First Grade Pen Pals at Westgate

First Grade Pen Pals at Westgate

Ms. Jessica Berggren’s first grade class is participating in an alphabet exchange with 25 schools from around the country. The class was given the letter E. They read the book Elmer. Then they decorated the letter E to look like Elmer the elephant. The letters were mailed to other  schools and  the class has received a few returned letters already. The students can’t wait to receive even more “letters” from all around the country.

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High.  Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.

Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm.  Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop.  Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County!  Pictured is Chef Jacqui Pressinger at SLW Centennial in Culinary Lab.

Using science in Kindergarten at Frances K Sweet

Using science in Kindergarten at Frances K Sweet

What is Science? Kindergartners in Melanie Francisco’s class can tell you! They loved using science tools to explore the world around them, including making milk rainbows. Jason Robinson and James Ashburn observed what happened when dish soap was placed in a plate of milk and food coloring. So cool!!!
Constitution Day at Palm Pointe

Constitution Day at Palm Pointe

Seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition enjoyed listening and learning to guest speaker, attorney Tanya Fender. She came to talk to them about the Constitution, rights and responsibilities.  The students later were able to ask questions and discuss the information.  It was a very informative and educational experience for the students.

Northport k8 school integrates fine arts to support student achievement

Northport k8 school integrates fine arts to support student achievement

Northport K-8 School middle grades Art instruction has been deemed an integral facet in educating the school’s children. Students in grades K-8 enter Valerie Niewieroski’s art class with hopes of fun and color, but Mrs. Niewieroski offers so much more to the students. A plethora of studies have proven that an excellent fine arts school program enhances motor skills, builds language development, strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as offering a vital outlet for self expression and inventiveness. Studies have also proven a direct correlation between art, music education and higher academic achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the Arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in math and science fairs and to win writing awards. The month of September has been dedicated to the study of shapes in Mrs. Niewieroski’s classes. Students have created their own organic shaped beasts inspired by the paintings of Henri Matisse. Pictured are Northport students proudly displaying their creative energies.

Vocabulary Practice Fun!

Vocabulary Practice Fun!

Wadson Charmant, Owen Morgan, and Dylan Torello in Mrs. Moreira’s 8th grade reading class at Westgate K-8 are involved in an active game of $1,000,000 Pyramid. Some friendly competition  makes learning challenging vocabulary words more fun!

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Presentation

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Presentation

Marcella Bianco, Wellness Program Manager FL Department of Health, along with two SWAT youth members, Vance Taylor and Victoria Binner gave a presentation to the School Board on September 10, 2013. SWAT members, SWAT advisors and partnership members were recognized for their accomplishments with the new Tobacco Free Environment Policy #2.90 that was recently passed on July 23, 2013.

Middle School Zero Robotics Challenge

Middle School Zero Robotics Challenge

St. Lucie County middle school students from Southern Oaks and their teachers were recognized for achieving first place in the national competition of the Zero Robotics Challenge held on the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The students recognized were Jaeger Johnson, April Vasquez, Maria Blaszkiewicz, Grisel Cabrera, Hansly Ledger, Michael Lefrancois, and Brooklynne Pimpo. The teachers who facilitated the teams are Kevin McInerney and Brian Jones. Also pictured are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Kerry Padrick and Principal Lisa Sullivan. Congratulations!

VPK Gold Seal Award

VPK Gold Seal Award

The School Board recognized various school sites for their award winning VPK programs. The schools that were awarded the VPK Gold Seal Award are Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Northport K-8, Mariposa Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Samuel Gaines Academy, Savanna Ridge Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and White City Elementary.

Principals Selected for Prestigious Academy

Principals Selected for Prestigious Academy

Three St. Lucie principals were selected to participate in the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Leadership Academy conducted by the Council for Educational Change.  The Academy is made up of 25 of the highest performing principals in the state of Florida.   The intent is to build upon the skills of proven leaders so that they can serve as role models and coaches for others. Participants will return to their districts able to expand their area of influence and improve others’ ability to increase student achievement.  Southport Middle School Principal Lydia Martin and Palm Pointe Educational Research School Principal Debbie Snyder are participants in the Academy, and Fort Pierce Central High School Principal Todd Smith is an alternate.  Pictured with the principals are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

CIA Day at SLWC

On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High.  Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.  Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm.  Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop.  Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County!

Manatee Academy Third Graders Skirmish Over Stories – S.O.S.

Manatee Academy Third Graders Skirmish Over Stories – S.O.S.

Excited third graders at Manatee Academy show off their books at the first Skirmishes Over Stories (S.O.S.) for the 2013-14 school year.  Students read from a list of ten books, come to the Media Center for lunch, get prizes for answering questions correctly about those books and enjoy Mrs. Remington’s World-Famous brownies!   The Tournament of Champions will be on December 4th.  S.O.S. is a precursor for 4th and 5th grades Battle of the Books.

Southport Middle School’s Algebra & Geometry Parent Night

Southport Middle School’s Algebra & Geometry Parent Night

Southport Middle School held an Algebra and Geometry Parent Night on September 24th.  Math teachers, Adrian Mendoza, Jenna Woods, Principal Lydia Martin, and Math Coach Kathleen Manchester helped students solve their math problem during the “Amazing Math Race”. The parents and students were given important information and resources regarding the honors classes their students are taking. The students then participated in an “Amazing Math Race” contest! The students were given problems that went along with their course and when answered correctly received a clue that would take them around the school to get their next problem. It was so much fun!!! Thank you to all who came out to learn about their courses and have some fun with Math!!!

Northport K-8 bowls for kids sake and wishes Judi Miller a happy birthday

Northport K-8 School administration, teachers, staff and families participated in Bowling For Kid’s Sake recently at SuperPlay.  The event raised $36,000 to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County.  Just a few of the many programs that assist the children of Saint Lucie County include  site and community based mentoring and literacy opportunities.

The event also gave all a chance to help celebrate the CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Dr. Judi Miller’s birthday.  Dr. Miller is a long time champion of the children and families of Saint Lucie County.  Northport K-8 School participants and cheerleaders thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to once again help out the community we adore.  Special thanks to Glenn Rustay, Brooke Wigginton, Lynne Gruszka, Georgia Stone, Chris Prusa, Kathleen and Kay Egan, Meghan and Mike Drost, Juliette Thelusma and family, Valerie Niewieroski, Mindi Slater and Tammy Boston.

Super Scientist Lab Day at Palm Pointe

Super Scientist Lab Day at Palm Pointe

The fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in a Super Scientist Lab Day.  Through seven different investigations, the students learned about chemical and physical changes.  Each of the fifth grade teachers conducted a different experiment showing either a chemical or physical change.  The teachers rotated through each of the seven fifth grade classrooms to demonstrate their specific experiment so that all the students observed each of the experiments.  Pictured from left is Lindsay Hudson, teacher, Ani Ramsingh and Anthony Balam.

 

Fairlawn Students Support Troops

Fairlawn Students Support Troops

Fairlawn Elementary students in Shirley Helton’s Fifth Grade class are corresponding with troops in Afghanistan. Students are sending care packages and hand-written notes to the soldiers. They also e-mail and skype with the troops giving them words of encouragement and asking many questions about life in Afghanistan. Pictured are Clark Emerson and Austin Jensen loading the care boxes with necessities and goodies.

Palm Pointe students learn about the legend of apples

Palm Pointe students learn about the legend of apples

While learning about people of the past, kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dressed up like Johnny Appleseed. Together, students created a timeline of the important events in Johnny Appleseed’s life. After they finished their timeline, students enjoyed all kinds of treats made from apples. Pictured is Ariana Costanzo, kindergarten teacher, as she talks to her class about Johnny Appleseed.

Allapattah Flats students test household items for fire safety

Allapattah Flats students test household items for fire safety

Allapattah Flats fifth grade students use the steps of the scientific method to determine which household items, such as nail polish remover, vinegar, and tiki torch fluid, would continue to burn when put in water. This activity enhanced students’ learning about scientific inquiry and also prepared them for creating their own scientific investigations. Pictured is a demonstration by fifth grade teacher Kenya McGriff.

Allapattah Flats families learn about Title I programs, curriculum options

Allapattah Flats families learn about Title I programs, curriculum options

Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently held its annual Title 1 and Curriculum Night. Parents and students were treated to a pasta dinner and given a Title 1 presentation. After the presentation, parents were then able to break out into different sessions held by grade groups and departments where they could learn about what their students were going to be learning and participating in throughout the school year.  Pictured, from left, are teachers Mallory Ziegler, Nicholas Spagnuolo, and Ann Hartman.