Fairlawn Receives National Recognition

Fairlawn Receives National Recognition

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.

Fairlawn Says Fairwell to Dedicated Family Members

Fairlawn Says Fairwell to Dedicated Family Members

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!

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Fairlawn Student Discovers Hometown Information

Fairlawn Student Discovers Hometown Information

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!

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Fairlawn students are rolling in the dough

Fairlawn students are rolling in the dough

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.

Fairlawn students enjoy an Earth Day celebration

Fairlawn students enjoy an Earth Day celebration

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 Students Going to Michigan

Fairlawn Students Going to Michigan

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).

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Fairlawn Students Make the Score

Fairlawn Students Make the Score

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 Students Support Troops

Fairlawn Students Support Troops

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.

Fairlawn’s Bahamian Fundraiser

Fairlawn’s Bahamian Fundraiser

Fairlawn Elementary students represented the Bahamas by wearing either the colors of the flag (gold, black, and aqua) or the actual flag itself.  The students were thrilled to continue the support for Hurricane Dorian relief.  All together the students raised over $670 dollars.

Fairlawn’s Helton recognized for national honor

Fairlawn’s Helton recognized for national honor

Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade teacher Shirley Helton was recognized at the February 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for being named the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national 2014 Citizenship Teacher of the Year. Pictured, from left, at the meeting are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Fairlawn Elementary principal Jennifer Hedeen, Helton, local VFW representatives Alyceson Smith, Barbara Laidlaw, and Soo Keller, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, VFW member Nell Moyers, who nominated Helton for the award, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

“Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading Program

“Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading Program

Northport is a very lucky school, and our children are well thought of throughout our community. One of our community partners, First Baptist Church of Port Saint Lucie or 1 PSL Church, collaborated with another Northport community partner, First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie, to bring a fabulous summer reading program to our students. Both churches have collected books at each service since February. The total books collected by both community churches is over 2,468 for VPK – 8. ⛪ ❤ 😃 🌞 📚 Both churches have taken the school and the children under their wings to make sure that the kids and teachers in their own community are well cared for and books are in the hands of children over the summer.

Pictured are congregation members from 1 PSL Church, Ben Rowell, Children’s Pastor Danny Martinez, Youth Pastor Stephanie Sakowski, Jean Lindo , Linda Grego and Ruby Daniels. The Northport Summer Reading Program “Faith In Literacy” is well underway and students will select their free take home summer reading books beginning next week.

Many thanks and much 💘 ❤ 💘 to our church partners! Stay tuned for more pictures of this tremendous undertaking by both churches.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Our Lakewood Park Falcon Staff is ready for our 1st Annual Fall Festival festivities! It’s going to be a night of food…fun…and many laughs!

Fall Is in the Air!

Fall Is in the Air!

Happy Fall! Students in Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class loved working on a unit about apples. They measured, experimented, and used their five senses to investigate them. Jackson Mallonee, Elijah Josheph, Everette Robinson, and Tabitha Smith agreed that the best part of the unit was making homemade applesauce.

 

Families and Community Members Support Bayshore Student!

Families and Community Members Support Bayshore Student!

Bayshore Elementary School students, families and community members demonstrated an outpouring of support for Collin Cash, a fifth grade student at Bayshore who is battling Leukemia.  On November 21, 2015, Bayshore Elementary School hosted a yard sale with all proceeds being donated to help with Collin’s medical bills.  We truly thank everyone for the donations including certificates, baked goods, and yard sale items.

The Cash family also would like to thank everyone who stopped by to offer their prayers and words of encouragement. To all who supported our efforts in easing the burden of Collin’s medical bills, we are forever grateful!

Pictured are Bayshore students (from left to right) Kendall Cash, Marina Percy, and Collin Cash

Families enjoy annual music open house at Palm Pointe

Families enjoy annual music open house at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition held its third annual Music Open House recently. Parents, grandparents and other family members of kindergarten through fourth grade students were invited to attend music class. Participants experienced what a typical music class is like at Palm Pointe. Parents participated in “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, played rhythm sticks, played drums and the Orff instruments. It was a great experience for all! Pictured are students and parents from Millerlandy Palomino’s third grade class learning to play a song directed by music teacher Christine Hill.

Families enjoy Dan McCarty athletic banquet

Families enjoy Dan McCarty athletic banquet

Dan McCarty families enjoyed the first athletic banquet to recognize students from fall and winter sports. All students participating in extra-curriculuar activities must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and have good behavior. Following dinner, families watched a video of Eagle athletes talking about focusing on both academics and sports. Each student then received a certificate recognizing his or her accomplishments. Sports recognized included soccer, volleyball, bowling, and track. Each coach assisted in the presentation of certificates. The soccer team was also recognized for winning the first trophy in the school’s history in the district soccer tournament. Final awards were for students with the highest GPA in each sport. Two students, Andrew Fenn (bowling) and Sarah Parks (volleyball) have maintained a perfect 4.0. The picture shows proud families photographing the honored students.

Families enjoy Palm Pointe Open House

Families enjoy Palm Pointe Open House

Teachers and staff welcomed back students and parents for the 2012-2013 school year at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @Tradition’s “Open House”.  Families met their new teachers, purchase planners and spirit shirts, get information on before and after school providers, pay lunch money and get information on buses. Students also visited the library to turn in their summer reading logs and families visited teachers from previous years. It was a fantastic day seeing everyone anxious to begin the new school year!  Pictured, from left, are Mrs. Losee, Clayton Losee, Colby Losee and kindergarten teacher Jenny Clancy.