Northport VPK-8 School welcomes four tutors for our kindergarten, first, and second grade learners from the SLC Big Brothers, Big Sisters AmeriCorps School-Based Mentoring program. This year, Barbara Despinos, Scott Hinckley, Tessa Falatovich and Azzam Abdur-Rahmen will service 34 children. The tutors will work with matched students on specific reading skills as targeted by their teachers and augmented by testing data. Tutors work on phoneme segmentation, letter sounds and names, word fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and passage reading to build reading skills and collaborate with the classroom teacher to give students more time and more direct instruction. The partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a win/win learning situation. The students are given valuable extra resources with a skilled tutor and the tutors love to work with children and are thrilled to see progress. Northport VPK-8 School is so very appreciative of the intense extra time that our students so need and we are incredibly grateful because we understand that we are not a closed school building. We are a community based learning center and we need and desire community support to offer our students the very best educational experience possible.
A big congratulations goes to the Northstar and Marlin teams for the second nine weeks Honor Roll celebration. There were a record number of Perfect Attendance and Principal’s Honor Roll students for the entire sixth, seventh and eighth grade teams. There was also a sterling number of B and A Honor Roll recipients on the teams. We are so proud of the record achievements of our students. We are so grateful for the parental support and the continued celebration of all the wonderful things our students accomplish. Great job to all and many, many thanks for your support.
We were also very honored to have our SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent visit with our parents, students and teachers to discuss the referendum that the community will vote on in April. We will hear much more about the referendum in the coming days and months.
Again, a huge thanks to all who support our school and our students.
What a wonderful morning at a school that is on the move, flourishing and continually growing! Northport VPK-8 School in collaboration with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, welcomed a host of community leaders to read Dr. Seuss books and to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with VPK-3 grade students. Local leaders who visited the school recently for breakfast, participated in the Pledge of Allegiance and Kids at Hope Pledge lead by Northport VPK students and read and discussed Dr. Seuss with the students need to be heartily thanked for spending quality time with the children of Saint Lucie County.
Special thanks to Linda Bartz, Vice Mayor of Port Saint Lucie, Tod Mowery, County Commissioner, Frannie Hutchinson, County Commissioner, Jay Liss, City of PSL Parks and Recreation along with BBBS and Americorps membership including, Azzam Abdor-Rahman, Barbara Heller, Thelma Calvi, Joni Wyzkowski, Marian Alvarado, Donna Snead, Elizabeth Williams, Marsha Capellan, Kelly Chicvara, Stephanie Clenney, representatives from Clerk of the Court, Kelly Haddox, Joanne Baker, Robin Burk, Tonya Shelton, Jessica Evans, Cindy Nunn, Tameka Walker and ten members of the Indian River State College Women’s Basketball team.
Northport VPK-8 School is a community oriented school that continually harvests the knowledge, experience and expertise of community and business leaders to help students become achievers and believers. The school realizes that 21st century students need a well rounded education and that the administration, teachers and staff are not a lone entity. The roots of education run deep into the community. Special kudos to Northport eighth grade student ambassadors who are specifically trained to move guests from place to place on the VPK-8 campus with a genuine and heartfelt greeting.
Northport K-8 School welcomed 23 local veterans into classrooms recently to listen to stories about their military careers, wars served, medals won and battles lost. Students asked an abundance of questions and were thrilled to be educated with primary source information. Students in Sandra Tyndale’s seventh grade class served as ambassadors to walk the veterans to classrooms and introduced the honored guests. Veterans were welcomed in the Media Center by principal Glenn Rustay and media specialist Lynne Gruszka. The importance of veterans’ service to America could not have been stressed enough as eighth grader Moriah Weir welcomed each veteran and Grace Buzziz, eighth grader recited a beautiful Veterans Day poem to commemorate the special feelings that the students have for the veterans. Eighth grader William Hirsch correctly answered when the Coast Guard was formed with the year 1790 and was rewarded with a special military pin by the veteran guest speaker. Students were so overwhelmed with the honor that several other boys offered William $20 for the pin. It was a wonderful Veteran’s Day celebration at Northport K-8 School. Pictured are several of the veterans and children who enjoyed the morning.
The first morning of school was flawless and welcoming as community members, parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators welcomed students to a super successful new year at Northport K-8 School. The support the exceptional Title 1 school received was undeniable. SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent was on hand as well as SLPS Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick. Also present were twenty or more veterans from the Northport Veteran Partners in Education program from local clubs including the Legion Riders, Korean War Chapter and Vietnam Veterans as well as the Marine Corps League. Northport Church Community Partners in Education, First United Methodist Church and First United Baptist Church had a combined group of at least fifteen people from both congregations to welcome and support the school and the children. Members of the school’s partnership with Step Up America were present as well. Step Up America partners with the school to teach citizenship and the safety and security of our country. PSL Police Chief, John Bolduc was present as well as a cadre of police officers from the department and several members of the local SLC Fire Department were on hand to welcome and show solidarity.
As a Title 1 school, Northport receives support from all avenues. All children at Northport receive 100% free breakfast and lunch. Our school staff is just so appreciative of the overwhelming show of support. We, as a school, understand that we can’t do this huge job of not only educating top notch students, but teaching service, love of country, empathy, good citizenship and sharing all the other qualities that it takes to make well rounded, highly educated and caring students. Northport is proud and thankful to be the recipient of all the assistance and support that our partners and community can offer!
Congratulations to Margeaux McKinney for her District 9 overall first place win for the Florida Retired Educators Association annual 5th grade essay contest. She was recognized at the FREA luncheon today at the Heathcote Botanical Gardens and awarded writing items to inspire her continued interest in writing.
This is the third consecutive year that a Northport Rising Star student has taken first place! Mrs. Tredor was also recognized for this achievement.
National Library Week will be observed April 8-14, 2018 with the theme, “Libraries Lead.” First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. The Northport media center is a raucous place. No dust on our books! Happy National Library Week ❤ We love all the children and try to bring the best books, speakers and programs to our children.
Happy National Library Week from Northport and Mrs. Gruszka
Learning to write authentically and with focus is a key part of the performance mission at Northport K-8 School. Students have many opportunities to plan, organize, learn how to write supporting details, elaborate on ideas, use good conventions and learn how to turn off the fog lamps in their brains and write with laser-like focus, using dramatically intense and dynamic writing tools. Among the writing opportunities at Northport are the school-wide Young Author’s program, a generous amount of authentic essay writing assignments with focused feedback, journal writing, newsletter writing collaborations, learning to write research papers, using writing response techniques and strategies. A tool that fourth and eighth grade instructors have at their disposal is a program called Writescore! Students take a practice writing prompt each month in preparation for the statewide test held in February. The test is then submitted and the practice prompt is checked holistically and analytically for focus, organization, support and conventions. Students and writing instructors then collaborate to compare growth from month to month. Pictured are eighth grade writing instructor Susan Smith, left, with students Katelyn Anguish, center, and Chloe Taylor, who have mastered the art of writing.
Northport culinary students were guests at the Daytona State College culinary competition. The 8th grade culinary students were spectators rooting for St. Lucie West Centennial High School and Fort Pierce Central High School in the culinary competition, waiter relay and edible arrangements competition.
This was a great experience for our young chefs.
Chris Norton, motivational speaker, delivered an enlightening and powerful message to the athletes of St. Lucie West Centennial High School on Saturday evening.
In addition, Centennial’s own former Mississippi State standout and NFL linebacker, Jamar Chaney, spoke with the athletes. Jamar shared a message of resilience and of how his efforts, attitude, and faith paved the way for his success.
This was a free event and also served as a second semester kick-off for Project EAGLE and F.C.A.
Celebrated Broadway, television and movie musical director and producer Michael Rafter has been working with the performing arts department and student thespians at Fort Pierce Central High School, sharing his experience, insight and strategies with the students necessary to produce a successful show, from selecting the script to closing the final curtain. He will continue to collaborate with FPCHS in future drama productions. Rafter has worked extensively on Broadway supervising the music for Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music, The King & I, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He conducted Gypsy both on Broadway starring Tyne Daly, as well as the TV movie starring Bette Midler, and won an Emmy award for his music direction of the movie. Most recently, he worked with Hugh Grant in the movies Music And Lyrics (piano/vocal coach, produced vocals) and Did You Hear About The Morgans? (produced vocal and instrumental tracks) as well as on the movie re-make of Arthur, starring Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner and Helen Mirren. He wrote additional scoring and arrangements for the film. Rafter is the uncle of FPCHS assistant principal Kristi Pacocha. Pictured, front row from let, Bryan Brown, Horace Lloyd, Tyrone Sugrim, Patrick Edmondson, Xavier Quinteros, and Bryson Mitchell. Back row, from left, Omar Guerrero, Romana Saintil, Michael Rafter, Ashley Fielder, Jacquicia Brown, Alexis Orshowitz, and Bria Wheeler.
Educator and accomplished musician Ossie Wright visited F.K. Sweet Elementary School recently to give students some background information on the origin of Black music. Students enjoyed his music and guessed song titles and composers. This is one of the favorite activities for intermediate grades during Black History Month.
FLVS Platform will be UNAVAILABLE Beginning Friday, December 1st at 8:00 PM.
FLVS has been working diligently to move our learning management system, Educator, to a cloud-based infrastructure. By moving to the cloud, Educator will have higher reliability and increased mobile device compatibility which will improve our user experience.
We will begin the migration of Educator on Friday, Dec. 1st.
Educator will be unavailable starting at 8 PM on Friday, Dec. 1st and will be back up by 8 AM on Monday, Dec. 4th.
Students and parents have been notified through the Virtual School Administrator and their teachers. We will continue to keep everyone informed of our progress.
Thank you for your understanding and support of this important system improvement for FLVS.
Jeanne M. Ziemba
Principal, Mosaic Digital Academy and St. Lucie Virtual
NOTICE OF REFERENDUM ELECTION
April 23, 2019
School District of St. Lucie County Florida Referendum Election
DEADLINE TO REGISTER
March 25, 2019
This is an all-mail ballot election which means that every registered voter in St. Lucie County will receive a ballot during the first week of April. All ballots must be received no later than 7:00 pm on April 23rd. Therefore, in order to ensure that your ballot will be counted, please mail your ballot no later than 4 days prior to the election.
OR HAND DELIVER TO SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE LOCATIONS:
250 NW Country Club Dr., Pt St Lucie
1664 SE Walton Rd., Pt St Lucie
4132 Okeechobee Rd, Ft. Pierce
New Tax Collector Building in Tradition 10264 SW Village Parkway Dr., Port St Lucie
Sample ballots are available on our website and office locations in English and Spanish. For information, call the office at 772-462-1500 or visit www.slcelections.com, or stop by any of our 4 office locations listed above.
Sponsors for this year’s 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle fully support what STEAM stands for:
S (Science) SLPS Career and Technical Education Programs
T (Technology) Florida Institute of Technology
E (Engineering) Florida Power & Light
A (Arts) St. Lucie County Education Foundation
M (Mathematics) PNC Bank
This year’s awards are provided by Big Boyz Barbershop.
A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors!
Help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Ft. Pierce Westwood High School!
Drivers 21 and older are invited to take a 2 – 3 minute test drive on November 3rd at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.
Buick will donate $10 for the first 100 test drives and $20 per test drive after the school hits the 100 benchmark.
The event is scheduled from 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 3rd.
Gather your team and register for this year’s Summer of Success Golf Tournament.
Proceeds support summer intern and scholarship opportunities.
Saturday, November 5
Gator Trace Golf and Country Club
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced November as Family Engagement in Education Month. Family Engagement in Education Month focuses on schools and families working together to support learning for every child.
“We know that when parents and families are involved in a child’s education, the result is higher student achievement and more students prepared for future success,” said Commissioner Stewart. “I encourage all Florida families to get involved throughout the school year, stay informed and continue to make their child’s education a top priority.”
Family Engagement in Education Month not only brings awareness to the crucial role of parents and families, it provides schools and communities the opportunity to show appreciation to those who support student success at home and school.
Research shows that regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents and families are more likely to have:
- Higher grades, test scores and graduation rates,
- Better school attendance,
- Increased motivation and self-esteem,
- Lower rates of suspension,
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol, and
- Fewer instances of violent behavior.
The Department of Education’s Bureau of Family and Community Outreach works with families, school districts and community-based organizations to increase family engagement by identifying and sharing information and resources that will lead to student success.
The Family Engagement in Education Month offers resources to help parents and families become more involved in their child’s education. (Click below.)
Get Involved! #EngagedFamiliesFL
- Contact your child’s teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
- Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
- Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
- Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
- Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
- Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
- Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
- Encourage and nurture your child’s creativity.
- Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child’s education.
- Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
- Establish a daily family routine.
- Monitor out of school activities.
- Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
- Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
- Encourage your child’s development/progress in school.
- Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
- Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.
St. Lucie Public Schools honors its staff and volunteers with STAR Awards for exceptional customer service. This month, the following individuals were recognized:
Transportation: Carolyn O’Neal and Betty Proctor
Facilities and Maintenance: Estaquio Acevedo
Student Services: Gary George
Volunteer Services: Terrance Beauford
Thank you for your dedication and service to the students and families in our community.