Northport K-8 School held their annual Spelling Bee recently in the school media center. Students from grades four through eight who won their classroom spelling bees were able to move forward and participate in the school based spelling bee. Parent attendance was plentiful and each spelling bee participant was able to bring one student guest from their class. Students moved through six rounds with Americorp Tutor Azzam Abdur-Rahman calling the words and tutors Barbara Despinos and Tessa Falatovich serving as judges. Students showed an impressive knowledge of spelling this year as they used rules and strategies to make excellent spelling connections. Many students asked for the word in a sentence, the language of origin and the part of speech as well as palm writing to become better bee participants.
The Northport Grand Spelling Champion for 2016 is Jennifer Tufte, a fifth grader, and second place went to Sierra Molinary, an eighth grader. Both girls will represent Northport at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at the Civic Center in March. Participants were Julian Moldonado, Samuel Guillen, Honeylette Ricalde, Alex Uy, Skylar Warner, Pierre Dentilus, Diego Lopez, Giovanni Wright, Anthony Serrano, Elijah Yuhas, Ellen Garcia, Dorian Jessee, Jordan Braden, Jesus Gonzalez, Jayden Diago, Jennifer Tufte, Jake Jones, Marilla Cruce, Alexander Hernandez, Matt Pinto, Jared Lowrie, Sierra Molinary, Andrevious Collins, Mya James, Davon Charles, NAthaniel Oliver, Zachary Cummings, Dudley Olibrice and Dakota Davis.
Wonderful and enthusiastic student performance!
The SLWK-8 4th Grade students recently took a field trip to Ft. Christmas and Alligator World. The students learned about how pioneers lived in early Florida and were able to grind corn and churn butter. Then they traveled to Alligator World where they observed animals in their natural habitats and explored the tools used by native Americans and settlers to survive in Florida.
Congratulations to Gaines Academy students: Lorena Ramirez-Garcia, Sedre Wright, Brandon Davis, and Nira Troublefield for being selected to the Indian River State College’s Four County Honor Band. The Four County Honor Band is comprised of students from St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties. These students will spend roughly 15 hours over the course of three days in rehearsal with guest clinician Dr. Shelby Chipman, Associate Professor of Music at Florida A&M University, and perform a concert at the end of the clinic.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) and kindergarten educators from across the District will convene on Fort Pierce Central High School’s campus for the Kaleidoscope of Movement Conference on Saturday, January 30, 2016. A wide array of talent development sessions will target early learning needs for four to six-year-old children with special sessions designed to support important learning opportunities for infants and toddlers. Interested public and private educators may register for this free event by contacting Dr. Mary Huffstetter at Mary.Huffstetter@stlucieschools.org.
A strong early learning initiative has grown in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) for the last four years through the District’s partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. When asked why early learning is important to the overall educational needs of children, Early Childhood Coordinator Dr. Huffstetter stated that children who receive high-quality early learning experiences and opportunities experience greater success in kindergarten and in their subsequent school careers. “This is why we feel it is so important to provide on-going opportunities to learn and collaborate with one another. We want the very best for our children.”
SLPS supports 18 Title One VPK classrooms and the District works hand in hand with the Early Learning Coalition and ALPI Head Start to support consistent instructional practices and provide quality resources for teaching and learning. The VPK Program is a free prekindergarten program for four-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before September 1.
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On Friday, January 15, fourth grade students attended a presentation by the Port Saint Lucie Botanical Gardens and the Keep Port Saint Lucie Beautiful about Arbor Day and the Fourth Grade Foresters Program. Students learned about growing a Sabal Palm and received their own Sabal Palm to take and plant at home. The trees were generously donated by Keep Port Saint Lucie Beautiful and Waste Pro.