Garden City students benefit from community readers

Garden City students benefit from community readers

To help celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Garden City Early Learning Academy was visited by over 40 guest readers. Some classes had up to 3 readers at once! The volunteer readers came from various areas of the community, including Indian River State College, the Supervisor of Elections’ office, Fort Pierce city manager, Board of County Commisioners, Children’s Service Council, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Fort Pierce Mayor, and St. Lucie County Fire Department. Thank you to everyone for supporting the school and making a difference in the lives of students.  Pictured is Susan Geen, from the Supervisor of Elections office, reading to VPK students.

Garden City students enjoy theatre on the go

Garden City students enjoy theatre on the go

Garden City Early Learning Academy (GCELA) students in grades Pre-K through two recently experienced live theatre through a new program developed by Riverside Children’s Theatre. The program is called “Theatre on the Go” and is designed to take live theatre to the schools in the area. The performance of “Scrambled Stories”, adapted by Kevin Qullinan and Angelo Cerniglia, were favorite stories that were cracked, broken and scrambled by the silly Professor Scattergood. The students participated by helping unscramble “Goldilocks”, “The Ugly Duckling”, and “The Three Little Pigs”. Students had to help get them back to where they belong through audience participation. The students have been working hard in music class with Mrs. Quillinan, as well as with their classroom and other resource teachers. They are learning about proper audience etiquette which was demonstrated during the performance, as they were a wonderful audience! Great appreciation goes to Kevin and Deborah Quillinan for making this possible for GCELA students. Pictured, from left, are Kaitlyn Schirard and Chelsea Swearingen from the children’s theatre, GCELA teacher Karen Alarie, and Jacob Cummings from children’s theater.

Garden City students receive holiday gifts from local church

Garden City students receive holiday gifts from local church

Garden City Early Learning Academy appreciates community involvement in the school. Recently, Pastor Teddy Sanders and volunteers from  Calvary Compassion Church presented holiday gifts to all students. To show their holiday spirit, the students sang songs for the volunteers. GCELA truly appreciates all that Calvary Compassion Church does for the school.

Garden City students review bus safety

Garden City students review bus safety

Recently St. Lucie County bus drivers, along with the Garden City Early Learning Academy staff, reviewed the Bus Safety procedures with students. The students learned how to sit properly on the bus, back to back, bottom to bottom, and feet on floor. Other safety procedures were also reviewed. Students were given the opportunity to practice evacuating the bus in case of emergency. Time and safety were noted during this activity. Pictured exiting the bus is first grade student Darious Acrey with the assistance of Nuran Onal and Joann Brown.

Garden Fresh

Garden Fresh

Mr. Nunez’s 7th grade science class at Manatee Academy created a recipe they like to call “The Kohlrabi Salsa” using fresh ingredients from a garden right outside their classroom! The ingredients include kohlrabi, cilantro, yellow pear tomatoes, and green onion. Way to go!

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Fifth graders at Village Green Environmental Studies School were thrilled to learn about and enjoy eating food grown from their very own vegetable gardens! Students at the school grew “yummy” cabbages and “delicious” sweet potatoes.
Gators on Patrol

Gators on Patrol

Allapattah Flats K-8 School welcomes their “Safety Patrol Gators” for the 2018/2019 School Year!

Our 5th Grade Safety Patrols are ready, willing, and able to assist with keeping our campus safe!  Their first week has been awesome!  They stand proudly at their post each morning and each afternoon promoting Safety, Responsibility, and Respect!

Welcome, APFK-8 School Safety Patrol Gators!

 

Gators Welcome Photographer and Journalist to Speakers Bureau

Gators Welcome Photographer and Journalist to Speakers Bureau

In December, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and Sports Photographer, Ned Schuster of the Speakers Bureau.  Mr. Schuster was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago.  Mr. Schuster has a passion for reaching students by sharing his real life story and impressing upon them that in life you can overcome many of the obstacles that may come your way.

 

Mr. Schuster shared some real life struggles concerning some of his own educational challenges as a child and his determination alongside his family’s determination to work through those problems.  Mr. Schuster’s determination blazed the trail for his educational accomplishments that resulted in him receiving his college degrees.  Mr. Schuster is the Publisher and Chief Photographer of the Treasure Coast Sports Journal.  Ned’s love for photography has been referenced with this question, “Is it possible to be born with a camera in your hand?”

 

As the students sat and listened attentively to Mr. Schuster, they also had the opportunity to view many of his professional photos and slides that captured many authentic moments in the lives of students in sports as well as advocates of education.  Mr. Schuster spoke to the students in such a way as to encourage them to capture moments in their lives that exhibit their determination for success.  Even when they think that there are obstacles that they can’t overcome…be even more determined to succeed and be your own best advocate.

 

Mr. Schuster acknowledged that every moment captured in sports does not always end in a victory but it is always a moment worth capturing!  He had Dr. Kenny Mills to stand and show the students his state championship ring for football from 1972 and how that didn’t lead to a football career for him but getting his education lead to a career in life…something we all need.

 

Mr. Schuster captured the students’ attention once again when he shared a heartfelt story about his wife’s accident and his son’s life afterwards and how having a good education will allow you to be a true advocate for yourself and for those whom you love and simply throughout your life.

 

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Allapattah Flats K-8 School was recognized at the school board meeting for receiving a 1st place Green Garden Award from the US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter Treasure Coast Branch at its fourth annual Generation Green Apple Awards on May 16, 2015. The Allapattah Flats garden program was the inspiration and has been the perspiration of teacher Rebecca Benton who has coordinated the development of multiple gardens on the school campus.

Pictured are, Genelle Yost, Lydia Martin, Patricia Galloway, Rebecca Benton, Ana Rodriguez, and Dr. Donna Mills.

Geocaching Exercise at Southern Oaks

Geocaching Exercise at Southern Oaks

Through a collaborative effort by the Social Studies, ESE, and Robotics Departments, Southern Oaks Middle School students participated in their first geocaching exercise.
Student pairs were given the latitude and longitude of a cache location. Combining their GPS technology with their previously learned map skills, they sought out the hidden clues about Hammurabi’s Code, one of the oldest surviving codes of law in recorded history.
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Geometry is Life!

Geometry is Life!

Ms. Cirocco’s Geometry Class is creating roller coasters! The students are finally in the building stages of the framework and some are even starting to put the tracks on! .

The purpose of the project is to bring science and math from the classroom into the real world. Class discussions have been about how the engineers and builders have to create a design and then build.

 

George Couros Set to Launch a Spirit of Innovation

George Couros Set to Launch a Spirit of Innovation

FORT PIERCE, FL – George Couros, leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning, is slated to bring his message to staff members of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) newest magnet schools — Fort Pierce Westwood Academy – The WEST Prep Academy, Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, and Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on Monday, July 29, 2019. Couros has worked as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. Couros is also the creator of Connected Principals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.

Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the SLPS magnet programs, said, “Couros will help set the stage for our educators to push innovative thinking as they work to create the learning opportunities our students and schools deserve.”  Fort Pierce Westwood Academy – The WEST Prep Magnet, the host school for this event, kicks off this year with its unique programs that infuse science, technology, engineering, arts, and math throughout all content areas.  Feature programs include: Pharmacy Tech, Veterinarian Assistant, Agri-technology, Robotics, and Engineering.   This is the second year that CAST and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies have offered Arts and STEM programs.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

George Couros Set to Launch a Spirit of Innovation

George Couros Set to Launch a Spirit of Innovation

FORT PIERCE, FL – George Couros, leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning, is slated to bring his message to staff members of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) newest magnet schools — Fort Pierce Westwood Academy – The WEST Prep Academy, Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, and Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on Monday, July 29, 2019. Couros has worked as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. Couros is also the creator of Connected Principals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.

Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the SLPS magnet programs, said, “Couros will help set the stage for our educators to push innovative thinking as they work to create the learning opportunities our students and schools deserve.”  Fort Pierce Westwood Academy – The WEST Prep Magnet, the host school for this event, kicks off this year with its unique programs that infuse science, technology, engineering, arts, and math throughout all content areas.  Feature programs include: Pharmacy Tech, Veterinarian Assistant, Agri-technology, Robotics, and Engineering.   This is the second year that CAST and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies have offered Arts and STEM programs.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Getting To Know One Another

Getting To Know One Another

Students in Mrs. Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at F. K. Sweet have no problems writing and talking about themselves. They were also very excited to share their All About Me backpacks with their classmates.

Pictured are Ariana Morrison and America Escobedo sharing their backpacks with Curious George.

Getting to Know you at Mariposa Elementary

Getting to Know you at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary students in Mrs. Michelle Smith’s 1st grade class took silly pictures with their new table team mates as a way to get to know each other! Students enjoyed the photo booth and laughed through all the pictures as they asked “getting to know you” questions to their new friends! Table team mates Lucia Costello, Zykeria Reynolds, Malaki McAdams, Kacen Maggard, and Michael Soto are enjoying getting to know one another in this picture.

Ghoulish Celebration

Ghoulish Celebration

St. Lucie West Centennial Culinary 2 students put up an awesome Halloween buffet. Culinary 2 students in Chef Gedke-Balachak’s classes worked together to whip up this ghoulish celebration! Way to go, Eagles!

 

 

 

Girl Scouts collaborating with St. Lucie Schools during summer programs

Girl Scouts collaborating with St. Lucie Schools during summer programs

The Southeast Florida Council of the Girl Scouts of America, with financial support by the St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council, is sponsoring workshops during St. Lucie County Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) summer programs at several school sites in St. Lucie County. These programs are supported by a federal grant with the school district, and are offered at no cost to students or families, and provide additional education opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. One of two programs is an experiential workshop where girls learn what bullying really is, leaarn that it is not acceptable, and learn how to stop bullying through role playing. Girls are divided into groups by age. Another program the Girl Scouts sponsor is a four-hour hands-on exploratory science and math program that promotes partnerships between girls ages 5-10 and adults to encourage interest and excitement and science and math learning. Pictured is Brittany Wilson, a paraprofessional at Samuel S. Gaines Academy, facilitating a workshop at that site in Fort Pierce. Programs are sponsored also for summer programs at Weatherbee Elementary School in Fort Pierce and Oak Hammock K-8 School in Port St. Lucie.