Northport students enjoy age appropriate literature

Northport students enjoy age appropriate literature

Northport K-8 eighth grade students in Sandra Tyndale’s reading classes are enjoying a special section of books that are particularly chosen for seventh and eighth graders at the school.  Students can select from Young Adult Choices (YAC) books to tweak their reading enjoyment. The YAC books are being promoted in four schools in the district: Manatee Academy, Treasure Coast High School, Dan McCarty School and Northport K-8 School. The chosen books are shelved and marked separately to encourage young adults to read. The books, all very new and up to date, provide middle and high school students with an opportunity to voice their opinion about books being written for them. Each book comes with a ballot and students determine if the book is enjoyable by filling out the ballotand dropping it into a ballot box. The book votes are then tallied by Media Specialist Debbie Remington at Manatee Academy and the coordinator for the YAC
program. The importance of offering teens and young adults choices and voices in reading material is crucial for a successful literacy program in schools. Over the next three years, 5,000 new books will be distributed in this terrific program opportunity. Pictured, from left , are Avi Holman, Okyia Mclean and Shadia Stone.

Northport first graders receive visit from community helper

Northport first graders receive visit from community helper

Northport K-8 first grade students in Laura Poveromo, Dulce Olivera and Christine Santos-Nurse’s classes recieved a visit from Officer Daniel Smith of the Fort Pierce Police Department. Students sat in a group in the outdoor garden area and had a lengthy conversation with Officer Smith, who spoke to the students about how to keep themselves safe when playing outside and to make sure to keep their porch lights on and doors locked to help prevent break ins. He also spoke about the importance of laws and equated laws to school rules. Officer Smith also explained all the tools and equipment that he carries on a daily basis on his belt.  The students were thrilled to receive a visit from a community helper.

Garden City book fair encourages the love of reading

Garden City book fair encourages the love of reading

Thanks to all the Garden City Early Learning Academy parents’, students’ and staff’s love of books and reading, the school’s book fair was a great success. The five day total combined in-school and on-line sales were just under $1,000. The school gets 40% in Scholastic dollars to purchase books and materials from Scholastic. The majority of the funds will go towards birthday books. The school also had $250 Scholastic dollars in the account, which purchased the 15 Golden Ticket prize books and another 30 birthday books, and should get another 150-200 books with the new Scholastic dollars! Now there will be enough books for each student’s birthday! Pictured, from left, are students Arianna Wilks and Nicoli Aguilar-Colchado, with volunteer Letisia Colchado.

State officials praise Westwood High culinary arts students during visit

State officials praise Westwood High culinary arts students during visit

Students in Chef Maureen Greenberg’s culinary arts program at Fort Pierce Westwood High School were the stars of the day when officials from the Florida Department of Education recently visited the school. The students prepared the meals in the culinary kitchen and served the guests in Panther Pub and Panther Lane Bistro. Pictured in the kitchen, from left, are Jamal Laing, Sunny Trattles, Chef Greenberg, Blanca Morales, and Edline Dor.