Southport Middle School’s top readers recently gathered for a Level Up Luncheon in the media center to celebrate their accomplishments and be rewarded for their achievements in the Reading Plus program. Several students celebrated leveling up by reading over 100 See Readers in the program and some of our students surpassed all the lessons in the program leveling up well above their goals. Principal Nicole Telese was there to serve up pizza and lemonade and congratulate students for all their levels of accomplishment. A huge thanks to everyone, including the café, teachers, media, and support staff across campus, who were
Once a month, each of the grade level teams at Southport Middle School selects a special service project that benefits the community as students learn about the importance of volunteerism. Most recently, the seventh grade Panthers’ service projects had students learning about the basics of gardening and they spent the day beautifying the school campus by pulling weeds and planting new shrubs. The eighth grade Gators collected items and provided backpacks for the homeless that included non-perishable foods and other necessities like blankets, clothing, and various utensils. They were donated to local shelters and churches in the area and distributed
Family, friends, former students, and colleagues through the years, gathered to honor Mr. Jim LeBon and celebrate his 40 years of service as a band director at his annual Spring Band Concert. The evening began with a surprise reception with family, friends, and colleagues as well as performances in the courtyard by Port St. Lucie High School and Treasure Coast High School bands, where many of his former band students are now in attendance. There were many introductions and storytelling throughout the evening, beginning with Ms. Nicole Telese, Southport Middle Principal. Some of the guest speakers included Dr. Kevin Perry,
Southport Middle School students have numerous before and after-school clubs to choose from. The PEARLS Club, Positive Enthusiastic Awesome Regal Ladies Society, is just one club that Southport teachers have been sponsoring for our girls to take part in. The PEARLS focus is for the girls to be part of a united group and become a positive influence in our community. They meet once a week and sponsor a number of activities. Most recently, the girls met with club leaders, Ms. Caissy, Mrs. Digiacomo, and Mrs. Pritchard at the Fort Pierce Causeway for their second beach cleanup of the year.
Students in the Southport Middle School band put on an outstanding performance at their annual Winter Band Concert. Under the direction of Bandmaster James LeBon, the beginning band featured music for the holidays, along with a variety of old favorites as they celebrated this exciting time of the year. The Advanced Band also did an outstanding job in front of a full house and an enthusiastic audience.
Southport Middle School has been blessed with several organizations to support our Southport Grace Pack families with a Thanksgiving box each year. A special thanks to the Port St. Lucie Ballantrae community, Holy Family Catholic Church’s Council of Catholic Women, a VERY generous parent, and various Southport staff members who provided monetary donations and food items to support our Grace Packs program. Each box was filled with items for a Thanksgiving meal, a gift card to buy a turkey or ham, and meals for the week. Staff members and students also had a hand in helping put the boxes together,
Southport Middle School Heart & Sole team had an exciting afternoon practicing for their Fall 5K Celebration Run. Southport teachers, parents, and other family members encouraged the girls every step of the way. It was a great day for everyone who attended! Thanks to you all, WE ROCKED THE RUN?♀️???
Southport Middle School students focused on a variety of service projects throughout the year. Teams from each grade level selected projects that students chose together that inspired them and benefited the community. The sixth grade Marlins team chose to continue the Adopt a Street service project to help keep Port St. Lucie beautiful. Students from the team meet once a month to pick up litter on the streets around the campus. They cover Morningside Boulevard, past the Morningside Library and all along SE Greendon Road and are devoted to keeping Port St. Lucie beautiful, one piece of trash at a
Southport Middle School 2020-2021 Literacy and Art teachers worked together to spread kindness to some very special members of our community. Thanks to Mrs. Herman, Ms. Caissy, Mrs. Richards and the literacy teachers, and the entire Bobcat team who created cards for the folks in nursing home facilities who have been unable to see their families through the pandemic. In addition, Mrs. Robinson turned her PBS craft reward time into giving to others, while having kids paint Florida scenes to give to those in the nursing home facilities for their rooms. Thanks to all the special Southport teachers for
For the second year in a row, Coach Nick Zoerhof and Assistant Coach Becky Carranza led the Southport Middle School soccer team to the final county championship. The team was excited to receive their first-place trophy after winning the final game!
Employees of St. Lucie Medical Center were grateful for the uplifting and inspirational cards they received from the sixth grade students at Southport Middle School. Students in Mrs. Richards literacy classes created cards to thank the healthcare workers for their service during these challenging times. The students’ thoughtful words, gestures and support were recognized and deeply appreciated by the hospital staff.
Southport Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society teamed up with Student Council members and their families for an environmental service project to help clean up St. Lucie County beaches. The “Beach Clean Up” is one of Southport’s favorite service project initiatives that students are participating in this school year. The cleanup took place at Jensen Beach.
Under the direction of Bandmaster Mr. Jim LeBon, students in the Southport Middle School band put on an outstanding performance at their annual Winter Band Concert. In case you missed it, the live performance was featured on Southport’s Facebook page, making it available for the families who could not attend. Those who could be there in person enjoyed the Band from social distanced seating in the outdoor arena. The band featured music for the holidays to celebrate this exciting time of the year.
Southport Middle School Media Center is making good use of the generous donation of personal protection items from United Way of St. Lucie County. Our school recently received over 200 canisters of Lysol Wipes, as well as signage for social distancing and hand washing for participating in their Tools for Schools program. Our staff and students send their thanks for these essential supplies.
To celebrate Florida City Government Week, the City of Port St. Lucie hosted a Virtual Town Hall for Kids. Students at four local schools, Morningside Elementary, Southport Middle, Port St. Lucie High and Somerset College Preparatory Academy, submitted videos, asking questions about how their local city government functions. Their questions were geared to members of a five-member panel of City employees, including Mayor Gregory J. Oravec; Councilwomen Jolien Caraballo and Stephanie Morgan; Communications Director Sarah Prohaska; Community Outreach Coordinator Parks & Recreation Robert Chenier; Assistant Chief of Police Richard Del Toro; and Utility Billing/Connection Support Manager Gina Linsley. Southport 7th
Southport Middle School would like to express their gratitude to the many generous residents of Ballentrae, in Port St. Lucie, for their continued support of our Grace Packs program. A huge thank you to Jack Jennings, from Ballentrae, who spearheaded the donation drive. Because of their support to our Grace Packs program, all our Grace Packs families will be provided with healthy food during this difficult time. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the numerous teachers and volunteers who generously donated groceries and/or money, organized, adopted, and/or delivered Grace Packs to our Southport families these past few
Teacher Appreciation Week started off at Southport with administration and staff members meeting to put gift bags together for our teachers and staff. Each bag contained sweet treats for the week, fun projects to enjoy, kindness notes from students and colleagues, and a commemorative distance learning #HurricaneStrong tee-shirt. Teachers were invited to drive by and pickup up their gift bags and a nice lunch box from administration. We also had a nice surprise and support from some of our amazing students who dropped off posters, flowers, and balloons! Everyone was delighted to see each other, keeping social distancing in mind,
Southport Middle School students and staff took part in a virtual “Inspiration Day” to help everyone feel a little more at ease with our new distance learning initiative. Students and teachers used their new learning platform to upload inspirational selfies, some even with their pets. They included quotes to remind one another that we are still connected as a school family and together we have HURRICANE STRENGTH! Please remember that we are all in this together, and we can and will overcome this. Take some time each day to “stop and smell the roses” as they say, and enjoy life
To mark America Recycles Day, the City of Port St. Lucie awarded Southport with a “Buddy Bench” made from the plastic caps that students have been collecting and sending in to recycle. The participation from students, teachers, and Southport friends was amazing! Principal Nicole Telese remarked, “This project not only helps our students to see the value in pollution prevention and recycling, it is also symbolic of our work to end bullying and to learn empathy. The idea behind the “Buddy Bench” concept is that if someone is having a bad day or is struggling to form relationships with their