Northport K-8 School is celebrating 27 years of educational growth and community connections. The doors opened to accept students on April 8, 1986 with John Townsend as the supervising principal of the school. The school began as a junior high school accepting students in grades 7 and 8, then moved into the middle school concept bringing in sixth graders. In 2005, Northport became a K-8 school with Eric Seymour as principal overseeing those dramatic changes. Currently, Glenn Rustay is the principal of the school assisting in keeping those community connections vibrant and the education of students top notch. The school held a wonderful reunion of teachers, staff, administrators and students for the 25th anniversary party in 2011. Key components that make the school terrific are the feeling of family and community brought forth by John Townsend, making learning a fun opportunity for students and building those so important community/parent connections. Original staff members, who number over 50, hold a reunion each year to keep the threads of family secure. Teachers and staff who started the school and are who are vital standard bearers currently still working at NPK-8 are Agnes Brooks, Linda Walker, Lynne Gruszka, Mary Toto, Carolyn Mann-Lurry and Jeannette Crenshaw. Pictured, from left, are Lynne Gruszka, Benigna Montenegro and Agnes Brooks.
Northport K-8 fifth grade students in the classrooms of Judy Fowler, Charlotte Tombline, Tracey Healy, Nichole Robinson and Valerie Niewieroski deepened their knowledge and insight of the horrors of the Holocaust and scaffolded new information about World War II, Hitler and the Nazi Occupation by listening and interacting with speaker and Holocaust survivor, Peter Feigl, who was one of the children who was saved by the 5000 French villagers from Chambonne who assisted countless homeless children. Students were enthralled by the information and asked many questions including heartwrenching questions about the loss of Feigl’s family. Feigl recommended a book called “Weapons of the Spirit” as an in-depth study about the children refugees of Le Chabannes, and students will view MTV’s special, “I’m Still Here” with narration and story that includes Feigl. Feigl brought the Holocaust studies to the fifth grade level by tying his story into the issue of bullying and told the students that there were two reasons to stop bullying, because it is the right thing to do and because you may be next. Feigl served in the United States Air Force after his escape from the European Theater and his been married for 59 years, and has two daughters. He highly recommends the website: sfi.usc.edu/education/ow/peterfeigl for an interaction study between his journals and that of Anne Frank. His email is email@example.com. Pictured is Feigl as he speaks to students.
It’s no wonder why brothers, fourth grade student Grayson, left, and second grade student Noah DiBernardo, have earned Star Reader shirts from the Media Center at Frances K. Sweet Elementary. They obviously practice reading as much as they can. Star Reader shirts are awarded to students who show academic growth on the SRI test or is already reading above grade level.