Regional Winners – Fresh From Florida

Regional Winners – Fresh From Florida

Congratulations to SHELDON RILEY and JAMES WEICHMANN from Fort Pierce Westwood High School! They are the winners of the Fresh from Florida Student Chef Cook-off regional competition. Sheldon and James prepared a Raw Kale Pasta Salad with a Strawberry Vinaigrette and Chipotle Chicken.
Sheldon and James will move to the next level of competition for the State Title in Tallahassee.
Daily Five reading time gives students choices

Daily Five reading time gives students choices

Robbie Baumgarten, a second grade student in Rachel Lutha’s class at F.K. Sweet Elementary is using a part of his Daily Five Reading time to reflect and write about what he has just read. Students are afforded choices within the literacy routine on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

Referendum Would Enable St. Lucie Public Schools to Keep Momentum Going

Referendum Would Enable St. Lucie Public Schools to Keep Momentum Going

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has experienced unprecedented academic achievement over the last four years. This success is not due to just having people in place – it is due to having the RIGHT people in the RIGHT place.  High quality, highly trained teachers dedicated to helping all students achieve and learn in safe and caring environments have supported the District’s rise to a B rated district with no failing schools. Likewise, their influence has helped catapult SLPS from 45th to the State’s top ten in graduation rate (96.5% for comprehensive high schools) and from the bottom third to Florida’s top third in overall academic performance.

This is great news for our students, for our citizens, and for our community.  To keep this positive momentum going, we need to keep our high-quality teachers in our schools.  To do this, we must remain competitive with other districts.  It is also vital to maintain safety with the assurance of a school resource officer on every campus and the ability for our staff to meet the mounting mental health needs of our students.  Like no other time in history, children of all ages are coming to school with issues and challenges that necessitate our attention.

That’s why SLPS is appealing to St. Lucie County (SLC) voters to support a one mill referendum.  Twenty other counties have already passed similar referendums in the past year. Voters will receive a mail-in ballot on or about April 3rd asking for a vote to raise teacher pay in order to recruit and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with a school resource officer in every school, expand mental health services for our children, and preserve important programs.

So, what does this investment in our future amount to? The average taxable value to single family homes and condos is about $8.50 per month. Every penny of this four-year levy will remain in SLC, and a Citizens Advisory Committee will be established to guarantee that every dollar is spent as intended.

Without voter support, we face a daunting challenge.  Neighboring counties offer more attractive salary benefits.  Depending on years of service, a teacher can drive to Martin or Palm Beach County and earn $1,000 to $10,000 more per year than they currently earn as a teacher in SLPS.  There is a national teacher shortage, and SLPS cannot afford to lose a single teacher to another district. Our children are our most precious resource who stand to benefit the most from high performing teachers.  They deserve nothing less than quality educators delivering quality instruction every day.

This need is urgent.  Despite the rhetoric in Tallahassee, there is no guarantee that things will change. In a recent report on average teacher salaries published by the National Education Association, Florida just dropped from 45th to 46th in the country.   That’s a move in the wrong direction, and this slip in an already abysmal national standing is yet another testament to the fact that education is sorely underfunded.

A quality education system supports the entire community.  A successful referendum will benefit our children, our teachers, our safety, and our future.

To learn more, visit https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/cast-your-vote/

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Superintendent E. Wayne Gent proudly serves as the Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools – a B rated District with no failing schools — where he has led unprecedented academic growth launching the District into the State’s top ten for graduation rate and top third for academic achievement.

REE’s Wilderness Club Ends Year on a High Note

REE’s Wilderness Club Ends Year on a High Note

Today on the Wilderness Club’s final hike, we discovered that an Eagle Scout finished our outdoor classroom down by Otter Pond and it is ready for teachers to come out with their classes and use.  In our final 14 days as students are getting antsy and need a change of scenery, this is a perfect venue for a science lesson, a springboard into writing, a class reward/read aloud, a place to do some personal journal reflection about their school year or summer plans.

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REE’s PTO Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

REE’s PTO Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!

Rivers Edge’s amazing PTO hosted the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for the staff. They spoiled the staff with a catered lunch from St. Lucie Draft House and decorated the staff lounge in a family style Thanksgiving decor. The staff loved being able to sit around a large table and kick off the week before Thanksgiving with a relaxing and scrumptious lunch.

REE’s PBIS Fall Festival is Educational and Fun!

REE’s PBIS Fall Festival is Educational and Fun!

Rivers Edge’s PBIS committee hosted a Fall Festival on Thursday, October 29!

All students participated in the “educational” part of the festival with booths that included bowling, making volcanoes, racing cars, and creating their own lava lamps. Students could also use 35 of their Otter Bucks to attend the fun side of the festival. REE parents manned these booths and had a blast giving out candy and gifts to students that competed in the duck pond, corn hole toss, hula hoop contest, and more.

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REE’s Giving Trees Overflow with Donations

REE’s Giving Trees Overflow with Donations

The Giving Trees are a long standing tradition at Rivers Edge Elementary. Every grade has a Christmas tree on the stage in the cafeteria representing a local organization. Students and staff bring in donations for the organization the grade has chosen. They are placed under the tree for the campus to see.

Once again this year REE proves it is the school with a heart of gold as the stage was overflowing with gifts, supplies, and donations.

On Thursday, December 17, assemblies were held to present the donations to representatives from the various organizations. This year the grades donated to:

Kindergarten – Dogs & Cats Forever

1st Grade – Safe Space

2nd Grade – Quantum House

3rd Grade – CareNet

4th Grade – Castle

5th Grade – Military

ESE – Hibiscus House, Jensen Beach

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REE’s Annual Camp Out Fun in the Rain

REE’s Annual Camp Out Fun in the Rain

REE hosted their annual family camp out on Friday night before Thanksgiving. Tents were set up all over the property while hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled. The rain changed a few of the planned activities and cut the favorite night hike in half, but it couldn’t stop the families from having fun. There was dancing under the cover and a concert by Madnote – a band that includes one of our 5th grade teachers, Gregory Stetz. This long-standing tradition is organized by our Media Specialist, PJ Price.

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REE Students Learn Science Through Jeopardy!

REE Students Learn Science Through Jeopardy!

Media Specialist PJ Price goes over and above to make learning fun at Rivers Edge Elementary. Turning science questions into a live Jeopardy game, 4th graders at REE did not even realize they were learning as they answered questions about animals, physical science, energy, geology, and matter.

REE Stomps Out Bullying!

REE Stomps Out Bullying!

One of the 5th grade classes at Rivers Edge Elementary celebrated World of Bullying Prevention Day by defining characteristics of a bully, what measures students can take to prevent bullying, and what students can do if they see bullying within their school and community. Each student took a stand against bullying by sharing one way they can “STOMP OUT BULLYING.”

REE Spring Pentathlon Brings Out Parents Competitive Side!

REE Spring Pentathlon Brings Out Parents Competitive Side!

Rivers Edge hosted over 150 parents/students/guardians at their Spring Pentathlon on Friday, April 24. Every student was invited to come out with an adult male figure in his/her life to compete in 5 events – Egg & Spoon Race, Potato Sack Race, Hippitty Hop Race, High/Low  Hurdles Race, Scooter Board Race – that required, teamwork, encouragement and a little skill. Awards were given to the top three teams in each category, but the ultimate prize was a shared memory that will surely be celebrated for years to come.

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REE Proudly Puts on Pink!

REE Proudly Puts on Pink!

Rivers Edge staff and students put on the pink for Wear It Pink day!

Personalizing the day for Rivers Edge, it was decided that all donations would be given to our amazing principal, Mrs. Walukiewicz.

We hope for any and all forms of this disease to be removed from our planet!

REE Otters Entered Stellar Hangout Category

REE Otters Entered Stellar Hangout Category

Coach Eric Redding worked with an enthusiastic team of students who entered the Stellar Hangout category at this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition.  Team members Tony Walter, Ava Zaragoza, Rylie Moler, Jacob Frank, Colton Girling, Lexsie Pusieko, and Jacey Lane worked together in a positive and creative fashion to make this year’s competition one that was meaningful and memorable for this group of problem solvers.

REE Hosts Their Annual Choir Christmas Performance

REE Hosts Their Annual Choir Christmas Performance

REE’s 4th & 5th Grade Choir showed off their incredible talents during their annual Christmas performance!

Solos, duets, dancing and even a hula hoop presentation kicked off the night followed by the choir performing multiple Christmas favorites.

Parents brought treats galore for everyone in attendance.

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REE Hosts Math Night at Publix

REE Hosts Math Night at Publix

REE families came away from Publix with more than a full cart after another great Math Night!

Students had a grade appropriate worksheet to do with their parents or other students. They were rewarded at the end with a sweet math homework pass and a dessert!

A group from our 4th and 5th grade choir caroled the customers as they walked in.

Thank you to Mrs. Henderson, REE’s fabulous Math Coach, for a “delicious” night of learning!

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REE Hosts Lunch for Principal Honor Roll

REE Hosts Lunch for Principal Honor Roll

On Friday, April 22, Rivers Edge proudly hosted all of their Principal Honor Roll students for the third quarter. Honors Assemblies were held all week and students received certificates for Principal’s Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and I Try Harder. The week ended with this luncheon for our straight “A” students.

REE Feels the Love Producing Lion King Kids

REE Feels the Love Producing Lion King Kids

BRAVO to Mrs. Martinkovic, REE’s Music Teacher, and the entire cast and crew of The Lion King Kids production!!! Everyone did an amazing job. You could feel the love and outright fun they were having!!! With parents and staff coming together to bring their students to rehearsals, sew costumes, make and paint props, paint faces, volunteer during the shows, and support the production wholeheartedly – it was a true school-wide event.

REE is thankful to the Lincoln Park Academy students who helped direct rehearsals and run back stage, especially Tiffany Gardner, who acted as assistant director. The Savanna Club Theater was the perfect place to host our very first production and we cannot wait for the next one.

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Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day

Transportation employees (L to R) Michele Cocchia, Debbie Soesbe, and Kathy Owens donned their red noses for the annual Red Nose Day, May 25, 2017, supporting the efforts to aid childhood  poverty programs including support for immunizations, mental health, domestic violence, education, as well as fighting homelessness and disease in the poorest communities.