April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

Apr 3, 2014

Visit Walknowforautismspeaks.org to register for the Samuel Gaines Academy team and join in the walk on April 12th.

Samuel Gaines Academy’s National Junior Honor Society inducts 58 middle school students

Samuel Gaines Academy’s National Junior Honor Society inducts 58 middle school students

Apr 2, 2014

Faculty and Staff of Sam Gaines Academy are proud to announce that  58 middle school students met eligibility qualifications for the National Junior Honor Society.   These students have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, exemplary conduct, manners and behavior as well as leadership qualities.  Dr. Donna Mills challenged and encouraged the students as the guest speaker at the Induction Ceremony this past March 20th.   We are proud of our 58 colts in our middle school National Junior Honor Society, and we are excited for what the future holds for each one.

Gaines Academy 5th Grade Flag Leadership

Gaines Academy 5th Grade Flag Leadership

Apr 2, 2014

The 5th GRADE FLAG LEADERSHIP INIATIVE was started based on the administration’s vision to create a system in which a daily “ceremony” occurs of raising and lowering the American and FL State flag daily. Identifying 5th grade as the chosen grade for this initative would build leadership capacity with our older elementary age students. Students were taught the proper procedures for folding and caring for the flags.

We are very thankful to have our very own Veteran Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, teacher at SGA teach our 5th grade student leaders important facts about our American flag.  5TH grade teachers chose the 5th graders based on their positive character and willingness to be a model student leader in the classroom.

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Apr 2, 2014

Captain Citrus, a program from the Florida Department of Citrus, came to Samuel Gaines Academy K-8 to speak to our second graders about Florida Citrus.  The second graders were highly engaged, throughout the interactive and energizing presentation.  They learned more about how citrus trees grow, as well as, the nutritional benefits of Florida’s citrus fruits and juices.  Their new knowledge was treated with the opportunity to sample oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and orange juice at the end of the presentation.

Gaines Academy attends Special Olympics

Gaines Academy attends Special Olympics

Mar 21, 2014

Students from Samuel Gaines Academy, in Karen Madalena’s class, participated in the St. Lucie County Special Olympics Track and Field event at Lawnwood Stadium on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  Student Ezekiel Simmens jumps the hurdles as he completes the obstacle course.  This event is part of the new Young Athletes Program (YAP).  This program helps children with disabilities develop motor, social, and cognitive skills as well as giving the students the opportunity to learn and have fun!

Winter Games at Gaines!

Winter Games at Gaines!

Mar 3, 2014

Samuel Gaines Academy sponsored a Winter Games family event.  At least 200 families and over 400 people were in attendance.  The opening ceremonies included teachers with their students in a “parade of colleges”. Grade level teams promoted colleges with banners as students proudly waved college flags. The family games, teacher challenges and closing ceremony that followed engaged students and families of all ages throughout the evening. In addition, parents were appreciative of the take home materials and supplies to use with their students.  Pictured from left to right: Ms. Saint-Louis, Ms. Register and Mr. Saenz.