Sharks & Stingrays in Vet Prep class took a field trip around the school to investigate living organisms in various Kingdoms of Life. Identification of kingdom, and sorting into phylum groups gave them a clear idea of how varied life forms can be in their own schoolyard. Posing as a silly scientist is also fun!
Manatee Academy’s Student Council and Honor Society sponsored a 5k run/walk “Once Around the Block to Fight Hunger” on January 23rd. Students, staff, and community members came out to support this fundraising activity to support the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Funds raised from the event were donated to help replenish the shelves of our local food bank.
On Monday, December 7th, the first graders at Manatee Academy were fortunate to have Port St. Lucie’s Mayor Gregory Oravec as a special guest speaker. He talked about the duties and responsibilities he has as our mayor. The students found this very informative and had many questions for him. This was an excellent opportunity for them to continue to learn about the roles leaders have in our community.
Dear school community,
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why Manatee Academy is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
Our Hour of Code is a statement that Manatee is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.
This is a chance to change the future of education in St. Lucie County.
See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.
For the second year, Manatee Academy 7th grade students have partnered with the Indian River Oyster Reef Restoration project and the 4 H Foundation in building an oyster reef off Harbor Point Park in Ft. Pierce. The students are using the natural water filtration ability of the oysters to promote a better water quality in the lagoon system. They have been involved in enrichment lessons that promote real world application of how humans impact the Earth’s water. The unit includes a series of research labs in oyster anatomy along with dissection and water quality testing. The students will return to the area in the spring as permits have been issued to place the reef at that time.
Recycled MONSTERS were the theme at Manatee Academy in preparation for the upcoming MONSTER Book Fair next week. Students also had to Guess How Many Eyeballs in a fish tank to get a free Book Fair book. A MONSTER PUMPKIN contest and Door Decorating contest enabled teachers to join the fun and earn gift certificates worth $50.00 and $100.00 respectively in Book Fair goodies! A THRILLER Flash Mob is planned for FREAKY FAMILY Book Fair Night!