Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School are corresponding with U.S. military troops stationed in Afghanistan. They write letters and send treats to the troops to boost morale, and also enjoy receiving news from the soldiers. The troops have sent books, pictures and other artifacts from Afghanistan. The students enjoy their community efforts to help our soldiers abroad.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently held an awards ceremony where district winners of their annual essay contest were recognized, and students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School took top honors. Pictured are Carli Israel, left, who won first place for her essay on The Boston Tea Party, and Morgan Adkison, who took second place for her essay on Children During the American Revolutionary War. Carli’s essay has been submitted to the state for judging.
Fairlawn Elementary students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class received top honors in the 2012 DAR American History Essay Contest, sponsored by the Cora Stickney Harper Branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The district winners for the American History Essay competition pictured, from left, are second place winner AnsleyBrowning, first place winner M’KenziShaw-Hampton, and third place winner Liam Felix. A tea honoring these St. Lucie County winners will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Fairlawn Elementary students Rodney Belezair, Jocelyn Ruiz, Lauryn Chesney, and Liam Felix in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class won first place in the Florida State Elementary Division of the Florida Stock Market Exchange Challenge. Students were given an account where they could buy and sell stocks just like the real Stock Market. This opportunity allowed the students to learn how the US economic system works as they analyzed news regarding the economy and markets; applied and increased their math, reading, and writing skills; strengthened their computer and Internet skills; worked together and made decisions in teams; used the newspaper, Internet, and other resources to research companies and the market; and enjoyed participating in this engaging and challenging competition.
Radio Station “The Breeze” and Andy Hall of Seaside Smiles Pediatric Dentistry presented the award for the Treasure Coast Teacher of the Month to Kyle McCleary, kindergarten teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School in Fort Pierce. The radio station honors a teacher who has made a difference with an official “Teacher of the Month” certificate, a formal presentation, a pizza party for his/her class courtesy of The VanDuzer Foundation through Big Apple Pizza and Pasta in Fort Pierce, a class visit to the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and a gift basket from Teacher’s Pet and More.
Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade teacher Shirley Helton learned February 4, 2014, she has been named the 2014 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national Citizenship Teacher of the Year. Helton was awarded the state honor in January at the organization’s state conference in Orlando. Helton expects formal recognition from the organization later in February.
Fairlawn Elementary’s Student Council sponsored a food drive to benefit those in need on the Treasure Coast. In one week, the school was able to gather more than 1,100 pounds of food!
Kindergarten students at Fairlawn Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by spending 100 minutes outside. Students completed centers which included finding 100 pennies, jumping rope 100 times, and writing their numbers to 100 by 10s with sidewalk chalk.
Kindergartners from Fairlawn Elementary recently experienced Colombian culture by watching a Colombian dance company preform many traditional dance from Columbia at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce. The students were mesmerized by the music and the brightness of the costumes. It was truly a wonderful experience for these young students.
The Odyssey of the Mind team from Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School performed at Regional Competition at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, FL. The team not only qualified for state, they received the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. This award is the highest award in the Odyssey of the Mind program. For this award, judges are asked to only make nominations if exceptional creativity is exhibited. Comments on their award included, “The Division I team went above and beyond the requirements of the problem. The team was incredibly insightful and advanced for elementary students.” Congratulations, Fairlawn Odyssey Team on a job well done!
Fairlawn is participating in this year’s annual Empty Bowl Project. Thirty students in Mr. Gelardo’s art class will be creating clay pottery bowls for the event to be held on Saturday, March 12th, at the Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market. Each bowl will sell for $15 and will benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Every dollar raised will provide 7 meals to people in our community. Students who create the bowls can purchase them first or they will be taken to the event and sold along with the many other bowls created by the other schools in our district. Many employees also participated by donating $15 to the Treasure Coast Food Bank and making a bowl
Fairlawn Elementary School received a $1000.00 check from the National VFW. The State Commander, T. Wayne Makham, presented the check to Principal Jennifer Hedeen at a faculty meeting with Superintendent Genelle Yost, Dr. Kevin Perry, and Lydia Martin in attendance. This donation to Fairlawn Elementary was a result of Shirley Helton (retired 5th grade teacher) receiving the national honor of VFW Teacher of the Year 2014. Mrs. Helton graciously accepted this award recently in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Helton was nominated by Nell Moyers to the local chapter and then continued on to win at the state and national levels. Shirley Helton encouraged her students to show patriotism. This award was granted for her extensive citizenship activities, including patriotic studies, the constitution, and the continuous support her students gave to the soldiers and the military medics in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sue Keller, Allison Smith from the local VFW and Dr. Rosemary Ayers, VFW Ladies Auxiliary District 11 President, were also present as the donation was presented to the school principal.
The Fairlawn family said their final farewells to some of their Fairlawn family that will be retiring this year. Pictured below in the front row from left to right are the retirees, Madeline Bell, Carolyn Johnson, Jan Mayr, and Steve Marcorelle. Not pictured but also retiring is Dessie Rogers. In the back row are Pat Gascoigne the Assistant Principal and Jennifer Hedeen the Principal. Collectively the retirees have 157 years in St Lucie County Schools. Thank you for all your years of dedication and service. You will be missed!
Mrs. Ridle, media specialist, explained to Shirley Gomez that when reading graphic novels, it’s important to ‘read’ the pictures AND the words. The picture of the map shows that the location of the popular graphic novel, Sunny Side Up, takes place in our hometown!
If we hadn’t looked closely, we would have missed that really cool detail!
Congratulations to Ashlynne Murray, a fourth grade student from Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School, who placed first in the MLK Spelling Bee. Other Fairlawn participants included Benny Leger, Ricardo Ramirez, and Megan Brooks. Fairlawn is proud of their super spellers!
The kindergarten students learn science through a hands-on experience making a pizza. The students were able to see matter change its shape and property through the process. Christina Silva-Mejias from Loutina’s Pizza helped the students make pizza. The students applied their sequence skills that they learned from reading “Pizza at Sally’s” a book about the steps someone takes to make pizza. After making pizza, the students used a flow map to write about the sequences to make a pizza. Pictured are William Kicklighter, left, and Kielan Holland.
Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary School celebrated Earth Day by writing poems and composing songs to honor our Earth. The culminating activity was to make and enjoy dirt pudding. Pictured are Brooks Holmes, left, and Jacob Ridle sharing their poems.
Fairlawn Elementary School’s Intermediate Odyssey of the Mind team has earned a spot to compete in the World Competition to take place in Lansing, Michigan in May. Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to problem-solve in a creative way. Students are encouraged to “think outside the box” in order to solve open ended long-term and spontaneous problems. Students prepare a solution to a long-term problem with given parameters to present at competition. They also must solve a short problem given on the spot, called a spontaneous. Students at Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School met before or after school to work with their team to devise a solution to their chosen problem.
Pictured from left to right, Renee Hawkins(coach), Haley Hawkins, Molly Gillard, Jennifer Garcia, Joanna Dominguez, Garrett Hawley, Josh Boyd, Dawson Holmes, Brittany Eatman(Coach).
Fairlawn Elementary School made the SWEET 16 for TTM’s National Contest – The March Math Madness.
This means that across the entire country, Fairlawn is in the final 16 schools!
This contest allows schools to compete against schools around the country to decide who has the highest average of passed lessons per active student!
This is a National Contest with thousands of schools participating!
Fairlawn Elementary students in Shirley Helton’s Fifth Grade class are corresponding with troops in Afghanistan. Students are sending care packages and hand-written notes to the soldiers. They also e-mail and skype with the troops giving them words of encouragement and asking many questions about life in Afghanistan. Pictured are Clark Emerson and Austin Jensen loading the care boxes with necessities and goodies.