Northport seventh grade students in Andrew Mackenzie’s class are diligently processing new information on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Students are learning that there are twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution and are participating in deep discussions about each Amendment to select which two Amendments they think that they can live without. Students conducted research and identified evidence-based reasons to support their point of view on this topic. They are really looking at the Constitution and familiarizing themselves with important American issues. Mr. Mackenzie planned his lesson collaboratively with all seventh grade Civics instructors at Northport.
New instructor, Andrew Mackenzie, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona says, “The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are foundations of American society. Getting students engaged as early as possible in understanding the Bill of Rights will give them a better appreciation of why America is so unique.” Students learned that the delegates to the Continental Congress signed the Constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 and each September 17th is commemorated as “Constitution Day.” Great job Mr. Mackenzie and class!
Gaines Academy is honored to announce our new Assistant Principal, Alex Oge. Mr. Oge is an exceptional Assistant Principal with eight years of experience at Port Saint Lucie High School. He has served in the capacities of Dean and Science Teacher at Treasure Coast High School and in New York. He is married and has two school-aged children. His wife, Guermithe Oge, is also an educator at Weatherbee Elementary. Staff hosted a breakfast and extended a warm welcome to Mr. Oge as he joined our Colt Family our September 21st.
SGA administrative staff
(l to r: Assistant Principal Kimberly Smith, TSA Charlene Edwards, Assistant Principal Alex Oge and Principal Traci Wilke)
The September COLT of the month was held on the afternoon of September 17th in the Gaines Academy audeteria. The program started with a welcome message from Principal Wilke. Then, the SGA guidance staff led both parents and students in a fun activity that explained the month’s character trait. After the activity, the giving of the certificates ceremony began. Audience members were thrilled to hear why their child had been chosen by their teacher to represent their class in the power-up trait of RESPONSIBILITY!
September COLT of the month celebration
4th grade’s COLT of the month for September
Over 600 parents and students attended Ft. Pierce Central’s College Night for Juniors and Seniors. Hosted by Central’s Guidance Dept. and Administration, families learned important information regarding the college application process, college admission data, and financial/scholarship opportunities. Websites that can assist in selecting and applying for colleges and scholarships were demonstrated. Students were also given a time line of what needs to be completed each month to stay on track and meet deadlines. Guidance Counselors and teachers will continue to work with Seniors on college and career choices throughout the school year. Many parents expressed their gratitude for the information, assistance and support provided to make this exciting college application process less stressful.
Friday morning, September 18, following the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids At Hope Pledge, Northport joined the Nation in remembering our POW/MIA military members and their families. The community of learners commemorated the day with a special reciting of the “Northport American Children’s Pledge!” The pledge was recited over the school intercom by parent, Angelica Urbiza, and her first grade son, Alex.
“The Northport American Children’s Pledge”
WE, the students of Northport, promise to honor the United States of America.
We pledge to:
Respect ourselves and our fellow citizens,
Protect our Constitutional Rights,
Uphold the laws set forth by our state and nation,
Remember our Forefathers’ sacrifice for our freedom
Commit to the safety of our country with honesty and loyalty
Display pride in all that the United States of America stands for.
Northport is so thrilled to have our parents and community members joining us to bring the very best education to our school. We realize that we can’t do this alone! Thank you to every member of our community for drawing out the best educational experiences that we can offer and for helping the instructors, administrators and staff to mold our students into fine citizens! Northport is truly the epitome of an American School!
Thanks Veteran Partner, Joe Lusardi for bringing the POW/MIA Remembrance to the forefront. The National Day of Remembrance will be commemorated by the local community at Veteran’s Park on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm with a candlelight ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend. Pictured are Mrs. Urbiza and her son, Alex.