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.
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!
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’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.
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!
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.
Rivers Edge is proud to honor their Principal’s Honor Roll recipients. After receiving a certificate at the Honors Assembly, the honorees were invited to have lunch with the principal where they received special tags to wear on their back packs.
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.
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.
Treasure Coast High School Students Encourage Second Graders to Recycle
As part of their community service project for Skills U.S.A., Arielly Dias, Arthur Waddell, and Olivia Wallman visited several of the elementary schools in St. Lucie County including Palm Pointe, Bayshore, and Manatee in an attempt to emphasize the positive effects that recycling has on a community and its environment. Through an interactive presentation, second grade students learned that recycling is creative and fun. With objects such as a bag made from plastic bags, a purse and wallet made from juice pouches, and a game called “recycling basketball,” the students were able to experience firsthand the different innovative ways of recycling. The main goal of the presentation was to impact the youth of St. Lucie County by showing them that even though they are young, they can make their communities and local ecosystems safer to live in just by recycling.
At Tuesday evening’s Board Meeting, the Bluebird Education Foundation presented students with instruments to help them exercise their musical talents.
The Foundation’s Program entitled “Donation of Musical Instruments Through Recycling In The Key of E” makes this gifting of instruments possible.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful and the City of Port St. Lucie in partnership with several City departments (Communications Department, Neighborhood Services Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, and the Utilities Department), Waste Pro, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and St. Lucie Public Schools kicked off the Buddy Bench project!
Three local schools are participating in this initial phase: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock and West Gate K-8 Elementary. The Boys & Girls Club kids at these locations are the project’s Ambassadors. They will be assisting with promoting and with the sorting and weighing of the caps collected.
Each school will need to attain a goal of 200 pounds of caps for their Buddy Bench. Once the goal has been reached, the caps will be shipped to Green Tree Plastics where they will be exchanged for the Buddy Benches. These first three Buddy Benches are sponsored by Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful, Neighborhood Services Department, and the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
For each Buddy Bench placed, we will conduct a ceremony and this project will conclude at our Caring Community Cleanup & Celebration Day scheduled for April 20, 2019 where the success of the project’s journey will be celebrated.
Staff members from Lakewood Park Elementary surprised third, fourth, and fifth grade students who earned a Level 4 or Level 5 on Florida Standards Assessments in the areas of ELA, Math, and Science. Students were excited to see their school’s staff members honoring them with signs and celebrating their accomplishments! Lakewood Park Elementary has received numerous phone calls from neighbors, grandparents, and community friends who were just as excited as the students for this type of recognition.
Two teams from the school canvassed the area for two days visiting the homes of nearly seventy students. This epic celebration of 2017 serves to set a powerful and positive tone for the 2017-2018 school year.
Ongoing professional development bodes well for individuals who strive to provide exceptional customer service, and so it is with our team of Certified and Master Custodians who have recently taken it upon themselves to heighten their level of service to others and elevate their personal capacity for success by completing job specific certification programs.
We celebrate the following individuals for the stellar service and interest in continued professional improvement:
Donald Jordan – Fairlawn Elementary
Michael Bean- Morningside Elementary
Certified and Master Custodian
Rudy Manna – Custodial Services
Tommie McCarthy – Forest Grove Middle School
Ramon Baluguer – Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts
Soloman Stewart – Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
Rey Almonte – Mariposa Elementary
Courtney Latimore – Northport K-8
Charles Smith – Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition
Ronald Beauford – Parkway Elementary
Wilfredo Valentin Garcia– St. Lucie West Centennial High School
Horace Lindsay – Treasure Coast High School
Janette Marin – West Gate K-8
Zino Mitchell – White City Elementary
Reality Store SM 2016 – Designed to help students get a better understanding of what it takes to survive in “real life.”
The students start the day with a set income (correlated to students’ GPA’s) and family members. Students visit various stations throughout the activity. They take responsibility of being head of the household. They pay taxes, pay rent or make house payments, buy clothes, food, take care of medical expenses, daycare, and all other daily expenses incurred once entering the work force.
Students see how their education, job, and income can determine the type of lifestyle they will live as adults. After experiencing the “Reality Store,” students have more of an understanding of the financial situations faced by their own parents/guardians.
Way to go Bulldogs!
Dads, Granddads and male caregivers wanted to be more involved in their students’ education, so this week Morningside Elementary dedicated two days to “Real Men Read.” This program allows men in the students’ lives to come into the classroom and read to their children and their children’s classmates.
Twenty students from SLPS attended the “Ready to Work” Manufacturing Boot Camp Program Acceptance Information Session. Based on recommendations by high school guidance counselors, students attended to learn more about this opportunity to participate in a one week manufacturing boot camp organized by the Economic Development Council (EDC) post-graduation.
Students will have an experienced-packed week visiting local manufacturers and attending training sessions that will include: soft skills, finances, and resume writing. After the week, students will have the opportunity to interview with the following companies:
- Silver Line Plastics: https://www.slpipe.com/
- Phoenix Metal Products: http://www.phoenixgse.com/
- Pursuit Boats: http://www.pursuitboats.com/
- Hi-Tide Boat Lifts: http://www.hi-tide.com/
- Walmart Distribution: https://careers.walmart.com/distribution-centers-and-drivers/distribution-centers
- Southern Eagle Distributing: http://www.southerneagledist.com/southern-eagle-home.html
This is yet another phenomenal opportunity for students, and SLPS is thankful for the vision and partnership of the EDC.
Frances K Sweet celebrated Literacy Week by inviting dads in to read to classes. The students in Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class enjoyed being read to by Reverend Ham. His son, Thomas, was beyond thrilled to have his dad read one of his favorite books to his class.
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 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.