Getting to Know Us
Students Meet with Success at Regional and State Science Fairs
Students prepared science projects competing against each other to represent RCSSL at the CSUSA and County sponsored Science Fairs. Science Fair preparation requires inquisitiveness and strong thinking skills. Each one of these students went above and beyond our expectations of a middle school student, amazing the judges at all levels. Congratulations to all of our students for their time, effort, and enthusiasm embracing this project.
Students Put On Anti-Bullying Assembly
Students at Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie participated in an assembly in recognition of National Anti-Bullying Month. Middle school students first performed a skit where bystanders joined in bullying another student. Next, the same students acted out an alternative scenario where the bystanders intervened in the bullying, helping the student who was being victimized. Finally, a civilian representative from the police department spoke to students about the different things that they can do to stop bullying. By continuing to spotlight anti-bullying strategies, officials believe the school will be made safer for everyone.
Third Graders Dictionaries
Each RCSSL third grader received a brand new dictionary from the Port St. Lucie Rotary Club. The annual dictionary distribution program is part of the Rotary Club's ongoing commitment to community service. In addition to standard dictionary entries, these books also contain a plethora of useful information including maps, presidential biographies, and a multiplication table. All of the third grade students were thrilled to get such a useful gift that will be sure to help them in their academic endeavors.
After School Enrichment
RCSSL’s After School Enrichment Program was started the first year RCSSL was opened. There are four sessions each school year and as many as twenty-eight enrichments for students to choose from each session. The offerings range from ballet to karate and from Lego engineering to dessert creations. On average, around two hundred and fifty students participate each quarter. Our students look forward to staying afterschool where a new realm of learning takes place.
RCSSL Supports National Cause
The students, parents, and staff participated in the St. Lucie County's Relay for Life fund raiser to helping to fight cancer. The team exceeded its goal and was recognized by The American Cancer Society for the strong effort.
The Rescue Squad Shares Safety Tips
The Port St. Lucie Fire Fighters visited RCSSL sharing safety tips with RCSSL's kindergarten students. They showed them what goes into a rescue vehicle and what the fire fighters wear.
As part of the STRIVE (Students Taking Responsibility for Important Values of Excellence) Character Education Program developed through a partnership between Charter Schools USA and the Clarion Council for Educational Greatness, students at Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie participate in monthly lessons that focus on positive character traits. Each month, homeroom teachers then nominate a student who exemplifies the specific traits that were the focus of that month's STRIVE lesson. STRIVE champions receive a certificate of recognition and get to attend a celebratory breakfast with the principal. Three of each month's winners are then randomly selected to decorate a STRIVE brick which will be placed in the school's garden. The entire school community benefits from the STRIVE program and its focus on positive character traits.
The school held a poster competition during Education Week. The posters were hung in the hallways bringing focus to the importance of education. These students display the fruits of their winning effort.
Georgia O'Keeffe Comes Alive
The middle art classes completed a unit on the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. Students learned about her creative style and use of bold shapes and vivid colors. Students proudly displayed their work in the RCSSL halls.
Renaissance Receives Artwork From Student
A RCSSL fourth grader presented our principal, Rachel Windler-Freitag, with a gift. This student drew a wonderful portrait of our school's mascot, the Renaissance Knight. The artwork now hangs in a place of honor within the school.
Middle School Game Night
Middle school students at Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie participated in our first annual Middle School "Game Night." Students were able to go head-to-head in a number of popular video games on the Wii, Playstation and Xbox. Students competed in Dance Dance Revolution and had a blast in the karaoke room.
Holiday Concert Warmly Received
Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie's musical theater group performed in front of a packed house. The group performed a play and a variety of holiday songs.