Northport Principal Glenn Rustay and Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka proudly accept one of the most valuable gifts that a military hero can bestow, the Purple Heart.
Dr. Miles J. Gill Jr., a local Vietnam Veteran and paratrooper has dedicated his father’s Purple Heart to the children of Northport K-8 School. The Purple Heart was earned by Sgt. Miles J. Gill Sr., 1 Company, 311 Infantry, 78 Division at the Field Hospital in Germany during World War II. The Purple Heart was pinned to Sgt. Gill’s chest in his hospital bed in January of 1945. Dr. Gill is one of the Veteran Partners In Education that frequently visits Northport. He dearly wants to help educate the students about the military and heroism and what it takes to help make America the greatest country on the face of the Earth.
Dr. Gill’s gift of his own father’s Purple Heart brought special thankfulness and gratitude for all that each and every educator at Northport represents; patriotism, Americanism, service, gratitude, empathy and teaching our students civic responsibility. We have incorporated a thriving Veterans Partners In Education program at Northport that has been getting stronger and stronger since 2006 and veteran faces and uniforms are visible nearly every day somewhere in the school. Thank you, Dr. Gill, for the remarkable gift of your father’s World War II Purple Heart. We promise to teach the children to the best of our ability with top-notch lessons on all the important things that really matter.
Social studies and ELA educators from St. Lucie participated in the Echoes and Reflections Holocaust training. The training was provided by the Holocaust Task Force organized by Linda Medvin, Director of the FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. The engaging presentation was lead by Stephanie McMahon Kaye from Yad Vashem.
“I found this training to be an eye opening and engaging experience. I am excited to implement the curriculum side by side with the language arts department at the end of the school year. I truly feel that the students will gain a greater understanding of the tragedy that was the Holocaust. At times emotional, this powerful presentation left me with a sense of my importance as an educator and a responsibility to share with my students.”
-Rebecca Dumont (Dan McCarty Middle School)
Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed Apple Center Day! The children had a wonderful time using their 5 senses to explore apples. Mrs. McIntyre spent 3-weeks having the students learn about the 5-senses, specifically what, why, and how we use them. Through reading, writing, science, and math, the children were able to explore apples and create apple projects based on their findings. In the picture, Ayva Bonacchi is sharing her apple project with her grandmother, Dorothy Bonacchi. It was a fun day of learning!
The students at Southern Oaks enjoyed a couple of weeks of book fun at their annual fall Scholastic Book Fair. Thanks to our students, teachers and staff we received $2,126.89 in free books! We could not have done it without the help of our Southern Oaks family. Students enjoyed the new titles offered in our book fair. Michael Schmitt was one of our best shoppers. He enjoyed our selection of historical and military books. We love to see our students excited about books.