As part of their continuing outreach to members of the St. Lucie County community, Fairlawn Elementary Student Council sponsored a food drive to benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank. In this amazing effort, Fairlawn students, staff, and families collected over 1,700 pounds of food. Without a doubt, many local families will benefit from this gracious outpouring. Pictured, from left, are Luke White, Ava Ingersoll, Ansley Browning, and Daisy Chavarria.
Kristie Wuycheck and Vanessa Solomon’s kindergarten classrooms at Fairlawn Elementary School have became virtual butterfly gardens of learning! Boys and girls from both classrooms learned about the butterfly’s life cycle, then participated in a live butterfly cycle project. The students were able to follow the full life cycle from a “hungry” caterpillar, to fascinating chrysalis, and finally into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies!! Watching this remarkable transformation helped to give the students a profound understanding of the delicate life cycle of the Painted Lady butterfly.
As part of Fire Safety Month, kindergarten students at Fairlawn Elementary School recently traveled to the central Fire Station near Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Students learned about what to do if there is a fire and what equipment the firefighter may use. Students also got to see a firefighter in full gear to show not to be afraid of them if they see them in a fire. Students had already read about community workers and jobs as part of the Journeys curriculum. Students also wrote about their experience using a circle map. Their writing was an opinion piece about their favorite part of the trip.
Students in Fairlawn Elementary kindergarten classes recently visited St. Lucie County’s Central Fire Station. The students toured the fire station and explored the fire trucks. Some children were able to spray a real fire hose! Pictured is kindergartner Mason Cohen and a new friend.
Ms. Kim Singley and Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School’s Student Council volunteered their time on Saturday to help The Treasure Coast Food Bank pack food for families to receive during the holidays. Ms. Singley who leads Fairlawn’s Student Council wanted students to understand where the food goes when families bring it to the school to donate it. Students were able to pack grace packs for students of St. Lucie County and they helped sort donations that have come in during this busy time. Pictured are Ms. Kim Singley, Blake Gascoigne, Ricardo Ramirez, Julisa Gil, Gavin Jay, Brandon Miranda, Lilly Herndon, Haley Hawkins, Catie Lincoln, and Zara Chowdhury.
Fairlawn Elementary competed in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition recently in Palm Beach County. Four teams, which included 28 Fairlawn Elementary students, competed in four different problems. Odyssey of the Mind challenges students to write a play, design costumes, props and sets, and perform the play to an audience of judges. Then, they are evaluated based on the creativity and quality of their performance. While all the teams performed well, Fairlawn’s “To Be or Not To Be” team placed first and will be heading to the state competition in Orlando, and, in a separate problem, Fairlawn’s “Weird Science” team placed second.
Fairlawn Elementary School raised over $1,200 during a recent Pink Heals event to benefit local organizations that support cancer education, prevention, detection, treatment and research. Recently, a day was designated for students to wear “pink items” to school such as a pink shirt, pink pants/skirts, pink socks etc. The adults also participated and it was a fun way to help an important cause. Jennifer Ingersoll’s class raised the most money in the entire school and they will receive a pizza party provided by the Firefighters Benevolent. In addition, the school PTO has graciously agreed to provide pizza to the class at each grade level earning the most contributions. Congratulations to grade level classroom winners in kindergarten, Carol Hendricks; first grade Erika Stefani; second grade Becky Carranza; third grade Amy Raczkoski; fourth grade Cheryl Burleson; and fifth grade Jennifer Ingeroll.
Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School’s Student Council, led by second grade teacher Ms. Kim Singley, held a school-wide food drive and collected over 2,300 pounds of food for Treasure Coast Food Bank. They set a goal of 1,000 pounds and were so excited to report that they more than doubled their goal!
Front Row (left to right)
Catie Lincoln, Ayla Leitenbauer, Brandon Miranda, Lilly Herndon, Zara Chowdhury, Bryce Braswell
Guerdyanard Joseph, Kylah Tiger, Isabel Keane, Julisa Gil, Kate Miklas, Logan O’Brien, Rylee Tiger, Me, Haley Hawkins, Abi Padon
Fairlawn Elementary staff won the first ever St. Lucie County School District Wellness Challenge! Each staff member was treated to a chair massage provided by Spine & Sport Rehab Institute. It was very relaxing and enjoyable way to recharge before the fourth nine weeks.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY — 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).
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.
After reading a fictional text of their choice, students at Fairlawn Elementary created a 3-D character model and an accompanying interview in class. Students composed questions for the main character, and then answered the questions from the character’s perspective. Next, they created a 3-D model of the main character out of either a pumpkin or a two-liter bottle of soda. The models and interviews were put on display for all to enjoy at the school-wide Harvest Festival. Pictured are Maddie Moynagh, left, and Ashlee Irizarry creating their pumpkin model.
As a part of their study of how magnets can be used to move objects without touching them, Jennifer Ingersoll’s second grade students at Fairlawn Elementary School designed, constructed, and raced magnetically powered boats. After studying the effects of magnets on different materials, the students were asked to draw and label a boat design that could be pulled with a magnetic wand. Then, the students were provided building materials and were able to test their designs by participating in boat races with their fellow students.
Fairlawn Elementary School’s PTO donated 60 shirts to students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class to send to troops stationed in Afghanistan. The students have been sending “goodie boxes” to the troops all year long as part of their “Treats for Troops” project. Pictured, from left, are Bryan Quigley, Sariah Strunk, and PTO president Kim Guettler boxing the shirts for shipment to the soldiers.
Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School recently held a special program honoring veterans in commemoration of their service to our country. Students wrote and performed original songs and a special play to show their appreciation. In addition, all students presented a letter to the veterans. Pictured are LeeAnna Masters and Captain Mike Seale, a former Marine who served 12 years active duty and continues service with the National Guard.
A team of four students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School were honored at the March 13, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting for their first place win of the elementary division of the Florida Stock Market Exchange Challenge. Students were provided an account to buy and sell stocks just like the real stock market, using a variety of tools and materials for research. The students analyzed news regarding the economy and markets, applied and increased their math, reading and writing skills, strengthened their computer and Internet skills, and worked together and made decisions as a team. The group won with a nearly 20% return on their investments! Pictured, from left, front row are Berenise Ruiz and Fairlawn team members Jocelyn Ruiz, Lauryn Chesney, and Liam Felix, and Fairlawn Elementary School principal Marcia Cully. Back row, from left, are parents Gildardo and Rosa Ruiz, parent Leigh Chesney, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, teacher Shirley Helton, parent Michelle Felix, assistant principal Patricia Gascoigne, and Superintendent Michael Lannon. Not pictured was team member Rodney Belezair.
Fairlawn Elementary School recently celebrated the 11th Annual Inclusive Schools Week. Media Specialist Buster Nelson read a different book about children with disabilities to each grade level. He read Leo the Late Bloomer about Developmental Disabilities to kindergarten, Andy Finds a Turtle about physical disabilities to first grade, Danny and the Merry Go Round about Cerebral Palsy to a second grade, Luna and the Big Blur about visual impairments to third grade, Knots on a Counting Rope about blindness to fourth grade, and View from our Shoes about siblings of children who have brothers or sisters with special needs. After Mr. Nelson read the book to each class every student wrote a trait that was unique to them on colored strips of paper. Each strip was connected to another to create a school wide chain entitled “We Are All Unique” which is displayed in the main office hallway. Pictured are students in Todd Adrian’s fifth grade class.
Fifth grade students at Fairlawn Elementary School are researching and learning about Native Americans, their dwellings, clothing, foods, and location of different tribes. Students researched and wrote a report, created a natural habitat for display, and gave an oral presentation of their projects. Shown, from left, from Shirley Helton’s class are Hunter Holmes with a Shawnee wigwam display, Layne Chesney is showing an Iroquois Longhouse, and Brooke Green with an Inuit Igloo dwelling.
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Fairlawn Elementary School students had a nice surprise when a Mystery Reader came to school and read to them about Moina Belle Michael, The Poppy Lady. Students learned about Moina Michael’s work to establish the red poppy as a symbol to honor and remember soldiers. After reading, the students created lapel pins of red poppies to wear in honor of our soldiers. Pictured, from left, are Abi Padon, Christina Wilson, Sabrina Pepito and Josh Boyd.
A team of Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade students, along with their teacher Shirley Helton, were recognized at the March 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for winning a 12-week competition throughout the state of Florida buying and selling stocks. They used math, reading, and writing skills to research, invest and calculate how to make profits in today’s stock market. They learned real life experiences as they bought and sold stocks with their $100,000.00 portfolio. The team of Jake Padrick and Val Magdaleno won first place, and in second place was the team of Colt Krischke and Connor Gillard, with Hunter Holmes and Andrea Esparza taking third place. Pictured, front row, from left, are students Andrea Esparza, Hunter Holmes, Colt Krischke, and Connor Gillard. Back row, from left, are School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Kerry Padrick, and Shirley Helton.