It was an amazing morning of intense learning and even more intense emotions. Northport students were enthralled by Mrs. Tiffany Tredor who played The National Anthem on her violin. Five Northstar 7th grade students served as “Instructional Coaches” and gave students five guiding questions using the 5 W’s of Who, What, Where, When and Why. The drama instructor, Ms. Kim Fields, and her middle school students used a special poem to portray and honor the eight children who perished on 9/11. Band director, Mr. Ricardo Renelus and a beautiful ensemble of students played “We Shall Overcome” and a solemn rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Eighth grade instructor, Ms. Sandra Tyndale Harvey sang like a nightingale using her voice like an instrument as she sang “Be Kind and Be Tender!’ Jayden Diago, Northport Northstar 8th grader, put together a very informative powerpoint which she narrated herself. The Primary Source guest speaker was NYC Detective Albert Hickey. Detective Hickey was a first responder during the weeks, months and years following 9/11. He was so moving and authentic that many of the students were overcome with emotion by his powerful message. He was amazing and strong and a real American Hero for students to see and hear. Many veterans were present during the program and were heartily honored. We honor our veterans, police, firefighters and first responders at Northport and we constantly promote their goodness to our students. As we closed the program, the flights were called and the eight children who perished had names called and honored with a flag. So many thanks to Ms. Josie Bailey who worked with our technology and to Ms. Maryanne Warren for her videography, and to all those that performed and participated in the project. We also wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all the teachers who took part in their classrooms by providing lessons and portraying their student’s artwork. STUNNING UNITY AT NORTHPORT!
Author: LYNNE Gruszka
Northport K-8 School Media and Marketing Specialist