For the last eight years, Northport has recognized the month of October as Bullying Awareness Month. Students are educated using a multi-pronged approach with a common message. We don’t tolerate bullying at Northport; we offer tools to cope using an individualized plan, and we promote a single school culture with kindness, civic duty, patriotism, service, care and concern as our bell weather teaching style. Our community always remembers to teach the whole child. We never forget that each child has their own learning style and each receives messages in their own way.
This year, we closely followed the SLPS Stomp Out Bullying, Change the Culture plan that was a collaboration between the Department of Student Services, Department of Social and Emotional Learning and the Department of Exceptional Student Education. We tailored the plan to fit the needs of our school. We honored “Be A Buddy Week,” “Make New Friends Week,” “Stand Up For Others Week,” and “Inclusion Week.” We utilized quotes on the morning announcements as well as specific conversation starters. We promoted “The Promise” pledge and read books related to bullying. We offered, in coordination with our PTO, real tools to cope and what to do if a child feels bullied. Parents have been involved with our specialized approach to deter bullying.
Many thanks to our resource/elective teachers who were integral in implementing our annual “BULLY WALK” around the school during each class period. Northport is a fascinating study in what a true public Title I school should be and, without exception, we are proud to call Northport “OUR SCHOOL!”
Northport community celebrated Sharks and Stingrays middle grades students for achievement and perfect attendance. We are so thrilled to welcome parents and families to help and encourage the students.
Spectacular job to all students and teachers!
Thank you all for helping us achieve one of our Northport School Improvement goals of increasing attendance rates.
Northport K-8 School faculty, staff, administration, students and the family community celebrate the selection of Christine Hunsicker as our representative for Northport K-8 School Adult Volunteer of the Year! Mrs. Hunsicker has volunteered for the school for the last eight years serving as grade mother for several teachers, PTO parent volunteer and School advisory Board member. This year, Mrs. Hunsicker serves as PTO president. She organizes so many fundraiser and student centered activities such as the Holiday Shoppe, Valentine’s dance, Teacher Appreciation lunches, Yankee Candle, and World’s Finest Chocolate sales. Without Mrs. Hunsicker, many school activities would not be nearly as fruitful and students’ achievements would not be celebrated nearly as heartily. Mrs. Hunsicker also organizes the very successful Boxtops for Education and Campbell’s soup labels and has planned and organized reward parties for students. She has also organized Family Community Night and along with teachers, Shana Cicio and Jennifer Carey, organized and implemented our traditional Family Fun Run and signed on as a team member for the schools Relay For Life events. Mrs. Hunsicker has also rallied parents and community members to become part of the parent, family, school connection by holding a training to instruct new volunteers in the PTO on how to wade the technology highway and sign up using the new and updated format for volunteerism. Northport K-8 School is a collaborative team and Mrs. Hunsicker is a huge proponent of the team! Thanks to Christine Hunsicker for your service and dedication to the students and faculty of Northport K-8 School! Pictured is Christine Hunsicker.
What an amazing day at Northport! The school community came together with a unified message against bullying. Parent and PTO president, Kendra Hansard, joined students for the Pledge of Allegiance and PTO vice president, Kristy Ellison, led the students in the Kids at Hope Pledge with a nod to a culture of kindness and antibullying on campus.
Students across the campus made posters and banners to promote bullying awareness and voiced a powerful message of care, concern and kindness. Students, teachers and staff wore orange to promote unity and togetherness. Many thanks to the teachers who assisted in making posters and banners. We need all hands on deck for this annual unifying event. Many thanks to our parents who participated and a special SHOUT OUT to our resource/elective teachers who marched around the school with the students for the annual walk. Thanks to Kim Kanada Graff, Rachel Savela, Stephanie Ramirez, Christine Ilgenfritz, Ricardo Renelus, Kim Fields, Daryn Ploeckelman and Michael Morales. Without these special teachers, Unity Day could not happen! We don’t accept bullying on Northport campus and we always look forward to this unifying event.
With much pomp, circumstance and practice, Northport students gave local hero, Attorney Willie Gary a welcome fit for a “Giant Killer!” Cheerleaders, flags, Northport band and student ambassadors led Attorney Gary to the school gymnasium to be seated on the dias along with Saint Lucie County School Board chairwoman Dr. Donna Mills, principal Glenn Rustay, program coordinator Diane Reynolds Crumpton, program emcee DeLacy Brown, and student speakers.
After a beautifully orchestrated Northport jazz band performance and cheer, student speakers gave examples of the accomplishments of famous Black Americans. Attorney Willie Gary, guest speaker, held the middle grades students in the palm of his hand speaking about his upbringing and his accomplishments. He spoke about his belief that God has been the master of his path and Mr. Gary also gave high accolades to his wife, Gloria, for the unwavering support throughout his stellar career as a uniquely successful attorney.
Attorney Gary gave concrete examples to students about how he pulled himself up by his boot straps and did not depend on anyone to give him any handouts or any expectations of entitlement. He told students about getting on a bus on a Sunday afternoon on US 1 and riding to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina with no money and no letter of acceptance. He vowed to the students that he would look at the Northport VPK-8 grade and if he saw improvement, he would take them all out to lunch.
He spoke gravely and solemnly about the strength of the people, black and white who paved the way for students of today and urged students to get involved in their own lives. Attorney Willie Gary is an exceptional man and a masterful speaker. If only we could clone Attorney Willie Gary and bring our students many, many more strong male role models what an amazing amount of work could be accomplished. Kudos to Diane Crumpton for her programming efforts and to the children of Northport VPK-8 School for bringing their best attitudes to school not only for Attorney Willie Gary, but every day.
What a testament to hard work and dedication! Being a bus driver is a commitment to the students, families and community that you will carry our most prized possessions, our children, from home to school safely.
We thank you for your service. Please keep up the great work and always remember, Northport community is truly grateful for your professionalism, courtesy, patience and care. Bus Drivers ROCK!!!!!!
Northport dads Rock!
This year we had an unprecedented number of dads join for a light breakfast and a special time to fellowship with other children and their dads. It was a wonderful event that was a super success. Dads pledged to support their children and their children’s teachers. They also promised to stay informed about their children’s behavioral and academic progress and encourage their children every day.
WE LOVE OUR DADS @NP.
Many thanks to all of our students who were celebrated as our very last Student of the Month for 2018. Great job and we appreciate your investment in making Northport GREAT! Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and friends who stopped over to help celebrate the children. Well deserved accolades!
Northport K-8 School has been providing instruction and a variety of opportunities to expand student knowledge, understanding and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history and the disability rights movement recently. Disability and History Awareness Instruction was signed into law in 2008 and Northport K-8 School gladly acknowledges the designation of the first two weeks in October as an opportunity to celebrate Inclusion and Awareness.
One in every five Americans is a person with a disability. A great example of the instruction occurring at Northport K-8 School showcasing Disability Awareness has been in the classroom of Dr. Laura Woodworth. Dr. Woodworth teaches science on the Northstar team. Recently, students experienced what it like to live as a disabled person. Students wore special glasses coated with Vaseline to mimic glaucoma and macular degeneration. They read aloud to a lab partner with the glasses to understand the difficulty of vision impairment. Students also wore large gloves to push buttons, try to write and use their hands to mimic arthritis and neuropathy. Students then wore special headphones to understand hearing loss. All took speech discrimination tests and then reflected on their disabilities, discussing with a learning partner how it felt to have a disability. Following the exercises, students wrote reflection essays on what it was like to have a disability and brainstormed about how the non-disabled could assist the disabled person better. Students cited information gleaned from the Disability Etiquette 101 handout that was derived from the list of resources offered by the Saint Lucie County Student Services Program.
Students all across the campus are reading books from a targeted list sourced from the media center and discussing how a person may be born with a disability, may acquire a disability through an accident or illness, or may acquire a disability as a part of growing older.
Pictured are students from Dr. Laura Woodworth’s class engaging in awareness activities.
What a wonderful morning @Northport K-8 School. We hosted a notable group of community service members who really care about our school. We partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County and Americorps to bring the very best learning experience to our VPK-grade through three students. Guest readers included PSL Mayor Greg Oravec, SLPS Board Members Debbie Hawley and Troy Ingersoll, Commisioner Tod Mowery, Star Bright Reading Therapy dogs and their handlers, many members of BBBS and our wonderful volunteers from Port St. Lucie United Methodist Church. Students and community members interacted and learned that Seuss wrote more than 40 books filled with odd looking animals, imaginary places and funny rhymes. They also learned that Dr. Seuss whose real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel only used 50 different words when writing “Green Eggs and Ham.” The event held for our students was priceless and the rewards for our community members who truly care about our kids were monumental. Big thank you to all who were able to come out and help celebrate reading and of course, the birthday of Dr. Seuss!
This year, Northport K-8 School celebrates our 8th annual Unity Day. Students from across the VKP-8 school make posters and banners and march throughout a path pre-marked by our PE coaches. All day long, during resource time, students can be seen marching, carrying homemade decorations and singing choruses of “No More Bullies! No More Drugs!”
Northport combines our message of anti-bullying and anti -drugs every single year. The students look forward to Unity Day and the teachers make the day special. We also hold Unity Day door decorating contests for elementary classes and yearly anti-bullying/anti-drug essay contests in the middle grades. Many thanks to our prevention specialist, Maryanne Warren, who helps organize the event. Special thanks to Coaches Kim Kanada, Darryn Ploeckelman, Donald Patterson, Art Teacher Valerie Kirk, Band Director Joseph Bigler and all the other great and truly dedicated staff members and teachers at Northport who made the day so special and empowering for the kids!!!!!!
Northport is so thrilled to host parents and grandparents at the very first Student of the Month. The Northport community celebrated students who for demonstrating good citizenship, being a good friend, stepping up for a friend in need, and for being an all-around good kid. The school loves to celebrate our children and take every opportunity to invite families into the school as partners in education.
Northport K-8 students are celebrating literacy this entire week along with all the other schools in SLPS and throughout Florida. Students are making “Storybook Snowmen,” playing pre-k through 5 Bingo Challenge, Middle School Literacy Link Challenge, Get Caught Reading and Buddy Reading activities as well as “Chew and Read” and “Lollipop Reading!”
Students are promoting reading and literacy skills throughout the school. They love to participate and it brings a focus on reading for pleasure specifically. Northport is pleased to participate in “Celebrate Literacy Week Florida!”
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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!