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.
Students at Sam Gaines Academy enjoyed their first Speakers Bureau presentation. Guest speaker Dr. Kevin Perry inspired the young people with his words of wisdom in his message: If You Want to Be Somebody, If You Want to Go Somewhere, You Better Wake Up andy Attention…
Special guest readers stopped by the Gaines Academy kindergarten classes on Friday, November 20th. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat mesmerized the students as they read their story, Curious George by H.A. Rey. After the reading, Curious George led both students and teachers in an energetic game of ‘George Says.’ What an engaging, fun time for all!
Thank you, Ms. Barenborg, for helping to arrange this event.
On Wednesday, November 18th at Lincoln Park Academy, we had the honor of congratulating six of our seniors. These student athletes have committed to their college, university and/or academy to further their education with a scholarship.
They are as follows: Lindsey Wright – Swimming, Gardner-Webb University; Derek Schwimer – Baseball, Palm Beach State College; Ashley Langel – Softball, Shorter University; Jeffrey Gerilca – Baseball, Air Force Academy Colorado Springs; Meghan Callahan – Softball, Palm Beach State College; and Taylor Boykin – Softball, University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School’s Student Council, led by second grade teacher Ms. Kim Singley, held a school-wide food drive and collected over 2,300 pounds of food for Treasure Coast Food Bank. They set a goal of 1,000 pounds and were so excited to report that they more than doubled their goal!
Front Row (left to right)
Catie Lincoln, Ayla Leitenbauer, Brandon Miranda, Lilly Herndon, Zara Chowdhury, Bryce Braswell
Guerdyanard Joseph, Kylah Tiger, Isabel Keane, Julisa Gil, Kate Miklas, Logan O’Brien, Rylee Tiger, Me, Haley Hawkins, Abi Padon
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, TCUS Chairperson Deborah Hawley, and Todd Cash all plant to commemorate the opening of Roots and Rockets Garden at Palm Pointe Educational Research School.
The Junior Beta Club members led by Ms. Hearl, a fourth grade teacher at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, brought in shoe boxes full of items for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes will be shipped to boys and girls around the world. The students are also collecting and donating toys for Toys for Tots.
Great job students!
Pictured: Junior Beta Club members
Mrs. Remington, Manatee Academy’s media specialist, set a school-wide challenge to read 3,000 pages in one day. After two hours in (because students were already at 9,000 pages) she upped the ante to 30,000!!! Our voracious students surpassed our goal and read 76,106 pages in one day!!!
The challenge? Kiss an exotic animal on live TV! Mrs. Remington kissed our own Vet Prep lab rats, “Iggy” and “Izzy”(although Mrs. Remington nicknamed them both “Icky”)!
It is quite apparent what she will go to great lengths to encourage reading at Manatee!
Manatee Academy continued to celebrate Children’s Book Week Tuesday with presentations by not one, but two authors. Pictured is author David Mark Lopez speaking to engaged fourth grade students. David writes the spectacular Maddie’s Magic Marker series. Amy Adams, author of Tagged, presented to our seventh and eighth grade students.
Our third graders are so excited to participate in their first “Skirmishes Over Stories” (S.O.S.) luncheon. Students read a certain number of books prior to our meeting, then enjoy their lunch along with Mrs. Remington’s world-famous brownies, and a prize while answering questions about the books they’ve read. S.O. S. is a precursor for “Battle of the Books” which our 4th and 5th graders eagerly participate in every month using the SSYRA books.
Staff and administration team members at Allapattah Flats carved turkeys and the cafeteria staff made homemade sides for a special Thanksgiving meal for the students and staff.
Manatee Academy’s Language Arts Teacher Maggie King and Media Specialist Debbie Remington along with Maureen Carter, Palm Beach county’s Holocaust Program Planner, attended FAU’s “Holocaust: Using Visual Arts” professional development seminar in West Palm Beach. They received four books, a DVD with numerous lesson plans, Holocaust art lessons, dinner, and were able to network with many great teachers in Palm Beach County.
Students at Morningside Elementary who earned Principal’s Honor Roll (straight A’s) were honored by the Principal, Cortina Bell-Gray, with a Pizza party. Congratulations, students!
Rivers Edge’s amazing PTO hosted the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for the staff. They spoiled the staff with a catered lunch from St. Lucie Draft House and decorated the staff lounge in a family style Thanksgiving decor. The staff loved being able to sit around a large table and kick off the week before Thanksgiving with a relaxing and scrumptious lunch.
Southport’s Literacy Department held their annual celebration of Literacy and Scholastic Book Fair in the media center. There was a host of fun activities and entertainment with musical fluency by our literacy teachers: Wanda Galey, James Saunders, and Band Director James LeBon. The Port St. Lucie Police also sponsored a Stoplifting/Drug Awareness center for the 21st Century after-school program. The students and their families enjoyed the evening.
The second grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition performed traditional songs as well as some contemporary ones at the annual Thanksgiving Performance. Students danced the Turkey Tango, recited poetry, played drums and sticks, and dressed as Native Americans and Pilgrims to commemorate this special holiday.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition’s elementary school counselor, Summer Kuba, organized a “Day on the Hill” in Tallahassee where school counselors across the state met with legislators to educate them on the impact school counseling services have on student academic and social emotional development, college and career readiness, and overall lifelong success. Pictured second from the left in the front row is Summer Kuba.
Eighth grade students in Mrs. Huszar’s and Ms. Pulcini’s science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition recently worked with inquiry-based strategies to fully understand how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are dependent on each other. They worked to label the environmental factors, show how atoms are conserved, and illustrate how these processes rely on each other.
Pictured from left: Kai Rivera and Garrett Rodney
Congratulations to our wonderful teachers who have been recognized by their peers for their influence on our school and the students they care so much about.
Shown here are Jenna Woods, Teacher of the Year; Yasmine Schmidt, School Related Employee of the Year; AJ Quinn, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year; and not shown, Ocella Davis, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year.