Northport seventh grade students in Andrew Mackenzie’s class are diligently processing new information on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Students are learning that there are twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution and are participating in deep discussions about each Amendment to select which two Amendments they think that they can live without. Students conducted research and identified evidence-based reasons to support their point of view on this topic. They are really looking at the Constitution and familiarizing themselves with important American issues. Mr. Mackenzie planned his lesson collaboratively with all seventh grade Civics instructors at Northport.
New instructor, Andrew Mackenzie, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona says, “The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are foundations of American society. Getting students engaged as early as possible in understanding the Bill of Rights will give them a better appreciation of why America is so unique.” Students learned that the delegates to the Continental Congress signed the Constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 and each September 17th is commemorated as “Constitution Day.” Great job Mr. Mackenzie and class!
The SGA Red & Gold Tie event was an amazing success. Gentlemen from around the county supported Sam Gaines Academy middle school students at the event. These community leaders provided practical tips to the young men on how to tie a tie and offered professional advice on being a successful person. Great relationships were formed and positive expectations were established.
As dawn broke on the morning of Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion held their annual beach cleanup at Pepper Park on North A1A in Fort Pierce.
The Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion is dedicated to helping maintain a clean environment and this event was just one in a series of Cobra Battalion events scheduled for this year that will help achieve that goal.
The Cobra Battalion walked the beach for about an hour and collected 15 bags of garbage.
After cleaning the beach, the cadets ran the obstacle course at the Navy Seal and UDT Museum and played Company vs. Company games while the Cobra Battalion staff and parents cooked lunch for the other cadets.
After lunch we cleaned up and left no trace that we were there except for a cleaner beach. A special thanks to the cadets, cadre and parents who participated.
The Fort Pierce Westwood JROTC Panther Battalion Honor Guard provides a Saber Arch for the Homecoming Court on the 25th of September during halftime activities of the Westwood vs Treasure Coast football game. C/CSM Alex Rediker Commanded the Honor Guard which included Cadets Trystan Crisp, Jordan Bamford, Shannon Bradley, Raul Velasco, Sally Dupre, Alejandro Garcia, Cristobal Gonzalez, Michelande Elliasaint and Tyrin Edinfield.
Fourth grade students at Frances K. Sweet explored the Law of Conservation of Mass by demonstrating that the mass of a whole object is always the same as the sum of the masses of its parts by finding the percentage of a banana that is edible. Pictured are from the left, Aidan Herrera and Christopher Gomez.
Ms. Brenda Hoskin from Southeastern Guide Dogs visited Frances K. Sweet third graders after they read Saving Buster, Aero & Officer Mike, and Good Dogs, Guide Dogs. Ms. Hoskins, the handler, brought her guide dog, Molly, and discussed how Molly was trained and what she is responsible for. The boys and girls were quite intrigued!
Gaines Academy will host a Doughnuts with Dad Day this Wednesday September 30th at 8am in the SGA Auditeria. Students will have doughnuts with Dad (or any honorary dad or male role model). Then, they will create a special project with Dad for a school-wide display. Come on out, Dads!
The 5th graders at Mariposa Elementary in Ms. Kathy Guntow’s class are investigating the proper use of scientific tools. The students rotate through stations that measure volume, mass, length, time, and temperature. They also explore how to use microscopes and hand lenses to complete their science measurement tools activity. Toni Serra, Dylan Baugh, and Crystal Headley are cooperatively working with a classroom scale.
Congratulations to 11 top members of the Forest Grove Middle School Select Chorus who will be participating in the Indian River State College 4 County Honors Chorus this weekend. Sontavia Lynn, Theresa Reilly, Faith Harrell, MaKayla Gierke, and Kajshae Holmes; Back Row: Seirra Sanchez, Eniyah Bowen, De’Aujanae Edwards, Reyanah Burr, Alisia Mendoza, and Kloie Morgan.
They enjoyed a combined rehearsal with students in the Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus thanks to Director Dr. Rolanda Jones on Thursday, September 24. On Friday, they joined all the top chorus students in the area for an all-day rehearsal at IRSC. They rehearsed on Saturday, September 26, and then performed in concert. Everyone enjoyed an evening of beautiful choral music presented by our talented students.
The highlight of the concert was the last number in which the middle school and high school choruses joined their voices for a grand finale! Thanks to a generous donation from Anchor Jewelers and Rare Coins, Forest Grove students will wear matching pearl jewelry sets. Thank you for your support of the new Forest Grove Middle School Chorus Program under the direction of Mrs. Kathy Osking.
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School to compete in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of back to back events starting with Rope Bridge and a physical fitness test (PT). During the PT test the team had to complete a total of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, and 85 pull-ups. The rest of the events consisted of a ¾ mile litter carry with 80lbs of weight, move 40 20lb sandbags from one point to another, flip a 350lb tire 100 yards, and finish by running a mile to the finish line. Port Saint Lucie High finished with a time of 29:36 securing the first place win by 46 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did an amazing job.
Bank of America provided the St. Lucie Education Foundation with a $6,000 grant to be used toward programs that help at-risk students in grades 9-12 with an intervention and life skills grant. The Foundation has also applied for matching funds through the school district’s Education Foundation Matching Grant Funds Program. This means that together, Bank of America and the Foundation will provide $12,000 towards the goal of helping students develop life skills, improve test scores, raise GPAs, and improve student achievement.
Pictured Below: Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Carissa Zerga, Ruben Valls of Bank of America, Thom Jones, and Board Chair Dr. Donna MillsBank of America provided the St. Lucie Education Foundation with a $6,000 grant to be used toward programs that help at-risk students in grades 9-12 with an intervention and life skills grant. The Foundation has also applied for matching funds through the school district’s Education Foundation Matching Grant Funds Program. This means that together, Bank of America and the Foundation will provide $12,000 towards the goal of helping students develop life skills, improve test scores, raise GPAs, and improve student achievement.
Pictured Below: Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Carissa Zerga, Ruben Valls of Bank of America, Thom Jones, and Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills
Team leaders and department chairs at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are participating in a “fishbowl” activity. Fourth grade teachers shared recent test results on the Summative Assessment Reporting form and modeled the process of analyzing data. They discussed root causes of proficiency and non-proficiency and worked to create a plan of action for student success.
On September 26, 2015 , a good time was had by all at the Superplay USA! The teams put on their neon attire and did some cosmic bowling, all in good fun to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Southern Oaks Bowl for Kids Team. “Making a Difference.”
Northport K-8 middle grades students from the Sharks, Dolphins, Stingrays, and Mariner teams and their teachers met in the Northport Media Center recently for an important program. Students welcomed a local man with a very powerful message and a story that students can relate to in some way about bullying and coming together as a community to stop the vicious cycle of bullying. Children listened intently to Joe Wojcik, better known to students as “Joe the Biker” tell his story of being bullied as a youth and his powerful reaction to that bullying.
Students learned about the word “empathy” and understood that they each have a very important voice as a member of the Northport Community. Each learned some tools to help stop bullying such as asserting themselves the right way, acting with confidence, even if you don’t feel confident, responding evenly and firmly, walking away, standing up for their rights and not to bring games to school. Students listened intently and were truthful when discussing the issue of “Cyberbullying” with Joe. The group spoke of just how easily cyberbullying can happen and that even the most innocuous remarks made on-line can be devastating to another person. One of the students asked Joe, “Why do you even care?” That question spoke volumes to Northport Des Brooks, Principal Glenn Rustay, and to the teachers present.
Joe spoke to the students about his battles in life and just how hard it was to overcome his issues. He told students that his life mission and passion were to bring the message of empowerment against bullies to all students, but that if he could save just one life, his purpose will have been met. Joe has written several books. Many Northport students have read his book, Call Me Yubbie, which depicts his story of being bullied and how he overcame his hurt. “Joe the Biker” recently won the award for #1 non-profit organization in Saint Lucie County at the Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Awards.
Joe will hold a fundraiser for his “Yubbie Foundation” on October 24 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Treasure Coast Harley Davidson shop in Stuart, FL themed “Bikers and Friends Against Bullying.” Northport K-8 School is proud to call “Joe the Biker” an integral member of the Northport School Community and we thank him over and over for delivering his very powerful message to our children.
Miss Dewey’s classroom won a grant for Reflex Math Fact Fluency program. The students have been using the program now for a week and are so eager for math time. Reflex is game-based and highly motivational so students enjoy the learning process. Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
The newest additions to the WCE library, Reading Pals, thanks to a generous donation from a PSL resident, Samantha Folk. On behalf of all Wildcats, our second graders thank you, Noe Rodriguez, Brianna Perrigin, Kammaria Grant, Mary Hills, and Adrian Lopez-Ardiano.
Northport middle grades students in Tracy Lejeune, Susan Matteson and Susan Smith’s classes participated in an activity filled with dark humor by attending a funeral in the school’s media center for “Dead” words. Students agreed that writing and the ability to use important words is more vital now than ever before. Students and teachers considered that personal and professional writing has become a digital representation of how each individual is perceived because whether it is applying for employment, applying for college or writing on the many thousands of blogs or digital media spaces that it’s not your physical appearance that is evaluated first, but your writing ability. Students formed a processional and dropped their chosen “Dead” words in a coffin and vowed to not use words such as, nice, good, happy, bad, ugly and tasty but to change their word choice to more powerful words such as delicious, tangy, raging, dreadful, alarming, jolly and delighted. The students and teachers enjoyed the satirical activity of exchanging words from lower level to higher level word choices and realized that their writing is really an extension of themselves and how each wants to be perceived by others. The teachers executed a brilliant lesson that was highly relevant to the emerging skills of writers who think and plan on a deeper level.
“Recycled MONSTERS were the theme at Manatee Academy in preparation for the upcoming MONSTER Book Fair next week. Students also had to Guess How Many Eyeballs in a fish tank to get a free Book Fair book. A MONSTER PUMPKIN contest and Door Decorating contest enabled teachers to join the fun and earn gift certificates worth $50.00 and $100.00 respectively in Book Fair goodies! A THRILLER Flash Mob is planned for FREAKY FAMILY Book Fair Night!
Dads Take Your Child To School Day was a huge success at Gaines Academy. Fathers and other male role models streamed into Gaines Academy on Wednesday morning. They were treated to donuts and an inspirational message followed by smiles and laughter as they created a vision board with their child. Before leaving, the men signed the pledge to support and encourage their children’s success in school.