Morningside Places 2nd in the World for the Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Morningside Places 2nd in the World for the Odyssey of the Mind Competition

At the September 9th School Board meeting Morningside Elementary was recognized as a winner of Odyssey of the Mind. Students took 2nd in World for Problem 2 Division 1. Odyssey of the Mind is a creating problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division. The teams of up to seven students work under the guidance of an adult coach.

Pictured in the back row are, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Co-Coach Dr. Jayne Hartman, Spontaneous Coach Amy Spurr, Coordinator Catherine Oliver, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Co-Coach Michele Lukey, and in the front row are, Aliza Ahmed, Erica Austria, Kendrick Carpenter, Nichapa Dancharnjitt, Noah Hamilton, and Charles Willoughby. Team member, Angela Schaffer, was not present for photo. Congratulations!

Allapattah Flats Technology Students Go Aerodynamic

Allapattah Flats Technology Students Go Aerodynamic

Mr. Kline’s technology class researched and tested aerodynamics.  First, the students did research of wing design, and which type of wing would lead to the best result (most distance).  Then, they shared thier research via powerpoint with the rest of the class.  Finally, they tested their research.

Pictured are: Cecilia Hernandez, Ditavious Burr, Logan Bledoe, Randall Peterson

Northport Honors September as Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Northport Honors September as Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Northport K-8 School honors and supports all who are fighting the courageous battle against Sickle Cell Disease this month. Awareness as a school community is being raised by instructor, Marie Solide whose daughter Kookie died of Sickle Cell Anemia very recently. On October 8, Northport community will wear red clothing and donate to the cause by purchasing bracelets in honor of the many lives lost. The proceeds of the purchase of the bracelet will be presented to Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Anemia in the name of Northport K-8 School and Kookie. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are about 90,000 to 100,00 Americans affected by the disease, mostly African Americans and those of Greek, Hispanic and Western Asian ancestry. Northport will celebrate the life of Kookie and the hundreds of thousand of other lives lost to this tragic disease in support of Mrs. Solide who is a beloved teacher at the school on that day! Sickle Cell Disease is the most common genetic disorder in the United States and is chronic, but not contagious and can be very treatable. For more information, please contact Marie Solide at marie.solide@stlucieschools.org. Pictured is Mrs. Solide presenting information on Sickle Cell Disease to Ellen Weiss’s sixth grade science class. Students were highly engaged in the cell study and the heartbreaking story of Marie Solide and her families fight against Sickle Cell.

First Citizen of the Month Celebrated at Palm Pointe

First Citizen of the Month Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated their first Citizen of the Month awards. These students go above and beyond the expectations of the classroom and school. They are good helpers and always strive to do their best. Pictured below is Ms. Debra Snyder with the Kindergarten students selected for this honor. Great job Rockets!

Northport Hosts first Leadership Summit

Northport Hosts first Leadership Summit

Northport K-8 School Media Center has developed and initiated a brand new program at the school that teaches and promotes leadership skills and training through a program called “Northport Leadership Summit.”. The Northport “Leadership Summit” will be held monthly and will showcase and spotlight community leaders. The very first summit was planned by Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka in collaboration with Linda Cox, Fort Pierce City Clerk and Karen Sweeney, District Aide to Florida State Representative, Gayle Harrell. The platform began with an opening review of program goals and expectations for students. The first summit guest was Representative Gayle Harrell from District 83. The sixth grade students drove the platform with prepared and extemporaneous questions that Representative Harrell then answered at length. The Representative spoke to the students from the heart and the audience of administrators, teachers and students were awash with information, emotions and the first steps for the students in a process of refining convictions. A variety of thoughtful questions were proposed by students for example, ‘What is your position on public education?”, “Who is an example of one of your role models and why?”, “What does leadership mean to you?”, “What would you like your legacy to be?”, “Have you made decisions that negatively impacted the community?” and “Please comment on the impact that the new veterans nursing home will have in our community.” Representative Harrell gave the students solid information on how to build leadership skills by joining the Boy or Girl Scouts, getting a mentor from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, visiting nursing homes and helping out in the community by cleaning up and more. She urged students to use critical thinking skills and that “NOW” is the time to hone your leadership skills. She spoke clearly and succinctly to the students and engaged them in topics such as peer pressure, setting goals, decision making skills, doing your research and staying true to yourself. The kick off for the very first Northport Leadership Summit was tremendous with added support from principal, Glenn Rustay, assistant principal, Lorie Monroe, sixth grade instructor, Georgia Stone and the terrific learning environment created by very attentive students.

The second “Leadership Summit” will be held on Friday, October 24 in the Northport Media Center with selected Northstar students with guest and community leader, Nick Mimms, Deputy City Manager of Fort Pierce.

Community Helpers Visit Frances K Sweet Kindergarteners

Community Helpers Visit Frances K Sweet Kindergarteners

The Kindergarten classes at Frances K. Sweet had a busy week studying Community Helpers.  Each day they had members of our community visit the school to share how they help us.  Officer Pratt from the Port St. Lucie Police Department shared his gear and discussed safety tips.  Melanie Francisco’s class especially liked the flashing lights and loud sirens from his awesome patrol car.

Guitars Donated to Schools

Guitars Donated to Schools

Twelve guitars were donated by the Port St. Lucie Police Department to St. Lucie Public Schools at the school board meeting on September 23, 2014. These instruments will benefit the music programs at Manatee Academy, Fort Pierce Central High School, and Southport Middle School.

Pictured are, PSL Chief John Bolduc, City Attorney Milton Collins, Principal Nicole Telese, Music Teacher James LeBon, Principal Todd Smith, Principal Lillian Beauchamp, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Music Teacher Kelsey Chinn, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry.

Million Father March Proclamation

Million Father March Proclamation

The proclamation for the Million Father March was presented at the school board meeting on September 23, 2014. A father who actively participates in the educational and social-emotional developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable. Research shows that children whose fathers take active roles in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. It is with this notion that the School Board of St. Lucie Public Schools, of Ft. Pierce, Fl., proclaims Tuesday, October 7, 2014, as Million Father March Day, Men take their Children to School Day. We call upon all citizens to observe this day by taking time to recognize and acknowledge the importance of male influence on educational success.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Assistant Principal James Sloan, Principal Todd Smith, Commissioner Kim Johnson, Assistant Principal Edwin Munoz, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Garry Wilson, SLC Tax Collector Chris Craft, Principal Henry Sanabria, Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry, Clerk of Courts Joseph Smith, PSL Chief of Police John Bolduc, Principal Craig Logue, FPPD Chief Deputy Frank Amandro, Dean Elker Harris, and Board Chairman Debbie Hawley.

Allapattah students think “Off the paper” while learning math

Allapattah students think “Off the paper” while learning math

As part of their math curriculum, Shannon Johnson’s third grade class at Allapattah Flats K-8 school recently started learning strategies for multiplying single digit numbers.  The students have learned how to use equal groups, arrays, and number lines in order to solve a multiplication problem.  Students created number lines on their desks and used them to show their thinking. Pictured here are Aaliyah Sheffey, Shawn Charite, Isabella De La Rosa, and Dontavious Brown.

Southern Oaks Media Center Participates in Green Apple Day of Service

Southern Oaks Media Center Participates in Green Apple Day of Service

Cathy Odom (media specialist) and JoAnn Aguila (media clerk) invited Ms. Anderson’s 7th grade science students into the media center for a lesson on invasive species in Florida.  The students learned about the invasive species that are causing problems in Florida.  The students discussed what they could do to solve the problem.  Then the students played a game where they were given a native species card and six blank cards.  Then a card was drawn with survival factors.  The students had to tell if the survival factor had an effect on their species.  If it did,  they lost one of the blank cards.  We played until most of the students were out of blank cards.

Volunteer Orientation held at Palm Pointe

Volunteer Orientation held at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition held a Volunteer/Business Partner Orientation on Tuesday, September 16th.  Volunteers and Business Partners were oriented to the application process and responsibilities of being a volunteer for St. Lucie County and Palm Pointe.  Volunteers jumped right in and signed up for events while business partners, Sweetcakes and Bagel Brothers, donated scrumptious breakfast goodies!   Everyone working together…that’s the Pointe.  Pictured is Karol Carvelli as she explains all about being a volunteer.

 

Weatherbee Summer Reading Program

Weatherbee Summer Reading Program

This summer Weatherbee encouraged their students to read a variety of books.  The school was open to take quizzes on their books and they were required to complete a summer reading packet.  Students who returned their packets were treated to a pizza luncheon in the Media Center.  Three of our students appear here;  Zamorah Owens, Casey Chilton, and Melissa Francois.

Northport participates in Bowling For Kids Sake!

Northport participates in Bowling For Kids Sake!

Northport K-8 School gladly participates each year in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County “Bowling For Kid’s Sake!” The school is so appreciative of the excellent work that the organization produces in the school to help raise the achievement level of selected students in kindergarten through third grade. The mentors and the AmeriCorps tutors visit the school on a daily basis to assist the teachers and students and help to raise the bar for student success. The “Bowling For Kid’s Sake” event this year was held at Superplay in Saint Lucie West recently. Northport administration and staff were so proud when the school’s name was announced as the business or school with the largest giving for the 3:00 pm time slot. The event was made memorable with lots of camaraderie and good sportsmanship among the school staff and students. Special thanks to principal, Glenn Rustay, assistant principal, Lorie Monroe, Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka, ESE Department Chair,Sherri Yacovino, Maryanne Warren, Prevention Specialist, as well as teachers and staff, Georgia Stone, Josie Bailey, Michael Spivey, Tammy Boston, Juliette Thelusma, Mindi Slater, JB Stone and students Juliana Thelusma, Grayson Warren and Summer Moore. The school appreciates the great partnership with CEO, Dr. Judi Miller, AmeriCorps Program Director, Jenna Stinnett and Mentor Liason, Lauren Fowler.

Jaguars at the Atlantic Raider Meet

Jaguars at the Atlantic Raider Meet

Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School and competed in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, 75 pull-ups total for the whole team, a ½ mile 150lb litter carry, a tire flip with weight ranging from 250lbs to 500lbs, a Rope Bridge, and 32 sandbags. Port Saint Lucie High placed in 3rd against 14 other teams with a time of 32:40. It was a close competition with the difference between us and 1st place was only 5 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did amazing.

State Representative Larry Lee Visits Civic Class at LPA

State Representative Larry Lee Visits Civic Class at LPA

State Rep. Larry Lee Jr. from District 84 took time out of his busy schedule to speak to Mr. Seabury’s Civics class at Lincoln Park Academy on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

State Rep. Lee shared his personal story with the students from the time he graduated high school until he was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently running for re-election. He went on to discuss how bills are introduced in the Florida legislature and how bills become laws, and provided the students with examples of the bills he himself introduced related to the Indian River Lagoon, Literacy in Florida’s school system and his proposal of another Literacy bill if re-elected.

State Rep. Lee also shared his experience as an insurance agent and explained to the class about basic auto insurance and how policies are written. He answered students’ questions and had them complete an individual path to success.
We thank State Rep. Lee for taking time to visit with the students at Lincoln Park Academy.

Author visits Palm Pointe students

Author visits Palm Pointe students

Recently at  Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition,  2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were treated to a visit by David Mark Lopez, author of the Maddie’s Magic Marker historical fiction series. Mr. Lopez amazed students by reciting and acting out entire chapters from two of his books and engaged them with a question and answer session.  In their Media class, prior to his visit, students learned or reviewed what makes a book fit the genre of historical fiction and cited examples of other series they had read that fit the description.  Students and  parents were so engaged in Mr. Lopez’s presentation that they broke his record for book purchases at a school – over 600 autographed copies were purchased!  Students are now creating emails thanking Mr. Lopez and citing evidence from his visit to rate his books and performance.  Pictured are students with their new autographed books and the author David Lopez.

 

Northport Community Celebrates Learning Gains!

Northport Community Celebrates Learning Gains!

Northport K-8 School administrators, teachers, students and parents came together recently to celebrate learning gains made by students on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, better known as the FCAT. Northport K-8 School moved up a complete letter grade and showed tremendous growth thanks to an all out effort by the entire school. Students who excelled in selected criteria in reading, math and science and actually “Navigated” the school to success were rewarded with a celebration including, snow cones, bounce houses, slides and games. The experience demonstrated to all students that hard work and achievement pay off. Pictured are PTO parents who assisted in the celebration, Marcy Waltz, Angela White and Suzi Scott. Special thanks to the Northport PTO for dedicating so much time and effort in helping our community succeed.

Bingo!

Bingo!

Weatherbee’s PBS/Kids at Hope Bingo for Books event was a smashing success! Over 500 students participated in playing bingo and many won  books for their efforts.  Thanks to the media center for donating books for the event.  Several thanks to our PBS-Events Committee for organizing such a fun activity for our students.  Our October event will be an Ice Cream Social.  YUM!