Northport K-8 sixth grade students and teachers extended the learning experience of lessons on the Holocaust recently through “Living Voices.” Living Voices was presented in the school’s media center at the behest of Tim Norfleet, SLC District Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and sixth grade social studies instructor, Georgia Stone. Actress and Living Voices presenter, Rachel McClinton from Seattle, Washington coaxed the audience of teachers, students and a few parents through tears, anger and frustration and finally the sorrow of the Holocaust. Ms. McClinton presented the story of Sara Vice, retelling the actual story of Anne Frank as a girl in Holland until her last days in the concentration camps in Germany where she died of Typhus one month before American and British soldiers liberated the camp. After the presentation using multi-media sources and dramatic acting, the students were able to pose questions and received thorough and clear responses. The presentation was an excellent scaffolding tool for a deeper understanding of the experiences of the Holocaust. Pictured is Rachel McClinton speaking to the sixth graders.
Northport K-8 School sixth graders in Georgia Stone’s World History class are preparing to delve into yearly History Fair projects with an excellent lesson in the school’s media center. Students logged on to the National History Day website at www.nhd.org/gettingstarted.htm and utilized the “Conducting Research” bar. Students read all about primary and secondary sources and learned how to be a responsible researcher then answered two focus questions. Students also rotated to a center in the media center that offered scenarios and students, under the direction of Mrs. Stone, interpreted primary or secondary sources.
The History Fair topic this year is “Rights and Responsibilities. ” This is a broad topic that allows students to choose their own interests and explore the topic using a variety of primary and secondary resources. Chosen topics should place the project into historical perpective, examine its significance in history and show development over time. Students must use primary and secondary sources, analyze evidence and provide a clear explanation of the relationship of the topic to the theme.
Some examples of student expressions of interest at Northport K-8 School have been Womens Suffrage, A City Divided: The Berlin Wall, The Birth of the Declaration of Independence, Trail of Tears, Salem Witch Trials and The Power of the Press. Georgia Stone’s Historian Center in the school’s media center provided an excellent opportunity to target skills developing Informational Text and Research. Pictured are Mrs. Stone and from far side, Cheyenne Jones and Cassandra Andrade.
Northport K-8 School sixth grader Tatiana Hamilton from Ellen Weiss’ class spent some very engaging and quality time on her homework recently. Tatiana baked a homeade cake depicting a cell study using edible items. The cake was an excellent portrayal of the cell demonstating ribosomes, lysosomes, mitochondria, cell membrane, endoplasmic reticulum, golgi apparatus and cytoplasm. Weiss’ students processed new information and literally “digested” the information into interesting and easily visualized little bites. Students celebrated the finale of their science FCAT by bringing in their cell cakes to share with the rest of their class. Pictured is Tatiana Hamilton with her “cell
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts students in Rachel Ellsworth’s class competed in the desserts category for the Future Chef competition at the Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market recently. The event was organized by Slow Foods of Ft. Pierce. Students were thrilled to learn that their entry, pecan bars with fresh whipped pumpkin topping won first place in the desserts category. Students chose the recipe and some of the ingredients were purchased from local vendors at the Farmer’s Market. The pecans were purchased from Yun’s Produce and the vanilla was purchased from Lola Tortola Sugar and Spice. Four judges analyzed the bars for taste, display and creativity. Also competing were Fort Pierce Central High School, Treasure Coast High School, Port Saint Lucie High School and Forest Grove Middle School. Northport K-8 School culinary arts students and Mrs. Ellsworth were especially thrilled because their chef’s jackets were completed and delivered the day before the competitive event. The Northport Culinary Arts program provides students with an area of expertise that many times goes uncultivated. The program is “just right” for students who love to cook and invent a real Pièce de résistance! Pictured is Northport 8th grade student and chef, Zachary Shelton with other members of his team.
Congratulations are in order for Sharks, Stingrays and third grade students who achieved B, A and Principal’s Honor Roll as well as Perfect Attendance. We are very pleased with the progress that many of our students are making. Hard work is evident! Thank you to all parents and grandparents who visited Northport to help celebrate the students. Great job everyone!
This week has been a wonderful celebration of Honor Roll students across the board at Northport. Students in grades three through eight were honored for high achievement and perfect attendance.
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!
The Northport Media Center is officially named “The Northport K-8 School Children’s Memorial Library” in honor and remembrance of the eight children who perished on September 11, 2001.
The children from United Flight 175 were Christine Hanson, age 2, David Brandhorst, age 3, and Juliana McCourt, age 4. The children from American Flight 77 were Dana Falkenberg, age 3, Zoe Falkenberg, age 8, Rodney Dickens, age 11, Bernard Curtis Brown, age 11 and Asia Cottom, age 11.
The memorial tribute is placed beneath the Northport American flag. The Remembrance at Northport was stunning in its authenticity and nearly completely devoted to student as teacher lessons developing critical thinking skills.
The Senior and Adult Volunteer of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year have been selected at Northport K8 School. Suzi Scott, pictured on the left, Adult Volunteer of the Year, has served Northport for four years and has volunteered in a variety of available categories. Mrs. Scott
served as PTO president for two years, chairwoman for the Adequate Yearly Progress committee, and a member of the School Advisory Council and Title 1 committee. Kay Egan, Senior Volunteer of the Year, at right, has served Northport students and teachers for five years as media assistant and
assistant to several teachers in the lower school area. Both consistently go above and beyond as volunteers, always placing the needs of the students and faculty of Northport as a top priority. They are much appreciated and their service is highly valued!
Northport is thrilled to present Cindi Cairo as our Adult Volunteer of the Year for 2019-2020.
Cindi has volunteered at Northport for the last three years. She has assisted in the kindergarten and in third-grade. One of the jobs that Cindi helps with at Northport is assisting in small group centers for math. She is innovative in her modeling methods for math. She makes up new games to help children learn multiplication tables. The students love the games so much that they are playing them with other children from different classes at recess.mCindi also has chaperoned many field trips including the planetarium and the park, as well as the Oxbow Eco Center.
Cindi spends much of her time on the hunt for school supplies and books for all the children in need at our Title I school. Every week at least once or twice, she brings a bag of school supplies and books to the media center to be dispersed to students in need. She hunts in thrift stores for items that are much needed and appreciated here at school. Cindi is also an excellent mentor. She supplies much needed emotional support for children with an encouraging word, a smile and a pat on the back. She has built a wonderful and genuine rapport with the students and teachers. Cindi helps bring food to the school along with many members of our local church Partners in Education, First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Lucie. The church congregation supplies much appreciated breakfast and lunch during teachers Professional Development days and during Teacher Workdays. What a wonderful and kind feeling it is to know that Cindi and the congregation appreciate our school staff and children.
Cindi also makes homemade flash cards for children struggling with math facts and multiplication. The students love to have a handmade set of cards. A large part of Cindi’s work is collecting books for the school’s “Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading program. Cindi has collected thousands of great books to help students hone and keep the reading skills acquired from their teachers throughout the school year. She has cultivated friendships with so many people in the community that offer her small amounts of money to help pick out good books for kids. She gets real satisfaction looking for and finding the most popular books that children enjoy and at the same time, tries to find books of many different topics so that students can expand their reading horizons.
Cindi feels that finding that “Just Right” book can make a huge difference in a child’s life or just spark that light that encourages children to find a passion for reading and learning. Cindi kicks the school year off right with the kids too! She, along with many members of the local community, stand in front of the school on the very first day holding a sign that may read, “I Care. Do Your Best!”
We are so thankful that Cindi comes to Northport every week. She is a great advocate for the school and the children and she genuinely cares about each child finding a passion for literacy. Way to go Cindi!
We are so proud of our Northport K-8 School First Year Teacher of the Year! First, we are so glad that she chose teaching as her profession. It takes a very special person to be a classroom teacher. It takes grit, integrity, honesty, compassion, respect, knowledge, trustworthiness and an abilty to make a real connection with the kids.
Second, we are thrilled that she chose Northport! Our ESE kids are winners and they deserve an awesome teacher. Megan and her family moved here from the state of Washington. Big Change! Please congratulate Megan Hill and be as supportive as you can for her. She deserves all the accolades that we can offer! Way to go Megan! Become that teacher that we know is waiting to burst forth! Keep on truckin!
Northport K-8 School parents packed the second grade classroom of teacher Lorena Paez recently as her students performed a rousing rendition of the fable, “Stone Soup.” Students demonstrated their fluency skills in a Readers Theater performance to concerned and attentive parents and then sang a song about sharing and Thanksgiving. The moral of the story “Stone Soup” fit into the classroom lesson as well as the mission of the school that caring and giving, even just a little, make for a better and stronger community. Pictured are Mrs. Paez, parents, family members and second graders.
Great morning of learning at Northport K-8 School recently as WPTV Weatherman Steve Weagle visited and intrigued students.
Children in Kate Ploeckelman, Lorri Lamm, Kristin Schrader, Denise Fields and Jennifer Lusardi’s classes learned all about weather and weather calculations from the chief meteorologist. Students learned that to be a meteorologist, you need to love math, science and computer technology. Mr. Weagle spoke to students about weather forecasting and showed students how to make a homemade anemometer and how to study weather maps from satellites. He also discussed mini weather stations for hurricanes that take measurements of wind speed, temperature and humidity with a mini parachute called a dropsonde.
This was a great opportunity to hear and learn authentic information from a community professional and a television celebrity. Thanks to Steve Weagle and to all the second grade teachers for offering students a full complement of learning strategies and information.
Northport students became researchers and scientists in their classrooms. Hobe Sound Nature Preserve brought live owls to enhance the science lessons learned in school. Students learned about heredity and the difference between owls and red tailed hawks. They learned what owls eat as well as their natural habitats, and they also learned that owls can’t digest foods so they form pellets similar to hairballs. The pellets are filled with bones from their prey. Students were able to dissect sterilized pellets and match bone pieces to figures on a chart.
A big thumbs up to this terrific hands-on lesson. Many thanks to Hobe Sound Nature Preserve and to the many parents who helped dissect and engage our students. Woo Hoo! Parents Rock!
The Rising Stars 3rd and 4th grade Gifted and Enriched students and Northstars 7th grade Gifted and Enriched classes collaborated in a cross curricular and cross grade level project on sound energy and production. Students accepted the challenge to create an orchestra using recycled materials. Students drew sketches of proposed instruments, wrote build procedures and play procedures, and then played three notes on each instrument. The older students mentored the younger students during the entire process. The Northstars also wrote a formal research paper with three citations on the evolution of musical instruments and sound production. It was a wonderful experience for everyone! Great job to the students and instructors, Laura Woodworth and Tiffany Tredor.
Northport K-8 middle grades science instructors Amanda Sartain and Kalyn Nova have been selected to receive a 2012 Toolbox for Education Grant for a vegetable garden for the middle school next year. A school garden allows students to
apply curriculum based education in innovative, unique and engaging ways. Instructors will be using the Gardening For Grades curriculum by Florida Agriculture for planning and creating lesson plans for the garden. Students will discover the components of a garden that correlates with curriculum from observing plants grown from seeds, measuring growth and designing experiments. Students at the middle school level will be learning about Florida soil, different types of
soil, pH levels, hydroponics, soil testing, composting, planting from seeds, photosynthesis and types of seeds. The shared garden will be an exciting opportunity for authentic growth and scientific discovery. Pictured are Ms. Nova, left, and Ms. Sartain.
Northport K-8 School sixth grade science teacher Amanda Sartain has won the FAST Award of Promise. The Florida Association of Science Teachers each year selects a science teacher from the state of Florida who has three to five years of experience and has demonstrated an interest and aptitude for teaching science. Some of the qualifications include participation in professional organizations showing leadership at the local, state and national level, maintaining an innovative and exciting classroom/labratory environment, uses innovative materials and new approaches to teaching science, effectively uses community resources and guest
speakers and continuously practices professional development through workshops and conferences. Mrs. Sartain has continually proven that her Northport science students excel by evaluating her data and that the critical information she offers her students is reflected on and thoroughly processed.
Northport K-8 School administration, teachers, tutors and staff came together for a special Thanksgiving luncheon recently to count blessings and share camaraderie. The turkeys were carved by Principal Glenn Rustay for each of the lunch sessions and each administrator thanked the staff for digging in their heels and doing the very important and difficult work of educating students. The Thanksgiving luncheon is an annual event at Northport. The 28-year old school is steeped in tradition while constantly analyzing, evaluating and implementing new educational initiatives. The joy and beauty of the holiday season is not lost on the Northport K-8 School community! Pictured are Principaln Rustay and his administrative team as well as a sampling of teachers and staff.
Roy Brewer, We want to thank you for being a wonderful friend to the children of Northport. Our principal, Glenn Rustay thinks the world of you. Your work at Northport, especially bringing Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams to our school was the highlight of a long career and the highlight in the 32 year history of Northport. We all love you and are praying for your complete recovery. Texas doesn’t know that Hurricane Roy is on the way ❤ 🌞 Thank you for coming and giving the final salute to our school. Roy served NP for many years as one of our Veteran Partners in Education and was instrumental in bringing many vital programs to our children.
What an absolutely wonderful morning of patriotism and pride at Northport today. Many local veterans came into school to take part in a Veteran’s Panel for students. Mrs. Kemp’s third graders led the program with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Renelus and his band played the National Anthem and a rousing rendition of a medley of the songs for each branch of the military. Students in Susan Smith’s class read a poem called “The Veteran’s Blessing.” The veterans spoke eloquently about the importance of teamwork, support, brotherhood, education and most importantly, honor and integrity. These words are the pillars of a solid educational experience at Northport. The words patriotism, integrity, commitment, sacrifice, honor, service, respect and empathy are the guiding words for American citizenship. We teach our students the meaning of these words by example every day at Northport. Thank you to all veterans who participated and thank you to the teachers who spoke about honoring our veterans in their classes.
Northport Safety Patrol Pancake Breakfast rocked at Applebee’s Sunday morning. The patrols worked hard serving family and friends to earn money for their end-of-year trip! They did an amazing job and had fun too! Thank you to everyone who came out or donated! ❤