Third grade classes at Allapattah Flats are excited about Positive Behavior Support! The students that have earned 10 Gator Bucks are looking forward to a movie and popcorn party. Students are working hard to show their best behavior and earn Gator Bucks. They also try to be good role models for other students and work their way towards becoming “Gator of the Month”. In order to accomplish this, students must remember to follow the school wide PBS expectations of: Responsible, Respectful and Safe. Way to go third grade. Pictured are Rhianna Sheehan, Jeremy Auguste, Heather Granjean, Gabriel Vernon, Jaida Haynes, Nevlee Litton, Lauren Bishop, Mariana Trujillo Naranjo, Madison Garcia, Connor Cook, Kahmyrah Greene
As Allapattah Flats middle school students wrapped up science fair, sixth grade moved into learning about magnetic forces. The class has been using electric charges and magnetic charges within a lab setting for hands on learning. Eighth grade has just finished studying various kinds of mixtures as well as matter and the energy cycle. Bailey McCall is pictured intently studying his work as he conducts an experiment on mixtures.
Valerie Doyle’s fifth grade class at Floresta Elementary School recently was visited by Tim Polzin, a personal friend of Ms. Doyle’s who lives in Saint Lucie County. Tim is a famous bass guitarist who currently fills in when needed for various performing bands. During his career as a musician, he has traveled all over the world and has played with many top rock and country bands. He brought two of his favorite guitars, which were custom made for him by Stuart Spector . Each guitar was valued at over $10,000. Mr. Polzin spoke to students about the importance of staying in school, doing their best, and following their dreams. He performed several songs for the students, and gave each child an autographed picture of himself. Students were excited to hear him play, and listened to his words of wisdom and encouragement. They had many questions for Mr. Polzin and he answered all of them.
Thanks to funds provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, St. Lucie Schools’ Employer Group Health Insurance provider, St. Lucie County School District now has an Employee Wellness Program Manager, Carlye Fabrikant. Carlye has worked in the areas of health and wellness for over 12 years with experience educating all ages on various health topics, creating wellness programs for various populations, and counseling individuals on proper nutrition, exercise, stress management, and disease prevention/management. Her objectives for the district’s employees are to create programs to meet the needs and interests of the employees, and to be a resource for the employees on the health services and education that are available to them in the community and bring many of those services to our schools. These objectives will assist in reaching our goal of healthier employees and reduced insurance costs.
A contingency of St. Lucie County School Board members, Superintendent Michael Lannon, district administrators and executives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation surprised three finalists today for the school district’s 2012 School Related Employee of the Year honor on Thursday, January 5.
The finalists were selected from nominees of support personnel from departments and schools representing such school operations as finance, food services, maintenance, transportation, clerical and office support, student assignment and instructional technology. Applications require selection criteria, including professional support, continuing education and community service.
The nominees for the annual award include Dan McCarty School attendance clerk Sharon Parenteau, Weatherbee Elementary School behavior technician Francesca Petrocelli, and Southport Middle School office clerk Patricia Christian-McFadden. The School Related Employee of the Year honor is one of four awards announced in the Night of the Stars annual celebration sponsored by the Education Foundation and the school board held annually in February. The other honors are Teacher of the Year, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. The Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee nominees will go on to regional consideration for the state awards in their categories.
Ms. Parenteau has been with the school district for 22 years, 16 of those at Dan McCarty School. Her responsibilities as attendance clerk are accurate and timely student records, and facilitate student services to improve attendance if appropriate. She also serves as the school’s business partner and volunteer coordinator, is a member of the school advisory council and a Kids at Hope mentor.
Ms. Petrocelli has been with the school district for a decade, three years at Weatherbee Elementary School. Her responsibilities as a behavior technician include developing and implementing interactive learning modes to increase student understanding of course materials, modifying the general education curriculum for special needs students, and supporting the behavior and procedures for students. Petrocelli has also been involved as an advisor for the Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s program.
Ms. Christian-Mc Fadden has been with the school district for 27 years, 7 at Southport Middle School as the office clerk, typically the first person with whom visitors interact or speak to by telephone. During her professional history, Christian-McFadden’s duties have included organizing, coordinating, and managing payroll for after school programs, and managing parent student conferences with school administrators. She has been the school’s United Way campaign coordinator, worked with parents on improving student academic performance, and coordinated student events.
Pictured, top row left, is Francesca Petrocelli with Weatherbee Elementary School principal Mike Hitsman, top row right is Barbara Parenteau with Superintendent Michael Lannon. Bottom row is Patricia Christian-McFadden with Superintendent Lannon and school board chairman Carol Hilson.
Students in Julie Moore’s enrichment class at Weatherbee Elementary celebrated National Soup Month by serving students and staff a hearty bowl of their delicious soup. Students participated in this authentic learning experience under the direction of Andrea Pierson, Cafeteria Manager. Pictured, from left, are Marcus Reed, Jessica Eastland, Britney Ellisaint and Andrea Pierson.
Excerpts from essay by Lindsey Smith
Dr. King was known for service, equality and education. I am like him too! Service was something that Dr. King
did to help his friends and family. Even though I am a kid, I volunteer at the assisted living home where my mom works.
Dr. King also fought so people would be treated equally. I sure am not some big hero like Dr. King, but I try to make sure that I share, treat people the way I want to be treated and be friends with everyone. I always try to be an amazing student following Mrs. Rinelli’s directions, being organized, and finishing my work. I guess Martin and I are kind of alike but we are different too.
Four students from Jonathan Still’s band at St. Lucie West K8 School recently participated in Four-County Honor Band at Indian River State College. Pictured, from left, are Zachary Gravel, Kaylee McCrary, Allexis Russo and Valerie Bradford.
Emma Allen, Aishwariya Kalluri, Madison Baker and Ani Ramsingh in Laurie Boyer and Melissa Efron’s third grade classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition enjoyed a day at the theater. They went to the Sunrise Theater to see the Nutcracker Ballet and all the students were excited about the show
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learn about friendship. The students were asked what qualities they would like in a friend and then they wrote “wanted posters” advertising for a friend. Pictured from left are Michael Brown, David Sanchez, Jessica Jean-Baptiste and Taylor Bush. Way to go Rockets!
Kailey Alford and Jasmine Choung, first grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were guest weathermen (women) on the Morning Show which airs each morning at the school. The girls earned the privilege by turning in their earned rocket fuel which is a positive behavior support (PBS) program used at the school. Keep up the great work girls!
Northport K-8 third grade students in Linda Beidler, John Fallon, Tiffany Tredor, Diana Lankow, Glenda Taylor, Melanie Polascak , Becky Reuther and Janine Wiecks classes received a special visit from sheriff’s deputy Boger and his K9
partner Molly recently. Third graders read an informational text about police dogs and then learned first hand how deputies locate drugs. Molly is a seven year old canine and is an aggressive finder. When Molly sniffs drugs, she paws,
claws and becomes excited to reveal the hidden contraband. The community lesson was an extension of previously learned knowledge utilizing complex text and was an effective scaffold for deep learning.
The anxious, edge-of-seat reaction from my students when Kevin Moore, Alan Damisse , and Kevin Parkes volunteered their free time to speak to 7th graders at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce was a proud moment. Keeping the undivided attention of thirteen- year –olds is quite the daunting task. Most people would be intimidated by ninety teenagers gawking at them, but these confident, accomplished young men definitely played it cool. Not only were they well-spoken, but they were charming, funny, and engaging.
Kevin Moore, a paramedic student at Indian River State College, was the first to take the floor. He shared his own personal learning style which is writing rap songs to help him memorize facts of over sixty drugs. When the kids heard him rap, “Acetylsalicylic acid/ It is used when your weak heart is gaspin’/ But never fear/ We can please it/ With this anti-platelet analgesic,” their jaws dropped and eyes opened from the excitement of the moment. He then used his rap to segue into an inspiring conversation about rap stars with college educations.
Next up was Alan Damisse, a business student at Florida Atlantic University. He spoke of his dreams of becoming a basketball star, and how he used his athletic talent as more than a chance to play a game. He told students to use their athletic abilities as a means to pay for higher education. Clearly, his words were a message of true inspiration.
Last to speak was Kevin Parkes, a firefighter and paramedic for Martin County. He clued the teens into the realities of real-life expectations. He shared pictures of events he experienced on a daily basis and preached how school expectations are quite easy compared to managing life as an adult. His point was that, as a firefighter, there are no second chances; if a mistake is made, it could mean someone’s life. It was truly an eye-opening message for the youth in front of him.
In truth, these men were incredible. From their efforts, it’s clear to recognize that they understand the importance of investing in our nation’s future. After speaking, they posed for pictures and answered individual questions. They were local celebrities for a glimpse of time. As an observer, it was a great moment to see students learning so much from role models and members of our very own community. It was truly what the teacher ordered.
Pictured are speakers, top left, Alan Damisse, Kevin Moore, Desalen Bourjolly, Kerwens Fils-Aime (slightly behind Desalen), and Kevin Parkes.
Bottom left: A’Treyanna Moore, Cristian Hernandez, Tyrelle Holyfield, and Beina Jerome
Mariposa Elementary School first grade students in Laura Lenihan’s class solved different ways to add numbers 2-12 during their math activity. Students worked in partnerships to play the game “Roll the Dice”. Pictured, from left, are students Ana Arcenteles and Jesse Balderas working together.
Second graders in Lisa Green’s class at Mariposa Elementary School invited parents and family members in for an annual Multi-Cultural Feast. After students presented a reader’s theatre, recipes from across the globe were shared by all. It provided the unique experience of trying foods from other cultures without actually going anywhere! It was fantastic to see that so many parents were able to attend or send in authentic cuisine from their culture!Pictured, are Carmen Mendoza (William’s mother), William Biffle, and Ashley Mendez-Hernandez.
The Windmill Point Elementary School kindergarten classes enjoyed holidays from around the world. Each class “traveled” to a different teacher so that they could learn about a specific country. Shown in the photo are students from Carmela Innamorato’s class, from left, Adrian Andrade, John Paul Gorman, Thomas Coleman, Omari Fenn, and Nirayana Rodriguez.
Eight St. Lucie Public Schools have been recently recognized by the University of South Florida and Florida Department of Education as outstanding Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Response to Intervention B model schools by meeting specific criteria and utilizing innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS behavior approaches in their respective school. The PBS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills, and create support systems for the student. The PBS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals from a variety of disciplines regardless of the level implemented. Pictured, from left, are Bayshore Elementary principal Lori Reid, St. Lucie Elementary principal Bernadette Floyd, district PBS coach Dawna Guiel, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Allapattah Flats K8 principal Jonetha Maness, Weatherbee Elementary principal Mike Hitsman, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Lawnwood Elementary principal D’Jion Jackson, Garden City PBS coach Lisa DeCosa, Student Services director Barbara Casteen, Forest Grove Middle dean Beth McGee, Dale Cassens principal Ellen Harden, Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson, and Garden City principal Teri Barenborg.
St. Lucie County schools that are recognized at the Gold level are Forest Grove Middle School, Garden City Early Learning Academy, and Lawnwood and Weatherbee elementary schools. Silver level model schools include Allapattah Flats K8 and St. Lucie Elementary schools, while Bayshore Elementary and Delaware School have attained bronze status. As one of the annual leading PBS school districts in Florida, the transition from PBS to the more comprehensive RTI:B initiative has been more easily developed because the PBS models are so firmly entrenched in school operations.
The Florida Department of Education initiated the PBS Response to Intervention initiative during the 2009-2010 school year with two specific components: RtIA for academic improvement, and RtIB for behavior interventions. Specific characteristics of PBS:RtIB Model Schools are their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve the students and staff, teaching PBS:RtIB to new students throughout the school year, creative and engaging reward systems, extending PBS:RtIB throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBS:RtIB into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities.
Bronze level model schools report a comprehensive system of support at Tier 1. Critical elements of Tier 1 PBS:RtIB are implemented with fidelity, and data are utilized within a problem-solving framework in order to improve the outcomes of students. Bronze level schools have developed innovative, creative, and functional ways of implementing Tier 1 PBS:RtIB that set them apart from other schools.
Silver level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze level schools and implement with higher levels of fidelity. Visibility, political support, parent involvement, and funding strategies are in place to ensure continued success with their implementation efforts. Silver level schools “drill down” into their data to ensure that their Tier 1 system is effective for all groups of students, and have taken steps to build systems of support for behavior at Tier 2.
Gold level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze and silver level schools, implement with the highest levels of fidelity, and have developed systems of support at Tiers 2 and 3. Gold level schools exceed their peers in both the quality and depth of implementation across all three tiers of support. Practices that are consistent with positive behavior support are evident in decision making, and steps are taken to ensure PBS:RtIB systems are supported. Positive outcomes for students are evident at the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 levels of behavior support.