FSA Parent Training Guide

Posted on Feb 25, 2015

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Please find the link in the sidebar to Mariposa’s FSA Parent Training Guide. This will help you understand and prepare your child for the upcoming Florida Standards Assessments. This presentation has been prepared by Mrs. Bushby our Assistant Principal.

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First Graders Learn Sink or Float at Mariposa Elementary

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Science_Matter_SinkOrSwimBeth Forbes’ First graders conducted an experiment in science. They predicted items would either float or sink in a tub of water. Each student had an opportunity to gently drop something into the tub. Most of their predictions were correct…however, they had two surprises: a tiny paper clip plummeted to the bottom, and a pencil floated on top of the water! It was fun…learning…a good day in first grade. Pictured from left to right in the first row are Jakoby Riley, Sofia Delgado Ortiz, and Karli Rubin. Pictured in the Second Row is Thomas Rivera, Symora Dowe, Leana Nguyen, and Kadence Haddon. Pictured in the third row is Dominic Delancy, Boden Bishop, Luke LaCombe, Taylor Wildes, Brandon Reyna, and Paige Huhn.

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“First Move” Chess Program at Mariposa

Posted on Feb 12, 2015

IMG_1169-1On Friday, February 6, Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry visited Mariposa’s second and third grade classes who were participating in the District’s pilot chess program called First Move. From the beginning of the year, these students and their teachers have learned how to play chess and even to develop strategies as they played the game. The picture shows Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry with Mrs. Balletta’s second graders who were playing a match against other children in the class.

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Mrs. Smith is awarded the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

CAM03286(1)The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary annually recognize the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively.  Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award.
The local VFW’s of Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County, Okeechobee County, Glades, and Hendry County are proud to elect Michelle Smith, Second Grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary School in St. Lucie County, this year for the elementary award.
Michelle was first nominated by Rosemary Ayers, Veterans and Support Director of the LAVFW, and Post 10132 in Hobe Sound. Her application, biography and recommendations from her Principal, Craig Logue, and Asst. Principal, Sandra L. Bushby, showed her to be an excellent candidate for her work. Her “Heroe’s Breakfast” that she does each year for first responders swayed the election committee in her favor. Her application then went before the District 11 VFW Posts in the counties and she was elected again. The next step for Michelle is the judging at the Department of Florida VFW. There she will be up against 21 other teachers with similar backgrounds that do fantastic activities in their classrooms. If she meets that standard, she could be eligible for the National Teacher of the Year where she will travel to Pittsburg, PA this summer to be recognized at the National Convention. Congratulations!

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Mariposa’s First Graders help with UNICEF

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

IMG_5299 (2)At Mariposa, Mrs. Elizabeth Forbes, first grade teacher, volunteered to serve as the Unicef Coordinator.  She turned this into a learning experience for her students.  She had enough coins to allow her first graders to sort, count, make patterns, and even count by 5’s and 10’s.  What an opportunity!  So now these first graders know their coins! First graders at Mariposa helped count change during the school’s UNICEF drive. From Left to Right are Sofia Delgado-Ortiz, Juliana Gutierrez-Garcia, Dominic Delancy, and Taylor Wildes.

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Comparing and Contrasting in Kindergarten

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

imageThe Kindergarten Team at Mariposa Elementary showed their amazing collaborative planning abilities as they put together an extremely engaging end-of-unit Gingerbread Day.  After a week-long unit that involved comparing and contrasting different versions of the Gingerbread Man stories, the students illustrated their own gingerbread characters.  The week ended with the students decorating gingerbread cookies and building Gingerbread houses of their own.  The fun projects helped bring the stories to life. Mariposa’s Kindergarten Team pictured from left to right are Camelia Lebron, Sue Caldwell, Kari McIntyre, Laura Wolff, Greta Hyatt, and Linda Auciello.


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