The month of October has been designated “Bullying Prevention Month” and is recognized by Northport K-8 School as well as Saint Lucie Public Schools. Northport is thrilled to take part in such an important and vital issue. Bullying can become pervasive if left unchecked. The Saint Lucie Public Schools and the Northport community are taking the bull by the horns and working in conjunction with parents, community members, bullying specialists, deans, teachers, school staff and administration to fight against the scourge of bullying in schools. Every October at Northport, students make posters, listen to guest speakers, consult with school deans and teachers and work in clubs such as “Boys to Men” and “Girls to Women” to help get a firm grasp on bullying in the school and to stop it in its tracks. Northport recently hosted “Joe the Biker” to discuss bullying and especially cyber bullying in the middle grades area.
In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, an anti- bullying assembly will be held Friday, October 9th for grades K-5 in the gymnasium. The presenter will be the enthusiastic, Joe Wojcik, better known as “Joe the Biker” who visited recently with middle school. Joe is a wonderful presenter and we are looking forward to his visit! Times are grades 3-5 9:45-10:30 and grades K-2 10:45-11:15.
On Wednesday, October 28, all students will participate in the school’s 5th Annual Unity Day Walk Against Bullying. Students walk with physical education instructors, resource instructors, classroom teachers, administration, community members, parents and support staff on a marked path around the school perimeter. Students make signs to carry that depict messages to stamp out bullying and chant anti-bullying messages as they participate in the Walk. Students wear orange or blue shirts to present a unified team against bullying. All are welcome to participate in the Northport Unity Day Walk.
You are invited to celebrate “Lights On After School,” a national event that spotlights afterschool programs.
October 22, 2015
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
- Student performances
- Student demonstrations
- Community vendors
- Door prizes
Port St. Lucie Community Center
2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd.
Port Saint Lucie
903 S. 21st St.
St. Lucie Public Schools is honored to have been named as the recipient of this year’s United Way “Spirit of St. Lucie Community Impact Award.” This award is conferred annually on an organization that demonstrates outstanding contributions within St. Lucie County to one or more of the United Way core impact areas of focus that include Health, Education, and Income.
Fort Pierce Westwood was this quarter’s highlight location for the Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast. Principal John Lynch and a team of Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors shared the innovative learning opportunities in which students participate.
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On Thursday evening, SGA parents attended the “A Day in the Life of an SGA Scholar” Parent Night. Parents began their journey in the audeteria where they learned about the Title I program. Also, they were excited about the announcement of the principal’s reading challenge. When the SGA students reach 250,000,000 reading steps, Ms. Wilke will do a cheer leading routine.
After the initial session, parents made their way to their student’s pod to experience what their scholar does during their academic day. Students were excited to showcase their work.
Over 200 fathers and their children enjoyed freshly made donuts at Village Green Environmental Studies School in celebration of Dads Take Your Children to School Day!
Thank you to ALL of our dads, stepdads, grandfathers, uncles, foster parents, and male role models for bringing your child to school at Lakewood Park Elementary. We had 138 male role models attend! Way to go Lakewood Park!!
Dads Take Your Child To School Day was a huge success at Gaines Academy. Fathers and other male role models streamed into Gaines Academy on Wednesday morning. They were treated to donuts and an inspirational message followed by smiles and laughter as they created a vision board with their child. Before leaving, the men signed the pledge to support and encourage their children’s success in school.
“Recycled MONSTERS were the theme at Manatee Academy in preparation for the upcoming MONSTER Book Fair next week. Students also had to Guess How Many Eyeballs in a fish tank to get a free Book Fair book. A MONSTER PUMPKIN contest and Door Decorating contest enabled teachers to join the fun and earn gift certificates worth $50.00 and $100.00 respectively in Book Fair goodies! A THRILLER Flash Mob is planned for FREAKY FAMILY Book Fair Night!
Northport middle grades students in Tracy Lejeune, Susan Matteson and Susan Smith’s classes participated in an activity filled with dark humor by attending a funeral in the school’s media center for “Dead” words. Students agreed that writing and the ability to use important words is more vital now than ever before. Students and teachers considered that personal and professional writing has become a digital representation of how each individual is perceived because whether it is applying for employment, applying for college or writing on the many thousands of blogs or digital media spaces that it’s not your physical appearance that is evaluated first, but your writing ability. Students formed a processional and dropped their chosen “Dead” words in a coffin and vowed to not use words such as, nice, good, happy, bad, ugly and tasty but to change their word choice to more powerful words such as delicious, tangy, raging, dreadful, alarming, jolly and delighted. The students and teachers enjoyed the satirical activity of exchanging words from lower level to higher level word choices and realized that their writing is really an extension of themselves and how each wants to be perceived by others. The teachers executed a brilliant lesson that was highly relevant to the emerging skills of writers who think and plan on a deeper level.
The newest additions to the WCE library, Reading Pals, thanks to a generous donation from a PSL resident, Samantha Folk. On behalf of all Wildcats, our second graders thank you, Noe Rodriguez, Brianna Perrigin, Kammaria Grant, Mary Hills, and Adrian Lopez-Ardiano.
Miss Dewey’s classroom won a grant for Reflex Math Fact Fluency program. The students have been using the program now for a week and are so eager for math time. Reflex is game-based and highly motivational so students enjoy the learning process. Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Northport K-8 middle grades students from the Sharks, Dolphins, Stingrays, and Mariner teams and their teachers met in the Northport Media Center recently for an important program. Students welcomed a local man with a very powerful message and a story that students can relate to in some way about bullying and coming together as a community to stop the vicious cycle of bullying. Children listened intently to Joe Wojcik, better known to students as “Joe the Biker” tell his story of being bullied as a youth and his powerful reaction to that bullying.
Students learned about the word “empathy” and understood that they each have a very important voice as a member of the Northport Community. Each learned some tools to help stop bullying such as asserting themselves the right way, acting with confidence, even if you don’t feel confident, responding evenly and firmly, walking away, standing up for their rights and not to bring games to school. Students listened intently and were truthful when discussing the issue of “Cyberbullying” with Joe. The group spoke of just how easily cyberbullying can happen and that even the most innocuous remarks made on-line can be devastating to another person. One of the students asked Joe, “Why do you even care?” That question spoke volumes to Northport Des Brooks, Principal Glenn Rustay, and to the teachers present.
Joe spoke to the students about his battles in life and just how hard it was to overcome his issues. He told students that his life mission and passion were to bring the message of empowerment against bullies to all students, but that if he could save just one life, his purpose will have been met. Joe has written several books. Many Northport students have read his book, Call Me Yubbie, which depicts his story of being bullied and how he overcame his hurt. “Joe the Biker” recently won the award for #1 non-profit organization in Saint Lucie County at the Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Awards.
Joe will hold a fundraiser for his “Yubbie Foundation” on October 24 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Treasure Coast Harley Davidson shop in Stuart, FL themed “Bikers and Friends Against Bullying.” Northport K-8 School is proud to call “Joe the Biker” an integral member of the Northport School Community and we thank him over and over for delivering his very powerful message to our children.
Southern Oaks Bowl for Kids Team. “Making a Difference.”
On September 26, 2015 , a good time was had by all at the Superplay USA! The teams put on their neon attire and did some cosmic bowling, all in good fun to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Team leaders and department chairs at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are participating in a “fishbowl” activity. Fourth grade teachers shared recent test results on the Summative Assessment Reporting form and modeled the process of analyzing data. They discussed root causes of proficiency and non-proficiency and worked to create a plan of action for student success.
Bank of America provided the St. Lucie Education Foundation with a $6,000 grant to be used toward programs that help at-risk students in grades 9-12 with an intervention and life skills grant. The Foundation has also applied for matching funds through the school district’s Education Foundation Matching Grant Funds Program. This means that together, Bank of America and the Foundation will provide $12,000 towards the goal of helping students develop life skills, improve test scores, raise GPAs, and improve student achievement.
Pictured Below: Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Carissa Zerga, Ruben Valls of Bank of America, Thom Jones, and Board Chair Dr. Donna MillsBank of America provided the St. Lucie Education Foundation with a $6,000 grant to be used toward programs that help at-risk students in grades 9-12 with an intervention and life skills grant. The Foundation has also applied for matching funds through the school district’s Education Foundation Matching Grant Funds Program. This means that together, Bank of America and the Foundation will provide $12,000 towards the goal of helping students develop life skills, improve test scores, raise GPAs, and improve student achievement.
Pictured Below: Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Carissa Zerga, Ruben Valls of Bank of America, Thom Jones, and Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School to compete in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of back to back events starting with Rope Bridge and a physical fitness test (PT). During the PT test the team had to complete a total of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, and 85 pull-ups. The rest of the events consisted of a ¾ mile litter carry with 80lbs of weight, move 40 20lb sandbags from one point to another, flip a 350lb tire 100 yards, and finish by running a mile to the finish line. Port Saint Lucie High finished with a time of 29:36 securing the first place win by 46 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did an amazing job.