Northport K-8 School presented a noteworthy performance at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade held recently in Ft. Pierce. The weather was beautiful and the students, parents, and staff were thrilled to participate in such a wonderful and traditional event to help enhance community relations and mark the day with a flourish. Special thanks to the Northport MLK committee members for working so diligently to make sure that Northport was represented and Martin Luther King’s theme for 2016, “Dream Forward: Choose Peace, Equality, and Change” was uplifted in true Northport fashion. Thanks to Debra Allen, Diane Crumpton, Valerie Hill, Megan Hill, Michelle Kovich, Marie Solide and Christine Davis as well as the Northport Band Director Brian Hoce and everyone else who helped in any way. We had a first-rate float, and the cheerleaders and band students offered a stellar performance. The performance can be viewed on the Northport K-8 School Face Book page. Northport truly promoted the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “We must keep moving. It you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means, keep moving!”
Northport K-8 School principal, Glenn Rustay accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge recently to not only donate much needed funds to help find a cure for ALS, but to also help educate his students on the horrible disease. Mr. Rustay accepted the challenge from Northport music instructor, Brian Hoce.
Students were thrilled to watch as Principal Rustay first used a tiny bucket filled with ice then, at the behest of his students, dumped the big bucket over his head! Although all in fun, the seriousness of the cause filled the overwhelming picture at Northport K-8 School recently. Students learned that thirty thousand patients each year are diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease, after the famous baseball player who succumbed from the disease.
To date, $53 million dollars has been raised to help fund global research in finding a treatment and cure for ALS. The funds also help to support the patient and family who are suffering from the effects of the terrible disease. That is more than quadruple the funds raised in the entire year last year. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has proven to be a much needed boost in the pocketbook to help raise not only funds but awareness of the urgency to find a cure for this debilitating disease. Way to go Mr. Rustay!
If you would like to learn more, would like to donate or would like to participate in your own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, visit www.alsa.org.
Northport K-8 School will participate in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County’s special fundraiser, Bowling For Kid’s Sake on September 21 at 5:00 pm at Superplay in Saint Lucie West. Each year, Northport promotes a Hat Day and other fundraisers to earn enough money to support the cause of caring for all children in our community. We are pleased and proud to be a unified team who will assist in community events that make our school and our community stronger and more powerful. We will have a contingency of at least ten teachers and staff who will Bowl For Kid’s Sake as well as plenty of staff on hand to serve as cheerleaders. Pictured enjoying the school Hat Day fundraiser are from left, Kathleen Egan, Sir’on Bembry, DeLacy Barr, Danny Diaz, Kay Egan, Lynne Gruszka and Finn Carey.
Northport was so pleased to host Ary De Latorre from Dr. Cook’s Dental Office. With February being National Dental Health Month, students learned all about healthy sneezing, correct hand washing techniques, and how to brush their teeth properly. Students also learned not to share toothbrushes, how to floss, and how to eat to deter bacteria. It was a great learning experience, and we appreciate all the time spent educating our youngest students on proper teeth brushing. Thank you very much to Dr. Cook’s Dental Office!
Mrs. Madorma and Mrs. Cameron’s 5th grade class have been working on Growth Mindset this week. Positive and healthy thinking will be a year long project that the teachers hope to build into a lifetime habit. Great job!
Northport Promotes Positive Interactions Between Students, Parents, Community, Teachers, and Books! Thanks, Americorps!
Northport K-8 School is vigorously promoting community connections and positive support from our local business partners, veterans, Children’s Services Council, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, AmeriCorps, parents, grandparents and families. We realize that for a total and well-rounded education for all students, No Exceptions, we need support and open doors. This is Fall Book Fair time at Northport and we invite the community to join us to encourage reading for pleasure for all our students. Thank you to the many, many parents and grandparents who have to come to shop with their children, but we also give a standing ovation to our community members who come and purchase books for children who might not otherwise get a book.
The Book Fair causes a hum of excitement in the school for reading and it is a sheer pleasure to watch all the children get excited over books. What really causes teachers’ breath to catch and their hearts to beat faster are the kindergartners who visit the Book Fair for the very first time. Pictured are Merritt, Taylor and M.J. Lakin, a family of Northport children from the lower school and Azzam Abdur-Rahman one of the AmeriCorps tutors as Clifford. Clifford did an awesome job promoting the Fall Book Fair.
Northport Media Center and some of our sixth graders served as hosts to our community partner, Step Up America. John McIntosh spoke to our students about the three branches of Government and understanding the Constitution and Bill of Rights. He reviewed the 1st Amendment which is Freedom of Speech. John also spoke about the importance of service to your community and volunteering. He spoke about the importance of our military and first responders and taking care of each other. He interacted with students and gave scenarios about ” See Something, Say Something” and to be mindful of surroundings, trust your instincts and if something is out of the ordinary, tell more than one adult — tell every adult.
The mission of Step Up America is to educate our children about becoming responsible and engaged citizens. Mr. McIntosh was a splendid speaker who challenged our students to help in their own community and volunteer. Student Allyssa Lewers said, ” It was a great learning experience, and I found out that some jobs are actually fun and worthwhile. Mr. McIntosh inspired me to help others.”
Northport K-8 School is pleased to present our 2016 Annual Science and Engineering Fair award recipients. Our students competed in numerous fields of science. All awarded scientists based their experimental research on trying to answer and solve real world problems. They showed creativity in scientific thinking and a desire to help mankind by providing solutions to real issues. First, second, and third place awards were given in each category of science.
First place recipients are: Addison Searcy, rosette Garcia, Dana Barcomb, Alicia Morrow, Alexis Bowes, Joseph Jackson, Jaden Rosenberg, Chastine Maharaj, Riley Orr, Taygen Pannella, Estefany Medina, Matthew Pinto and Evence Eliassaint.
Second place recipients are: Jennifer Lugo, Melanie Giachetti, Nixon Adea-Swanston, Dallas Persick, Tristan Castiglia, Jared Lowrie and Illah Sasso.
Third place recipients are: Sierra Molinary, Sasha Levine, Trevor Walk, Brandon Quijada, Kristopher Taylor, Haley Hensley, Justin Forbes and Aaliyah Gutmann.
Wonderful job to Dr. Laura Woodworth, Northport Science Fair Coordinator, participating students and parents. Thank you is not adequate! WONDERFUL JOB!
Northport K-8 School Media Services program, under the direction of Lynne Gruszka, along with students, faculty, administration and staff are assisting Northport alumnus Sgt. Xiovani Guanill of the U. S. Army. Sgt. Guanill, who administers Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, requested assistance for the 80 men and women in his company. His request included shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, magazines and other items. Not only did Northport students and families assist as a school community that filled 20 boxes, but many teachers offered with a generosity of spirit that included mailing all 20 boxes to Afghanistan. Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth, Linda Walker, Glenda Taylor, Louise Robinson, Charlotte Tombline, Georgia Stone, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Mirta Cepeda, Ann Barbare, Judy Fowler, Mary Toto, Diane Carvalho, Pam Crum, Lisa Cash, Lynne Gruszka and Lorie Monroe who quickly offered to mail a box filled with the donated items. Sgt. Guanill is also part of the community of veterans who speak to Northport students on a regular basis. This is Sgt. Guanill’s second deployment to the Middle East, and Northport is very supportive and proud to help the military. Pictured are students from Juliette Thelusma’s and Jennifer Gomez’s fourth grade class along with Mrs. Thelusma with boxes of donated items.
Northport K8 School is proud to have close affiliation with the St. Lucie County School District’s Hispanic Advisory Council. Pictured are Gloria Arana, parent and member of Centro San Juan Diego, Linda Tapia, host of Que Pasa St.
Lucie and recruiter for Federal Programs, Title I, III and Migrant Education and Benigna Montenegro, assistant principal at Northport K-8 School and FCAT parent trainer for the Hispanic Advisory Council. The Council was proud to be
represented at the launch of the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County recently celebrated by the School Board, Houghten Mifflin Harcourt, Parent Academy Board of Directors and the Early Learning Coalition.
Northport K-8 School Media Services is pleased and honored to welcome Bill Arnold, Northport’s Senior Volunteer of the Year and St. Lucie County School District Senior Volunteer of the Year for a special program for sixth graders on the Starfish team in the Media Center. Mr. Arnold was selected to represent the school and the school district for his service to the school and to the students. Mr. Arnold has served well over 4500 students and at least 800 parents and grandparents at 28 different school events. As a veteran, Mr. Arnold has imparted a wealth of information to students and has spearheaded a program that includes a cadre of volunteer veterans from across the community for Veterans In Education. Pictured are Bill Arnold along with sixth grade students Mercedes Grove and Samantha Mason.
Northport is pleased to announce our results from the 2017 St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair STEM competition. Students researched a problem having societal impact and then creatively designed their experiment to test their hypothesis or built a prototype device to find a solution. We are proud of the accomplishments of our young scientists and engineers.
Eighth grade delegates receiving awards include:
Ishe’ Toussaint…..First place in Biomedical Health and Science as well as a Broadcom Masters invitation
Brianne Yates…..Second place in Chemistry
Brandon Quijada…..Third place in Chemistry
Evence Elissaint…..First place in Environmental Engineering, a Broadcom Masters invitation, Danae Pick Artscience award and a Publix Good Science award
Alexis Bowes…..Second place in Plant Science
Seventh grade delegates include:
Chastine Maharaj …..Third place in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Illah Sasso…..St. Lucie County Fair Gate Ticket award.
Wonderful job to all delegates and our winners make us so proud! Way to go NORTHPORT!!!!!!!
GREAT JOB DR. WOODWORTH!!!!!!
#bbbsglowbowl was a great event this year!
Northport is so happy to support our wonderful partners in education in this annual event. Northport has several mentors and four tutors that serve from 40 – 60 kindergarten through second grade students. Northport’s school grade went from a C to a B this year. Part of the school’s success can be attributed to the many services that are received from a plethora of community partners. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an extremely important part of Northport’s equation for success.
Many thanks to all the staff from Northport who came out to make this community event extraordinary.
Northport K-8 PTO celebrated the students’ accomplishments for the school year by holding a Fun Run. Over 100 runners, their families and teachers from Northport K-8 participated in a run, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall and a dinner together after school recently. Students picked up their 2012 yearbooks and had their teachers sign at the party, then enjoyed some time with their friends during the Fun Run and Yearbook signing party. It was a wonderfully unifying event and the PTO declared it a success!
Many thanks to our AWESOME Northport PTO! These ladies have worked tirelessly to make sure that the Northport holiday season was so wonderful. They have prepared desserts, brought lunch from Dale’s, read around the Christmas tree, conducted the morning announcement, worked in the Santa Shop and just so much more! Our Northport community wishes our PTO, our parents, grandparents, students and community members a very festive holiday season!
Every year for the last five years, Northport has united for a huge campaign to stamp out bullying. The students have listened to not only “Joe the Biker” speak, but dozens of other speakers whose message has been one of nonviolence, empowerment and anti-bullying. Students have made thousands of posters, worn orange for anti-bullying and red for drug awareness. Many times, we have found that drug and alcohol usage in and around the home make bullying and anger issues more prevalent for students. We dubbed the denouement Unity Day. Every year, students dress in orange or red and walk a marked trail around the school with their resource teachers. Every year, parents and community members stop by the school to walk with the students in a show of solidarity. This year, students started the day with a special pledge and swore to:
1. Understand the dangers and consequences of bullying and drug usage.
2. Promise to respect themselves and others by not bullying or doing drugs.
3. Promise to respect the rules of Northport.
4. Encourage others to live a safe, healthy, friendly and drug free life.
This year, Student Assistance Services from New Horizons and Big Brothers, Big Sisters and AmeriCorps tutors as well as teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members joined forces to drive home the very important issues of bullying and drug awareness. Every Northport student got to take the “Unity Day Walk,” make a poster, listen to the Northport band and to talk with each other about drug awareness and student empowerment against bullies. It was a simply first rate day at Northport VPK-8 School. Please like us on Face Book at Northport K-8 School to see pictures and to get up to the minute information about our All American School.
Northport K-8 school middle grades students who are struggling to achieve target points for College and Career Anchor Standards for Reading are given the opportunity to build a foundation in reading skills using a broad range of high quality text and programming.
One of the programs utilized at the school is the READ 180 program. The program is a curriculum based, focused reading program designed to ensure that students are progressing toward grade level essentials. It offers computer based, individualized instruction tailored to student needs. The program encourages independent reading for pleasure through its lexiled library as well as regularly scheduled trips to the school’s media center to experience a supportive and diverse atmosphere.
In the media center, students are guided towards topics of interest and pertinent information to help each experience progress and achievement in the regular education classroom.
Pictured are students from Sandra Tyndale’s sixth grade READ 180 class making their exciting first book selections of the year!
Members of the Reading Leadership team at Northport K-8 School are offering reading mentorships to students across the campus. Book selections are based on student choice and interests. The mentorships are flourishing and students are excited to be part of the club memberships. The three opportunities for students being presented are “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper and “Oonawasee Summer” by Melissa Forney. The clubs will continue throughout the school year giving students the opportunity to join reading mentorship groups and forge ahead stretching their minds with reading concepts. Pictured with math coach Josie Bailey are a group of third graders from John Fallon’s class enjoying the book “Oonawasee Summer!”
It is with sincere pleasure that Northport VPK-8 announce that six students from grades five through eight have won the Port Saint Lucie Elks Lodge 2658 Americanism annual essay contest. The contest this year themed “What Does the Pledge of Allegiance Mean to me?” was won by students, Annabelle Sasso, Mayra Benitez, Brandt Wrench, Kalani Walk, Jamie Kosbob and Hanza El-Azzami. The contest fell wonderfully into synch with one of the goals of the school to have as many students involved in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on the intercom every morning as possible and making sure that the Pledge is said first thing every single morning in all classes and throughout the school. The Elks Lodge 2658 served a beautiful dinner to the students and families of the students selected with an awards ceremony following the program. Special thanks to Elks Lodge 2658 Americanism chairmen, Jack and Joan DeBel and to William La Sala Sr. the Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler for their hospitality and for their commitment to the children of Saint Lucie County and Northport VPK-8 School. The students and families were treated like kings and queens for the evening and the effort was sincerely appreciated. We are so proud of our students who were selected to represent the vision of Northport VPK-8 School. Pictured from left are Annabelle Sasso, Brandt Wrench, Hamza El-Azzami, Jamie Kosbob, Kalani Walk and Americanism chairman, Jack De Bel.
Our young scientists exemplified what Northport K-8 strives to achieve: education , practice of the basic traits of moral and ethical behavior, development of intellectual curiosity, logical thinking using problem solving and reasoning skills, and pride in achievement! At the 28th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Saint Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Stem Competition, category award recipients included Taygen Pennella (first place in math and computational sciences), Rosette Garcia (second place in biomedical and health science), Addison Searcy (third place in animal science), and Alicia Morrow (third place in cellular/molecular biology and biochemisry). Taygen Pennella also received the prestigious Broadcom Masters Award.
All of the Northport K-8 delegates at the competition wrote thank you notes to the judges/committees after the judging process was completed. Rosette Garcia’s eloquent letter was read during the opening ceremony! We are proud to say that Northport contributed eighteen delegates to the District Fair.
Our students continue to achieve in high school. Alexis Beans was awarded a first place in the senior division of physics and astronomy; she also was selected to be a delegate at the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair. Arabella Tenneson earned a third place in the senior division of physics and astronomy. Darley Dorvilier received the Florida Association of Science Teacher Award for her research.
Kudos to Dr. Laura Woodworth for her very committed work as Northport Science Fair Coordinator. Job well done to all!