Retired Navy officer thrills students with tales of submarines

Retired Navy officer thrills students with tales of submarines

Northport K-8 School was delighted to host retired United States Navy Lt. Commander Jerry Padrta recently as a guest speaker for students in Nick Carey, Georgia Stone, Carla Caldwell, Mindi Slater and Tracey Healy’s fifth and middle grades classes. LCDR Padrta spoke to the students about his upbringing as a child in Northern Minnesota, the hardships and the driving cold weather. He spoke about his school and college experience and perhaps most intriguing to the students and teachers, his naval career spent in a submarine. Padrta gave an eye opening talk about the history of the submarine. The first sub was used in the Revolutionary War in 1777 and was made of wood and steel, he continued the discussion about the great submarine, the Hunley which sank three times and killed all men on board. He spoke about the first ship built by the United States Navy called the Holland in 1900 and the first diesel electric submarines used during WWII. He encouraged students to be tough, face life’s challenges head on and be prepared for the 21st century job market. He also spoke to students about nuclear submarines and energy sources. The students thrilled at the sound of the Claxson bell being rung as Padrta explained that the bell is the common form of communication recognized by all submariners. It means, “Dive, dive, dive!” He also came prepared with a five foot replica of a WWII submarine that the students deeply inspected. The discussion was a great learning experience for students and a primary source is always a welcome and much needed part of the learning and critical thinking experience. Pictured from left are veterans Bill Arnold, Jerry Padrta and Charles Lomonica with several Northport students.

Floresta Elementary families enjoy Math Night

Floresta Elementary families enjoy Math Night

Floresta Elementary School recently hosted Family Math Nights. Kindergarten through second grade and third grade through fifth grade students and parents attended two special presentations explaining the new Common Core State Standards along with an overview of what students are expected to become fluent in with regards to mathematics.

Parents and students participated in math tutorials that included double-digit multiplication using partial product and long division using partial quotient. Parents learned math games to use at home with their students as well as tricks and tips on how to talk with their children about math.

Family Math Night at Floresta was a huge success with parents, teachers, and students. The evenings were hosted by math coach Victoria Pease, and refreshments were provided by the Floresta PTO.  Students were given a math goodie bag with dice, playing cards, beads, and index cards to use at home.

Written by Sandy Pagliughi

Lawnwood Elementary students study life cycles up close

Lawnwood Elementary students study life cycles up close

Students in Shannon Dolan’s multi-age gifted class at Lawnwood Elementary are studying the life cycle of a butterfly by catching specimens. Pictured is second grader John Donnelly as he explains to the class how he captured both a caterpillar and a butterfly in his own yard. The students then watched how he fed his new family member with a stick of sugar water. First grade teacher Carolyn Bates’s classroom has butterflies that freely fly while the children do their lessons. One child exclaimed, “It’s like a butterfly garden, only inside!”

Jaguar cadets shine at MLK parade

Jaguar cadets shine at MLK parade

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the recent annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade in Fort Pierce. The battalion formation was led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard led by Cadet Second Lieutenant Cole Herndon carrying the national flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Crystal Ortiz carried the state flag and Cadet Second Lieutenant Glynn Auger carried the Jaguar Battalion Flag. Cadet First Lieutenant James Williams and Cadet Second Lieutenant Taylor Chaney posted as Guards. Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the company formations. The cadets preformed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion. Also pictured are Cadets Ryan McCarthy and Jaclyn Yearta carrying the battalion banner. Photo by Clay Lesniak.