F. K. Sweet art fair brings in lots of little artists

F. K. Sweet art fair brings in lots of little artists

F K Sweet’s annual art fair to raise money for the art program was a huge success. Students had more than 10 crafts to chose from and some did them all. Families enjoyed the night out together supporting the school. Pictured, from left, are Emma Rizzo, Giovanna Mangeri, and Lani Chambers, they are working on making scratch art masterpieces.

F. K. Sweet Breakfast with Santa

F. K. Sweet Breakfast with Santa

Frances K. Sweet’s student council hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa for the students and their families. More than 50 families ate breakfast, made crafts, and met Santa. Pictured are the student council representatives, Mr. Gary Bushby, and of course Santa.

F. K. Sweet cafeteria manager focuses on student health

F. K. Sweet cafeteria manager focuses on student health

March is National Nutrition Month and Janette Champagne, cafeteria manager at F.K. Sweet Elementary School works hard every day to ensure that students are eating a healthy balanced diet at breakfast and lunch. She also initiated a Walking Club for students. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday before school and walk a mile on the school track. Yoga is also a part of the club’s morning workout. Pictured is Ms. Champagne with students after their morning walk.
F.K. Sweet Challenge Students Get Serious About Area!

F.K. Sweet Challenge Students Get Serious About Area!

The students in Mrs. Johnson’s Challenge class get serious about learning how to find area. How many square inches are in a square foot? 144 — they made a model!

Pictured are: Mesfah Mustakim, Charlotte Sellers, Camryn Monroe, Josiah Edmond, Sophia Alarcon, and Anthony Green.

F K Sweet DAR Essay Winners

F K Sweet DAR Essay Winners

Cora Stickney Harper Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution was proud to announce the winners of the DAR American History Essay Contest. The contest was open to all public and private schools 5-8th grade.  Frances K Sweet Magnet School was proud that all three place holders for fifth grade were from our school. The title for this year’s contest was:  “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island”. First Place  Adriana Varn, Second Place Brooke Adams, and Third Place Mackenzie Kenney. Pictured left to right, Mackenzie, Brooke, and Adriana.

F. K. Sweet drama club spread holiday cheer

F. K. Sweet drama club spread holiday cheer

The F.K. Sweet Elementary Drama Club recently presented “A Fairy Tale Christmas” for parents and students. Fairy tale characters from all of the favorite classics try to prevent the evil stepmother from ruining Christmas by spreading good cheer with a little help from the Fairy Godmother! Pictured is the play cast.

F. K. Sweet Elementary honors recognized employees

F. K. Sweet Elementary honors recognized employees

The faculty and staff of F.K. Sweet Elementary recently recognized their honored employees, including School Related Employee of the Year David Morales, Teacher of the Year Michelle O’Keefe, and Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Belinda Buckley at a before school ceremony recently. All of the “stars” also received gifts and plaques.

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about beneficial bugs

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about beneficial bugs

Kindergarten and second grade students at F.K.Sweet Elementary School were excited to be a part of a ladybug release program conducted by the University of Florida’s agriculture department. Preston Zinter, left, and William Geraghty from Traci Lott’s second grade class are just getting ready to release hundreds of ladybugs onto neighboring plants. Students were able to learn about good and bad bugs for our environment and learned ways that ladybugs actually help the plants around us.

 

 

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about chemical change

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about chemical change

Students in Donald Logue’s fifth grade class have investigated chemical changes. They performed investigations using chemicals in test tubes to observe color changes, a release of thermal energy, and an absorption of thermal energy.  They discussed their observations and wrote down evidence from each investigation on their lab record sheet.  Pictured are Ni’Derria Cobb, left, and Bradyn Moxley.

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about shapes with bugs

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about shapes with bugs

Students in Cindy Langel’s and Dorian Newbern’s first grade classes have been learning about the different attributes of shapes. In one of their lessons, the students were able to make a shape caterpillar identifying  some of the defining and non-defining attributes of the shapes. Pictured, top row from left, are La Teya Weatters, Drew Sperber, and Jenna Franklin. Bottom row, from left, are Addison Kim, Omar Andrade, and Myron Pratt.

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about the Underground Railroad

F. K. Sweet Elementary students learn about the Underground Railroad

Third grade students in Barbara Whellams’ class at F.K. Sweet Elementary were highly entertained by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry’s reading of “Follow the Drinking Gourd”, an actual song used by the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape north to Canada. Although February is Black History Month, students learn about the contributions of African Americans throughout the entire year. 

F. K. Sweet Elementary students study body systems

F. K. Sweet Elementary students study body systems

Fifth grade students in Donald Logue’s science class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School, pictured from left Ethan Yarberry, Taylor Roop, and Ciara Ackenbrack,  can explain all about the various body systems, such as digestive, skeletal, resipiratory, and circulatory. Each student created a poster with original drawings and explained the work of that system on index cards.

F. K. Sweet Elementary students study native Floridian tribes

F. K. Sweet Elementary students study native Floridian tribes

 

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.

 

 

 

 

F. K. Sweet Elementary students use critical thinking skills for after school fun

F. K. Sweet Elementary students use critical thinking skills for after school fun

Students at F. K. Sweet Elementary School can take part in an after-school group that uses STEM lessons to increase their critical thinking skills. Pictured are fourth grade student Nestor Damian, left, and third grade student Briana Guerrier show off their space landers. For this activity, the students designed a space lander that would keep an egg safe when landing. They were both happy to report that their eggs survived the landing.

F.K. Sweet families come out and race for a cure

F.K. Sweet families come out and race for a cure

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School hosted its fifth annual Sunrise Stampede 5K recently to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Racers ranged in age from the youngest at four years old, to the eldest at 72. Families and the community came out and had a great time raising money for a cure. Pictured is a racing family, clockwise from top left, Robin Williams, Sarai Major (second in her age division), Ariel Major, and Elijah Major (first in his age division). Complete race results are available at www.itsperfecttiming.net

 

F. K. Sweet Father Daughter Dance

F. K. Sweet Father Daughter Dance

Fathers at Frances K. Sweet had the opportunity to come out for our Second Annual Father Daughter Ball. All of the girls and dads were dressed in their fanciest clothes and danced the night away. Pictured are many of the girls showing their dads how it should be done.