Eight grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 are learning about various kinds of matter. They were extraordinarily excited to learn about physical and chemical changes with hands-on activities in the science lab. Students were able to test a variety of chemicals and determine whether the reactions they saw were physical or chemical. They learned about suspensions, mixtures, and more through smell, sight and touch. Pictured, from left, are Autumn Washington, Sharon Charite, Sandy Simon and Jayda Hill as they dive right in to their next test tube waiting to see the reaction.
Culinary students from St. Lucie West Centennial, Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce Westwood and Fort Pierce Central high schools recently attended a restaurant industry state trade show. Students were accomapnied by culinary arts instructors Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell from Centennial, Janette Champagne from Treasure Coast, Maureen Greenberg from Fort Pierce Westwood, and Margaret Ash from Fort Pierce Central, along with Centennial principal Dr. Kim Stephanic, and resource officers Deputy Shirley Lindstadt, Christy Wood from Fort Pierce Westwood and Cheryl Fredericks of Allapattah Flats K8. Students sampled new food items vendors, viewed the newest technology in pizza delivery vehicles, point of sale systems, cooking technology, pest control, refrigeration systems, packaging, and social media advertising. Sustainable agriculture and fish farming were big hits, and on display were examples of chocolate and pulled sugar sculptures created in an autumn and Halloween style, and gourmet meal competition plates. Students could ask some very pertinent questions of the vendors and came away with an expanded knowledge of the food service industry and the opportunities available. The students were an absolute credit to St. Lucie County Schools.
The Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) Wind Symphony performed a concert recently featuring the student members of the Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The band members played a wide variety of literature for this concert and interacted with the audience. Assistant Superintendent of Fine Arts Dr. Kevin Perry is shown above as a guest conductor for the Wind Ensemble. The ensembles will perform again at the annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm in the LPA auditorium.
Northport K-8 students in Dorothy Still’s seventh grade class and Tracey Healy and Nichole Robinson’s fifth grade classes participated in a primary source lesson given by retired Army 1 helicopter pilot Bill Shaw. Shaw invoked his experiences as a pilot for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, Nixon and Johnson and gave students specific and historical data on Army 1, Camp David and types of jets and helicopters he piloted. He also gave specific advice on what type of classes to take for careers in different military interests. Also, Korean War veteran Peter Popolizio, Vietnam era veteran Bill Arnold, World War II veterans John Holdorf and Ray Carter spoke to the students for a few minutes on their careers. The Northport Media Center hosted the program offering lessons on deducing important information from primary sources. Pictured are students from Nichole Robinson’s and Tracey Healy’s fifth grade classes and the veterans.
October 15-19 is National School Lunch Week, a perfect time to recognize St. Lucie West K-8 food service manager Carole Schutt, who recently received a national credential as a school nutrition specialist from the National School Nutrition Association. Ms. Schutt is the first food service manager in the state of Florida in achieving this recognition. Congratulations! Pictured are Ms. Schutt, left, with Director of Food Services Deborah Wuest.
Students in Linnea Norton’s sixth grade science classes at Southport Middle School studied energy transformations by building a roller coaster for a marble. They started by designing a unique roller coaster using a student chair, about four meters of copper tubing insulation, blue painter’s tape, masking tape, a marble and a two ounce plastic cup at the end to catch the marble. Students were able to identify the locations where the energy transformations occurred. Pictured, from left, are Zack Johnson, Gabrielle Gersternecker, and Cameron Cardona.
Theresa Delancy’s third grade class at Mariposa Elementary School practiced being scientists as they explored scientific tools. The students rotated through six centers using tools like a pan balance, measuring tape, thermometer, graduated cylinder, eye dropper and hand lens. The students worked in small groups and performed an experiment at each of the six centers. They recorded their observations and collected data in their science journals just like real scientists do in the lab. Pictured are Joshua Pierre,left, and Juan Navarro.
Students in Linda Auciello’s kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary School have been learning about their five senses. The students each had an apple to use to describe their five senses in regards to the apple. How did it feel? What did it look like? How did it taste? How did it sound when they bit into it? and How did the apple smell? The students had so much fun tasting, listening, smelling, feeling and looking at these delicious apples. Pictured are parent volunteer Don Lesser, and apple observers, from left, Luke Duffy, Shane Lesser, Lyndsey Simpson and Noah Erdwein.
Joe Smith, Clerk of Circuit Court of St. Lucie County, spoke to first grade students recently at Allapattah Flats K8. Mr. Smith explained his role in the community and the upcoming election. Students were fascinated by his role in our community, and were hoping that one day they could grow up to be just like Mr. Smith. Pictured, from left, back row are Lindsey Schroeder, Ivan Liberato, Joe Smith, Jayden Tucker, and Anderson Lewellyn. Middle row, from left, Bailey Kirk, Alexis Wadlington, Ania Chandra, Matias Benitez, Robert Jones, Jamarr Richardson, and Ty Gray. Front row, from left, are Jeremiah Counterman, Erica King, Emanuel Cruz-Gonzalez, and Aerika Mclemore.
Northport K-8 School has been selected as a World-Class School, the highest distinction that can be awarded by schools that utilize the Imagine Learning program to teach students whose first language is not English. The Imagine Learning Lab is fascilitated and directed by instructor, Mary Toto and paraprofessional Marian Morales. The achievement is the result of hard work,
committment to the program and perseverance by instructors and administration. The ESOL lab at Northport opens 45 minutes before school begins to allow parents and their children to come into the lab to learn English together. The Imagine Lab is a learning environment filled with pictures of the students excelling, parents, brothers and sisters, family pets and many other photo’s to ease the students into learning in a happy and relaxed environment where learning English happens very, very quickly. Pictured, from left, are parent Adriana Persico, her child, kindergartener Daniela Persico, first grader Marion Barrios, fifth grader Melany Barrios, instructor Mary Toto and paraprofessional Marian Morales.
Fifth grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School are working diligently on their natural disaster research project and brochure. Students are now accomplished scientists who can observe and experiment to gather data and draw conclusions. They have expanded their knowledge of the physical world and can apply the basic math and science skills they’ve acquired to their observations. The understanding of the scientific method and the natural world has allowed them to research and analyze each natural disaster so they are able to complete an informational brochure to present to the class. Each group of students is required to research factual information on their specific disaster and put together an informational brochure that explains different aspects of their disaster. Pictured are Lola Dunlap, left, and Riley Franklin.
Radio Station “The Breeze” and Andy Hall of Seaside Smiles Pediatric Dentistry presented the award for the Treasure Coast Teacher of the Month to Kyle McCleary, kindergarten teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School in Fort Pierce. The radio station honors a teacher who has made a difference with an official “Teacher of the Month” certificate, a formal presentation, a pizza party for his/her class courtesy of The VanDuzer Foundation through Big Apple Pizza and Pasta in Fort Pierce, a class visit to the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and a gift basket from Teacher’s Pet and More.
Students in Bridget Valinote’s reading class at Allapattah Flats K8 used role play to identify conflict, evaluate evidence and solve problems. Using the short story “Louisa Please Come Home,” students took turns acting as a crisis counselor and a runaway teen. Students evaluated evidence to support a variety of viewpoints in the story. Working together, they brainstormed solutions and worked to solve the presented problems. Tyrek Gardner, left, and Jean Frejuste role play as a crisis counselor and runaway teen.
The kindergarten students at Allapattah Flats K8 recently participated in an apple tasting. The students made predictions about which apple they would like best. Then, they tasted green, red, and yellow apples. Lastly, the students made a chart to tell which apple was their first, second and third choice. The tasting activity provided an opportunity to use descriptive language: juicy, sour, sweet, delicious, and crunchy. Pictured are Ivy Cooper, right, and Noah Cullen with some of the kindergartners’ apple findings.
The book fair arrived at Windmill Point Elementary recently. Pictured is Alexander Guerra busily selecting a book.
Students in Tara Nettles’ kindergarten class at Windmill Point Elementary are learning their sight words in innovating ways. The students created turkeys and added first quarter sight words to show their knowledge of the words. The students worked diligently to complete their sight word turkeys during the fluency and word work portion of their day. They thoroughly enjoyed reading the words to each other once the turkeys were completed.
Northport K-8 students in Judy Fowler’s fifth grade class are preparing their annual winter garden this year with the help of a group of interested parents. During the next few months, students will learn to care for their plants by weeding, fertilizing, aerating the soil and spraying for insects. Students will also learn to use various weather instruments such as thermometers, hygrometers and rain guages. Some of the plants students are planting and tending are swiss chard, kohlrabi, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and strawberries. Students will exhibit their garden journal, their produce and gardening projects at the Saint Lucie County Fair in February. Pictured, from left, are students and parents Fred Davis, Bernard Alexis, Darlene Molinary, Joliegh O’Connor, Michael Chollette and Jeff Walk.
First graders in Kathleen Saunders’ class at White City Elementary celebrated success by being inducted into the Captains’ Club. These hard working students have already mastered the first grade words required for the year. Each student received a captain’s hat and is already working on a new goal. Pictured, from left, are Denise Negrete-Gasca, Luz Gahn Torres, Ethan Stabile, Addly Osne, Kiara Melgar and Diamond Torres.
Northport K-8 first grade students in Rachel Ellsworth, Laura Poveromo, Pam Mishler, Dulce Olivera, Michelle McCloskey and Christine Santos-Nurse’s classes received a very special visit from Smoky the Bear and Forest Ranger Bolduc recently to talk about the dangers of forest fires. The rangers read a special story about Smokey the Bear, showed the students the equipment and clothing worn by the rangers during a forest fire and even brought their heavy equipment for
students to peruse in the front of the school. Rangers talked about who to call if a student sees smoke, what to do if matches are found and many other tips to help prevent forest fires. The rangers maintained a lively pace and students were enthused with the lesson.
The (J)aguar (A)thletes (G)etting (S)tronger, or JAGS, donated money, time, enthusiasm, and support for breast cancer research at the recent Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, held at the Port St. Lucie Civc Center. Port St. Lucie High School had representation from basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, and volleyball, along with teachers, clerical staff, and family members and friends of the Jaguar Nation.