Many thanks to Northport K-8 7th grade Stingray students Dymond Wilkerson, Ariel Perry, Tyreese Morrison, and Jaivon Curate. These students showed initative and unpacked the entire book fair! They carried boxes, moved the carts, designed and organized the books, and really worked hard to make THEIR book fair great. This year’s book fair is designed by and for students at Northport K-8!
Northport K-8 School kindergarten students in Melody Nieves hosted Port St. Lucie mayor, Joanne Faiella recently. Mayor Faiella graciously accepted the invitation by Big Brothers, Big Sisters AmeriCorps tutor, Alex Neelan who tutors several of the kindergarten students.
Mrs. Nieves prepared the students by having them make welcome signs in the front office, on the classroom door and in the classroom. Students were thrilled to hear about the duties of the mayors job and Mrs. Faiella answered the question so eloquently that the kindergarteners eagerly asked more questions. Mayor Faiella spoke about her experiences teaching in a private school and the duties of the mayor. She discussed street lights, side walk safety and the procedure for citizens to get problems solved. The mayor invited the students to take a field trip to City Hall and then to take a walk to the Port St. Lucie Police Department and told the students that she was thrilled to post their pictures in City Hall. The kindergartners realized that the mayor can listen to issues and then solve problems. They realized that the mayor works for the people of Port St. Lucie.
Northport K-8 School thanks the mayor for her time and her willingness to help the students develop an interest in government and the issues of the day which are so vital to the well being of the community. Pictured are the kindergarten class and from back left, Alex Neelan, Melody Nieves and Mayor Faiella.
Northport K-8 students in Georgia Stone’s sixth grade class enjoy a unique PBS or Positive Behavior Support activity. Students are using critical thinking skills, following directions and team building techniques to produce an authentic product. After viewing Mrs. Stone modeling crocheting techniques, reading exact directions and getting the yarn and hooks together and understanding the tools, students are refining techniques to make their own scarves. Students will give the scarves as gifts or enjoy for themselves. Students did an excellent job decoding instructions, monitoring each others progress and cultivating a positive classroom community that is celebrated with enthusiasm.
Northport K-8 Northstar students in grades six, seven and eight under the
direction of instructor Kathy White celebrated November as National Novel
Writing Month. The project involves amateur and professional writers from all
over the world. The Young Writer’s program allows students to choose their own
word goal. Mrs. White’s Gifted and Enriched students wrote from a range of 2500
to well over 4000 words. Eighty five percent of the team succeeded or surpassed
their word goals with eighth grader, Emily Royo, exceeding her word count by
10,000 words for a total of 14,987 words published. Students used all aspects
of the writing process effectively and communicated ideas and information very
effectively. The writing project foreshadows the school wide Young Author’s
Program in the Spring following the FCAT. Pictured are Mrs.White and Emily Royo.
Northport K-8 School welcomed students, parents and grandparents back to a wonderful kickoff for a fresh and positive new school year! Northport K-8 School is a Title I school nestled in a community of hardworking families who appreciate the welcoming nature of the school community including the administration, teachers, staff, custodians and cafeteria staff.
The schools extended community came out in droves on the first day of school to welcome students with shouts of “Welcome Back,” signs with positive messages, American flags held by veterans, police officers, fire fighters, school board members, staff from Big Brothers, Big sisters and the Children’s Services Council and other members of the business community. The welcoming line of invested members of the extended community offered the school support and gave a flourish to the first day of school.
Many teachers shook hands with students and parents and gave positive greetings to all students. Northport K-8 School’s status as a “Kids At Hope” School offers the school community real support and a great chance to cultivate even deeper friendships with families and key support from a very appreciative community.
Special thanks to SLC School Board members, Kathryn Hensley and Troy Ingersoll, Pam Dampier, Executive Director of Schools, Alice Kenyon and many police officers from the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Sean Boyle from Children’s Services Council, Lt. Diane Thompson from the Sheriff’s Department and several other deputies, the Legion Riders from American Legion Post 318, members of the American Legion Post 355 as well as Bill Arnold representing the American Legion Post 318 and members of the Korean War Veterans Assoc. Chapter 106. Many other members of the community were on hand as well to give a rousing welcome to the students and families. Many thanks to one and all who helped plant the seeds of hope on the first day of school!
Pictured is Northport K-8 School parent Heriberto Gamez with his son, sixth grader, Aidan Gamez.
Northport K-8 School is pleased that we can announce our 2015 Spelling Bee champion. Our first place winner is eighth grade Northstar student, Ashley Quijada who was submitted by instructor, Nick Carey. Ashley will represent Northport at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on March 14 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The competition went five rounds with the winning word as “epoch.” Students withstood intense pressure as the words became increasingly more difficult. Students who participated in the bee were: Hailey Wrench, Destiny Diaz, Claudio Quant, Maya Kurasawa, Giselle Fernandez-Cerda, Anthony Otero, Kahlani Walk, Blake boyer, Dudley Olibrice, Miles Davin, Deontae Yuhas, Aaliyah Rodriguez, Destiny DeLater, Ke’Andre Moreno Pearson, Alec Cortez, Josh Ramos, Sierra Molinary, Daphney Sheets, Ashley Quijada, Jade Byerly, Sophia Blanco, Geredyne Carpentier, Kiara Badalo, McKayla Sanan, Nicholas Lewis, Cynthia Reynolds, Jesse Swain, Olivia Rios, Emma Stassen, Collin Sunes, Alexis Bowes, Jonathan Cales, Dylan Brown and Vincent Nelson. Serving as Northport judges and spelling host were the school’s AmeriCorps tutors, Barbara Heller, Tameka Walker and Azzam Abdur-Rahman. Pictured is Azzam kicking off the 2015 Northport Spelling Bee. Special thanks to all parents who attended the bee.
Northport K-8 students in grades six through eight participated in the Northport Science Fair recently. The young scientists entered projects in eight categories. The projects integrated scientific thinking and processes with literacy, writing and mathematics. Students researched and developed a problem statement which had real world applications, wrote cited background research reports, formulated a testable and quantifiable hypothesis based on their understanding of the background information, designed and performed their controlled experiment, made statistical calculations to analyze the data and stated their findings in a conclusion. The four judges selected the following students for awards in their entered categories:
1st place award recipients: Lindsey O’Sullivan, Finnegan Carey, Michael Gorbach, Dallas Persick, Samantha Adams, Macy Nielander, Taygen Pennella, Kyle James and Annabelle Sasso.
2nd place recipients: Hamza El-Azzami, Makenzie Waltz, Rosette Garcia, Kassandra Morona, Victoria Juarez, Cody Hundley and Saige Searcy.
3rd place recipients: Ashley Quijada, Matthew Pinto, Amber Hood, Zack Mack, Brandon Quijada, Nathaniel Rios, Bladimir Aparicio, Sheryl Martinez and Jamie Kosbob.
Look for some of the students great projects at the Regional Science Fair which is open for public viewing at the IRSC Kight Center on January 29. Northport community is very proud of our teachers, competing students and their families! Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth, our science fair coordinator.
What a smooth opening day at Northport K-8 School. The teachers greeted their new students and parents with smiles, hugs, and high fives.
Many thanks to community partners for coming to Northport to welcome parents and families. Their support is vital for a successful school year. Thanks to Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 566; 1 PSL Baptist Church; First United Methodist Church; Assistant PSLPD Police Chief, Richard Del Toro; and our partners at Step Up America for being those first welcoming faces at our school.
The Northport K-8 School choral performance held recently in the school courtyard under the moon and stars was a glorious night of engaged students, parents, families and staff enjoying the annual “Winter Concert!” The event was kicked off by the middle grades students singing a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful.” The students, led by Choral Director James Kirk, then performed a variety of mixed arrangements, interspersing traditional Christmas carols with more contemporary arrangements. Students from both choral groups, as well as the small quartets were outstanding. Elementary students performed like champs, with Christmas jokes told by students mixed with jazzy, lively music. Students ended the evening on a high note by performing the Cha Cha Slide with school administration, parents and Mr. Kirk. Musical students in both the band and the chorus at Northport are encouraged to reach for the stars and high achievement is an integral facet of the musical experience at the school. Some of the songs performed were “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Jesus Now Is Born,” “Snow Angel,” “All I Want For Christmas is You,” and “Hot Chocolate!” The Northport Band Winter Concert, under the direction of Brian Hoce, will take place on December 18 at 7:00 pm at Port St. Lucie High School and is open to the public. Pictured are the students performing under the guidance of James Kirk.
Northport K-8 School celebrated Grandparents Day recently with a grand flair and style! Hundreds of grandparents and extended family members celebrated their children and the community efforts of the school by visiting the cafeteria and courtyard and lunching, picnic style. Culinary Arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth and her students prepared a wonderful salad bar and sweet treats for grandparents to enjoy. The camaraderie and joy was evident and the school was thrilled to host the magnificent opportunity to remember grandparents.
Special thanks to Mrs. Ellsworth, the PTO, kitchen staff and all who helped make the day a joyful one! Northport, a well-rounded community school, offers their families many opportunities to get involved and recognizes that to improve student achievement we must depend on the success of the family connection.
Pictured is 4th grader, Deja Adams and her grandmother, Susie Hope.
At Northport K-8 School, the Fall season brings an uptick in literary opportunities for students to enjoy the crisp pages of a well written book and the tales of authors that many students enjoy reading. The fall season at Northport K-8 School brings the book fair that is decorated with pumpkins, acorns and falling leaves. The book fair runs from October 28 through November 7. Nothport media specialist Lynne Gruszka and prevention specialist Mary Ann Warren have collaborated in a Trick or Treat Trivia Contest to students using questions from some spooky authors. Students thrive on tales of terror and mystery and are anxiously awaiting the contest. Some examples of the questions that students will have the opportunity to answer are, “What are the names of the four Houses of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series?” “Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was inspired to obtain the name of his main character from reading about what country?” “What is the title of R.L Stine’s first Goosebumps book?” “In Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher,’ where does Roderick ask the narrator to help him bury his twin sister Madeline?” and in the book, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, The Headless Horseman is the ghost of ___ ____who has been shot by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War!” Students also have the opportunity to estimate the number of kernels of candy corn in a decorated jar on the circulation desk! Top spooky autumn book selections include “Goosebumps” and top requested book by middle grades students is Stephen King’s, “Dr. Sleep!” Happy fall from Northport K-8 School! Pictured, from left, are students Jaida McCarthy, Britney Kanhai and Rayana Bohorie.
Excellence in education has been given a big thumbs up at Northport K-8 School. Two seventh grade teams led the school in a spectacular showing at the Project Citizen Showcase. Many thanks to Thomas McDonald and the teachers who brought out the very best in our student teams! Job well done!
Northport K-8 School has been recognized as a certified Natural Wildlife Sanctuary by the Natural Wildlife Federation. The mission of the federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Thanks to the hard work of many of the Northport K-8 teachers and staff, as well as students and their families, the school enjoys a
beautiful and thriving natural habitat for many species of butterflies and gorgeous plants as well as gardens filled with plants and flora that are particular to the state of Florida. Pictured holding the certificate are committee members instrumental in attaining the award for Northport K-8 School including Deb Mock, from left, Jennifer Carey and Shana Cicio.
Northport K-8 participated in the 2019 Relay For Life recently held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center this month. Northport is happy to provide community service and to receive the lessons that the students learn about cancer, care, kindness, and empathy. Northport’s team won Best in Show for the Lip Sync contest and participated in the Luminaria Walk and the Road to Recovery. We are so thankful for our entire Relay For Life team for their participation!
Northport K-8 School administration, faculty, staff, parents and students participated in a very meaningful way at this year’s Relay For Life 2013! Through terrific support and dedication, the school’s Relay For Life team was able to offer a donation to the American Cancer Society that far surpassed their goal of $2,500. Northport K-8 raised $3,400, decorated luminaries and stars in honor of loved ones who succumbed to or beat cancer, decorated the school booth and walked the walk! Some of the fundraisers held at Northport K-8 School were a High Heel relay race for seventh and eighth grade boys, a “No Collar For A Dollar” event, a Valentine’s dance for students and parents, a Hat Day and Sport a Tie Day! When it comes to service to the community, Northport students always participate and have a strong desire to help those in need. Students understand that to help others makes the community powerful but also makes each individual a stronger, healthier person. Pictured is the team.
Northport K-8 middle school art class students created an art project with the theme Adopt Don’t Shop in hopes of raising awareness of the adoption for cats and dogs. Students created a colorful background collage using reused paper, creating a new purpose for the paper. The collage served as a symbolic gesture for animals because those who are adopted gain a new purpose in life. Once the collage was completed, students created a dog or a cat using oil pastels for the eyes, nose, and face. Dominic, a 6th grader, stated, “The important thing I did was make a dog poster to help dogs like pit bulls get adopted.” Selected students’ artwork can be seen at Dogs and Cats Forever, a no-kill animal shelter located at 4600 Selvitz Road in Fort Pierce, FL.
Northport K-8 kindergartners in Megan Castiglia’s class showed off their writing skills to parents and grandparents at a Young Authors mini program recently. Students in Mrs. Castiglia’s class, affectionately known as Mrs. M.C.’s Little Hammers, wrote Young Author books following the school-wide rubric. They also made a main character poster following in the footsteps of Dr. Seuss. As students read their books aloud, parents moved to visit each student and hear the stories read aloud by the students. Also on hand to listen to the students work were principal Glenn Rustay, assistant principal Bennie Montenegro, media specialist Lynne Gruszka, media clerk Pam Crum and a variety of older students. Kindergartners showed off sentence structure, good conventions and a nicely focused story. Pictured are three generations of the Baskett family, father Rick Baskett, son, Morgan Baskett and grandfather, Randy Baskett enjoying Morgan’s book.
Northport K-8 School is proud to announce the school based Volunteer of the Year, Rosemary Lambert and the Senior Volunteer of the Year, Bill Arnold. Mrs. Lambert has dedicated her services to the school on a daily basis for the last three years. She is on campus each day volunteering in the choral and band departments, sewing and cooking in the culinary department and generally assisting wherever she is needed. Mr. Arnold has been a fixture at the school for the last four years. He has been an integral asset in bringing the school’s Veteran Partners In Education program to fruition. Through his service and the service of the veterans cadre, the school won the District award for Parent and Community Involvement for the 2010- 2011 school year.
Northport is so thrilled to present our February Students of the Month. Students are selected for good citizenship, being a good friend, stopping a bully, or following the Northport K-8 Positive Behavior Supports. Students are rewarded with certificates, cookies, juice, and a celebration! A wonderful job to students and thank you to all parents and grandparents who attended the event.
Northport K-8 School is proud and pleased to represent the very best of Dr.
Martin Luther King’s message of peace and unity. Special thanks must go to the
school’s MLK committee who designed and decorated the float, to the school
administration who supported the endeavor and marched along with the school, the
teachers, staff and students who marched with the group. Northport is pleased
to accept the first place honor for overall best K-8 school category. Northport
K-8 truly admires Dr. Martin Luther King as the “Drum Major for Peace” that he
is and his inspiration of Remember, Celebrate and Take Action!