As kindergarten teacher Patricia Collins stands and shares tidbits about herself, Village Green Environmental Studies School teachers look on with warm smiles and excitement as they ready themselves to welcome her to the Village Green family with applause. The process is repeated more times as they welcome Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris and Margot Williams to first grade, Ashley Foreman to the kindergarten team, and Erin Saunders as the new speech language pathologist. Gina Burns joined the second grade team after this opening day event.
Opening day for the 2012-2013 school year went smoothly, no major issues had arisen by mid-day. Students at 13 local schools were welcomed with Kids at Hope tunnels, where school staff and community members applauded and gave “high-five” greetings with encouraging messages to the returning students. Pictured, at left, are St. Lucie School Board members Kathryn Hensley and Debbie Hawley, and right, Superintendent Michael Lannon and Boys and Girls Club executive director Norm Penner welcoming students at Garden City Early Learning Academy.
Television and print media covered the opening day for St. Lucie Schools, visiting several campuses for the Kids at Hope tunnels and get a glimpse of the first day of school for approximately 40,000 students at 42 schools. Pictured is Superintendent Michael Lannon being interviewed by Tasha Martinez of Channel 12 WPEC at 6:30 AM at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.
Dr. Adolph Brown, Passionate Educator is pictured with Brandi Pagano, speech-language pathologist at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition. Dr. Brown, “The World’s Greatest Edu-tainer,” kicked off the school year right for all of St. Lucie Public Schools educators with an informative, awe inspired and energized presentation! Dr. Brown lives in Brandi’s hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is a professor at Hampton University where Brandi received her Master’s Degree.
Teachers and staff welcomed back students and parents for the 2012-2013 school year at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @Tradition’s “Open House”. Families met their new teachers, purchase planners and spirit shirts, get information on before and after school providers, pay lunch money and get information on buses. Students also visited the library to turn in their summer reading logs and families visited teachers from previous years. It was a fantastic day seeing everyone anxious to begin the new school year! Pictured, from left, are Mrs. Losee, Clayton Losee, Colby Losee and kindergarten teacher Jenny Clancy.
A news crew from WPTV News Channel 5 spent much of the early morning Tuesday, August 21, interviewing the staff of St. Lucie Schools’ newest instructional choice for parents and students, Mosaic Digital Academy virtual K-12 school. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts was on the morning news live explaining the philosophy of the school, innovative digital delivery with a personal touch. Pictured, from left, are K-3 full time teacher Katie Johansen, 4-6 full time teacher Laurie Boyer, Virtual School Coordinator Jeanne Ziemba with reporter Christina Dettman, and Guidance Counselor Dana Tillberg, in the Mosaic Digital Academy office located in the school district building in Fort Pierce. Here, parents and students can get information or meet with teachers and counselors. Enrollment for first semester of this school year is closed, but enrollment for second semester will begin on October 20.
Northport K-8 school depends on a large and dynamic contingency of parent, grandparent, community and student volunteers to provide assistance to teachers and staff. Volunteers provide individual educational assistance to students to help increase achievement in all areas of curriculum. There are many opportunities for volunteerism in the school. Categories are instructional, resource, organizational such as PTO and School Advisory committee, Business Partners, Mentoring and fundraisers as well as our dynamic Veterans Partners In Education program. Pictured are parents Jackie Weir, left, and Suzie Scott who are assisting in the Media Center preparing book sets for the middle grades bookroom. Anyone Interested in becoming involved at Northport K-8 can contact Lynne Gruszka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northport K8 School administration and staff recognize the fact that parental involvement is critical for a truly successful school. Northport K8 PTO sponsors many events throughout the school year such as, Breakfast With Santa, Student of the Month, Fun Run, Fifth grade Moving Up ceremony, AYP celebrations, school wide beautification programs, Teacher Appreciation programs, faculty breakfasts, holiday luncheons and eighth grade graduation. The PTO also matched the school Media Center’s Titlewish program by matching funds collected. The Media Center was able to purchase many new books. Northport k8 School would love to have additional parent involvement and encourage all to become involved in the achievement of each and every child. First NPK8 PTO meeting is August 27 at 4:15 pm in our parent room. Pictured, from left, are students Cody Scott, Kylee Cicio and Finn Carey.
Bayshore Elementary School’s Open House was a great success. Families had an opportunity to meet teachers and staff members. Families were also provided assistance in the computer labs to find their children’s bus and lunch information. Pictured is the Barbot family, from left, Juan, Emlio and Doris, with second grade teacher Carol Galloway discussing the upcoming school year.
Some 120 students in Samantha Pullins’ Medical Academy at Fort Pierce Central High School received free composition books from the Kids In Need Foundation thanks to donations from the back to school supply drive held by local Walgreen drug stores. Ms. Pullins wrote and won a grant with the foundation to be the recipient of school supplies collected by Walgreen stores located in Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. While at one of the stores collecting supplies, the store manager asked specifically what item her students were in need of, and Ms. Pullins responded they needed composition books for their journals, so the manager purchased books for each student in need. Pictured are students in a Health Science 2 course with their composition books!
Northport K-8 School Media Center is open for business and promoting the joy of reading this year! Long range goals have been formulated with student achievement in the forecast. Students will learn to select books focusing on their interests and quality research skills are connected to classroom instruction. Premier literacy programs are offered through the media center targeting common core standards across the curriculum. Some of the quality programs offered are Veterans Partners In Education programming, September 11 commemoration program, community reading programs and partnerships, Young Authors program, spelling bee, Women’s History programming, book fairs, multicultural events, guests speakers on a variety of subjects, Veteran’s Day “Invite a Vet to Class” program, Titlewish Community Book Fair as well as the school wide antibullying program, Unity Day, One Book-One Community programming as well as in depth involvement in the St. Lucie County Reading Council to promote positive interactions with colleagues and to promote literacy in our community. The school media center offers students and teachers an opportunity to connect with great books, utilize technology and open avenues for community and parental involvement.
Floresta Elementary School teachers returned for the new school year on Monday, August 13,
to a full schedule of Professional Development trainings and a variety of other opening week activities. Pictured are teachers participating in an energizing teambuilding activity, from Kagan’s Silly Sports and Goofy Games publication. This is one of many research based Kagan activities teachers will put to use in the classroom this school year.
After discussing the PBIS expectations in the classroom, students in Kim Yoder’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary extended their learning using a cause and effect thinking map. This map helped review the rules and brainstorm what type of rewards the students were interested in this year. Pictured, from left, are Tra’Kyla King, Ericka Zurita, Kamryn Gardner, and Kayla Jerger.
Northport K8 School sent a large contingency of instructors and staff to enjoy the Meet and Greet held at Chili’s in St. Lucie West recently for the St. Lucie County Reading Council. The council offers district staff a wonderful opportunity to inspire collegiality and promote positive interactions with literacy at the forefront. The Meet and Greet hosted author Henry Cole, who wrote the new One Book-One Community Read, “A Nest For Celeste”! The council, led by president Deb Remington, Manatee Academy media specialist, offers a variety of opportunities to share ideas, compare learning strategies and a chance to take part in district initiatives, including the Young Author’s program, One Book-One Community program, and Family Reading Festival held in the spring at Digital Domain Park, as well as several other opportunities. Northport’s contingent numbered more than 20 teachers and staff, a thorough investment in the council’s objectives as well as an awesome chance to tip our hat to
professionalism and collegiality!
Northport K-8 middle grades chorus, under the direction of instructor and new choral director James Kirk have been diligently preparing for their debut as a distinguished chorus. Students will don dress attire and sing an arrangement of America The Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates at the school’s first assembly of the year. Students will sing at the September 11 Commemoration to be held on September 10 in the Northport gymnasium. Mr. Kirk previously directed at Alfred Ely Beach High School in Savanna, Georgia. Mr. Kirk began directing in 2004. The debut should prove to energize the Northport Choral Department and bring the gift of music to the school community.
The Allapattah Flats K-8 School kindergartners had a great start of the school year. Students did many activities related to school and classroom rules, took a tour of their new school and met many of the great staff. The students were also asked to bring in items in a small lunch bag that would tell their friends something special about “me”. They were all eager to share their special story using the microphone. It was a great way to warm up to their new teacher and classmates. Pictured is Ryan Cook as he shares his love of basketball with the class.
Eighth grade Allapattah Flats students practiced using the scientific method to determine which type of paper will allow a paper airplane to fly the furthest. Students used prior knowledge to generate their hypothesis and develop their procedures and will apply what they learned from this lab activity to engineer a more aerodynamic plane in their lab work. Students learned to identify the value in using the scientific method in everyday life as a guide for how to think like a scientist. They are also learning to differentiate between science and non-science. Pictured, from left, are Vincent Iapriccio, Jesenia Casado, Caitlin Cooney as they test out their paper airplane designs.
Mariposa’s Open House was quite a success! Students and families met their teachers, received bus numbers, and enjoyed a special PTO Carnival! The Carnival was provided by the school’s Positive, Passionate, Progressive and Proven PTO partners for all students returning to school. Students won prizes, threw rings, made baskets, and had such a great time! School never started off with so much fun! Students were excited to get “back to school” at Mariposa Elementary.
Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary did a spectacular experiment recently. Students created Spin-Copters to determine whether the mass of an object would affect how well the copters flew. The students found out that when you add a paper clip to the copter, it would fly a little farther away and spin a little faster on its descent. However, when you did the same thing with cardstock or heavier paper, the copter did not fly so well because it had too much mass. The students were engaged in this activity and enjoyed testing the copters further by adding more and more paper clips for weight.
Students in Marla Liberatore’s third grade class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School recently sang to their grandparents in honor of Grandparents Day. The boys and girls created cards and small gifts to present to their grandparents as well. Grandparents are invited to the school for lunch on September 7th to see the videos and receive their gifts.