Northport K-8 School instructor Rachel Ellsworth, along with a group of excited students and parents, took an educational jaunt to a local grocery store to price shop and to learn about the skills need to work in different areas of the store. Students learned about the butcher shop, the floral department and the bakery, as well as sanitation practices, cross-contamination and food safety. Students learned about careers and the application process and were thrilled to be able to participate in some of the skilled tasks at the store. Pictured is a member of the bakery staff with eighth grade culinary student O’Briana Joseph learning to make an icing rose.
Each year, Northport K-8 School participates in the St. Lucie County School District History Fair, which this year will be March 1 at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition. The history fair is a wonderful opportunity for students in grades six and eight to not only hone research skills and techniques, but is also an excellent opportunity for students to cultivate and frame their own interests. Researching topics in history can unlock interests and encourage students to become deeper, more authentic learners. The topic this year is broad and the scope allows students to explore and appreciate many different areas, whether it’s art, sciences, politics, education or biographies. The National History Day topic for 2014 is Rights and Responsibilities in History. Students are displaying a much deeper interest in history and are making connections with reading materials and programs offered at the school. Some of the topics that students have been excitedly researching are the Declaration of Independence, the Korean War and America’s Responsibility to Offer Assistance, Power of the Press, Cherokee Removal: The Tragic Trail of Broken Promises, The G.I. Bill of Rights, and Solidarity: The Polish Spirit! Students are following a rubric and the research and discussions have become intense at the school. The Northport K-8 School History Fair will take place from January 27-31, 2014 under the direction of coordinator Bob Burdge. The school-based winners will represent Northport at the district fair. Pictured are middle grades researchers, from left, Sydney Kelley, Edo Cabrera, Anthony Elliot, Jenna Lieberman and Ariana Clayton-Kimbleton.
Northport K-8 School fourth graders in Carissa Berkley’s RTI or Response To Intervention class are using their higher level thinking skills to compile articles researched online, compose questions and use talking and listening skills to interview campus administrators, teachers and staff, write book reviews, research and write directions on “how-to” projects such as “How To Build a Bird House,” write articles about clubs and activities that are occurring at Northport and to incorporate research into articles on bullying and cyberbullying, as well as making cartoons and puzzles for fourth graders to enjoy as an addition to the newsletter. The newsletter project offers students an excellent opportunity to polish reading, writing, language as well as listening and speaking skills. Pictured are class journalists, from left, Addison Searcy, Kalani Walk, Erin Simberlund, Nathalie Desir, Tony Otero and Diego Lopez.
After reading a fictional text of their choice, students at Fairlawn Elementary created a 3-D character model and an accompanying interview in class. Students composed questions for the main character, and then answered the questions from the character’s perspective. Next, they created a 3-D model of the main character out of either a pumpkin or a two-liter bottle of soda. The models and interviews were put on display for all to enjoy at the school-wide Harvest Festival. Pictured are Maddie Moynagh, left, and Ashlee Irizarry creating their pumpkin model.
Allapattah Flats K8 recently held its annual Hispanic Heritage Night. Guests who attended were treated to an authentic Hispanic dish, student performances from band and chorus, a student dance performance that crossed grade levels, and a student PowerPoint presentation on a notable Hispanic figure. Guests were also taught how to create a PowerPoint in 12 simple steps from technology instructor John Koch. The event was very student-oriented, as behind the scenes students were video recording the performances and running the lights and sound. Pictured are students and families enjoy the musical performance.