Students in Melanie Francisco’s class enjoyed roll playing Zero the Hero while learning about the value of the number zero. Sara Jones, Evan Shaw, Drayden McLaughlin, Addison Burgess, and Jeremiah Hill loved soaring throughout the classroom with their classmates to number songs and finger plays, wearing their super hero masks.
Miss Debra Snyder, Mrs. Kathy Perez, Mrs. Lydia Martin and Ms. Liz Pruitt all from the St. Lucie County School District stand with Mr. Wang XuMing, the former Ministry of Education in China spokesman before participating in a panel discussion in Beijing, China on August 18, 2013. International Education “Makes a Marvelous World” was the theme of the international conference with over 2,000 parents and distinguished guests attending. The famous headmasters from China and America held the summit to shine light on the characteristics and differences between the two countries’ education. This was followed by discussions on how to prepare our children to become international leaders.
Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is learning place value. They practiced a game, “Race to a Flat” to learn how ten ones can be replaced by one ten, and ten tens turn into a hundred. Pictured are from left; Cooper Kuba and Nicolas Tovar winning with their hands held high, also pictured from left are Joshua Volcin, Karie Dyer, Breanna Sylvain, Naje’ Carter-Evans, Jack Lopez, Madison Kohn.
Students at Windmill Point Elementary were welcomed back to school with a Tunnel of Hope by our community, staff and parents! We are proud to be a Kids at Hope school and believe that ALL children are indeed, capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS! Pictured are Daniel Solorzano, 5th grader, and Isabella Solorzano, 3rd grader.
Northport K-8 School was abuzz with the excitement of Grandparent’s Day recently. A special luncheon was held in the cafeteria as grandparents met their children for lunch. Tables were decorated with floral arrangements and students were thrilled that special visitors had arrived.
That afternoon, first grade teachers, Renee Immordino, Michelle McCloskey and Pam Mishler invited grandparents from their classes of students to a special children’s program with songs and poetry honoring all grandparents . Middle grades Culinary Arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth collaborated with the teachers as her classes baked and showcased homeade apple pies, pineapple upside down cakes and offered tea and lemonade to grandparents after the program.
Northport K-8 School offers an opportunity for the whole family unit to become engaged in the school community. When parents and grandparents as well as extended family are involved in the school culture, students by extension are thrilled to feel a part of the goodwill. There were several hundred grandparents visitng Northport for the special day.
Pictured are grandparents Mike and Ronda Morse and their grandaughter, Erin Simberlund from Carissa Berkley’s fourth grade.
Each year Northport K-8 School commemorates and pays tribute to the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. The school media center is dedicated to the memory of the eight children who perished on 9/11. This year, the school media center program offered Power Instruction to sixth and eighth students on the Shark and Mariner teams. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by eighth grader, Matthew Seama and the National Anthem was sung by choral student, Sharene Thomas. Mr. Kirk, Northport choral director and his vocalists, the Velvet Bluebirds, sang a powerful rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
An extremely informative powerpoint was one of the highlights of the program explaining September 11, 2001, the National response and the Northport community response and two primary source guest speakers made the story become living history for the students. Retired Detective Albert Hickey and SLC firefighter, Gary Hollett spoke eloquently and with deep emotion to the packed house of students.
Northport alumni currently serving in the United States military video clipped recent messages to the students. Army Sgt. Xiovani Guanill spoke to the students directly from Afghanistan and United States Air Force medic, Corey Gruszka spoke from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The program came full circle to the school flag pole where veterans from Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 106 raised the flag and called the names of the flights. Port St. Lucie American Legion, Post 318 Legion Riders also had a large presence with motorcylces parked in a line in the front of the school. When polled, 100 % of students expressed deep undertanding of the tragedy of 9/11. Pictured are the Legion Riders and Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka
Summer 2013 proved to be an exciting time for Fort Pierce Central (FPC)/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students. Eight FPC/ERAU Aerospace Institute students, 10 – 12 graders, were selected to be the inaugural class for a new internship program launched in cooperation with Renegade Light Sport Aircraft of Fort Pierce.
The interns spent the summer learning and working at Renegade at the St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce under the mentoring of several members from the Fort Pierce Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 908. Interns included Anthony Oreo, Zac Molinelli, Bryce Starr, Brady Loupe, Leo Troncoso, Ruelane Kindred, Aaron Quinn, and Cody Elndenin. These students worked side by side with accomplished local pilots and mechanics acquiring more than 25 hours of pilot ground school, 34 hours of mechanical instruction and 2 hours of individual flight time. Each participant is accumulating hours toward two Industry recognized certifications: Light Sport Pilot and Light Sport Repairman.
When Renegade CEO Doc Bailey speaks of the students he conveys his pride in having them work at his facility and shares his amazement at the dedication these teens put forth over a number of hot summer days.
Doc partnered with Kevin Adkins – FPC/ERAU Aerospace Institute Director, Paul Dekker – President EAA Chapter 908, June Beers – Treasurer EAA Chapter 908 and Kathie Schmidt-Career and Technical Director St. Lucie County Public Schools to pull this internship together. This group of students will now transition to the second internship rotation while another group prepares to start anew.
Frances K. Sweet’s fourth grade students in Mrs. Nardi Routten’s class became scientists as they explored “ice balloons”. Students recorded their observation as they performed several tasks. First they compared and contrasted the results of scraping the ice balloon with a toothpick versus a paperclip. Students also observed what happened after salt was poured on the top of the ice balloon, and then food coloring. Finally, students observed what happened when the ice balloon was placed in a tub of water. During each activity students formed questions and wrote them on post-it notes. Later, these questions were grouped according to the type of questions and investigations were designed by each group in order to further their knowledge. Addison Dewar is pictured making some close observations.
Palm Pointe graduates reconnect with Hillary Cruz, 7th grade Civics teacher at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, and Janet Winikoff, representing the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, regarding the students’ 2011/12 Project Citizen idea for a pet food stamps program. The students targeted low-income pet owners as the problem to focus on for their class project two years ago; claiming one of the most cited reasons for surrendering pets was due to the owners’ inability to financially care for them. Students had the idea to create a Medicaid-type program (called Peticaid), that would subsidize food and veterinary care. Students reached out for community support and located Ms. Winikoff in the process. Their ideas served as Ms. Winikoff’s inspiration to write a Peticaid grant that was recently approved, funded by the ASPCA in New York, awarding $9,000 to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County to pilot the program. Students are hopeful that the program continues to expand and grow through-out the Treasure Coast and across the state. Pictured from left to right are: Kalei Gribben, Kaylie MacGregor, Sophie Phillips, Alex Emmert, Marc Edwards, Hilary Cruz and Slider the dog.
In honor of the anniversary of 9/11, students in all grade levels at Frances K. Sweet wrote letters and cards to their local police and firefighters thanking them for their service to the community. The letters will be delivered to the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Fire Department on Wednesday, September 11th. Pictured is fourth grader Ava McGoorty.
John Howard “mustache” you a question. Do you know the sound that the letter M makes? He does of course. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Michelle O’Keefe’s class at Frances K Sweet had fun wearing their mustaches while learning about the letter M.
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth and a group of her students honored local firefighters from Port St. Lucie, Station 3 on September 11 with a tray of homeade baked goods from the Northport Culinary students. Students walked to Station 3 after school and hand delivered the goodies. Along with the firefighters are Northport students from left, Ayana Kelly, Deja Gannon, Kelsey Krieger and Melissa Hruby. Northport K-8 School students delighted in honoring community first responders and were moved to remember all the heroes who acted courageously on September 11, 2001.
Northport K-8 School fifth grade students in Melanie Polascak’s class learned a valuable lesson on survival and how to flourish through a tragedy while learning about the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Mrs. Polascak integrated visual information using video clips of the original World Trade Center prior to 9/11 and of the Ground Zero Memorial, comparing and contrasting the scenes. The class noted the story of “The Survivor Tree” which sustained extensive damage during the attacks. The original tree, a callery pear tree, has been replanted at the Ground Zero Memorial for all to enjoy and learn the story of nature’s lone survivor. The eight foot tall tree, standing among a throng of white oak trees is a symbol of hope, peace, freedom and survival. The children then constructed a quilt with hand drawn pictures and words to symbolize their internal feelings about the story of the survivor tree. Student, Isai Quinones, wrote on his quilt, “Like a soldier, the tree wouldn’t back down!” Pictured are Mrs. Polascak and her fifth grade class.
Manatee Academy boys gather for a great event where 13 Lads brought their Dads, uncles or Grandpas!
Several boys gave Booktalks about a book they really liked. Two Dads gave Booktalks too. They then went on a website where they answered 10 questions to determine what kind of Superhero Reader they were. Each boy received a new copy of Treasure Island to share with their significant male adult as well as a “Guys Read” bookmark. Pizza was enjoyed by all! Debbie Remington, Media Specialist, told them about recent research that showed that students who read for pleasure frequently not only improve their reading but also show gains in Math.
Northport K-8 School welcomed LA Hardy recently to bring his message of self respect , self esteem, feeling great about yourself, and how to say “Enough is Enough” to bullies. Mr. Hardy spoke about his past as a bully and he informed the students about the differences between teasing and bullying. He spoke with heartfelt emotion about his trips to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a group of stand up comedians to bring special messages to the troops. Mr. Hardy, originally from Cleveland, Ohio presently is a radio host at WFLM 104.7 The Flame. He gave students an assignment to do something very nice for someone else, but don’t tell anyone you did it. Students were receptive and very well engaged in the message of bully prevention. Pictured are LA Hardy and some Northport middle grades students.
Constitution Day is not going unnoticed at Samuel Gaines Academy. Mr. Robert Plowden’s 8th grade students joined this celebration by displaying thinking maps and art work. The students also have entered the “Constitution Day” poster contest and a group of attorneys from the Tri-County area came to speak with them about constitutional amendments.
Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition completed a Thinking Map flee map using the Common Core standard of demonstrating understanding of characters, setting and plot using the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. They were excited to share their group effort with James Dean the representative of Thinking Maps.
Pictured from left is Karie Dyer, Naje’ Carter Evans, Jacob Eichenlaub, Alaysia Jackson, Nicolas Tovar, Nikko Lopez, Cianna Lents, Jack Lopez, Jasmine Duarte-Garcia, Cooper Kuba, Joshua Volcin, Zion Sanguinetti, Kenzie Kemerson, Breanna Sylvain, Madison Kohn and Luptia Vargus
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. On September 17, Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in Circle of Hope, which is a district-wide project for creating cancer awareness, raising money for research and honoring those who have gone on a cancer journey. Pictured is the Morning Crew from left (Back row)Sydney Holtzclaw, Debra Snyder, Principal, Julia Genkinger, Alejandra Monzon, Mindy Murray, and Aishwarya Kalluri,( Front row ) is Maria Hearn, Celeste Hall, Krista Garcia, Lupe Novoa and Erika Goldberg after sharing interesting cancer awareness facts on the daily morning broadcast.
Katherine Avra’s art classes kicked off the year exploring the ELEMENT OF LINE. All classes started out by learning about line, utilitarian art, and Florida license plate designs. Students created their own personalized license plates with colored pencil. 6th graders learned about Notans, a Japanese term for the harmony of light and dark. We discovered the connections between positive shape, negative space and symmetry.
Our theme was sea life; students drew 6 sea life examples, carefully cut them out on black paper and flipped them outward to show symmetry and reveal the positive and negative harmonies. The work was mounted on hand-marbleized paper to represent the color and feel of the ocean by using food color, water, and cooking oil.
7th graders discovered ancient art through cave paintings around the world. They created their own cave art murals with partners including animals, plants, sea and landscapes. Their media was pencil, oil pastel, black paint real leaf printing, and metallic paint.
8th graders learned about Japanese Kirigami. Contrasting Japanese Origami which emphasizes paper folding, Kirigami explores paper cutting. We learned about radial symmetry, pattern, and how to use a compass. Our finished art works alternated marbleized construction paper rings with repeating patterns that were mounted and connected to create 3D lanterns.
Mrs. Miller’s 5th grade art students discovered the Elements of Art using science observation skills. Each pair of students were given a hand lens and set of leaves and asked questions that they then answered using their senses and observation skills. Using team work, they then compared their observations and charted them to help the students understand the elements found in all art. Shown in the photo is Cassandra Lembo.