You should receive a postcard in the mail with your child’s homeroom teacher and room number. Please report to the designated room number during open house to meet your teachers. If you do not receive the postcard prior to open house, representatives will be available to assist you in the front office. We look forward to seeing you there!
Manatee Academy students in Ms. Shaver’s 1st period civics won first place in the state finals of the Project Citizen for their portfolio. Additionally they won 2nd place for the oral competition which was scored on their presentation and question responses. Representatives from Ms. Shaver’s class participated in the state finals of Project Citizen on May 20th. Students presented their project to a panel of two different sets of judges comprised of Nova faculty, the League of Women Voters, and Florida Law Related Association staff. The competition had a total of 6 middle schools, 3 from St. Lucie Public Schools and 3 from Miami Dade. Because of this win, Manatee Academy’s board and binder will be traveling to Los Angeles for the Project Citizen national competition.
On Wednesday May 18, 2nd grade students at Manatee Academy celebrated field day. Luckily, the field was dry from the previous night’s deluge, and Wednesday’s downpour did not start until after field day was over. The moisture in the atmosphere made for some pretty muggy conditions but the students stayed well hydrated with 3 water stations set up (thanks, Mr. Robinson!). With the fun activities the coaches had planned such as relay races, water bucket fill up, and egg/spoon contests, the students would have had a blast no matter the weather conditions!
On Wednesday May, 18, a group of graduating seniors from St. Lucie West Centennial High School walked through the halls of Manatee Academy for the first ever high school clap out. Each year our 8th grade students participate in a clap out on their way to their middle school graduation ceremonies but this was the first time with high school seniors. It’s special for the seniors as some of them had once attended Manatee and to come back one last time to see the teachers and staff who helped them get to this point was a memorable experience. For the Manatee students, seeing the seniors in their caps and gowns provided excitement that with hard work, one day they too will graduate high school and get to have an entire school celebrating their accomplishments.
On Friday, April 29, Manatee Academy’s PBIS sponsored a family dance for kindergarten though fifth grade students and their families. There was an awesome DJ, a photo booth with props, glow necklaces, snacks, and lots of fun! Thank you to everyone who came out. It was a great time!
On Saturday, April 23, Saint Lucie County middle schools participated in the district championship track meet at Lawnwood Stadium. For the third year in a row, the girls team from Manatee Academy took home the championship. The underdog boys team outperformed their expectations and were a close runner up, only 12 points away from their second consecutive trophy. Head coach Chuck Pilson credits a rigorous training regimen that started in September to prepare his athletes for success.
The girls team, composed of 6th-8th grade students completely dominated the field. Manatee finished first in every single event except two and more than tripled the point total of the second place team. The 3 peat is even more impressive considering this is only the fourth year of Manatee’s existence in the district track program.
Standout performers include a quartet of 8th graders; Camera Askins , Nehemiah Brumfield, Jevhanny Dessalines, and Mya Towns all won 1st place medals and finished their middle school careers winning the district title in every year of their participation.
6th graders Cenetria Davis, Tamya Heath, and Chelsea Wright gave strong performances and will anchor the girls team over the next two years.
The boys team came into the event with only 12 athletes and showed an incredible amount of talent, heart, and determination as they came within a dozen points of a back to back championship. Marvens Emile won the shotput, and the trio of Darius Alston, Caleb Haughie, and Ronnie Walker scored top 3 finishes in 10 combined events.
Coach Pilson was assisted this season by Kyle Pilson, Ashley Eldridge, and shotput coach Caleb Bihari. All the coaches would like to thank the fans who came out to support the team. See you next season!
Click on the link below for the details on the K-5 family dance! Don’t miss this! We look forward to seeing you there!
Students and staff were “Feelin’ Groovy” at our Rockin’ Family Night. Parents learned about websites they can use with their children at home. We also had Deputy Lopez from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department talk to parents and students about Internet safety. Students were also able to shop for books with their families in our Scholastic Book Fair. Other highlights of the evening were performances by our administrators singing “Feelin’ Groovy” and Mrs. Remington and Mrs. Valinote performing as Sonny and Cher.
Manatee Academy is currently promoting family literacy by encouraging families to read together for 20 minutes per day for the next 20 days. Families have the opportunity to participate in a contest in which they send in a 20 second video reading together or talking about reading as a family. Reading counts at Manatee Academy!
VIP readers visited several classes for our Dr. Seuss Day on March 2nd. Media specialist, Debbie Remington organized this event in which our “VIPs” read to our students and engaged in meaningful conversations about what they read. Students and staff were appreciative of the VIP guests who took time to read with them and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss