Northport K8 lower school students Marion Barrios, Bridgeth Molina,
Ashley Rivage, Breanna Nevarez and Katlyn Cortez display qualities of
achievement and perfect attendance in the Northport K-8 Imagine Learning Lab
under the direction of instructor Mary Toto and assistant Marion Morales. The
needs of English Language Learners are addressed with gravity at Northport K-8
School and achievements are celebrated.
Northport K8 lower school students Marion Barrios, Bridgeth Molina,
Northport K-8 School honorably commemorated the tragedy of September 11, 2001, with a program in the gymnasium recently. The program included veterans clubs and chapters from across the county as well as Donna Carlsen, Veteran Services Coordinator for St. Lucie County. Students listened as first responder, Albert Hickey, a New York detective, spoke about his first hand knowledge and his response at Ground Zero. Mary Toto, ESOL instructor from Northport, spoke about her recollections that terrible morning and how the teachers, parents and students reacted. Veteran Bill Arnold called the names of the four doomed airplanes, and eight flags were posted for the eight children who perished on September 11. American Legion Post 318 did a flag folding ceremony that was so interesting and wonderful for the students to watch and hear. The Northport middle grades choir, under the direction of James Kirk, sang a rendition of America the Beautiful and seventh grader Tenaj Dobson sang the National Anthem. Teachers and students remembered the day with the raising of the flag that was dedicated to Northport K8 School by Thomas Babington, who carried the flag into battle in Iraq. Another special flag was donated by Harold Trieber, KW 60 Ambassador from the Department of Defense with the names of all September 11, 2001, victims. The program was wrapped up with Taps and a rousing launch of the Vietnam Veterans motorcycle chapter firing their engines for students. Pictured are Dr. Laura Woodworth and sixth grader Lindsey O’Sullivan placing a flag near the flagpole.
Northport K-8 School has declared a champion in the annual Spelling Bee! Thirty students from grades four through eight participated in a 14- round spelling bee recently with seventh grade Northstar student, Jared Diago, spelling the word microphone correctly to win first place. Second place winner was Kadisha D’Silva and third place was Koral Saarinen. Students brought one student guest from their class to witness the exposition and many parents were present to urge on their students to spelling victory. Jared Diago, pictured in the top row, last student on the right, will continue on to the district Spelling Bee next month.
Northport K-8 students in Mala Woessner’s eighth grade classes have utilized a book from a text set of materials from the September 11, 2001 tragedy collection. The collection is a thorough learning series of books, dvds, poems, children’s literature texts, news clippings and a variety of other materials to round out student understanding of the events of 9/11. The book selected is called Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. The book was selected to address the needs of readers from grades 7-12. The main character of the book is Samar, an Indian American teenager. The setting is post 9/11. Sam has been raised away from the strict mores of the Indian culture and is “totally Americanized.” Neighborhood boys attack her uncle screaming, “Go home Osama!” Shine Coconut Moon is timely, relevant for teens and explores self identity, cultural identity and social marginalization. Mrs. Woessner utilized the book as an analytical analysis piece for her Critical Thinking classes.
Northport physical education instructors Linda Walker, Kim Kanada Graff, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Kevin Fess and Ryan Carpenter promoted camaraderie and collegial interactions as they modeled for students not only the joy of jumping rope but promoting jumping rope for an excellent cause. Students and PE teachers raised well over $3000 for Jump Rope For Heart this year! Students were thrilled as the music blasted as each participated in jumping single, double and double dutch ropes. The display of unity by the coaches promoted a positive atmosphere for the students and much was accomplished.
Northport K-8 seventh grade students in Karen Nystrom’s civics classes welcomed
St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky recently to help delve further
into the issue of homelessness in St. Lucie County. After an extended amount
of project research, Mr. Dzadovsky focused the students on resources available in the county for people who are dealing with homelessness. The commissioner directed students to the Community Services Department and gave the class the direct telephone number to reach assistance. He discussed grant
programs, provided information about calling 211 to help solve immediate issues as well as information about how the county extends help to homeless veterans and the placement of children under the age of
18 in foster care. Mr. Dzadovsky told the students that he and the other commissioners will do a better job of making a clearing house for information on the homeless and on family assistance for filling out all
paperwork. Mr. Dzadovsky effectively assisted the students of Northport by providing concrete and first hand information about the homeless issue in St. Lucie County. Pictured surrounded by students and Principal Glenn Rustay is Commissioner Dzadovsky.
Northport K-8 School honored well over 100 students recently during the Student of the Month celebrations in the school’s Media Center. Students K-8 were selected by their teachers for academic excellence, overall great attitudes and improvement in conduct or grades. Students were congratulated by the principal and assistant principals, and had rounds of applause from parents and grandparents. Pictured in front are students from fifth grade, from left, Cody Scott from Charlotte Tombline’s class, Shannon Oreo from Nichole Robinson’s class, Gabriella Pedraza from Valerie Niewieroski’s class, Jason Derilus from Carl Caldwell’s class, Allison Wilhoit from Judy Fowler’s class and Madison Webb from Tracey Healy’s class. Top row, from left, are principal Glenn Rustay and assistant principals Doug Shook and Bennie
Northport K-8 School is celebrating right along with schools, clubs and businesses across the nation this month in honoring January as National Mentors Month. The motto for this special month nationwide is “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters!” At Northport K-8 School, a St. Lucie County “Kids At Hope” school, there is plenty to be thankful for during National Mentors Month. Several teachers have taken on the role of reading mentor, holding reading groups around the school on a regular basis, and the community organization Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie County has taken a firm foothold within the school. Not only does Northport host community Big Brother, Big Sister mentors work with targeted students on citizenship skills through the organization, but also the AmeriCorps Intensive reading tutors work with dozens of children to promote reading skills, daily attendance and assistance in building a positive relationship with a supportive adult. Mentorships means the world to our students and a committed, caring and positive adult can mean a world of difference to a child. The relationships built can serve as very important steps on the child’s ladder to reaching his or her fullest potential. A special thank you to all Northport K-8 School’s mentor teachers and to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Pictured, from left, are Northport AmeriCorps tutors and their students, Alex Neelan and Izaiah Pearson, Renee Simpson and Jenilyn Key and Jacqueline McKnight with Jazlyn Simpson. Help celebrate National Mentors Month on January 16 which is “Thank You Mentors Day” nationwide!
Northport K-8 fifth graders in Valerie Niewieroski’s class helped celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012, at the school by visiting the Media Center and checking out new library books and playaways, which are books with a matching audio reader. Students are voraciously reading books utilizing the playaways. Sixth grade instructor Amanda Sartain commented that the students don’t even care what they are reading as long as they are using the playaways. The school media center is busier than ever helping families, students and teachers find appropriate reading materials and providing computers for research skills building and finding up to the minute resources and internet access. Much needed materials have been added to the media collection using funds budgeted from district planning, Follett Titlewish programming which is an online fundraising opportunity, the school’s PTO and community donations. The school also initiates usage of critical databases provided by the school district such as Groliers, World Book on line and Capstone Digital.
Northport K-8 Northstar team prepared a special celebration for the school’s younger students recently. Students made Mardi Gras masks and mini floats using materials brought in from home and marched in a Mardi gras parade. The band students on the team led the festivities with their own rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In!” Students threw beads and candies to the young onlookers. The activities planned by the team instructors throughout the day led to an effective lesson about Mardi Gras and promoted positive interactions among students and teachers. Pictured is student Sabrina Wing.
Northport K-8 School celebrated cultures of the world in a wonderful and highly energized afternoon of booths, theater groups, costumes, posters, trinkets and lots of information. Students and teachers prepared displays replete with music
and interactive fun while learning information about 22 different countries of the world. Students were engaged with a desire to learn and teach information that was creative, innovative and lots of fun!
Northport K-8 third graders celebrated Cinco de Mayo and integrated Positive Behavior Support into their day by giving students who earned SAIL Notes a choice of activities as a reward. Students chose between viewing The Three Caballeros, eating chips and salsa, dancing to fiesta music or making confetti pinatas. Students worked together using tissue paper and glue then filled the pinatas with goodies to share. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the fifth of May each year and commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. This is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and is warmly embraced at Northport K-8. Pictured, from left, are third grade students Andrew Tzul and Kyle Hess with their pinatas.
Northport K-8 School held a very memorable Black History Month celebration in the school gymnasium recently. The Northport middle grades band and chorus performed special numbers commemorating Black History and selected students honored important cultural role models such as President Obama, Michelle Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special guest who served as keynote speaker was former Northport principal, Gloria Johnson Scott. Mrs. Johnson Scott reminded students that each was important and as long as you believe in yourself and conceive an idea or plan that it could be achieved through hard work and dedication. The program was a wonderful celebration of the many prolific contributions of hard working black Americans. Pictured along with Northport students are, from left, assistant principal Benigna Montenegro, Gloria Johnson Scott, Northport guidance counselor Diane Reynolds, assistant principal Lorie Monroe and program emcee Delacy Bembry.
Northport K-8 School proudly accepted a commendation by 14 Medal of Honor recipients held recently in Texas. The Medal of Honor recipients signed a plaque with the date and signatures of each national hero. The plaque reads in part, “For the students, faculty and staff of Northport K-8 School located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for their exceptional support of active duty military personnel and the veterans community of St. Lucie County, Florida.” The Medal of Honor is the highest award offered to U.S. military. Most awards are given posthumously for going far above and beyond the call of duty in the service of America. Northport K8 principal Glenn Rustay and media specialist Lynne Gruszka were given 150th anniversary edition gold coins for their unwavering support of the United States military. The coins are replicas of real Medal of Honorcoins carried by only a handful of veterans. Pictured are Northport 8th grade students from the Clownfish and Mariner teams, from left, Amy Lainez, Jonathon Sims and Michael Miano. Retired Air Force Sgt. Roy Brewer will extend the awards to Northport K-8 at the school’s eighth grade graduation ceremony in June.
In an experience that the students will not soon forget, Northport K-8 School and Manatee Academy seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Young Adult Choices program, or YAC as it known by students, media specialists Lynne Gruszka and Debbie Remington and middle school grades teachers, using advanced technology. Students from both schools introduced themselves via the teleconference technology, gave both positive and negative book reviews on the special selections in the program, and hailed each other for taking the lead to read! The media specialists promoted positive interactions by guiding students through the teleconference and provided students with a voice and opportunity to give their individual opinions on books written especially for their age group. Other participating school media centers involved in the initiative for young adult readers besides Northport K-8 and Manatee are at Treasure Coast High School and Dan McCarty School. The lesson was extremely effective because the technology medium was intriguing to all students including special needs learners. Several of the students had read nearly 50 books! Students completed a follow up survey to document aspects of Instruction/Intervention, Delivery and Facilitation. Pictured are students in the Northport K8 media center.
Northport K-8 students in several different classes are vigorously preparing for the school’s second annual Women’s History/Women’s Victory celebration to be held in the Media Center to commemorate the strength and
determination of women and to salute March as Women’s History Month. A sampling of performances are seventh grade girls in Dot Still’s classes preparing a dramatic reading of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, fourth grade students in Juliette Thelusma’s class demonstrating a Susan B. Anthony beat, Northstars 6,7 and 8 graders in Mala Woessner’s preparing a powerpoint about Iron Jawed Angels, whose motto was “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!” Teachers Vicki Baird will sing in memory of Connie Arrindell, deceased Northport teacher and Tiffany Tredor will perform a violin solo. Also on hand will be students singing, commentating and performing a variety of showstopping clips, including an I Love Lucy skit by sixth graders! Pictured are instructor Mala Woessner and two of her
students working on google documents and putting together PowerPoint slide shows for the program.
For the very first time in the 33-year history of Northport K-8, the school won First Place for the Educational Display at the St. Lucie County Fair! If you visit the fair, please make sure to visit the School Display Building and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Northport K-8 GiveBack2Kids Student of the Month show citizenship, outstanding progress in awesomeness, and are all around GREAT students! We thank our partners in education, James Monds and David Gornitzky (GiveBack2Kids CEOs) who help us honor positive attitude and remarkable behavior. This is our final GB2K award for the 2018-2019 school year. All students selected this year for this award and their families will be invited to an honorary banquet in May. Pictured is second grader, Aiden Sharrah receiving his award.
Northport K-8 third graders in Melanie Polascak’s class wrote letters to veterans to commemorate Veteran’s Day. The teacher and students discussed bravery, Americanism, patriotism and the love of America. After the class discussions, Ms. Polascak and her students decided to extend their efforts and work with the Red Cross Holiday Mail For Heroes program and get the students’ messages to the men and women who are hospitalized or on the front lines in the U.S. military. The students’ writing included description, use of effective words, good mechanics and punctuation, as well as heart for the holiday season.
Northport K-8 School students in Jennifer Gomez’s fourth grade class studied tessallations in math class and processed the new information by making their own tessallations, which are a pattern of shapes that fit together with no spaces and no overlapping. Students used their textbooks and a book by author and tessallation artist M.C. Escher to comprehend the new information and to design their own tessallations. Students took squares, drew lines in the squares, used vertical and horizontal lines and cut out the square. Students then fit the pieces back together, traced more pieces, flipped and slid the pieces to form a solid piece of art. Students combined mathematics and art design in this unusual and unique lesson. Pictured are Ms. Gomez, her students and their tessallations.