Fort Pierce Central culinary students experience lifetime learning trip

Fort Pierce Central culinary students experience lifetime learning trip

Fort Pierce Central (FPC) High School culinary students, from left, Micah Bowen and Madison Moon attended the Annual Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia Sept. 6 and 7 at Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Culinary instructors Peggy Ash, third from left, and and Barbara Schwenger chaperoned the students and secured funding for this opportunity of a lifetime! Thanks to private backer Daniel Silvis and the Cobra Café, these students participated in such demonstrations as Master Gardeners, lectures and workshops in organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and seed swap, to name a few. Thomas Jefferson is an American Political Icon who kept meticulous records of his personal interests, travels and studies many relating to horticulture. The detail in these journals allows Jefferson’s horticulture experiments to be studied and shared. Each September his contributions to American Agriculture are celebrated! The FPC team learned how Jefferson was an architect, U.S. President, Vice President, father of University of Virginia, Declaration of Independence writer, U.S. Secretary of State, Governor of Virginia, scientist, French cook connoisseur, and America’s First ‘foodie.’ The FPC team toured historic sites with a local educator, stopping at Lewis and Clark expeditions departure point, early American settlers’ roadways, and University of Virginia campus. The trip ties back to FPC campus 2014 happenings as Dr. Vergote’s chemistry classes partner with Peggy Ash’s culinary classes in hydroponics.  The classes will grow lettuces and herbs to cook in Cobra Café recipes! Visiting Monticello to see how Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experiments and sustainable agriculture helps launch the FPC Hydroponics Collaborative!

Mariposa Elementary fifth grade students are exploring scientists

Mariposa Elementary fifth grade students are exploring scientists

At Mariposa Elementary, fifth grade students are applying their knowledge of the tools of measurement. Student scientists in Kathleen Guntow’s class are learning to use measuring tools. Pictured, David Diaz, left, and Ludwica Romero work together to measure mass with a spring scale and are applying their new knowledge to a spray water bottle.

Allapattah Flats third graders enjoy science for fun

Allapattah Flats third graders enjoy science for fun

Third grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 School have been studying scientific investigations. To get the students excited about science as well as to practice the scientific procedures, teachers and students conducted a scientific investigation using Diet Coke and Mentos. The students enjoyed seeing the experiment and it reinforced their skills and encouraged them to hypothesize, write detailed steps, and write a conclusion. Pictured are students from Amy Rittenhouse’s class.

St. Lucie School Board adopts texting while driving proclamation

St. Lucie School Board adopts texting while driving proclamation

Communications giant AT&T and over 200 other companies are urging drivers to pledge not to text while driving. September 19, 2013 was designated as a national “Drive 4 Pledges Day”. Drivers across the country were asked to sign pledges to refrain from texting while driving. The St. Lucie County School Board adopted the “Drive 4 Pledges Day” proclamation at its September 10, 2013 meeting. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Deputy Sheriff Shirley Lindstadt, AT&T Regional Director Cathy McKenzie, AT&T Strategic Account Manager Nancy Vinez. Standing behind the group is Superintendent Genelle Yost, left, and Jim McKenzie, Executive Director of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation.

Dan McCarty School to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty School to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty school will celebrate its 60th birthday on Nov. 9, 2013. All former and present faculty and students are invited to come to the gym and reminisce. The gym is an original building and holds many memories for students and faculty alike. The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. and continue on in the cafeteria with refreshments and a slideshow.

Northport Media Center promotes pride one flag at a time

Northport Media Center promotes pride one flag at a time

Each year, Northport K-8 School presents a tribute to the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  This year the school hosted retired New York City detective and First Responder Albert Hickey, St. Lucie County firefighter Gary Hollett, and many veteran Partners in Education from across the county. This year, Detective Hickey spoke of seeing only a handful of American flags while driving on his way to visit the school for the program. Students at the program expressed to Detective Hickey that they needed an American flag. In honor of the nine months of work that Detective Hickey performed at Ground Zero and in honor of the school’s Veteran Partners in Education, media specialist Lynne Gruszka, pictured, left, and media clerk Sarah Lewis, right, decided to start a program called “Northport K-8 School: Building American Pride, One Flag At A Time!” The pair is raising much needed funds through community efforts and outreach to purchase American flag kits for each of the 212 graduating eighth graders and their families to be presented along with their diploma at graduation. Partnerships have been formed with Bayshore Diner, which donated 600 American made flag lapel pins for students, and will hang flyers and promote the program as well as private donorships from St. Lucie County citizens. Families who have donated so far include Robin Booth Cafarelli, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rowe, Mrs. Dorothy Vanderhoff, Mrs. Karen Sweeney, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Arnold,  Dr. Mike Salerno and Mrs. Linda Walker.  If you know of a business who can help promote Flags Across St. Lucie for Northport K-8 School, please contact lynne.gruszka@stlucieschools.org. The school would love to send each student and family leaving Northport K-8 School this year off with a sense of pride in themselves and their country and all the opportunities that it has to offer.

Lawnwood Elementary students research literary creatures

Lawnwood Elementary students research literary creatures

Students in Shannon Dolan’s second grade class at Lawnwood Elementary are using bubble gum and brace maps to create a display to merchandise their research and writing about the nocturnal creatures that are featured in both fiction and non-fictional literature at this time of the year. Pictured are John Donnelly, from left, Ethan Stabile, Albert Han, and Keirra Holycross.

Northport K-8 participates in community event

Northport K-8 participates in community event

Northport K-8 School ponied up lots of great fellowship, money and bowling skills to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie County in their efforts to raise much needed funds for the organization’s mentoring and literacy programs. The Northport team consisted of teachers, administrators, friends and family members, as well as lots of cheerleading and support from family and friends. The event raised $36,000 to enhance the program as well as a good old fashioned birthday celebration for Dr. Judi Miller, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters and long time champion of St. Lucie County children and families. The event was a great promotion of family fun and community involvement! 

F. K. Sweet students study the elements of art

F. K. Sweet students study the elements of art

Pictured, from left, F. K. Sweet Elementary School fourth grade students Tanyia Chery, Emma Brosnihan, Calvin Bowens, and Quinlen Meservey have been working with the elements of art to create the cover of their sketchbooks. The elements include the study of line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space. The students used all the elements except value and form to create their designs. The students use their sketchbooks throughout the school year to practice their drawing skills, take notes, and for some writing assignments to enhance the academics.

Mariposa Elementary students learn matter matters

Mariposa Elementary students learn matter matters

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary are studying matter. Pictured, from left, Joslyn Patterson, Sydney Luppens, Faith White, Taline El-Khoury, Alanna Riverahad were asked to measure the  volume and mass of objects. Each station had a different activity exploring matter. For example, at one station, students had to find the volume of an irregular object using water displacement. Students were engaged and learned how to work as a team.

Forest Grove Middle School bowls for kids

Forest Grove Middle School bowls for kids

Staff from Forest Grove Middle School participated in the recent Big Brothers, Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund-raiser event. Participants caught by the paparazzi at the event, are back row, from left, Daniela Markowitz, Liz Clark, Terrance Barriner, Jennifer Stuart, Leigh Bretherick, and Terry Davis. Front row, from left, are Katina Barriner, Terry Shepkosky, Doris Follweiler, Linda Doss, and Leslie Parker-Earll. Front center is Vernetta Sanders.

Jaguar cadet wins Americanism Essay Contest

Jaguar cadet wins Americanism Essay Contest

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 had 80 entries from three different schools for the “Americanism Essay” contest. The topic was “What freedom do I enjoy most?”  Port Saint Lucie’s Mauricio Campos wrote about the first amendment and won the local essay contest; he received a certificate and a $50.00 check.  The winner of the American Legion Department of Florida state level contest is Port Saint Lucie’s Joshua Ryun writing about the right to bear arms; he received a medal and certificate from the American Legion. These cadets show the pride of the Jaguar Battalion, Congratulations cadets!

Americanism Chairman Rita Woodburn and Josh Ryun

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.

Volunteer Orientation at Palm Pointe

Volunteer Orientation at Palm Pointe

Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, recently met with all the volunteers for this school year to orient them on the new on-line application system.  They also reviewed the volunteer expectations at the school while enjoying morning coffee and sweet rolls.

Port St. Lucie High JROTC remembers missing military

Port St. Lucie High JROTC remembers missing military

The cadets of Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their support and paid their respects to missing and captured veterans. This ceremony is to show appreciation for individuals’ defense of the US and to recognize that they have not returned home. Present at the ceremony was a table set for one. This table symbolizes missing military. The cadets also formed an “Honor Cordon” at the entrance and down the stairs to the memorial. The cadets were proud to have participated in the remembrance ceremony, which was appreciated by all those who attended.

Mosaic Digital Academy keeps virtual students engaged with real-world experiences

Mosaic Digital Academy keeps virtual students engaged with real-world experiences

Virtual students often express feelings of isolation as they school from home, but not Mosaic Digital Academy students! The St. Lucie school team is committed to keeping students tethered, with live, engaging lessons and live experiences around the beautiful community, promoting a well-rounded student life. Each month there are planned events to engage students with their peers, such as social meet-ups in Tradition where students play ball, Frisbee, and organized games with their teachers. Pictured, students recently enjoyed an active day on the Indian River lagoon, sponsored by Lisa’s Kayaks in Fort Pierce. Brushing On Bisque in Tradition Town Center offered another great opportunity for middle grade students to socialize and use their creative side. Visit the Mosaic Digital Academy web site at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/school/schools.aspx?s=mdato learn more about the program.

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about math theory

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about math theory

St. Lucie West K-8 eighth grade students have found a unique way to learn about the Pythagorean theorem, by putting their problems down on the sidewalks around school! Not only did the students in Carol Matulonis’ class learn about the mathematical theorem, but students viewing their artwork were able to see how it works. Pictured, from left, are Marie Saint-Fleury, Eli Renteria, Alexis Henke, Kayla Manso, Guerna Lormejuste, Ashley Masabanda, and Brianna O’Day.

Experiments matter at Allapattah Flats K8

Experiments matter at Allapattah Flats K8

As part of their science curriculum, students in Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade class at Allapattah Flats K8 recently studied physical and chemical changes of matter. As a culminating activity, the students performed four different experiments using baking soda and vinegar, salt and water, glow sticks, and crumbling paper. Students then decided whether a physical or chemical change occurred in each experiment based on their observations and knowledge. Students filled out their lab sheets with hypotheses, observations, and data as they went. Pictured, from left, are Chloe Perlmutter, Kyleigh Reese, and Christopher Daley.

Allapattah Flats students create atoms in science class

Allapattah Flats students create atoms in science class

Students in Joe Kline’s eighth grade science classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 have been recently studying atoms. The students completed a hands-on science lab where they created atoms from clay. Students had to create the protons, neutrons, and electrons. In addition, they are building their own periodic table using their own elements — all while calculating the important parts of the atom. Pictured, from left, are Jordan Williams and Matthew Madera.