In a great feat of reading, students in Northport K-8 second grade teacher Denise Fields’ class went above and beyond participating in the One Hundred Book Challenge program the last nine weeks of school. All students in Mrs. Fields’ class excelled and the entire class reached 100 steps in the program. Each step is a 15 minute reading increment. Students read 15 minutes in class, then another 15 minutes at home with parent partnership. Parents must sign the reading log to verify reading time. The challenge books are leveled and specifically selected to meet the needs and interests of individual students. The top reader in Mrs. Fields’ class read for 250 minutes with parental partnership. The One Hundred Book Challenge program at Northport allows young students to read with interest and voracity. Pictured with her students is Denise Fields, left, with reading coach Deb Mock.
In an experience that the students will not soon forget, Northport K-8 School and Manatee Academy seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Young Adult Choices program, or YAC as it known by students, media specialists Lynne Gruszka and Debbie Remington and middle school grades teachers, using advanced technology. Students from both schools introduced themselves via the teleconference technology, gave both positive and negative book reviews on the special selections in the program, and hailed each other for taking the lead to read! The media specialists promoted positive interactions by guiding students through the teleconference and provided students with a voice and opportunity to give their individual opinions on books written especially for their age group. Other participating school media centers involved in the initiative for young adult readers besides Northport K-8 and Manatee are at Treasure Coast High School and Dan McCarty School. The lesson was extremely effective because the technology medium was intriguing to all students including special needs learners. Several of the students had read nearly 50 books! Students completed a follow up survey to document aspects of Instruction/Intervention, Delivery and Facilitation. Pictured are students in the Northport K8 media center.
Students in Maria Ramkissoon’s kindergarten class at Lawnwood Elementary School proudly share their classroom Science Fair project on gravity, in which they worked together researching. The students incorporated fun with learning by conducting an experiment on gravity that involved dropping blocks tied to parachutes. Pictured standing, from left, are Alexander Granados, Alexandria Knight, Rodney Stevens, Emmanuella Raymond, Rupert Blackwood, Angel Acevedo, Stefany Martinez-Betancourt, Remeece Barjon, Lataurus Conley, Sierra Carswell, Armani Smith, Brandon Ramon, and Billy Ramirez-Riano. Seated, from left, are Eliana Castelan, Angelina Grimes, J’Sean Wilson, and Karen Hidalgo-Aguilar.
Three students from Frances K. Sweet Elementary were excited after participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. spelling bee at C. A. Moore Elementary. Pictured, from left, are Ajeya Adams, Kamion Williams, and Christian Yoder. Since Ajeya is just a fourth grader, she says she’s going to come back next year and win.
Windmill Point Elementary students William and Joseph Kytoski enjoyed some mother and son quality time at a recent “Mother and Son Social” Kids at Hope event recently. The school’s PTO and the Kids at Hope committees collaborated and hosted this event to celebrate ACES, those caring adults in a child’s life identified through the Kids at Hope initiative. It is believed that one reason children succeed is when they have meaningful and sustainable relationships with caring adults. The boys enjoyed dancing and taking pictures with their ACES and making cards that will hold special memories in years to come! An upcoming Father-Daughter Dance will enable fathers and daughters to also spend some quality time together.