Northport K-8 students in grades four through eight who have been identified as reaching Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP were invited to participate in a celebration at the school recently. Students were able to dunk principal Glenn Rustay in the dunk tank, enjoyed a variety of inflatable activities like bounce house and slides and also played kick ball, hoola hoops and jump rope. Students enjoyed drinks and ice cones provided by the Northport K-8 PTO. AYP is determined by looking at student FCAT data in reading and math. 67% of students made learning gains in reading and 62% of the students made learning gains in math. Pictured are students in June Wilson’s seventh grade class, Anthony Navarro, left, and Albert Morgan.
Students in Thomas Carr’s eighth grade science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a competition for “Boats in the Moat”. The objective was for students to design and construct a boat which when set afloat in a moat 10 feet long will travel (powered solely by a three speed fan) the entire length of the moat in the shortest period of time. This lesson taught them about the scientific method and variables. During the competition each team was allowed to enter up to three different designs for their boats and each boat was given three trial races. Students enjoyed constructing their boats and watching the competitions. Pictured, from left, are LeAnna Buttimer and Faith Twomley, the team that won in their class period with a time of 4.5 seconds.
Windmill Point Elementary students in Patricia Reardon’s third grade class are engaged in working on reading fluency and vocabulary during their reading station. Working together provides students the opportunity to draw on each others’ strengths, fostering confidence as students collaborate. Pictured, from left, are Kaden Stratton, Harold Velasquez, Iyana Dominguez, and Daejsha Jackson.