Southern Oaks Middle School recently hosted a Parent Night for sixth grade families. Parents were given a passport and traveled to six different information sessions, with topics including classroom routines, expectations, note-taking, staying organized and a preview of the tablets that sixth grade students will be receiving. Parents enjoyed the night and found the information sessions to be very helpful. Pictured speaking with parents is language arts teacher Steve Barrish.
Northport K-8 School Veteran Partner in Education Bill Arnold returns frequently to campus to bring information, news and gifts of American flags, pins and other articles to bring smiles to students of all ages. Mr. Arnold recently returned shortly after a classroom visit to third grade teachers Megan Castiglia and Susan Poveromo’s classes for a Veteran’s Day Commemoration. His gifts were framed photographs of each student sporting his own military jacket and beret from the Vietnam War era. Students were so thrilled to receive the photographs that they could take home as mementoes of his many visits to the classes. Northport K-8 School welcomes veterans on an ongoing basis, and they have become part of the persona that makes Northport K-8 School a welcoming, community based school that appreciates and promotes American History and patriotism. Pictured are instructor Susan Poveromo, left, Mr. Arnold and students, from left, Fabiana Cabrera, Ashley Revange and Jay Briggs.
Learning to write authentically and with focus is a key part of the performance mission at Northport K-8 School. Students have many opportunities to plan, organize, learn how to write supporting details, elaborate on ideas, use good conventions and learn how to turn off the fog lamps in their brains and write with laser-like focus, using dramatically intense and dynamic writing tools. Among the writing opportunities at Northport are the school-wide Young Author’s program, a generous amount of authentic essay writing assignments with focused feedback, journal writing, newsletter writing collaborations, learning to write research papers, using writing response techniques and strategies. A tool that fourth and eighth grade instructors have at their disposal is a program called Writescore! Students take a practice writing prompt each month in preparation for the statewide test held in February. The test is then submitted and the practice prompt is checked holistically and analytically for focus, organization, support and conventions. Students and writing instructors then collaborate to compare growth from month to month. Pictured are eighth grade writing instructor Susan Smith, left, with students Katelyn Anguish, center, and Chloe Taylor, who have mastered the art of writing.
Students at Mariposa Elementary recently invited local veterans, firefighters and police officers to a Hero’s Breakfast in their honor. After the breakfast, students honored the local heroes through songs from the Mariposa chorus directed by Mary McCartney, a “Thank You” presentation from Michelle Smith’s first grade class, poem readings from second grade students and thank you cards from the entire school. The heroes were thrilled to receive the hugs and thank you cards from the students! Afterwards, the local police and fire department invited students outside to view the emergency vehicles and learn about safety. Pictured are Jonah McCrory, from left, Noah Corsiglia and Daymon Boatswain enjoying spraying the fire hose. Students from grades Pre-K through first sat in the back of a fire engine and learned about the computers in the front of police vehicles. It was a fabulous day and a tradition that will continue.
St. Lucie County Commissioner Kim Johnson helped kick off the Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8 School annual 100 Book Challenge recently. Johnson spoke to the middle school students about the importance of reading and its connection to one’s future success in life. Johnson is pictured, center, with Assistant Principal Mallissa Hamilton, left, and Principal Tracy Wilke.