Northport K-8 PTO celebrated the students’ accomplishments for the school year by holding a Fun Run. Over 100 runners, their families and teachers from Northport K-8 participated in a run, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall and a dinner together after school recently. Students picked up their 2012 yearbooks and had their teachers sign at the party, then enjoyed some time with their friends during the Fun Run and Yearbook signing party. It was a wonderfully unifying event and the PTO declared it a success!
#bbbsglowbowl was a great event this year!
Northport is so happy to support our wonderful partners in education in this annual event. Northport has several mentors and four tutors that serve from 40 – 60 kindergarten through second grade students. Northport’s school grade went from a C to a B this year. Part of the school’s success can be attributed to the many services that are received from a plethora of community partners. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an extremely important part of Northport’s equation for success.
Many thanks to all the staff from Northport who came out to make this community event extraordinary.
Northport is pleased to announce our results from the 2017 St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair STEM competition. Students researched a problem having societal impact and then creatively designed their experiment to test their hypothesis or built a prototype device to find a solution. We are proud of the accomplishments of our young scientists and engineers.
Eighth grade delegates receiving awards include:
Ishe’ Toussaint…..First place in Biomedical Health and Science as well as a Broadcom Masters invitation
Brianne Yates…..Second place in Chemistry
Brandon Quijada…..Third place in Chemistry
Evence Elissaint…..First place in Environmental Engineering, a Broadcom Masters invitation, Danae Pick Artscience award and a Publix Good Science award
Alexis Bowes…..Second place in Plant Science
Seventh grade delegates include:
Chastine Maharaj …..Third place in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Illah Sasso…..St. Lucie County Fair Gate Ticket award.
Wonderful job to all delegates and our winners make us so proud! Way to go NORTHPORT!!!!!!!
GREAT JOB DR. WOODWORTH!!!!!!
Northport K-8 School Media Services is pleased and honored to welcome Bill Arnold, Northport’s Senior Volunteer of the Year and St. Lucie County School District Senior Volunteer of the Year for a special program for sixth graders on the Starfish team in the Media Center. Mr. Arnold was selected to represent the school and the school district for his service to the school and to the students. Mr. Arnold has served well over 4500 students and at least 800 parents and grandparents at 28 different school events. As a veteran, Mr. Arnold has imparted a wealth of information to students and has spearheaded a program that includes a cadre of volunteer veterans from across the community for Veterans In Education. Pictured are Bill Arnold along with sixth grade students Mercedes Grove and Samantha Mason.
Northport K8 School is proud to have close affiliation with the St. Lucie County School District’s Hispanic Advisory Council. Pictured are Gloria Arana, parent and member of Centro San Juan Diego, Linda Tapia, host of Que Pasa St.
Lucie and recruiter for Federal Programs, Title I, III and Migrant Education and Benigna Montenegro, assistant principal at Northport K-8 School and FCAT parent trainer for the Hispanic Advisory Council. The Council was proud to be
represented at the launch of the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County recently celebrated by the School Board, Houghten Mifflin Harcourt, Parent Academy Board of Directors and the Early Learning Coalition.
Northport K-8 School Media Services program, under the direction of Lynne Gruszka, along with students, faculty, administration and staff are assisting Northport alumnus Sgt. Xiovani Guanill of the U. S. Army. Sgt. Guanill, who administers Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, requested assistance for the 80 men and women in his company. His request included shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, magazines and other items. Not only did Northport students and families assist as a school community that filled 20 boxes, but many teachers offered with a generosity of spirit that included mailing all 20 boxes to Afghanistan. Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth, Linda Walker, Glenda Taylor, Louise Robinson, Charlotte Tombline, Georgia Stone, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Mirta Cepeda, Ann Barbare, Judy Fowler, Mary Toto, Diane Carvalho, Pam Crum, Lisa Cash, Lynne Gruszka and Lorie Monroe who quickly offered to mail a box filled with the donated items. Sgt. Guanill is also part of the community of veterans who speak to Northport students on a regular basis. This is Sgt. Guanill’s second deployment to the Middle East, and Northport is very supportive and proud to help the military. Pictured are students from Juliette Thelusma’s and Jennifer Gomez’s fourth grade class along with Mrs. Thelusma with boxes of donated items.
Northport K-8 School is pleased to present our 2016 Annual Science and Engineering Fair award recipients. Our students competed in numerous fields of science. All awarded scientists based their experimental research on trying to answer and solve real world problems. They showed creativity in scientific thinking and a desire to help mankind by providing solutions to real issues. First, second, and third place awards were given in each category of science.
First place recipients are: Addison Searcy, rosette Garcia, Dana Barcomb, Alicia Morrow, Alexis Bowes, Joseph Jackson, Jaden Rosenberg, Chastine Maharaj, Riley Orr, Taygen Pannella, Estefany Medina, Matthew Pinto and Evence Eliassaint.
Second place recipients are: Jennifer Lugo, Melanie Giachetti, Nixon Adea-Swanston, Dallas Persick, Tristan Castiglia, Jared Lowrie and Illah Sasso.
Third place recipients are: Sierra Molinary, Sasha Levine, Trevor Walk, Brandon Quijada, Kristopher Taylor, Haley Hensley, Justin Forbes and Aaliyah Gutmann.
Wonderful job to Dr. Laura Woodworth, Northport Science Fair Coordinator, participating students and parents. Thank you is not adequate! WONDERFUL JOB!
Northport Media Center and some of our sixth graders served as hosts to our community partner, Step Up America. John McIntosh spoke to our students about the three branches of Government and understanding the Constitution and Bill of Rights. He reviewed the 1st Amendment which is Freedom of Speech. John also spoke about the importance of service to your community and volunteering. He spoke about the importance of our military and first responders and taking care of each other. He interacted with students and gave scenarios about ” See Something, Say Something” and to be mindful of surroundings, trust your instincts and if something is out of the ordinary, tell more than one adult — tell every adult.
The mission of Step Up America is to educate our children about becoming responsible and engaged citizens. Mr. McIntosh was a splendid speaker who challenged our students to help in their own community and volunteer. Student Allyssa Lewers said, ” It was a great learning experience, and I found out that some jobs are actually fun and worthwhile. Mr. McIntosh inspired me to help others.”
Northport Promotes Positive Interactions Between Students, Parents, Community, Teachers, and Books! Thanks, Americorps!
Northport K-8 School is vigorously promoting community connections and positive support from our local business partners, veterans, Children’s Services Council, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, AmeriCorps, parents, grandparents and families. We realize that for a total and well-rounded education for all students, No Exceptions, we need support and open doors. This is Fall Book Fair time at Northport and we invite the community to join us to encourage reading for pleasure for all our students. Thank you to the many, many parents and grandparents who have to come to shop with their children, but we also give a standing ovation to our community members who come and purchase books for children who might not otherwise get a book.
The Book Fair causes a hum of excitement in the school for reading and it is a sheer pleasure to watch all the children get excited over books. What really causes teachers’ breath to catch and their hearts to beat faster are the kindergartners who visit the Book Fair for the very first time. Pictured are Merritt, Taylor and M.J. Lakin, a family of Northport children from the lower school and Azzam Abdur-Rahman one of the AmeriCorps tutors as Clifford. Clifford did an awesome job promoting the Fall Book Fair.
Mrs. Madorma and Mrs. Cameron’s 5th grade class have been working on Growth Mindset this week. Positive and healthy thinking will be a year long project that the teachers hope to build into a lifetime habit. Great job!
Northport was so pleased to host Ary De Latorre from Dr. Cook’s Dental Office. With February being National Dental Health Month, students learned all about healthy sneezing, correct hand washing techniques, and how to brush their teeth properly. Students also learned not to share toothbrushes, how to floss, and how to eat to deter bacteria. It was a great learning experience, and we appreciate all the time spent educating our youngest students on proper teeth brushing. Thank you very much to Dr. Cook’s Dental Office!
Northport K-8 School will participate in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County’s special fundraiser, Bowling For Kid’s Sake on September 21 at 5:00 pm at Superplay in Saint Lucie West. Each year, Northport promotes a Hat Day and other fundraisers to earn enough money to support the cause of caring for all children in our community. We are pleased and proud to be a unified team who will assist in community events that make our school and our community stronger and more powerful. We will have a contingency of at least ten teachers and staff who will Bowl For Kid’s Sake as well as plenty of staff on hand to serve as cheerleaders. Pictured enjoying the school Hat Day fundraiser are from left, Kathleen Egan, Sir’on Bembry, DeLacy Barr, Danny Diaz, Kay Egan, Lynne Gruszka and Finn Carey.
Northport K-8 School principal, Glenn Rustay accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge recently to not only donate much needed funds to help find a cure for ALS, but to also help educate his students on the horrible disease. Mr. Rustay accepted the challenge from Northport music instructor, Brian Hoce.
Students were thrilled to watch as Principal Rustay first used a tiny bucket filled with ice then, at the behest of his students, dumped the big bucket over his head! Although all in fun, the seriousness of the cause filled the overwhelming picture at Northport K-8 School recently. Students learned that thirty thousand patients each year are diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease, after the famous baseball player who succumbed from the disease.
To date, $53 million dollars has been raised to help fund global research in finding a treatment and cure for ALS. The funds also help to support the patient and family who are suffering from the effects of the terrible disease. That is more than quadruple the funds raised in the entire year last year. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has proven to be a much needed boost in the pocketbook to help raise not only funds but awareness of the urgency to find a cure for this debilitating disease. Way to go Mr. Rustay!
If you would like to learn more, would like to donate or would like to participate in your own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, visit www.alsa.org.
Northport K-8 School presented a noteworthy performance at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade held recently in Ft. Pierce. The weather was beautiful and the students, parents, and staff were thrilled to participate in such a wonderful and traditional event to help enhance community relations and mark the day with a flourish. Special thanks to the Northport MLK committee members for working so diligently to make sure that Northport was represented and Martin Luther King’s theme for 2016, “Dream Forward: Choose Peace, Equality, and Change” was uplifted in true Northport fashion. Thanks to Debra Allen, Diane Crumpton, Valerie Hill, Megan Hill, Michelle Kovich, Marie Solide and Christine Davis as well as the Northport Band Director Brian Hoce and everyone else who helped in any way. We had a first-rate float, and the cheerleaders and band students offered a stellar performance. The performance can be viewed on the Northport K-8 School Face Book page. Northport truly promoted the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “We must keep moving. It you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means, keep moving!”
It is with distinct pleasure and pride that Northport K-8 School commemorate Veterans Day with a flourish. The morning of November 10 started with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids at Hope Pledge. Students then recited the “Northport American Children’s Pledge.” The media center filled up quickly with at least fifteen local veterans from all different branches of the military and students from the 6, 7 and 8 grade Northstars and the grades 7 and 8 Stingrays teams. Students from the Northport Choir under the direction of Thomas Conner sang the National Anthem with thrilling tones that had the entire audience humming and singing too. Second graders from Mrs. Ploeckelman, Mrs. Calo, Ms. Schrader and Mrs. Lamm’s classes wrote moving tributes to our veterans and read their essays directly to the vets. The children were inspiring and the older students were moved by the clear display of Americanism. A brief history of Veterans Day was given by Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and students were given a wonderful welcome by Northport Principal Glenn Rustay. Veterans introduced themselves and gave a brief synopsis of their branch and career. Students then, using Northport Leadership Summit format, directed a Question and Answer session. Students stood, introduced themselves, loudly and clearly asked their question and then remained standing until their question was answered. Also, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Americorp, each veteran was pinned with a special “Partnership” pin from AmeriCorps and Northport K-8 School. The program was all encompassing and praiseworthy as students learned all about World War I, Armistice Day and why we commemorate the 11th minute, the 11th hour, the 11th day on the 11th month as Veterans Day. Special thanks to local Veteran Partners in Education who helped educate well over 200 students about the importance of education, civic responsibility and Americanism.
Northport VPK-8 School media specialist, Lynne Gruszka, seventh grade instructor and brand new teacher, Kendal Jo Hamblin and Maryanne Warren, student support specialist from New Horizons who is stationed at the school, collaborated recently to present a program for seventh grade Stingray students. The program was a culmination of the school’s Leadership Summit programs for middle school students that have been ongoing all year. Students have been building a list of leadership skills for the entire school year that include integrity, flexibility, passion, looking at the “big picture” and many other skills to be a great leader. Past guests have included Fl. State Representative, Gayle Harrell, Deputy City Manager of Ft. Pierce, Nick Mimms, a group of military veterans, school board member Debbie Hawley, Port Saint Lucie mayor, Greg Oravec and Ashley Mock, communications coordinator of Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County.
The most recent program held in the media center included a group of officers from the Port Saint Lucie Police Department including, Officer Toppin, Officer Brown, Officer Lushbaugh and Officer Garcia, nurse, Alicia Lange, Saint Lucie County Fire and EMT specialist, Karen Kozac, Publix store manager, Marc Waldbauer, Civil Engineer, Amanda Hanks and Children’s Services Manager of New Horizon’s of the Treasure Coast, Heather Roberts. The program was a phenomenal experience for the seventh graders who learned that the most important accomplishment is an education. To experience all that life has to offer, education is vital. Students learned that its important to find your passion but that passion can come through a variety of career experiences. Students learned about the word “integrity” and how very important that that word is for a rich and vital life well lived. Special thanks to all who have assisted in bringing these very memorable experiences to our students. Pictured are the students from Miss Hamblin’s homeroom class and the very special community leaders and guests as well as Miss Hamblin, Mr. Rustay, Northport principal and Mrs. Gruszka.
Northport K-8 School, several years ago, was designated a “Wildlife Sanctuary” after the diligent work of the school administration and several teachers. The school staff, known for its care and kindness towards local wildlife and their natural habitats, have developed a club that can be called on when wildlife emergencies occur or a rescue is needed on campus. The club, known as the “Northport Paws and Claws Kindness Club” is spearheaded by longtime Northport instructor, Mary Toto. The club including, Mrs. Toto, who has been a lifelong supporter of the care of animals, both in school and personally, Melanie Polascak, Judy Fowler, Mirta Cepeda, Kara McNair, Jim Burgoon, Marilyn Rodriguez and Barbara Wiggans have rescued a plethora of creatures including turtles, cats and kittens, birds, possums and squirrels. The club went into action recently when teacher, Melanie Polascak heard the cries of several baby squirrels who had fallen our of their nest. Teacher, James Burgoon rescued one baby hanging from the top of a wall as well as two babies on the ground. Animal Control was called immediately and the babies were then transported to All Creatures Wild Life Sanctuary to be cared for and eventually released. Northport also is the home to a wonderful and colorfully protected Butterfly Sanctuary that is cared for by instructor, Jennifer Carey and many other instructors and students. Northport K-8 School community understands that learning about kindness and actually following through, making sure that each animal is safe helps children become better, more well rounded students and better human beings. It is wonderful to witness teachers and students caring for all creatures, great and small. Special thanks to the Paws and Claws Kindness club at Northport! Pictured from left are Northport staff, Jim Burgoon, Mirta Cepeda, Melanie Polascak, Judy Fowler, Marilin Rodriguez and Barbara Wiggins.
Northport K-8 School and Big Brothers, Big sisters of Saint Lucie County have formed an excellent working partnership to bring the very best services to the students. Not only are targeted students the recipient of a terrific mentoring program under the direction of Lauren Fowler, but the AmeriCorps tutoring branch of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of SLC supports our Kindergarten through second grade targeted learners with in depth and strategically intensive lesson plans. The plans are designed in collaboration with the classroom teacher to bring each student to grade level and beyond. The tutors plan and then meet with individual children to bring the most powerful instruction to each child. AmeriCorps Director, Jenna Stinnett assists tutors in lesson planning, scheduling students, collaborating with specific instructors and keeps the program moving along at a lively pace. Many thanks to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs for their part in increasing the Northport K-8 school grade for 2013-2014 and purposefully helping students meet their highest potential. Pictured are the tutors this year who will service 30 targeted students this year from grades K-2 from left, Azzam Abdur-Rahman, Barbara Heller, Tameka Walker and Jenna Stinnett.
Northport K-8 School and our community partners, GiveBack2Kids, Inc., are pleased to present our GiveBack2Kids Student of the Month for October. Students are selected for leadership, perseverance and citizenship. Our community is so pleased to present these highly coveted awards to Daniel Robinson and Lucky Pierre Louis. Great job, young men!
The month of October has been designated “Bullying Prevention Month” and is recognized by Northport K-8 School as well as Saint Lucie Public Schools. Northport is thrilled to take part in such an important and vital issue. Bullying can become pervasive if left unchecked. The Saint Lucie Public Schools and the Northport community are taking the bull by the horns and working in conjunction with parents, community members, bullying specialists, deans, teachers, school staff and administration to fight against the scourge of bullying in schools. Every October at Northport, students make posters, listen to guest speakers, consult with school deans and teachers and work in clubs such as “Boys to Men” and “Girls to Women” to help get a firm grasp on bullying in the school and to stop it in its tracks. Northport recently hosted “Joe the Biker” to discuss bullying and especially cyber bullying in the middle grades area.
In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, an anti- bullying assembly will be held Friday, October 9th for grades K-5 in the gymnasium. The presenter will be the enthusiastic, Joe Wojcik, better known as “Joe the Biker” who visited recently with middle school. Joe is a wonderful presenter and we are looking forward to his visit! Times are grades 3-5 9:45-10:30 and grades K-2 10:45-11:15.
On Wednesday, October 28, all students will participate in the school’s 5th Annual Unity Day Walk Against Bullying. Students walk with physical education instructors, resource instructors, classroom teachers, administration, community members, parents and support staff on a marked path around the school perimeter. Students make signs to carry that depict messages to stamp out bullying and chant anti-bullying messages as they participate in the Walk. Students wear orange or blue shirts to present a unified team against bullying. All are welcome to participate in the Northport Unity Day Walk.