Teachers doing final preps for new school year Story by Lauren Hills / CBS 12 News
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — It’s down to the wire for back to school and teachers are putting the final touches on their classrooms and lesson plans.
“I started spending hours putting things up and slowly moving things around,” said Amanda Hayes, a teacher at Samuel Gaines Academy in Ft. Pierce. “I have laminating projects, name tags, every little thing.”…..read more and watch the video at:
At an emergency meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board members will consider a recommendation from Mr. Jim Huge, consultant for the superintendent search, to postpone the superintendent candidate interviews currently scheduled for August 29, 2013. This action is being recommended to accommodate Board consideration of the Interim Superintendent for the position of Superintendent of Schools.
At the next regularly scheduled Board meeting set for August 27, 2013, Mr. Huge will bring forth a recommendation to suspend the current search for a new superintendent and name Genelle Zoratti Yost as Superintendent of Schools. Mrs. Yost was not originally considered for the superintendent position because she is only eligible to serve until June of 2015. However, Mr. Huge states that Mrs. Yost has engendered exceptional excitement and focus among the staff and community in just a few short months of her tenure as Interim Superintendent, and it is his opinion that the continued leadership of Mrs. Yost is the best option for the district at this critical time. This appointment would also save one additional transition in the short term and would allow all to benefit from her strong leadership. Mr. Huge will also suggest to the Board that the search for Mrs. Yost’s replacement resume in the fall of 2014 with the expectation that a new superintendent will report for duty in June of 2015. The Board will take action on the recommendation at the August 27, 2013 meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Public Schools District Offices.
Northport K-8 School is preparing to address the needs of a very diverse population through a targeted and focused ESOL program. Longtime instructor, Mary Toto along with two paraprofessionals will incorporate RTI or Response To Intervention into small group, multi-tiered learning groups.
Each student targeted as ESOL will receive direct instruction in English Language skills to quickly assimilate into the regular education classroom. Students, equipped with support from Mrs. Toto and her team, heritage language dictionaries and classroom instructors who are trained in offered ESOL support strategies will be offered every opportunity to excel and achieve quickly.
Each child’s needs are addressed through close collaboration with parents, family members, classroom teachers, school administration and outside sources. The ESOL lab and the entire school are prepared to help build solid foundations in English language learning and offer speedy and efficient assimilation into the Saint Lucie County School District culture with the greatest degree of success.
Pictured from left are Marion Morales, Mary Toto and LaShawn Floyd.
The entire Northport K-8 School community welcomed new and returning students and their families with a fabulous “Welcome to Northport!” Open House recently!
The year was kicked off with teachers and staff that have feelings of renewal and revitalization and are charged with a coordinated effort to bring the best experiences possible to their students. Many Northport students and their familes are thrilled with the K-8 concept that allows students to remain in the same school their entire middle and elementary educational years. Students that are returning are thrilled to look up their teachers and visit with familiar faces. Another exciting opportunity is the ability to move from elementary to the middle grades effortlessly. Pictured is long time Northport student Dallas Persick who has been in the school since second grade. Dallas, who is excitedly moving into the sixth grade, proudly shows off his middle grades schedule