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.
Northport K-8 School second grade students in Barbara Greenwood’s class used a real cow’s stomach lining called tripe, a cow’s heart and a cow’s kidney to perform inspections and learn new information about the human body. Students examined each body part and determined the functions of each organ. They understood after the in-depth lesson that the kidney removes the waste products from the body, the heart pumps and has chambers, and that the stomach lining keeps the stomach strong so it doesn’t rupture and the stomach digests foods. The hands on lesson was a real eye opener for the kids as they donned their surgical gloves and really investigated each organ critically. Pictured is Ms. Greenwood and her students.
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.