Northport students cultivate learning relationships

Northport students cultivate learning relationships

Northport K-8 students in Susan Matteson’s eighth grade reading class and young students in Lorri Lamm’s second grade class have been cultivating learning relationships to benefit each learning level and style. Students and teachers have been meeting twice a month since the beginning of the school year to bond and integrate learning systems. Students recently met to select words from second grade student lists, review the definitions and pronunciations and then to make costumes to portray the meaning of the words selected. Students will participate in a vocabulary roundup parade in January. Pictured are learning buddies from both classes, from left, Karla Montoya, Jada Gunn, Malcolm Mungin and Josias Palma.

Northport students compare and contrast two famous speeches

Northport students compare and contrast two famous speeches

Northport K-8 Northstar students in Mala Woessners gifted and enriched middle grades classes used the tragedy of 9/11 to listen to two famous presidential speeches of hope, renewal and triumph over enemies of the United States. Students listened to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt address members of the U.S. Congress when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and compared and contrasted the speech of President George Bush addressing the nation when Muslim extremists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Students cited evidence and made inferences using the primary sources and made note of several important characteristics. Both presidents implored the American people to work together, persevere and be a beacon hope. Some of the famous quotes were Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “This day will live in infamy!” and George Bush, “America is the brightest beacon for freedom in the world!” This exercise was an excellent use of primary sources for examining similarities and differences and
for processing new information.

Northport students combine powerful lesson on literacy and antibullying

Northport students combine powerful lesson on literacy and antibullying

Seventh and eighth grade students on the Northport K-8 Clownfish team combined a great lesson on literacy with a powerful antibullying message in the school Media Center recently. Students read the book “Call Me Yubbie” written by Joe Wojcik, better known as Joe The Biker in their reading classes. Each student then wrote an essay putting themselves in the shoes of one of the characters in the book. Some students took on the persona of the bully and others took on characteristics of the victim as displayed in their very poignant writings. Joe Wojcik then visited with the students discussing his life story, how to deal with real life bullies, why bullies do what they do and why victims act as they do in real life. Joe engaged the students in a tremedous morning of interaction, discussion and “real talk” about bullying and combined effective literacy lessons in the discussions. The program can be viewed in its entirety
on the St. Lucie Education channel on School Report in the near future.

Northport Students Collaborate With College Level Campaign!

Northport Students Collaborate With College Level Campaign!

Northport students in Sandra Tyndale’s eighth grade class and Jennifer Lusardi’s second grade class collaborated with students from Fort Pierce Central High School and Lincoln Park Academy visiting Northport as Dual Enrollment students from Indian River State College. The dual enrollment students visited Northport as an assignment from their college level American Government class.

Students, Samantha Huynh, Anthony Lima, Adriana Sanz and Nayeli Silva are running a mock campaign for Governor of the State of Florida. Candidate for Governor Nayeli Silva visited with the students and provoked a debate concerning mandatory dress code with the older students and the mock candidate and her staff immersed themselves in the educational experiences of the second graders. The dual enrollment students are campaigning on three main issues: economy, education and the environment. Students videotaped their campaign at the school and are putting together their priceless campaign for governor. Northport was so thrilled to be involved in the college level educational experience.

Northport students celebrated for excellence in math

Northport students celebrated for excellence in math

Northport K-8 students were celebrated for Excellence in Education in math recently at a Mathlete Award ceremony.  Students were given certificates and special recognition at the program which celebrated their dedication and hard
work this school year in math.  The third through fifth grade students won first place at the Northport K-8 Math Bowl competition and went on to represent Northport at the district first annual Math Bowl competition held at Fort Pierce Central High School.  The middle school students represented Northport at the regional MathCounts competition at Indian River State College in February.  Students are to be congratulated for their excellence in mathematics and their stellar representation of Northport K-8 School.  Pictured ,from top left, are  Angel Mozee, Rayla Ross, Tiana Aragon-Vargas, Kadesha D’Silva, Madison Webb, Victoria Juarez, Trevor Walk, Rheanna Buckman, Kenneth Bridges, Taya Komoroski, Kiara Badalo, Estefany Medina, Daniel Lopez, Ethan Trainor, Tome Kuzevski, Bret Smith, Alexis Moss, Connor O’Sullivan, Joshua Benjamin and Aldina Charles with math coach Josie Bailey.

Northport Students Celebrate Great Writing!

Northport Students Celebrate Great Writing!

Just when we think our students couldn’t make us any prouder, our writers do their “Run for the Roses!” This morning, Kolbee Cicio, Allyson Sheets, Mercella Stephens, Sydnee Coryn, Emmanuel Serpas Funes, Emmalyne Lewiston and Ariana Aponte Quiles proved that Northport students love writing and they are very good at their craft. Our students had fun with words and became courageous, authentic authors. The celebration was held at Oak Hammock K-8 School. The guest speaker was former school superintendent and author, Lois McGuire. Students and parents really celebrated good writing on behalf SLPS and the SLC Reading Council ❤ Beautiful honor for our Young Authors 🌞 Many thanks to all of our parents who braved the rain and supported such a momentous occasion.

Northport Students Build Water Turbines!

Sixth grade students in Mr. Fess’ Northstars STEM class designed and built water turbines as part of their unit on Hydropower. These students are studying various types of alternative energy sources in this course while also learning about the Engineering, Science and Math necessary to harness the energy.

Northport students build scale models to learn math

Northport students build scale models to learn math

Northport K-8 School students in June Wilson’s seventh grade math class exercised their creativity by reproducing scale models of furniture in their classroom.  Students learned proportion, similarity, scale drawing, perimeter and area of similar figures. Students utilized bridge maps for clarification of similarities.  At the completion of the project, students were able to compute the perimeter and areas of their models to the actual objects by using the scale factor. Mrs. Wilson stated that students were thrilled to be learning math skills with a hands-on approach and social interactions were a positive influence on student output.

Northport students buddy up for literacy initiative

Northport students buddy up for literacy initiative

Northport K-8 students in Pam Mishler’s first grade class and Lisa Cash’s sixth
grade class made new friends all in the name of literacy recently when the
students paired up to prepare for the school’s vocabulary parade.  Students used
words from their reading text for the year to make vocabulary costumes and  hand
made signs to wear in the parade to celebrate words. Teachers and students used
the book “Miss Alaineus” by Debra Frasier to hone ideas and to prepare to model
their costumes in the vocabulary parade.  The vocabulary parade is just one of
the activities made available to Northport students to participate in Just Read,
Florida’s initiative, “Celebrate Literacy” during the week of January 14-18.
Pictured from left are Destiny Davis, Skylar Warner, Tatiana Hamilton, Harper
Carey and Ariane Russell.

Northport students and staff enjoy annual field days

Northport students and staff enjoy annual field days

Northport K-8 School students from kindergartners to eighth grade enjoyed Northport’s annual Field Days recently held at Sportsmen’s Park. Students and teachers attended the Field Days in rotations with their classroom and elective teachers assisting to make sure all students were safe and enjoying the event. Activities included the 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash, jump rope, hula hoops, javelin throws, grass relays, crab races and the tug of war. This year was the first year that middle schoolers have been invited to participate in the events. Clownfish team teacher Sandra Tyndaler said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the well organized event. The students were eager participants and the day was smooth and fun filled!” The 7/8 Clownfish team was commended by Coaches Linda Walker and Kim Kanada Graff for outstanding behavior, sportsmanship and great attitudes. Overall, the Northport K-8 School annual Field Days events were a great wrap up for a year filled with fun learning activities for students of all ages. Pictured are students from the Mariners’ eighth grade team in a tug of war.

Northport students and families enjoy young authors program

Northport students and families enjoy young authors program

Seven Northport K-8 students and their families participated in the St. Lucie County Reading Council Young Authors program held recently at Fort Pierce Central High School. All students at Northport K-8 School participate in the Young Author’s program as evidentiary data for the school’s Parent Involvement goals for the School Improvement Plan. Student, family and teacher involvement in the authentic writing program is  nearly 100%. Each year, at the beginning of the school year, teachers prepare their students for the “whole community- project based” program. Writing workshops are held in conjunction with the 21st Century after school program and classroom teachers prepare their students to be able to demonstrate mastery of the writing process, which includes planning, organizing, writing, editing, style, revision, adding illustrations and achieving the final product. The books are then displayed in the school Media Center for optimal display of community work and parent visits. This year’s school wide selections for best writing by Northport students are  Zachary Roy, Breanna Guillame, Alexander Hernandez, Alayna
Jaworski, Cali Romano, Alexa DeMatthews and Jill Quant. Pictured is Zachary Roy and his proud mother, Marie Roy.

Northport students and families celebrate accomplishments

Northport students and families celebrate accomplishments

Northport K-8 kindergartners, fifth, and eighth grade students are celebrating their accomplishments with “Moving Up” ceremonies, dances, picnics and parties. Parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and administrators, are proud of the students’ progress at Northport. Kindergartneners celebrated with classroom ceremonies, fifth graders will host a formal celebration, and eighth graders will celebrate with a formal ceremony in the evening with a host of Veteran partners serving as flag bearers for an honor color guard to kick off the ceremony. Students will also honor Sgt. Ray Carter of the United States Army, who participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy Beach and Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. This year is the 69th anniversary of D-Day. At Northport, we celebrate students and honor our United States military. Pictured is fifth grader Danarius Yearby from Nichole Robinson’s class. Some of the highlights of his year, Darius remarked, were his awesome teachers, friends, trip to Oxbow Eco-Center, Northport Field Day and science project.

Northport students and community prepare for science fair season

Northport students and community prepare for science fair season

Northport K-8 middle grades students are diligently planning, organizing and researching for the Northport K-8 School Annual Science Fair. Students in grades six through eight follow a timeline, beginning with getting special certification forms completed, checking and completing logbooks that include purpose, hypothesis, procedures, analysis, conclusion and much more. Students also are collecting data, completing research papers and formatting bibliographies. Finally, completed science research projects including science boards are due in December. The whole process is an all-encompassing community effort in time management, data collection, research skills and a multitude of other far reaching lessons that will impact student achievement far into the future. Competition is key and individual students excel learning to use the scientific process. Northport students in grades four and five learn science fair techniques through a classroom approach and will conduct a Science Expo that is not based on competition. Middle grades science teachers to be commended on their expertise and dynamic, focused approach to scientific instruction are Ellen Weiss, De Green, Kalyn Nova, Christine Persick as well as Northport Science Fair Coordinator, Dr. Laura Woodworth. Pictured are students from De Green’s class researching in the media center, from left, Luis Flores, Jaylona Casado, Jarvin Patrick and Tajah Johnson.

Northport student writers set examples for excellence

Northport student writers set examples for excellence

Northport K-8 students are participating in the Young Authors program and are setting examples of effective writing for display in the school Media Center.  Students from kindergarten through eighth grade have been preparing, thinking, writing, revising, editing, illustrating and demonstrating a commitment to great writing through a year long process of effective learning and teaching.  The crown jewel in Northport’s commitment to effective writing and communicating ideas and information effectively is the Young Authors program.  Each year, students display their books in a Media Center showcase with a theme as a backdrop.  This year the theme is “Wild, Wild West Writes  Again.”  Entering the Media Center is a step back into American history where the Old West was King!  Pictured is third grade instructor Glenda Taylor with her students in front of the third grade “Trail of Tales!”  Red checkered table cloths, real cow and bull skulls, deer antlers, a saddle and bridle, a sarsasparillla 5 cents stand, kerchiefs, horseshoes and old pots and pans are some of the memorabilia that students are checking out!  Young Authors Season is one of the highlights of Northport’s investment in student achievement!

Northport Student Wins State Writing Contest!

Northport Student Wins State Writing Contest!

Northport is pleased to announce that fifth grade student, Paris Martinez from Mrs. Tredor’s class has won not only the District 9 Florida Retired Educators Association essay contest, but also the state of Florida award. At the state level, Paris will receive a special plaque and $150 cash award. The topic was “A Memory With a Grandparent!” The accolades just keep .❤ We are teaching children to be courageous writers at our school. 📚

Northport Student Wins at State Science and Engineering Fair

Northport Student Wins at State Science and Engineering Fair

Northport VPK-8 School is please to announce that Northstar student Michael Gorbach has been awarded fourth place in the Junior division of the 60th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair this April in the Medicine and Health category. Michael’s project entitled “FIR=LIFE” was recognized with a first place award in the school’s science fair in January, a first place award in the Treasure Coast Regional Stem Science and Engineering Fair in February as well as the nomination to be one of the fourteen delegates representing St. Lucie County students at the 60th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland, Florida.

Michael Gorbach’s scientific work was based on wound healing time with an interest in decreasing medical costs and disability length of treating and healing wounds. After completing a literature search on wound maturation and radiation types and their effects on body tissues, he designed and completed an experiment to test the effects of infrared radiation on wound healing speeds. Practicing excellent scientific ethics, he decided to work with earthworms as an invertebrate organism rather than exposing humans to any potential pain or harm. He performed a controlled experiment with multiple trials where the worms in the investigational group were exposed to the infrared treatments and a control group of worms that did not receive the treatment. Observations of the wounds and measurement of regeneration length were carefully recorded in his log book. His data analysis included several statistical methods and numerous graphs. Based on the data obtained, Michael Gorbach concluded that infrared radiation exposure does speed wound healing and regeneration processes.

Michael Gorbach is on the Northstar team at Northport VPK-8 School which offers an advanced curriculum with opportunities to earn high school credits. The middle grades placement on the Northstar team is an excellent addition to the academic selection offered at Northport VPK-8 School and it is noteworthy that the advanced curriculum has achieved solid academic results with a focus on leadership.

Northport Student Rewarded for Respectful Patriotism

Northport Student Rewarded for Respectful Patriotism

For the last seven years, Northport K-8 School has built a strong bond and partnership with local veterans in Saint Lucie County. The program is called Veteran Partners In Education. Through the years, the Veteran Partners have served the children and families in a multitude of ways. Some examples of service to the school are, many classroom visits to talk about Patriotism and the military life, presented several living time lines, participation in the Purple Heart Memorial building, Read Across America guests, Northport commemorations for 9/11, Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year, Army One Presidential helicopter pilot visit, Korean War Armistice program, Salute to the Marine Corps birthday and many, many other events that bring the veterans into the school nearly every week.

Through data and meticulous record keeping, it has been determined that 15,305 students and families have been touched by the Veteran Partners program at Northport. On many visits, veterans will bring uniforms and hats for the students to try on. Recently, veterans Bill Arnold and Peter Popolizio, both Northport Senior Volunteers of the Year, with Mr. Popolizio also serving as the Saint Lucie County School Board Senior Volunteer of the Year for 2013-14, visited a particular student at Northport K-8 School. Aune Abdelquadar, seventh grade student on the Stingrays team, was rewarded with an authentic army veterans hat, complete with American flag pins and many other military insignia on the hat. Aune was rewarded with the hat because each time he see’s a veteran, his salute is stunning. His respect is unquestionable and outright moving. The veterans were thrilled to present Aune the hat and the students thought it was quite the remarkable occasion and were surprised by the visit in Mrs. Sandra Tyndale-Harvey’s class. Pictured are Peter Popolizio, Sandra Tyndale and Bill Arnold with Aune Abdelquader sporting his brand new hat.

Northport student inspired by letter from author

Northport student inspired by letter from author

Northport K-8 fourth grader Cierra Yuhas knew she was having difficulty with reading comprehension. She spoke to her teacher, Carissa Provencher, who provided some valuable advice: select your favorite book, contact the author and get some tips on how to better understand concepts from books. Cierra took her teacher’s words to heart and wrote a letter explaining the situation to Cynthia Lord, author of “Rules”, Cierra’s favorite book.  Lord wrote Cierra a very special letter with some words of advice to keep reading, to look closely at everything because it becomes more beautiful. The author also advised Cierra that her book was inspired by her son, who has autism like the book’s main character, and told Cierra to look out for her next book called “Touch Blue”. Cierra has been so inspired by the letter from Cynthia Lord that she is reading more than ever, as well as looking forward to writing her own Young Author’s book. Pictured is Cierra with her book and letter.

Northport Student Benefits from “Recycling in the Key of Education!”

Northport Student Benefits from “Recycling in the Key of Education!”

Talk about a “Joyful Noise!” That is what Dr. Kevin Perry brought to one lucky student at Northport K-8 School recently. Northport eighth grader Zachary Davis was surprised by Dr. Kevin Perry, the SLPS Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Fine Arts. Dr. Perry is part of a delightful group of local citizens called Bluebird Educational Productions. Dr. Perry, along with group founder, Darryl Bey, love music so much that they started a group called “Recycling In the Key of Education” or RIKE for short. The group collects used musical instruments from local citizens who gladly donate and then have the used instruments refurbished into beautiful, shiny nearly new pieces.

SLPS band directors then select students who will benefit by owning their own instrument.  Dr. Perry said that the recipients of the musical instruments are spread around all schools so that not just one school receives all instruments.  Zachary was so overwhelmed by the generosity of “Recycling in the Key of Education” that his eyes filled with tears. He said, “It’s a miracle! A white glove too!” Many thanks to Dr. Karen Crocco who encourages and teaches the joy of music every single day @Northport.