Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 23 – May 26 in Ames, Iowa.
Morningside’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.
Julie Moore is an instructor at MSE and coach for the MSE Odyssey of the Mind Team. She explained that the team, operating on their own were challenged to create a team-operated vehicle.
Judging was based on the creativity and uniqueness of the vehicle’s propulsion and steering systems.
The team then used the vehicle to complete three tasks: curling, tracking, and jousting — all while telling an original and humorous story. Their solution incorporated creative use of recycled materials, team choreographed song and dance, and a uniquely powered vehicle that was successful in all three areas of competition.
At the World Finals, teams will be judged on three different areas: their long-term problem, their spontaneous problem, and overall style of their solution, and we wish them great success.
They are currently hard at work fundraising for this trip along with the support of the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County.
Julie Moore – Coach
Addison Moore, 5th grade
Derek Boyer, 5th grade
Josh Caron, 5th grade
Tyler McDonald, 4th grade
Ethan Moore, 3rd grade
Alexis Allen, 3rd grade
Amy Alfonso, 3rd grade
The sixth-grade students at Southport Middle School extended their thanks to residents in our Port St. Lucie community with hand-crafted cards, bookmarks and blankets as part of a school-wide service project. The celebration began outside the media center where students welcomed the residents of Harbor Place Assisted Living, residents of Ballentrae and members of Holy Family Church with an “Appreciation Tunnel.” Once they arrived to their destination, the students enjoyed conversation with their guests and gave their personalized gifts of kindness to them.
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment the students provided through skits and a musical ensemble. These caring groups have generously donated school supplies and sponsored various programs, including Grace Packs.
Fort Pierce, FL – Fort Pierce Westwood High School football jersey #32, worn by legendary Oakland Raider Khalil Mack, will move to the distinguished ranks of retirement in a pre-game ceremony at 7 PM on May 17, 2018 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Fans are invited to show their Panther Pride and celebrate Mack’s on-field and off-field accomplishments as his jersey takes its place alongside #20 Craig Swoope and #6 Ryan McNeil.
St. Lucie Public Schools Athletic Director Jill Willett said Mack will be in attendance along with family members. “We are very excited to honor such a distinguished athlete. He gives just as much off the field as he does on the field by volunteering to speak to local student groups and serving as a positive role model,” she added.
After graduating in 2009, Mack attended the University of Buffalo on a football scholarship where he was a First Team All American in 2013. He holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is tied for career tackles for loss. In 2014, this defensive all-star was drafted fifth overall in the NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders where he was named by ESPN as the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Mack holds the Oakland Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, and he became the first NFL player in history to be named to the first team All Pro team in two different positions in the same year. In 2016, Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and in 2017, he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl Team.
After the ceremony, Fort Pierce Westwood takes on Sebastian River in their Spring Game. Gates open at 6:15 PM, and there is a $6 admission fee.
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.
While attending the #IAMPSL Citizen Summit, Jane Whitaker, Magnet School Coordinator for St. Lucie Public Schools, and Korissa Diaz, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, shared some exciting news coming soon to St. Lucie County. Two new magnet schools are opening in August 2018. The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 creative arts school for students interested in developing their skills and talents as artists and performers. Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies is a K-8 STEM Magnet School looking for innovative Kindergarten and 6th Grade students interested in coding, gaming, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and more. Both schools will offer advanced level pre-collegiate courses through the prestigious Cambridge University AICE programs. Visit www.stlucieschools.org to find out more information.programs.
Our amazing Cobras organized events over the last month to discuss and bring attention to the issue of school shootings. These events included performances by our Louder Than a Bomb Team, Choir, Drama, and culminated with a student panel discussion. On Friday, May 4th, the audience included our Superintendent of Schools, police officers, local judge, commissioners, representatives, and many other community leaders — all listening to our students! We are so proud of our Cobras!
Congratulations to the following students who won recognitions and awards at the HOSA conference. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Career Health Display:
First Place- Sebastian Falconi & Yamilet Aviles
First Place- Cassandra Connor, Kelsey Melandes, Nayeli Silva, & Danielle Geary
Barbara James Service Award-
Gold Level Recognition- 250 hours
Silver Level Recognition- 175 hours
Voting Delegate representative- Kenique Cummings
Courtesy Corp representative- Aaliyah Frank
*These students are eligible to advance to the International Conference in Dallas Texas this June.
Forest Grove Middle School students recently traveled to Medieval Times in Kissimmee, FL for a day of information, entertainment and lunch. Students viewed medieval artifacts and then watched medieval games, sword-fighting, and jousting while feasting on a hearty lunch. Shown in the photo are participants from FGMS.
Education Foundation, St. Lucie County will be hosting a celebrity softball game to raise money for public school teachers and students.
The game will feature an all-star lineup of St. Lucie County firefighters vs. St. Lucie County public school educators.
The first annual All-Star Softball game will be at First Data Field on May 12. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. with a variety of sponsors and vendors who support education. The softball game will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a St. Lucie Mets game at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks after the game.
“We’re excited to bring St. Lucie County fans the first annual softball game between local firefighters and educators,” said Thom Jones, president of the Education Foundation. “The money we raise from the game will be used to fund student scholarships and provide grants to public school teachers.”
St. Lucie County Public Schools, St. Lucie Fire District, St. Lucie Mets and the Education Foundation have teamed up to create this fun and exciting new event.
“We hope the community will come out and support this event,” said county Fire Chief Nate Spera. “The more money we raise, the more that will be available to fund scholarships for our students and to help teachers with classroom expenses.”
Education Foundation, St. Lucie was created in 1990, to support the St. Lucie County School Board. Its mission is to advance public K-12 education through partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
It sprang from legislation that was passed in 1984 allowing school districts to create local foundations to raise money for programs to support students, teachers and public schools. Since its beginning, Education Foundation, St. Lucie, has provided millions of dollars in student scholarships and teacher grants. The grants allow educators to increase and create opportunities for student success by providing the funds to support innovative teaching methods and programs.
Education Foundation, St. Lucie is a community wide organization. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, volunteer or supporter, contact Jones at 772-429-5505 or visit www.efslc.org.
On April 26th at 6PM, the Port Saint Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion hosted their annual Change of Command ceremony. Relieving the current Battalion Commander of his duty c/LTC Travis Cetin welcomes c/LTC Veronika Patti to command and led the Battalion on a successful path.
Pictured below is Mr. Jerry Earley as the Commander performing the tradition of “Passing of the Colors.” The Change of Command is a simple, traditional event that is rich with symbolism and heritage. The distinguished guest for the ceremony was Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro, of the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
Mrs. Ciufo’s and Ms. Rovendro’s 4th Grade classes are participating in an embryology program with the 4H Club and we are incubating eggs in our classrooms. It will take 21 days for the eggs to hatch.
“Candling” the chicken eggs is the way that you visually inspect the development and integrity of each egg using a bright beam of light. In the past, when there was no electricity, farmers used a candle to check the egg. Now we use flashlights!
Southport’s Heart & Sole team had a fabulous time as they completed their 2018 Girls on the Run 5K this past weekend. After completing a 10-week course, you could see the sense of accomplishment as the girls made it through to the finish line alongside their running buddy.
Heart & Sole is a transformational physical activity based program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. “The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event.”
A special thank you to the running buddies, teachers, parents and community members, who ran along with the girls and cheered them on throughout the 3.1 mile run.
Ms. Cirocco’s Geometry Class is creating roller coasters! The students are finally in the building stages of the framework and some are even starting to put the tracks on! .
The purpose of the project is to bring science and math from the classroom into the real world. Class discussions have been about how the engineers and builders have to create a design and then build.
Get your tickets for another amazing show brought to you by the students in Mr. AJ Quinn’s Drama Department.
Shrek JR The Musical is about everyone’s favorite ogre leading the way to adventures to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Southport students can use their Cane Cash and $3 to see the In School Shows on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The public performances will be taking place on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, 2018 at the Southport Middle School Cafetorium. Doors open at 6:30PM for Friday’s 7:00PM performance and Saturday’s show begins at 2:00PM, with doors opening at 1:30PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The cost is $6.
It is the pleasure of Northport, in partnership with Giveback2kids, Inc. to invite our students to a special banquet at the Port Saint Lucie Community Center at 2195 Airoso Blvd. on Monday evening May 7 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. These students were selected throughout the year to represent kindness, good citizenship, leadership, growth and maturity and perhaps for being an overcomer!
We thank our community partners, David Gornitzky and James Monds who make up the Giveback2kids, Inc. partnership for hosting this special evening.
Our Northport Giveback2kids for the 2017-18 school year are:
These are wonderful children who have given their best to Northport this year!
It is the pleasure of Northport to announce our Young Authors “Best in the School” representatives. Each school in SLPS is allowed a specific number of students to represent their school. Northport was able to choose only SEVEN books from our entire school population of student writers.
Emmanuel Serpas Funes
The SLPS Young Author celebration is Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 -11:30 am at Oak Hammock K-8. Author Lois McGuire will speak.
Continue to encourage your children to write with joy and abandon! This is how they develop courage to be good writers.
Northport eighth grade drama students are working and learning from IRSC drama students and having a good conversation with college president, Dr. Massey. Thanks Mrs. Barajas for getting our students involved! ❤
Seventh and eighth grade students in Northstars STEM class are working on finishing their PLTW Medical Detectives unit ending in a “murder mystery.” Students have calculated time of death, dusted for prints, analyzed hair samples, and compared shoe-print patterns among other things to determine which suspects they would question. Today students interrogated their suspects. Next, students will act as lawyers, judge and jury to determine the guilt of one of the fictitious suspects.
Students in these classes have learned a great deal about the human body, as well as the methods that doctors and criminal investigators use to solve many kinds of medical mysteries.
Second Lieutenant, Army Ranger, Xiovani Guanill dedicated his 53rd parachute jump to NPK* students. Xiovani attended school at Northport and graduated from our Landsharks team. He was just a regular funny kid with a sarcastic and witty sense of humor. Xiovani Guanill wanted in some way to make his parents proud because he grew up with his mom in a wheelchair. He floated around a little then joined the United States Army. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He even visited Northport children one time and his helmet still had Iraqi sand in it. He pushed and trained and persevered in the face of many dangers. Today, Xiovani is an officer and an Army Ranger who has been all over the world. He wants to make sure that the children understand that it was hard work and perseverance that enabled him to accomplish his goals. JUMP #53 to the children of Northport…. OORAH! Much love and thanks to Xiovani for being a great role model.
Child Nutrition Services was invited to Village Green Environmental Studies School by the Kindergarten class to assist in the harvesting and cleaning of radishes grown by the students in the school garden.
After the harvest, the students participated in a kitchen tour given by Ms. Deanna Kinder, cafeteria manager, including a stop by the freezer!
Ms. Dawn Davila showed students how to wash and trim the radishes and explained how the roots bring nutrients to the plant to help it grow into the food we eat.
After the harvest and kitchen tour, students enjoyed a farm to school salad which included, lettuce from Belle Glade, cherry tomatoes from Boca Raton, zucchini from Indiantown and freshly harvested school grown radishes!
A yummy time was had by all!
Enjoying farm to school salad. Yummy!
Are you interested in increasing your use of technology in your classroom to help engage students? The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to provide Online Learning Pathways that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. If you would like to learn to use Microsoft tools to enhance your classroom, then choose the online learning pathway that best meets your needs. We offer a beginner, intermediate and advanced track. Pathways open in May and close July 20th. Register online via Frontline at www.mylearningplan.com