Northport instructors implement gardening for grades program

Northport instructors implement gardening for grades program

Northport K-8 School middle grades instructors Amanda Sartain and Kalyn Nova received an innovative and exciting grant from Lowe’s Toolbox For Education called Gardening For Grades. The students and teachers are beginning the garden at the school using the Florida Ag program which provides a positive learning experience for students to develop leadership skills, responsibility and community pride through organized gardening activities. The program is designed to incorporate science, math, language arts, geography and a plethora of other subject area disciplines. Students will experience growth observation from seed,  measurement of growth, design experimentation and growing plants found in historic novels. Research has proven that gardening in schools positively influences students environmental attitudes, nutritional attitudes, self esteem, test scores, school community attitudes, interpersonal skills and behavior. The Grades For Gardening program is a win/win experience for the entire school community.

Kindergarten students pow-wow at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten students pow-wow at Palm Pointe

The kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had an old fashioned Indian Pow- Wow. Students and teachers dressed in Indian attire and went outside to do many activities. They played their handmade drums, they learned an Indian dance and participated in other centers while outside. Pictured are students listening to an Indian story which was one of the centers.

Northport students enrich community connections

Northport students enrich community connections

Northport K-8 students from all grade levels participated in a district wide initiative called “Movers For The Military” just in time for Thanksgiving! Students and their parents collected nine moving boxes filled with new items for the kitchen and bathroom, blankets, new pillows, new sheets, clothing, personal
care items and even a brand new prosthetic leg to fit a homeless veteran.
Northport K-8 School partnered with local moving company, Two Men and a Truck to
collect the items benefiting Big Hearts Homeless Shelter in Ft. Pierce. The
drive for the homeless veterans instilled in students the knowledge that they
have the power to help those in need that have served our country in a very real
and powerful way. The students were thrilled to be able to give back to the
community and to lift up our Veteran Partners In Education.  Pictured, from left,
are Northport head custodian and Air Force veteran Dan Aaron, Northport
students, instructor Mala Woessner and two representatives from Two Men and a
Truck Moving Company.

Post St. Lucie High cadets help honor veterans

Post St. Lucie High cadets help honor veterans

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently participated in a Dreamfest held by Discovery Church at the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center. As part of the ceremony, the church honored veterans by having the cadet Color Guard present the national flag while members of the church sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. The four cadets that presented the colors were Cadet First Sergeant Arlene Mabry pictured holding the national flag, Cadet Staff Sergeant Tyler Lynn holding the state flag, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins and Cadet Sergeant First Class Jose Cumba standing as the guards. Pictured, from left, are Jose Cumba, Arlene Mabry, Tyler Lynn, and Robert Hopkins.

Northport kindergartners participate in descriptive lesson

Northport kindergartners participate in descriptive lesson

Northport K-8 kindergarten students in Melody Nieves class recently
participated in an impressive lesson using the story, “The Legend Of The Indian
Paintbrush!” The kindergarteners listened to the story and then talked about
describing words. Each student identified a list of words that described
characteristics about themselves and created a Native American name for
themselves using their describing characteristics. Each then made a special
headband with their Indian name enscribed on the band. Students proudly wore
the bands all day long and called each other by their Indian names. The lesson
engaged the kindergartners and provided each with an opportunity to share
information about themselves.