For the last eight years, Northport has recognized the month of October as Bullying Awareness Month. Students are educated using a multi-pronged approach with a common message. We don’t tolerate bullying at Northport; we offer tools to cope using an individualized plan, and we promote a single school culture with kindness, civic duty, patriotism, service, care and concern as our bell weather teaching style. Our community always remembers to teach the whole child. We never forget that each child has their own learning style and each receives messages in their own way.
This year, we closely followed the SLPS Stomp Out Bullying, Change the Culture plan that was a collaboration between the Department of Student Services, Department of Social and Emotional Learning and the Department of Exceptional Student Education. We tailored the plan to fit the needs of our school. We honored “Be A Buddy Week,” “Make New Friends Week,” “Stand Up For Others Week,” and “Inclusion Week.” We utilized quotes on the morning announcements as well as specific conversation starters. We promoted “The Promise” pledge and read books related to bullying. We offered, in coordination with our PTO, real tools to cope and what to do if a child feels bullied. Parents have been involved with our specialized approach to deter bullying.
Many thanks to our resource/elective teachers who were integral in implementing our annual “BULLY WALK” around the school during each class period. Northport is a fascinating study in what a true public Title I school should be and, without exception, we are proud to call Northport “OUR SCHOOL!”
Each year, the Florida Council for the Social Studies honors educators across the state at their annual conference. 11th grade US History teacher at Treasure Coast High School, Joe Curatolo, was recognized at the 61st annual conference as the Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year for St. Lucie County. Administrators across the district nominated teachers from their schools to be considered for this honor. Mr. Curatolo’s leadership and drive to bring quality lessons to his students made him a great choice for our high school winner.
Second grade students at Palm Pointe were working on their summarizing skills this week. Students were allowed to select a grade appropriate book of their choice and were tasked with retelling the events by giving a thorough summary of the book. In addition to their summary, students used pumpkins to create a representation of one of the main characters in the book. The second grade team invited all staff and students to come by and visit their storybook pumpkin display. How amazing and creative our Palm Pointe students are!
Students came to school all decked out in orange to take a stand against bullying. They wanted to send a clear message that they don’t support bullying and that they won’t be a bystander. Way to go, students! Together, let’s stomp out bullying for good.
What a great day in the Northport cafeteria and on our school patio. Hundreds of parents came to enjoy school lunch with their children. Beverly Yates and her MARVELOUS kitchen staff brought different styles of homemade pizza to the school. It was a special day and the community really enjoyed the different toppings and spending time with their children! Let’s do it again, Mrs. Yates and staff !!!!!!!