Reading to Self one of most effective reading habits

Reading to Self one of most effective reading habits

Students have a wide choice of books to select from when using one of the five reading habits, Reading to Self. It is proven that a student will elect to read more, if they have an opportunity to make their own choices. Preston Zinter, in Traci Lott’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary, is enjoying his non-fiction selection on motorcycles.

Reading mentorships an investment at Northport K8

Reading mentorships an investment at Northport K8

Reading mentorships are flourishing at Northport K-8 School. Students are excited to meet in small, informal groups with interested, concerned and effective instructors using a multi-pronged approach. Students have been meeting with mentors to read in the media center, on the patio, in the cafeteria and in the hallways to discuss books that interest the student groups. Reading mentors include media specialist Lynne Gruszka, reading coach Deb Mock, math coach Josie Bailey, and the newest reading mentor, Northport dean Agnes Brooks. Students are learning about the mentor programs through the morning announcements, through classroom teachers and by word of mouth. Students have expressed how exciting and vital the mentor groups have become and how reading needs are being met in an encouraging and dynamic new approach. Mentorships offer students who would perhaps not speak out in class an opportunity to meet with an instructor to receive support and exchange thought provoking ideas in a smaller, more personalized setting. Pictured is Dean Brooks with her group who have selected the book “Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale.

Reading Council – Invitation To Join

Reading Council – Invitation To Join

JOIN THE READING COUNCIL

Teachers and staff can join for $15.00 a year and get the T-shirt.

The Reading Council is committed to serving this county. If you need the reading council for a community event at your school, please feel free to reach out Ilyse Brainin (President) and Nicole Eak (Vice President).

 

 

Reading Buddies enjoyed by Palm Pointe students

Reading Buddies enjoyed by Palm Pointe students

Alexandria Coutret, far left, and Joedyn Behringer, far right, from Laurie Boyer and Melissa Efron’s third grade classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoy celebrating Literacy Week with their middle school reading buddies. These middle school students from Sara Apostolico and Anne Lulkin’s classes helped the third graders read books.  All the students enjoyed the time together.

Reading buddies create learning partnerships

Reading buddies create learning partnerships

Bayshore Elementary School fourth graders spend time with their reading buddies to improve reading fluency.  Every Friday the students from Shannon McCoy’s fourth grade class read with Jeanne Comperchio’s kindergartners.  Pictured is Grayson Waugh, left, reading with his reading buddy Jackson Young .

Readers Theater delights literacy event Palm Pointe

Readers Theater delights literacy event Palm Pointe

Students performed a Reader’s Theater selection at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition during the Literacy & Linguini Night.  The performance was for the book, Hansel and Gretel: The True Story.  Pictured, from left, are Marisa Spicuzza, Kyerra Gordon, Dejon Lawrence, Tatyana Williamson, teacher Emily Bokhart, Kennedi Brissett, Bryan Burgos and Alberto Torres.

Readers celebrated at F. K. Sweet

Readers celebrated at F. K. Sweet

Some 38 students at F.K. Sweet Elementary read at least 15 Florida Sunshine Books and were treated to a “luau-themed” celebration of their success in the Media Center. Pictured are Lauren Nipper, left, and Kyla Pata enjoying the recognition.

Read to Succeed event held at Mariposa Elementary

Read to Succeed event held at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary School recently held its second Read to Succeed night. Assistant Principal Sandra Bushby, pictured, presented reading strategies and tips for parents to use with their children at home. Afterwards, everyone played Word Bingo, and all students went home with a new book to read!

Assistan Principal, Sandra Bushby, presenting some reading strategies to parents.

Read for the Record

Read for the Record

In a united effort, St. Lucie Public Schools and PNC Bank spread the joy of literacy by participating with others around the world in Read for the Record. Guest readers from PNC Bank thrilled children in pre-kindergarten classrooms across the district by reading the book Quackers. #GrowUpGreat #StLucieProud

Read All About It!

Read All About It!

Read in this month’s Principal Leadership “how one school increased teacher collaboration, enhanced trust and transparency, and improved student performance.”  This comes to you from our own Kathleen Manchester (Southport Middle School) and Tari Sexton (Forest Grove Middle School).
To access the full article, click here: https://ygsgroup.egnyte.com/dl/CRoHtpqZnV
RaceTrac Recoginizes SLPS District Office As Business of the Month

RaceTrac Recoginizes SLPS District Office As Business of the Month

St. Lucie Public Schools District Office was recognized as the Business of the Month for RaceTrac location RT667. Karen Preston, RaceTrac Store Manager, and Brittney McDowell, Community Marketing Coordinator for RaceTrac South Florida Region, supplied breakfast sandwiches to the employees on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

“Thank you again for your guest loyalty and most of all the contribution to the minds of the children you influence every day. We couldn’t do it without the wonderful partnerships we have within our community!” stated Brittney McDowell, Community Marketing Coordinator.

Pictured are, Jennifer DelCarpio, Karen Preston, Charles Hatherill, Linda Neill, Brittney McDowell, and Kathie Schmidt.

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Race to a Flat learned at Palm Pointe

Race to a Flat learned at Palm Pointe

Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is learning place value. They practiced a game, “Race to a Flat” to learn how ten ones can be replaced by one ten, and ten tens turn into a hundred. Pictured are from left; Cooper Kuba and Nicolas Tovar winning with their hands held high, also pictured from left are Joshua Volcin, Karie Dyer, Breanna Sylvain, Naje’ Carter-Evans, Jack Lopez, Madison Kohn.

Quality instruction initiatives earn state recognition

Quality instruction initiatives earn state recognition

The Department of Quality Instruction of St. Lucie Public Schools was recognized at the October 9, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for being honored by the Florida Association of Staff Development for its implementation and facilitation of the St. Lucie County Framework.
Pictured, from left, are Allison Barajas, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Director of Quality Instruction Carla Moore, St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Kerry Padrick.

QR Crazy at Southport

QR Crazy at Southport

Southport 8th grade students were engaged in a technology enhanced practice for their current unit, Systems of Equations. Students, together in groups, answered questions as a team, then when they came to a consensus for their answer, they took turns being the “runner.” The “runner” went to the answer zone in the hallway and found the correct QR code that matched the answer they chose. They scanned the QR code with their phones which, if they chose the right answer the QR code gave them the next question. The students really enjoyed the activity. Malik Copeland said, “It helped me comprehend what we did in class.” Leslie Flores said, “It was fun because we got to communicate with our peers.”

Great job to Southport’s 8th grade teachers for organizing such a fun activity.

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Purple and Gold Partnership

Purple and Gold Partnership

Fort Pierce Central Culinary students and Health Science HOSA students partnered for a successful HOSA Fundraiser.

Chef Jesse Strell and Mrs. Samantha Jackson combined forces to host a Spaghetti Fund Raiser where and HOSA students sold 115 dinners, and Central’s Culinary students prepared the meals.

Go Cobras!

Batter Up for the Softball Showdown

Batter Up for the Softball Showdown

SLPS vs. Firefighters

Mark your calendar and spread the word to attend and cheer on your colleagues.

Tickets to the game include admission to the Mets game that night and fireworks.

Tickets ($8 each) can be purchased ahead of time by visiting www.EFSLC.org  or by calling the Education Foundation office.

Thank you for your support on this great event!

Purchase Tickets for Upcoming Softball Showdown

Purchase Tickets for Upcoming Softball Showdown

The SLPS vs. Firefighters softball game hosted by the Education Foundation is coming up soon.

Mark your calendar and spread the word to attend and cheer on your colleagues.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting www.EFSLC.org  or by calling the Education Foundation office .

Tickets to the game include admission to the Mets game that night and fireworks.

Thank you for your support on this great event!

Puppets Come Alive at the Oxbow Summer Camp July 29 – August 2

Puppets Come Alive at the Oxbow Summer Camp July 29 – August 2

The Oxbow Eco-Center will offer its premier Art of Puppetry Camp this summer for children ages 8 to 12, running July 29 through Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants will explore the many kinds of puppets with the help of professional puppeteers from around the state. Both IBEX Puppetry and Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater will offer workshops on storytelling, the history of puppetry and puppet-making.

Campers will build a variety of puppets, including giant dragonfly hand puppets, shadow puppets with moveable parts and sandhill crane marionettes. The camp also features lessons on the fundamentals of performing. As a grand finale, campers will present a show for family and friends.  Cost for the camp is $200.  To register for Oxbow Summer Camps, visit www.oxboweco.com and click on the Summer Camps tab.

Puppets are a delight for all ages and have been used for thousands of years to tell stories and entertain audiences.  Oxbow Eco-Center is pleased to continue this artistic tradition.

IBEX Puppetry has worked with the Oxbow previously during last year’s Procession of the Species, including a special puppetry-making workshop for teachers and adults. Based out of Central Florida, IBEX was founded in 2000 by Creative Director Heather Henson, daughter of famous puppeteer Jim Henson.

Based in Tampa, Katie Adams is a professional storyteller and member of the Puppeteers of American and the National Storytelling Network. She has been a professional puppet artist since 1986, and she loves to bring puppet shows to audiences all over the southeast and beyond.

For anyone interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Procession of the Species on Saturday, Oct. 26 – this summer camp is the perfect opportunity to work on your costume and puppetry skills.

The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center encompassing 225 acres along the St. Lucie River, located at 5400 NE St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie.  For more information contact the Oxbow at 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org or visit the website at www.oxboweco.com.