Westwood High School student named state scholar

Westwood High School student named state scholar

Fort Pierce Westwood High School junior Helga Vega, a 17-year old junior in the Marine Oceanographic Academy, has been named the Florida Department of Education Distinguished Sunshine State Scholar for St. Lucie County for the 2011-2012 school year. Pictured, from the recent school board meeting where Ms. Vega was recognized, are, from left, Westwood High School principal Mallissa Hamilton, assistant principal Mary Gregory, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Helga and her mother Alicia Vega, and Superintendent Michael Lannon in back.

St. Lucie West Centennial High cadets shine in review

St. Lucie West Centennial High cadets shine in review

The St. Lucie West Centennial Navy Junior ROTC Black Talon Company celebrated its annual Navy Day Pass-in-Review ceremony.  All 140 cadets came out to show Commander Dirk Herbert, the Florida Area 7 Manager, Admiral Jenkins, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), Mr. Michael Lannon, Superintendent of Schools, Vice Mayor Linda Bartz of the City of Port St. Lucie, their parents and friends just how well they could march.  In addition, the award winning Armed Exhibition Drill Team performed with awe inspiring precision.  (See photo.)  After the Area Manager completed his inspection of the unit he said that the Black Talons were on track to receive the coveted National Distinguished Unit award again this year.  Go Navy!

Northport K8 kindergartners celebrate cultures with holiday foods

Northport K8 kindergartners celebrate cultures with holiday foods

Kindergartners in Northport K-8 RTI classes are learning all about holidays around
the world.  Students and instructors  cooked and experienced the many flavorful
foods that different cultures enjoy.  Students made and enjoyed latkes for
Hannakkuh, cheese Quesadillas for Las Posades, mini pizzas for La Bafona and
delightfully hand decorated sugar cookies to celebrate Christmas.  Kindergarten
students appreciated cooking around the world and can support why each selected
their favorite cultural food dish.  Pictured are teachers Staci Saunders and Chelse Goergen with several kindergartners.

Northport K8 fourth graders participate in group science fair project

Northport K8 fourth graders participate in group science fair project

Northport K-8 fourth graders in Juliette Thelusma’s class
participated in a group science fair project called Pop Rock Science.  Students
learned the meaning of the words purpose, hypothesis, data, constant variable,
results, conclusion and research.  Students and instructor then applied the
knowledge gained to a fun and informational science fair project.  After
understanding the meaning of scientific terms, students put pop rocks in
balloons and attached them to soda bottles.  The pop rocks were
allowed to fall into the soda and students watched as carbon dioxide was
released.  The conclusion was reached that the Pepsi brand contained more carbon dioxide
than CocaCola.  Ms. Thelusma monitored student learning of key terms and students’
ability to put research into action by keeping a comprehension log and
conferencing with her students.

Northport K8 students welcome wildlife experts

Northport K8 students welcome wildlife experts

Northport K-8 third graders welcomed representatives of  Treasure Coast Wildlife Sanctuary into
their outdoor classroom area to learn all about saving wildlife.  Students were
introduced to several types of owls including One Feather, a great horned owl.
Students learned that One Feather was stolen from his nest in Ocala National
forest in Florida 33 years ago.  One Feather was only a few days old
when he was taken so he never properly imprinted or learned how to be a great
horned owl.  He could never survive in the wilderness on his own.  Students
learned that owls see in black and white and have extremely sensitive night
vision.  They also learned that owls can turn their heads 170 degrees and are
most likey to be active at dawn and at dusk.  Northport K-8 third grade students
generated relative and analytical questions for the sanctuary representative.

Fairlawn Elementary food drive benefits local pantry

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.

Allapattah Flats kindergartners enjoy seasons reading

Allapattah Flats kindergartners enjoy seasons reading

 Kindergarten students are very eager and motivated to celebrate the winter season. They each labeled a snowflake with a book they are reading from the school library. It is fun to see the enthusiasm as they read books and share them with the class. Students proudly display the number of books they read on the kindergarten hallway bulletin board.

Kindergartners are inspired writers at Allapattah Flats K8

Kindergartners are inspired writers at Allapattah Flats K8

Reading Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer  inspired Nanette Serrano’s kindergarten class to put on their thinking caps and write about Rudolph. Students were excited to write about a reindeer that was different but broke down barriers to become a hero. The students did a great job of expressing their feelings about what they liked best. They shared their writings with their classroom peers and displayed them on the bulletin board for everyone to see. Pictured is inspired writer, Tyronique Johnson.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets open DAR ceremony

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets open DAR ceremony

The Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the colors at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ceremony recently. The team that presented the colors consisted of cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet Colonel Diamond Salazar, cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes, cadet Sergeant First Class Sebrina Saladeen, and cadet Private First Class Austin Conkling. The four cadets demonstrated perfection with an outstanding presentation of the flags. Being a member of DAR, cadet Private First Class Austin Conkling was elated to be part of the team presenting the colors for the ceremony. The cadets all had a great time and felt honored to be a part of this event.

Allapattah Flats fifth graders learn about fire safety

Allapattah Flats fifth graders learn about fire safety

Allapattah fifth graders have been learning and identifying different natural disasters. Students were recently visited by fire-medic Josh O’Brien from Martin County Fire Rescue. Students learned about fire extinguishers, how to plan for an emergency at home, how to exit a smoke filled room safely, and the special equipment needed for a firefighter to stay safe during a fire. They were also given the opportunity to solve mock emergency situations. Fire-Medic O’Brien spoke to the students about the importance of fire safety and the dangers of not taking the issue seriously. Pictured from left are Felix Valentin Jr., Adam Iacisfoli, Fire-Medic Josh O’Brien, Cuis Flores, Felix Roberts, Jordan Jones, and Tyrec Thompson.

Allapattah Flats K8 paperback library enjoyed by enthusiastic students ready to read

Allapattah Flats K8 paperback library enjoyed by enthusiastic students ready to read

Allapattah Flats middle grades students are very excited as they celebrated their paperback library’s reopening this school year.  It is now home to over 1,300 books with multiple copies of most titles.  New additions also include comfortable furniture and rugs so that students can relish in this comfortable, inviting setting while we stay committed to fostering and instilling a love for reading as shown with this group of eighth grade students, Francisco Andrade, Niva Guerrier, Omari Cobb, Corey Lewis, Precious Joseph and Chris Cliff.

Congratulations to Allapattah Flats elementary spelling bee winners

Congratulations to Allapattah Flats elementary spelling bee winners

The Allapattah Flats school family congratulates the top two students in the elementary school spelling bee.  The competition was fierce as the students were phenomenal spellers and they were each very determined to do their best. Diego Teran and Bryant Melton were the top two in elementary with Bryant Melton as the first place winner. Congratulations to all students who participated, you did a fantastic job! Good luck to Bryant who will go on to participate in the district spelling bee.

Floresta Elementary students attend Rotary Club holiday party

Floresta Elementary students attend Rotary Club holiday party

Nine Floresta Elementary School students recently participated in the Rotary Club Children’s Christmas Party.  This is the Port St Lucie Rotary Club’s most important annual charitable event.  Contributors to this worthwhile event include Big Apple Pizza, Wal-Mart, PSL Police Department, PSL Athletic League, PSL Parks and Recreation Department, and the Blue Angels. Students enjoyed a delicious lunch of baked ziti, salad, and breadsticks, provided by Olive Garden. Desserts and beverages were provided by Publix.  After the meal, each student received a lovely gift provided by public donations, as well as from the above supporters.  Each toy was individually wrapped by student members of the Treasure Coast High School Interact Club.  Children look forward to this worthwhile event each year, and this year was no different.  For the last 21 years, the Rotary Club has played an important and supportive role in providing for children in need in our area.  Toys that were left over from this event were donated to CASTLE, another organization which advocates for children.  While the needs are most obvious at this time of year, many families struggle throughout the year.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the Rotary Club or how you can help can contact Gary Robinson, Past President, or Dr. Jeanne Evans, Past President and Coordinator of the Children’s Christmas Party at P.O. Box 7474, Port St Lucie, FL   34985.  

Allapattah Flats middle school students spread holiday cheer with letter writing

Allapattah Flats middle school students spread holiday cheer with letter writing

Stacey Mulder’s sixth grade students at Allapattah Flats are sending out New Year’s letters to friends and family members across the states and many different countries.  Students used the correct form to write a friendly letter. Students included words of cheer, encouragement and even expressed holiday wishes. Letters were  mailed in hopes of sharing the holiday spirit. Pictured are students Christian Hicks, Kyle Cornett,Tavaress Smith, Valaree Harper, Kista Leonardo, Jason Schales, Shelby Abdella,  Lauren Martocchio, Rolphe St. Hilaire, Chandler McCaskill, Alexandra Belline, Jillian McDonald, asia Higgs, Taylor Brennan, Antonio Veloz, Gregory Smith, and Erik Sheley.

Allapattah Flats congratulates middle school spelling bee winners

Allapattah Flats congratulates middle school spelling bee winners

The Allapattah Flats school familycongratulates the top two students in the Middle School Spelling Bee.  The competition was strenuous as the students were extraordinary spellers, full of the competitive spirit. Gabrielle Bather and Jaime Hilaire were the top two middle school competitors with Jaime Hilaire staking his claim as first place winner. Congratulations to all students who participated, you did a fantastic job! Good luck to Jaime who will go on to participate in the district spelling bee. Pictured are Jaime, right, and Gabrielle.

Plant Pals have style at Allapattah Flats K8

Plant Pals have style at Allapattah Flats K8

First graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 School are hard at work making observations of living things.  They are really enjoying learning about plants.  First graders are learning about the needs of a plant as well as the parts of a plant. They planted grass in cups and transformed the cups into their very own stylish Plant Pals.  They are enjoying watching their grass grow and they are looking forward to giving their Plant Pals a haircut!  Pictured are Bailey Lobrutto, left, and Dylan Cravey from Haley Lenarcic’s class showing off their Plant Pals.

Allapattah students explore “Because of Winn Dixie” through literature groups

Allapattah students explore “Because of Winn Dixie” through literature groups

The third graders of Allapattah Flats K8 School could not imagine being any busier!  A large group of  third graders has been participating in a novel study of “Because of Winn Dixie”.  As they are reading the novel, students are involved in a wide range of activities, incluidng completing thinking maps, participating in small group discussions, and creating a character scrapbook. The novel study group is anxious to complete this book and see what they will be reading next!  Pictured are DrewAnn Parks, Alyssa Hartman, Lauren Bishop, Hannah Taylor, and Nicholas Kennedy hard at work on the pages of their character scrapbooks.