Students enjoy annual Water Day

Students enjoy annual Water Day

Don’t tell these F.K. Sweet Elementary kindergartners that they aren’t at the beach. They probably wouldn’t believe you because so much fun was had by all at the school’s annual Water Day recently. Fom left, Kierstyn Zinter, Brayden Adams, Antianna Mills, Alexia Moxley, and Keilah Magloire are taking a break from the water to enjoy building sand castles on the playground.

Allapattah Flats students enjoy reading classic children’s book

Allapattah Flats students enjoy reading classic children’s book

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School are reading the Caldecott Award-winning novel “Charlotte’s Web.” While studying this great piece of literature, students will be completing circle maps on the characters, acting out the vocabulary words, and writing a synopsis of the chapters. Students are enchanted with the characters in the book and are eager to learn the outcome. Pictured, from left, De’Auveon Mitchell, Tatiana Holloway, Neveah Russell, Abigail Nunez, Adam Etayem, Kenneth Castro, and Elexus Mcmillian are all enjoying the classic book.

Allapattah Flats students celebrate Mother’s Day

Allapattah Flats students celebrate Mother’s Day

The third grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 celebrated Mother’s Day by decorating their own heart shaped Mother’s Day cakes. The cakes, including the frosting and sprinkles, were provided by the school’s business partners at Publix Super Market. Students enjoyed decorating their own cakes and were even able to add their own special touch with a unique Mother’s Day card. Students were excited about presenting their unique creations to their mothers on Mother’s Day. Pictured are Rhianna Sheehan, left, and Mariana Trujillo-Naranjo.

Northport third graders tackle technology

Northport third graders tackle technology

Students in Northport K-8 Janine Ferro Weicks’ third grade RTI class accepted their teacher’s challenge and guidance and produced top of the line PowerPoint presentations recently. Students declared the main concept and provided plenty of rich supporting details when building their presentations. Students worked cooperatively, with Mrs. Weicks serving as coach and mentor through the process of completing slides. Students presented information about some of their favorite topics such as wrestling, soccer, music and the author, Rick Riordan. Students also presented information about themselves, including their likes, dislikes, favorite teachers and favorite types of music. Students presented their slide shows using correct volume, good pacing and were equal contributors in the group discussions. Parents, grandparents, administration and teachers were extremely impressed with the informational and clearly well organized presentations. Pictured are Mrs. Ferro Weicks, principal, Glenn Rustay,
assistant principal, Doug Shook and plenty of parents and grandparents.

Sadie is ‘superintendent for the day’

Sadie is ‘superintendent for the day’

Third grade Allapattah Flats K8 student Sadie Garcia, daughter of Jennifer and Brian Garcia, won a raffle fundraiser prize for the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce of being St. Lucie Schools’ Superintendent for the Day. On June 1, 2012, Sadie began the day accompanying Superintendent Michael Lannon to the business meeting of the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, where she participated in the regular business of the organization, approving the budget and seconding a motion to adjourn the meeting. Sadie, who says her favorite school subjects are math and reading, and she enjoys art, met employees throughout the school district office, visited Fort Pierce Central High School, and the south county compound. Pictured is Sadie with Superintendent Lannon, right, and Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Technology (IT) Terence O’Leary as Mr. Lannon and Sadie visit the IT department.

WestGate teacher wins I-Pad

WestGate teacher wins I-Pad

Kelly Koenke, representing the orthodontic offices of Dr. Lee Leglar, recently surprised WestGate K8 fifth grade teacher Yanet Garcia with an Apple I-pad. Fifth grade WestGate students and teachers attended the Education Day events at the Mets Stadium on May 16th, and teachers put their names in a drawing for the IPad, and Ms. Garcia was the lucky winner of the raffle sponsered by Dr. Leglar. Ms. Koenke and Ms. Danny Ormstom also surprised Ms. Garcia’s students with pizza and soda. A sincere thank you to Dr. Leglar for supporting St. Lucie Schools. Pictured are Ms. Koenke, left, and Ms. Garcia.

Bayshore Elementary students investigate during CSI Night

Bayshore Elementary students investigate during CSI Night

Recently Bayshore Elementary had a prankster take the school mascot, Jazzy Jaguar, from the tv studio. During the next week students gathered evidence and investigated to determine who was the guilty suspect. During CSI Night, students participated in experiments about fingerprint analysis, liquid analysis and code identification. Pictured, from left, are first grader Andrew Perkins, second grader Bryanna Camareno and fourth graders Aliya Camareno and Melony Gonshor analyzing liquids and recording data in their data analysis notebooks.

Northport kindergartners celebrate a special day

Northport kindergartners celebrate a special day

Northport K-8 students, parents, grandparents, administrators and kindergarten teachers Megan Castiglia, Chelse Goergen, Kara McNair, Melody Nieves, Staci Saunders and Nancy Yost recently celebrated Moving Up Day as students proudly accepted accolades for their many accomplishments as beginning Northport learners.  Students each received a picture with principal Glenn Rustay and assistant principals Benigna Montenegro and Douglas Shook as a symbol of a successful completion of the school year. After the ceremony, students in Melody Nieves’ class and parents joined together for “Absolutely Incredible Kid Day!” Parents wrote letters to be shared in the class about why their child is so incredible and why they are proud of them. Pictured are parents Tiffany Blankenship and Joe Torres with their son Shane Blankenship Torres. Shane’s parents wrote him a letter commending him for his sweetness  and for being good withhis brothers and sisters. They called him an incredible young man who is a gift and a blessing to their family.

Kindergarten Pinning celebrated at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten Pinning celebrated at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten students are seen with their teachers Patricia Ifill-Bowen, left, and Kristy Henderson at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition as they perform a few songs for parents during their recent Kindergarten Pinning Ceremony. This celebration was to recognize the kindergarten students and celebrate all that they had learned in their first year at Palm Pointe. Now, they are soon to be first graders and enjoyed celebrating with their families on this special occasion.

Eighth grade Poetry Slam winners at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade Poetry Slam winners at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had a Poetry Slam in Kip Wright’s language arts class. Pictured is first place winner was Tabrecia Houston, left, who was awarded $25.00, and the second place winner Jonathan Auguste who received $15.00. 

Weatherbee Elementary safety patrol earns special trip

Weatherbee Elementary safety patrol earns special trip

Weatherbee Elementary Safety Patrol members celebrated a year of successful service to their school with a field trip to SeaWorld in Orlando.  Members not only assisted students and staff at arrival and dismissal each day, but truly served as role models for younger students.  Students participated in a fund-raising event with the assistance of Weatherbee’s faculty and staff members in order to participate.  Students were excited as many were visiting SeaWorld for the very first time. A special thank you to Roberta Weil, Safety Patrol Coordinator, as well as many parents, faculty and staff members who served as chaperones for this event. What a great way to celebrate a successful school year!

Forest Grove Middle students study molecular structure

Forest Grove Middle students study molecular structure

Over 700 Forest Grove students performed a lab in which they extracted DNA from a fresh strawberry during their science class. Sixth graders learned about cells and cell theory. In seventh grade, their knowledge expanded through studying how DNA determines the genetic structure of an organism and makes each individual unique. Eighth graders continued to expand this concept by concentrating on the way that cells and DNA contribute to body systems, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Following this hands on activity in a wet lab setting, students could not only see, but hold and stretch the strawberries’ DNA to see the double helix shape. This truly engaging activity allowed students to know that DNA molecules really do exist. Pictured, from left, re Janira Quinones, Yadira Solis and Ariana Luna.

Forest Grove Middle students visited by Holocaust survivor

Forest Grove Middle students visited by Holocaust survivor

Olga Drucker, a Holocaust Kindertransport child (http://www.kindertransport.org/), visited with Ilyssa Greene’s sixth grade language arts students. Mrs. Drucker read excerpts from Kindertransport (http://us.macmillan.com/kindertransport/OlgaDrucker), her autobiography, which is a children’s book that covers her six years in England and reunion with her parents in 1945. She spoke with students about the impact separation and reunification had on her and her family. She also impressed upon students the importance of never allowing another Holocaust to become part of their history. Kindertransport rescued thousands of German and European Jews by sending Jewish children to live abroad with families who were often not Jewish. Seated, from left, Asmaa Kacen, Olga Drucker and Jonhatan Zarate, and standing, from left, Delbert Brunson and Courtney Scott.

Young Authors celebration held at Manatee Academy

Young Authors celebration held at Manatee Academy

The St. Lucie County Young Author Celebration sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council was recently held at Manatee Academy. Over 200 parents and students enjoyed author Donna Gephart, a light lunch, book fair and free books and prizes. Pictured is the organization’s Executive Council, who made the event happen, from left, Vince Scotto, Debbie Remington, Wanda Galey, Dorothy Still and Alma Goff.

Garden City student wins prize for reading

Garden City student wins prize for reading

Student Takara Thomas was the grand prize winner of Garden City Early Learning Academy’s 100 Book Challenge. This year, the school was able to accept a donated computer as a prize to the winner. The challenge was that any time a student read over 250 steps (62.5 hours) during independent reading time or at home, their name was put into the drawing. Many students met the challenge and had an entry into the grand drawing. This challenge was set up by instructional coach Alexandra Laoutas as a way to promote independent reading. Pictured are Takara and her excited father with her prize.

Honor roll students recognized at Palm Pointe graduation

Honor roll students recognized at Palm Pointe graduation

Eighth grade students were recognized at the recent graduation ceremony at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition for making the Principal’s Honor Roll. This award is for students with straight  As. Pictured, back row from left, St. Lucie County School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, Alexa McGlade, Genicia Williamson, Ashley Smith, Adonis Smartt and Shannon Robinson. Front row, from left, Megan Wichern, Nicole Delano,Brianna McGlade, Aishani Kalluri, Yolie Cius and Danae’ Beech.