100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

On April 22, 2014, the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service Resolution was read by Kathryn Hensley and adopted by the School Board. May 8, 2014 marked the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which established Cooperative Extension, known in the state of Florida as UF/IFAS Extension and Florida A and M University Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local government. Pictured are, UF Extension Advisory Council Member Pat Alley, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, School Board Member Kathryn Hensley and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

Northport STEaM Photonics lab going full steam ahead

Northport STEaM Photonics lab going full steam ahead

Northport K-8 School is proud to offer to Northstar team 6, 7, and 8 grade students the opportunity to design, build and implement a STEaM Photonics Lab. The lab allows students to excel in many areas including science, math, engineering and technology that have not previously been explored. Students are utilizing the engineering design process and work in groups to develop a design plan using criteria and constraints, implementation and modification, as well as trouble shooting and executing their final design. Every step is recorded following the engineering notebook criteria for validation through replication by other students. Every procedure employs teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking, math with an emphasis on geometry and writing skills. Northport K-8 School STEaM program is a joint partnership with NSP, Laser-Tec and IRSC. Pictured are Northstar students working on a special project to save Jack Sparrow’s treasure from thieves. The program is professionally conducted by instructor, Christine Santos-Nurse. The students are passionate about the program! So passionate that the implementation design plan has been included in a special grant that is currently being developed by a team of teachers at the school chaired by principal, Glenn Rustay and coach, Deb Mock.