It was a wonderful morning of real learning and listening when James English visited select students at Northport. Students from Boys to Men and Girls to Women clubs learned a lot about how to deal with the really stressful events that happen in their lives without turning to drug, alcohol and other things that cause them to bring pain to themselves. Learning how to deal with emotions is paramount to being a healthy student ready to learn. Some kids just have too many stressors for their young minds to handle and turn to unhealthy outlets. This halts the learning process. It was a real pleasure to host Mr. English from Ambrosia Treatment Center in Port Saint Lucie. He shared many golden nuggets, but one that stands out was, “We are only as sick as our secrets, and our secrets keep us sick!” We urge our kids to talk to an adult, mentor, or counselor to learn coping skills and go into young adulthood with a healthy attitude, ready to accomplish goals. Thanks to Coach Daryn Ploeckelman for finding Mr. English for the kids!
This year has been a year of achievement and success at Northport. The accomplishments of our students have been stunning. On the final day of school, Edie Majewski, City of Port Saint Lucie Sidewalks Projects Manager, visited the school along with the news crew from channel 20. Channel 20 is the government channel for the city of Port Saint Lucie.
Mrs. Majewski brought great news to our students who worked on their seventh grade civics project this year with such gusto. Students researched, delved into the subject, spoke with SLPS Project Manager Marty Sanders, and checked incident reports on Curtis Street. Curtis Street runs parallel to Northport.
Students felt that Curtis needed sidewalks desperately for the safety of the students. Their hard work paid off! The city took a hard second look, applied for a TAP grant and was approved for Curtis Street sidewalks. Students were elated that they could bear witness and be a part of city government in action.
The impact of intensive student work can indeed change policy. The sidewalks on Curtis Street will be moved up and built between October 2021 and September 2022. Northport students will be able to safely hurry to school and stroll home on Curtis Street in the very near future. Elation does not cover the feelings of the Northport community!
Great job students, teachers, Thomas MacDonald and Elizabeth Montilla and parents. THRILLED!
Northport K-8 School sixth grade students in Georgia Stone’s class learned the six types of persuasive techniques and put each to good use making their own commercials in the classroom. Students created commercials selling items such as a magic Santa hat that grants wishes to a “spectacular sponge,” and an “extreme latreme” face cream that keeps users young and beautiful. Students portrayed techniques such as testimonials, repetition, bandwagon, snob appeal and name calling in the unique lesson. Students learned the techniques, viewed examples of the different techniques, then made the commercials. The lesson was very effective and extremely engaging! Pictured at left is Mrs. Stone with students in her classroom.
Northport eighth graders Lily Swantic and Rebekah Papsidero from Andrew Mackenzie’s history class will participate in the state of Florida History Fair in Tallahassee this weekend. The girl’s project was titled “Asylum Reform of 1840.”
Congratulations to our girls and best wishes ❤
Wonderful morning recently in the Northport Media Center as we work through our “Gold Star Family Education Week!” Two courageous Gold Star moms, Linda Schuman and Karen Zook who both lost sons in recent years visited the Media Center to help educate our students about key qualities that help our community and families instill attributes that make awesome citizens. The women gave solid examples of the words: integrity, sacrifice, empathy, service, commitment, honor and teach. Ian Zook, Karen Zook’s son, gave the “Ultimate Sacrifice” for our country in Iraq and Jordan Schuman, Linda Schuman’s son, gave the “Ultimate Sacrifice” in Afghanistan. Both women used the time to educate and to bring awareness to our children. The program will continue with two more sessions available on designated days from 9:35-10:15 am. It is notable that Ian Zook was a Northport alumni. There was no greater honor than to listen to these moms and understand the courage that it took for them to talk to our children. Special thanks to Mrs. Wilson, Dr. Woodworth, Ms. Hamblin, Mrs. Kovich and Ms. Lusardi for bringing the students to the sessions.
Students are learning that Gold Star Families are families who have lost a loved one during active military duty. These families are made up of someone’s son, daughter, husband, brother, or sister and its incredible the number of students who are responsive to this program and know someone who serves our country in the military. A memorial is being built in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Port Saint Lucie to serve the Treasure Coast families who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Teaching our children is the only way for them to comprehend the magnitude of what many sacrifice for our way of life. Our teachers have collected nearly $300 by wearing jeans on two designated days. On the first of December, Northport, Chili’s, local veterans and Gold Star Mothers will form a coalition with a special dinner at Chili’s restaurant in SLW. Ten percent of each tab will be donated to the Gold Star program.
Some of the children are called to get involved. Pictured is 3rd grader, Rashad St. Louis who dug deep and gave the first $1 towards the Gold Star Memorial. All were overwhelmed when he stood up to dedicate his donation to Gold Star Families.
Northport eighth graders were immersed in a full day of science boot camp with a focus on key standards recently in preparation for their upcoming tests. Great job and a really innovative focus on science @Northport!
It is with pleasure that Northport announces the winners of our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Writing contest.
Eighth Grade Winners
First Place – Yaneisha Martinez from Susan Smith’s class
Second Place – Jailaire Garcia from Susan Matteson’s class
Third Place – Xochith Romo from Susan Smith’s class
Eighth Grade Runners Up: Anthony Nguyen, Jonathan Cales and Daniel Ramos
Fifth Grade Winners
First Place – Jaden Diago from Tiffany Tredor’s class
Second Place – Ranjiv Sundersingh from Mr. Madorma’s class
Third Place – Breyanna Robinson from Deanna Cameron’s class
Fifth Grade Runners Up: Benet Hill and Joseph Black
Teachers selected their top four papers, and the winning essays were selected from those papers. Northport Dr. Martin Luther King Events Coordinator Diane Reynolds appreciates the time and effort from both teachers and students as we celebrate student writing. Activities this year for MLK events incorporate the theme, “Renewing a Spirit of empowerment, engagement and non-violence!” We are thrilled to participate in related activities.
Northport K-8 students in Rose Rumer’s K-5 Autism classes have been working diligently for over a year to put together a fabulous work of art! The piece, depicting Egyptian pyramids and a panorama of stars, was created using sand, water and glue. Palm trees made of layer upon layer of tissue paper frame the bottom of the art. The piece and many others like it will be on display at the Disability History and Awareness Expo on Saturday, September 29 at Indian River State College from 8:15 am until 12:20 pm. The Expo is an opportunity for the community to learn about services and resources available. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org. Pictured are Ms. Rumer, classroom assistants Donna Buttafuoco and Nevis Bowe, and students in the class.
Northport K-8 history instructor, Bob Burdge, and eleven Northport middle grades students represented Northport at the SLPS District History Fair held at Indian River State College recently. Students explored and presented exciting and informative topics such as, “How Did the Women of the 1920’s Explore Their Rights and Encounter Change?” “The Significance of the California Gold Rush,” and “Amelia Earhart’s Exploration of Aircrafts: The Development of New Ideas.”
Mr. Burdge is celebrating his last year as not only a colorful and unparalleled history instructor for thirty-five and a half years, but as a History Fair Coordinator for at least twenty of those years. Bob Burdge has been an asset to Northport and to the “Art and Science” of teaching history. He will be sorely missed and the profession will be lacking due to the loss of his expertise.
Pictured with Mr. Burdge from top left are: Keyla Pocheco, Dallas Persick, Claudia Almanza, Haley Hensley, Dana Barcomb and Alicia Morrow.
Pictured bottom left are: Kiara Badalo, Rosette Garcia, Estefany Medina, Chastine Maharaj and Melanie Giachetti.
Great job and well done students. Via Con Dios, Mr. Burdge!
The lessons of patriotism, love of country and American flag and a healthy respect for our military are lessons that are taught over and over again at Northport VPK-8 School. Every morning, a different student signs up to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the school intercom. Veteran Partners In Education are a strong component of the fabric of the school and local veterans are involved in many of the programs and activities that happen at the school. Students make posters that line the hallways of Northport and recite a special “American Children’s Pledge” on notable days such as POW/MIA Remembrance, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the 9/11 Commemoration among many other special days. The school community takes pride in their student alumni who have gone on to serve the country in the military, especially notable is Sgt. Xiovani Guanill who has become an elite Army Ranger. Alumni serving in the military have their pictures in uniform displayed at the school.
Out of the blue, sometimes, as teachers, we are taken aback and our breath catches because we realize that our lessons are coming to fruition. Recently, Northport students, Jay Antheny, Billy Tzul, Joshua C., Dominic A. and Joshua Rhyant, Northport third, fourth and fifth graders, completed a monument at home, all on their own, depicting soldiers beneath a waving American flag. The monument to the American Flag and the Fallen soldiers is displayed in the school media center for all children and families to enjoy. Northport truly is an All-American school and the children understand that message. Excellent job boys! You make us all very proud of your demonstration of lessons taught by parents, school and community. Pictured is third grader, Joshua Rhyant holding the monument.
Third graders from Mrs. Kemp and Miss Schrader’s class visited the Media Center recently. Students selected two or three free books donated by a parent and then selected a library book. Students learned how to use the library and follow the library norms. It was a GREAT visit. 67% of all children from ages 6-17 get their pleasure reading books from the school library. We are reading for PLEASURE this year. BIG TIME! Students from across the school are scheduled to visit the center to choose books that they can challenge themselves with by reading for the sheer joy of reading. We are promoting JOY in the Northport Media Center.
Northport K-8 students work diligently to achieve common core standards and the bar for student expectations has been set high. Students are rewarded for results with high grades, good behavior and cooperative learning. Positive Behavior Support, or more commonly known as PBS, is utilized every day at the school. Students recently were rewarded with orange wrist bands and tee shirt day on the sixth grade Dolphin team and the eighth grade Mariners team held a PBS field days event. Students were rewarded for achievement in their behavior and willingness to
cooperate with teachers and other students. Pictured is Northport eighth grade Mariner Javonte Bennett reaping his reward. The school is continually progressing in all avenues of student achievement!
Mrs. Lawrence’s first grade class proudly brought their completed Young Author books to the media center. Great job for innovative and exciting work and teaching the joy of writing!❤
Young Authors is a school-wide program at Northport. Common language and joyful writing brings the community together to help children release their inner writer.
Northport K-8 sixth grade students in Melynda Slater’s Critical Thinking classes have spent the last five weeks honing critical research skills using Environmental Studies as the theme.Students used all aspects of research skills building to construct a superhero who could solve many of the dilemmas facing some of Earth’s most serious concerns. Some of the topics students researched were global warming, oil spills, recycling, water conservation, fossil fuels and rain forest decimation. Each student researched, using the media center, classroom computers and a variety of other materials. Each made a PowerPoint slide show addressing many aspects of each issue, but the format was so much fun that students actually made themselves into their superhero. Along with the research and the slide show, students constructed a newsletter that addressed each issue to share. Student Ciara Hickman became Ms. Global Warming. Ms. Global Warming talked about her superpowers such as x-ray vision, super hearing, ability to look into the past and the future and her ability to float above it all. She also told about her childhood and her ability to arrest people who littered ant put them in “litter’s jail.” Students were thrilled to take important issues, research and become the actual problem solver. Pictured are Seairra Davis, Ms. Slater and Ciara Hickman.
What a wonderful experience! Darryen Noel from Mrs. Wilson’s class called Mrs. Gruszka, Northport Media Specialist and Young Authors Program Coordinator on TEAMS recently. They discussed his Young Author’s book and how much he is enjoying using his imagination and developing his writing skills. His book is titled “Lana and the Hidden Gem.” Lana is the main character. Lana is a spirit along with her teacher and two shape shifting dogs who are battling against evil sorcerers.
“As the Northport media specialist, it is a pleasure and a joy to continue interacting with our students through both books and writing. Darryen is interested in becoming an author and I am so glad that he shared with me. Big shout out to Mrs. Wilson for making this connection.” Many of our teachers have assigned our Young Authors Annual Program as an activity through Canvas. Great Job to teacher and student.
The show must go on at Northport.
Rising Stars 1st-4th grade students delivered holiday cheer to the residents at the Port St. Lucie Nursing and Restorative Care Center. They sang holiday songs, distributed homemade cards, and engaged in joyful conversations with the residents.
Trenton Scalabrin, a fourth grade student, delighted everyone by playing Silent Night on the piano. He stole the show ❤
Northport K-8 students joined Treasure Coast High School senior Rebecca Cowan and empowered each other against the harmful effects of bullying recently. Students in grades K-5 read stories, discussed bullying issues and worked in activity books designed by Rebecca. Students in all grades worked together to bring the powerful message by wearing the color pink! Students donned pink shirts, pink headbands, pink jewelry, pink socks and pink ribbons to show their support for the special project. Rebecca joined all the Northport 8th grade girls in the media center for a discussion and
an open and frank talk about the effects of bullying and what to do to empower themselves against bullies. The entire day at Northport was devoted to student empowerment at all levels. Pictured is Rebecca talking with students.
In a great feat of reading, students in Northport K-8 second grade teacher Denise Fields’ class went above and beyond participating in the One Hundred Book Challenge program the last nine weeks of school. All students in Mrs. Fields’ class excelled and the entire class reached 100 steps in the program. Each step is a 15 minute reading increment. Students read 15 minutes in class, then another 15 minutes at home with parent partnership. Parents must sign the reading log to verify reading time. The challenge books are leveled and specifically selected to meet the needs and interests of individual students. The top reader in Mrs. Fields’ class read for 250 minutes with parental partnership. The One Hundred Book Challenge program at Northport allows young students to read with interest and voracity. Pictured with her students is Denise Fields, left, with reading coach Deb Mock.
Students on the Mariner team in Bob Burdge’s eighth grade Critical Thinking classes at Norhtport K-8 School are using all the skills necessary to learn to wrap holiday packages. The excitement was palpable as students estimated the amount of paper to wrap recycled boxes. Students measured, cut, and cornered using skills learned in geometry about angles and lines as they beautifully wrapped packages conserving and using the least amount of paper possible. The cooperative lesson was an authentic learning of a life skill that few of the students had mastered. Students in Susan Matteson’s Critical Thinking classes supported the collaborative lesson and earned community service points by using these same skills to make decorations for the school’s annual “Breakfast With Santa!” Students and teachers have been busy channeling the flow of positive student energy into fun and very essential lessons. In the critical thinking classes, students are making informed judgments, learning about conservation and applying math skills to a meaningful and optimal lesson. Pictured, from left are Paulina Palma, Michaela Washington, Alexis Jaworski, Mr. Burdge and Anyes Cintron.
Northport K-8 students had the amazing opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. over spring break. Almost forty students, along with teachers, Thomas McDonald, Angela Elliott, Andrew Mackenzie, and parent chaperones were overwhelmed by the profound history and primary source learning opportunity. Students visited Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, United States Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the White House, Smithsonian Museum of American History and so much more. For some, this was a once in a lifetime trip to learn about the history of our country. We are so proud of our students and teachers who represented Northport K-8 School so very well.