During Spring Break, thirty Home Depot employees and volunteers enhanced the Samuel S. Gaines Academy campus with a Kids at Hope Garden. Volunteers installed an irrigation system, built plant boxes and fences, transplanted trees, and beautified the garden area with new sod and mulch. This garden will be a school-wide, student-managed initiative to learn how to plant, grow, and maintain a variety of crops.
The SGA Kids at Hope Committee, in partnership with the St. Lucie Education Foundation Inc., applied for and was awarded a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to fund construction of this vegetable and herb garden. Over the last few years, SGA and The Home Depot (#6376 SLW) have continued to build its partnership as they have sponsored numerous Kids’ Club events and donated materials to school-wide initiatives.
Thank you, Home Depot!
Gaines Academy kindergartners recently went on a field trip to Fire Station # 1 in Fort Pierce. Pictured are Luis Guerrero-Rivas and Alejandro Cano from Jennifer Denise’s class exploring Engine # 1, getting the feel of what it would be like to have a career as a fireman.
Gaines Academy kindergartners, from left, Mauricio Murillo-Rojo, Angel Raya, and Roberto Luna Jr. from Tracy Davis’ class were full of excitement flying their paper-bag kites. The students made the kites during a writing assignment where they had to write step by step directions on how to make a paper-bag kite.
The Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s Lady Colts basketball team won the 2013 St. Lucie County Interamurals Girls division
A basketball championship with an overall win 26-10. Thank you to Donella Crenshaw and Shauna Cobb for devoting their time and talent in leading the girls to become champions. Pictured standing, from left, are Donella Crenshaw, Beina Jerome, Michaela Kelly Leroyeisha Thomas, and Jade Murray. Sitting, from left, are Mishla Pierre, Destiny Hill, and Aleshia Johnson.
During Megan Schwenger’s computer class at Samuel Gaines Academy, middle school student Julian Maso De Mayo assists kindergartner Luther Edmond in completing an eight question PBS survey. The survey asks students various questions about how they earn Colt cash and what they want to spend Colt cash on. The PBS team will then take the results of this survey to better implement the use of Colt cash at Samuel Gaines Academy.
Gaines Academy cheerleaders and student council members participated in the Sights and Sounds Parade on Second Street in Fort Pierce recently, and despite the rain fun was had by all. Pictured from left are Taylor Peebles, Storm Santana, A’Treyanna Moore, Principal Carolyn Wilkins, and Asia Jones.
When the 2014-2015 school year started Mrs. Wilke presented the students with a challenge. She challenged them to read 1,000,000 steps of reading practice for 100 Book Challenge. Mrs. Wilke told the students if they met the principal’s challenge she would do anything they wanted her to do. The students voted on several options such as sing karaoke, dress like a clown, and complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. In an almost unanimous decision, the students voted on the Ice Bucket Challenge to be their reward.
With the challenge accepted, and an exciting reward in place, the students got right to work. They read, and read, eventually earning 1,889, 715 steps collectively as a K-8 student body! Mrs. Wilke couldn’t have been prouder. She gladly accepted her fate to be soaked by ice and water in order to reward the students for their hard work and perseverance to not only meet their reading goals, but to surpass them.
As she made her closing remarks at the end of the Ice bucket Challenge, Mrs. Wilke challenged the students to read 2,500,000 steps in the 2015-2016 school year. We can’t wait to see how she rewards the students for reaching (and surely surpassing) that reading goal!!
Congratulations to the Samuel Gaines Academy spelling bee winners. Pictured, from left, is third place winner, sixth grade student Marisol Aguilar, second place winner, eighth grade student Destiny Gamble, Principal Carolyn Wilkens, and first place winner, seventh grade student Jeremiah Flores.
Seventh grade students in Nicole Maddux’s science classes at Gaines Academy are studying the different cycles different materials experience to form rocks. Pictured are Michael Cook, left, and Zykecia Thornton using crayons to demonstrate their knowledge.
Students and staff at Samuel S. Gaines Academy are very proud of the newly formed Girl Scout Troop #40729. The young ladies who participate in troop acitivies learn about their special talents and how to be leaders in their community. The new troop is comprised of second through fifth graders who are Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. Pictured are troop members with their sashes, who are ready to serve their community with a smile.
Enthusiastic seventh grade students in Beth Torresson’s reading class at Samuel Gaines Academy have diligently been working hard in the “Language” reading program. This 90 minute direct instruction is given on a daily basis. The “Language” program is a comprehensive literacy curriculum. The students work on a variety of concepts each day, including grammar and usage, listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing, phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, spelling, vocabulary and morphology. All of these concepts will enhance their skills to become better readers and to understand the structure of the English language more proficiently.
Students Jovante Briggs and Jonathan Derinor from Jackie Kendall’s sixth grade second period math class at Gaines Academy were given the task of creating a math game using all of the skills they had learned this year. The boys created the game, as well as the rules, game cards, and pieces. They were then asked to test the game out on some of their classmates to see if what they had created was as exciting to them as it was to the boys. The students who played the game said it was fun and exciting.
Students in Christen McCray’s class at Gaines Academy K8 wrapped up a Nature of Science unit in which they investigated airplanes. Students flew airplanes made from various types of paper to see which would fly the farthest. Students applied the scientific method as they developed a hypothesis, collected, recorded, graphed, analyzed data, drew a conclusion and shared the results. Pictured is Johnnie Velasquez.
The Samuel S. Gaines Academy Soccer Team went 3-2 at the District Winter Tournament. Lead by captains Manuel Esquivel #20, and Jean Saintable #10, the team advanced to the semi-finals. The leading scorer for the day was Luis Gil #4, who had six goals, beating the team record of 5 goals set a year earlier by his cousin Jesus Gil. While Luis was the leading offensive player, the star of the day was the goalie, Jose Villalta, who made save after save. Jose’s highlight of the day was blocking a penalty kick during the semi-final game, keeping the Colts alive down to the final minute. Pictured, front row, is Jose Villalta, middle row, from left, Jahira Sanchez, Erik Rameriz, Cristian Hernandez, Walberto Maldonado, Raphael Villanueva, Francisco Tavera, Rameiro Gomez, and Manuel Esquivel, and back row, from left, Jean Saintable, Coach John Davino, Jeremiah Flores, Peterson Gaston, Christian Hernandez, Leonardo Mandojano, Luis Gil, Daniel Guzman, Moises Lopez, and Miguel Gamez.
The Samuel Gaines Academy soccer team competed at the recent district tournament at Fort Pierce Central High School. The Colts proudly represented their school as they shut out two of their opponents on their way to the semi-finals for a second straight year. Led by Captains Jesus Gil, Pablo Luna, and Gustavo Salgado, the Colts were eliminated just one game shy of the finals. Pictured are team members, from left, back row, John Davino, Rodrigo Vega, Daniel Perez, Jose Garcia, Javier Gasca, Pablo Luna, Luis Nava-Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel, German Torres, and Alex Cruz. Front row, from left, are Erick Diaz, Xochitl Barrios, Jesus Gil, Jeremiah Flores, David Osorio, Christian Hernandez, Gustavo Salgado, and goalie Macolister Bispo.
The Gaines Academy soccer team went undefeated and won the district tournament. Jesus Gil and Isaac Pierre led the team with five goals each. Samuel Gaines Academy soccer team, back row from left, John Davino, Rodrigo Vega, Daniel Perez, Jose Garcia, Javier Gasca, Pablo Luna, Luis Nava-Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel, German Torres, and Alex Cruz. Front row, from left, Erick Diaz, Xochitl Barrios, Jesus Gil, Jeremiah Flores, David Osorio, Christian Hernandez, Gustavo Salgado, and goalie Macolister Bispo in front.
Pictured from left, Mary Fowler, Mikki Greer, Courtney Crooks, Beth McMillen carry the Samuel S. Gaines Academy banner at opening ceremonies for St. Lucie West’s Relay For Life event. The team held events throughout the year to raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s research. Fund raisers included a Pie-In-The-Face contest, Caps for a Cure and Crazy Sock It To Cancer day. Not pictured but also attending the event from SGA were Megan Schwenger and Jen Bozone.
Gaines Academy is proud to announce the results of the Student Council elections that were held in the Middle School on October 15th. Newly elected 2015-2016 officers will serve as:
Danisha Paul – President, Yasmine Gatlin – Vice President, Amethyst Scott – Secretary, Zakiyah Paul – Treasurer, and Abrianna Minjares – Public Relations officer. Congratulations ladies!
Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s Student Council facilitated the school’s participation in the Channel 5 Food For Families Drive. Their donations went to the Southside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, and as a school they collected 1,773 items to donate to this worthy cause. Students and staff truly showed the Thanksgiving spirit by opening their pantries and their hearts to support people in need in our community. SGA AVID teacher Kristen Register with student council members: Katiana Bourjolly, Andrew McConnell, Tatiana Wilks, Mateo Rubio, De’Avion Clark, Joevante Briggs, Adriana Calderon, and Rosita Martinez.
Take Stock in Children scholarships are awarded to middle grades students after a selection process through the Indian River State College Education Foundation. The recipients will receive mentoring throughout high school, and then will have all four years of college tuition paid! There were hundreds of applications, and only 10 students were selected county-wide. Please join in congratulating German Torres from Sam Gaines Academy as a winner, and Cinthya Talbott as an alternate.