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.
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!
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!
On May 18, Mayor Gregory Oravec spent the morning enjoying breakfast and answering candid questions from Student Council Members. Mayor Oravec was gracious enough to spend much of the morning visiting with many of the students, and was presented with an honorary key to the school to commemorate his visit.
Ms. Jennifer Rosser, the band director and music teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School, was honored with the opportunity to be the clinician for the Heartland Middle School Honor Band of Highlands County recently. The honor band consisted of the best band students from nearly 11 middle schools of the surrounding cities in the Highlands County area. Ms. Rosser rehearsed the band for a mere 12 hours of rehearsal over two days culminating in a concert the second evening at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts located on the South Florida State College campus. Ms. Rosser is completing her 5th year of teaching and her 4th year as band director and general music teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School.
Student’s in Mr. Emerson’s 7th grade science class were visited by Melissa McIntyre of ORCA for the first of 8 classroom visits to learn about our “Living Lagoon.” Shown are students creating and documenting their own microcosm of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem.
Ms. Rovendro’s 4th grade class has been learning about physical and chemical changes in science, and they made slime to illustrate how chemical changes work.
Mrs. Ciufo’s and Ms. Rovendro’s 4th Grade classes are participating in an embryology program with the 4H Club and we are incubating eggs in our classrooms. It will take 21 days for the eggs to hatch.
“Candling” the chicken eggs is the way that you visually inspect the development and integrity of each egg using a bright beam of light. In the past, when there was no electricity, farmers used a candle to check the egg. Now we use flashlights!
Students in 3rd grade invited their parents to school for student led conferences. Students discussed what they learned and shared their goals for the year. Parents were able to see work samples and students’ tracking charts.
Mrs. Alicia Miller’s 2nd Grade class performed a lab called “Sink the Boat”. Students experimented with clay to find a shape that floats. Then they estimated how many pennies it would take to sink a boat. Next, students added pennies one by one until their boats sank. Once it sank, they recorded the data. They repeated the experiment using paper clips. Ms. Diane Hanfmann also assisted the students with this lab.
Mrs. Alicia Miller’s 2nd grade students performed “Contraction Surgery.” They made two words contract into one by cutting out vowels and replacing them with band aids for apostrophes.
First Grade just wrapped up completing student treasure books. Each student published an individual book full of their first grade writing. These kits will be mailed away today and they will each receive a FREE soft cover published book to keep, read and cherish forever!
They have worked so hard!
Thanks to Mrs. Rachael Pastore for organizing!
Students in Mrs. Cassie Migliore’s 1st Grade class are studying the literacy theme “Now and Long Ago.” The students read about the homes and schools long ago and decided to see if they could write like they did back then. The students used feathers as quills to try to write their names.
The students were also able to model and build Indian teepees from paper bags and decorate them with symbols they learned about.
Each week Ms. Capozzi’s 1st graders practice their reading fluency with a story on their Journeys book. At the end of the week, the students can read it by themselves on Flashlight Friday!
St. Lucie West Centennial High School students recently donated $2,500 to New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee to support mental health and addiction recovery programs for children and adolescents.
The funds were raised during CENTennial Cares Week, a campaign promoting compassion and kindness in tribute of the students and staff that lost their lives last year at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
During the week, students handed out compliments, granted favors, went out of their way to say hello, filled bulletin boards with positive affirmations, and donated their “cents,” which can add up to make significant “change” in the world.
“There was such an outpouring of generosity,” said Amanda Bevacqua, a teacher and organizer of the inaugural event.
The majority of funds – a whopping $700 – were donated by students in Kenneth Skurnick’s and Rebecca Davis’ classes.
In total, the students raised $1,250 during the CENTennial Cares Week. Those funds were matched by the Student Government, for a sizeable check of $2,500 to New Horizons for increased access to mental health for students and community.
“We know as a community of teachers that unless we have our student’s total health in mind, minimal learning will occur.” said Bevacqua, who added that she and her colleagues “know New Horizon’s services are essential to their students’ overall health.”
New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse recovery agency in the region, with nine offices across four counties serving 14,000 children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay.
In fact, 57% of New Horizons clients have no source of income or insurance, yet as nonprofit, no one is turned away due to lack of financial resources. Funds raised from incredible groups like Centennial High School go directly to their care.
To learn more, please visit www.nhtcinc.org or call (772) 696-2729.
Four students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School were invited to join students from Broward County Public Schools to participate in an instructional camp at MarineLab in Key Largo, FL in November.
The students, who are identified as deaf or hard of hearing, had the opportunity to engage in marine science activities and perform experiments with the help of educational interpreters. When writing about their experiences, student comments included, “I was so excited because everyone was signing” and “I will never forget it; it was wonderful!”
It was truly a valuable educational and social opportunity for all the students who attended.
Albert Morgan is a rising junior in the Allied Health program at SLWCHS. He is an excellent student, always attending school, on time for class, and always well-prepared. He is an active member of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.
Albert is a member of the Boys & Girls Club, belonging to the Chuck Hill Unit. He has been an active member since summer 2007 when he was ten years old. Ever since joining Albert has improved his social skills with kids younger and older than him. He’s also developed his desire to help others; if there is an event where help is needed, he’s one of the first to show up and one of the last to leave. This is why every year he’s chosen to be a junior staff member. As part of his job as a junior staff member, he is to help the other staff supervise Boy’s and Girl’s Club members, distribute snacks, and when the day is over, he helps clean up the clubhouse. He is excellent at performing these tasks and was recently nominated for the Outstanding Youth Award which is given by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County. Albert accepted the award on May 16, 2016. Along with the award he also received a $1,000 scholarship to any college he chooses. With this money, Albert plans to attend IRSC and gain his Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Mrs. Sheila Cash from Garber Buick GMC presented St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Principal Andrea Popwell with a check for over $6,000.00 during this month’s School Board Meeting. The money raised came from Garber’s Drive for Education campaign to support our community’s students.
Community partners in education are vital to the overall success of the District. From volunteer support to financial support, the wide array of contributions is greatly appreciated.
SLWCH Parli Pro Team (11th grade) placed 2nd at the HOSA District IX Winter Leadership Conference (WLC).
The purpose of the parliamentary procedure was to develop leadership skills in HOSA members by conducting a simulated business meeting. This event was based on team competition; therefore, members learned the importance of cooperation and working together through competitive performance.
This event involved two rounds of competition. Round One consisted of a written test to evaluate the team’s understanding of parliamentary procedure.
The written test measured knowledge and understanding at the recall, application or analysis levels.
Higher-order thinking skills were incorporated as appropriate.
The top scoring teams advanced to Round Two and were given a secret problem with motions to perform during the meeting. The team had twelve (12) minutes preparation time prior to the nine (9) minute demonstration of the meeting.
Catherine Miller, Marissa Powell, Briana Farrell, Elianna Ramos and Yulitza Perez
On March 18th, Saint Lucie West Centennial High School Nursing Assistant students held their Annual Health Fair. They had a magnificent turn out. The presenters included: Project X Fitness, the Jessica Clinton MVP Foundation, 211 Teens, Treasure Coast Hospice, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Parent Teen Community Connection, Sexual Assault Assistance Program, American Red Cross, The Inner Truth Project, Students Working Against Tobacco, Teen Choices, Protect the Heart/ CareNet, and Keiser University. Keiser University had many of their educational programs attend and present a wide variety of topics for the students to learn about along with all of the other community partners that attended. The SLC Sheriff’s Department sent K9 handlers Deputy Benjamin Deblieck and Deputy Chris Hill and decoy Deputy David McKeever over with K9 Thor and K9 Goose to demonstrate their skills to the students. Their demo is always a favorite.
The goal of the Health Fair was to inform the students and help them become aware their own health, and different ways to better themselves. Each student that attended was given a passport with the names of the tables/programs that attended. Students visited each table in the gym and had to participate or get information to get their passport stamped. This encouraged each student to learn about the topic the community partners were presenting.
The CNA class did a great job planning the event. They demonstrated leadership skills and teamwork organizing and supervising this event. The class would all like to thank Keiser University for sponsoring their event and everyone that participated in it.