Students from Leigh Bretherick’s fifth grade class at St. Lucie Elementary School recognized Earth Day by making bird feeders using recycled milk cartons. Displaying their creations, from left, are Maria Ramirez, Hakem Jean-Baptiste, Blanca Escobar, Cecilio Ramirez, and Salvador Leon.
Three student athletes at Fort Pierce Central High School have signed letters of intent to attend colleges and participate in athletics. Ron Clarke, right, who earned a varsity letter for four years as a Cobra, will play football at Florida Institute of Technology. Gabby Lopez, center, who earned a varsity letter three years at Central, will play softball at Western Oklahoma State College. Marcus Sigmon, left, lettered in baseball four years at Central and will play baseball Indian River State College.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently held its fourth Outstanding Cadet Board of the year. The board is a competition between cadets in which they answer many questions on various subjects ranging from the JROTC curriculum and uniform wear to drill and ceremonies. The top cadets from each company are selected compete with two winners overall — one winner from the junior cadets and one from the senior cadets. Every cadet gave it their all in an attempt to win, and the two that came out on top were cadet Corporal Taylor Moore (left) and cadet Corporal Allison Miakisz.
First grade students at Gaines Academy enjoyed a recent field trip to Ric’s Garden World. The students explored the garden and learned about plants and insects after studying plants in the classroom. Pictured from Margot Williams’ class, from left, are Guadalupe Acosta-Carrasco, Karla Castro, Andrew Reeves, and Jerry Dexpreux.
After reading “Curious George Makes Pancakes” by Margret and H.A. Rey, students in Morgan Haupt’s kindergarten class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School made pancakes for themselves. The students loved learning and seeing first-hand how pancakes are made. From left, Skylar Monroe, Jacire Johnson-Bell, and Kalia Alexander helped measure the ingredients for the pancakes.
Kindergarten and second grade students at F.K.Sweet Elementary School were excited to be a part of a ladybug release program conducted by the University of Florida’s agriculture department. Preston Zinter, left, and William Geraghty from Traci Lott’s second grade class are just getting ready to release hundreds of ladybugs onto neighboring plants. Students were able to learn about good and bad bugs for our environment and learned ways that ladybugs actually help the plants around us.
Congratulations to Floresta Elementary School fourth grade teacher Veronica Allende, who was selected by the Transatlantic Outreach Program to participate in a two week group travel study tour of Germany. The group will travel on various dates this summer from late June through August. Study will focus on the German governmental system, federal system, school system, history of Germany including the Holocaust, and German business and economy, culture, current events, and the German approach to issues regarding earth stewardship. This is a very competitive program and candidates must produce essays expressing how they will use the knowledge gained to enhance the education of students. Ms. Allende will return in late summer prepared to share her experiences and draw from them to develop lessons with colleagues that enhance the Social Studies learning of students. Anyone interested in learning more about this unique opportunity may contact Ms. Allende at Floresta Elementary, or The Transatlantic Outreach Program at www.goethe.de for specific information about their educational programs and the application process.
Northport K-8 students are participating in the Young Authors program and are setting examples of effective writing for display in the school Media Center. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade have been preparing, thinking, writing, revising, editing, illustrating and demonstrating a commitment to great writing through a year long process of effective learning and teaching. The crown jewel in Northport’s commitment to effective writing and communicating ideas and information effectively is the Young Authors program. Each year, students display their books in a Media Center showcase with a theme as a backdrop. This year the theme is “Wild, Wild West Writes Again.” Entering the Media Center is a step back into American history where the Old West was King! Pictured is third grade instructor Glenda Taylor with her students in front of the third grade “Trail of Tales!” Red checkered table cloths, real cow and bull skulls, deer antlers, a saddle and bridle, a sarsasparillla 5 cents stand, kerchiefs, horseshoes and old pots and pans are some of the memorabilia that students are checking out! Young Authors Season is one of the highlights of Northport’s investment in student achievement!
The community is invited to enjoy a showcase of hundreds of science projects created by some of our district’s youngest budding scientists in kindergarten through fifth grade at the 2012 St. Lucie Public Schools Science Showcase on Saturday, May 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Southern Oaks Middle School, located at 5500 N. E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. The event is central to the school district’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative and an opportunity for the community to appreciate the STEM resources available in St. Lucie Public Schools.
This free community event will also feature exhibitors from local science institutions and organizations, as well as STEM-related high school academies, including Treasure Coast Wildlife, Indian River State College, Savannas Preserve State Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Fort Pierce Central High School’s Aeronautical Aviation Academy affiliated with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Families will be engaged with hands-on science activities, live animal shows, and interactive displays. Fun items such as Frisbees and water bottles will be given away, and concessions will be available for purchase.
For more information, call St. Lucie Public Schools K-12 Science Curriculum Supervisor Cristina Veresan at 429.3615.
Northport K-8 School proudly accepted a commendation by 14 Medal of Honor recipients held recently in Texas. The Medal of Honor recipients signed a plaque with the date and signatures of each national hero. The plaque reads in part, “For the students, faculty and staff of Northport K-8 School located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for their exceptional support of active duty military personnel and the veterans community of St. Lucie County, Florida.” The Medal of Honor is the highest award offered to U.S. military. Most awards are given posthumously for going far above and beyond the call of duty in the service of America. Northport K8 principal Glenn Rustay and media specialist Lynne Gruszka were given 150th anniversary edition gold coins for their unwavering support of the United States military. The coins are replicas of real Medal of Honorcoins carried by only a handful of veterans. Pictured are Northport 8th grade students from the Clownfish and Mariner teams, from left, Amy Lainez, Jonathon Sims and Michael Miano. Retired Air Force Sgt. Roy Brewer will extend the awards to Northport K-8 at the school’s eighth grade graduation ceremony in June.
The F.K.Sweet Elementary School annual kindergarten circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, was a recent crowd pleaser. The audience was highly entertained by clowns, magic tricks, prancing ponies, acrobats, and wild animal acts. The climax of the evening and a spell binding experience was someone surviving being shot from a cannon. A huge thanks to teachers Morgan Haupt, Kristin Griffin, Kathy Offerdahl, Michelle O’Keefe, Melanie Francisco, and Sandy Picano for their hard work and countless hours of practice. Pictured are some of the stars of the show!
Members of the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted a color guard for the Young Floridians Scholarship Award Ceremony at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the IRSC campus recently. The cadets presenting the colors were, pictured, from left, cadet First Lieutenant Andrew Miller, cadet First Sergeant Timothy Kroell, cadet Master Sergeant William Benagh, and cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino. Many of our community’s leaders such as President of Indian River State College, Dr. Edwin Massey, Superintendent Mike Lannon, Port St. Lucie High School principal Dr. Mark Rendell, and several Chamber of Commerce members were present for the color guard. Members of the Jaguar Battalion that participated in both the color guard and honor guard did so with pride.
Fourth grade students at Mariposa Elementary School are preparing for the school’s annual wax museum. The students are excited and eager to teach other students and visitors about their famous person in history and how that person made a positive impact in our society and the world. Pictured is Estefano Livi poses as Benjamin Franklin.
Students Myron Varn’s eighth grade American History classes just completed a Student Teaching Module (STM) which divided the class into five groups, each responsible for part of a chapter covering the inventions and early industry from 1740-1790. They planned lessons to include learning goals and assessments. Some lessons were as intricate as PowerPoint slide shows with a Jeopardy quiz. Others were as simple as choral reading and questioning. When asked to reflect, the groups that had the more complex lessons said that they learned more about their subject, but that it took a lot more time to put together. Groups that had the simplest lessons said that although choral reading was easy to set up and do, it wasn’t much fun. They all pooled the questions that they thought were most important into a review and ending assessment. Many students want to do this again, saying they learned more through preparation. Pictured, from left, are Conner Hay, Joseph Furman, and Javier Rosado.
Southport Middle School’s Young Authors celebration included a video conference with author Douglas Quinn. With the help of grandson, Southport Middle sixth grade student Quinn Coleson, Quinn has written four adventure series novels featuring his grandson as the main character. St. Lucie County’s ITS department supported Southport’s media center to set up the video conference with Mr. Quinn, who resides in North Carolina with his wife. Also presenting at the celebration was Scripps newspaper contributor Hillary Copsey, who spoke to students and parents about the wonderful books that the sixth through eighth grade students submitted. Winning submissions will go on to a district level competition. Pictured is Quinn visiting with his grandparents prior to the actual celebration.