All Northport K-8 students participated in the Young Author program recently. Students planned, wrote, revised, edited, illustrated and published their own book. Students displayed the books in the school Media Center with decorations and table adornments geared toward the wild west. Classes, parents and grandparents toured the tables and were able to see authentic growth of real writers and authors. Seven students were selected to represent the best of Northport K8 and will attend a celebration of good writing at Manatee Academy. Author Donna Gephart will be the guest speaker for the event. Gephart is the author of “How to Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Pictured are Northport fourth grader Raena Davis and her teacher Jill Staggs.
Students in Northport K-8 Pam Mishler’s first grade class displayed a wonderful tribute to Mother’s Day recently. Students prepared a Reader’s Theater titled, “Buying Mom’s Present” to express fluency and to give their mothers a message about love and respect. Students also recited a special poem celebrating a mothers love and the struggles that a mother goes through daily. Each student made a gorgeous necklace called “Box of Love” that was prepared and filled with words and poetry to express their unconditional love for their mothers. Many parents and grandparents attended the special celebration of love and the learning was palpable.
Allapattah Flats K8 recognized outstanding Business Partner Walmart Distribution Center as its Business Partner of the Year, and attended the recent recognition ceremony at the district office. The company has been instrumental in creating a truly fantastic business partner relationship for Allapattah Flats K8. Jennie Shalala-Hartman has volunteered her time to reading to our primary classes, and has volunteered at various school functions. She has created sight word flash cards, cut out needed materials, and is always willing to assist. She was able to enroll our school in the VAP program, Volunteering Always Pays, which awarded our school a check for $250.00 for her 25 hours of volunteer service. The Walmart Distribution Center has also donated a $100.00 gift certificate toward supplies for the school’s holiday program. Pictured are Jennie Shalala-Hartman, left, and Ann Hartman, business partner chairperson for Allapattah Flats K 8.
Floresta Elementary School is recognizing outstanding student authors as the school’s Young Author winners. The students each wrote and illustrated a book on a topic that interested them. Pictured are Ashna Patel, in front, and back, from left, Tiffany Alexander, James Sell, and Gioia Perniello. Students will be honored at a celebration at Manatee Academy K-8 School and parents are invited to take part as well. Floresta Elementary is proud of all the students who participated in the project and thank their teachers for guidance and support.
First grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 launch into the study of the sky with a visit to the Hallstrom Planetarium! Students were able to explore Earth’s place in space by learning about gravity, the Milky Way galaxy, stars, the solar system and Earth. The students had an engaging time seeing the real-world example of the night and day sky. They saw that the number of stars in the sky was too numerous to count. They realized that stars are not scattered evenly in the sky and that there are great distances between Earth and other space objects. The students are eager to take this knowledge back to their classroom and continue learning about the sky around them. Pictured, back row from left, are Jaydin White, Justin Meyer, Jimmy Fanning, Nicole Coons, Ariana Lenoir, Kailee Brouse. Kneeling in front is Conner Henderson.