Students enjoy humorous books about real characters

Students enjoy humorous books about real characters

Ask just about any intermediate student at F.K. Sweet Elementary about their favorite books, and you will hear Nate the Great quite often. This series is written by Lincoln Peirce, and focues on Nate, a sixth grade genius. These hilarious illustrated novels are certainly on Kayla Jungjohan, left, and Willie Whitehead’s reading list.
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.

Students encouraged to visit the Savannas park

Students encouraged to visit the Savannas park

A student led organization out of the Savannas State Park Preserve on Walton Road organized an event to encourage teens out of the house on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy the park. Students from the tri-county area attended and activities included a scavenger hunt, nature hike, minute to win it games, and live musical acts from Lincoln Park Academy’s Jazz ensemble, Port Saint Lucie High School duo Nick Vinson and Skyler Jacobson, and alternative rock band also from PSLHS, The Waking Theory.  Thanks to generous donations from the Walmart Distribution Center, give-a-ways included a 37inch flat screen TV and a combo grill as well as several outdoor/survival supplies. Pictured is Michael Weir from Northport K8 School who went home with a brand new TV!

 

Students earn special tee shirts for reading gains

Students earn special tee shirts for reading gains

Students Willie Whitehead, Julian Nunez, Kayla Jungjohan, Morgan Busby, Olivia Sperber, Stoney Braynen, James Coriolan, Justin Adrian, and Wes Varn are just a few of the students who earned Star Reader shirts at F.K. Sweet Elementary. Jeanie DuPell, media specialist, awards students who have either grown a hundred points, or, are reading at least one grade level above their current grade. This program is sponsored by Scholastic, Reading Counts.
Students earn lunch with the principal at Windmill Point

Students earn lunch with the principal at Windmill Point

Christian Baca and Adrian Colon, students from Kelita Singleton’s third grade class at Windmill Point Elementary recently enjoyed lunch with Principal Jonetha Maness. Christian saved up his Wildcat Cash for an opportunity to bring a friend and enjoy lunch in the principal’s conference room. Pictured, from left, are Principal maness, Christian and Adrian.

Students earn books at Rivers Edge Elementary family event

Students earn books at Rivers Edge Elementary family event

Rivers Edge Elementary hosted an exciting family event recently to put books in to the hands of students, Bingo for Books. Pictured is third grade student Kayla Filippini from Barbara Ditrapani’s with her dad enjoying a robust game of Bingo mixed with science trivia questions. Every student went home a winner!

Students Earn and Learn

Students Earn and Learn

Students learn about the economy in a fun and creative way by participating in the FCEE annual Economic Poster Contest. Each year, approximately 300 students gain a better understanding of our economic system through their participation in this exciting competition.

Students learn a basic economic concept and then use their creativity and art skills to demonstrate their understanding of the concept in a colorful drawing. Teachers submit their entries in both the fall and spring semester, after which 12 winners are selected (each term). Entries are judged on originality, creativity, and accuracy of concept.

Each winning entry receive $25 and a copy of the calendar/poster, and a surprise gift card.

Students ECONOMIC CONCEPT DEFINITIONS

  • ASSETS: Things that have earning power or some other value to their owner.
  • BUDGET:  The amount of money that is available for, required for, or assigned to a particular purpose.
  • CONSUMERS & PRODUCERS: Consumers are people who buy goods and services. Producers are people who make goods or provide services. Producers supply goods and services and consumers demand them.
  • DEBT: Something, typically money, that is owed or due. The state of owing money.
  • ENTREPRENEUR: An entrepreneur is someone who recognizes an opportunity, marshals the productive resources, and takes the risk to develop or improve a product or start a new business.
  • GOODS & SERVICES: A Good is an object people want that they can touch or hold. A Service is an action that a person does for someone else. Goods are items you buy such as food, clothing, toys, furniture, and toothpaste. Services are actions such as haircuts, medical check-ups, mail delivery, car repair, and teaching.
  • INCENTIVES: Factors that motivate and influence the behavior of households and businesses. Prices, profits, and losses act as incentives for participants to take action in a market economy.
  • SAVINGS: The amount left over when a person’s expenses are subtracted from the amount of disposable income that he or she earns in a given period of time. This occurs when individuals, businesses, or the economy as a whole do not consume all of the current income.
  • SUBSTITUTE GOODS: Two goods that could be used for the same purpose. If the price of one good increases, then demand for the substitute is likely to rise.
  • TRADE: The voluntary exchange of goods and services for money or other goods and services. When trade is voluntary, both people benefit. Trade without money is called barter.

 

St. Lucie Elementary Winners:

Jaden Carey – Consumer & Producers (Calendar)

Jata Khan – Saving (Poster)

Village Green Environmental Studies School Winners:

Gracious Ianniccheri (Poster)

Jennavie Porteous (Poster)

     

 

Students dress alike for fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Students dress alike for fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a “Twin Day” to raise money for Relay for Life. This organization raises money for cancer awareness and for different services for cancer patients. Each year Palm Pointe participates and several activities are planned to help raise money.  Pictured are third grade students from Rosary Polanco’s class that wanted to all dress alike. Back row, Casandra Isaac, left, and Alyssa Dwyer. Front row, from left, Cara Lents, Brooklyn Lyons, Allison Kohler, Emily Rabich, Kacy Zdenek and Haylynn Tate.

Students create interactive hallways at Allpattah Flats

Students create interactive hallways at Allpattah Flats

Seventh grade students in Christine King’s class at Allapattah Flats K-8 School created an interactive bulletin board of the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. The board gives other students, through the use of a flip chart, the opportunity to get a synopsis of the short story that will encourage them to seek Poe’s entire classic work out and read it on their own. The learning goal was for students to understand that text has meaning and students should be able to use dominant strategies and skills to construct that meaning.  Pictured, from left, are Ahlyissa Hicks, Zachary Grundstrom, Joshua Bailey, Jesus Paz, Jayson Tabora, and Haley Roberson.

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition investigated, examined and studied various artists and their work.  After creating their own original works of art based on the artist they researched, students digitized their work and then used Adobe Photoshop to enhance their images. The work was framed and hung in the newest gallery at the school.

Students continue learning through the summer at 21st Century camps

Students continue learning through the summer at 21st Century camps

Students are busy learning at The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) summer programs at several school sites in St. Lucie County. These programs are supported by a federal grant with the school district, and are offered at no cost to students or families, and provide additional education opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. Each summer, the 21st CCLC operates a unique range of services based on the needs of the community, with the same set of goals as its premise: Academic Enrichment in Reading and Language Arts, Academic Enrichment in Science and Mathematics, Personal Enrichment, and Educational Services to Adult Family Members. This year we have collaborated with the Girl Scouts of America, Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital, St. Lucie County Camp Water Safety, L & G Camp of Champs, and Treasure Coast Hospice to provide a wide array of exciting educational opportunities for our students. Priority of services is offered to students of Title I eligible schools, with academic needs in reading and/or math as identified by FCAT scores. The program is limited as to the number of students that can be served and continued funding is contingent on student attendance each day of the program. Students in this photo are working on reading and math skills at a program at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce. Other sites are Weatherbee Elementary School in Fort Pierce, and Oak Hammock K-8 School in Port St. Lucie.

Students Construct Solar Ovens at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Students Construct Solar Ovens at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Fifth grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School enjoyed a day of STEM learning. Their task was to design, construct and test solar ovens to demonstrate the transformation of solar energy to thermal energy. After researching different designs, students were given materials to construct a solar oven from a pizza box. They tested their ovens first by melting a square of chocolate for three minutes. They returned to the lab to make adjustments to their designs before making s’mores. Through the STEM activity students reinforced content learned in the classroom and of course, the s’mores were enjoyed by all.

Students Compete for Title: Chefs of Tomorrow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Today’s Iron Chefs have nothing over the talented student chefs who will be competing for tasty votes during the 3rd Annual Culinary Showcase on Wednesday, December 9, at the City of Port St. Lucie Civic Center on US Hwy One. From 5 pm to 7 pm, the public is invited to sample the cooking creations from the St. Lucie Public Schools’ five high school culinary arts programs (Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast, and St. Lucie West Centennial High Schools) and two middle school programs (Northport VPK-8 and St. Lucie West K-8).

A nominal fee of five dollars will be charged in exchange for the opportunity to taste and vote on the Chefs of Tomorrow. This honor is bestowed upon the school with the most votes.  The Chefs of Tomorrow winner will be announced at the close of the event (7 pm).  All proceeds from this culinary challenge will support the District’s culinary programs.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

Students celebrate literacy, Northport style

Students celebrate literacy, Northport style

Northport K-8 School teachers, reading coach Deb Mock, and media specialist Lynne Gruszka utilized a variety of means and modes to get students involved in the Just Read, Florida initiative “Celebrate Literacy!” Students from grades K-8 appeared on the morning announcements to talk about their love of reading and to recommend good books. Students worked on posters for a display themed, “Take the Lead and Read” and buddied up with students in other classes to hone reading skills and encourage the joy of reading. Students also were offered the opportunity to show off their writing skills by penning an essay titled, “What Freedom Do I Enjoy The Most,” offered by American Legion Post 318. Other fun reading opportunities offered to students were “Chew and Read Wednesday” and a vocabulary parade using the book “Miss Alaineous.”  Pictured, from left, with enjoyable books are seventh grade student Samia Sides, and eighth grade students Ashley Robertson, Calvin Ward, Loveguerson Fleurine, Alexis Jones and Melinda Said. The week of January 14 -18 has been designated “Celebrate Literacy Week” by the state of Florida.

Students Build Volcanoes!

Students Build Volcanoes!

Larry Kaskey and his 7th grade Northstar students at Northport are having fun and learning about how to build a working volcano. Great hands-on lessons! The students are loving the lessons and being outside on this glorious day!

 

Students buddy up for science at St. Lucie West K8

Students buddy up for science at St. Lucie West K8

Students in Melissa Dixon’s seventh grade science classes at St. Lucie West K8 School regularly buddy up with students in Sarah Rivas’s fifth grade classes to discuss science and conduct scientific investigations. Recently, the students conducted an investigation on thermal energy. Pictured, from left, are seventh grader Danny Varon, fifth grader Sallvador Italia, and fifth grader Andre Smith.

Students benefit from summer internship program

Students benefit from summer internship program

While many might have enjoyed a summer “get-away” at the end of the 2013 school year, Cindy Hill, Fran Casner, and colleagues in the school district’s Facilities Department planned real-world, first job experiences for Career and Technical Education (CTE) summer interns. As in past years, the 2013 Summer Internship Program proved to be a great experience for 17 St Lucie Public Schools students. The program is a partnership between Facilities/Maintenance Department, CTE, and the Workforce Solutions/Hinkles and McCoy group, who create paid, real-world summer jobs for the students.  Team members from the Maintenance Department plan and host a golf tournament each Fall to raise the funds to pay the students. It is an amazing undertaking for the employees of Facilities/Maintenance to complete each year.  Participants in 2013 included Charles Barnes and Josie Osne, Amanda Frederick, Fort Pierce Westwood; Jameel Jackson, Dontrial Durden, Margaret (Lindsey) Matt, Marvella Mundo, Omar Guerrero, Torrence McQueen, Terrance McQueen, Whitney Smith, and Celeste Riley, Fort Pierce Central; Fre’ Sharia Freeman and Dale Dealle, Treasure Coast High School, Diego Garcia and Adia Vernette, Lincoln Park Academy. Each student completed training at Workforce Solutions/Hinkles and McCoy, completed six-week internships, and earned a pay check, the first ever for some. The students were assigned a single work location, learning and supporting the clerical, custodial and administrative staff in various departments and sites.  Appreciation goes to all of the district employees who supported the interns at all school athletic fields, Samuel Gaines Academy, security department, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Village Green environmental Studies school, publications department, Media Services, Human Resources, West Gate K8, the CTE, food services, Weatherbee Elementary, and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts. In 2013, Cindy Hill and the Facilities and Maintenance Department were recognized by the State of Florida as one of St. Lucie County Schools’ Business Partners of the Year for their work with the internship program. In addition to the paid internships, the Facilities/Maintenance Department awarded five summer interns with scholarships totaling $3,000 funded by the golf tournament, which will be awarded this Spring to Diego Garcia, Terrance McQueen and Torrance McQueen from Fort Pierce Central, Amanda Frederick from Fort Pierce Westwood, and Adia Vernett from Lincoln Park Academy. Pictured is scholarship recipient, intern program participant and Fort Pierce Central High School senior class president Terrance McQueen.

Students at Windmill Point hold mock presidential election

Students at Windmill Point hold mock presidential election

After weeks of research and debate about the candidates, the students in Pam Bryant’s fourth grade class at Windmill Point Elementary School voted for President. Students enjoyed learning about the voting process, the terminology, and the significance of elections in our country. With this experience happening only every four years, it was an excellent teachable moment about history. The students really enjoyed learning about the voting process and all that it entails and are looking forward to the day that they will get to cast their votes.