The following Bulldogs are to be congratulated for being reading leaders this 2012 school year! These students traveled to the Barnes & Noble Bookseller in Jensen Beach. In order to be invited, students either were top Reading Counts point earners for their grade, or participated as a panelist for their grade in the March Battle of the Books event. Students were Christen Bailey, Sydney Rankin, Hannah Catlett, Geneva Deckert, Genesis Gibson, Derrick Davis, Jessica Hoyt, Zach Roach, Alton Mills, Mark Marin, Hikaru Kurasawa, Lyzberthe Chery, Ilee Fagarass, Ashley Dorvilias, Abigail Peterson, Jada Williams, Noah Dale, Fredline Beauge, Kerry Oreo, Kyle Thomas, Bobbi Goff, Ivy Spivey, Erasto Quintana, and Austin Baumann. Pictured with the students are reading teacher Melodee Hickman, far left, and literacy coach Suzan Eshleman, far right.
The Forest Grove Middle School Chorus was well received at the 2016 Spring Music Festival in Orlando on April 22, 2016. Forty-six students displayed their talents and energy in performing two songs to win 1st Place in the Middle School Treble Choir Category. These students served as exemplary musical goodwill ambassadors for Forest Grove Middle School and St. Lucie County.
The Music U.S.A. Spring Festival provides the opportunity for students to perform in a fun, competitive environment. This allows students to improve their musical skills through comments made by quality adjudicators. The festival takes place at Universal Orlando® Resort in Orlando, Florida, and it regularly attracts top quality choruses from all over the United States to perform and be adjudicated by leading music educators.
After over ten years without a Chorus program, FGMS once again offers Chorus classes to their students under the direction of Chorus Director Kathy Osking. Already the students have shown great dedication to learning music and developing their vocal skills. The Music U.S.A. Festival experience was a unique blend of a rewarding performance experience, quality evaluation and feedback from highly qualified judges, fun in the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks topped off with the grand ceremony where the Chorus was awarded the 1st place trophy. What a great day!
Congratulations to 11 top members of the Forest Grove Middle School Select Chorus who will be participating in the Indian River State College 4 County Honors Chorus this weekend. Sontavia Lynn, Theresa Reilly, Faith Harrell, MaKayla Gierke, and Kajshae Holmes; Back Row: Seirra Sanchez, Eniyah Bowen, De’Aujanae Edwards, Reyanah Burr, Alisia Mendoza, and Kloie Morgan.
They enjoyed a combined rehearsal with students in the Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus thanks to Director Dr. Rolanda Jones on Thursday, September 24. On Friday, they joined all the top chorus students in the area for an all-day rehearsal at IRSC. They rehearsed on Saturday, September 26, and then performed in concert. Everyone enjoyed an evening of beautiful choral music presented by our talented students.
The highlight of the concert was the last number in which the middle school and high school choruses joined their voices for a grand finale! Thanks to a generous donation from Anchor Jewelers and Rare Coins, Forest Grove students will wear matching pearl jewelry sets. Thank you for your support of the new Forest Grove Middle School Chorus Program under the direction of Mrs. Kathy Osking.
Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Year: Dr. Benjamin
Minority Educator of the Year: Mrs. Cordovana
School Related Employee of the Year: Mrs. Angell
Students in Colleen Wilson’s sixth grade science class at Forest Grove Middle worked on a class science project, “Can you protect a falling egg?” Students created “protectors” for their eggs out of different materials with the goal of dropping an egg from the second story balcony and ensuring that the egg arrived on the ground unharmed. Pictured are Guadaloupe Rubio, left, and Marissa Garcia.
FGMS Select Chorus sang at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 9th. Mrs. Kathy Osking, Choral Director, was very proud of their performance.
Forest Grove Middle school students recently spent a week “Shining a Light on Reading” in celebration of literacy. The soft lamplight provided great atmosphere for reading their favorite books. From left, students Elijah VanDenHam, Kevin Duan and Joseph Serafini from Charlene Carter’s reading class are engrossed in reading their books by lamplight.
Forest Grove Middle School reading coach Melodee Hickman has created an anti-bullying unit in her reading classes. The seventh grade class created Thinking Maps on a variety of topics and skills about bullying, including comparing and contrasting, classification, description and higher level thinking questions. Pictured are students signing a pledge to support a bully free zone. Students will also soon begin a Random Acts of Kindness unit, which will include an interactive PowerPoint slide show, an anticipation guide, Kagan strategies, higher level thinking skills and most important, will lead into the book The Bystander to be read by all seventh grade students, who will then compete in Battle of the Books after seven weeks of reading.
Students in Charlene Carter’s reading classes at Forest Grove Middle School got to know each other recently using a series of activities meant to gather information about classmates as well as build knowledge of thinking maps, note taking techniques, Kagan structures, and cloze sentence templates. Pictured, from left, are Cicilio Ramirez and Enoc Lopez.
Students in Andrea Anicito’s seventh grade science classes at Forest Grove Middle School were given a visual scenario in which they were presented with a parent’s genetic information. Students then had to create a punnett square to determine the probability of the offspring’s traits. The final part of the project was to build a “spud”. Because there were traits that showed other than 100% probability, the offspring all looked a little different, just like siblings. Together, the class created a potato head family.
Over 700 Forest Grove students performed a lab in which they extracted DNA from a fresh strawberry during their science class. Sixth graders learned about cells and cell theory. In seventh grade, their knowledge expanded through studying how DNA determines the genetic structure of an organism and makes each individual unique. Eighth graders continued to expand this concept by concentrating on the way that cells and DNA contribute to body systems, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Following this hands on activity in a wet lab setting, students could not only see, but hold and stretch the strawberries’ DNA to see the double helix shape. This truly engaging activity allowed students to know that DNA molecules really do exist. Pictured, from left, re Janira Quinones, Yadira Solis and Ariana Luna.
Sixth grade students, pictured from left, Genesis Gibson, Derrick Davis, Jessica Hoyt, Zach Roach, and Christen Bailey listen intently to the Battle of the Books question for their team. The annual Battle of the Books contest matches a student team against a faculty team to answer comprehension questions. This year, the sixth and eighth grade student teams won their battle, while the seventh grade faculty team won their battle. This event coordinates literature study among the reading classes, and creates a positive school-wide literacy culture.
All Forest Grove Middle School students competed in the second annual Forest Grove Metric Olympics. Students traveled through a series of eight stations that aimed to give them hands-on experience in estimating and measuring mass, volume, distance and time using the Metric System. This activity allowed students to manipulate math and science in a fun, competitive setting. Pictured, from left, Harry Jeune, Ja’Harold Wright, Linto Stil, Antonio Presley, Etienne Desir and Donald Gibson.
Olga Drucker, a Holocaust Kindertransport child (http://www.kindertransport.org/), visited with Ilyssa Greene’s sixth grade language arts students. Mrs. Drucker read excerpts from Kindertransport (http://us.macmillan.com/kindertransport/OlgaDrucker), her autobiography, which is a children’s book that covers her six years in England and reunion with her parents in 1945. She spoke with students about the impact separation and reunification had on her and her family. She also impressed upon students the importance of never allowing another Holocaust to become part of their history. Kindertransport rescued thousands of German and European Jews by sending Jewish children to live abroad with families who were often not Jewish. Seated, from left, Asmaa Kacen, Olga Drucker and Jonhatan Zarate, and standing, from left, Delbert Brunson and Courtney Scott.
A team of four students from Forest Grove Middle School, coached by science teacher Colleen Wilson, won the Title I Middle School Science Bowl held recently at the Stem Center at the Indian River State College campus in St Lucie West. Pictured, from left, are students Dustin Vanderpool, Vincent Rappa, Samantha Doohan, and Brandon Payen, with Wilson. The team will now compete at the state regional Middle School Science Bowl in Brevard County March 8.
FGMS MOA students engineered a life size orca whale 25 feet long x 11 feet tall and put it on display at the IRL Science Festival in Ft. Pierce on Saturday, October 22. With the help of their teachers Ms. Cole and Mr. Stinnette, students in grades 6-8 and their parents spent 30 hours after school creating the whale out of plastic sheeting and Duck brand duct tape. Students began by cutting a rectangular sheet of plastic into shape and taped it together. Then it was blown up with a bounce house fan, deflated, cut and taped again until they got the desired shape. Every 40 minutes three students entered the whale and manipulated the fins to make it come alive while orca communication sounds were played. Another student talked to those inside by radio to let them know when it was show time! Children and adults alike were mesmerized by the presentation. The students also made paper mache vertebrae and a replica of a bottom jaw and inserted life size clay teeth. During the festival, one group of students conducted a science experiment station and showed kids whale toothpaste. They explained the procedure and went over safety tips before, during, and after.
8th grade students at Forest Grove participate in Science Boot Camp to get ready for the upcoming Science state assessment.
7th grade student,Sultan Mahmud, was nominated by Leigh Bretherick. He attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC over the summer for 1 week.185 middle school students participated.He heard speakers such as Al Gore, Mitt Romney, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), Newt Gingrich, Jesse Jackson, etc.Sultan learned that a leader has many different traits and that determines what leadership style they have.His favorite part was a sleep-over at the science museum and using the simulators.
We at Forest Grove Middle School have implemented a stupendous initiative to foster a strong bond between the students and their Ace. Each month the students will vote on the Ace that inspires them to succeed academically and flourish positively socially. The students have been informed that the Ace with the most votes will attend a very special lunch with the administrative team at Forest Grove. The students have been participating in droves. This incentive reminds teachers that they are valued by their students and it gives the students a sense of responsibility in choosing and honoring the staff and teachers at their school. Altogether, this increases the positive bond between students and staff/ teachers.
Students Taylor Lewis and Mixi Mitra nominate the Treasure Hunters who see the gold in them, with assistance from School-Based New Horizons Counselor Kimberly Lively.
Sixty Forest Grove students got the experience of a lifetime on March 17 when they got to see the Miami Heat play at the American Airlines Arena. After the game, students were able to go on the court and take a shot from the free throw line just like the players do! This elite group of Bulldogs were nominated by their teachers for doing well in school academically and behaviorally. Students also won a spot on the trip through PBIS events. All of these well-deserving students will write about their experience at the game to share with the rest of the Bulldog family.