On October 23rd and 24th parents and other caring adults were given the opportunity to listen to their student express their academic and behavioral goals and give encouragement as they learn to monitor their own progress and feel a sense of accomplishment. We thank all parents and caring adults for their participation and support! While Asst. Principal Jennifer Avellino looks on Coast Guard Representative, Gary Bowerman and first grade student, Damion Chavez discuss his goals.
Thank you to all the fathers, uncles, grandfathers and family members that came out to support our students at Forest Grove Middle School.
Seventh grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 have been given the opportunity to participate in an Indian River Lagoon restoration project through 4H. Students have been studying the effects of runoff water on the lagoon and have learned about various biological controls such as oyster beds. Students attended a field trip in which they were able to participate in four stations that each taught them an important part of Indian River Lagoon preservation. The first station allowed them to observe specimens of the various types of sea life present in the lagoon. In the next they completed a data collection experiment in which they compared two different methods of collecting underwater data. During the third they compared the salinity levels along 2 different points in the lagoon. Lastly they assisted scientist in filling bags with empty oyster shells to use on their next trip to the lagoon in order to build their oyster beds. While on this trip students were able to learn from several scientists that are currently studying how to restore the Indian River Lagoon.
Pictured from left to right: Chad Adkins, Dominick Magana, Cameron Webb
Congratulations to Nicolas Suarez, a tenth grade student at Lincoln Park Academy, who was chosen to serve on the Florida Youth Advocacy Board of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), a statewide youth-led movement.
The Youth Advisory Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the direction and goals of the SWAT organization and of the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control campaign. Students work with county grantees on a local level to support initiatives that educate others about tobacco use, help protect youth from tobacco, and strengthen local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke.
“Youth advocates are the next generation of leaders in Florida and across the country,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “These enthusiastic students work diligently with a passion to create positive change and raise awareness among their peers and community about the dangers of tobacco use.”
SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible.
“We are proud of Nicolas and his contribution to our community,” stated Superintendent Genelle Yost. “Efforts to eliminate the use of tobacco creates a healthier tomorrow for all of us.”
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts students in Rachel Ellsworth’s class competed in the desserts category for the Future Chef competition at the Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market recently. The event was organized by Slow Foods of Ft. Pierce. Students were thrilled to learn that their entry, pecan bars with fresh whipped pumpkin topping won first place in the desserts category. Students chose the recipe and some of the ingredients were purchased from local vendors at the Farmer’s Market. The pecans were purchased from Yun’s Produce and the vanilla was purchased from Lola Tortola Sugar and Spice. Four judges analyzed the bars for taste, display and creativity. Also competing were Fort Pierce Central High School, Treasure Coast High School, Port Saint Lucie High School and Forest Grove Middle School. Northport K-8 School culinary arts students and Mrs. Ellsworth were especially thrilled because their chef’s jackets were completed and delivered the day before the competitive event. The Northport Culinary Arts program provides students with an area of expertise that many times goes uncultivated. The program is “just right” for students who love to cook and invent a real Pièce de résistance! Pictured is Northport 8th grade student and chef, Zachary Shelton with other members of his team.