Students in Melanie Francisco and Michelle O’Keefe’s kindergarten classes at F. K. Sweet Elementary recently enjoyed throwing a Florida snowball. After studying a unit on snow and winter, the students went outside and engaged in a snowball fight using white yarn pom poms.
St. Lucie Elementary School students have been collecting spare change to help cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The school is donating all collected money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school’s goal was set at a total of $500.00. Within the first three days of the fundraiser, students reached and exceeded the goal, raising a total amount of $1200.00!!! With still another week to go, the school hopes to double collections and change the lives of all patients fighting blood cancers! Pictured, from left, are Savana Dimenna, Jeanette Cendejas, Jocelyn Rodriguez, Xavier Swearin, and Juanita Jaurez.
The Kids at Hope committee at Garden City Early Learning Academy is sponsoring an Acts of Random Kindness activity for the month of February. All teachers, staff, and students are asked to leave their “heartprints” on the halls of the school. A heartprint is defined as the impression left behind by a deliberate act of kindness. How wonderful it will be to create connecting chains of heartprints displaying appreciation for one another throughout the school. To kick off the event, principal Traci Wilke, pictured, read the book “Heartprints” to the entire school.
Over the next couple of months, Southern Oaks Middle School teachers Jose Rivero and Lauren Kappler are planning to take students on an exciting virtual journey to the moon and Mars. Students will be doing project based STEM activities twice a week that will lead up to learning about how one day life can possibly be sustained on Mars. Mr. Rivero states that students will be learning and talking about everthing from different thrust structures, manned space flight vehicles, what it’s like to live in space, robotics and will learn how to produce food in order to survive long periods of time away from Earth using hydroponics, just to name a few. This is all part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Not only will students be doing some amazing hands on activities, but will also be meeting many of the benchmarks and state standards in both science and math. Pictured is the mock space shuttle the students use in their study.
Students enrolled in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aerospace Institute at Fort Pierce Central High School, a joint partnership between ERAU and the St. Lucie County School District, designed and constructed a 12-foot wind tunnel during the Fall 2012 term under the guidance of Professor Kevin Adkins. The wind tunnel was designed to assess aerodynamic forces on objects such as wings, aircraft, ships, and other blunt and streamlined bodies. Fort Pierce Central senior Michael Alexander, pictured, left, and junior Jose Forero brought the wind tunnel to Lisa Friend’s advanced eighth grade science classroom at Manatee Academy recently. Following a lesson on aerodynamics led by Forero and an overview of the tunnel’s design and construction by Alexander, Friend’s students analyzed data collected from the wind tunnel and confirmed some basic aerodynamic concepts. Forero and Alexander also took time to share their experience while in the Institute. Alexander shared that besides earning college credit for the advanced course, he enjoys not only the rigorous math and physics, but also the opportunity to see the application of these subjects in real world context. Alexander plans to attend the Honors College at Embry-Riddle in the fall and begin an aerospace engineering curriculum, and Forero also plans to enroll in an engineering degree program in the future. Students interested in the Aerospace Institute can contact Fort Pierce Central High School. Friend’s eighth grade student Keondra Blue said she enjoyed learning about the lift equation, while classmate Briana Wells enjoyed learning about the components of airplanes and how they work. Classmate Kyle Yurchak said seeing how the wind tunnel worked was very exciting because it showed how it would work in the real world, while Jon Walborn, who has already applied to enter the program next year, said Professer Adkins explained the topic in a very interesting way.
Students in culinary arts programs in St. Lucie County high schools had an exciting experience recently. Renowned Johnson and Wales University in Miami presented a Culinary Skills Day for junior and senior students from four local high schools, hosted by St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Students from St. Lucie West Centennial, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St Lucie and Fort Pierce Central high schools culinary programs participated. Each student worked with four professional chefs, each conducting a workshop highlighting their area of expertise, and over 100 teenagers had the opportunity for hands-on culinary activities with the professional chefs. The hands-on sessions were the Visual Culinarian, the Cutting Edge, Slow Foods and Desserts: The Last Impression. There was an educational session for the culinary arts teachers who attended as well. Please contact Mary Wintercorn, Johnson and Wales University firstname.lastname@example.org 561-714-5470 or Dana Caputo, St. Lucie Schools, email@example.com for more information. Pictured is Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Sunny Trattles, left, pictured with Chef Brian from Johnson and Wales University.
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC took first place in four out of five events, and placed second in the fifth, at the recent annual Treasure Coast Drill Meet hosted at their school. Participating were Okeechobee High, Fort Pierce Westwood High, Treasure Coast High, Fort Pierce Central High, and Port Saint Lucie High schools. The competition consisted of five events: Male Unarmed Squad, Female Unarmed Squad, Male Color Guard, Female Color Guard, and Mixed Unarmed Platoon. The Jaguar battalion took first place in each event except for the Female Color Guard, in which they placed second. Pictured is the team.
Windmill Point Elementary kindergartners enjoyed their 100th day of school with special learning activities! Emili Jones, pictured, left, and Zavant Scott McEwan, students from Carmela Innamorato’s class, are using their mathematical skills — and Fruit Loops — to complete their 100th day of school assignment. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed this special day!
Families learned about chemical reactions, density and Newtonian and Non-Newtonian liquids at a recent family activity day at Garden City Early Learning Academy sponsored by The Parent Academy. Everyone left with snow, slime, and a lava lamp. Pictured, from left, are kindergartner Kari’sma Buchanon and pre-kindergartner Gabriella Mele.
Mariposa’s first grade students studied marine biology on a recent field trip to the Manatee Center in Fort Pierce. The students were engaged in a presentation on Florida’s manatees hosted by the center’s educational coordinator. Students learned fascinating facts about manatees and other marine animals like sea turtles, tropical fish, and eels. After the presentation, the students got to walk around the observatory deck to search for manatees, take photographs, and purchase souvenirs in the gift shop. Students, parents, and teachers had a wonderful time in spite of the rainy conditions that prevailed. Pictured, from left, are A. J. Cummings, Remington Jones, Tatiana Negron, Nicholas Laliberte, Alex Jean-Pierre, Niesha Caldwell, Angelo Camerata, Kiarrah Jean-Baptiste, Kristian Csapo and Janellie Alverez.
The students at Savanna Ridge Elementary participated in many exciting events during literacy week. One of the special events that took place was visitors from Fort Pierce Central coming to the school. The student leaders from Central read to the third through fifth grade students, talked to them about academics, sportmanship, and the importance of being a responsible student. The day ended with the high school students eating lunch with the students. The children loved talking with the older students and really looked up to them as their role models.
Students in Jeannine Lockart’s fourth grade class at Windmill Point Elementary are eager to learn new writing strategies and improve their writing. Pictured, from left, are Lauren Bishop, Jazmym Figueroa, Madison Koza, and Sadie Richmond who are working cooperatively to peer edit and practice writing strategies as they strengthen their skills.
Northport K-8 students spent an hour in the media center learning hands on lessons about our American flag and what the many folds symbolize. Students in Mala Woessner and Mary Ellsworth’s eighth grade classes as well as Amanda Sartain’s sixth grade classes participated in flag folding lessons instructed by the honor guard of the Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Batallion. Also present was Rita Woodburn, representative of the Women’s Auxillary of the local American Legion Post 318. Students participated in an essay writing lesson
titled, “What Freedom Do I Enjoy the Most?” Every students was engaged in the lesson and each walked away shaking the hands of the Jaguar cadets. The cadets answered questions about the JROTC program and instructed the Northport students on the core value of the program which is to motivate to become better citizens. All students were effectively engaged and positive interactions were promoted by Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and Senior Army instructor for the batallion, Maj. U.S. Army (Ret.) Richard Thompson.
Windmill Point fifth grade students investigated the St. Lucie River’s ecosystem on the River Lilly Eco Boat Cruise. They enjoyed seeing the river that is so wild it was used in the James Bond film “Moonraker” to
represent a tributary of the Amazon. It is on the same waters used by early settlers and Native Americans. Pictured are students from Laura Young’s class who enjoyed seeing alligators, turtles and lots of native birds.
Four Port St. Lucie High School medical academy students in the Health Occupations Students of America organization placed in regional competition and have advanced to state competition to be held April 4-7 in Orlando. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Diebold, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Emily Sellas, third place in Prepared Speaking, and Tanesa Dowlat, fifth place in Pharmacology. Absent from the photo was Jennifer Donnelly, third place in Epidemology.
Students in Donna Hellums’ first grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school with a day full of fun and engaging activities. Pictured, from the left, are Kanye Whitehead, Kaliyana Limear, Regina Macias, and Nathan Kline proudly showing off the tower they made with 100 cups.
Northport K-8 School lower school students recently participated in the traditional Jump Rope For Heart during physical education class. Students donated nickels, dimes and even dollars to assist in the fight against heart disease. The day was beautiful and very conducive to enjoying time outside jumping rope for an excellent cause. Each year, Northport coaches Linda Walker, Kim Kanada Graff, Kevin Fess, James Hebb, Ryan Carpenter and Daryn Ploeckelman promote the activity to benefit the American Heart Association. Pictured are Coach Linda Walker and Logan Sacchi from Diana Lankow’s third grade class.
Seven Fort Pierce Central High School football players signed letters of intent on National Signing Day to play football. Cobras who have officially committed and are pictured, from left, include: Josh Knight, Marshall University; Stacey Noble, Jackson University; Cobras head football coach Josh Shaffer; Garrett Smith, Mercer University; Marcus Levy, Bowling Green University; Jerandious Works, Jacksonville University; and Joseph Figueroa, Colgate University. Not pictured is Maurice Campbell, who signed a letter of commitment to Southern University for football.
Third grade Parkway Elementary student Caitia Oge won first place in the elementary school category for the Martin Luther King, Jr., oratorical contest held at Lincoln Park Academy recently. Caitia captivated the audience with an inspiring speech worthy of first place honors.
Students in Rosanna Oswiecinski’s kindergarten class at Parkway Elementary had a special visitor during Literacy Week. Lance Corporal Kyle Lancaster of the U.S. Marines stationed in 29 Palms, California, returned from Afghanistan about a month ago. Students enjoyed Lance Corporal’s reading of “The American Flag” by Patricia Ryan Quirt. Afterward, students wrote about why they are proud to be an American.