Floresta Students Participate in Tunnel of Encouragement

Floresta Students Participate in Tunnel of Encouragement

On Friday, April 11, students at Floresta Elementary participated in their annual Tunnel of Encouragement.  Students in grades K-2 formed the tunnel, and waved balloons, banners, and pompoms, while chanting “Do Your Best on The Test,” as students in grades 3-5 filed into the cafeteria.  Once in the cafeteria, students received insightful and inspiring words from Principal, Ms. Floyd and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Menikheim.  Third grade teachers performed a skit incorporating test taking tips and a motivational song.  Fourth grade teachers shared words of advice and encouragement, followed by a video collage of students hard at work taken over the many weeks preceding the test.  Fifth grade teachers entertained students with a series of very cool science experiments to the song “Happy.”  Administration provided every student with their very own FCAT t-shirt imprinted with the words, “Be Calm and FCAT On.” Good luck, Floresta Dolphins!!!

Written by Suzanne Diaz

Northport kindergartners relish career exploration and community helper lessons

Northport kindergartners relish career exploration and community helper lessons

Northport K-8 School students in Shana Cicio, Melody Nieves, Nancy Yost, Tiffany Tredor and Kara McNair’s kindergarten classes have delved into a Community Helpers project recently. Students took an in-depth look at community members who affect their lives. After classroom discussions and questions, students interacted with guest speakers who work in the community. Students met as a group in the media center and welcomed Mrs. Rose Cash, Northport Maintenance Foreman, Sgt. Chris Cicio of the SLC Sheriff’s office and Paula Earll, client advisor from Chase bank. Students listened to the speakers intently in a series of scheduled visits and then asked many questions to learn all about the guest’s careers. The lessons were intriguing for the students and the kindergartners were thrilled to welcome the important guest speakers. The lessons were an excellent scaffolding tool for deeper questions about careers and community helpers. Pictured is Sgt. Cicio speaking to the students.