Northport first graders receive visit from Florida forestry service

Northport first graders receive visit from Florida forestry service

Northport K-8 first grade students in Rachel Ellsworth, Laura Poveromo, Pam Mishler, Dulce Olivera, Michelle McCloskey and Christine Santos-Nurse’s classes received a very special visit from Smoky the Bear and Forest Ranger Bolduc recently to talk about the dangers of forest fires. The rangers read a special story about Smokey the Bear, showed the students the equipment and clothing worn by the rangers during a forest fire and even brought  their heavy equipment for
students to peruse in the front of the school. Rangers talked about who to call if a student sees smoke, what to do if matches are found and many other tips to help prevent forest fires.  The rangers maintained a lively pace and students were enthused with the lesson.

Northport first graders receive visit from community helper

Northport first graders receive visit from community helper

Northport K-8 first grade students in Laura Poveromo, Dulce Olivera and Christine Santos-Nurse’s classes recieved a visit from Officer Daniel Smith of the Fort Pierce Police Department. Students sat in a group in the outdoor garden area and had a lengthy conversation with Officer Smith, who spoke to the students about how to keep themselves safe when playing outside and to make sure to keep their porch lights on and doors locked to help prevent break ins. He also spoke about the importance of laws and equated laws to school rules. Officer Smith also explained all the tools and equipment that he carries on a daily basis on his belt.  The students were thrilled to receive a visit from a community helper.

Northport first graders participate in grand celebration

Northport first graders participate in grand celebration

First grade students in Rachel Ellsworth’s class at Northport K8 School recently participated in a grand
celebration of Young Author’s books, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Parents and grandparents were excited to participate with their young students in a day of sharing by partnering with students in the classroom to read Young Author books.  Students then performed two reader’s theater productions titled, “Mom:  Every Day Is Mother’s Day” and “Hats Off To Dad!”  Students had a wonderful opportunity to talk about their accomplishments and demonstrated an intensity and lively pace that both students and families throughly enjoyed! The lessons also offered an effective response to the needs of English language learners and special needs students. Pictured are Ms. Ellsworth, back right, her students and many family members.

Northport fifth graders prepare winter garden

Northport fifth graders prepare winter garden

Northport K-8 students in Judy Fowler’s fifth grade class are preparing their annual winter garden this year with the help of a group of interested parents. During the next few months, students will learn to care for their plants by weeding, fertilizing, aerating the soil and spraying for insects. Students will also learn to use various weather instruments such as thermometers, hygrometers and rain guages. Some of the plants students are planting and tending are swiss chard, kohlrabi, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and strawberries. Students will exhibit their garden journal, their produce and gardening projects at the Saint Lucie County Fair in February. Pictured, from left, are students and parents Fred Davis, Bernard Alexis, Darlene Molinary, Joliegh O’Connor, Michael Chollette and Jeff Walk.

Northport Fifth Graders Host Holocaust Survivor

Northport Fifth Graders Host Holocaust Survivor

Northport K-8 fifth graders in Judy Fowler, Tracey Healy, Melanie Polascak, Carla Caldwell and Lisa Wiedrick’s classes hosted Mrs. Olga Drucker, a Holocaust survivor recently. Mrs. Drucker spoke to the students in the media center about her experiences living in Nazi Germany as a child and her experiences as part of a special group of children who were transported out of Germany into other countries called “Kindertransport!” Mrs. Drucker spoke to the children with a quivering voice of experience about real life history. Northport K-8 School was able to secure Mrs. Drucker as a speaker through a partnership with the Holocaust Survivors Bureau through Florida Atlantic University. Mrs. Drucker lives in Palm City, Florida and has written a book that is available called “Kindertransport!” Northport K-8 School was so pleased to be able to offer our students a first person piece of living history and the students recognized Mrs. Drucker has a National Treasure. Pictured are fifth grader Alivia LeShore and Olga Drucker.

Northport Fifth Graders Host ABC Channel 25 Meteorologist, Britley Ritz

Northport Fifth Graders Host ABC Channel 25 Meteorologist, Britley Ritz

Northport fifth graders were excited to top off their unit on weather with a visit to the media center from Britley Ritz, ABC Channel 25 meteorologist. The students began the program with a water cycle Flocabulary review. The Flocab was titled, “I’m water, I make the planet blue!” Britley spoke about her fear of weather as a child, when she lived through a tornado. She went on to study meteorology and weather at Ball State University where she conquered those childhood fears. Students learned about warm fronts, cold fronts, dense air, friction, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, water spouts, tropical systems, and rip current safety. Students participated in several interactive lessons and had the exciting opportunity to engage Britley with some great questions.

Northport Fifth Graders Honor the Spirit of 9/11 Survivor’s Tree!

Northport Fifth Graders Honor the Spirit of 9/11 Survivor’s Tree!

Northport fifth grade instructor, Melanie Polascak and her students learned about the Survivor’s tree at Ground Zero. Students learned that the pear tree was crushed as the towers collapsed but, like the human spirit, it was repaired, nourished and has regenerated. The tree is now in a precious spot at Ground Zero. Mrs. Polascak’s class made a wonderful analogy about the rebirth of that small pear tree and the healing of the millions of people affected by 9/11. The class constructed a quilt highlighting the healing that has taken place and placed it outside the doors of the school’s 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library! Great job class! Pictured are Melanie Polascak and her fifth grade students in front of the quilt.

Northport fifth graders enjoy benefits of special program

Northport fifth graders enjoy benefits of special program

Students in the Northport K-8 fifth grade classroom of Melanie Polascak have reaped the rewards of a very generous benefactor recently. Mrs. Polascak’s class was adopted through the website Adoptaclassroom.org by Katie Gilliam from Virginia. Katie, better known as “Aunt Katie” visited the fifth grade class on Halloween. She and her friends dressed as characters from the children’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz!” Ms. Gilliam donated the money specifically for school and classroom supplies and books for students. The children made an acrostic poem to be put into book format and will send to Aunt Katie when it is completed. Students have been corresponding with Katie all year and were finally grateful and thrilled to get to meet their benefactor. Pictured are Katie Gilliam dressed as the lion, adult friends dressed as characters and Mrs. Polascak and her students.

Northport family enjoys district young author showcase

Northport family enjoys district young author showcase

Northport K-8 student Finnegan Carey reaped the rewards of using the writing process effectively, adhering to the school rubric, correctly using dynamic illustrations and producing a relevant and substantial piece of writing. Finn and his parents, Jennifer and Nick Carey, pictured above, celebrated at the school district’s Young Author Showcase recently along with fellow Northport students Saige Searcy, Jazz Courtenay, Samantha Huynh, Paul Brinker, Joseph Ybarra, Giovanni Wright and Raena Davis. Over 175 student authors from across the district and their families were treated to a visit with author Donna Gephart, who wrote the book “How To Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Students were treated to a special lunch and were able to purchase books as well as receive free books for being selected as district representatives. The Young Authors celebration is a terrific example of families and students coming together from many different schools and celebrating great books and great writing habits and techniques. The Young Authors program is a shining example of the culmination of a year of effective teaching and learning. The handwritten books are an investment in the future of each student.

Northport “Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading Program Underway

Northport “Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading Program Underway

This year, the third annual Northport Faith In Literacy Summer Reading Program is off to a great start. The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie congregation collected 3,600 new and gently used books to provide students with enough books to start a stack of summer reading books in their homes.

Students learned about the importance of summer reading and not letting their skills in reading slide back. They enjoyed selecting ten books each. Some selected books to read to their younger brothers and sisters. They also learned where to locate additional books over the summer at no cost or inexpensively.

According to Mrs. Farr, Northport fifth grade teacher, “My students are enjoying reading again this year. They are sharing and talking about their new books!”

This is the bottom line at Northport, Joyful reading and writing! Thank you so much to our partners at First United Methodist Church. You ROCK!

Northport essay writers excel

Northport essay writers excel

As part of Northport K-8 School’s response to the Florida Department of Education’s “Celebrate Literacy” initiative, students were given the opportunity to write an essay sponsored by local American Legion Post 318 Auxiliary and the Northport media center. The topic of the essay was “What Freedom Do I Enjoy The Most?” Over 40 students from grades three through eight responded with excellent, well formulated essays. Students reviewed what freedoms really are with parents and guardians as well as grandparents and then wrote thoughtful and meaningful essays in response to the topic. Three students’ essays were chosen to be sent to the Department of American Legion Auxiliary in Tallahassee, Florida. The Northport students were third grader Kayli Lepel, fifth grader Suzzlie Desir, and eighth grader Christian Ritter. Pictured are Kayli Lepel, left, and Suzzlie Desir.

Northport enjoys collegiality at reading council kick off

Northport enjoys collegiality at reading council kick off

Northport K8 School sent a large contingency of instructors and staff to enjoy the Meet and Greet held at Chili’s in St. Lucie West recently for the St. Lucie County Reading Council. The council offers district staff a wonderful opportunity to inspire collegiality and promote positive interactions with literacy at the forefront. The Meet and Greet hosted author Henry Cole, who wrote the new One Book-One Community Read, “A Nest For Celeste”! The council, led by president Deb Remington, Manatee Academy media specialist, offers a variety of opportunities to share ideas, compare learning strategies and a chance to take part in district initiatives, including the Young Author’s program, One Book-One Community program, and Family Reading Festival held in the spring at Digital Domain Park, as well as several other opportunities.  Northport’s contingent numbered more than 20 teachers and staff, a thorough investment in the council’s objectives as well as an awesome chance to tip our hat to
professionalism and collegiality!

Northport Engages Parents, Families, and Community using Social Media!

Northport Engages Parents, Families, and Community using Social Media!

Northport VPK-8 School, using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, have brought a whole new level of “Parent and Community Involvement” to the school. Parents, extended families, community members, volunteers, business partners, teachers and students are kept up to date, on a daily basis about information and programs occurring at the school. Parents visit the site to catch a glimpse of their own child engaging in an activity or to learn about special programming that takes place at the school. Using social media, the school is better capable of building a culture of family that extends far into the community. Pictures, video clips, information and programming notes are shared through social media. The school is continually announcing to parents and friends to “like” Northport K-8 School at events where parents and families are gathered. For example, Student of the Month, Honor Roll, sporting events, special programming such as the Northport VPK-8 School Leadership Summits that are held on a monthly basis, band and choral concerts and events and a variety of other venues. It takes dedication and resolve to keep social media tools active and up to date so that the entire school community can get fresh, up to the minute information. Northport’s vision aligns with the Saint Lucie County School District’s Vision of partnering with parents and community to become a premier center of knowledge that is organized around students and families. The best way we can accomplish our core business of educational success and achievement is with strong communication to build that family bond and to establish a culture of teamwork. Please consider visiting the Northport K-8 School Facebook page and hitting “like” and joining us on Twitter.

Northport Engages in School-wide Young Author Program

Northport Engages in School-wide Young Author Program

Elaine Lawrence’s first graders proudly bring their Young Author books to the media center today. It was so difficult to pick the two best books to enter competition. ❤ Great job to children and teacher. At Northport, the entire school participates in the annual Young Authors program. The program brings joy to writing, a common language among teachers, students and parents and provides a time to have fun with words and illustrations. Each teacher turns in “Best Class Representatives,” and from those books, seven are selected to visit the District Young Authors Ceremony. At Northport, we share in the spirit and joy of writing for pleasure.

Northport Encourages Kindness Through Community!

Northport Encourages Kindness Through Community!

At Northport, kindness is contagious! We celebrated “Be A Buddy Week” in a few different ways. On Monday, many in our community wore blue shirts to honor “World Day of Bullying.” Recently, we celebrated “World Smile Day!” Smiling is a beautiful and delightful way to connect with others and to shine a positive light! Looking at others smiling is like looking at a work of art or a masterpiece because no two smiles are alike. Every smile, like every individual, is unique. Smiling spreads good feelings, and kids love to sport their grins. Even when it’s a bad day, smiling brings a change of attitude. Check out all of our precious smiles and you might even smile yourself 🙂

NORTHPORT ROCKS and the children are a true treasure. There is NOTHING like making a kid smile!!!

Northport Empowers Students to “See Something, Say Something!”

Northport Empowers Students to “See Something, Say Something!”

Northport Step Up America Citizen Alert!

Students in Mrs. Matteson’s seventh period class were asked what it means to be an alert citizen. Students responded that being aware of what is going in around them is vital. Mrs. Stone, Northport Dean pulled up the American Security Council website and had students read about suspicious activity and how to observe it in their neighborhoods and school. Students read about characteristics of suspicious activity that includes: items that have been abandoned, strangers eliciting information, loitering, internet or social media messages and posts and more. Students discussed what might happen if these events go unnoticed.

Students then viewed three short video clips from the American Security Council website called “Take the Challenge.”  Students engaged in this activity by responding, “If you see something, Say something!” Northport Deans are working hard with our students on these concepts with administration and staff support. Northport is training our students to be proactive on “See Something, Say Something” and how and what to report to local or school authorities suspicious activity.

Pictured is Northport 8th grader Lily Swantic who decorated cupcakes for the class event.

Our Northport Deans are definitely taking their jobs and student training on these very important issues to new levels. Great job and thank you for helping to bring Northport safety issues directly to the students. Student empowerment is vital.

Northport embraces a bully free culture

Northport embraces a bully free culture

Northport K-8 School community “walked the walk” and “talked the talk” recently at the school’s second annual Unity Day. Students made posters, banners, flags and signs and walked a route marked by the physical education instructors to offer support and to empower students against the harmful effects of bullying. Third grade teachers Melanie Polascak and Diana Lankow appeared on the morning announcements with important messages about bullying, teen girls painted their pinkie fingers blue in unity against girl bullies, classes watched clips about bullying and important lessons filtered the school classrooms about bullying. Several parents came to join their own children and their classmates in solidarity against bullying. The message at Northport K-8 School is clear and on point:  bullying will not be tolerated by administration, teachers, staff or by students at the school. Empowerment is the key word at Northport! Pictured, from left, are students Okyia Mclean, Daniela Recinos and teacher Susan Smith.

Northport Elementary Students Support 8th Grade FSA Writing!

Northport Elementary Students Support 8th Grade FSA Writing!

Northport elementary students made cards, banners and posters to encourage eighth grade students as they take their FSA Writing tests. Students also offered lollipops, mints and treats. Northport students are uncommonly caring and loving. We are thankful that our administration and staff are so supportive and encourage a “family” atmosphere.