Save The Chimps Visits Gaines Academy

Save The Chimps Visits Gaines Academy

Save The Chimps is a chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce, Florida. At Save the Chimps there was need for enrichment activities to keep the chimps stimulated. In Ms. Schutt’s 21st CLCC class students piloted the Save The Chimps to learn about the chimpanzees.

“Save the Chimps” project was offered to 3rd and 4th grade students at Samuel Gaines Academy in order to improve math, reading, writing and science skills. The after school program consists of project based learning incorporating academics and extracurricular/ personal enrichment activities. Students created chimpanatas as enrichment activities to help the chimps celebrate “Chimpo De Mayo.”

Savannas Preserve staff recognized at school board meeting

Savannas Preserve staff recognized at school board meeting

Staff from the Savannas Preserve State Park was recognized at the August 28, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for their support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programs at Port St. Lucie High School during the 2011-12 school year. The personnel at the Savannas Preserve hosted field trips and provided community service opportunities for students. Pictured, from left, are Merle Townsend, Friends of Savannas president Merle Townsend, Florida State Parks AmeriCorps member at Savannas Mary Bennett, park manager Dylan Gavagni, Friends of Savannas Education Committee Member Jim Stewart, Friends of Savannas Education Committee chairman Henry Maursey, Tessa Roberts, Park Services Specialist Tessa Roberts, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, Port St. Lucie High School principal Bridgette Hargadine, St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Leslie Taylor, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

Savanna Ridge Young Author Class Winners Celebrate with Sundaes!

Savanna Ridge Young Author Class Winners Celebrate with Sundaes!

Savanna Ridge Elementary Young Author class winners in Kindergarten through fifth grade were recognized and celebrated at an ice cream sundae social.  Students enjoyed sharing a special treat with fellow Young Author winners and talking about their winning books they wrote.  They were presented with a certificate from Mrs. Melrose, Assistant Principal, on behalf of the Literacy Committee.  The following students are representing Savanna Ridge at the 2016 St. Lucie County Reading Council’s Young Authors Celebration on May 21st!

Catalina Black, 5th grade

Lea Michelle Rivas, 4th grade

Ariah Richards, 3rd grade

Destinee Perry, Kindergarten

Way to go! We are so proud of our Cranes!

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Savanna Ridge VPK Families Enjoyed a Day of Learning!

Savanna Ridge VPK Families Enjoyed a Day of Learning!

Students in Ms. Fuller’s VPK class enjoyed showing their family members what a day of learning is like in their classroom.  Families enjoyed center rotations with their VPK child.  Students and parents read books in the listening center, explored reading fundamentals via online programs, used manipulatives and many other engaging activities.  Thank you to our VPK families for attending our Family VPK Day!

Savanna Ridge Third Graders Learn about Plants at Heathcote Botanical Gardens!

Savanna Ridge Third Graders Learn about Plants at Heathcote Botanical Gardens!

Mrs. Marino, a third grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School, was a Target Field Trip Grant recipient for the 2015/16 school year.  Therefore, third grade students benefited by enjoying a fantastic field trip to Heathcote Botanical Gardens as they explored the life of plants. They learned about the basic structures in plants, how plants respond to stimuli, and understood how plants use the sun, air, and water to make their own food. In addition, the experience provided the students with hands-on activities and a take-home plant to further their understanding of the lessons they learned.

Thank you Target for caring about children and education in our community!

Savanna Ridge Third Graders and Keiser University students send letters to the Military

Savanna Ridge Third Graders and Keiser University students send letters to the Military

Third grade students in Mrs. Shukri’s class enjoyed working with Keiser University students who were previously in the military.  The Keiser University students read a children’s book to the class that was created by a soldier.  It explained why military parents may seem different when they get home to their families due to PTSD.  They also explained their jobs and where they have traveled while serving in the military. Students worked with the Keiser students to make Christmas cards for the soldiers overseas for the upcoming holiday season.

Savanna Ridge students rally to do their best

Savanna Ridge students rally to do their best

Third through fifth grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary participated in a recent school spirited pep rally. Third grade students lead the 4th and 5th graders in a remix song about taking on the challenge of the FCAT and passing it with no problem! Each grade level came in their designated class T-shirt and showed their spirit through a friendly competition on the song they learned. Principal LaTanya Greene led the students in a motivational speech that gave the students the boost they needed for the upcoming testing. Teachers and students had a great time showing their spirit and enthusiasm after months of preparation and hard work!

Savanna Ridge students impress visitors with high level thinking DBQ activities

Savanna Ridge students impress visitors with high level thinking DBQ activities

Representatives from school districts in Florida and Georgia recently visited Savanna Ridge Elementary to see enthusiastic teachers implementing Document Based Questions (DBQs). The students were engaged as teachers walked them through the process of analyzing documents and making inferences to answer the question, “Jamestown: Why did so many colonists die?” The visitors participated in a debriefing session following their classroom observations, and were impressed by the level of engagement from teachers and students. Many of the representatives are currently using DBQs within their middle and high schools, so they were excited to see elementary students actively participating in higher level thinking and questioning. Pictured are two representatives from Brevard County in Elisabeth Harvin’s fifth grade classroom.

Savanna Ridge students enjoy unique partnership with Keiser University students

Savanna Ridge students enjoy unique partnership with Keiser University students

Students from Keiser University came to Savanna Ridge Elementary last week to read to students in Penny LaCorte’s classroom as part of a partnership between the school and Keiser as an ongoing support system. The 15 Keiser students had a unique assignment for their Speech/Communication class — to create a short children’s story and practice their public speaking skills by sharing their work to a group of students. The Keiser students supported the primary classrooms during the reading block. They shared their stories during read aloud time and served as “live” centers to work with students in small groups. Savanna Ridge students loved listening to the creative stories that the visitors had to share. The Keiser students were nervous at first but as they met the anxious children they felt excited and overwhelmed with love. It was hard to tell who was more appreciative, the Keiser students or the Savanna Ridge students! What an excellent way to learn and grow from each other!

Savanna Ridge students earn rewards for reaching reading goals

Savanna Ridge students earn rewards for reaching reading goals

Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School in Kristi Collins’ classroom who reach their reading goals earned dog tags to show how many points they earned on Scholastic Reading Counts. The students are given the opportunity to read and take assessments online to show their progress. Each time students take the assessment, they earn more points and are awarded the next level dog tag. The points start at 25 and go up to 250. Many students are at the 100 point level and some have even reached the max of 250! The students look forward to getting the dog tags and having their picture taken. The incentive keeps them motivated and makes them accountable for their goals. Front row, from left, Eric Singh, Lynette Rice, Juan Pablo Pelaez Zamudio, and Landon Hamilton. Back row, from left, are Monica Ponce, Gabriel Torres, Jerimiah Brinson, Isaiah Ruiz, Nathan Kush, James Richard, and Trever Lynch.

Savanna Ridge Students celebrate Literacy Week with Bingo for Books

Savanna Ridge Students celebrate Literacy Week with Bingo for Books

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Students at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed celebrating Literacy Week 2015 with Books, Bingo and Baked Ziti night.  Students and families came out for a delicious baked ziti dinner and played multiple rounds of Bingo.  There were many smiling faces as students were able to come up on stage and pick a book of their choice after winning!

Savanna Ridge Students and Staff Raise Money for PTO Turkey Fundraiser!

Savanna Ridge Students and Staff Raise Money for PTO Turkey Fundraiser!

Students at Savanna Ridge Elementary raised money during a recent PTO fundraiser whereby the winners wore turkey costumes for the day.

Mr. Clements (5th grade teacher) and Mrs. Fletcher (2nd grade teacher) were good sports and wore turkey costumes for the day since they were the ones who raised the most money for the fundraiser.   They are pictured with the SRE Morning News Team members and Savanna Ridge’s PTO President Ericka Goyes after they announced it on the Morning News Show.

Savanna Ridge Students and Publix Make Mothers Day Sweet!

Savanna Ridge Students and Publix Make Mothers Day Sweet!

Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary partnered with Publix to help make Mother’s Day special for their loved ones.  Publix brought cakes to Savanna Ridge and helped second graders decorate them as a Mother’s Day sweet treat.  Thank you to Tina and Christine from Publix for assisting our students.

Savanna Ridge Student Council Serve Those in Need

Savanna Ridge Student Council Serve Those in Need

Student Council members at Savanna Ridge helped serve meals at Matthews Café of Grace Way Village on Sunday.  They provide a healthy hot meal, every Sunday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for those in need.  What a great way for our students to show the community they care by helping others.

Savanna Ridge Staff Supports Relay for Life

Savanna Ridge Staff Supports Relay for Life

Staff at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed supporting Relay for Life at the Annual Walk at Tradition Stadium in St. Lucie West.  Staff members enjoyed taking part in various activities throughout the year to fund-raise for the school Relay for Life team such as Coins for Cancer.

Savanna Ridge Kindergarten is the Place to Be!

Savanna Ridge Kindergarten is the Place to Be!

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Christopher’s Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary were excited for their first day of school.  Mrs. Christopher welcomed them with open arms and enjoyed taking a first day of school picture to capture the special day!

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Savanna Ridge Elementary students learn to be writing wizards

Savanna Ridge Elementary students learn to be writing wizards

The “Writing Wizard” James Dean recently helped prepare students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School for the annual FCAT Writes standardized test. Dean, a representative from Thinking Maps, has been diligently working with the teachers and students in preparation for the writing test. The day consisted of students creating magic wands, wizard hats, and hearing a presentation to help reinforce the material they learned for the test. The students rotated through stations where they used their wands to “zap” out irrelevant information, became writing wizards on how to use clear and precise language, created thinking maps on helpful writing hints, and used their magic wands to create thank you notes and good luck cards to their peers and teachers. The students enjoyed having the visitors and were enthusiastic and prepared for the FCAT Writes! Pictured is Principal LaTanya Greene with students celebrating in one of the stations.

Savanna Ridge Elementary students Enjoy Bringing Their Fathers to School

Savanna Ridge Elementary students Enjoy Bringing Their Fathers to School

Students enjoyed bringing their fathers and important male role models to Savanna Ridge Elementary’s “Donuts with Dads” as part of the Million Father March initiative throughout the county.  Over 80 male role models came out to enjoy donuts and sign pledges.  We were ecstatic to see the pride and smiles on each child’s face as they entered school with their fathers.