Northport students reap rewards for cooperation

Northport students reap rewards for cooperation

Northport K-8 students work diligently to achieve common core standards and the bar for student expectations has been set high. Students are rewarded for results with high grades, good behavior and cooperative learning. Positive Behavior Support, or more commonly known as PBS, is utilized every day at the school. Students recently were rewarded with orange wrist bands and tee shirt day on the sixth grade Dolphin team and the eighth grade Mariners team held a PBS field days event. Students were rewarded for achievement in their behavior and willingness to
cooperate with teachers and other students. Pictured is Northport eighth grade Mariner Javonte Bennett reaping his reward. The school is continually progressing in all avenues of student achievement!

F. K. Sweet kindergartners rewarded learning about graphic clues

F. K. Sweet kindergartners rewarded learning about graphic clues

After reading “Pizza at Sally’s”, students in Kristin Griffin’s kindergarten class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary helped complete a sequencing map of the story using just graphic clues. After they were finished with the sequencing map, they then used a portion of it to help make their own pizzas. Alex Sgouris, left, and Huberle Syril cannot wait until these little pizzas are cooked and ready to eat.

Two St. Lucie science teachers spend summer conducting research

Two St. Lucie science teachers spend summer conducting research

Manatee Academy pre-veterinary science teacher Lisa Friend and Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Michael Mimnaugh spent their summer conducting STEM related research at formal research institutions. Ms. Friend spent six weeks at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, actively experimenting with superconducting magnets and spectral equipment to test crystals for magnetic properties. She co-authored a published scientific article as a result of the experience. “Bringing back insights into how scientific inquiry is conducted to the classroom will result in my students having more realistic and beneficial learning experiences,” she remarked. Mike Mimnaugh spent eight weeks at Torrey Pines working alongside scientists who were testing the side effects of newly created medications on mice. His work consisted of observing and documenting whether trained mice, after receiving prescription medicines, had changes in dexterity and motor skills. “I’m going to allow more time in the lab, and make sure they have good data that can be retested. With high-tech companies in our backyard, the possibilities are endless for students who want to pursue a career in science,” Mimnaugh said. Pictured are Ms. Friend, left, and Mr. Mimnaugh.

Windmill Point students learn about first responders

Windmill Point students learn about first responders

Windmill Point second grade students commemorated Patriot Day by making a special “thank you” for the Port St. Lucie Police Department. The students have been learning about the roles of community members and the importance of first responders. Officer David Caniello was presented with a “thankful wreath” during a visit to Caryol Hallahan’s classroom on September 11th. He discussed the roles and duties of police officers with the class. He also took time to read the story, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein.