Northport K-8 middle grades students are diligently planning, organizing and researching for the Northport K-8 School Annual Science Fair. Students in grades six through eight follow a timeline, beginning with getting special certification forms completed, checking and completing logbooks that include purpose, hypothesis, procedures, analysis, conclusion and much more. Students also are collecting data, completing research papers and formatting bibliographies. Finally, completed science research projects including science boards are due in December. The whole process is an all-encompassing community effort in time management, data collection, research skills and a multitude of other far reaching lessons that will impact student achievement far into the future. Competition is key and individual students excel learning to use the scientific process. Northport students in grades four and five learn science fair techniques through a classroom approach and will conduct a Science Expo that is not based on competition. Middle grades science teachers to be commended on their expertise and dynamic, focused approach to scientific instruction are Ellen Weiss, De Green, Kalyn Nova, Christine Persick as well as Northport Science Fair Coordinator, Dr. Laura Woodworth. Pictured are students from De Green’s class researching in the media center, from left, Luis Flores, Jaylona Casado, Jarvin Patrick and Tajah Johnson.
Northport K-8 kindergartners, fifth, and eighth grade students are celebrating their accomplishments with “Moving Up” ceremonies, dances, picnics and parties. Parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and administrators, are proud of the students’ progress at Northport. Kindergartneners celebrated with classroom ceremonies, fifth graders will host a formal celebration, and eighth graders will celebrate with a formal ceremony in the evening with a host of Veteran partners serving as flag bearers for an honor color guard to kick off the ceremony. Students will also honor Sgt. Ray Carter of the United States Army, who participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy Beach and Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. This year is the 69th anniversary of D-Day. At Northport, we celebrate students and honor our United States military. Pictured is fifth grader Danarius Yearby from Nichole Robinson’s class. Some of the highlights of his year, Darius remarked, were his awesome teachers, friends, trip to Oxbow Eco-Center, Northport Field Day and science project.
Seven Northport K-8 students and their families participated in the St. Lucie County Reading Council Young Authors program held recently at Fort Pierce Central High School. All students at Northport K-8 School participate in the Young Author’s program as evidentiary data for the school’s Parent Involvement goals for the School Improvement Plan. Student, family and teacher involvement in the authentic writing program is nearly 100%. Each year, at the beginning of the school year, teachers prepare their students for the “whole community- project based” program. Writing workshops are held in conjunction with the 21st Century after school program and classroom teachers prepare their students to be able to demonstrate mastery of the writing process, which includes planning, organizing, writing, editing, style, revision, adding illustrations and achieving the final product. The books are then displayed in the school Media Center for optimal display of community work and parent visits. This year’s school wide selections for best writing by Northport students are Zachary Roy, Breanna Guillame, Alexander Hernandez, Alayna
Jaworski, Cali Romano, Alexa DeMatthews and Jill Quant. Pictured is Zachary Roy and his proud mother, Marie Roy.
Northport K-8 School students from kindergartners to eighth grade enjoyed Northport’s annual Field Days recently held at Sportsmen’s Park. Students and teachers attended the Field Days in rotations with their classroom and elective teachers assisting to make sure all students were safe and enjoying the event. Activities included the 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash, jump rope, hula hoops, javelin throws, grass relays, crab races and the tug of war. This year was the first year that middle schoolers have been invited to participate in the events. Clownfish team teacher Sandra Tyndaler said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the well organized event. The students were eager participants and the day was smooth and fun filled!” The 7/8 Clownfish team was commended by Coaches Linda Walker and Kim Kanada Graff for outstanding behavior, sportsmanship and great attitudes. Overall, the Northport K-8 School annual Field Days events were a great wrap up for a year filled with fun learning activities for students of all ages. Pictured are students from the Mariners’ eighth grade team in a tug of war.
Northport K-8 students in Pam Mishler’s first grade class and Lisa Cash’s sixth
grade class made new friends all in the name of literacy recently when the
students paired up to prepare for the school’s vocabulary parade. Students used
words from their reading text for the year to make vocabulary costumes and hand
made signs to wear in the parade to celebrate words. Teachers and students used
the book “Miss Alaineus” by Debra Frasier to hone ideas and to prepare to model
their costumes in the vocabulary parade. The vocabulary parade is just one of
the activities made available to Northport students to participate in Just Read,
Florida’s initiative, “Celebrate Literacy” during the week of January 14-18.
Pictured from left are Destiny Davis, Skylar Warner, Tatiana Hamilton, Harper
Carey and Ariane Russell.
Northport K-8 School students in June Wilson’s seventh grade math class exercised their creativity by reproducing scale models of furniture in their classroom. Students learned proportion, similarity, scale drawing, perimeter and area of similar figures. Students utilized bridge maps for clarification of similarities. At the completion of the project, students were able to compute the perimeter and areas of their models to the actual objects by using the scale factor. Mrs. Wilson stated that students were thrilled to be learning math skills with a hands-on approach and social interactions were a positive influence on student output.
Sixth grade students in Mr. Fess’ Northstars STEM class designed and built water turbines as part of their unit on Hydropower. These students are studying various types of alternative energy sources in this course while also learning about the Engineering, Science and Math necessary to harness the energy.
Just when we think our students couldn’t make us any prouder, our writers do their “Run for the Roses!” This morning, Kolbee Cicio, Allyson Sheets, Mercella Stephens, Sydnee Coryn, Emmanuel Serpas Funes, Emmalyne Lewiston and Ariana Aponte Quiles proved that Northport students love writing and they are very good at their craft. Our students had fun with words and became courageous, authentic authors. The celebration was held at Oak Hammock K-8 School. The guest speaker was former school superintendent and author, Lois McGuire. Students and parents really celebrated good writing on behalf SLPS and the SLC Reading Council ❤ Beautiful honor for our Young Authors 🌞 Many thanks to all of our parents who braved the rain and supported such a momentous occasion.
Northport K-8 students were celebrated for Excellence in Education in math recently at a Mathlete Award ceremony. Students were given certificates and special recognition at the program which celebrated their dedication and hard
work this school year in math. The third through fifth grade students won first place at the Northport K-8 Math Bowl competition and went on to represent Northport at the district first annual Math Bowl competition held at Fort Pierce Central High School. The middle school students represented Northport at the regional MathCounts competition at Indian River State College in February. Students are to be congratulated for their excellence in mathematics and their stellar representation of Northport K-8 School. Pictured ,from top left, are Angel Mozee, Rayla Ross, Tiana Aragon-Vargas, Kadesha D’Silva, Madison Webb, Victoria Juarez, Trevor Walk, Rheanna Buckman, Kenneth Bridges, Taya Komoroski, Kiara Badalo, Estefany Medina, Daniel Lopez, Ethan Trainor, Tome Kuzevski, Bret Smith, Alexis Moss, Connor O’Sullivan, Joshua Benjamin and Aldina Charles with math coach Josie Bailey.
Northport students in Sandra Tyndale’s eighth grade class and Jennifer Lusardi’s second grade class collaborated with students from Fort Pierce Central High School and Lincoln Park Academy visiting Northport as Dual Enrollment students from Indian River State College. The dual enrollment students visited Northport as an assignment from their college level American Government class.
Students, Samantha Huynh, Anthony Lima, Adriana Sanz and Nayeli Silva are running a mock campaign for Governor of the State of Florida. Candidate for Governor Nayeli Silva visited with the students and provoked a debate concerning mandatory dress code with the older students and the mock candidate and her staff immersed themselves in the educational experiences of the second graders. The dual enrollment students are campaigning on three main issues: economy, education and the environment. Students videotaped their campaign at the school and are putting together their priceless campaign for governor. Northport was so thrilled to be involved in the college level educational experience.
Seventh and eighth grade students on the Northport K-8 Clownfish team combined a great lesson on literacy with a powerful antibullying message in the school Media Center recently. Students read the book “Call Me Yubbie” written by Joe Wojcik, better known as Joe The Biker in their reading classes. Each student then wrote an essay putting themselves in the shoes of one of the characters in the book. Some students took on the persona of the bully and others took on characteristics of the victim as displayed in their very poignant writings. Joe Wojcik then visited with the students discussing his life story, how to deal with real life bullies, why bullies do what they do and why victims act as they do in real life. Joe engaged the students in a tremedous morning of interaction, discussion and “real talk” about bullying and combined effective literacy lessons in the discussions. The program can be viewed in its entirety
on the St. Lucie Education channel on School Report in the near future.
Northport K-8 Northstar students in Mala Woessners gifted and enriched middle grades classes used the tragedy of 9/11 to listen to two famous presidential speeches of hope, renewal and triumph over enemies of the United States. Students listened to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt address members of the U.S. Congress when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and compared and contrasted the speech of President George Bush addressing the nation when Muslim extremists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Students cited evidence and made inferences using the primary sources and made note of several important characteristics. Both presidents implored the American people to work together, persevere and be a beacon hope. Some of the famous quotes were Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “This day will live in infamy!” and George Bush, “America is the brightest beacon for freedom in the world!” This exercise was an excellent use of primary sources for examining similarities and differences and
for processing new information.
Full STEAM Ahead! Sixth grade Northstars in Mr. Fess’ STEM class created geothermal energy projects to simulate using energy from the stored heat in the earth to spin a turbine. Check out the video below!
Northport K-8 students in Susan Matteson’s eighth grade reading class and young students in Lorri Lamm’s second grade class have been cultivating learning relationships to benefit each learning level and style. Students and teachers have been meeting twice a month since the beginning of the school year to bond and integrate learning systems. Students recently met to select words from second grade student lists, review the definitions and pronunciations and then to make costumes to portray the meaning of the words selected. Students will participate in a vocabulary roundup parade in January. Pictured are learning buddies from both classes, from left, Karla Montoya, Jada Gunn, Malcolm Mungin and Josias Palma.
Northport K-8 fifth grade students in the classrooms of Judy Fowler, Charlotte Tombline, Tracey Healy, Nichole Robinson and Valerie Niewieroski deepened their knowledge and insight of the horrors of the Holocaust and scaffolded new information about World War II, Hitler and the Nazi Occupation by listening and interacting with speaker and Holocaust survivor, Peter Feigl, who was one of the children who was saved by the 5000 French villagers from Chambonne who assisted countless homeless children. Students were enthralled by the information and asked many questions including heartwrenching questions about the loss of Feigl’s family. Feigl recommended a book called “Weapons of the Spirit” as an in-depth study about the children refugees of Le Chabannes, and students will view MTV’s special, “I’m Still Here” with narration and story that includes Feigl. Feigl brought the Holocaust studies to the fifth grade level by tying his story into the issue of bullying and told the students that there were two reasons to stop bullying, because it is the right thing to do and because you may be next. Feigl served in the United States Air Force after his escape from the European Theater and his been married for 59 years, and has two daughters. He highly recommends the website: sfi.usc.edu/education/ow/peterfeigl for an interaction study between his journals and that of Anne Frank. His email is email@example.com. Pictured is Feigl as he speaks to students.
Northport K-8 Students in Tracey Healy’s fifth grade class were so excited to participate in a Mystery Literature Unit as an end of the school year promotion of an intriguing lesson. Students read the mystery book, The Power of the Scarab, the story of an Egyptologist and his daughter who uncover a mystery while working an Archeological dig. During the unit, students read a case summary, used an evidence organizer and built background knowledge of ancient Egypt to make those all important connections to the mystery. Students researched ancient Egyptian deities, used math to uncover information about the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza, designed a personal cartouche with their names written in hieroglyphics, investigated the science of mummification, taste tested the foods of the region and made their own decorative collars using geometric shapes. Student Sebastian Palomino when asked if he enjoyed the lesson stated, ” It was awesome! It was like we really went back in time for a few weeks!” Student engagement, community building and investment in the lesson are keys to opening up students willingness to extend into deeper learning! Pictured are students from Tracey Healy’s class sporting their handmade Egyptian collars.
Northport K-8 middle grades students were electrified, enthused and inspired to learn more about the Korean War recently. Northport students paid tribute to the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice by an integration of interactive learning, an informative and moving PowerPoint presentatioin, guest speaker Peter Popolizio, current Commander of local chapter 106 of the Korean War Veterans Association as a primary source, and were also treated to renditions of music of the time period by Northport choral students under the direction of James Kirk. Student Brandt Wrench sang a sweet version of Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” and the girl’s choral ensemble, the Velvet Bluebirds, dedicated the song, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers to the St. Lucie County School District Senior Volunteer of the Year, Commander Popolizio. Students learned who the power players were during the war, the time period of the war and all about the draft. Students entered the media center that was divided into North and South Korea. Students made flags marking each country, and the Demilitarized Zone was marked for non- admittance. Students each received envelopes upon entering the center, some containing official draft notices, which were opened at the end of the program. Students learned five key vocabulary words: armistice, demilitarized zone, Communism, capitalism and draft. Student surveys and exit slips were utilized to collect learning data. Student comments received after the presentation were very telling. Sixth grader Gianna Ritacco wrote, “I will never,ever forget this program because you guys inspired me to want to learn more!” and sixth grade Jordan Miller wrote, “Thank you so much for teaching us about the Korean War. I have never heard about this before, let alone a war!” and Melanie Giachetti wrote, “You guys put on a spectacular presentation! Those five words are now imbedded in my brain!” Pictured are Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and students presenting the new vocabulary words.
Thanks to community partners The American Security Council Foundation and Step Up America, Northport has posters all over the school with the direct line to the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s office to report any suspicious activity. Our job is to provide a safe environment for learning. We believe that student empowerment and voice are imperative to support a culture of safety and ❤. We support Step Up America, A Call To Good Citizenship.
Third grade Rising Star instructor, Lorena Wilson, and her students had a wonderful time celebrating Amelia Bedelia and Her Idioms Day recently. Students and teacher used the lesson as an extension of a study on figurative language. Mrs. Wilson dressed as Amelia Bedelia and students dressed as the literal meaning of idioms that they learned about in class. Students then invited other classes to come into the room and play “Guess the Idiom” game. Students decorated themselves as “like the cookie crumbles,” “it’s raining cats and dogs,” “the icing on the cake,” and “fresh as a daisy.” Every student in the class had their own idiom to show and tell.
Great lesson! Great kids and SUPER GREAT teacher!
Northport K-8 students spent an hour in the media center learning hands on lessons about our American flag and what the many folds symbolize. Students in Mala Woessner and Mary Ellsworth’s eighth grade classes as well as Amanda Sartain’s sixth grade classes participated in flag folding lessons instructed by the honor guard of the Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Batallion. Also present was Rita Woodburn, representative of the Women’s Auxillary of the local American Legion Post 318. Students participated in an essay writing lesson
titled, “What Freedom Do I Enjoy the Most?” Every students was engaged in the lesson and each walked away shaking the hands of the Jaguar cadets. The cadets answered questions about the JROTC program and instructed the Northport students on the core value of the program which is to motivate to become better citizens. All students were effectively engaged and positive interactions were promoted by Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and Senior Army instructor for the batallion, Maj. U.S. Army (Ret.) Richard Thompson.