A team of students from Hillary Cruz’s seventh grade civics class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Tradition recently won first place for the regional division of the Florida Stock Market Challenge. This is a web-based educational tool used by thousands of students around the state each semester to help teach economics, finance, current events, math, social studies and technology. The winners will receive a $100 check for the school, a $50 gift certificate for Papa John’s Pizza, and first place certificates. Pictured, from left, are team members Angelo Arvelo, Lewis Coriolan, and Edwin Bustamante.
The stupendous second graders at Allapattah Flats are going wild! The students recently enjoyed a visit from Miss Tracy of the Hobe Sound Nature Center. While engaged in the program, the students learned about such topics as why protecting the rainforest is important, conservation, and animals and their habitats. This was a fun and educational way to look at life science! Pictured are some of the second grade students as they interact with animal puppets. Back row, from left, Hayden Kwiatek, Christin Shaw, and Jalisse Thomas. Front row, from left, Tai’Juan Martin and Grace Stern.
Winners of the sixth annual Samuel S. Gaines African American History essay contest were recognized at the April 10 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured, left to right, are: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine Taylor; Emily Perez, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, first place high school division; Julia Genkinger, first place middle school division; Chelsea Licea, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, second place high school division; Terra Ford, Manatee Academy K8, second place middle school division; Nicole Acevedo, Manatee Academy K8, third place middle school division; Hope Johnson, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, first place elementary division; Christopher Piedra, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, second place elementary division; and Juan Gomez, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, third place elementary division. Back row, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, Samuel S. Gaines, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, and St. Luce Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia with daughter Sadie.
The team from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in the Relay for Life held at Digital Domain Park recently. Students and staff proudly walked to support those affected in some way by cancer. Many fundraisers were done at school to support the American Cancer Society. Thank you to all those who helped support this great cause, it was truly appreciated!
Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition Dean Christopher Pierre passes out snacks to the bus drivers that service the school during FCAT week. These drivers do a great job of getting students to school safe and on time everyday and especially during testing. Thank you to all drivers.
Some 31students in Port St. Lucie High School’s (PSLHS) Business & Industry Academy recently visited the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. While at UF, students were able to see some of the latest technology in building design and construction, such as 3D modeling software and laser-aided surveying equipment. The professors discussed the opportunities at UF in programs such as Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management, and others. This field trip is part of a partnership PSLHS is developing with the Rinker School. PSLHS is the only high school on the Treasure Coast with a construction trades program, which prompts the interest by UF. As a result of this trip, many PSLHS students are considering the University of Florida and a career in one of these fields.
Northport K-8 first graders in Michelle Hicks’ classroom reviewed three dimensional shapes as they prepare for the up coming SAT 10 testing. Students utilized Venn diagrams to sort shapes based on whether each shape was rolled, stacked or both. Students are learning to check faces, vertices and edges to figure our shape. Mrs. Hicks’ lesson demonstated lively paced instruction, chunking content into “digestible bites” and reflection on information learned. Pictured are first graders McKayla Sanon and Walky Julien.
Northport K-8 administration, faculty, staff and families united for a terrific cause recently. The Northport family joined with the American Cancer Society to support Relay For Life held at Digital Domain Park. The school based organizers, third grade instructor Tiffany Tredor and middle grades math instructor Mehgan Drost generated support for the walk by promoting the Relay For Life continually through the school year to students and families. This year, thanks to the Relay For Life team, the school met the goal of $2500 and turned in $2696. Northport K8 tuned into the theme of the Relay For Life this year by decorating for Charles Dickens classic story, “A Christmas Carol!” Northport K-8 School is so pleased to be an integral piece of this terrific community based initiative.
Kindergartners in Nancy Yost’s class at Northport K8 produced a charming display for parents and grandparents recently in their classroom. Students used singing, verse and rhyme to showcase learning three main requirements for plants to grow: sun, air and water. Students used verse to portray the months of the year and used pictures to impress with their vocabulary skills. A few of the words were stumble, journey, absurd and gorgeous. Much hard work, determination and family support helps to make Nancy Yost’s classroom and her students a success story for all students. Special thanks to classroom volunteer Sally Poole who is an integral facet in the successful classroom. Mrs. Yost encouraged parents to continue working with their children over the summer to make the burst into first grade a tremendous success.
Bayshore Elementary students in A.J. Bevacqua’s Rti group are researching ecosystems. Pictured are fifth grade students Chloe Resendiz, left, and Quinn Oslager who researched and created a freshwater ecosystem.
Northport K8 School master kindergarten teacher Melody Nieves and her students give a ringing endorsement to FAU student intern Amanda Bean. Miss Bean completed two years at Indian River State College and then two years in the Education Department at Florida Atlantic University. She has recently completed her student internship at Northport K8, first easing her way into the classroom, then interning as the full time teacher and then easing back out of the classroom successfully. Mrs. Nieves and Miss Bean complement each other’s teaching styles and the experience has been positive for students, the intern and the teacher. Mrs. Nieves said, “From day one, I was grateful to have the opportunity to work with Miss Bean. She was eager to jump in and assist my kindergartners in every way. She has been a blessing!” Pictured are Mrs. Nieves, far left, Miss Bean, far right, and the class.
Students in third through fifth grade at Bayshore Elementary were given the opportunity to write poems as part of the Young Writers of America contest. Students wrote poems about their wish for the world or what their family means to them. Pictured are Shandy Ernest, left, and Jadyn Smith from Janet Baraniak’s third grade class who wote poems for the contest.
Students at Allapattah Flats K8 worked diligently on FCAT skills as they prepared for the test, and will continue to keep up their brisk pace as they dig into the fourth quarter. In science, students will be working on a variety of topics, like physical and chemical changes, forms of energy, heat, sound, and motion. In math, students are beginning to dive into an introduction to fifth grade skills that will prepare them for their move into the next grade. To top it all off, fourth grade students had some excitement as they welcomed their new classmates. The ducks have finally hatched! Students in Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade class were overjoyed with the long awaited ducklings’ arrival. Pictured are Alexis Allen, left, and Riley Franklin with one of the brand new ducklings fresh out of the egg.
The Lincoln Park Academy Odyssey of the Mind Team won first place at the recent state competition, and will move on to World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. There they will be performing the solution to their posed problem along with teams from all over the globe. The scores for these performances, along with the scores they receive for a spontaneous creative thinking event, will determine where they place in the World Finals for creative thinking and problem solving. Pictured, front row from left, Amanda Corrick, Bianca Favata, Gabrielle Donate, and Neha Reddy. Back row, from left, Robert Bacchus, Jr., Garrett Malone, Coach Judi Hueter, and Alex Trewyn .
Allapattah Flats seventh grade students, Maya Sanders , left, and Ashley Bowers express their creativity through writing and illustration. Both students demonstrated their concept by recreating their own version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Students’ work includes a title, various characters, and a moral. Lastly, students presented their story to the class.
The third annual Family Reading Festival, sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council, drew approximately 3,000 visitors on Saturday, April 21, at Digital Domain Park. “We are so happy that so many people came to the event to celebrate literacy, and that we could put books in the hands of families to take home to enjoy,” remarked Vince Scotto, fifth grade teacher at Manatee Academy and incoming council president. There were puppet shows, an author’s alley with authors signing their books, Mother Goose reading to children, and a book exchange, as well as the VIP area where children could read to VIPs, such as school board members, the superintendent, school board staff and principals. Pictured, left, is Floresta Elementary School principal Deborah Iseman listening to a young reader.
Northport K-8 students from Mala Woessner’s Northstar team performed a play called Women Who Wowed History about famous women such as Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Emily Dickenson, Abigail Adams, Amelia Earhart and Queen Elizabeth I. The famous women sat in semi circle and were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about their contributions and famous quotes. The students showcased the best of Northport K-8 School literacy programs. Principal Glenn Rustay also participated in the Family Reading Festival by encouraging students to read to him in the Read To A VIP section of the festival. Over 20 authors participated including our One Book, One Community authors Diane Z. Shore and Donna Gephart, as well as author David Mark Lopez from last year’s community books made appearances. Mother Goose read from her classics, a Scholastic Book Fair was available, a book exchange, puppet show and many other literacy highlights to help encourage family participation in the St. Lucie County Family Reading Festival.
At Windmill Point Elementary, students in Jeannine Lockart’s fourth grade class received a special banner from their reading buddies from Nancy Cordero’s first grade class to wish them good luck on the FCAT!
Pictured from left, Mary Fowler, Mikki Greer, Courtney Crooks, Beth McMillen carry the Samuel S. Gaines Academy banner at opening ceremonies for St. Lucie West’s Relay For Life event. The team held events throughout the year to raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s research. Fund raisers included a Pie-In-The-Face contest, Caps for a Cure and Crazy Sock It To Cancer day. Not pictured but also attending the event from SGA were Megan Schwenger and Jen Bozone.