For the second year in a row, Marta Almiron’s kindergarten class at West Gate K8 has written to the President of the United States and he has replied. The students are studying animals of the Arctic and wanted to bring the plight of endangered polar bears to the attention of President Obama. The students were very excited to receive interesting materials about the White House as well as a letter and an autographed picture from the president himself! Pictured above are the students with the letter and photograph.
President Obama Letter
President Obama Picture
White City Elementary ‘s fourth graders visited St. Augustine on Saturday to conclude their year-long study of Florida history. Students were able to see history come to life as they visited the famous Castillos de San Marcos Fort and toured the city where explorers such a Menendez and Ponce de Leon once settled.
Samuel Gaines Academy students in grades 3-8 enjoyed being served delicious, icy snow cones by our parents and volunteers. How did they earn them? Students attended all the days of FCAT testing without having to take any make-up exams. We aren’t sure if it was the snow cones that motivated them or their excitement to show all the learning they acquired this year, but a whopping 99% of students took the test without having to take ANY of the exams on make-up days…that’s a lot of snow cones!
Northport K-8 Students in Tracey Healy’s fifth grade class were so excited to participate in a Mystery Literature Unit as an end of the school year promotion of an intriguing lesson. Students read the mystery book, The Power of the Scarab, the story of an Egyptologist and his daughter who uncover a mystery while working an Archeological dig. During the unit, students read a case summary, used an evidence organizer and built background knowledge of ancient Egypt to make those all important connections to the mystery. Students researched ancient Egyptian deities, used math to uncover information about the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza, designed a personal cartouche with their names written in hieroglyphics, investigated the science of mummification, taste tested the foods of the region and made their own decorative collars using geometric shapes. Student Sebastian Palomino when asked if he enjoyed the lesson stated, ” It was awesome! It was like we really went back in time for a few weeks!” Student engagement, community building and investment in the lesson are keys to opening up students willingness to extend into deeper learning! Pictured are students from Tracey Healy’s class sporting their handmade Egyptian collars.
Mariposa Elementary recently had their Spring Music Concert. This was an “interactive” concert. Not only did the students perform, but the audience and parents also participated with singing, dancing, and playing instruments. What a fun evening for all! The concert included the Chorus, the Handbell Choir, and the Band. Pictured is the Mariposa Hand Bell Choir including Tnanazia Young, Mikaelah Charles, Sophia May, Nelson St. Louis, Stephanie Diaz, Jeremy Rosas, Kylie Christiansen, Sydnee Rubenstien, Lea Cesiro, and Chloe Gillis.
Forest Grove Middle School hosted its 5th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater titled “Going to the Chapel and We’re Going to Get…Murdered?” Students wrote and performed an original “whodunit” play filled with comedy and suspense after studying the elements of literature. The cafeteria was transformed into a reception hall for the wedding of Olive Payne and Chris P. Bacon, two teachers at the fictional Forest Grove High. The bride and groom are distraught when members of their wedding party are dying. Between scenes, the audience was entertained with hilarious commercials created and performed by the students. The evening began with a performance from our Jazz band directed by Bradley Esau and guests dined on a delicious meal served by student waiters and made possible by fundraising and donations from Mr. Rene Arteaga of TD Bank and Mrs. Tania Nelson of Frosted Bakery. This event was a culmination of our Parent Nights and promoted reading and writing.
The students in the picture are our Cobra Pride recipients for 2014. These student athletes have competed in at least two sports per year since their freshman year at FPC. Pictured left to right: Bonita Williams, Jessica Golden, Kaitlyn Reese, Kyle Glenton, Lasonja Edwards, Sam Vaughn, Audrey Edmondson, Kayla Deifendorf, Courtney Mooney, Jay Stewart.
First College Athlete: Margaret Martszoft North Carolina Weslynn – Softball – full ride
Second : Mike Percevel – Florida A&M – Football
Third : Lasonja Edwards – Florida Gulf Coast College – Basketball
Lawnwood Elementary kindergarten, first grade, and second grade science scholars presented a “Solar System Throw Down”. Planets, stars, the moon, an asteroid, a meteor, the milky way and even the “black hole” were given bragging rights to explain to the audience why “each” reigns supreme in the galaxy. The students researched their information, wrote a monologue, built the costume, and created a character with “attitude” to the delight of parents and peers. You can view the performance by clicking the link below:
We are delighted to announce that Robert Bacchus won 2nd place at the International Science Fair. He is listed in the Medicine and Health category and his 2nd place award came with a $1500 cash prize.
Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2014 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.
The award was presented for “Creating Novel and Potent siRNA-based Biotherapies for the Treatment of Melanoma.”
Robert M. Bacchus, 17, Lincoln Park Academy, Fort Pierce, Florida.
Jennifer Avellino, Assistant Principal of Weatherbee Elementary, accepted the Gold Award for the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. Five schools from St. Lucie County were recognized as PBIS Model School for the State. Along with Weatherbee are, Bayshore Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School and West Gate K-8, each receiving the Bronze Award. There are approximately 1500 schools across the state of Florida who particpate in PBIS, and less than 10 % are chosen as PBIS Model Schools. Congratulations to all our schools! Jennifer is pictured here between School Board Chair Debbie Halwey and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
At the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014, PBIS District Coordinator Robert O’Neill presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Model Schools to Bayshore Elementary. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Principal Edwin Munoz, PBIS Coach Kathryn Tromblay, Principal Lori Reid, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
On May 27, 2014 at the School Board Meeting, West Gate K-8 was presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Model School. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Christopher Edgecombe, Andrea Malin, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Oak Hammock K-8 School was recognized at the May 27th School Board Meeting as a 2012-2013 PBIS Model School. They were presented the Bronze Award by Mr. Robert O’Neill, PBIS District Coordinator. Some of the characteristics of a PBIS Model school are their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Pictured are School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Heather Bolitho, Assistant Principal Kimberly Jay, Dorothy Levin, Julie Caiazzo, Principal Carmen Peterson, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Third grade students proudly display their painted birdhouses which were made during their unit on Songbirds in Mrs. Palmer’s West Gate K-8 Elementary Art classroom. Students not only made birdhouses from recycled tissue boxes and Popsicle sticks, but also learn about a particular songbird by doing research for a display poster to accompany their bird house. Students will then give the new house to the birds in their back yards.
L to R back row: Aden Kneidel, Christine Cledanor, Isaiah Brangan, Noelle Prinz
L to R front row: Shane Blank , Joshua Elwood, Sydney Yahn, Kyle Scerbo, Giana Paula.
At the April 8th School Board Meeting, James McKenzie, Executive Director of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation was presented the S.T.A.R. Award for his help with the Music In Our Schools Month. He has been a strong supporter of St. Lucie County Public Schools. Congratulations Jim! Pictured are, Director of Student Assignment Michelle Jerger, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Executive Director of the SLC Education Foundation James McKenzie, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
At the April 8th School Board Meeting, the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce donated $1,500.00 to the St. Lucie Public Schools Exceptional Education Department to work with students on a project with on-the-job training using technology. Pictured in the front row are, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, President of the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce Jan Smith, Incoming President of the Pilot Club Tammy Wood, Pilot Club Member Joan Dodd, ESE Program Specialist Lesa Kitzmiller. Pictured on the back row are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson.
Assistant Principal, Deborah Iseman accepted the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School Bronze Award at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. A PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Model School is characterized by their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Mrs. Iseman is pictured with Board Chairman Debbie Hawley and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
We are excited to announce the new Saint Lucie West Centennial High School HOSA officers. We welcomed the new officers in an induction ceremony and also had an ice cream social with prizes! The officers from the 2013-2014 school year had to step down and “pass the torch” to the new officers for the 2014-2015 year in a candle lighting ceremony to symbolize the changes in office from former officers to the present officers. The new President is Lindsey Harris, Vice President is Rachel Cormier, Secretary is Ximena Paz, Historian Dalia Mejia, Treasurer Nathalia Gomez, and Competition Co-chair is Jose Ortiz. We are all excited to embark on a new journey for the 2014 and 2015 school year!
Parents, Students, Staff, and Artists gathered for the Southport Middle School Spring Art Show at the Vista Grille on Tuesday May 27th. The show featured the current semester’s Adobe Photoshop digital art work including St. Lucie County Fair photography, personal Color “Interest” Boards, and unique Typography. Sixth grader Christian Oravec and his family are pictured.
We are proud to announce that the Lincoln Park Academy Odyssey of the Mind Team’s performance at the 2014 World Finals ranked 8th in the world! The students are to be commended for their hard work and exceptional creativity.
Congratulations to the team: S. Razuman, H. Razuman, R. Howard, B. Cainas, S. Strong, B. Rouse, W. Clarizio and their coach, Judith Hueter.