F. K. Sweet kindergartners wow the crowd in annual circus

F. K. Sweet kindergartners wow the crowd in annual circus

The F.K.Sweet Elementary School annual kindergarten circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, was a recent crowd pleaser. The audience was highly entertained by clowns, magic tricks, prancing ponies, acrobats, and wild animal acts. The climax of the evening  and a spell binding experience was someone surviving being shot from a cannon. A huge thanks to teachers Morgan Haupt, Kristin Griffin, Kathy Offerdahl, Michelle O’Keefe, Melanie Francisco, and Sandy Picano for their hard work and countless hours of practice. Pictured are some of the stars of the show!

F K Sweet Marine Biologists

F K Sweet Marine Biologists

Students in Mr. Donald Logue’s fifth grade class were marine biologists for the week studying sea turtles. Thanks to the Inwater Research Group’s Traveling Turtle Trunk, they measured, weighed, and inspected “captured” sea turtles for signs of distress. Then they decided to either release their sea turtle or send it to a rehabilitation facility to receive treatment based on the evidence they collected.

F. K. Sweet mentors, staff enjoy celebration

F. K. Sweet mentors, staff enjoy celebration

Staff and faculty mentors at F.K. Sweet Elementary were recently treated to a luncheon compliments of PTO, and hosted by Robin Zabitosky and Barbara Whellams, Mentoring Committee chairs. Mentors give of their time before, after school, or during their lunch, to help students in the areas of reading, math, and writing. The program has grown each year with nearly 90% of the staff and faculty participating. Pictured are Robin Zabitosky, left, and Barbara Whellams.

F K Sweet Second Graders Build on Their Knowledge

F K Sweet Second Graders Build on Their Knowledge

Students in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School were able to explore deeper into story structure during a recent field trip to LEGOLAND. Jordin Harper(left) and Madeline Chiong(right) crafted one part of a plot structure which they developed with their small group’s team members.

F. K. Sweet second graders enjoy Florida treats

F. K. Sweet second graders enjoy Florida treats

Second grade students at F. K. Sweet Elementary participated in a presentation by Captain Citrus hosted by the Florida Department of Citrus. Students were taught about the health benefits of Florida citrus, and had a question and answer session with a local citrus grower. Students learned how citrus fruit goes from the tree to the store and their juice glasses. All the children got to sample Florida citrus fruits and Florida orange juice. After the presentation, students had their picture taken with Captain Citrus.

F. K. Sweet Second Graders Learn about Native Americans

F. K. Sweet Second Graders Learn about Native Americans

In Mrs. Kasey Ascani’s second grade class, students have been participating in a unit about “Who We Are As Americans.”  Students have learned about Native Americans and their contributions to our nation. In this activity, the class had to write three facts about Native Americans on each of their feathers and glue them to a head band they designed with symbols from that time period. Pictured, from left to right: Arrianne Reif, Matthew Ham, Dylan Gould, Ireland Wagerer,  Addison Burgess

F. K. Sweet second graders learn about the past

F. K. Sweet second graders learn about the past

Nicholas Sparkman and Mike Harris, students in Rachel Luhta’s F. K. Sweet Elementary class, take turns pumping water at the Gardner House.  The house is located on the grounds of the St. Lucie Historical Museum in Fort Pierce.  F.K.Sweet second graders recently took a field trip to the museum in order to learn more about local area history.

 

F.K.Sweet Second Graders Make Text Connections

F.K.Sweet Second Graders Make Text Connections

The students in Mrs. Traci Lott’s second grade class had a great time reading literature and informational stories about spiders. Students were able to compare and contrast the most important ideas from the two texts on the same topic. At the end of their book study, the students enjoyed making their own “spider treats!” Pictured here from left to right are Ashley Suazo, Josh Banate, Lani’ Chambers, and Heather Wallman.

F K Sweet Second Graders Model Skeletons

F K Sweet Second Graders Model Skeletons

Students in Mrs. Julia Melville’s second grade class have been studying the human body. As a culminating activity to this unit, students created a model of the human skeleton, identifying the bones and their basic functions in relation to the human body. Pictured are Fayth Coley, Carsen Reis, Kanosha Hartwell, and Jonah Dicuia with their skeletons.

F. K. Sweet second graders work with shapes

F. K. Sweet second graders work with shapes

The students in Celeste Hartsfield’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Magnet School are learning about different shapes and their attributes, as well as how to make patterns with the shapes. Students had a great time making their own hats by using shapes and making them into patterns. Pictured, from left, are Aamar Black and Alexander Ramos.

F.K. Sweet Sings the Blues!

F.K. Sweet Sings the Blues!

 

For Music in our Schools Month, I would like to introduce you to F.K. Sweet’s “Blues Brothers Team!”

For our Musical Color Wars theme, our Administration and Front Office Staff paid tribute to the Blues Brothers!

F. K. Sweet staff enjoys professional development day

F. K. Sweet staff enjoys professional development day

On the January Professional Development Day, the staff at F.K. Sweet Elementary had a Marzano training on several of the design questions featured in his book. Teachers worked in groups to share activities that could be used as part of an effective classroom. Sharing their presentation, from left, are Jody Horton, Dorain Newbern, and Deanna Scotto.