Floresta Elementary teacher selected for group study tour of Germany

Floresta Elementary teacher selected for group study tour of Germany

Congratulations to Floresta Elementary School fourth grade teacher Veronica Allende, who was selected by the Transatlantic Outreach Program to participate in a two week group travel study tour of Germany. The group will travel on various dates this summer from late June through August. Study will focus on the German governmental system, federal system, school system, history of Germany including the Holocaust, and German business and economy, culture, current events, and the German approach to issues regarding earth stewardship. This is a very competitive program and candidates must produce essays expressing how they will use the knowledge gained to enhance the education of students. Ms. Allende will return in late summer prepared to share her experiences and draw from them to develop lessons with colleagues that enhance the Social Studies learning of students. Anyone interested in learning more about this unique opportunity may contact Ms. Allende at Floresta Elementary, or The Transatlantic Outreach Program at www.goethe.de for specific information about their educational programs and the application process.

Floresta Elementary teachers Are CHAMPS!

Floresta Elementary teachers Are CHAMPS!

Floresta Elementary School teachers and staff engaged in a CHAMPS training recenetly.  This professional development was interesting, relevant, and practical for teachers and anyone who works with children, especially in an educational setting.  At the core of the program’s success, is the philosophy that when teachers are clear in their expectations, students can and will make appropriate academic and behavior choices.  The CHAMPS program offers teachers the ability to create a thoughtful, clear set of expectations, tailored to each individual teacher’s classroom routines and expectations.  The program aligns with the Positive Behavior Support program already implemented, and Rti requirements.  The result is improved classroom management, more effective instruction, and higher student achievement.

Floresta Elementary thespians delight audience with holiday musical

Floresta Elementary thespians delight audience with holiday musical

“Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus!” proclaimed the students at Floresta Elementary School during their winter musical. The cast of “Yes Virginia” put on a spectacular performance for parents, teachers, and community members before the winter break. The cast, comprised of fourth, fifth and one first grade students were hard at work since early September preparing for vocal and speaking auditions and learn their lines, songs and dances to put on the show.  It was clear that Floresta Elementary has some very talented singers and actors. Thanks to a very generous gift of $1,000.00 from Macy’s, school staff was able to purchase and create several unique costumes, and sets and props especially for the show. Though the show took months of hard work and practice, it was deemed a success. Despite this musical being more challenging and demanding than any previous shows involving singing solos and difficult dance numbers, the cast showed they were up for the challenge. The dress rehearsal was performed during the school day for Kindergarten through second grade students and was recorded by the Education Channel to air on television later this year. Floresta Elementary students, families and staff will certainly be looking forward to seeing more great performances in the future! Pictured are some of the “Yes, Virginia” cast members. Written Floresta Elementary music teacher Jaclyn Kraus and edited by Suzanne Diaz.

Floresta Elementary top earner for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Floresta Elementary top earner for Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Floresta Elementary School took top honors this year as the school that collected the most donations for the 2013 Bowl for Kids Sake event held in September. Floresta Elementary raised $1,775.00 this year, made possible through the concerted efforts of individuals who are passionate about a cause. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the nation’s largest bowling event that raises critical funds to support the mentoring relationships of Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS). Floresta Elementary School has stood strong in its commitment to be a part of the important work BBBS continues to do for children in the area. Over the last ten years, Floresta Elementary School has raised $24,775.00 for BBBS, and continues to do whatever possible to advocate for children.  A huge thank you to Cemera Clancy for organizing the event at the school level, and to everyone who supported these efforts through participation and/or donations for this worthwhile cause. Pictured is the group from Floresta Elementary at the event. Submitted by Suzanne Diaz.

Floresta Elementary tutoring program aligns with student interests

Floresta Elementary tutoring program aligns with student interests

Floresta’s after-school tutorial clubs are off to a great start, thanks to the organized and creative leadership of media teacher Geraldine Wills and math coach Vicki Pease. They have put together a wide variety of project-based learning opportunities that align with students’ interests and state standards, and in some cases, provide students opportunities to experience new and different interests. Since students are expected to begin making career choices as early as middle school, what better way to help them make the right choices than to introduce them to career fields and “hands on” experiences in areas not previously explored. Students are offered opportunities to join clubs in the areas of horticulture, culinary arts, journalism, woodworking, drama, fine arts, game design, dance, and book clubs. The clubs meet for one to two hours daily on various days of the week and are led by teachers who are excited to share their knowledge and expertise in these diverse areas. Written by Suzanne Diaz and submitted by Viviana Gross.

Floresta Elementary Young Author winners recognized

Floresta Elementary Young Author winners recognized

Floresta Elementary School is recognizing outstanding student authors as the school’s Young Author winners. The students each wrote and illustrated a book on a topic that interested them. Pictured are Ashna Patel, in front, and back, from left, Tiffany Alexander, James Sell, and Gioia Perniello. Students will be honored at a celebration at Manatee Academy K-8 School and parents are invited to take part as well.  Floresta Elementary is proud of all the students who participated in the project and thank their teachers for guidance and support.

Floresta Elementary holds its school spelling bee

Floresta Elementary holds its school spelling bee

Floresta Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students competed in the 2011-2012 Scripps Spelling Bee.  First place winner was Anthony Martens from Valerie Doyle’s fifth grade class, and second place winner was Jacob Lucrezia, from Michael Bogin’s fourth grade class.  Congratulations to winners, and to all those who competed.

Floresta Students Participate in Annual Field Day

Floresta Students Participate in Annual Field Day

It’s that time of year again! Field day at Floresta Elementary kicked off on Monday, May 12, 2014. Students from all grades participated in a half-day of friendly, yet challenging competitions. The fourth grade students participated in eight events consisting of baton-relay racing, scooter relays, basketball-dribbling relays, paired beach ball relay, sponge relay, tug-of-war, and 50-yard dash. The competition was friendly and hard fought with Mrs. Diaz edging out Mrs. Clarke, Ms. Pagliughi, and Mrs. Burkett. Many parents were in attendance to support their child’s class and to celebrate good sportsmanship. Our very thoughtful and supportive Floresta Elementary PTO provided a variety of icy cold refreshments.

Similar field days were held for other grade levels. The grade level champions were:

1st grade – Miss Browning’s class

2nd grade – Mrs. Gray’s class

3rd grade – Mrs. Moore

4th grade – Mrs. Diaz

5th grade – Mr. Lehman

 

Written by Sandy Pagliughi and Suzanne Diaz

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Gilooly

Floresta Students Participate in Tunnel of Encouragement

Floresta Students Participate in Tunnel of Encouragement

On Friday, April 11, students at Floresta Elementary participated in their annual Tunnel of Encouragement.  Students in grades K-2 formed the tunnel, and waved balloons, banners, and pompoms, while chanting “Do Your Best on The Test,” as students in grades 3-5 filed into the cafeteria.  Once in the cafeteria, students received insightful and inspiring words from Principal, Ms. Floyd and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Menikheim.  Third grade teachers performed a skit incorporating test taking tips and a motivational song.  Fourth grade teachers shared words of advice and encouragement, followed by a video collage of students hard at work taken over the many weeks preceding the test.  Fifth grade teachers entertained students with a series of very cool science experiments to the song “Happy.”  Administration provided every student with their very own FCAT t-shirt imprinted with the words, “Be Calm and FCAT On.” Good luck, Floresta Dolphins!!!

Written by Suzanne Diaz

FAU’s Latin American Choral Ensemble Performs at DMMS

FAU’s Latin American Choral Ensemble Performs at DMMS

The Florida Atlantic University Latin American Choral Ensemble, iCantemosunda under the direction of Dr. Patricia Fleitas, recently performed for the Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus. A unique and versatile collegiate ensemble, the group performed selections representing cultures from Brazil, Afro Cuban, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

 

Florida Council on Economic Education Names St. Lucie County Educator as the Next “Teacher Spotlight” Feature

(TAMPA) – October 30, 2015– The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE), is pleased to announce the newly selected outstanding educator for quarter two featured on our “Teacher Spotlight – Recognizing Superior Educators for Innovation in the Classroom” webpage is, Jacqueline Harris of Village Green Environmental Studies School in St. Lucie County, FL.

Ms. Harris is an energetic and outgoing first grade educator who was awarded first place in the Entrepreneurship Category, Elementary Division, at the 2015 Governor’s Award Program for Excellence in Teaching Economics, for her project “The Healthy Kidz Snack Shop & Eatery”. Her project, which asked students to run a mock business, challenged her class to use critical thinking skills in a real-world application. For her project submission, Ms. Harris filmed the students as they explored through role-play the financial and economic concepts of owning and running an eatery.
When asked what piece of advice Ms. Harris would give to a new economics or finance teacher she replied, “…commit to hard work, be truly dedicated to teaching economics from start to finish and remember that economics and personal finance are important aspects of our lives in the real world and are considered significant parts of preparing students for college, careers and the real world later on.”
To learn more about Ms. Harris and her award winning project, or the FCEE please visit: http://www.fcee.org/teacher-spotlight/.
About the Florida Council on Economic Education
The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The Florida Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by leading corporations and individuals throughout the state.
The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, investors, and citizens in the global economy.

 

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Captain Citrus, a program from the Florida Department of Citrus, came to Samuel Gaines Academy to speak with our second graders about Florida citrus.  The second graders were highly engaged, throughout the interactive and energizing presentation.  They learned more about how citrus trees grow, as well as, the nutritional benefits of Florida’s citrus fruits and juices.  Their new knowledge was treated with the opportunity to sample oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and orange juice at the end of the presentation.

Florida Department of Health Child Care Food Program

Florida Department of Health Child Care Food Program

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs. Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the sites listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 

SCHOOL/SITE Address
PALM POINTE 10680 Academic Way PSL 34987
WEATHERBEE 800 E Weatherbee Rd FP 34982
C A MOORE 827 N. 29th Street FP 34947
SLW K8 1501 SW Cashmere Blvd PSL 34986
SAM GAINES 2250 S. Jenkins Rd FP 34947
ALLAPATTAH FLATS 12051 NW Copper Creek Dr PSL 34987
MORNINGSIDE 2300 SE Gowin Dr PSL 34952
LAKEWOOD PARK 7800 Indrio Road FP 34951
FLORESTA 1501 SE Floresta Dr PSL 34983
BAYSHORE 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd PSL 34984
NORTHPORT 250 NW Floresta Dr PSL 34983
WINDMILL POINT 700 Darwin Blvd PSL 34953
SOUTHPORT 2420 SE Morningside Blvd PSL 34952
MARIPOSA 2620 SE Mariposa Ave PSL 34952
OAK HAMMOCK 1251 SW California Blvd PSL 34953
MANATEE 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd PSL 34986
RIVERS EDGE 5600 NE St. James PSL 34983
WEST GATE 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd PSL 34986
LAWNWOOD 1900 S 23rd St FP 34950

 

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

 

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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.

 

 

Florida Education Officials and Local Bookstores Partner to Help Hurricane-Impacted Schools…

Florida Education Officials and Local Bookstores Partner to Help Hurricane-Impacted Schools…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., October 29, 2018 – The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers across the state have joined together to host Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. A portion of sale proceeds on November 3 and 4 at participating bookstores will fund grants that will enable schools impacted by Hurricane Michael to re-stock their libraries and classrooms.

 

First Lady Ann Scott said, “For the past 8 years, I’ve had the privilege to promote literacy at Florida schools. Reading has always been important to our family, and I truly believe that a strong foundation of literacy is important for students to achieve their dreams and career goals. Since Hurricane Michael made landfall, my husband, Rick, has worked hard to get communities back on their feet. The Re-book to Re-build program is a wonderful opportunity to help impacted schools receive the resources necessary for students to succeed.”

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “Soon, all school districts will have reopened following Hurricane Michael, but many students’ schedules have been adjusted and school locations have changed. Florida educators at every level are working tirelessly to ensure a smooth return for students after having experienced unimaginable destruction, and these grants will be a great help. I am grateful to the participating booksellers, not only for their financial contributions, but for showing our students what it means to care for one another.”

Floridians are encouraged to visit one of the participating booksellers on Saturday, November 3 or Sunday, November 4, 2018. A percentage of sale proceeds will be invested in local literacy grants for school districts and educators to purchase books for schools impacted by Hurricane Michael. Those who are unable to visit one of the following locations can give a tax-deductible gift to the Florida Education Foundation.

·         Bayou Books, Niceville

·         Books & Books, Coral Gables

·         MacIntosh Books, Sanibel Island

·         Midtown Reader, Tallahassee

·         Story & Song, Fernandina Beach

“The Florida Education Foundation is proud to partner with Florida’s independent booksellers and the Department of Education to support local communities and schools in their recovery from Hurricane Michael,” said FEF Chair Connie Smith. “Through the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser, the Foundation continues its commitment to improving Florida’s education system so that every student has access to the resources they need to learn and achieve.”

The Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief initiative is aimed at helping school districts, students and communities hit the hardest by Hurricane Michael recover their libraries and for students to rediscover the joy of reading.

For more information about the Florida Education Foundation, please visit www.floridaeducationfoundation.org.

Florida Engineering Society Teacher of the Year

Florida Engineering Society Teacher of the Year

Lincoln Park Academy’s “Project Lead The Way” teacher, Mark Hueter, was named the “Florida Engineering Society’s 2013 K-12 Teacher of the Year” at their annual event on August 2, 2013. Treasure Coast Chapter President Adam Schildmeier nominated Mr. Hueter for creatively  incorporating and promoting engineering and technology concepts and activities into his classroom, truly engaging students and promoting critical thinking.

Mark is highly respected by his peers and professional colleagues for facilitating his students’ progression through concepts including static and dynamic analysis, stress/strain diagrams and testing, and hydraulic calculations often not taught until the college level. This rigorous curriculum and top-notch instructor rank high among St. Lucie County’s quality program offerings.

Mr. Hueter was honored at the School Board Meeting on September 24, 2013. Pictured are Candace Stone, Debbie Hawley, Pamela Dampier, Mark Hueter, Genelle Yost, Kathie Schmidt, David Foxx, and Adam Schildmeier.

Florida Family Engagement Month

Florida Family Engagement Month

Florida Family Engagement in Education Month is a time to celebrate the important role parents and families play in their children’s education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed-not just in school, but throughout life.