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!
Northport K-8 middle school girls are champion basketball players! The girls, coached by teacher Stephanie Soomar, recently played their final game. Every player contributed and the girls played their hearts out to bring home the District victory.
Northport K-8 sixth grade drama students with the assistance of several eighth graders, performed four short plays for the entire kindergarten group recently in the Northport Black Box theater. Under the direction of drama coach, Allison Barajas, students performed “The Frog Prince,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “Cinderella.” It was a wonderful and heartwarming adventure into beginning theater appreciation. The sixth graders were professional and the kindergartners learned an appreciation for theater etiquette.
Sophia Henriquez, Philena Maharaj, and Ms. Savela from Northport K-8 Culinary Program served tasty treats at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. Northport K-8 students prepared and served treats for the 2019 Citizens Summit.
Northport K-8 Culinary Arts students participated in the 2nd Annual Culinary Cook Off. Students were asked to design and produce a dessert recipe using all food commodities from our food services or cafeteria.
Northport students created a cake using 51% wheat flour and low sugar standards set by the USDA.
Students left to right:
Also pictured are Culinary Instructor Rachel Savela along with Board Member Debbie Hawley and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild.
We are so proud of our Northport K-8 Culinary Arts students!
Northport K-8 School ponied up lots of great fellowship, money and bowling skills to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie County in their efforts to raise much needed funds for the organization’s mentoring and literacy programs. The Northport team consisted of teachers, administrators, friends and family members, as well as lots of cheerleading and support from family and friends. The event raised $36,000 to enhance the program as well as a good old fashioned birthday celebration for Dr. Judi Miller, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters and long time champion of St. Lucie County children and families. The event was a great promotion of family fun and community involvement!
What a stupendous morning at Northport K-8 celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Many thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters and new CEO, Stacey Watson-Mesley, SLPS Board Members Debbie Hawley and Troy Ingersoll, and SLC Councilwoman, Stephanie Morgan. A big thanks to members of First United Methodist Church as well. We had a beautiful time celebrating literacy as a community. The students and their smiling, friendly, grins truly represented the best of Northport K-8 hospitality. Thanks to culinary arts instructor, Rachel Savela and her team of students who baked cakes for every VPK through third grade class. We truly are thankful and appreciative of all the community support that we receive. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Pictured are New Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Stacey Watson Mesley, SLPS Board Member Debbie Hawley, and Northport K-8 media specialist, Lynne Gruszka.
Northport K-8 kindergarten students in Nancy Yost, Megan Castiglia, Melody Nieves and student intern Amanda Bean’s classes celebrated the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss by listening to a dramatic storytelling of the beloved Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka. Students were thrilled to hear the story of the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes and agreed that Christmas isn’t about the gifts. Students decorated Seuss ornaments and decorated a Christmas tree set up in the Media Center. The Media Center also hosted a theatrical skit by students
in Juliette Thelusma’s fourth grade class by Suess called “Daisy Head Maisie.” Guests included third graders from Linda Beidler’s class, fourth graders from Jennifer Gomez’s class with their parents and grandparents. It was a wonderful
celebration day of that famed reading innovator, Dr. Seuss.
Northport K-8 School recently celebrated Black History month with a wonderful program that included guest speaker Dr. Dwight Dawkins, who encouraged students to do their best and to have high aspirations. Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion led the program with an honor guard, and Northport choral students from all grade levels sang the “National Anthem,” “Elijah,” and “Tribute to Martin Luther King.” Students also listened to a Black History moment on the morning announcements showcasing contributions of Black Americans. The school cafeteria, along with culinary program students under the direction of instructor Rachel Ellsworth, offered a tempting Southern luncheon for all teachers and staff. As a conclusion to the programming, students and teachers were encouraged to dress in costumes and clothing from their own heritage. Northport K-8 School honors the heritage of the entire community and celebrates “Many Cultures, One Country!” Special thank you to guidance counselor Diane Reynolds for organizing the multicultural salute to Black history! Pictured is Northport Pre-K instructor Victoria Frazier and several of her students, who dressed for Northport Multicultural Day. Students pictured, from left, are Isabella Zuniga, William Hairston, Mikayla Rivera, Vanessa Hall, Tayshaun Byfield and Kucas Cardoso.