Northport K-8 third graders celebrated Cinco de Mayo and integrated Positive Behavior Support into their day by giving students who earned SAIL Notes a choice of activities as a reward. Students chose between viewing The Three Caballeros, eating chips and salsa, dancing to fiesta music or making confetti pinatas. Students worked together using tissue paper and glue then filled the pinatas with goodies to share. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the fifth of May each year and commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. This is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and is warmly embraced at Northport K-8. Pictured, from left, are third grade students Andrew Tzul and Kyle Hess with their pinatas.
Northport K-8 School celebrated cultures of the world in a wonderful and highly energized afternoon of booths, theater groups, costumes, posters, trinkets and lots of information. Students and teachers prepared displays replete with music
and interactive fun while learning information about 22 different countries of the world. Students were engaged with a desire to learn and teach information that was creative, innovative and lots of fun!
Northport K-8 Northstar team prepared a special celebration for the school’s younger students recently. Students made Mardi Gras masks and mini floats using materials brought in from home and marched in a Mardi gras parade. The band students on the team led the festivities with their own rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In!” Students threw beads and candies to the young onlookers. The activities planned by the team instructors throughout the day led to an effective lesson about Mardi Gras and promoted positive interactions among students and teachers. Pictured is student Sabrina Wing.
Northport K-8 fifth graders in Valerie Niewieroski’s class helped celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012, at the school by visiting the Media Center and checking out new library books and playaways, which are books with a matching audio reader. Students are voraciously reading books utilizing the playaways. Sixth grade instructor Amanda Sartain commented that the students don’t even care what they are reading as long as they are using the playaways. The school media center is busier than ever helping families, students and teachers find appropriate reading materials and providing computers for research skills building and finding up to the minute resources and internet access. Much needed materials have been added to the media collection using funds budgeted from district planning, Follett Titlewish programming which is an online fundraising opportunity, the school’s PTO and community donations. The school also initiates usage of critical databases provided by the school district such as Groliers, World Book on line and Capstone Digital.
Northport K-8 School is celebrating right along with schools, clubs and businesses across the nation this month in honoring January as National Mentors Month. The motto for this special month nationwide is “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters!” At Northport K-8 School, a St. Lucie County “Kids At Hope” school, there is plenty to be thankful for during National Mentors Month. Several teachers have taken on the role of reading mentor, holding reading groups around the school on a regular basis, and the community organization Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie County has taken a firm foothold within the school. Not only does Northport host community Big Brother, Big Sister mentors work with targeted students on citizenship skills through the organization, but also the AmeriCorps Intensive reading tutors work with dozens of children to promote reading skills, daily attendance and assistance in building a positive relationship with a supportive adult. Mentorships means the world to our students and a committed, caring and positive adult can mean a world of difference to a child. The relationships built can serve as very important steps on the child’s ladder to reaching his or her fullest potential. A special thank you to all Northport K-8 School’s mentor teachers and to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Pictured, from left, are Northport AmeriCorps tutors and their students, Alex Neelan and Izaiah Pearson, Renee Simpson and Jenilyn Key and Jacqueline McKnight with Jazlyn Simpson. Help celebrate National Mentors Month on January 16 which is “Thank You Mentors Day” nationwide!
Northport K-8 School honored well over 100 students recently during the Student of the Month celebrations in the school’s Media Center. Students K-8 were selected by their teachers for academic excellence, overall great attitudes and improvement in conduct or grades. Students were congratulated by the principal and assistant principals, and had rounds of applause from parents and grandparents. Pictured in front are students from fifth grade, from left, Cody Scott from Charlotte Tombline’s class, Shannon Oreo from Nichole Robinson’s class, Gabriella Pedraza from Valerie Niewieroski’s class, Jason Derilus from Carl Caldwell’s class, Allison Wilhoit from Judy Fowler’s class and Madison Webb from Tracey Healy’s class. Top row, from left, are principal Glenn Rustay and assistant principals Doug Shook and Bennie
Northport K-8 seventh grade students in Karen Nystrom’s civics classes welcomed
St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky recently to help delve further
into the issue of homelessness in St. Lucie County. After an extended amount
of project research, Mr. Dzadovsky focused the students on resources available in the county for people who are dealing with homelessness. The commissioner directed students to the Community Services Department and gave the class the direct telephone number to reach assistance. He discussed grant
programs, provided information about calling 211 to help solve immediate issues as well as information about how the county extends help to homeless veterans and the placement of children under the age of
18 in foster care. Mr. Dzadovsky told the students that he and the other commissioners will do a better job of making a clearing house for information on the homeless and on family assistance for filling out all
paperwork. Mr. Dzadovsky effectively assisted the students of Northport by providing concrete and first hand information about the homeless issue in St. Lucie County. Pictured surrounded by students and Principal Glenn Rustay is Commissioner Dzadovsky.
Northport physical education instructors Linda Walker, Kim Kanada Graff, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Kevin Fess and Ryan Carpenter promoted camaraderie and collegial interactions as they modeled for students not only the joy of jumping rope but promoting jumping rope for an excellent cause. Students and PE teachers raised well over $3000 for Jump Rope For Heart this year! Students were thrilled as the music blasted as each participated in jumping single, double and double dutch ropes. The display of unity by the coaches promoted a positive atmosphere for the students and much was accomplished.
Northport K-8 students in Mala Woessner’s eighth grade classes have utilized a book from a text set of materials from the September 11, 2001 tragedy collection. The collection is a thorough learning series of books, dvds, poems, children’s literature texts, news clippings and a variety of other materials to round out student understanding of the events of 9/11. The book selected is called Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. The book was selected to address the needs of readers from grades 7-12. The main character of the book is Samar, an Indian American teenager. The setting is post 9/11. Sam has been raised away from the strict mores of the Indian culture and is “totally Americanized.” Neighborhood boys attack her uncle screaming, “Go home Osama!” Shine Coconut Moon is timely, relevant for teens and explores self identity, cultural identity and social marginalization. Mrs. Woessner utilized the book as an analytical analysis piece for her Critical Thinking classes.
Northport K-8 School has declared a champion in the annual Spelling Bee! Thirty students from grades four through eight participated in a 14- round spelling bee recently with seventh grade Northstar student, Jared Diago, spelling the word microphone correctly to win first place. Second place winner was Kadisha D’Silva and third place was Koral Saarinen. Students brought one student guest from their class to witness the exposition and many parents were present to urge on their students to spelling victory. Jared Diago, pictured in the top row, last student on the right, will continue on to the district Spelling Bee next month.
Northport K-8 School honorably commemorated the tragedy of September 11, 2001, with a program in the gymnasium recently. The program included veterans clubs and chapters from across the county as well as Donna Carlsen, Veteran Services Coordinator for St. Lucie County. Students listened as first responder, Albert Hickey, a New York detective, spoke about his first hand knowledge and his response at Ground Zero. Mary Toto, ESOL instructor from Northport, spoke about her recollections that terrible morning and how the teachers, parents and students reacted. Veteran Bill Arnold called the names of the four doomed airplanes, and eight flags were posted for the eight children who perished on September 11. American Legion Post 318 did a flag folding ceremony that was so interesting and wonderful for the students to watch and hear. The Northport middle grades choir, under the direction of James Kirk, sang a rendition of America the Beautiful and seventh grader Tenaj Dobson sang the National Anthem. Teachers and students remembered the day with the raising of the flag that was dedicated to Northport K8 School by Thomas Babington, who carried the flag into battle in Iraq. Another special flag was donated by Harold Trieber, KW 60 Ambassador from the Department of Defense with the names of all September 11, 2001, victims. The program was wrapped up with Taps and a rousing launch of the Vietnam Veterans motorcycle chapter firing their engines for students. Pictured are Dr. Laura Woodworth and sixth grader Lindsey O’Sullivan placing a flag near the flagpole.
Northport K8 lower school students Marion Barrios, Bridgeth Molina,
Ashley Rivage, Breanna Nevarez and Katlyn Cortez display qualities of
achievement and perfect attendance in the Northport K-8 Imagine Learning Lab
under the direction of instructor Mary Toto and assistant Marion Morales. The
needs of English Language Learners are addressed with gravity at Northport K-8
School and achievements are celebrated.
Northport K-8 administration, instructors, students and staff are proud to showcase our Congressional District 16 Project Citizen first place winners. Students researched, wrote letters, listened to speakers and wrote an action plan to get students energized and incorporate more heartily in a student driven school health plan. The theme of the project is “Put Down the Fork and Pick Up the Pace!” Pictured from left are Sabrina Wing, Northport Project Citizen instructor, Mary Ellsworth, Gabrielle Mejia, Cameron Templeton, Myles Jackson, Director of District Project Citizen, Tim Norfleet and St. Lucie County School Board Chairman Carol Hilson.
The Northport Northstar team that includes Gifted and Enrichment courses for targeted students has opened wide the doors on new technology at the school. The Northport K-8 School middle grades Northstar students, under the direction of instructor and “Project Lead The Way” specialist Christine Santos- Nurse compiled the school’s first ever STEaM Starbots team. The robotics team recently won an award and special competition in Bradenton, Fl at the VEX IQ Add It Up competitions. Parents and students were thrilled to make the encouraging and positive announcement and are thrilled with the implementation of this program to build the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) promotions. Accolades to the entire team of teachers, parents and students. Pictured, from left, are Cameron Barton, Daphney Sheets, Cody Scott, Angel Mozee, Christine Santos-Nurse and Sabatay Lazar. Other team members include parents Suzie Scott, Marcie Waltz and Makenzie Waltz. The Northport K8 community is extremely proud of the STEM initiatives.
Students and parents from Northport K-8 School participated in the Family Reading Festival held recently at Mets stadium, sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council. The event was a wonderful and authentic testament to the entire school community, and the sharing of literary ideas, and reading and writing possibilities. Some of the events available for families were “Read To A VIP,” Reader’s Theater stage, many authors to visit, Mother Goose Storytime, Scholastic Book Fair, Gently Used book exchange and a Manga drawing contest. Pictured is Northport student Canon
LeJeune, who entered a piece of his artwork in the contest.
Northport K-8 students in Tracey Healy’s fifth grade class went back into time to enjoy a breakfast that would be relished during the American Revolution. Students mixed fresh popcorn with a drizzle of honey and some dried fruit served with milk to experience a touch of realism from the time period. The class participated in a DBQ, or Document Based Question, session that revolved around Colonial America and the Revolutionary War. Students participated in an in-depth study of Valley Forge and interpreted diary entries and excerpts from Thomas Payne’s book, “Common Sense!” Pictured, from left, are Adam Kirschenhofer, Sebastian Palomino, Jarred McNair and ESE Inclusion teacher Janice Kahn. Pictured is Ms. Healy leading a lesson on Valley Forge.
Students in Northport K-8 Pam Mishler’s first grade class displayed a wonderful tribute to Mother’s Day recently. Students prepared a Reader’s Theater titled, “Buying Mom’s Present” to express fluency and to give their mothers a message about love and respect. Students also recited a special poem celebrating a mothers love and the struggles that a mother goes through daily. Each student made a gorgeous necklace called “Box of Love” that was prepared and filled with words and poetry to express their unconditional love for their mothers. Many parents and grandparents attended the special celebration of love and the learning was palpable.
Northport K-8 first graders in Michelle Hicks’ classroom reviewed three dimensional shapes as they prepare for the up coming SAT 10 testing. Students utilized Venn diagrams to sort shapes based on whether each shape was rolled, stacked or both. Students are learning to check faces, vertices and edges to figure our shape. Mrs. Hicks’ lesson demonstated lively paced instruction, chunking content into “digestible bites” and reflection on information learned. Pictured are first graders McKayla Sanon and Walky Julien.
Students in Juliette Thelusma’s fourth grade class at Northport K8 School created a reflection journal recently depicting the elements of literature. Students defined each element, then created an example and drew a picture to deepen understanding of each element. The elements students reflected on were figurative language, alliteration, hyperbole, idioms, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, pun and personification. Examples from student Rheanna Buckman’s book included personification, “The sun is smiling on a field of flowers” and hyperbole, “I am so hungry, I could eat a horse!” Students then shared their books with peers, parents and teachers. Students represented newfound knowledge in an engaging and explicit format.
Northport K-8 fourth graders in Juliette Thelusma’s class
participated in a group science fair project called Pop Rock Science. Students
learned the meaning of the words purpose, hypothesis, data, constant variable,
results, conclusion and research. Students and instructor then applied the
knowledge gained to a fun and informational science fair project. After
understanding the meaning of scientific terms, students put pop rocks in
balloons and attached them to soda bottles. The pop rocks were
allowed to fall into the soda and students watched as carbon dioxide was
released. The conclusion was reached that the Pepsi brand contained more carbon dioxide
than CocaCola. Ms. Thelusma monitored student learning of key terms and students’
ability to put research into action by keeping a comprehension log and
conferencing with her students.