Northport K8 critical thinking classes delve deeper

Northport K8 critical thinking classes delve deeper

Northport K-8 students in Mala Woessner’s eighth grade classes have utilized a book from a text set of materials from the September 11, 2001 tragedy collection.  The collection is a thorough learning series of books, dvds, poems, children’s literature texts, news clippings and a variety of other materials to round out student understanding of the events of 9/11.  The book selected is called Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger.  The book was selected  to address the needs of readers from grades 7-12.  The main character of the book is Samar, an Indian American teenager.  The setting is post 9/11.  Sam has been raised away from the strict mores of the Indian culture and is “totally Americanized.”   Neighborhood boys attack her uncle screaming, “Go home Osama!”  Shine Coconut Moon is timely, relevant for teens and explores self identity, cultural identity and social marginalization.  Mrs. Woessner utilized the book as an analytical analysis piece for her Critical Thinking classes.

Palm Pointe kindergartners play the drums at a recent pow wow

Palm Pointe kindergartners play the drums at a recent pow wow

Kindergarten students from Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition play on the drums that they made at a recent pow wow.  Students all dressed as Indians and did several activities outside along with playing the drums. This was an awesome learning experience and that students had a great time performing for their families and friends.

F. K. Sweet fifth graders know about planets

F. K. Sweet fifth graders know about planets

Do you know the difference between the inner and outer planets? If not, ask one of the fifth grade students in Cindy Young’s class at FK Sweet Elementary. The students used a Double Bubble Map to compare and contrast the planets. Cindy Frio and Dan Darrisaw are doing a last minute review from their maps.

Bayshore Elementary thanks American Legion Auxiliary

Bayshore Elementary thanks American Legion Auxiliary

Bayshore Elementary School office clerk Monette Wynn (center) thanks members of the American Legion Auxiliary West Port St. Lucie Unit #355, Sandra MacDonald (left) and Leroy MacDonald for their support throughout this school year.  The Unit has provided school supplies for students and treats for staff members. 

 

 

 

Morningside Elementary gifted students perform in holiday jeopardy show

Morningside Elementary gifted students perform in holiday jeopardy show

Morningside Elementary gifted students Cody Jennings, Elize Starr, Winter Pepitone, Kaylyn Redway perform a rendition of the Island of Misfit Toys during the school’s holiday show. Holiday Jeopardy was created and performed by the gifted students in first through fifth grade classes work with drama students from Port St. Lucie High School who coached and directed the young thespians in their holiday show.

Morningside Elementary students get a lesson on owl pellets

Morningside Elementary students get a lesson on owl pellets

Morningside Elementary third grade classrooms had the privilege of having Hobe Sound Nature Center come to all of the classes and present a lesson on owls.  Students were able to see a live owl and learn about their habitat, the foods that they eat and actually dissect an owl pellet. Ella Walby and Amaya Swelland are observing an owl pellet and identifying the parts of it.  Thanks to Tracy Boothby and DebbieFritz-Quincy for coming to the school for this great learning experience.

Morningside Elementary kindergartners create bravery badges

Morningside Elementary kindergartners create bravery badges

Morningside Elementary kindergartners Jeremiah Griffin and Elijah Laguerre are making bear claws for bravery. Kindergarten students listened to a story about a Native American who was brave in the face of danger. Students then shared their experiences of being brave in different circumstances and made their own bear claw for bravery badge.

 

Bayshore Elementary first graders sing at toy drive

Bayshore Elementary first graders sing at toy drive

Students from Abby Mollet’s and Garth Gittin’s first grade classes from Bayshore Elementary School were invited to sing at Florida Community Bank where WPSL 1590 and Christmas Kids paired up for a toy drive.  The students sang holiday songs that were broadcasted live on the radio and were led by Bayshore Elementary music teacher Carolyn Cline. Bayshore Elementary students enjoy taking the time to help others.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar battalion shines in homecoming parade

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar battalion shines in homecoming parade

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion helped provide a warm welcome to the students, alumni, and friends of Port St. Lucie High School during homecoming events.  The parade began at Village Green Environmental Studies School and proceeded along Lennard Road to Port St. Lucie High School. The Jaguar Battalion was a distinguished group in the parade. The battalion’s Color Guard, consisting of cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, cadet Sergeant First Class Sebrina Saladeen, cadet Sergeant First Class Kyle Schenck, and cadet Second Lieutenant Andrew Miller, won first place for the parade.

Jaguar Raiders compete in regional event

Jaguar Raiders compete in regional event

 The Port St. Lucie High School Raider team recently competed in a regional event at South Fork High School in Martin County.  The competition consisted of 17 schools vying for victory in five demanding events, beginning with a physical fitness test which consisted of two minutes of push ups and sit ups. Following the physical fitness test, the Raider Team endured a grueling three-mile terrain run. The Raider Team’s third event was a cross country rescue where cadets carried a 120 pound litter and three 30 pound rucksacks on their backs for one mile. Afterwards, they took a skills test consisting of first aid and land navigation. When the Raider Team finished their skills test, they participated in the rope bridge competition. For this event, the cadets had to construct a rope bridge over a fifty foot obstacle without any errors in their knot or while they were traversing the rope bridge. The team earned a third place trophy in the event.  The commander of the male team was cadet Command Sergeant Major Mason Propst, and mixed team leader was cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes. The Jaguar Battalion raider team put forth a strong effort in all events and anticipates next year’s competition at South Fork High School.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Raiders survive the final test

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Raiders survive the final test

 The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Raider Team finished the season strong by “surviving” the recent  annual Raider campout.  The Jaguar Battalion Raider team spent a hardy night out at Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa in Fort Pierce.  Throughout the over night campout, the Raiders exhibited their mastery of survival sills.  On the first day, the primary concentration was on shelters and fire building. With the use of their Army survival books, the Raiders learned about the different types of fires and the easiest ways to build them. The team built fires by using many different techniques available. The team also constructed shelters from the natural vegetation and basic survival packs and slept overnight in the shelters they created. The second day the Raiders learned how to correctly pack for venturing into the outdoors and how to dress in survival layers. Afterwards, the Raiders displayed the shelters, fires, and traps they built the previous night. The cadets then showed their shelters, traps, and fires to the rest of the team. This final event concluded the survival campout.  The team enjoyed the campout and learned many useful survival skills. They have all passed their final test as Raiders and are now proud to be known as such. Becoming a Raider is not easy but the Jaguar Battalion Raider team worked hard to grasp this accomplishment and showed how committed they are to the team. The Jaguar Raiders proved that in any situation they lead the way.

F. K. Sweet students enjoy creating art projects

F. K. Sweet students enjoy creating art projects

Carey Schott, art teacher at F.K. Sweet Elementary School, has been busy teaching third grade students the differences between warm and cool colors. After finishing their paintings, students then cut  them into strips and wove patterns creating a totally different look. From left, Jonathan Tan, Jayla Flagg, Morgan Busby, and Stoney Braynen are pleased with their final results.

F. K. Sweet Elementary students study body systems

F. K. Sweet Elementary students study body systems

Fifth grade students in Donald Logue’s science class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School, pictured from left Ethan Yarberry, Taylor Roop, and Ciara Ackenbrack,  can explain all about the various body systems, such as digestive, skeletal, resipiratory, and circulatory. Each student created a poster with original drawings and explained the work of that system on index cards.

The community comes together to provide Thanksgiving meals

The community comes together to provide Thanksgiving meals

GCELA’s Data Specialist Stephanie Smith-Martin assists family members picking up the food.

Community leaders, businesses, and churches recently joined forces to ensure that children and their families could share a meal this past Thanksgiving.  Meals were distributed from Garden  City Early Learning Academy to 1207 families, feeding approximately 5,400 individuals.  Making the event possible were The Roundtable of Saint Lucie County, Kids at Hope, Garden City Early Learning Academy, Calvary Compassion Church, Calvary Chapel PSL, Calvary Church Jupiter, Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7038, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Harvest Food and Outreach, Tony Donadio of Donadio & Associates, Dr. Jeffrey Dinofer and students from Port Saint Lucie High School’s (HOSA) Health Occupation Students of America, St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s baseball team and Coach Jamie, Reprographics Solutions, the St. Lucie County Schools’ Security Department, Allapattah Flats K-8, Weatherbee Elementary, The Nau School, and Chester A Moore Elementary.

Northport K-8 third graders bring holiday cheer to veterans

Northport K-8 third graders bring holiday cheer to veterans

Northport K-8 third graders in Melanie Polascak’s class wrote letters to veterans to commemorate Veteran’s Day.  The teacher and students discussed bravery, Americanism, patriotism and the love of America. After the class discussions, Ms. Polascak and her students decided to extend their efforts and work with the Red Cross Holiday Mail For Heroes program and get the students’ messages to the men and women who are hospitalized or on the front lines in the U.S. military.  The students’ writing included description, use of effective words, good mechanics and punctuation, as well as heart for the holiday season.

Gaines Academy participates in parade

 Gaines Academy cheerleaders and student council members participated in the Sights and Sounds Parade on Second Street in Fort Pierce recently, and despite the rain fun was had by all. Pictured from left are Taylor Peebles, Storm Santana, A’Treyanna Moore, Principal Carolyn Wilkins, and Asia Jones.