport MS Maureen Dakin
Village Green Elementary DeeDee Bradley
Alternative Education Steven Michael Farley

School Related Employee of the Year

GREEN ZONE NOMINEE
C.A. Moore Elementary Linda Faye Gilmore
Dan McCarty Cynthia Gamble-Carrion
Forest Grove MS Theresa Shepkosky
Ft. Pierce Central HS Maribell Lein Beckham
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Dura Loving
Lakewood Park Elementary Leon Peterson
Lawnwood Elementary Tamara Moore
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Michelle DeGarmo
Samuel Gaines K-8 Cequila J. Terry
St. Lucie Elementary Lorraine Walker
Weatherbee Elementary Pamela Ferentzy
White City Elementary Jill Figgiani
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Adela DellaCroce
Bayshore Elementary Amanda Adams
FK Sweet Elementary Donna Haynes
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Garry Athill
Lincoln Park Academy Karen Bausola
Manatee K-8 Joseph Share
Oak Hammock K-8 Denice Edge
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Cinthya T. Cordero
St. Lucie West K-8 Mary Catherine Park
Treasure Coast HS Terri Elias
West Gate K-8 Maureen A. Reimers
Windmill Pointe Elementary Deidra Legg
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Venus Burch
Floresta Elementary Viviana Gross
Mariposa Elementary Wesley Dessources
Morningside Elementary Mikea Jordan
Northport K-8 Cecil Smith
Parkway Elementary Angelia Jean-Louis
Port St. Lucie HS Donna Ney
Rivers Edge Elementary Laura Tidey
Savanna Ridge Elementary Ursula Biallo
Southern Oaks MS Pamela Post
Southport MS Eileen Kielbasa
Village Green Elementary Raul Silverio
SLCSB EMPLOYEES
Business Services
Information Technology Services Lori Winn
Curriculum Odessa Randolph
Student Services Christine Jordan
Superintendent’s Suite Sharon Taft
Facilities Diania Breakenridge
Transportation Nikki Collins Prince
Federal Programs Lilianna Tisheh
Alternative Education Bridgette Wilson
Student Assignment Angela Moreno

NOMINEES

NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Jodi Morris
Dan McCarty Nicholas Berkely
Forest Grove MS Jessica Aljure
Ft. Pierce Central HS Jeffrey Rymer
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Ltc Scott P. Caldwell
Lakewood Park Elementary Alma M. Mosley
Lawnwood Elementary Christine Ekstrom
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Chezare Reyes
St. Lucie Elementary Claudia Jackson
Weatherbee Elementary LaShawnda McNair
White City Elementary
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Laura Barnes
Bayshore Elementary n/a
FK Sweet Elementary n/a
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Yanet Garcia
Lincoln Park Academy Jillian Rozycki
Manatee K-8 Mari Stokes
Oak Hammock K-8 Lindsay Ham
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Amy Chumney
St. Lucie West K-8 Anne W. Mack
Treasure Coast HS Leilani Ankiel
West Gate K-8 Amy Glauber
Windmill Pointe Elementary Kelita Johnson Singleton
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Cori Jones
Floresta Elementary Jillian Wagner
Mariposa Elementary Erica Morales
Morningside Elementary
Northport K-8 Candice Zablotny
Parkway Elementary Leslie Garcia Williams
Port St. Lucie HS Deborah Garcia
Rivers Edge Elementary Jennifer Vazquez
Savanna Ridge Elementary
Southern Oaks MS Brittney Sapp
Southport MS n/a
Village Green Elementary Felicia Smith
Alternative Education Debbie Shalaew

Outstanding First Year Teachers
NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Jodi Morris
Dan McCarty Nicholas Berkely
Forest Grove MS Jessica Aljure
Ft. Pierce Central HS Jeffrey Rymer
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Ltc Scott P. Caldwell
Lakewood Park Elementary Alma M. Mosley
Lawnwood Elementary Christine Ekstrom
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Chezare Reyes
St. Lucie Elementary Claudia Jackson
Weatherbee Elementary LaShawnda McNair
White City Elementary
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Laura Barnes
Bayshore Elementary n/a
FK Sweet Elementary n/a
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Yanet Garcia
Lincoln Park Academy Jillian Rozycki
Manatee K-8 Mari Stokes
Oak Hammock K-8 Lindsay Ham
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Amy Chumney
St. Lucie West K-8 Anne W. Mack
Treasure Coast HS Leilani Ankiel
West Gate K-8 Amy Glauber
Windmill Pointe Elementary Kelita Johnson Singleton
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Cori Jones
Floresta Elementary Jillian Wagner
Mariposa Elementary Erica Morales
Morningside Elementary
Northport K-8 Candice Zablotny
Parkway Elementary Leslie Garcia Williams
Port St. Lucie HS Deborah Garcia
Rivers Edge Elementary Jennifer Vazquez
Savanna Ridge Elementary
Southern Oaks MS Brittney Sapp
Southport MS n/a
Village Green Elementary Felicia Smith
Alternative Education Debbie Shalaew

Distinguished Minority Educators
NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Robert L. Suggs
Dan McCarty Latricia Stubbs
Forest Grove MS Erika Macedo
Ft. Pierce Central HS Peter Crespo
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Jesus R. Rivera
Lakewood Park Elementary Alexandra Laoutas
Lawnwood Elementary Mary Keith
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Jessica Gutierrez
Samuel Gaines K-8 Robert Plowden
St. Lucie Elementary Tiffany Owens
Weatherbee Elementary Norma Marie Miller
White City Elementary Lynette Viruet
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Renee Adderly-Clark
Bayshore Elementary Trisha Budhram
FK Sweet Elementary Alice Parks
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Gerard Saltus, III
Lincoln Park Academy Veryl Moore
Manatee K-8 Michael Torres
Oak Hammock K-8 Diane Aristide
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Daisy Diaz
St. Lucie West K-8 Venda Renee Taylor
Treasure Coast HS n/a
West Gate K-8 Narvelene T. Lucas
Windmill Pointe Elementary Rosa Myles
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Vanessa Solomon
Floresta Elementary Stacyann Rolle
Mariposa Elementary Quotaysha Jones
Morningside Elementary
Northport K-8 Victoria Frazier
Parkway Elementary Erikka Trabal
Port St. Lucie HS Demetrius Jamille Lane
Rivers Edge Elementary Romie Guffey
Savanna Ridge Elementary Sharline William
Southern Oaks MS Joann Campbell
Southport MS Kerry Parks
Village Green Elementary Actavis McQueen
Alternative Education