To mark America Recycles Day, the City of Port St. Lucie awarded Southport with a “Buddy Bench” made from the plastic caps that students have been collecting and sending in to recycle. The participation from students, teachers, and Southport friends was amazing! Principal Nicole Telese remarked, “This project not only helps our students to see the value in pollution prevention and recycling, it is also symbolic of our work to end bullying and to learn empathy. The idea behind the “Buddy Bench” concept is that if someone is having a bad day or is struggling to form relationships with their peers, they can have a seat on the buddy bench and their peers can join them to offer support.”
Whether our students participated in Adopt-a-Street Litter Control or brought in plastic caps to recycle for their “Buddy Bench,” Southport Middle School students want to bring awareness to keeping our community clean. We thank our Southport family for making both programs a true success.
Palm Pointe Artists win the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Art Contest. Congratulations to Elementary School Division First Place Winner: Naima Guerrier – grade 5, and Middle School Division First Place Winner: Miyanna Morgan – grade 8. Students from St. Lucie County and Palm Beach County were asked to complete an artwork using “football and health” as the theme. The first place winners will be honored and recognized at the Head Coach’s Press Conference and on-field during the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl on December 21, 2019. In addition, Naima and Miyanna received $500 donations, courtesy of Florida Blue, that will be given to Palm Pointe’s art program. Winning students also received a $100 Walmart gift card. Congratulations Naima and Miyanna!
What an absolutely wonderful morning of patriotism and pride at Northport today. Many local veterans came into school to take part in a Veteran’s Panel for students. Mrs. Kemp’s third graders led the program with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Renelus and his band played the National Anthem and a rousing rendition of a medley of the songs for each branch of the military. Students in Susan Smith’s class read a poem called “The Veteran’s Blessing.” The veterans spoke eloquently about the importance of teamwork, support, brotherhood, education and most importantly, honor and integrity. These words are the pillars of a solid educational experience at Northport. The words patriotism, integrity, commitment, sacrifice, honor, service, respect and empathy are the guiding words for American citizenship. We teach our students the meaning of these words by example every day at Northport. Thank you to all veterans who participated and thank you to the teachers who spoke about honoring our veterans in their classes.
Teachers, parents, grandparents and friends…
Northport K-8 is building a Veteran’s Wall in the hallway outside the media center. Please send in a picture or a color photocopy of your veteran as well as name and we will add to our Collage of Pride. The students are learning about patriotism, honor, courage, pride, civic duty, sacrifice and integrity. If we can get this right, it will be a beautiful work of art to signify our basic core of learning at our school. All welcome to participate…Please! ❤ This will be an ongoing work of art… The Northport Veteran’s Wall is growing and influencing our young students on significant core values daily.
Northport students across the grade levels are preparing for Student Led Conference Night. Everyone is very excited to share their learning and progress with their families. Students are learning if goals are specific, measureable, achieveable, reasonable and timed. Pictured are students from Tiffany Tredor’s class working on Smart Goals.
Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, W.E.S.T. Prep’s Agriscience program hosted a virtual field trip for Samuel S. Gaines Academy, Forest Grove Middle and Allapattah Flats K8 schools. Students explored the Agriscience career pathway with out leaving their classroom.
Port St. Lucie High School’s Automotive students toured the St. Lucie Battery and Tire facility on Orange Ave in Fort Pierce. Featured in the photograph is Jeff Deans sharing his expertise with the students.
We are excited to announce Southport Middle School’s Adopt-A-Street Club! The club that makes a difference in the community, one piece of trash at a time. The club meets once a month to clean up litter along the streets directly outside of the school and the City of Port St. Lucie has rewarded our efforts by placing signage on Morningside Boulevard. We are beaming with pride by the tremendous outpour of student participation in keeping Port St. Lucie beautiful. Students and parents who want to take part in the monthly cleanups should contact Mrs. Sudane Lewis for more information.
The annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl played at FAU stadium in Boca Raton hosts a fantastic art contest in partnership with Palm Beach and St. Lucie Public Schools. Lincoln Park Academy Junior, Sandy Gamez, had her art work selected as best in the district at the high school level. The competition asked students to depict the connection between “health and football” in a small work of art. Mr. McGraw explained, “Ms. Gamez considered different contexts of football and health issues while composing her work and chose to render her picture in black and white to emphasize specific emotions and themes in her piece. We are so proud of Sandy’s hard work and success.” Sandy’s talent and hard work paid off in the form of a monetary award for Sandy and the LPA visual arts department.
Treasure Coast High School, AFJROTC Unit FL-20081 conducted several events in celebration and remembrance of our fallen military members on Veterans Day. With two Color Guards being performed consecutively in addition to the Veterans Day Ceremony held at Veteran Memorial Park, many cadets dedicated their time to honoring veterans. Furthermore, all events were attended by a plethora of veterans from every military branch, with every cadet earnestly learning about the unique experiences each veteran had to tell. A few of our most physically fit cadets participated in a 4-mile ruck march in support and recognition of the issues of PTSD among the veteran community, with each delivering a backpack full of canned foods to support veterans in need at the conclusion of their march.
Morningside Elementary school students and teachers honored Veteran families by holding an assembly. Students from all grades greeted the Veteran guests as they entered the school building and the students in the Gifted Program created skits, read poems and sang songs to honor the individuals who have served or are currently serving in the Armed forces. Veteran guests appreciated the recognition and enjoyed the assembly.
The Forest Grove Middle School Honors Geometry classes learned how triangles and their points of concurrency assist in solving one of the most important problems in the world – supplying rural communities with clean water! Students studied areas of the earth in need of clean water and the traditional ways of bringing clean water to these areas. They then studied points of concurrency and used those points to determine optimal locations for places to dig wells or provide point source filtration. Pictured are Colin Lawrence and Sydnee Rubenstein (left to right) sharing their discoveries about Kenya, Africa.
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Third grade students at Mariposa Elementary worked in partnership with the Fort Pierce Westwood Academy students. Collin Heatherington, Devin Gorzong, Wendy Zepadta, Zhanè B, Allison Kholer, Lena Shingledecker, Julia Haney, Samantha Watson, Clovis Wilson, and Nayeli Fernandez built four raised garden beds for their fellow Mariposa Monarchs. Students across the campus will participate in the care of the gardening beds. Many farm to table activities will be conducted which directly connect to the ELA, math, science and social studies standards. Audrey Barr, Gabriel Barahona, Antonio Thomas, Sylas Rodriguez, Jocelyn Erwin, David Espinosa, Alejandro Alvarez-Aldana, Daniella Post, Drayden Walls, and Ayva Bonacchi are very excited to begin planting. Stay tuned for future updates and of course snacks!!
Lawnwood Leopards were recognized during the monthly Leopard of the Month Assembly. These students were selected because they demonstrate ACCOUNTABILITY in their classroom. Lawnwood students are accountable for their learning, their choices, and their behavior. Together we are building a better future, one student at a time.
On November 1st, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion cadets participated in a parking detail honor guard for our last home football game against the Centennial High School Eagles. They directed traffic to the appropriate parking lot, carrying out their task efficiently and effectively in one of our busiest games against our rival school. The cadets ran this event smoothly and independently without additional administration. Presenting the colors prior to kickoff was Cadet First- Lieutenant Angel Flores accompanied by Cadet Second- Lieutenant Mayoliv Hernandez as State Flag bearer, Cadet Sergeant Riley Riccard as State Guard, and Cadet Sergeant First- Class as National Guard. This article and photography were produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain.
On October 31st, 2019, select cadets from our Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Raider Team volunteered to support Southport’s quarterly PBS carnival. Ten cadets, who previously attended Southport, monitored bounce houses and obstacle courses while promoting the program to students considering JROTC the following year. Cadets featured in the pictures below are Cadet Private Robert Pollino, Cadet Sergeant First- Class Alexis Wilson, Cadet Private Catherine Caballero and Cadet Private Mery Fuentis. Cadets enjoyed the time they spent back at their old school while volunteering with the students.
This article and photography was produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris.
Mariposa Elementary School’s teachers and students celebrated Storybook Character Day with a parade. They showcased their favorite storybooks and dressed as their favorite characters. In the classrooms, students read their stories to each other, and enjoyed some treats. Lauren Rocha dressed up as Little Bo Peep and showed her book proudly. Guidance Counselor- Ms. Baliton, Asst. Principal- Ms. Patton, Math Coach- Ms. Henderson, and Literacy Coach- Ms. Almeida dressed up as their favorite story book character as well. It was a great day for literacy fun (and dressing up) at our school.
On Saturday, October 27th, the Treasure Coast High School National Honor Society sponsored two exhibits at the Indian River Lagoon Festival. The Ladybug Ninjas taught students about the benefits of ladybugs as biological controls, while our Pi-Pirates helped kids solve the mystery of the lost treasure using Pi. Together, they provided over 600 engaging STEM lessons to children in the community.