The holiday season is usually thought of as a magical time, full of opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends, and a time for giving to others. In keeping with that theme, Floresta Elementary School students participated in the fifth annual 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Students from K-5 wrote letters and made cards expressing their heartfelt appreciation to the service men and women of the U.S. Military, many of whom will likely spend the holiday season in isolation, separated from families and loved ones. This program allows students to reach out to these individuals, recognizing their many sacrifices, and letting them know that even though they are far away, they are not alone. Pictured, from left, are Danielle Theroux, Aliyah Woods, and Mary Dolas from Amy Thomas’s third grade class.
Students in Fairlawn Elementary kindergarten classes recently visited St. Lucie County’s Central Fire Station. The students toured the fire station and explored the fire trucks. Some children were able to spray a real fire hose! Pictured is kindergartner Mason Cohen and a new friend.
Northport K-8 students welcomed two St. Lucie County School Board members
recently to discuss the school boards views on the issue of homelessness in
St. Lucie County. The students heard much information about the issue for
their seventh grade required Project Citizen research class. Pictured is school board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, who along with board member Troy Ingersoll visited Karen Nystrom’s class on separate occasions to discuss what the school board can do for homeless families with children attending the
school system. The board can make arrangements to transport the children from
temporary housing to the home school, can assist with getting in touch with the
correct social services and can also provide after school meals to the homeless
families. The school board policy on homelessness is available on the district
Staff from the Hobe Sound Nature Center recently visited the fifth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition and did a presentation on animal adaptations and food webs. They demonstrated with their Birds of Prey animal collection. The students got to dissect owl pellets. The discussion showed the different things that were eaten by the owls. Pictured, from left, are Andi Risi and Hector Arocho.
First and second grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoy shopping for books in the library in the Rocket Reader Store. Students can use 20 rocket fuel dollars to purchase books in the store. This is for all students in grades K-8 and is open different days for different age groups. Pictured, from left, are Amia Stone, Isabella Aviles, Colby Kuba, Braylen Lopez , Logan Kerr, and De’shawn King. Great job rockets…keep up the good work!
Third grade students in Janet Baraniak’s class performed a readers theater during Bayshore Elementary’s Barnes and Noble Bookfair and Family Day. Alicia Roberts, left, and Thomas Papakalodoukas act out a scene from The True Story of Kamishiba.
Bayshore Elementary School students in third, fourth and fifth grade are participating in the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards Program. This is a statewide program that is designed to motivate students to read high interest, contemporary literature. Pictured is Cassandra Fess’ third grade student Sergio Miranda showing off the sunshine he earned after reading Beastologist.
A talented group of district staff carolers roamed the halls at the school district offices recently spreading holiday cheer. Pictured, kneeling, are Wanda Wilson, left, IT, and Toni Thompson, Human Resources. Standing, from left, are Allison Romero-Michel, Student Records, Janice Williams, Human Resources, John Earnhardt, ESE, Rowena McGallagher and Ronald Barr, Human Resources.
Science experiments are underway during Angella Bennett’s science resource class at Gaines Academy. Fifth grade students took a sixteen ounce bottle and put baking soda and vinegar in it, added a balloon on the top of the bottle which inflated due to the chemical reaction. Pictured, from left, are students from Saphir St. Louis class Hope Johnson, Daisy Covarrubias, Samantha White, Destiny Richardson, and Gabrielle Harris.
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.