F. K. Sweet third graders explore North America

F. K. Sweet third graders explore North America

Students in Eleanor Baker’s third grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary proudly display their North American country projects. Students created maps, timelines, brochures, and postcards after they researched and wrote about important events, people, and places of their chosen country.

Math is sweet at Frances K. Sweet

Math is sweet at Frances K. Sweet

Students in Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School enjoyed sorting and graphing during a recent math lesson. Pictured, Carmela Bustamante, left, and Jaden Jones had fun sorting, counting, and graphing a popular candy. The whole class was surprised to see that orange and blue occurred the most, and green occurred less.

Port St. Lucie High culinary students help in celebration

Port St. Lucie High culinary students help in celebration

Port St. Lucie High School culinary arts students Krista Ventola, right, and Kendrick Quintao and their classmates recently celebrated and served lunch to faculty with students and teachers who had the highest attendance on campus. The culinary students prepared spicy Italian chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, yummy green beans and several other tasty dishes. To top it off, culinary instructor Chef Peter Suneson and culinary students served mouth watering desserts such as warm apple pie, lemon bars, and pumpkin pie.

Gaines Academy soccer team advances to semi-finals

Gaines Academy soccer team advances to semi-finals

The Samuel S. Gaines Academy Soccer Team went 3-2 at the District Winter Tournament. Lead by captains Manuel Esquivel #20, and Jean Saintable #10, the team advanced to the semi-finals. The leading scorer for the day was Luis Gil #4, who had six goals, beating the team record of 5 goals set a year earlier by his cousin Jesus Gil. While Luis was the leading offensive player, the star of the day was the goalie, Jose Villalta, who made save after save. Jose’s highlight of the day was blocking a penalty kick during the semi-final game, keeping the Colts alive down to the final minute. Pictured, front row, is Jose Villalta, middle row, from left, Jahira Sanchez, Erik Rameriz, Cristian Hernandez, Walberto Maldonado, Raphael Villanueva, Francisco Tavera, Rameiro Gomez, and Manuel Esquivel, and back row, from left, Jean Saintable, Coach John Davino, Jeremiah Flores, Peterson Gaston, Christian Hernandez, Leonardo Mandojano, Luis Gil, Daniel Guzman, Moises Lopez, and Miguel Gamez.

Jaguar color guard presents the colors for baseball opening

Jaguar color guard presents the colors for baseball opening

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion School presented the colors during the National Anthem to open the Jaguar Baseball Team’s first game of the season. Assistant principal April Rogers threw out the first pitch opening the game for the season. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Major Devynn Rhodes, who was accompanied by Cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn, Cadet Second Lieutenant Ashlee Seipel, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Miakisz. These cadets displayed outstanding professionalism and have done an amazing job. We wish the best of luck to the baseball team as they journey on into their season. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Second Lieutenant Ashlee Seipel, Cadet Major Devynn Rhodes, Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Miakisz, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn.

Frances K Sweet girls cheer for LPA

Frances K Sweet girls cheer for LPA

Varsity cheerleaders from Lincoln Park Academy hosted cheer camp at Frances K. Sweet Elementary recently. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade had the opportunity to learn cheers, chants, and enjoy a dance. The students then performed for a packed crowd at an LPA’s boys’ basketball game.

Windmill Point kindergartners learn while enjoying a snack

Windmill Point kindergartners learn while enjoying a snack

Students in Carmela Innamorato’s kindergarten class at Windmill Point had a delectable time learning about the night sky! Students used Oreos as they explored how the stars and moon are in the night sky. The cookies helped students to see why the phases of the moon make the moon look different each night. Pictured, from left, are Zavant Scott-McEwan and Donovan Tripodi.

Students learn about under the sea at F. K. Sweet

Students learn about under the sea at F. K. Sweet

Murals and models of the ocean floor were created by the students in the challenge program at Frances K. Sweet Elementary. Students worked cooperatively on a class mural diagramming features of the ocean floor and the animals that live there. Students then made their own modeling dough from flour and salt to mold the features studied. Pictured, from left, are Lauran Busby, Nicolas Payen, Jacob Andreacchio, and Josiah Fulwood.

Allapattah Flats students design area robots

Allapattah Flats students design area robots

As part of the GOMATH program at Allapattah Flats K8, fourth graders have been learning how to calculate the area of two-dimensional shapes. They started out estimating the area of given shapes, then used various strategies like counting, multiplying, and using mathematical formulas to find the area of complex shapes. Students especially loved solving problems that relate to real world situations. To engage the students, they were given an activity that involved drawing their own uniquely, designed robot on grid paper and finding the area. It was a chance for the fourth graders to show both their creativity and understanding of math skills. Pictured are Gabriel Vernon, left, and Sal Ancewicz.

Northport K8 celebrates Black History Month

Northport K8 celebrates Black History Month

Northport K-8 School held a very memorable Black History Month celebration in the school gymnasium recently. The Northport middle grades band and chorus performed special numbers commemorating Black History and selected students honored important cultural role models such as President Obama, Michelle Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special guest who served as keynote speaker was former Northport principal, Gloria Johnson Scott. Mrs. Johnson Scott reminded students that each was important and as long as you believe in yourself and conceive an idea or plan that it could be achieved through hard work and dedication. The program was a wonderful celebration of the many prolific contributions of hard working black Americans. Pictured along with Northport students are, from left, assistant principal Benigna Montenegro, Gloria Johnson Scott, Northport guidance counselor Diane Reynolds, assistant principal Lorie Monroe and program emcee Delacy Bembry.

Forest Grove team wins middle school science bowl

Forest Grove team wins middle school science bowl

Twelve teams from six Title One Schools competed against each other in a science bowl competition at Westwood High School’s Marine Oceanographic Academy and FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Center on Saturday, February 16th. The competition was a Jeopardy-style competition were two teams competed against each other in each match. Questions in the subjects of physical science, life science, earth and space science and mathematics were asked. Two types of questions were used including individual toss questions as well as team-answered bonus questions. Teams from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty School, Forest Grove Middle School, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Southern Oaks Middle School, Southport Middle School were represented in the competition. Excitement filled the air as the final match between Southport Middle School and Forest Grove Middle School ended in a tie and had to be decided by a five question tie-breaker round. Members of the winning team, from left, are Dillon Griggs, Dustin Vanderpool, Vincent Rappa, Samantha Doohan, Krysta Burchard and Coach Colleen Wilson.

Centennial cadet competition team qualifies for state championship

Centennial cadet competition team qualifies for state championship

St. Lucie West Centennial High School NJROTC competition team recently participated at Flanagan High School’s field meet in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This event included 16 of Florida’s finest NJROTC units. Displaying outstanding motivation and skill, the cadets brought home 10 trophies. The cadets took fifth place 200 yard relay, third place team curl ups, fourth place color guard, fifth place unarmed basic, first place armed basic, second place armed exhibition, second place unarmed exhibition, first place personnel inspection, second place overall drill, and third place overall, qualifying for the state championship for the third time this season.

Literacy Week activities enjoyed by all Dan McCarty School

Literacy Week activities enjoyed by all Dan McCarty School

Students and staff at Dan McCarty School enjoyed participating in Florida’s “Take the Lead and Read!” Literacy Week recently. Activities were held to encourage and celebrate reading. Students decorated classroom doors focusing on the theme. Overall winners included K’Asha Wright (Elementary), Gina Clark (6th Grade) and Patty Mallon (7th/8th). Students contributed 115,256 minutes of reading to Florida’s Million Minutes of Reading goal for one day. A favorite event for all was Guest Reader Day. Community members read and shared their love of reading to students. One day was devoted to students performing Reader’s Theatre scripts. Character Dress Up Day for the elementary students and Definition Dress Up for middle school ended the week. Middle school students created costumes depicting a word they have learned this year. Even staff members joined the fun! Pictured is sixth grade science teacher Judy Weekes, who came as the word evaporation for Definition Dress Up Day.

Palm Pointe celebrates volunteers and business partners

Palm Pointe celebrates volunteers and business partners

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated with its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. Volunteers and Business Partners were treated to breakfast and Volunteers of the Year were recognized. Palm Pointe’s Senior Volunteer of the Year is Millie Morales, Adult Volunteer of the Year is Marie Simco, and two honorees were named for the Youth Volunteer of the Year, Kassandra Silva and Daniela Vargas. Palm Pointe would like to thank each and every one of its volunteers for donating their time and sharing our vision of success for all students.  Pictured, from left, are volunteer Pam Molner, Adult Volunteer of the Year Marie Simco, her son Max Simco, and volunteer Jessica Dye.

Education Foundation kicks off ‘Get On the Bus’ campaign

Education Foundation kicks off ‘Get On the Bus’ campaign

The St. Lucie Education Foundation has kicked off its “Get On the Bus” campaign to enhance community awareness of its variety of initiatives to benefit public education in St. Lucie County and encourage community involvement in those programs. The local initiative is part of the statewide foundation consortium drive to increase support of public education through local foundations. The local Education Foundation provides multiple vehicles for individuals and organizations to make a positive difference in education through volunteer efforts, contributions, and celebrations of teachers and students. The Foundation has earmarked funds for use by teachers to fund creative classroom projects that provide a unique and result-oriented learning experience for students, as well as provide scholarships for students. Pictured are Education Foundation members and school district administrators “getting on the bus.” For more information, contact Executive Director Jim McKenzie at 772.429.5507 or www.educationfoundationstlucie.org. Photo by Mitch Kloorfain.

Palm Pointe kindergartners celebrate special wedding

Palm Pointe kindergartners celebrate special wedding

Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the wedding of letters Q and U. The students learned that Q and U are always together so they had a mock wedding to re-enforce this fact. Students all had a part in the celebration as a member of the wedding party or as helpers with the reception after the ceremony. This was a fun learning experience and one they will always remember. Pictured are Trotter Chaisson, left, as the groom and Madison Parrish as the bride. 

Windmill Point kindergartners explore shapes

Windmill Point kindergartners explore shapes

Students in Carmela Innamorato’s kindergarten class at Windmill Point are exploring 3-dimensional shapes in their math class. Pictured, from left, Maria Suarez and Brennen Rausch couldn’t wait to enhance their learning about three-dimensional shapes by using marshmallows and pretzel sticks to compose real world objects.

Parents graduate from computer classes

Parents graduate from computer classes

Twenty eight parents from Title I Schools have finished a Basic Computer class hosted by Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts and Title I. Parents attended classes twice a week for four weeks to learn basic computer skills and learn to use Microsoft Word. The goal of the program is to help parents to have the skills to help their child with their school work and to enhance the parent’s computer skills. Basic Computer class information is sent out to all parents in Title I schools through a ConnectEd message before the classes begin. More classes are being planned at this time and information will be sent out through the district automated phone system. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kerry Padrick, top right, joined in the celebration with parents.