Each year, Northport K-8 School participates in the St. Lucie County School District History Fair, which this year will be March 1 at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition. The history fair is a wonderful opportunity for students in grades six and eight to not only hone research skills and techniques, but is also an excellent opportunity for students to cultivate and frame their own interests. Researching topics in history can unlock interests and encourage students to become deeper, more authentic learners. The topic this year is broad and the scope allows students to explore and appreciate many different areas, whether it’s art, sciences, politics, education or biographies. The National History Day topic for 2014 is Rights and Responsibilities in History. Students are displaying a much deeper interest in history and are making connections with reading materials and programs offered at the school. Some of the topics that students have been excitedly researching are the Declaration of Independence, the Korean War and America’s Responsibility to Offer Assistance, Power of the Press, Cherokee Removal: The Tragic Trail of Broken Promises, The G.I. Bill of Rights, and Solidarity: The Polish Spirit! Students are following a rubric and the research and discussions have become intense at the school. The Northport K-8 School History Fair will take place from January 27-31, 2014 under the direction of coordinator Bob Burdge. The school-based winners will represent Northport at the district fair. Pictured are middle grades researchers, from left, Sydney Kelley, Edo Cabrera, Anthony Elliot, Jenna Lieberman and Ariana Clayton-Kimbleton.
Northport K-8 Teachers and staff exhibited strong support for the initiatives of the Saint Lucie County Reading Council with an excellent turnout at the collegiate groups very first function. The mission of the SLC Reading Council is ” to promote a district- wide passion for literacy!” Northport is proud to support the exchange of ideas and strategies among other educators from across the district and to help promote positive interactions with literacy leaders from other schools. The first event was a “Meet and Greet” held recently at Johnny V’s restaurant in Saint Lucie West. Other events and initiatives include a “Books and Spirits” event at the Hilton Garden in Saint Lucie West and a “Winter Book Exchange” at Panera Bread in SLW. Northport K-8 School members of this collegiate and professional group include Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka, Executive secretary, Louise Robinson, Northport Book Keeper, Rebecca Leone, Instructors, Georgia Stone, Lorri Lamm, Dorothy Still, Ann Barbare, Tracy Lejeune, Sandra Tyndale-Harvey, Mindi Slater and support staff member, Sarah Lewis. An excellent cross- spectrum contingency from Northport K-8 School. Many thanks to incoming president, Heather Bolitho and her staff for the excellent camaraderie. Memberships are still available for $15. Please consider joining this group of “literacy leaders!”
With enjoyment and pride, Northport students in Kate Ploeckelman and Lorena Wilson’s second and third grade Rising Star student group, performed a rousing rendition of “The Exaggerated But True Story of the Constitution” and the “Camping Constitution!” It was so impressive to see the young students process new information and develop fluency using important and vital information. Learning about who wrote the Constitution and the meaning behind the Constitution was pride evoking. Students performed in front of a large group of parents, teachers and peers in the school media center. The program was wrapped up with a heart touching rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud To Be An American.” Great job to the students and teachers!
What a first rate presentation by Lorena Wilson’s third grade Rising Stars! Students researched a famous Black American using several sources. They also made program guides and actual models of each famous American. Students then presented their oral information using note cards to visiting classes, parents, administration and other special guests. Students became teachers for the afternoon and really demonstrated authentic and intriguing information. Guest students wrote down information pertaining to each speaker station that they found enjoyable. The afternoon in the media center was energetic and vibrant as special learning took place. The learning stations provided students with the wonderful opportunity to present knowledge and to give the students a praiseworthy effort to work among themselves to provide unusual information. We all loved it! Great job, Mrs. Wilson and NP third grade Rising Stars. Thanks to the many parents who came out to support the student work!
What a delightful morning in the Northport gymnasium! Northport Rising Stars gifted and enriched teachers and students researched very important people and then portrayed an authentic Wax Museum for parents, families and classes to enjoy. Janine Wiecks, Kate Ploeckelman, Lorena Wilson and Tiffany Tredor presented their students with a wonderful and engaging lesson that brought history to life for so many guests. Students were winsome in their authentic costumes and everyone actually felt like they were in a real wax museum. The collaboration that the teachers and students displayed was fascinating and guests understood that high caliber work was the order of the day! YAY! Many thanks to all parents who attended this beautiful event at Northport.
Northport Safety Patrol Pancake Breakfast rocked at Applebee’s Sunday morning. The patrols worked hard serving family and friends to earn money for their end-of-year trip! They did an amazing job and had fun too! Thank you to everyone who came out or donated! ❤
What an absolutely wonderful morning of patriotism and pride at Northport today. Many local veterans came into school to take part in a Veteran’s Panel for students. Mrs. Kemp’s third graders led the program with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Renelus and his band played the National Anthem and a rousing rendition of a medley of the songs for each branch of the military. Students in Susan Smith’s class read a poem called “The Veteran’s Blessing.” The veterans spoke eloquently about the importance of teamwork, support, brotherhood, education and most importantly, honor and integrity. These words are the pillars of a solid educational experience at Northport. The words patriotism, integrity, commitment, sacrifice, honor, service, respect and empathy are the guiding words for American citizenship. We teach our students the meaning of these words by example every day at Northport. Thank you to all veterans who participated and thank you to the teachers who spoke about honoring our veterans in their classes.
Roy Brewer, We want to thank you for being a wonderful friend to the children of Northport. Our principal, Glenn Rustay thinks the world of you. Your work at Northport, especially bringing Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams to our school was the highlight of a long career and the highlight in the 32 year history of Northport. We all love you and are praying for your complete recovery. Texas doesn’t know that Hurricane Roy is on the way ❤ 🌞 Thank you for coming and giving the final salute to our school. Roy served NP for many years as one of our Veteran Partners in Education and was instrumental in bringing many vital programs to our children.
Northport K-8 School administration, teachers, tutors and staff came together for a special Thanksgiving luncheon recently to count blessings and share camaraderie. The turkeys were carved by Principal Glenn Rustay for each of the lunch sessions and each administrator thanked the staff for digging in their heels and doing the very important and difficult work of educating students. The Thanksgiving luncheon is an annual event at Northport. The 28-year old school is steeped in tradition while constantly analyzing, evaluating and implementing new educational initiatives. The joy and beauty of the holiday season is not lost on the Northport K-8 School community! Pictured are Principaln Rustay and his administrative team as well as a sampling of teachers and staff.
Northport K-8 School sixth grade science teacher Amanda Sartain has won the FAST Award of Promise. The Florida Association of Science Teachers each year selects a science teacher from the state of Florida who has three to five years of experience and has demonstrated an interest and aptitude for teaching science. Some of the qualifications include participation in professional organizations showing leadership at the local, state and national level, maintaining an innovative and exciting classroom/labratory environment, uses innovative materials and new approaches to teaching science, effectively uses community resources and guest
speakers and continuously practices professional development through workshops and conferences. Mrs. Sartain has continually proven that her Northport science students excel by evaluating her data and that the critical information she offers her students is reflected on and thoroughly processed.
Northport K-8 middle grades science instructors Amanda Sartain and Kalyn Nova have been selected to receive a 2012 Toolbox for Education Grant for a vegetable garden for the middle school next year. A school garden allows students to
apply curriculum based education in innovative, unique and engaging ways. Instructors will be using the Gardening For Grades curriculum by Florida Agriculture for planning and creating lesson plans for the garden. Students will discover the components of a garden that correlates with curriculum from observing plants grown from seeds, measuring growth and designing experiments. Students at the middle school level will be learning about Florida soil, different types of
soil, pH levels, hydroponics, soil testing, composting, planting from seeds, photosynthesis and types of seeds. The shared garden will be an exciting opportunity for authentic growth and scientific discovery. Pictured are Ms. Nova, left, and Ms. Sartain.
Mrs. Tredor’s 5th grade gifted class had a special visitor today in their weekly Science Teams meeting. Mr. Tyler Earll, a Patient Care Technician (PCT) and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) at Cleveland Clinic stopped in to answer student questions about the body system they had been studying prior to Spring Break. Students had wonderful questions for him, such as “What color is our blood really?” and “How do they tell what blood type you are?” They were also curious to know why medical professionals need to take so many viles of your blood when we can tell so much from just one small drop. Other topics included how PCTs work hand in hand with pharmacists to ensure patients are given the proper dosages of medication, and how the metric system, which they are currently studying, is used in the medical field daily.
Mr. Earll also discussed what an EMT and PCT does in a hospital setting, including lots of grunt work for doctors and nurses. He is currently in school to become a nurse himself, and is also working on his classes through distance learning just like they are!
The Rising Stars 3rd and 4th grade Gifted and Enriched students and Northstars 7th grade Gifted and Enriched classes collaborated in a cross curricular and cross grade level project on sound energy and production. Students accepted the challenge to create an orchestra using recycled materials. Students drew sketches of proposed instruments, wrote build procedures and play procedures, and then played three notes on each instrument. The older students mentored the younger students during the entire process. The Northstars also wrote a formal research paper with three citations on the evolution of musical instruments and sound production. It was a wonderful experience for everyone! Great job to the students and instructors, Laura Woodworth and Tiffany Tredor.
Northport students became researchers and scientists in their classrooms. Hobe Sound Nature Preserve brought live owls to enhance the science lessons learned in school. Students learned about heredity and the difference between owls and red tailed hawks. They learned what owls eat as well as their natural habitats, and they also learned that owls can’t digest foods so they form pellets similar to hairballs. The pellets are filled with bones from their prey. Students were able to dissect sterilized pellets and match bone pieces to figures on a chart.
A big thumbs up to this terrific hands-on lesson. Many thanks to Hobe Sound Nature Preserve and to the many parents who helped dissect and engage our students. Woo Hoo! Parents Rock!
Great morning of learning at Northport K-8 School recently as WPTV Weatherman Steve Weagle visited and intrigued students.
Children in Kate Ploeckelman, Lorri Lamm, Kristin Schrader, Denise Fields and Jennifer Lusardi’s classes learned all about weather and weather calculations from the chief meteorologist. Students learned that to be a meteorologist, you need to love math, science and computer technology. Mr. Weagle spoke to students about weather forecasting and showed students how to make a homemade anemometer and how to study weather maps from satellites. He also discussed mini weather stations for hurricanes that take measurements of wind speed, temperature and humidity with a mini parachute called a dropsonde.
This was a great opportunity to hear and learn authentic information from a community professional and a television celebrity. Thanks to Steve Weagle and to all the second grade teachers for offering students a full complement of learning strategies and information.
Northport K-8 School parents packed the second grade classroom of teacher Lorena Paez recently as her students performed a rousing rendition of the fable, “Stone Soup.” Students demonstrated their fluency skills in a Readers Theater performance to concerned and attentive parents and then sang a song about sharing and Thanksgiving. The moral of the story “Stone Soup” fit into the classroom lesson as well as the mission of the school that caring and giving, even just a little, make for a better and stronger community. Pictured are Mrs. Paez, parents, family members and second graders.
We are so proud of our Northport K-8 School First Year Teacher of the Year! First, we are so glad that she chose teaching as her profession. It takes a very special person to be a classroom teacher. It takes grit, integrity, honesty, compassion, respect, knowledge, trustworthiness and an abilty to make a real connection with the kids.
Second, we are thrilled that she chose Northport! Our ESE kids are winners and they deserve an awesome teacher. Megan and her family moved here from the state of Washington. Big Change! Please congratulate Megan Hill and be as supportive as you can for her. She deserves all the accolades that we can offer! Way to go Megan! Become that teacher that we know is waiting to burst forth! Keep on truckin!
Northport is thrilled to present Cindi Cairo as our Adult Volunteer of the Year for 2019-2020.
Cindi has volunteered at Northport for the last three years. She has assisted in the kindergarten and in third-grade. One of the jobs that Cindi helps with at Northport is assisting in small group centers for math. She is innovative in her modeling methods for math. She makes up new games to help children learn multiplication tables. The students love the games so much that they are playing them with other children from different classes at recess.mCindi also has chaperoned many field trips including the planetarium and the park, as well as the Oxbow Eco Center.
Cindi spends much of her time on the hunt for school supplies and books for all the children in need at our Title I school. Every week at least once or twice, she brings a bag of school supplies and books to the media center to be dispersed to students in need. She hunts in thrift stores for items that are much needed and appreciated here at school. Cindi is also an excellent mentor. She supplies much needed emotional support for children with an encouraging word, a smile and a pat on the back. She has built a wonderful and genuine rapport with the students and teachers. Cindi helps bring food to the school along with many members of our local church Partners in Education, First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Lucie. The church congregation supplies much appreciated breakfast and lunch during teachers Professional Development days and during Teacher Workdays. What a wonderful and kind feeling it is to know that Cindi and the congregation appreciate our school staff and children.
Cindi also makes homemade flash cards for children struggling with math facts and multiplication. The students love to have a handmade set of cards. A large part of Cindi’s work is collecting books for the school’s “Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading program. Cindi has collected thousands of great books to help students hone and keep the reading skills acquired from their teachers throughout the school year. She has cultivated friendships with so many people in the community that offer her small amounts of money to help pick out good books for kids. She gets real satisfaction looking for and finding the most popular books that children enjoy and at the same time, tries to find books of many different topics so that students can expand their reading horizons.
Cindi feels that finding that “Just Right” book can make a huge difference in a child’s life or just spark that light that encourages children to find a passion for reading and learning. Cindi kicks the school year off right with the kids too! She, along with many members of the local community, stand in front of the school on the very first day holding a sign that may read, “I Care. Do Your Best!”
We are so thankful that Cindi comes to Northport every week. She is a great advocate for the school and the children and she genuinely cares about each child finding a passion for literacy. Way to go Cindi!
The Senior and Adult Volunteer of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year have been selected at Northport K8 School. Suzi Scott, pictured on the left, Adult Volunteer of the Year, has served Northport for four years and has volunteered in a variety of available categories. Mrs. Scott
served as PTO president for two years, chairwoman for the Adequate Yearly Progress committee, and a member of the School Advisory Council and Title 1 committee. Kay Egan, Senior Volunteer of the Year, at right, has served Northport students and teachers for five years as media assistant and
assistant to several teachers in the lower school area. Both consistently go above and beyond as volunteers, always placing the needs of the students and faculty of Northport as a top priority. They are much appreciated and their service is highly valued!
The Northport Media Center is officially named “The Northport K-8 School Children’s Memorial Library” in honor and remembrance of the eight children who perished on September 11, 2001.
The children from United Flight 175 were Christine Hanson, age 2, David Brandhorst, age 3, and Juliana McCourt, age 4. The children from American Flight 77 were Dana Falkenberg, age 3, Zoe Falkenberg, age 8, Rodney Dickens, age 11, Bernard Curtis Brown, age 11 and Asia Cottom, age 11.
The memorial tribute is placed beneath the Northport American flag. The Remembrance at Northport was stunning in its authenticity and nearly completely devoted to student as teacher lessons developing critical thinking skills.