The Samuel Gaines Academy soccer team competed at the recent district tournament at Fort Pierce Central High School. The Colts proudly represented their school as they shut out two of their opponents on their way to the semi-finals for a second straight year. Led by Captains Jesus Gil, Pablo Luna, and Gustavo Salgado, the Colts were eliminated just one game shy of the finals. Pictured are team members, from left, back row, John Davino, Rodrigo Vega, Daniel Perez, Jose Garcia, Javier Gasca, Pablo Luna, Luis Nava-Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel, German Torres, and Alex Cruz. Front row, from left, are Erick Diaz, Xochitl Barrios, Jesus Gil, Jeremiah Flores, David Osorio, Christian Hernandez, Gustavo Salgado, and goalie Macolister Bispo.
Northport K-8 seventh grade students in Karen Nystrom’s civics classes welcomed
St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky recently to help delve further
into the issue of homelessness in St. Lucie County. After an extended amount
of project research, Mr. Dzadovsky focused the students on resources available in the county for people who are dealing with homelessness. The commissioner directed students to the Community Services Department and gave the class the direct telephone number to reach assistance. He discussed grant
programs, provided information about calling 211 to help solve immediate issues as well as information about how the county extends help to homeless veterans and the placement of children under the age of
18 in foster care. Mr. Dzadovsky told the students that he and the other commissioners will do a better job of making a clearing house for information on the homeless and on family assistance for filling out all
paperwork. Mr. Dzadovsky effectively assisted the students of Northport by providing concrete and first hand information about the homeless issue in St. Lucie County. Pictured surrounded by students and Principal Glenn Rustay is Commissioner Dzadovsky.
Principals from St. Lucie County Public Schools annually donate toys for the holidays for the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County clubhouses. The annual campaign was initiated by retired longtime principal Charles Cuomo many years ago. Pictured, from left, are Parkway Elementary School principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter, St. Lucie West Centennial High School principal John Lynch, Boys and Girls Club executive director Norm Penner, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine Taylor, and Jennifer Jock with Boys and Girls Club.
The Fort Pierce Central JROTC Cobra Battalion recently enjoyed a Family Night, when parents and cadets come together and parents get the opportunity to see their children receive awards for his or her endeavors. Awards were given for Community Service, Leadership Education and Training (LET) Level attained, Student Government, Varsity and JV Sports, Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, JROTC Summer Camp and more. In addition to awards, LET level 1 Cadets who participated in this year’s first Promotion Board were promoted based on scores received by their class leaders. Of all the LET level 1 cadets, 14 Cadets were promoted to Private, 40 Private First Class, and 19 to Corporal. Pictured is LTC (R) Al Nevarez and 1SG (R) Randall presenting the awards to the cadets.
This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.
After reading the book Pickle Things by Marc Brown, students in Theresa Delancy’s third grade class at Mariposa Elementary made their own book projects based on food. Some of the titles included Cupcake Things, Squid Things, and Cheese Ball Things. To culminate, the students were able to bring in the food that went with their book and read to special guests. Pictured is George Sofikitis reading his book Lollipop Things to math coach Terri MacInnes. What a delicious project!
George Sofikitis and Math Coach, Terri MacInnes
First Grade at Station 13
Mariposa Elementary School first grade students went on a field trip to Fire Rescue Station 13 for a fire safety presentation. The students learned important lifesaving tips and fun facts about firefighters. After the presentation the students got an inside look at a fire engine, toured the firefighters’ living quarters, and even got to try on a firefighter’s jacket.
Mariposa Elementary School third grade students recently received an early present! The Sunset Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie visited the school and distributed dictionaries to over 120 students, and shared some songs and dictionary games with the students. Pictured are Rotarians Lenny and Vickie Lloyd entertaining the students.
Fort Pierce Westwood High School JROTC cadets recently visited Palm Beach Atlantic University for annual Leadership Day. The Cadets were amazed by the campus life, the buildings where classes are held, and the attractive and convenient location of the school. They were afforded the opportunity to talk to some of the professors and the Professor of Military Science (ROTC) and ask questions relevant to their future in college, work place or military. The group was also very impressed with the school’s cafeteria, which reportedly rivals top shelf restaurants.
Mariposa Elementary School recently held its second Read to Succeed night. Assistant Principal Sandra Bushby, pictured, presented reading strategies and tips for parents to use with their children at home. Afterwards, everyone played Word Bingo, and all students went home with a new book to read!
Assistan Principal, Sandra Bushby, presenting some reading strategies to parents.
Students in Jody Horton’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School have been learning about the native tribes of Florida. Students created dioramas on either the Calusa, Apalachee, Timucua, Tequesta, or Tocobaga tribes. They also wrote summaries about the tribe that included where they lived and their customs. Pictured, from left, are Owen Biglin, Halle Daube, Kyla Pata, and Dawson Holtman enjoying sharing their projects.
As more holidays approach, first graders in Ann Hartman’s and Pamela Owens’ classes reflect back on a special event they enjoyed at Thanksgiving. Last month first graders recited poetry, shared what they were thankful for, and had a fantastic Thanksgiving Feast with their friends and family. First graders and their parents enjoying the delicious feast, from left, are Jaydin Torello, Vera Horowtitz, Samantha Roeder, Mia Horowitz, and Jason Horowitz. Parents had a wonderful time hearing what their students are thankful for, and enjoying a fabulous meal!
First graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 enjoyed a visit from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Students learned about the food pyramid, healthy eating, and the importance of exercise. Isabelle Veloz, from Ann Hartman’s first grade class, enjoyed making her very own yogurt parfait with the help of Joyce Thomasson from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Eagerly waiting their turn to make some yogurt are Cordelia Raeburn and Antonio Alves.
Second grade students’ behavior in Sherrie McLemore’s class is reinforced through the “Gift Giving Tree.” As the students are following the PBS school-wide expectations of Responsibility, Safety and Respect they receive positive praise and are given a Gator Buck. When they receive two Gator Bucks they may trade them in for a gift ticket which go into a jar and the teacher randomly draws tickets throughout the day. The students are able to choose a gift from off of or under the tree. The tree is loaded with gifts such as books, pens, pencils, candy, stickers, puzzles and much more! Angelo Donayre and Teysia Tuff show off their recently acquired treats.
Parents of first grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 listen attentively as Craig Perry from Huntington Learning Center gives a “Homework Helper” presentation. Mr. Perry explained the importance of having a special place to do homework, how to handle your child’s frustration with homework, and reinforced the importance of parents working with teachers as partners in their child’s education. Pictured, from left, Craig Perry, Tracy Vasquez, April Dunlop, Nicole Ancewitz, Katie Veloz, and Kelly Smith. It is rewarding to see the community, school and parents work together to create a fantastic partnership in children’s education!
Four outstanding employees have been selected at Allapattah Flats K8 for their dedication and effort to the school, students and district and they will represent the school in the annual employee recognition program. The employees are reportedly irreplaceable, committed to the students, staff and community, and truly make a difference each day.]Pictured, from left, are Melissa Nelson, School Related Employee of the Year, Mary Ellen Barrett, Teacher of the Year, Danya Etter, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and Tekia Montgomery, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year.
The Allapattah Flats K8 girls volleyball team recently participated in the district tournament and finished as 2011-2012 district runner-ups. Congratulations and great job to the super six, Ryleigh Veith, Shannon Braessler, Valerie Trujillo, Gabby Bather, Madeline Lawson, Tiara Evans and Coach Justin Allen.
Students in Ann Hartman’s first grade class at Allapattah Flats K8 listen attentively as Craig Perry from Huntington Learning Center reads a special holiday story, “Oliver All Alone”. Students listened to the story in the special Gator Reading Room. Mr. Perry helped foster the students love of reading, and kept them engaged by asking purposeful questions throughout the story. What a special treat for the students. Pictured, back row from left, are Jimmy Fanning, Enrique Mojica, Andre Hale, Mia Horowitz, Angelica Maldonado, Courtney Waithe, Antonio Alves, and Jayden Torello. Front row, from left, are Michael Brown, Emily Middlebrook, Craig Perry, Cordelia Raeburn, Kes Barber, Isabelle Veloz, and Parkyr Saylor.
Weatherbee Elementary recently honored all of the school’s nominees for various awards that will be presented at this year’s Night of the Stars employee recognition ceremony. Pictured are Monica Adhin, Weatherbee Elementary’s nominee for Outstanding First Year Teacher, with Principal Michael Hitsman, left, and Assistant Principal Dianne Young.
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.
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.