Northport K-8 School has a reputation for battling for causes of all kinds with our local community, our students, our families and the school staff. Whether it is teaching children respect for veterans and patriotism, teaching kindness for all living creatures through the “Paws For Claws Animal Kindness” club, teaching children to care for the environment by nurturing a campus that has been declared a natural habitat and a butterfly sanctuary, participating in the local Relay For Life to help find a cure for cancer, partnering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County to help support students who need mentoring and tutoring, collecting for the elderly, homeless shelters and natural disaster victims, fighting against bullies through our Unity Day efforts, helping families in need through collections and donations and so many other causes to make students aware of their civic duty and their humanity.
This month we are lifting up one of our instructors, Marie Solide. Mrs. Solide lost her daughter Kookie recently to Sickle Cell Disease. On October 8, Northport faculty, students and staff wore red to support Mrs. Solide and her devastating loss. The school community also was invited to purchase bracelets for a dollar to support finding the cure for Sickle Cell disease. All proceeds for bracelet purchases will be forwarded to Howard University Center for Sickle Cell disease in the name of Northport K-8 School. The education of our students in not only the Florida Standards but in partnering with parents and community members to help form well-rounded, loving, caring and kind individuals is tantamount to becoming ready for a full and dynamic life and it is our duty as educators to further enhance every partnership we build with our school community. Pictured are some of the valiant warriors at Northport K-8 School who are helping lift up Marie Solide in her fight against Sickle Cell disease, from left, Roy Thompson, school social worker, Angel Bracero, 7th grade civics instructor, Sandra Tyndale, intensive reading instructor, Lynne Gruszka, Media Specialist, Marie Solide, special education instructor, Lorie Monroe and Brooke Wigginton, assistant principals, Melody Nieves, kindergarten teacher, Sarah Lewis, media clerk and Glenn Rustay, Northport Principal as well as students from the school.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition parents and students met recently in the morning morning for a Cultural Heritage Breakfast. Families enjoyed breakfast while the English Speakers of Other Languages (E.S.O.L.) program was explained and questions were answered. Pictured from the left in the back row is Mrs. Sinclair, Mrs. Takata and Mr. Takata. Front row from the left is Tyler Sinclair, Lyla Sinclair and Hinaki Takata.
Northport K-8 School participated in the Saint Lucie County School Board initiative, “Million Father March” recently. Principal, Glenn Rustay and assistant principals, Lorie Monroe and Brooke Wigginton as well as many teachers and staff, welcomed the dads and their children at the parent drop off sites with many waves and smiles. Dads were welcomed with their children in the Media Center by the principal, PTO president, Marcy Waltz and center staff with coffee, juice and snacks. Dads happily filled out compacts with pledges to take their children to school as often as possible, to seek volunteer opportunities at the schools, discuss grades, check reports and support their children with their after school activities. All the fathers who brought their children were so glad for the boost and the opportunity to help out with the school, parent connection. Northport community loves and appreciates our dads! Northport is a Title 1 school and we are definitely going to keep the ball rolling and invite our dads to school for every event. Pictured is principal Rustay with uncle, Terry Scott, dad and Northport alumni, Shawn Norwood and the children, DreShawn Norwood and LeDevon Blackshear. Thanks to Mr. Scott, Mr. Norwood and all the dads, uncles, grandfathers and brothers who attended the “Million Dad March Northport Style!”
October 7, 2014, Weatherbee Elementary asked significant male caregivers to step up and take an active role in the lives of their children. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and cousins came to join their children for breakfast and to sign a pledge that they would actively participate in the educational and social-emotional development of their child. Featured in the foreground is Taylor Carlin and Dad.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition held their very own Million Father March on October 7, 2014 to recognize all male role models. The event consisted of these men signing a pledge, being pinned by our staff and participating in a march, with their children, around the perimeter of Palm Pointe. Mr. Houston Tate, along with his father Bishop Tate and father-in-law, Henry Miller, were our guests of honor as well as our very own Palm Pointe male faculty and staff who shared the Million Father March: Men Bring You Child to School Day Proclamation. Our band honored these male-role models by playing a special tune and our faculty and staff surrounded the perimeter of our school holding signs and cheering as the parade marched on. Pictured is the march around the school with the male role models, administration, staff and students.