F.K. Sweet students rewarded for hard work

F.K. Sweet students rewarded for hard work

Fourth grade students in Kim Yoder’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School celebrated mathematical success with ice cream sundaes. Fourth graders have been completing multiplication quick quizzes and post tests throughout the year demonstrating skill, accuracy, and speed. Those students who possess those qualities were rewarded with an ice cream sundae buffet.  With over 20 different toppings, bowls were piled high with sweet rewards for sweet success. Pictured, from left, are Justin Adrian, Stoney Braynen, Cody Harris, and Allen Lin.

F. K. Sweet students study science vocabulary

F. K. Sweet students study science vocabulary

Pictured from left, Abbie Newbern, Mylee Moreno, Shinese Saintil, and Maryanne Logsdon, students in Donald Logue’s fifth grade class at F. K. Sweet  Elementary, display the vocabulary posters they created.  The posters illustrated the meanings of various vocabulary words from their unit on solids, liquids, and gases.

F. K. Sweet students use technology to create holiday wish list

F. K. Sweet students use technology to create holiday wish list

F.K. Sweet technology teacher Michelle Adrian is busy helping third grade students Jakissia Wheeler and Kamryn Gardner create a holiday wish list while using Desk Top Publishing. Students use this program throughout the year for publishing stories and writing letters. Students this year are also enjoying using Quizlet.com for multiplication practice.

 

F. K. Sweet students visit the past

F. K. Sweet students visit the past

Fifth grade students from Frances K. Sweet Elementary took a trip back in time to the Civil War period in a field trip recently. The students were able to see authentic uniforms, supplies, and equipment. The trip ended with a firing of the cannon. Pictured, from left, are Bakari Mosley, Aleyah Moore, Cassie Ackenbrack, Courtlyn Cooper, Amber Bowen, Jocelyn Richardson, and Cindy Montalvo with one of the period staff persons.

F. K. Sweet students work on writing

F. K. Sweet students work on writing

Isabella Lott in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School is building “work-on-writing” stamina as a part of the Daily 5 reading block. Students have the freedom of choosing what they want to write about during this independent practice time.

F. K. Sweet students work with expectations

F. K. Sweet students work with expectations

After discussing the PBIS expectations in the classroom, students in Kim Yoder’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary extended their learning using a cause and effect thinking map. This map helped review the rules and brainstorm what type of rewards the students were interested in this year. Pictured, from left, are Tra’Kyla King, Ericka Zurita, Kamryn Gardner, and Kayla Jerger.

F. K. Sweet students work with place value

F. K. Sweet students work with place value

Students in Dorian Newbern’s first grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary are learning about place value. From left, pictured are Katelyn Foster, Kanari’l Tolbert, and Ethan Belulovich working together to make numbers using ones and 10s blocks. Later on in the lesson, the students were able to compare their numbers by using the blocks as a reference.

F. K. Sweet Summer Science Fun

F. K. Sweet Summer Science Fun

Upcoming fifth grades had the opportunity to attend summer camp at F. K. Sweet. Students are learning and having fun all at the same time. Students explored force and motion using balloon race cars to demonstrate the forces surrounding us. Pictured, left to right, are Jacob Andreacchio and Larry Freeman.

F. K. Sweet third graders enjoy trip to planetarium

F. K. Sweet third graders enjoy trip to planetarium

F.K. Sweet Elementary third grade students recently visited the IRSC Planetarium. Teacher Marla Liberatore had earned a field trip grant that provided enough funding for students in all seven third grade classes could attend. Waiting to enter the planetarium, from left, are students Angelica Villalobos, Jessie Rezac, Timothy Chaill, Jacon Bartkowiak, and Darnisha Forestal.

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.

F. K. Sweet third graders use the scientific method

F. K. Sweet third graders use the scientific method

Scientist Dr. Susan Sennett from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution assists third grade students at F. K. Sweet Elementary School with a buoyancy experiment during a presentation on the scientific method. Pictured hard at work, from left, are Terry Boles, Armani Richardson, and Sylnia McMillan with Dr. Sennett.

F.K. Sweet Third Graders Visit the Planetarium

F.K. Sweet Third Graders Visit the Planetarium

Third grade students from Mrs. Eleanor Baker’s, Mrs. Lisa McGuire’s and Mrs. Barbara Bennett’s classes enjoyed a field trip to IRSC’s Hallstrom Planetarium. At the planetarium students enjoyed the show narrated by Mr. Jon Bell.  The new projector is amazing and made the whole experience even more exciting!  The students have a better understanding of the phases of the moon and about why we have four seasons, the planets and the conditions on each planet, and how stars and black holes are formed. The visit proved to be an interesting experience for the students.

F. K. Sweet’s Challenge Program Awarded a Grant

F. K. Sweet’s Challenge Program Awarded a Grant

Mrs. Stacey Johnson was awarded a $100.00 classroom grant from the Retired Florida Education Association.  Mrs. Barbara Kaste presented the award which will be  used to  purchase rocket engines for building model rockets from recycled materials with students in the Challenge Program. Pictured with Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Kaste are second grade challenge students and Mrs. Juanita Wright, principal.

Fort Pierce Central Hosts Basketball Leadership Camp

Fort Pierce Central Hosts Basketball Leadership Camp

Fort Pierce Central High School hosted over 200 student-athletes throughout three weeks of basketball camp this summer. The FPC Basketball / Person of Influence Camp challenged campers to maximize their athletic potential while encouraging these students to extend past comfort level and to open their minds to learning new techniques and drills. Additionally, students were engaged in coaching-instruction  that focused primarily on teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence. All of these activities aid in the development of strong work habits and positive values which students need to carry with them throughout the course of their athletic and academic career. Every camper had the opportunity to meet new friends in an encouraging environment where success was measured by effort and self-improvement, not by winning and losing.

 

F.P. Westwood Teacher’s Creativity Nationally Recognized

F.P. Westwood Teacher’s Creativity Nationally Recognized

Fort Pierce Westwood High School would like to recognize and celebrate one of our teachers, Mr. James Norcia. Mr. Norcia created a motivation plan known as the “The Raceway Contest” which has made its way onto the Reading Plus© Training Site – Creating Motivation Plans.  Mr. Norcia developed this plan last spring during our initial implementation of the Reading Plus© program. This extrinsic motivation plan celebrates the student’s individual and class success within the Reading Plus© program as they improve their reading comprehension skills.

“The Raceway Contest” had every class choose a car and then each class was able to earn “laps” around the raceway by achieving weekly goals.  The class with the most laps earned each week received a prize.  Individual students were also entered in to a weekly “winners circle.”  Student class prizes changed regularly to promote the three important reader motivations of interest, dedication, and confidence.

Mr. Norcia has been supporting and motivating students at Westwood for the past seven years. Please join us in congratulating him for having his work incorporated in this training site. #fpwpantherpride

F.S. Sweet Loves Dr. Seuss!

F.S. Sweet Loves Dr. Seuss!

F.K. Sweet staff and students were so very excited to wear our favorite hats to honor Dr. Seuss’ book, The Cat in the Hat. Such a fun-filled week of dressing up and learning all about Dr. Seuss and his fabulous books!

Featured in the photo: F.K. Sweet Kindergarten teachers along with our Principal, Mrs. Jackson.

Fair display awards presented, Kiwanis donates to schools and foundation

Fair display awards presented, Kiwanis donates to schools and foundation

Awards for school displays at the 2013 St. Lucie County Fair were presented at the April 9, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting, and the Kiwanis Sunrise Club also presented annual monetary awards to schools. The theme of the 2013 fair was, “500 Years of Florida Heritage.” For the elementary division, first place went to Lawnwood Elementary, $500; second place went to Windmill Pointe Elementary, $250; and third place to Village Green Environmental Science School, $100. Honorable mention and $50 went to F. K. Sweet and Weatherbee elementary schools. In the middle school division, first place and $500 went to Samuel S. Gaines Academy; second place and $250 went to Dan McCarty School; and $100 and third place went to Forest Grove Middle School. For the high school division, $500 and first place went to Port St. Lucie High School; second place and $250 went to Westwood High School; and third place and $100 went to Treasure Coast High School. Special “Out of the Box” award and $500 went to Palm Point Education Research School, and People’s Choice Award and $500 went to F. K. Sweet Elementary. Other awards not associated with the St. Lucie County Fair include $250 donations to the media centers at Fairlawn and F. K. Sweet elementary schools, and the $1,000 annual contribution to the St. Lucie County Education Foundation. Pictured are the winners and representatives from the fair committee and Kiwanis Club at the meeting.

Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Representatives from Imagine Nation recently visited Fairlawn Elementary School to bestow congratulations and present Principal Pam Holmes and staff with a special Beacon Award.   Each year, Imagine Nation recognizes top schools across the country that demonstrate stellar usage of Imagine Learning, one of the parent company’s digital language, literacy, and math programs.

The company’s Customer Success Team makes recommendations for the Beacon Award based upon effective program implementation, fidelity of use, student growth, and progress with the program.  Fairlawn Elementary was selected as an Imagine Nation Beacon School for St. Lucie County.

Imagine Learning’s Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears expressed her appreciation to Principal Holmes and her staff for going above and beyond to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

 

Pictured From Left to Right:  SLPS ESOL/Title III Program Manager Clarissa Duskin, Assistant Principal Pat Gascoigne, Principal Pam Holmes, and Imagine Learning Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears