Northport K-8 middle grades chorus, under the direction of instructor and new choral director James Kirk have been diligently preparing for their debut as a distinguished chorus. Students will don dress attire and sing an arrangement of America The Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates at the school’s first assembly of the year. Students will sing at the September 11 Commemoration to be held on September 10 in the Northport gymnasium. Mr. Kirk previously directed at Alfred Ely Beach High School in Savanna, Georgia. Mr. Kirk began directing in 2004. The debut should prove to energize the Northport Choral Department and bring the gift of music to the school community.
Northport K8 School sent a large contingency of instructors and staff to enjoy the Meet and Greet held at Chili’s in St. Lucie West recently for the St. Lucie County Reading Council. The council offers district staff a wonderful opportunity to inspire collegiality and promote positive interactions with literacy at the forefront. The Meet and Greet hosted author Henry Cole, who wrote the new One Book-One Community Read, “A Nest For Celeste”! The council, led by president Deb Remington, Manatee Academy media specialist, offers a variety of opportunities to share ideas, compare learning strategies and a chance to take part in district initiatives, including the Young Author’s program, One Book-One Community program, and Family Reading Festival held in the spring at Digital Domain Park, as well as several other opportunities. Northport’s contingent numbered more than 20 teachers and staff, a thorough investment in the council’s objectives as well as an awesome chance to tip our hat to
professionalism and collegiality!
After discussing the PBIS expectations in the classroom, students in Kim Yoder’s fourth grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary extended their learning using a cause and effect thinking map. This map helped review the rules and brainstorm what type of rewards the students were interested in this year. Pictured, from left, are Tra’Kyla King, Ericka Zurita, Kamryn Gardner, and Kayla Jerger.
Floresta Elementary School teachers returned for the new school year on Monday, August 13,
to a full schedule of Professional Development trainings and a variety of other opening week activities. Pictured are teachers participating in an energizing teambuilding activity, from Kagan’s Silly Sports and Goofy Games publication. This is one of many research based Kagan activities teachers will put to use in the classroom this school year.
Northport K-8 School Media Center is open for business and promoting the joy of reading this year! Long range goals have been formulated with student achievement in the forecast. Students will learn to select books focusing on their interests and quality research skills are connected to classroom instruction. Premier literacy programs are offered through the media center targeting common core standards across the curriculum. Some of the quality programs offered are Veterans Partners In Education programming, September 11 commemoration program, community reading programs and partnerships, Young Authors program, spelling bee, Women’s History programming, book fairs, multicultural events, guests speakers on a variety of subjects, Veteran’s Day “Invite a Vet to Class” program, Titlewish Community Book Fair as well as the school wide antibullying program, Unity Day, One Book-One Community programming as well as in depth involvement in the St. Lucie County Reading Council to promote positive interactions with colleagues and to promote literacy in our community. The school media center offers students and teachers an opportunity to connect with great books, utilize technology and open avenues for community and parental involvement.