Mrs. Kawa, a retired 2nd grade teacher, volunteers each week for Ms. Schumacher’s class. She is reading one of her favorite read a-louds, Charlotte’s Way by E.B White. The students look forward to her visits each week with excitement, and can’t wait to work with her during small groups. Mrs. Kawa works with all students to deepen their knowledge on the targeted skill for the unit. she also does reteach and enrichment groups.
Northport K-8 School has taken a leap forward by engaging students in a community atmosphere where growth, development, social mores and guidance are the focus. Many students experience difficulty making the transition to becoming productive and achievement oriented individuals with positive goals and dreams. Boys and girls in the middle grades often times succumb to peer pressure and make decisions that can be long lasting and counter productive.
At Northport, two groups, “Girls To Women” and “Boys To Men” assist and guide selected students in a three prong approach to address issues academically, behaviorally and socially. The students meet with mentors to help promote positive self esteem and behavior management. The groups plan dances and other fundraisers to make enough funds to support field trips, prominent guest speakers and many other events and activities that help to bring that polish and positive thinking to the students. Both groups meet very frequently to offer positive feedback, address issues and plan events.
Recently, both groups participated in a dress up day! The students out-adorned each other and had so much fun taking pictures, preening and taking pride in themselves. Students must have a parent signature to participate in the mentoring programs and the activities are closely monitored by the administrative staff at Northport K-8 School. It is with great satisfaction that the teachers and staff observe students making good choices and turning corners.
Pictured are the students Participating in “Girls To Women” with teacher mentor, Nichole Robinson.