Kindergartners in Melanie Francisco’s Class at F.K.Sweet Magnet School related to The Little Red Hen’s lesson about working together in order to enjoy the final product. The students helped their teacher make cupcakes and then they were able to frost them and eat them as a reward for their efforts. Anthony Crouse and Thomas Ham stopped working just long enough to smile for the camera.
Ruben Medina, second grader at Frances K Sweet, won $75.00 for his law poster, for the 12th Annual Law Day Reception and Art Contest. Mrs. Cary Schott is so proud of her art students.
In honor of the anniversary of 9/11, students in all grade levels at Frances K. Sweet wrote letters and cards to their local police and firefighters thanking them for their service to the community. The letters will be delivered to the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Fire Department on Wednesday, September 11th. Pictured is fourth grader Ava McGoorty.
Students in Mrs. Stacey Johnson’s second grade enrichment group at Frances K. Sweet Elementary school are learning about forces that shape our Earth. Students modeled volcanoes and simulated eruptions with a chemical reaction. Pictured left to right, are Arianne Reif, Aaliyah Morgan, Addison Burgess, and Noah Bond.
Dr. Kevin Perry and Mrs. Genelle Yost spent time observing Mrs. Lisa McGuire’s third grade class playing chess. The chess program called “First Move” was implemented this school year for all Second and Third grade classes at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School. The children are learning how to use and deepen their critical thinking skills through this program. Students pictured with Dr. Kevin Perry are Brie Gould and Christopher Gomez.
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.
Students in Mrs. Patricia Jones third grade class at Frances K. Sweet worked as engineers on the second day of school. Their project was to create a name tag they could attach to their bodies visible to the teacher and their new classmates. The criteria included proper conventions of their name, visible from a distance, it would remain attached to them with out falling off, include at least one picture to represent themselves, and they must have used at least three colors. The students enjoyed the brainstorming and creating process. Pictured from left to right, top row, Josh Banate, Christian Adams, Nicholas Kaste, Guinevere Sauveur, Henry Mejia, Jonathan Murray, bottom row, Kaylee Uff, Madeline Chiong, Ashley Suazo, Christopher Brunson, Ja’Mauri Johnson.
Ms. Brenda Hoskin from Southeastern Guide Dogs visited Frances K. Sweet third graders after they read Saving Buster, Aero & Officer Mike, and Good Dogs, Guide Dogs. Ms. Hoskins, the handler, brought her guide dog, Molly, and discussed how Molly was trained and what she is responsible for. The boys and girls were quite intrigued!
As Ms. Marla Liberatore’s third grade class has mastered all the continents and oceans, they created their own models of the world on balloons. Pictured are (from left to right) Antianna Mills, Cassandra Wilson, and Brandon Grier.
As law enforcement officers, Frank Sisto and Ken Rodriguez serve as members of St. Lucie Public Schools Safety and Security Team. However, on September 11, 2001, they were members of a different team — the New York Police Department. Both gentlemen were first responders involved in rescue and recovery efforts, putting others before self as they answered the call.
“This day will forever live in my heart as the day some sacrificed all to serve and protect the great citizens of New York City. We must never forget the innocent victims and the selfless acts of true heroism! I will always cherish being part of a group of first responders who gave all they could on that horrific day.”
— Ken Rodriguez
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY KEN RODRIGUEZ
Frank Sisto shared an article with us that he wrote for TCPalm several years ago on the 10th anniversary of this tragic event.
Port St. Lucie man helped identify 9/11 victims
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a sergeant in the New York Police Department. I was the supervisor of an auto larceny unit based in Brooklyn.
When the first plane struck the World Trade Center, I was enjoying breakfast with some former co-workers. I immediately drove home to retrieve my gear and rush to the scene.
The streets of New York were a surreal sight out of some apocalyptic movie. As I loaded my gear into my car and cleared the ash and debris from my car windows, I looked out across the East River at the burning hole in the north tower.
When I arrived at my base, my unit was placed on standby awaiting further attacks. Policeman are strange individuals, we run towards danger instead of away from it. We always choose the fight response instead of the flight response, so watching the tragedy unfold on television as our city turned into a war zone was utterly frustrating.
We would get our gloves and get into the game in a big way in the days to come.
On Sept. 12, my unit was placed in charge of one of the temporary morgues. We were set up in a high school a few blocks from ground zero. The lobby was transformed into a makeshift morgue.
We were dispatched to “Found Remains” on the northeast side of the site. Lower Manhattan was turned into a World War II movie set. We traveled through the rubble-laden streets on golf carts … to make the recovery and to transport the remains to the temporary morgue where we aided FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) in a tentative identification process.
Placing the bags from the site onto the tables, we aided the morticians and medical examiners and tried to find identifying marks, tattoos or jewelry on the remains. … Any identification would provide closure to tortured families awaiting word of their loved ones.
Afterward, we loaded this cargo into ambulances for transport to the main temporary morgue. This was an extremely taxing time both physically and mentally, dealing with the gruesome sights and countless hours and days, 17 hour work days and seven-day work weeks.
By the time we got home and washed the day’s cement dust and ash off our bodies it was time to return to work.
This assignment lasted until the end of October. The outpouring of love and kindness from all the people of the country is what kept our spirits up and made our days more bearable.
The events of Sept. 11… took away the sense of security in our lives …. I have had to live with the gruesomeness of this terrorist attack on an almost daily basis.
Another constant reminder of this tragedy is the countless number of sick first responders. Numerous people who served at the various locations (ground zero, Fresh Kills Landfill etc.) have developed unexplained cancers and diseases, and more than 1,000 heroes have passed away in the 10 years since.
Every year I go for my World Trade Center physical wondering: Is this the year that I become a statistic?
PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY FRANK SISTO
C. A. Moore Elementary School and SLPS extend appreciation and gratitude to Mrs. Frankie Sayles for her dedicated volunteer service and for her contributions to the education of children for thirty-three years.
In a special celebration on Friday, February 10, 2017, Mrs. Sayles was surrounded by children, school personnel, and community leaders as the Frankie Sayles Learning Center at C. A. Moore Elementary School was dedicated to her in honor of the support she has provided to countless children over the years.
Students at Morningside Elementary switched places with Mrs. Bell-Gray, Principal; Mrs. Roach, vice-principal; and various teachers to help raise money for the Odyssey of the Mind team to go to the World competition. The students enjoyed carrying the radios, visiting classrooms, and teaching other students.
All students may enjoy FREE breakfast meals from now through the end of the school year.
Please encourage all students to partake in this program and enjoy a healthy breakfast.
What do exotic animals, a bicycle rodeo, and costumed characters have in common? They’re just a few of the dozens of free activities parents and children can enjoy together at the sixth annual Family Fun Fair presented by The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County in partnership with the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County. Pictured from last year’s event is face painter Hilary Newton with Anthony Ferraro. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at John B. Park, formerly known as Lawnwood Sports Complex, 1302 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. It is a local celebration of the statewide Children’s Week. Festivities begin at 11 am and run until 2 pm. A “Steps for Kids” walk, bicycle rodeo, face painting, two bounce houses, balloon art, bracelet making, reading with the Star Bright Therapy Dogs, several different games and more are among the activities. Costumed characters will include Curious George, Smokey the Bear and the Healthy Hound. Live entertainment by Miss Janee’s Company B Dancers and All Around Gymnastics will be featured on the stage. There are lots of give-aways. The first 100 children entering the Family Fun Fair will receive a children’s book written by Rosemary Wells. The first 200 children entering the event will receive a gift bag filled with fun items such as a coloring book, crayons, stickers and more. The first 150 participants in the Steps for Kids walk will receive a pedometer. Every family will receive a free raffle ticket. Several prizes will be available and families can choose which drawing they would like to enter. Hamburgers, hotdogs, cold drinks and other refreshments will be available at family-friendly prices. All proceeds from the concession stand will be applied to the Early Learning Coalition’s local match. The Coalition must match six percent of the federal funds we receive for the School Readiness program. Treasure Coast Parenting Magazine, Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are the major sponsors for the event. Additional sponsors are Early Childhood/St Lucie Public Schools, St. James Kids Academy, Treasure Coast Early Learning Academy, Lil’ Bears Playhouse Preschool and St. Anastasia Catholic School. The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County (ELC) is a non-profit organization offering the School Readiness (SR) program, the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program, the Father and Child Connection (FCCP) program and child care resource and referral services. The SR and VPK programs provide high-quality early childhood education in order to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond. The FCCP program teaches men how to become better fathers and male role models. Child Care Resource and Referral Specialists refer more than 5,000 families to child care providers or community services each year. The Early Learning Coalition is a United Way of St. Lucie County member agency and all programs are presented in partnership with the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County.
Our General Knowledge tutors have experience in both content and test-taking strategies. Sessions are offered throughout the year at convenient times.
Online Registration in Eventbrite.
Contact Sally VanDereedt in Talent Development for registration details.
Do you need to pass one or more subtests of the General Knowledge Test? Beginning the week of April 1st, the Spring session of FREE General Knowledge Tutoring will begin. Sign up today using the links below to register for a spot.
- Math Tutoring will be offered on Tuesdays at St. Lucie West Centennial High School from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Sign up for the Spring session at tinyurl.com/GKSpringMath Password:GKTutoring
- Reading Tutoring will be offered on Thursdays at Dan McCarty Middle School from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Sign up for the Spring session at tinyurl.com/GKSpringRead Password: GKTutoring
Contact Laurie Boyer at Laurie.Boyer@stlucieschools.org with questions.
Register for FREE Heart Screening
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Appointments from 8AM to 5PM
Online Registration Available: www.jussicaclinton.org
Register for FREE Heart Screening
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Appointments from 8AM to 5PM
Location: Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County
Larry J. Lee Public Health Building
5150 NW Milner Drive (Off of Midway Road)
Port St. Lucie
Online Registration Available: www.jessicaclinton.org
or call 772-215-1912
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Jessica Clinton Foundation and the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County will host FREE heart screenings for students ages 5 to 20.
Registration is easy. Simply visit www.JessicaClinton.org or call 772-215-1912. Don’t miss a beat. Register for your FREE heart screening today.
The screenings will take place on Saturday, November 3rd from 8AM to 4:30PM at the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County located at 5150 NW Milner Drive. That’s just off Midway Road.
Be heart healthy – register today!