Northport and GiveBack2Kids Partner for Success!

Northport and GiveBack2Kids Partner for Success!

Northport partners, Giveback2kids Inc., along with parents and families delighted in the awesome goodness of many kids during a recent celebration of children ❤. Northport’s partnership with David Gornitzky and James Monds offers proof in the pudding that we can steer children in the right direction and help them navigate a great course for their futures.

Northport and Parkway Elementary came together to showcase the Arts…and WOW! We saw some showstoppers. We listened to a highly motivating talk by Rich Williams and the students were rewarded with a fabulous dinner catered by DaVinci’s restaurant. We are just so proud to be a part of GiveBack2Kids….it’s what we do..work with children to help them achieve their potential…WE LIVE IT, AND WE LOVE IT ❤.

Northport and FPC Collaborate in the Kitchen!

Northport and FPC Collaborate in the Kitchen!

Northport’s 8th grade culinary students visited the advanced culinary classes at Fort Pierce Central High School. Central’s Chef Jesse Strell, in coordination with Ms. Rachel Savela, brought their students together to mentor and learn together. Northport students learned how to make a roux and many knife skills including the Rondelle cut.

Northport Welcomes Students

Northport Welcomes Students

What a wonderful pleasure to welcome new students and to celebrate returning students and families with a flourish.

Northport VPK-8 School and community welcomed back well over one thousand students on Monday, August 15. The morning was a culmination of planning and preparation on the part of the administration, teachers, and staff. The students and parents were heralded with the smiling, welcoming faces of so many in the community who want to wish all a great start to a fabulous school year. On hand to ring in the new year was Superintendent of SLPS, Wayne Gent, SLPS Board members, Katherine Hensley and Debbie Hawley, as well as many other district staff members.

Students were also greeted by local representatives from PSLPD, SLC Sheriff’s Office deputies, Big Brothers Big Sisters employees, local veterans and many, many other community members who have a strong desire to support our students and families. Northport realizes that we are not a closed building and once the school bell rings each morning, we do not shut the doors. We realize that we need the whole community to educate and empower our students. We welcome volunteers, business partners, veterans, animal rescue activists and all who want to assist in making Northport a vital and dynamic school that is supported by its community. We look forward to a stellar year filled with positive energy and community support. Northport is fully invested in “building a brighter future for our students” and supporting our families to the fullest extent.

Northport and BBBS Partner to Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Northport and BBBS Partner to Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Today is the day!

Northport and BBBS partnered to make this year the best Dr. Seuss birthday party ever! Thanks to all of our guests who too visited Northport to read and enjoy time with the children. Thank you to Tiffany Tredor and her fifth grade students who served as ambassadors. They made sure every guest was securely in place. Northport extends a delightful thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Northport Advanced Band Represents With a Superior Rating!

Northport Advanced Band Represents With a Superior Rating!

Northport K-8 School Advanced Band, under the direction of Brian Hoce, received an overall Superior rating at the Music Performance Assessments held recently at Treasure Coast High School. Nearly all middle school bands were represented at the assessments from Saint Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Martin Counties. Parents and students were thrilled to learn of their Superior grade and realized that all their arduous work paid off with the posting of the grades.

Mr. Hoce said, “I am very proud of all of these kids. They worked very hard and deserve the rating!” Many thanks to all involved. Northport community gives a big “thumbs up” to our band and we are proud to be tagged as winners!

Northport Acknowledges Better Speech and Hearing Month

Northport Acknowledges Better Speech and Hearing Month

Northport student, Carl Schumacher and his teacher, Jennifer Carey, would like us all to help celebrate the month of May as Better Speech and Hearing month. It would mean alot to acknowledge the difficult work accomplished by students with speech or hearing difficulties. ❤ ❤ 😃 🌞 ❤ 👂 👂 The teacher rocks!

Northport Accepts Remarkable Gift For Military Support and Americanism

Northport Accepts Remarkable Gift For Military Support and Americanism

Northport Principal Glenn Rustay and Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka proudly accept one of the most valuable gifts that a military hero can bestow, the Purple Heart.

Dr. Miles J. Gill Jr., a local Vietnam Veteran and paratrooper has dedicated his father’s Purple Heart to the children of Northport K-8 School. The Purple Heart was earned by Sgt. Miles J. Gill Sr., 1 Company, 311 Infantry, 78 Division at the Field Hospital in Germany during World War II. The Purple Heart was pinned to Sgt. Gill’s chest in his hospital bed in January of 1945. Dr. Gill is one of the Veteran Partners In Education that frequently visits Northport. He dearly wants to help educate the students about the military and heroism and what it takes to help make America the greatest country on the face of the Earth.

Dr. Gill’s gift of his own father’s Purple Heart brought special thankfulness and gratitude for all that each and every educator at Northport represents; patriotism, Americanism, service, gratitude, empathy and teaching our students civic responsibility. We have incorporated a thriving Veterans Partners In Education program at Northport that has been getting stronger and stronger since 2006 and veteran faces and uniforms are visible nearly every day somewhere in the school. Thank you, Dr. Gill, for the remarkable gift of your father’s World War II Purple Heart. We promise to teach the children to the best of our ability with top-notch lessons on all the important things that really matter.

Northport Accepts Generous Dedication From Local Korean War Veterans Chapter 106

Northport Accepts Generous Dedication From Local Korean War Veterans Chapter 106

Since 2006, Northport K-8 School has proudly incorporated a thriving Veterans Partners in Education program throughout the school. Veterans are visible and can be recognized as part of the fabric of Northport. One of the founding partners in the school’s veteran program was Peter Popolizio. Peter was a corporal who served valiantly on Pork Chop Hill in the Korean War. Mr. Popolizio earned many medals on Pork Chop Hill including the Silver Star. Peter served as past Commander of the local Korean War Veterans Assoc., Chapter 106 and also was dubbed Saint Lucie County School District Volunteer of the Year two years ago, representing the work of all SLC veterans in our public schools.

His work was integral as a founding partner and his love, respect and willingness to educate our children was distinguished. Peter Popolizio passed away last March. With his passing, our children have lost a significant piece of history, a primary source for the Korean War and a very loving and caring man. The Korean War Veterans, Chapter 106 have dedicated a beautiful cherry wood working fireplace with a gold plaque thanking Popolizio for his time and dedication to the children of the school. Principal, Glenn Rustay, Assistant Principals, Lorie Monroe and Lisa Cash and Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka as well as instructor Georgia Stone and her class of sixth graders and Jennifer Lusardi with her group of third graders proudly lit the fireplace as it was dedicated. This holiday season, the children of Northport will be enjoying a fully decorated media center with Christmas tree’s and tinsel as well as sitting by the fireplace and reading beautiful holiday books. Northport will long cherish the memory of Commander Peter Popolizio. Many thanks to all our Veteran Partners in Education. All Community members welcome to come in and sit by the fire for a few minutes to remember Peter Popolizio.

Northport abuzz with super spellers

Northport abuzz with super spellers

Northport K-8 School has been buzzing with super spellers recently as 35 students in grades four through eight practiced using flashcards, spelling buddies and parent support to help make the annual Northport Spelling Bee a phenomenal success. Parents, fellow students and staff cheered as the school based winner was announced on the afternoon announcements. The spelling bee went eight intense, very professional rounds. The winner of the bee is Ashley Quijada, a seventh grade Northstar student. Ashley will participate in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:00 am. Ashley’s winning word was “shiatsu.” The Northport alternate and second place winner was Tristan Kormony. Honored judges were the Big Brothers, Big Sisters, AmeriCorps tutors who serve Northport students every day, Miss Renee and Ms. Jackie and pronouncer was AmeriCorps tutor, Ms. Alex. The Master of the Bee was media specialist Lynne Gruszka. Pictured are several parents in attendance, the AmeriCorps tutors and the spelling bee participants.

Non-profit Expo Coming Soon

Non-profit Expo Coming Soon

Discover the many things non-profits can do for your students!

Attend the Back To School Expo on Thursday, August 1, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Grace Way Village is one of many non-profits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

Non-Profit Expo

Non-Profit Expo

Grace Way Village is one of many nonprofits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

For Information, you are invited to attend the Back To School Expo on Thursday, July 27th, from 11 am  to 3 pm.

Discover the many things nonprofits can do for your students!

Non-Profit Expo

Non-Profit Expo

Grace Way Village is one of many nonprofits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

For Information, you are invited to attend the Back To School Expo on Thursday, July 27th, from 11 am  to 3 pm.

Discover the many things nonprofits can do for your students!

Night of the Stars Winners Announced

Night of the Stars Winners Announced

On Saturday, February 10, education’s shining stars walked the red carpet during the annual St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s Night of the Stars gala.  This annual event was broadcast live from Lincoln Park Academy’s grand auditorium. Each of the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) distinguished honorees representing their respective schools was recognized for outstanding service, and honored with awards.  As the envelopes were opened and names were called, Samantha Lamora stepped forward as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year.  She is a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School where she exercises her belief that she can be the difference in the life of a child and an influencer in the community.  Joining her on the stage were School Related Employee of the Year Adela DellaCroce from Treasure Coast High School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Katherine Christopher of White City Elementary, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Brianna Nowaski from Windmill Point Elementary.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Outstanding teachers and caring adults help pave pathways for success in students’ lives.  The individuals we honored this evening are remarkable, and I am extremely proud of all they do for our students every day.”

 

Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “I look forward to this celebration each year. The Night of the Stars is an opportunity to honor our teachers and support professionals for the work they do each day for our students.”  Jones went on to say that, “The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.  Event sponsors such as PNC Bank, this year’s Grand Benefactor, share our passion for recognizing excellence in education. MIDFLORIDA Community Credit Union sponsored the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honored the winner with a commemorative ring. Proctor Construction Company sponsored the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsored the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsored The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.  Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

 

Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “This event helps bring our distinguished honorees to our community.  The Night of the Stars is one way in which we can truly honor and celebrate their commitment to providing for the individual needs of all students.”

 

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition.  In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

 

About the Teacher of the Year

Samantha Lamora

Samantha Lamora is a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School with five years of teaching experience.  For her, stepping into the role of a teacher is an answer to a lifetime career calling she deems “magical.”   She enjoys helping students set and achieve their goals.  Mrs. Lamora is inspired by her students desire to learn, grow, and celebrate their own successes.

 

Her students’ superior performance, her outstanding classroom practices, as well as other routines recognized as stellar led to Mrs. Lamora’s invitation to participate as a teacher leader and mentor.  She values collaboration and looks for opportunities to extend that beyond the classroom where she begins by establishing solid partnerships between home and school.  At the start of each year, she writes her parents a letter introducing herself, her educational philosophy, her expectation of success for her students, and her pledge to partner with them in their child’s academic journey to guarantee achievement.  Her classroom is open to her parents on a number of occasions each year in order to celebrate the accomplishments of students. In the spirit of working collaboratively with her colleagues, she also helps produce a weekly newsletter to streamline communication from school to home, and she is an active member of the school’s PBIS, PTO, and Literacy committees helping plan events afterschool in an effort to bridge the gap between home and school – always seeking to make a positive difference for her students.

 

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Adela DellaCroce

Adela DellaCroce is a clerk with 13 years of experience who manages a wide array of duties and responsibilities with enthusiasm.  Ms. DellaCroce maintains meeting schedules, student attendance, and paperwork for the 700 strong junior class at Treasure Coast High School. In addition, she assists with maintaining discipline records, supporting the quarterly honor roll recognitions, organizing school assemblies, and coordinating faculty meetings.

 

There is no task too great or deemed outside of her role.  She truly sees the entire school as an organization and understands the different roles that are necessary for it to function effectively.  She helped established a campaign for aiding students in need of basic toiletries through Nick’s Necessities and for those who are food insecure, a healthy partnership with the Treasure Coast Food Bank is now viable on campus. With her ability to network, communicate, and advocate for Treasure Coast High School, Mrs. DellaCroce was a natural for the Volunteer Coordinator and Community Business Partner Liaison.  In just one year, Mrs. DellaCroce is tipping the scales with nearly 30 business partners!   Her next step from here is to help increase opportunities for internships so students can receive necessary work experience.  She is moving forward in maintaining a dynamic and synergistic relationship between the school and its business partners.

 

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Katherine Christopher

Katherine Christopher is a 21-year veteran educator at White City Elementary who is dedicated to the success of her elementary students and embraces new opportunities to help them master content in creative, innovative, and interactive ways. When she chose to become a teacher, she made a commitment to be the best academic and ethical role model and to provide a well-rounded education for every student she encountered. She exhibits expertise in the subjects she teaches and, as a true professional, spends time honing her skills to ensure that she understands and implements new Standards with the highest level of fidelity.

 

Ms. Christopher goes beyond her classroom responsibilities to support the campus and community as well.  She is a member of the White City Elementary’s PBIS team, supports fundraisers, and mentors new teachers.  In the community, her dedication extends to leadership roles in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a sponsor of the MLK, Jr. Spelling Bee and other notable community organizations.

 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Brianna Nowaski

Brianna Nowaski’s kindergarten classroom at Windmill Point Elementary School is the launchpad for her career in education, and according to her principal, this Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year has taken off like a rocket.  Ms. Nowaski was inspired to teach by two of her own teachers who motivated and encouraged her as a youth. In turn, she has established herself as a confident teacher with high expectations for students who are excelling in their work.

 

When reflecting on her professional collegiate experiences and student teaching, Ms. Nowaski confirmed her solid background and preparation in the practical aspects of teaching such as planning, classroom management, and prep work. However, she indicated the one thing that no amount of training could have prepared her for was the understanding of the love her students show her every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night of the Stars Winners Announced

Night of the Stars Winners Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – It was a night to be remembered as recognition and respect was bestowed upon individuals from all walks of education during the annual Night of the Stars gala on Saturday, February 18, 2017. In a live broadcast from Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Mr. John J. Davino took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Davino is an AVID elective educator at Samuel S. Gaines Academy where he supports students on pathways to success in their rigorous academic coursework.  Joining him on the stage were School Related Employee of the Year Mrs. Dawn Parker from Dan McCarty Middle School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Zakiyyah Owens from Chester A. Moore Elementary, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Ms. Bridgette Marie Hyde from Rivers Edge Elementary.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The individuals who were recognized this evening represent the outstanding professionals on our campuses who support our students’ learning goals.  They challenge, mentor, and advocate for them with an unwavering commitment every day.”

Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “I look forward to this celebration each year as an opportunity to honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students.”  He added that The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.  “Event sponsors such as PNC Bank, this year’s Grand Benefactor, share our passion for recognizing excellence in education. MIDFLORIDA Community Credit Union sponsored the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honored the winner with a commemorative ring. Proctor Construction Company sponsored the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsored the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsored The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.  Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Candace Stone said, “I am honored to help bring this event to the community each year for the sake of our distinguished honorees.  The Night of the Stars is one way in which we can truly honor their commitment to providing for the individual needs of all students.”

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition.  In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

John J. Davino

John J. Davino is an AVID elective teacher for students in grades six, seven, and eight at Samuel S. Gaines Academy.  AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is the name of the elective course he instructs, and Mr. Davino’s job is to support his students in all of their classes by holding them accountable to the highest standards and providing academic and social support so they will rise to the challenge in preparation for the rigors of college and career readiness.  Based on Mr. Davino’s data that boasts a 20 percent learning gain for his students, he is most definitely making an impact.

 

Mr. Davino appreciates opportunities to work alongside colleagues and share his craft with others.  At his school, he has served as a Team Leader and Department Chair.  As a member of the inaugural District Teacher Leadership Program, he has had many opportunities over the last four years to support district-wide professional development including the teaching and learning framework, instructional strategies, and new teacher mentoring.

 

Collaboration with colleagues supports the planning and implementation of engaging lessons for his students who are the source of his direct inspiration.  Reflecting on specific individuals who motivate his desire to be the very best teacher, Mr. Davino attributes his inspiration to the quiet Spanish-speaking girl hiding in anonymity and maintaining average grades who comes out of her shell making all A’s, to the young boy who said to him, “Mr. Davino, I’m going to work for you because my brother said you actually care,” and to the girl whose confidence grew as she worked to channel her anger and model herself after the ethics and attitude of her teacher – Mr. Davino.  For this model educator, inspiration from students continues to fuel his desire to teach.

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Dawn Parker

Dawn Parker represents Dan McCarty Middle School.  She serves as the school’s executive secretary responsible for maintaining the administrative schedule of the school’s principal as well as organizing events and serving as an ambassador to parents and community members who visit the school.

 

As a 12-year St. Lucie Public Schools employee, Parker has been on Dan McCarty’s campus for most of those years.  She is extremely involved in campus and community activities beyond her office responsibilities.  She supports students as a mentor, step coach, and Kids at Hope Treasure Hunter.  In the community, she actively pursues committee work in her church and volunteers at Matthews Café.

 

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Zakiyyah Owens

As a thirteen-year veteran educator, Ms. Zakiyyah Owens currently serves as an elementary teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary.  She believes that her job is to establish a classroom community where all students feel valued and are able to express themselves in their own special way.  She strives to maintain an environment in which students are motivated and praised for following expectations and for being responsible learners. She believes every child brings something special to the learning environment and she strives to assist in the development of their uniqueness.

 

She works tirelessly in the community to tutor and mentor students and encourages them to participate in group activities.  She is the coordinator and founder of a community youth step team, and in all things, challenges students to go beyond their perceived limitations in order to reach their full potential.

 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Bridgette Marie Hyde

Ms. Bridgette Marie Hyde is a third grade teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary School.  She sees her job as one in which she is responsible for helping her students want to learn and know more, for helping build their community while also supporting their mutual respect for one another. She understands that to be a successful teacher, she must understand her students’ differing abilities, address the varying needs, balance priorities, and plan strategically.  She also recognizes great value in seeking advice in order to maximize support for helping students.

Aside from her contributions in the classroom, Hyde is actively involved in committees on campus including the school’s Cooperative Culture/Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Committee and STEAM Club for students.  She is an enthusiastic educator who passes this trait along to her students.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

Night of the Stars Gala Scheduled for Saturday, February 10

Night of the Stars Gala Scheduled for Saturday, February 10

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Excitement is in the air as the Annual Night of the Stars gala draws closer. This ticketed event scheduled for Saturday, February 10, at the Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium in Fort Pierce will honor outstanding educational and support staff professionals in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS). A VIP welcome reception is planned for 5:00 PM and the awards ceremony is set to begin at 6:00 PM.

 

This year’s categories will include: Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.

 

SLPS’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will represent St. Lucie County at the State level.

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

NFL Player Khalil Mack Visits C.A. Moore Students

NFL Player Khalil Mack Visits C.A. Moore Students

The students at C.A. Moore Elementary received an unexpected visit from Khalil Mack.  Mr. Mack is a native of Fort Pierce, former C.A. Moore student and graduate of Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Students had the opportunity to take pictures with Mr. Mack and he graciously provided autographs for students and staff.  Mr. Mack is currently a player with the Oakland Raiders wearing number 52.

 

News Anchor Visits F K Sweet Kindergarten

News Anchor Visits F K Sweet Kindergarten

WPEC News Channel 12 Anchor Suzanne Boyd visited Mrs. Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School. The students made a tree map and asked great questions about Suzanne Boyd’s job.  She read them a book, How Santa Got His Job, and then they drew pictures and discussed what they would like to be when they grow up.

Newest members of the Book Buddies and Beyond Club greet guests

Newest members of the Book Buddies and Beyond Club greet guests

Southport Middle School’s “Book Buddies and Beyond” club members recently greeted residents from The Palms Retirement Community of St. Lucie West. The students performed a Reader’s Theater version of “Finding Neverland” for their guests.  Greeting guests, from left, are Chris Yates, Bryon Peralta, Myrria Roux, Rebecca Moore, and Tiara Perch.