Liberian delegation visits Gaines Academy

Liberian delegation visits Gaines Academy

Delegates from the African nation of Liberia visited Samuel S. Gaines Academy recently. The school visit was part of an extended tour of St. Lucie County by the developing nation’s leaders in an effort to find successful governmental infrastructure to emulate in their country. Eighth grade AVID students provided an informative tour of the campus. The visitors were interested in the school’s facility, programs and resources available. Pictured are members of the delegation with Principal Tracie Wilke and other Gaines Academy staff.

Fairlawn students are rolling in the dough

Fairlawn students are rolling in the dough

The kindergarten students learn science through a hands-on experience making a pizza. The students were able to see matter change its shape and property through the process. Christina Silva-Mejias from Loutina’s Pizza  helped the students make pizza. The students applied their sequence skills that they learned from reading “Pizza at Sally’s”  a book about the steps someone takes to make pizza. After making pizza, the students used a flow map to write about the sequences to make a pizza. Pictured are William Kicklighter, left, and Kielan Holland.

Fairlawn Elementary participates in the Pink Heals tour

Fairlawn Elementary participates in the Pink Heals tour

Fairlawn Elementary School raised over $1,200 during a recent Pink Heals event to benefit local organizations that support cancer education, prevention, detection, treatment and research. Recently, a day was designated for students to wear “pink items” to school such as a pink shirt, pink pants/skirts, pink socks etc. The adults also participated and it was a fun way to help an important cause. Jennifer Ingersoll’s class raised the most money in the entire school and they will receive a pizza party provided by the Firefighters Benevolent. In addition, the school PTO has graciously agreed to provide pizza to the class at each grade level earning the most contributions. Congratulations to grade level classroom winners in kindergarten, Carol  Hendricks; first grade Erika Stefani; second grade Becky Carranza; third grade Amy Raczkoski; fourth grade Cheryl Burleson; and fifth grade Jennifer Ingeroll.

Fairlawn Elementary kindergartners learn about fire safety

Fairlawn Elementary kindergartners learn about fire safety

As part of Fire Safety Month, kindergarten students at Fairlawn Elementary School recently traveled to the central Fire Station near Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Students learned about what to do if there is a fire and what equipment the firefighter may use. Students also got to see a firefighter in full gear to show not to be afraid of them if they see them in a fire. Students had already read about community workers and jobs as part of the Journeys curriculum. Students also wrote about their experience using a circle map. Their writing was an opinion piece about their favorite part of the trip.

Two St. Lucie teachers honored at state conference

Two St. Lucie teachers honored at state conference

Richard Gray of Lincoln Park Academy and Kathleen Ems of St. Lucie West K-8 School were recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools’ Social Studies teachers of the year for 2013 at an awards dinner during the Florida Council for the Social Studies 56th annual conference October 26 and 27 in Daytona Beach. St. Lucie’s honorees, as well as recipients from other Florida school districts, are selected from principal nominations at the elementary, middle, and high school level for their outstanding professionalism, instructional practices, and ability to build student-teacher relationships. Ms. Ems was recognized for high expectations for all students and implementation of Data Based Questioning to improve content literacy; Mr. Gray was recognized for his leadership in the International Baccalaureate program and his activities as a senior advisor.

Dan McCarty families celebrate Hispanic heritage

Dan McCarty families celebrate Hispanic heritage

During October, students and staff at Dan McCarty School celebrated Hispanic Heritage month with music, food, cultural displays and more. On October 30, Dan McCarty School parents and students participated in a special Hispanic Heritage celebration. Visitors were entertained with Latin music, dance, and customs, as well as a special performance by the St. Lucie Ballet Company and their production of the “Nutcracker” with a Hispanic flair. Pictured during the Quinceanera Showcase are students Gabriella Lascanos, from left, Jennifer Guerrero, Noemi Diaz, and Antonio Farfan.

Northport fifth graders enjoy benefits of special program

Northport fifth graders enjoy benefits of special program

Students in the Northport K-8 fifth grade classroom of Melanie Polascak have reaped the rewards of a very generous benefactor recently. Mrs. Polascak’s class was adopted through the website Adoptaclassroom.org by Katie Gilliam from Virginia. Katie, better known as “Aunt Katie” visited the fifth grade class on Halloween. She and her friends dressed as characters from the children’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz!” Ms. Gilliam donated the money specifically for school and classroom supplies and books for students. The children made an acrostic poem to be put into book format and will send to Aunt Katie when it is completed. Students have been corresponding with Katie all year and were finally grateful and thrilled to get to meet their benefactor. Pictured are Katie Gilliam dressed as the lion, adult friends dressed as characters and Mrs. Polascak and her students.

Northport students enjoy fall book selections

Northport students enjoy fall book selections

Northport K-8 School students are enjoying the Fall Book Fair immensely this year! Students, as well as parents and grandparents, are offered the opportunity to shop and make selections together at the media center supported fair. The book fair was open in the evening recently to accommodate families during the third grade parent night and will also be open to community members to congregate and shop for a balanced literacy plan for their children during the Title 1 Family Science Night. The fair is always an exciting time for students because they realize that the book fair is especially for them and opportunities are made available to visit the fair. A trivia contest is being offered and prizes are collected daily. Pictured, from left, are community volunteer Audrey Slater, second grade student from Barbara Greenood’s class Shea Ellsworth, and media clerk Sarah Lewis. Shea took plenty of time to select two chapter books, “The Story Book of Legend” by Shannon Hale and “Ghoul Friends Just Want To Have Fun” by Gitty Daneshvari.

Southport Middle School mentoring builds teacher, student bonds

Southport Middle School mentoring builds teacher, student bonds

Members of the faculty and staff at Southport Middle School regularly meet with students to mentor and support the students in their academic and extra-curricular goals and activities. Pictured, student Charnesia Willis, left, and teacher Mary Kurtz-Seiden enjoy morning tea time together as they discuss active reading strategies and various literature.

Students enjoy inquiry labs at F. K. Sweet

Students enjoy inquiry labs at F. K. Sweet

The students in Betty Mayberry’s fifth grade science class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School performed an exciting inquiry lab to determine ways to separate mixtures by magnetic force, filtration, and boiling. Pictured are Allen Lin, left, and Taina Chery examining one of their mixtures.

F. K. Sweet students explore ancient Egypt

F. K. Sweet students explore ancient Egypt

Students in Stacey Johnson’s third grade gifted class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School proudly display their mummy and sarcophagus projects created during a study of the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Andreacchio, Alexis McEwen, and Quinn Stephenson.

F. K. Sweet fourth graders explore mass

F. K. Sweet fourth graders explore mass

Students in Elish Mancuso’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School explore the mass of the edible portion of a banana after reading interesting and intriguing information about bananas, and making predictions. The students used balance scales to measure the whole banana, the banana peel, and then determined the percentage that was edible. As a conclusion to their experiment, they enjoyed banana smoothies! Pictured, from left, are Elijha McArthur, Ava McGoorty, and Garion Miller.

Weatherbee Elementary students collect food for local charity

Weatherbee Elementary students collect food for local charity

Throughout the month of October, students at Weatherbee Elementary School participated in a food drive to assist the Salvation Army. This was another shining example of the Kids at Hope philosophy (Community and Service) at work at Weatherbee Elementary. This event was coordinated by Roberta Weil with the help of the Weatherbee Elementary Safety Patrol officers. Classrooms participated in creating decorated boxes to collect the food and over 320 pounds of food was collected.  Way to go, Mariners! Pictured, from left, are Hailee Belcher, Ludj Simon, Veslu Edwards and Matthew Wilkinson with some of the items collected.

Weatherbee Elementary kicks off motivational reading challenge

Weatherbee Elementary kicks off motivational reading challenge

Ronald McDonald visited Weatherbee Elementary School recently to ignite the Fall Reading Challenge to all students at the school. This program entitled “Bookin’ with Ronald McDonald” helps motivate students to read more often and with excitement, because reading is fun and will help them to succeed in the future. There was a commitment of all students to read over 2,500 books collectively before December 11. When students meet and exceed this goal, the school’s administrators and staff have vowed to happily work at a local restaurant cooking and serving the McDonald’s menu to all who attend.

Dan McCarty anticipates 60th anniversary celebration

Dan McCarty anticipates 60th anniversary celebration

During the weekend of November 9th, 2013, the staff and families of Dan McCarty School will celebrate its 60th anniversary. There are many enjoyable activities planned that will start at 2PM Saturday, November 9, in the school’s gym. Remember to wear green! The school is located at Mississippi Avenue and 13th Street north of Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

Palm Pointe students enjoy favorite annual project

Palm Pointe students enjoy favorite annual project

Third grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition chose a fictional book from the media center and described the main character’s traits in the story. Students explained how the character’s actions contributed to evidence regarding their traits, motivations or feelings. Additionally, students designed a flow map, and wrote a response to literature. Lastly, students decorated and designed their pumpkin to look like their main character. This Pumpkin People Project is a Palm Pointe favorite and a tradition for many years to come! Pictured is Kristina White proudly displaying her pumpkin decorated as a dog and holding her report.

Lawnwood Elementary teachers earn foundation grant to support student skills

Lawnwood Elementary teachers earn foundation grant to support student skills

Lawnwood Elementary School teachers Ashlay Parker and Theresa Brandifino received a grant from the St. Lucie Education Foundation for funds to create a Saturday Academy at Lawnwood Elementary. The goal of the  Academy is to help targeted students improve their scores on the FCAT by providing an increase in time focusing on skills. Over a six-week, half-day Saturday program, third, fourth, and fifth graders will receive intense reading and math instruction. In addition, fifth graders will be exposed to a hands-on science curriculum. The six weeks will culminate with a celebration of their participation and success. Pictured are Parker, left, and Brandifino discussing Saturday Academy curriculum.

Veterans pay a special visit to Windmill Point Elementary

Veterans pay a special visit to Windmill Point Elementary

It was another fun-filled, Kids at Hope day at Windmill Point Elementary as students welcomed local veterans to celebrate Veterans Day with students and staff. The special day began with a warm and enthusiastic tunnel that honored the veterans. They were truly touched by the decorated main hall and the many students waving flags and posters thanking them for their service. The special guests visited every class and spoke about the meaning of freedom and their experiences in the military. Students learned just how fortunate it is to live in a country in which freedom is valued and how the veterans have allowed us to remain free. Pictured, Windmill Point students, staff and families give special thanks to Vincent La Valle, Dennis Petrinik and Beth Bowden, for teaching us all life-long learned lessons, and a wonderful Veterans Day wish for this year!

Northport commemorates Veterans Day

Northport commemorates Veterans Day

Northport K-8 School participated in the annual commemoration of Veteran’s Day recently by inviting 18 veterans from all branches of the military, all with a variety of rank,s into classrooms. Veterans spoke openly with students about the United States military and their own role in their service to our country. Students listened intently and then asked in-depth questions and made heartfelt inquiries about each veteran’s career, including talks about patriotism and the importance of a solid, self motivated education. The Veteran Partners in Education program is a vital piece of the educational pie at Northport K-8 School. Thousands of students have been educated about thrilling aspects of American History and the military through the veteran’s programming. An annual September 11 tribute, a Korean War Interactive program and the Veteran’s Day commemoration are just a few of the school’s planned events. An Honor Flight program, a program spotlighting Normandy Beach with highlights from World War II, and a lifelong submariner’s experiences are still on the educational agenda for the year. Local veterans from across Saint Lucie County will participate in the eighth grade graduation as the Sons of the American Revolution pass out flags to each graduating eighth grader and their families. American history and instilling the love and pride of country is a strident part of the Northport K-8 educational experience. Pictured are veterans, student ambassadors and Northport principal Glenn Rustay.

Palm Pointe students enjoy pumpkin capers

Palm Pointe students enjoy pumpkin capers

Fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently spent the morning unraveling math and science mysteries about pumpkins! Through hands-on activities, students measured the weight, height, and volume of their pumpkin. They then created a bar graph comparing the data that they collected. Students predicted how many seeds were in their pumpkins and also used estimation strategies on a HUGE jar of candy corn. A fun day was had by all!  Pictured is Victoria Cornelius with her fourth grade students.