What a marvelous and celebratory morning in the Northport Media Center recently. Students from the 6th and 7th grade Northstar team were privileged to take part in an engaging program honoring the contributions of top-notch women from across so many arenas and avenues of life. Girls from the classes kicked off the program with a Maya Angelou poem and then used the alphabet to lionize many powerful and courageous women from all walks of life and in all areas of history and the present.
Dr. Donna Mills introduced the impressive guest speaker, United States Attorney Carmen Lineberger. Attorney Lineberger spoke about diversity, courage, setting goals and becoming the best person you can be by challenging yourself. She also spoke about never burning bridges, being respectful, kind, finding a role model and following a roadmap to get the job done. It was a tremendous pleasure to host such an extraordinary woman. Students wrapped up the program with a rousing rendition of Helen Reddy’s incomparable song, “I Am Women” dedicated to Dr. Mills and Attorney Lineberger.
Northport Speaker’s Bureau has been such a moving and high quality roadmap for our students and teachers this year. Many thanks to Dr. Mills and all the high quality guest speakers that have visited Northport during the 2017-18 school year.
Love you and Speakers Bureau!
What a great day in the Northport cafeteria and on our school patio. Hundreds of parents came to enjoy school lunch with their children. Beverly Yates and her MARVELOUS kitchen staff brought different styles of homemade pizza to the school. It was a special day and the community really enjoyed the different toppings and spending time with their children! Let’s do it again, Mrs. Yates and staff !!!!!!!
Each year, the Northport community comes together to support our anti-bullying message. We all wear orange and students and parents walk with their classes on a designated route around the campus. Students carry handmade signs, banners and posters. Special thanks to all who worked so hard to make sure that bullying is not prevalent at NPK8.
The coaches, resource teachers, Big Brothers Big Sisters tutors, New Horizons Student Support Specialist Mary Anne Warren, and so many others deserve thanks for making the day phenomenal. It is a GREAT day for the children who know they are empowered to step up and not accept bullying. Classrooms in the K-5 area made door decorations to be judged and middle grades students earned SAIL notes for the best, most creative anti-bullying posters.
Northport K-8 School celebrated students, parents and teachers with a wonderful Fifth Grade Moving Up ceremony recently in the school gymnasium. The gym was packed with cheering parents, grandparents and friends as the students listened to principal, Glenn Rustay give words of advice for becoming successful students in the middle grades. Children’s Services Council Communications Director, Ashley Mock was the keynote speaker with more pearls of wisdom on success and becoming a great student. Ms. Mock is a graduate of University of South Florida. Northport was so pleased to host Ms. Mock. The school has a strong partnership with the Children’s Services Council. Music was provided by the Northport Symphonic Band under the direction of Brian Hoce. Pictured is fifth grade student from Tracey Healy’s class, Clovis Wilson holding a special award for “Most Improved!” When asked how he was selected to be the recipient of this honor, Clovis stated, “Last year, I had eight referrals, this year, Mrs. Healy tamed me and got me to learn!” Clovis’s quote speaks volumes for all the fifth graders that in order to become successful you need to become part of the learning community and do your very best!
Northport K-8 celebrated its third annual Unity Day recently with a loud and clear message about the effects of bullying, especially cyberbullying. Students wore orange to signify unity and made posters, signs and banners to send their powerful messages that bullying will not be tolerated on the school campus. Joe Wojcik, better known as Joe the Biker, spoke to students on the morning announcements to kick off the day-long event, and students walked a mile-long trail marked out by school custodians. The school has been designated as a nature preserve by the National Wildlife Federation. Students walked the trail with the coaches, resource teachers and classes as part of an organized Positive Behavior Support activity. The very successful event supported the school’s unified message that bullying will not be tolerated. Pictured is Coach Daryn Ploeckelman with a group of students preparing for the walk!
Northport K-8 students participated in a celebration of small increments of success with a focused looked at amounts of Adequate Yearly Progress in a PTO organized AYP celebration recently. Students who achieved progress on the FCAT test last year were treated to several styles of bounce houses and slides, popcorn, hoola hoops and snowcones, as well as the chance to dunk Principal Glenn Rustay and other members of the faculty and staff in the dunk tank. Students also had the opportunity to celebrate PBS, or Positive Behavior Support, gains with a variety of school based activities in classes and on teams on the same day! Student successes no matter how large or small are positively reinforced at Northport K-8 School on a regular basis. Pictured is seventh grade Manatee team student Deontae Yuhas enjoying the slide.
Northport is pleased to present our very first Honor Roll recipients for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, grandparents and families are celebrating Principal’s Honor Roll, A and B Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance. We are pleased as punch to reward these accomplishments. Attendance and achievement are vital components of our school wide goals. Thanks everyone for coming out to school!
Our school is so proud of our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the positive influence and impact that our mentors and tutors project on our students and school community.
Pictured are third grader Josue Mondesir from Janine Wiecks class and his tutor, Sheila Atkins. Sheila started at Northport in August as part of a strong and comprehensive team of caring adults who train with BBBS to work with specific student needs.
The positive growth is palpable at times. Josue is celebrating with Sheila because he improved one grade level in the specialized reading program called iReady. Josue also is working in fourth grade sight words and checking out library books to read for enjoyment. Sheila says, “Josue is a great kid and a hardworking young man. He is very determined!”
We celebrate positive growth and a determined and positive mindset @Northport.
After rigorous, intensive work and deep critical thinking, Northport K-8 School students celebrated a third place win at the St. Lucie School District Project Citizen showcase. Students from Mary Ellsworth’s seventh grade Civics class prepared their project very competitively. The project is titled “What is the Cost of Ruining Your Child’s Education?” The topic centered around the issue of education and budget cuts and how the cuts have affected the purchase of textbooks for many classrooms. The students will have their board and binder displayed in Tallahassee at the Capitol Building! Students at Northport, a Title I school, hold true to the “Kids At Hope” pledge and know that all children can and will succeed in any endeavor. Students from Christopher Prusa and Angel Bracero’s Civics classes as well as Mrs. Ellsworth’s class worked diligently, researching, questioning, letter writing and interviewing to prepare projects as diverse as the student population itself. Some topics were bullying, cleaning up dirty bathrooms, dress code restrictions and improvements, building city sidewalks and several other hot button topics for young teens. Teams were each given four minutes to present and six minutes for judges questioning! Critical information for the third place Project Citizen win was presented by students from Mary Ellworth’s sixth period class, pictured from left, McKenzie Hunsicker, Michael Gorbach, Gabriela Pedraza and Melissa Royo. The school community is extremely proud of our winning and very competitive students!
We are so thrilled to announce our Student of the Month for November. Students are selected for being a good friend, improving their attitude, standing up for someone else, being a good citizen and many other reasons. Students are selected by their teachers and sometimes, by a class consensus. We are so proud of these kids! Many thanks to all our parents who attended the Student of the Month. We celebrate our students’ accomplishments as often as possible. Pictured are the Lira family attending Student of the Month for Jorge and Brian Lira.
Northport is so proud to announce our November Navigator of the Month award recipients. The students selected have exhibited all the qualities that our teachers and staff are looking for in a fine student. Integrity, commitment, honor, being a great friend, stopping a bully or understanding and role modeling the word service. We are so proud to celebrate, along with our parents and grandparents and to make sure that our students know what it means to be a great Northport kid! Good job everyone!
April is designated as National School Library Month! Northport 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library is a tribute to the learning and achievement that occurs on a daily basis at our school. Please help us celebrate our library by giving a salute to the research, books checked in and out daily, and the many programs that happen in the media center to extend and promote knowledge and learning. We promote free choice in reading, and librarians are always on hand to promote the love of good books. Our services and programs are planned and ALWAYS reflect the love of our students. We mindfully plan for the teaching of citizenship, service, empathy, kindness, commitment, respect and integrity. Please thank a public school librarian/media specialist every chance you get!
Northport K8 School celebrated National Kids at Hope Day by infusing a Power of Aces mini-lesson into morning (elementary) or 1st period (middle) on November 12th. The suggested activity included a class discussion on students’ Ace of Hearts and Ace of Clubs and why these adults are important, followed by writing thank-you cards to these Aces. Lessons also incorporated this year’s school theme, “Kids in Wonderland.” During drop-off and pick-up, parents received an Ace of Clubs card with an explanation about this special caring adult, as well as a copy of the Treasure Hunter’s Pledge.
Northport music instructor, Joe Bigler conducts after-school practice with middle school band students. So proud of this young music teacher and his students! Keep going, Mr. Bigler..You’ve got this!
Northport fifth grade graduation was a first-rate event! Just when you think you can’t celebrate one more thing, those fifth graders go and make the tears come to your eyes. The NP gymnasium was packed with parents, grandparents and families that truly care about the success and achievement of their children. Students were honored for perfect attendance and for highest achievement in resource, math, reading and science. Students then performed a musical number in unison facing their parents. The incredible program was then wrapped up with a moving and engaging presentation of every fifth grader portrayed in a slide including a baby picture side-by-side with a present-day photo. There were tears in teachers’ and parents’ eyes as they realized that every moment is an important moment and memories were being captured. The graduation into sixth grade was a very lovely experience.
Northport K-8 School Media Center is always alive with students, teachers, staff and community members buzzing in and out completing tasks that require information, information technology or conversation, but the week of April 14 – 20 is extra special. Northport K-8 School is celebrating with the theme ” Communities Matter @ your library!” Fully funded libraries will continue to be valuable resources in our communities far into the future. Only fully funded libraries will be able to teach and collaborate with teachers to enhance dynamic 21st century skills and nuture the love of reading in young people that will serve them their entire lives. At Northport, students are offered opportunities to enhance public speaking skills, learn how to hone research skills, find excellent sources of information, learn about plagiarism which is a major concern, participate in special programs such as Women’s History, veterans club and a variety of other offerings. Students learn how to select books that they are interested in and teachers can find an opportunity to collaborate on a variety of topics. Students find the opportunity not only to have information learned in the classroom scaffolded but also sources for enrichment. New intiatives that are moving to the forefront in the Media Center are collaboration and support for new “Common core” standards and e-books that will soon be available to our students. Pictured are Northport students
from Charlotte Tombline’s fifth grade class.
Northport K-8 community of teachers, staff, administration, parents and students recently celebrated the schools’ traditional Breakfast With Santa on an early Saturday morning. The PTO-sponsored event featured a homestyle breakfast, children in holiday pj’s and Santa Claus. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate community and to thrill children. Other Northport PTO-sponsored pending events include a Stevie B’s school fundraiser family dinner and a catered holiday luncheon for teachers and staff in the media center. The
Northport K-8 School PTO is an integral piece of the school pie and the group offers strong support to the instructors and students at the school.
What a beautiful day @Northport. Grandparents came to visit and stayed for lunch. The school courtyard and cafeteria were filled with grandparents and their children enjoying food together. Rachel Ellsworth and the culinary arts students prepared a lovely taco bar and school lunch was also available. Every nook and cranny was filled with love, care and enjoyment of family! The Northport community was filled to the brim with joy and love today! Thanks to our grandparents for making Northport a pleasure to treasure. Pictured are Sean and Debra McGrath and their grandchildren in the NP cafeteria.
Northport K-8 School celebrated the annual formal eighth grade graduation ceremony recently with several hundred parents, grandparents and family members present in the school gymnasium. Instructor Angel Bracero, who is also the pastor of the Lighthouse Church in Port St. Lucie, gave a moving and funny imparting of words and advice as guest speaker, referencing George Jefferson and “Moving on Up,” encouraging students to always move forward and choose the right friends. The school community also honored the Northport K-8 School Veteran Partners In Education by beginning the program with an Honor Guard of all branches of the military and veterans from all across the county. Students honored Sgt. Ray Carter, a D-Day hero who fought at Normandy Beach and Omaha Beach as part of the 69th anniversary of D-Day. In addition, Northport Veteran Partners also dedicated a replica of the Presidential limousine inscribed with the American flag to add to the school’s collection of veteran and military memorabilia. Pictured are the Honor Guard and parent in the center, Sgt. Yobany White, United States Army Veteran who served in Iraq from 2000-2006. Sgt. White is the father of graduate Johanna Vergara.
Great job to A’aliyah Ventura, Abbi Cartagena, Chase Justin Brown and Colton Martin for being selected as Northport’s November and December GiveBack2Kids Students of the Month. Great job and many thanks to our business partners, James Monds and David Gornitzky, for bringing this great opportunity to the students of Northport. We are fortunate to have such wonderful community partners who see value in supporting student achievements.