Teachers doing final preps for new school year Story by Lauren Hills / CBS 12 News
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — It’s down to the wire for back to school and teachers are putting the final touches on their classrooms and lesson plans.
“I started spending hours putting things up and slowly moving things around,” said Amanda Hayes, a teacher at Samuel Gaines Academy in Ft. Pierce. “I have laminating projects, name tags, every little thing.”…..read more and watch the video at:
Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (SGAET) received a facelift in the cafeteria. Students and staff were excited to see the fresh new design that coincides with the school’s STEM focus.
Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies has been awarded a UBTECH Early Innovator Grant! SGAET is the first and only school in Florida to be awarded an Early Innovator Grant, and just 23 schools across the nation received the award. UBTECH Education is a division of UBTECH—a global leader in intelligent, humanoid robots for consumers, business, and industry. Now, students will have the opportunity to work with UBTECH Robotics UKITs to practice engineering, coding, and apply their understanding of science and mathematics to create fully functioning robots. The students’ robots will be used to complete tasks in simulated real world scenarios. Per the U.S. Department of Commerce, college-educated STEM job-holders earn up to 39% more than non-STEM employees. In addition, between 2016 and 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in STEM fields will grow by 10.8%. At SGAET, we expect our students to be on the cutting edge of future technology. They will build and live in a world of limitless potential. #SLPSMagnet
Sybil Bell, civics instructor, arranged for speakers to come each Thursday in February to celebration Black History Month.
On February 6th, Andre Barnes, art teacher, and Martin Steward, technology teacher, spoke to the students and encouraged them to follow their dreams, stay focused and avoid distractions as they move through life. Furthermore, there was an art show of original paintings of historical and well-known famous people like Lebron James.
On February 13th, Dr. Mills, SLPS Board Member, spoke about putting action to the change you want to see by being the change yourself and by volunteering to help others with the same vision.
Prior to the guest speaker presentations, students engaged in a Black History trivia game. Each presenter received a special recognition thanking them for their participation in the event. The event was wonderful and highly educational. Students were very receptive to the speakers and are excited for the future presentations. #SLPSMagnet
Attend Samuel Gaines Academy’s Fourth Annual Winter Games on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-7:00. Bring your family. The first 100 Colts will receive a goodie bag full of supplies. Play games to win prizes and cheer your Jedi teachers on to win a Pod Party.
Samuel Gaines Academy had the honor of having Mr. Dan Frank, executive director of schools for SLPS, as a guest speaker for the Speakers’ Bureau.
Eighth graders had the opportunity to hear Mr. Frank’s story and his life’s struggles before he became an educator. All in an effort to help students understand the importance of an education, hard work, and effort. He was accompanied by Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS board member, and Pastor Kenny Mills Sr.
Samuel Gaines Academy had the honor, once again, of hosting the Speakers Bureau with Dr. Donna Mills. During the month of October, Samuel Gaines students were inspired by Dr. Mills and their very own Dean Gerard Burns who shared their story and struggles as they prepared to achieve their goals in life.
Hear the Good News of Gaines. Join us for a School Advisory Council/PTO meeting at New Destiny Family Worship Center on Thursday, October 15th at 6PM.
New Destiny is located at 1801 North 27th Street in Fort Pierce.
The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speakers at Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8 this month were Mr. E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools, and Mr. Lafayette Ashley, Graduating Senior of Ft. Pierce Central High School Class of 2016.
Mr. Gent captured the attention of the students as he told them how he chose to never give up on his dream of becoming a superintendent of schools. Mr. Ashley inspired the students by sharing some of his personal challenges and expressed to the them that if you want something bad enough, you will work hard to get it. Mr. Ashley will be attending Warner University in the fall on a full ride scholarship.
The SGA Red & Gold Tie event was an amazing success. Gentlemen from around the county supported Sam Gaines Academy middle school students at the event. These community leaders provided practical tips to the young men on how to tie a tie and offered professional advice on being a successful person. Great relationships were formed and positive expectations were established.
7th grade students at Samuel Gaines have started a recycling program. While conducting Project Citizen research, students discovered that Samuel Gaines did not have a recycling program and realized the effects on the environment. Through the help of 7th and 8th grade teachers, they were able to start a recycling program partnering with Fort Pierce Recycling.
Every Thursday students pick up recycling items from teachers classroom. Currently the program only accepts paper, but students hope to expand to all recyclable items. In just the first few weeks of the program, the students were able to fill four recycling bins full of paper and cardboard that was collected from classrooms rather than tossed into the trash.
Way to help the environment, COLTS, with your GO GREEN program!
On Thursday evening, SGA parents attended the “A Day in the Life of an SGA Scholar” Parent Night. Parents began their journey in the audeteria where they learned about the Title I program. Also, they were excited about the announcement of the principal’s reading challenge. When the SGA students reach 250,000,000 reading steps, Ms. Wilke will do a cheer leading routine.
After the initial session, parents made their way to their student’s pod to experience what their scholar does during their academic day. Students were excited to showcase their work.
Dads Take Your Child To School Day was a huge success at Gaines Academy. Fathers and other male role models streamed into Gaines Academy on Wednesday morning. They were treated to donuts and an inspirational message followed by smiles and laughter as they created a vision board with their child. Before leaving, the men signed the pledge to support and encourage their children’s success in school.
Gaines Academy students enjoyed sharing the Good News of Gaines at a community meeting held at New Destiny Family Worship Center on the evening of October 15th. Pictured are Delisha Pressley, sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society, and the students who spoke eloquently about the NJHS program, citizenship and their service projects: Abriyana Baboram, Tehilim Rodriguez, Bianca Mendoza, Alysha Josue, Gonzalo Villalta and John Metilus.
Mrs. Ebersole’s 4th grade and Mrs. Eaker’s Kindergarten class met for the first time to introduce themselves to their new buddies. Students were given puzzle pieces that led them to their buddy when they found the match. They then exchanged notes and got to know each other. Students from both classes are looking forward to their weekly reading time together.
In the course of just one day, we can find many things to be thankful for…if we only take the time.
The students and staff in Mrs. Hill’s ASD room at Samuel Gaines Academy have adopted and set aside the month of November to display an attitude of gratitude. To show their thankfulness, the students (under the artistic direction of Ms. Pattie Morse) created a wall of gratitude which is on display outside their classroom.
The wall is adorned with “Give Thanks” wreaths and a hand-made patchwork quilt depicting what the students are thankful for.
Seventh grade Lincoln Park Academy student Jamya Wiley was recently honored by Duke University at a reception at Florida Atlantic University for students the university has identified for its Duke University Talent Program (Duke TIP). Jamya scored a 20 out of a perfect 36 on her first attempt at the college entrance exam, at the 99% percentile of students who took the ACT, and is college ready now according to ACT guidelines.
Students in one of two Christopher Tolliver’s seventh grade classes at Dan McCarty School bested eight other school groups in this year’s Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Academic Challenge. Nine classes from six schools competed in this year’s challenge posed by VGTI scientists in an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school and real world problems facing society. In a video presentation to the students, scientists had seventh grade students identify a naturally occurring ecosystem with limited resources where one organism has established dominance over all others in consumption of these resources. Students determined a natural predator(s) and selected the most likely organism to be enhanced through selective breeding and genetic engineering to exert a population check on the dominant consumer. Students collaborated as a class to create PowerPoint presentations, backboards and videos to present their solution to the problem. Dr. John Schatzle , Director of Scientific Operations at VGTI, announced the best project in the scientists’ determination was from Toliver’s class entitled “The Lionfish Problem.” “This project had the most scientifically sound solution to the invasive species problem and utilized an indigenous species and introduced traits that wouldn’t affect the natural ecosystem or other organisms besides the invasive consumer,” Schatzle remarked. Tolliver also had another classroom present “The Rhesus Monkey Problem.” Other teachers who advanced STEM education in the classroom by participating in the challenge were Andrea Anicito from Forest Grove Middle School with “The Tegu” and The Cane Toad,” Thomas Balcer from Lincoln Park Academy with “ Deadly Little Lionfish,” Claudy Bois from Palm Pointe Educational Research School with “Attack of the Red Fire Ants” and “Everglades: A struggling Ecosystem,” Eric Johnson from Southport Middle School with “Control of the Burmese Python,” and Sean Lynch from WestGate K-8 with “The Lionfish Invasion.” Pictured, back row from left, are Michelande Eliassaint, Roberto Barrera, Louis Lopez, Janicia Larcher, Laurel Peterson, A’lexeairia Johnson, Rentavius Brice and Joana Magana. Front row, from left, are Jason Harless, Anastiastia Hillary, Marissa Perkins, Dwight Lazarro, and Yasmin Martinez. Team members not pictured include Davonte Hanna, Jaquelyn Macias, Jaslym Varela, and Quytaeja Frazier.
Child Nutrition Services make homemade dill pickles and a healthy seven layer dip for students at CAST!
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly 1 in 3 kids or teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Check out the AHA’s newsletter to find ways to keep both you and your students acting in healthy ways this year.