What a wonderful evening at Northport! Our 8th graders are leaving the nest and moving on to high school. They have done the work, achieved success and are moving on to the next chapter of their lives. The evening began with the SLW Centennial JROTC unit posting the colors in a spectacular showcase.
Principal, Glenn Rustay and Assistant Principals Lisa Cash and Mehgan Drost welcomed hundreds of parents, grandparents and friends to the event. Fellow 8th grade student Emmalyne Lewis welcomed her fellow classmates to enjoy each moment and to look forward to the future and all the successes that will come. The keynote speaker was St. Lucie School Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills. Dr. Mills is a favorite at Northport and can always be called on to encourage, share stories of success, motivate and prod every student to excel and find their passion. She gave a wonderful and thought-provoking talk about pulling yourself up, having the grit to achieve and get the job done. She is awesome!
Students received their diplomas from their team leaders and shook hands with Northport administration as well as Dr. Mills. It was a lovely celebration of achievement and pride for families, teachers and students. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer and will always be checking on our students as they move on to another exciting chapter in their lives. They are very well prepared!
Northport K-8 eighth grade students received special guests in classrooms recently as two cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion under the direction of Major U.S. (Retired) Richard Thompson, visited and imparted great information about available JROTC programs. Cadets Auger and Ryun talked about building leadership skills and the camaraderie that is attained when joining a JROTC Unit. Cadets spoke about after school teams including, drill, orienteering, raiders training and marksmanship teams and told the students that the after school and weekend activities are the best part of the program. The cadets encouraged the eighth graders to find out more information about available JROTC programs at the high schools and to consider becoming a part of one of the district’s JROTC programs available. Students were thrilled to see and listen to high school students who appeared to professional, courteous and knowledgeable and were very impressed with the programs. Pictured are Cadets Ryun, left, and Auger, who attended Northport K-8 School from fourth to eighth grade.
Northport K-8 School has been selected as a World-Class School, the highest distinction that can be awarded by schools that utilize the Imagine Learning program to teach students whose first language is not English. The Imagine Learning Lab is fascilitated and directed by instructor, Mary Toto and paraprofessional Marian Morales. The achievement is the result of hard work,
committment to the program and perseverance by instructors and administration. The ESOL lab at Northport opens 45 minutes before school begins to allow parents and their children to come into the lab to learn English together. The Imagine Lab is a learning environment filled with pictures of the students excelling, parents, brothers and sisters, family pets and many other photo’s to ease the students into learning in a happy and relaxed environment where learning English happens very, very quickly. Pictured, from left, are parent Adriana Persico, her child, kindergartener Daniela Persico, first grader Marion Barrios, fifth grader Melany Barrios, instructor Mary Toto and paraprofessional Marian Morales.
Northport eighth grade drama students are working and learning from IRSC drama students and having a good conversation with college president, Dr. Massey. Thanks Mrs. Barajas for getting our students involved! ❤
Kudos to Allison Barajas and her Northport drama students who gave an outstanding performance of “Ebony Scrooge.” Rave reviews for this over-the-top performance.
Northport Deans, Billy Hicks and Georgia Stone, along with Clerk Kachina Hall, are doing a superior job of taking care of security at Northport. Not only are they working on anti-bullying efforts and focusing on positive behavior efforts, but they are also working on a good citizenship program called “Step Up Northport!”
“Step Up Northport” is a student call-to-action to be good citizens, learn to “see something, say something” in all avenues of life, in the school and in the community. Students are learning about cybersecurity and the foundations of our government.
Congratulations on an exemplary job to these super educators at Northport!
Northport Deans Georgia Stone and Billy Hicks recently stepped into Susan Matteson’s eighth grade class and presented a solid lesson pertaining to personal security. The lesson was a group project where students were given information from the American Security Council Foundation website about personal security and the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Each group was given an article to read. Students then created a word cloud about the main idea of their topic and the important words about each topic. Students then collaborated and shared their findings with the class about the article.
All groups were engaged and knew more about their rights as a citizen and personal security at the end of the lesson. For example, inherent right to life, being treated with respect and dignity if arrested, and freedom of religion and political choice were addressed.
The American Security Council Foundation is a Northport Community Partner and their lessons and website bring so much to the table when educating our students about civic rights and duties. Thanks to our Northport Deans for working on this very important issue in our classrooms. The teamwork is tangible.
Northport K-8 School participated in the St. Lucie County Public Schools Culinary Showcase held recently at the St. Lucie Civic Center in Port St. Lucie. Northport students, Principal Glenn Rustay and the entire school community are extremely proud of Rachel Ellsworth and her culinary team. The Northport team was one of only two middle grades schools that attended the event, and students and instructor were well deserving to showcase their finest cooking samples at the culinary event along with top high school teams. Northport K-8 showcased scrumptious Chocolate Oreo truffles. Pictured is the Northport Culinary team, from left, Zane Daniels, Melissa Hruby, Kelsey Krieger, Ayana Kelly, Brandy Staab, Joshua Raio and Brandon Kahn.
Middle grades Northport K-8 students in the culinary arts program, under the direction of Caren Boyd, participated in a cupcake war recently. Students worked in cooperative teams and devised plans and recipes to produce the best cupcake. Students in six groups used Oreos, confetti, gum drops, Hershey kisses, marshmallows, caramel, cherries, peaches, strawberries and different types of icing to concoct the best cupcake. Judges used a rubric which included taste, appearance, moistness and ingenuity. Pictured are the winners, from left, Nailen Hernandez, Jaquinton Price, Joel Diaz and Kara Turpin. The winning cupcake was Oreo flavored with a fudge center, vanilla icing and confetti topping.
Northport K-8 School instructor Rachel Ellsworth, along with a group of excited students and parents, took an educational jaunt to a local grocery store to price shop and to learn about the skills need to work in different areas of the store. Students learned about the butcher shop, the floral department and the bakery, as well as sanitation practices, cross-contamination and food safety. Students learned about careers and the application process and were thrilled to be able to participate in some of the skilled tasks at the store. Pictured is a member of the bakery staff with eighth grade culinary student O’Briana Joseph learning to make an icing rose.
NPK8 Culinary students assisted Fort Pierce Central’s Culinary students to prepare for the Master Gardeners of SLC luncheon today. Well ✔ Done! Great job to Mrs. Rachel Savela and students! You make Northport proud!
Special thanks to culinary arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth and her students. They made a delightful breakfast for Teacher Appreciation Week. The Northport Culinary department is awesome. ❤
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts instructor, Rachel Ellsworth and a group of her students honored local firefighters from Port St. Lucie, Station 3 on September 11 with a tray of homeade baked goods from the Northport Culinary students. Students walked to Station 3 after school and hand delivered the goodies. Along with the firefighters are Northport students from left, Ayana Kelly, Deja Gannon, Kelsey Krieger and Melissa Hruby. Northport K-8 School students delighted in honoring community first responders and were moved to remember all the heroes who acted courageously on September 11, 2001.
Constitution Week is officially declared this year as September 17-23, 2018, and schools all across America will celebrate the nation’s Constitution.
Northport is proud to educate our students about our Constitution. Each morning this week, a different student voice will recite the Preamble to the Constitution on the public announcements.
Community partners and neighbors, Debra Magrann and Pauline Pavlick, visited the Northport Media Center to educate our students about the Constitution. Students learned that Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison and 31 other delegates met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The date was September 17, 1787. The delegates signed the Constitution of the United States of America to establish a framework to govern our new country and to protect the rights of the citizens. The students also learned the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. Each student and teacher received a new copy of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Every morning and at every school event, Northport K-8 students and teachers recite their “Kids at Hope” pledge. The meaning of the pledge is permeating the very fabric of the school in many ways. An example of student connection to the meaning of “Kids at Hope” can be found in Ann Barbare’s middle grades Intensive math class. Mrs. Barbare and her students worked diligently to make an engaging board with the theme of finding the students “Ace of Hearts” who is the parent or guardian and their “Ace of Clubs” who is any other caring adult who knows and understands the students skills and talents. Students and teachers have meaningful conversations throughout the day about individual talents, dreams and goals. Often times, the “Ace of Clubs” is the child’s teacher or perhaps a mentor or tutor from Big Brothers, Big Sisters or AmeriCorps. The administrators and teachers, in partnership with the parents and families, are finding the deep value in building working relationships to demand high expectations from students and help each child to believe in themselves and to ferret out compassion, leadership skills, abilities and desires. The Northport community believes, along with the entire school district, that all children are capable of success, No Exceptions! It is the pleasure of the school community to highlight the very best assets of each and every child. Northport K-8 School is an authentic “Work In Progress” and we acknowledge that we, as a community, are constant learners and are ever evolving. Our “Kids at Hope” success stories will definitely becoming more and more plentiful!
Northport K-8 students, teachers and parents united recently to complete the Young Author’s program. The Author’s program is a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have learned the writing process effectively. The entire school completes the book as a community program using common language in a commitment to engaged learning. Students learn to flesh out their characters and setting with concrete vocabulary words and phrases. Students prewrite, reflect, edit, illustrate and then revise their books for publication and presentation. Each year, the media center is transformed into a wonderland with a different theme as a backdrop to showcase the K-8 Young Author books. Students and parents are able to peruse the writing at each grade level and view the learning progression. This year, the media center has used the St. Lucie School District’s overarching theme of “Cruise to Success” and decorated the center in a “Cruise To Hawaii” theme. Students follow a Northport Young Author’s rubric and produce their Masterpiece! Manatee student, Cassaundra Churchman said, “Young Authors has been a great experience for me. It has been my life since we started the book! The best part is I have been able to sit with my mom and work on something that gets me to think and use my creativity!” Pictured are the eighth grade students in Mrs. Susan Smith’s class setting up their table to showcase their “Masterpieces!” The St. Lucie Reading Council Young Author’s program will take place at Oak Hammock K-8 on Saturday, May 17.
Northport K-8 School community including administration, deans, teachers, staff and parents, provide a multi-pronged approach to discouraging bullying on the campus. School staff is well trained and very well versed in quelling any issues pertaining to all types of bullying.
One of the events on the campus to bring the students together to promote a singular message is the annual Unity Day Walk. Modeled after the Pacer program founded by the National Bullying Prevention Center, the Unity Day Walk is an exciting event that is promoted annually at the school by the teachers and parents. Students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to signify unity and crazy socks to “kick bullies off the campus!” Students and parents make signs, banners and flags for students to wave while they walk a marked route around the school perimeter. Students learn that they are not alone if they are bullied either physically, emotionally or cyberbullied.
One in five students is bullied and if an adult is notified and intervenes that number is reduced by 57%. Bullying incidents at the school have been dramatically reduced and students feel comfortable in reporting instances of bullying to an adult. This year the school celebrated their 4th Annual Unity Day Walk with parents and community members taking the walk as well as many teachers and staff. Accommodations and modifications were made so that all students were able to participate in the Unity Day event and all were able to enjoy the beautiful walk on a glorious fall day.
For more information on the Pacer program, visit www.pacer.org.
Friday morning, September 18, following the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids At Hope Pledge, Northport joined the Nation in remembering our POW/MIA military members and their families. The community of learners commemorated the day with a special reciting of the “Northport American Children’s Pledge!” The pledge was recited over the school intercom by parent, Angelica Urbiza, and her first grade son, Alex.
“The Northport American Children’s Pledge”
WE, the students of Northport, promise to honor the United States of America.
We pledge to:
Respect ourselves and our fellow citizens,
Protect our Constitutional Rights,
Uphold the laws set forth by our state and nation,
Remember our Forefathers’ sacrifice for our freedom
Commit to the safety of our country with honesty and loyalty
Display pride in all that the United States of America stands for.
Northport is so thrilled to have our parents and community members joining us to bring the very best education to our school. We realize that we can’t do this alone! Thank you to every member of our community for drawing out the best educational experiences that we can offer and for helping the instructors, administrators and staff to mold our students into fine citizens! Northport is truly the epitome of an American School!
Thanks Veteran Partner, Joe Lusardi for bringing the POW/MIA Remembrance to the forefront. The National Day of Remembrance will be commemorated by the local community at Veteran’s Park on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm with a candlelight ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend. Pictured are Mrs. Urbiza and her son, Alex.
Northport K-8 School held their annual Spelling Bee recently in the school media center. Students from grades four through eight who won their classroom spelling bees were able to move forward and participate in the school based spelling bee. Parent attendance was plentiful and each spelling bee participant was able to bring one student guest from their class. Students moved through six rounds with Americorp Tutor Azzam Abdur-Rahman calling the words and tutors Barbara Despinos and Tessa Falatovich serving as judges. Students showed an impressive knowledge of spelling this year as they used rules and strategies to make excellent spelling connections. Many students asked for the word in a sentence, the language of origin and the part of speech as well as palm writing to become better bee participants.
The Northport Grand Spelling Champion for 2016 is Jennifer Tufte, a fifth grader, and second place went to Sierra Molinary, an eighth grader. Both girls will represent Northport at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at the Civic Center in March. Participants were Julian Moldonado, Samuel Guillen, Honeylette Ricalde, Alex Uy, Skylar Warner, Pierre Dentilus, Diego Lopez, Giovanni Wright, Anthony Serrano, Elijah Yuhas, Ellen Garcia, Dorian Jessee, Jordan Braden, Jesus Gonzalez, Jayden Diago, Jennifer Tufte, Jake Jones, Marilla Cruce, Alexander Hernandez, Matt Pinto, Jared Lowrie, Sierra Molinary, Andrevious Collins, Mya James, Davon Charles, NAthaniel Oliver, Zachary Cummings, Dudley Olibrice and Dakota Davis.
Wonderful and enthusiastic student performance!
Northport K-8 School administrators, teachers, students and parents came together recently to celebrate learning gains made by students on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, better known as the FCAT. Northport K-8 School moved up a complete letter grade and showed tremendous growth thanks to an all out effort by the entire school. Students who excelled in selected criteria in reading, math and science and actually “Navigated” the school to success were rewarded with a celebration including, snow cones, bounce houses, slides and games. The experience demonstrated to all students that hard work and achievement pay off. Pictured are PTO parents who assisted in the celebration, Marcy Waltz, Angela White and Suzi Scott. Special thanks to the Northport PTO for dedicating so much time and effort in helping our community succeed.