Small group instruction key at F. K. Sweet

Small group instruction key at F. K. Sweet

Small group instruction is a daily part of the reading routine in Morgan Haupt’s kindergarten class at F.K. Sweet Elementary. Students have access to leveled readers that compliment the new reading series. Za’Niyah Taylor, Skylar Monroe, and Shinyla Williams think that learning to read is cool, and look forward to reading with their teacher.

SLWK8 Students Enjoyed The Odyssey

SLWK8 Students Enjoyed The Odyssey

Dana Brightwell and Matthew Glotzer coached a brilliant group of students through this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition at Suncoast High School. The SLWK8 Team chose to compete in Problem #5, “A Stellar Hangout”. Team members were Lilliana Boham, Nora Calnan, Jasmine Gabriel, Hannah Gaffney, Samantha Leonard, Jayden Nargen and Ivan Sheehan.  They all worked diligently on the creative and technical portions of the problem, and demonstrated fortitude and perseverance throughout the many months of preparation.

SLWK8 Civics Class Gets Visit From Deputy Chief Woods

SLWK8 Civics Class Gets Visit From Deputy Chief Woods

Students from Mr. Artiles’ 7th grade Civics class at St. Lucie West K-8 School received a visit from Mark Woods, Deputy Chief of Safety and Security for St. Lucie Public Schools. Students invited Mr. Woods to present to their class as part of their Project Citizen topic of School Violence Prevention.

Deputy Chief Woods shared current school violence prevention measures already in place in the school district, including monthly Code Red drills, and perimeter security. He also stressed the importance of reporting suspicious behavior or threats immediately.

Students also had an opportunity to hear his feedback on several public policy proposals they had brainstormed on this issue.

SLWK-8 Students Participate in Future Chef Competition

SLWK-8 Students Participate in Future Chef Competition

On Saturday, October 24,  SLWK8 students competed as a team in the Future Chef Competition held in Ft. Pierce at the Green Market. Students competed against the local high schools and one other K-8 school in this event.   The Shark Chef Team (Casie Schulz,  Laravanessa Cano and Gabriella Quimby) showed well with their appetizer of Savory Shrimp Persimmon and Plum Skewers over Orange Ginger Jasmine Rice and served an entree of Banh Mi with Watermelon Salad.  The judges particularly enjoyed that many flavors from the market were showcased and added that our chefs exhibited outstanding culinary skills.

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SLWK-8 Students Learn About Pioneers

SLWK-8 Students Learn About Pioneers

The SLWK-8 4th Grade students recently took a field trip to Ft. Christmas and Alligator World. The students learned about how pioneers lived in early Florida and were able to grind corn and churn butter. Then they traveled to Alligator World where they observed animals in their natural habitats and explored the tools used by native Americans and settlers to survive in Florida.

SLWK-8 Student’s Artwork Selected for Exhibit

SLWK-8 Student’s Artwork Selected for Exhibit

Tama Jeanchery’s artwork entitled “Rooted Heart” was recently entered in The Dali Museum’s 2016 Florida statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit: Between Dream and Reality.

We are proud to announce that it was chosen to be exhibited at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL this summer. Tama is an 8th grade student at SLWK-8. Her art teacher is Mrs. Jaime Mazzo.

Great work, Tama!

SLWK-8 Student Is Weekend Weather Kid

SLWK-8 Student Is Weekend Weather Kid

Christina DiMeo, an 8th Grader at St. Lucie West K-8 School, was selected as the Weekend Weather Kid by CBS12. Nominated by Barbara Ricks, her business education teacher, Christina conducted herself like a pro during the December 30th broadcast.

Congratulations, from your SLWK-8 family!

SLWK-8 Speakers Bureau

SLWK-8 Speakers Bureau

St. Lucie West K8 (SLWK8) is excited to welcome our first monthly Speakers Bureau speaker in partnership with Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Vice-Chairperson. Each month, SLWK8 along with other schools, hosts guest speakers who encourage and motivate students to make good choices, use positive role models and learn to find their passion and purpose in life.

SLWK8’s guest speaker was Mr. Samuel McDuffie, basketball coach and motivational speaker. Mr. McDuffie spoke insightfully to our eighth grade Sharks. He gave background information about himself and about his youth. He encouraged students to think bigger and to be resolved and focused.

The Speakers Bureau extends to our students a great opportunity, and we look forward to working with Dr. Mills and with the many who are willing to share their inspiring stories with our students.

SLWK-8 Shark Chefs Prepare for Competition

SLWK-8 Shark Chefs Prepare for Competition

Casie Schulz and Bailey Layle, two 8th grade SLWK-8 Shark chefs, are preparing Red Velvet Roulades for the District Culinary Showcase to be held at the St. Lucie County Civic Center on Wednesday December 9th from 5 to 7 PM. Their teacher is Ms. Jennifer Tremblay.

SLWK-8 S.A.G.E. Students Show Their Holiday Spirit

SLWK-8 S.A.G.E. Students Show Their Holiday Spirit

The SLWK-8 elementary gifted S.A.G.E. classes participated again this year in a holiday community service project. The students decorated holiday bags for the “Meals on Wheels” program in our area. This program provides and delivers meals to senior citizens who are homebound.

These students have volunteered their time to show their holiday spirit and citizenship during the holidays!

SLWK-8 Odyssey of the Mind Places 1st

SLWK-8 Odyssey of the Mind Places 1st

St. Lucie West K-8 participated in the Palm Regional Competition for Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There were five problem-solving categories. SLWK-8 entered teams in three of the five categories.

• Omer to the Rescue, Again placed 1st in their category with team members: Jasmine Gabriel, Stephanie Leonard, Alexandria Mancini, Isabella Mora, Logan Pino and Kianush Torkaman.
• Opposites Distract placed 2nd in their category with team members: Lilliana Boham, Hannah Gaffney, Samantha Leonard, Lillian O’Neill, Parisa Torkaman and Abigail Wiley.
• Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop placed 3rd in their category with team members: Elizabeth Callaway, Nora Calnan, Sophia Gutshall, Donnae Moore, Aiden Sculnick and Ivan Sheehan.

The 1st and 2nd place teams will be representing St. Lucie West K-8 at States in Orlando on April 6, 2019! The coaches, Mrs. Binns, Ms. Brightwell, Mrs. Casper and Ms. Dahms, are very proud of the students’ perseverance through months of problem-solving and practices, along with their extraordinary team work displayed during the competition.  Great job sharks!

SLWK-8 Jr. Thespians Win at Festival

SLWK-8 Jr. Thespians Win at Festival

The SLWK-8 Jr. Thespian Troupe wowed the audience at their 4th annual Thespian Showcase performance on November 19th.

In addition, they performed at the District 3 Junior Thespian Festival on December 5th and brought home 11 scores of EXCELLENT and 6 scores of SUPERIOR.

Great job, Ms. Tsunoda and our talented thespians!

SLWK-8 hosts Summer School

SLWK-8 hosts Summer School

Ms. Serrano’s ESY PK-1 Hearing Impaired class participated in an interactive review of their camping vocabulary words. This activity required students to identify items they would need on a camping trip. Once identified, students located camping items that were strategically placed in the classroom and packed it in the class duffel bag.

SLWK-8 Gifted Students Serve the Community

SLWK-8 Gifted Students Serve the Community

Our S.A.G.E. Academy at SLWK-8 (1st through 8th grade advanced/gifted students) participated in a community project to help senior citizens have a brighter holiday season. The students had to create holiday images onto 250 bags which would later be filled with items for 250 senior citizens who receive services from the Meals on Wheels program throughout the Treasure Coast. These holiday-filled bags bring joy to those senior citizens receiving them along with an appreciation that they are important and thought of by others in the community. This activity helped to facilitate a deeper understanding and discussion amongst the students about the importance of citizenship and community involvement.

SLWK-8 FSA Pep Rally

SLWK-8 FSA Pep Rally

SLWK-8 students in grades 3-8 were treated to a Pep Rally for FSA on Tuesday, April 30th. The administration was assisted by the drumline from Centennial High School, as well as some of their basketball players. Students participated in fun games such as:

Shooting Hoops
Hula Hoop Relay
Cup Stacking
Centipede Relay
Dance Off

SLWK-8 First Graders Learning about Technology

SLWK-8 First Graders Learning about Technology

Over the summer, Mrs. Nemeth, 1st grade teacher, received five tablets for her classroom through a Donors Choose proposal. Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links, and the recorder to show what they know. After publishing a piece about Fall, students were able to take a picture of their work and record themselves reading it. Families also have the ability to see their child’s work through the Seesaw app and respond with comments and likes.

SLWK-8 Color Run

SLWK-8 Color Run

The SLWK-8 My School Color Run sponsored by the Student Council was a huge success!

Thank you everyone for your participation!

Special thanks for Ms. Renee Taylor, Mrs. Shawna Portee, and Dean Lauren Kosinski for their hard work in organizing this event. Everyone had a colorful time!

SLWK-8 Celebrates Perfect FSA Scores with Limo Lunch

SLWK-8 Celebrates Perfect FSA Scores with Limo Lunch

Congratulations to the following students who earned a perfect score on FSA last year and were treated to a limo ride to lunch on November 5th:
4th grader, Maria Nolasco
8th grader, Roseanne Rodriguez
8th grader, Ryan Rodriguez

The students were accompanied by their parents and the SLWK-8 Administration for this special lunch!