Samuel S. Gaines Academy proudly inducted its first class of students into the National Junior and Elementary Honor Societies. Twelve middle school students and 14 elementary students met the national criteria for membership in the areas of scholarship, citizenship and volunteerism. Teachers April Jones and Katie Ludwig will serve as faculty sponsors for these students as they accept their new leadership roles. Congratulations to these student leaders. Pictured, from left are Ms. Ludwig, Ebony Young, Nicole Thomas, Edgar Carrasco, Cristian Hernandez, Michaela Kelly, Adriana Claderon, Daniela Hernandez, Hailey Griggs, Edith Raya, and Julia Barrett.
Students in Catie Smith’s science resource class at Samuel S. Gaines Academy have been exploring energy while learning about conductivity and electricity! Students learned content with the use of interactive notebooks, and then explored energy through this inquiry lab. Pictured, from left, are Shawn Vega, Grayvon Compere, Shanell Sullivan, and Keishon Polycarpe.
During a writing lesson, second grade teacher Mikki Greer from Gaines Academy became aware that some of the students had never made a fort out of blankets. The next day the class looked at pictures of different types of forts and even created a few of their own. The forts were used for quiet reading during 100 Book Challenge. The students reading in their fort, from left, are Anthony Aguiniga, Jesus Andrade, and Jason Jacques.
Students in Karen Madalena’s class at Samuel Gaines Academy participated in the recent St. Lucie County Special Olympics Track and Field event at Lawnwood Stadium. This event is part of the new Young Atheletes Program (YAP) that helps children with disabilities develop motor, social, and cognitive skills as well as giving the students the opportunity to learn and have fun! Pictured is Ezekiel Simmens jumping the hurdles as he completes the obstacle course.
Second grade students Victoria Shiver and Gonzalo Villaltafrom in Ashley Steward’s class at Samuel Gaines Academy show off their successful contraction “surgery.” Students worked in pairs to perform “surgery” on words. The students started with two words and had to create one contraction by correctly cutting the words apart and adding a band aid (apostrophe) in the precise spot.
Fourth grade Samuel S. Gaines Academy students, from left, Adrian Zarate, Jaelyn Aguilar, and Megan Kelchner practice for the school’s final musical of the year, “Freddie the Frog and the Mighty Meter Gnome,” presented by the 21st Century after school program. Thank you to all who helped make this musical a success.
Samuel Gaines Academy offers an after school tutoring program called A+ Tutor U. Participating students were recognized with medallions and gift cards for the academic growth they have made in the program throughout the year. Pictured, top row from left, are Matt Roy, Yohan Purkiss, Jesus Cuevas, Kemmy Brianvil, and teacher Kimberly Masters. Bottom row, from left, are Jesicca Pena-Altamirano, Tomarrow Flucker, and Tom Flucker.
Through heart-warming stories and eye-opening pictures, students from Zambia were able to share their stories with Samuel Gaines Academy students. Students learned that at a particular school in Zambia, due to lack of funds, teachers have little resources to utilize. With an eagerness to serve, members of the school’s chapter of the National Elementary and Junior Honor Societies, along with students from Katie Ludwig’s seventh grade Critical Thinking class, worked relentlessly and passionately for weeks to create educational books and posters for the students in Zambia. Thanks to faculty member Chelsea Hartz, NEHS sponsor, students were also able to send a video of the project process along with the projects. When asked about his experience, student Shemar Moore declares said the best part about this service project was that their work traveled all the way to Zambia and the Zambian students learned from them. Student Yanet Guzman echoed the sentiment, saying she loves to learn, and helping teach peers who want to learn also is an honor. Pictured holding the book she created is fifth grade Junior Honor Society student Audrianna Rubio.
First grade students at Gaines Academy enjoyed a recent field trip to Ric’s Garden World. The students explored the garden and learned about plants and insects after studying plants in the classroom. Pictured from Margot Williams’ class, from left, are Guadalupe Acosta-Carrasco, Karla Castro, Andrew Reeves, and Jerry Dexpreux.
Fifth grade students at Gaines Academy have worked really hard constructing amazing ecosystems. They were studying biomes and plant/animal adaptations. Pictured with a diorama of the Savannas are Ydori Torres and Rossmirline Feneliace from Chrystal Bonowicz’ class.
Students and families recently visited many countries while traveling around the world at Gaines Academy. Pictured with passports in hand are second grade student Jason Jacques in Mikki Greer’s class, and his sister Jennifer, a kindergartner in Leigh Chesney’s class upon arriving in Egypt, where they encounter a camel created by eighth graders in Paul Small’s class. They also saw a pyramid with mummies inside and hieroglyphic prints.
Kudos for Sam Gaines Academy AVID students for volunteering to tutor struggling students during seventh period, two days per week, for three weeks prior FCAT Writes! The awesome student tutors are, from left, Jesus Gill, David
Osorio, Wayne Farmer, Allison Schiavi, Dana Bennett, Sherneice Robins, Bianca Castillo, and Shania Farmer. Without the
one-on-one tutorial ESE and ESOL student received by these outstanding and unselfish students, these struggling students would not achieve the writing scores they will achieve when test score come back. Pictured, Sherneice Robin and
Shania Farmer tutor Kenia Santizo Guerra, an ESOL student for the FCAT Writes test.
The recent county-wide Bowl for Kids Sake event was great fun for an important cause, as funds raised are used to help support such worthwhile programs as the AmeriCorps volunteer reading program. A big Gaines Academy K8 thank you to, from left pictured, Lisa Bollinger, Traci Wilke, Christen McCray, Mike Clarke and Duane Turner for their support.
Samuel Gaines primary teachers presented at the Florida Reading Association Conference on Oct. 17. Mission Possible: Helping Younger Readers Access Complex Text was well received by the audience of primary teachers from across the state. Participants learned about text complexity, interactive notebooks and close reading strategies during this engaging session.
Pictured from Left to Right: Tina Eaker, Jennifer McCluskey, Kimberly Mallard and Lenaiah Wood
Congratulations to third, fourth and fifth grade Math Bowl teams from Gaines Academy for their representation at the first ever St. Lucie Schools Math Bowl. The Math Bowl was a team academic competition in which four students worked collaboratively to solve math problems in less than 5 minutes. Gaines Academy’s third grade team placed third, the fourth grade team placed first, and the fifth grade team placed third. Pictured holding their trophy are Lopez Bourjolly, left, and Gabriela Armendariz, students in Kimberly Masters’ third grade class.
A special thank you to Jed Garbie from Samuel S. Gaines academy business partner Sonic restaurant for the 2011-2012 school year. Sonic has donated a variety of coupons for free or discounted items from their menu. The coupons were used for COLT of the month, honor roll, and perfect attendance. They also gave free slush coupons to the class that brought in the most box tops. The school thanks Sonic for all it does to benefit and encourage Gaines Academy students. Pictured is store manager Jed Barbie.
Awesome! Fantastic! Fun! Just some of the adjectives used to describe the Gaines Academy First Annual Turkey Bowl. Thursday evening’s night of family fun featured games, arts and crafts, face painting, cake walks, relay races, cheerleading instructions, and a Scholastic Book Fair. All of this took place while guests were serenaded by the impressive SGA Band.
The featured event of the evening was a chance to win a turkey. Thanks to the generous donations of the following individuals there were NINE turkeys to give away: Superintendent Gent donated two turkeys, Mrs. Ena Stewart donated one turkey, Ms. Yanet Garcia and family donated one turkey, Mr. Mike Mackenzie and family donated one turkey, Mrs. Robin Marmitt donated one turkey, Ms. Anna Maria Gomez donated one turkey, Mr. Zahid Stewart and family donated one turkey and Lakewood Park Winn Dixie donated one turkey.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Turkey Bowl such a huge success!
On September 27th, SGA had a wonderful time celebrating fathers and caring adults who change the lives of our students everyday. The morning started with an instrumental interlude by SGA music teacher Mr. Pena and students along with photo booth opportunities. After a brief presentation and breakfast, the fathers and caring adults were eager to pledge to be more involved in their children’s education.
On Saturday, November 5th, Gaines Academy AVID students went to the Amway Center, where they spent the day hearing speakers who participated in the AVID program through high school and how AVID prepared them for college and their current roles with the Orlando Magic. In addition to these speakers, co-founder and Magic Executive Pat Williams took the time to speak and answer questions for the students. After which, they participated in a college fair in the arena, and were able to talk to and ask questions of representatives from 16 different Florida schools, including Steston, Full Sail, FAMU, UF and FSU. After a long day of college experience activities, the students attended the Magic v. Wizards game.
The winners of the fifth annual Dr. Samuel S. Gaines essay contest were recognized at the May 28, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The contest, sponsored since its inception by The Morganti Group which provides cash prizes for the winning entries, is part of the district’s recognition and celebration of African American history month. Local students in grades three to 12 may write an essay describing an African American person in St. Lucie County who has made a difference in the student’s life, explaining what the person did to make such an impact. The contest is named for Dr. Gaines, who served on the St. Lucie County School Board for 34 years, five times as chairman. At Dr. Gaines’ retirement in 2006, Superintendent Michael Lannon instituted the essay contest to honor Gaines’ legacy. Pictured, front row, from left, Sara Aube from Manatee Academy K-8, first place in middle school division; Maxwell Martzolf, from Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, first place in elementary school division; Randall Peterson, from Dan McCarty School, third place in elementary school division; and Animesh Saha, from F. K. Sweet Elementary, first place in elementary school division. Back row, from left, Shelby Young, from Manatee Academy K8, third place in middle school division; School Board chairman Debbie Hawley; Vanessa Crawford, from Fort Pierce Central High School, first place in high school division; Michael Buckland from The Morganti Group; Christian Excorcia, from St. Lucie West Centennial High School, second place in the high school division; Dr. Gaines; Anthony Scott, from Fort Pierce Central High School, third place in the high school division, and Superintendent Michael Lannon. Not pictured is middle school division second place winner Shaketia Sneed from Forest Grove Middle School.