Northport Students Excel in Think Through Math Program

Northport Students Excel in Think Through Math Program

Northport K-8 School is very proud to commend ESE instructor, Evan Jones, ESE instructor, Alex Phillips and paraprofessionals, Reggie Williams, Isaac LeBrun and Donald Patterson. The teachers, paraprofessionals, and their students have been utilizing Think Through Math.

Think through Math is an online computer program that provides unprecedented differentiation for grades 3 through Algebra I. The program is thoroughly research based and is a winner of the 2014 CODiE in Best Math Instructional Solutions.

During the month of October, TTM is featuring a THINK 30 contest as one of the incentives for utilizing the program. Classrooms are eligible to compete if they complete at least ten math lessons for all active students in the current class of ten or more students. The first weeks featured THINK 30 classes are The Jones class at Northport K-8 School in Saint Lucie County, the Davis class at Uwharrie Middle School in Randolph County, South Carolina and the Kramer class at Cedarhurst Elementary School in Highline Public Schools, Washington.

We currently have six classes at Northport K-8 School who are utilizing the program to differentiate student instruction. There are currently 2,000,001 students using the program nationwide.

Congratulations to Evan Jones’ class for being selected as one of the top three classes in the nation for the first week’s THINK 30 Classroom winners. Mr. Jones’ received a $50 gift card for a class celebration! Way to go Mr. Jones and class.

Pictured from left on couch are, Andrew Paulmeno, John Daziani, Kevin Proske and Nick Lewis. Standing from left are, Reggie Williams, Matthew Tyson, Donald Patterson, Logan Stubbs, Mike Altieri, Elliot Ross, Cynthia Reynolds, John Ramsey, Evan Jones, Alex Phillips and Isaac LeBrun.

Northport Integrates Leadership Summit With Salute to Veteran’s Day!

Northport Integrates Leadership Summit With Salute to Veteran’s Day!

Northport K-8 Media Services program held its third Leadership Summit recently just in time to commemorate Veterans Day. The Leadership Summit is an authentic example of student Inquiry about Leadership skills and what qualities are necessary to become a great leader. The Leadership Summits, held on a monthly basis, incorporate community leaders as primary source guests. The guests make the most of the focused and well formulated student questions by talking about their own careers and experiences and the leadership skills necessary to maintain and build their careers with aplomb. The first guests were Florida State Representative, Gayle Harrell and Fort Pierce Deputy City Manager, Nick Mimms. The guests at the third summit were fourteen local veterans from all branches of the military. Students asked hard ball questions such as, “Can you explain to us about what is happening in the Middle East and what is ISIS,” ” What is a Purple Heart and have any of you earned one? If so, can you talk to us about your life and death experiences?” “Can you tell us about PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how does PTSD affect our community?” “Would you recommend the military for females at this time and why,” “Can you explain about the educational benefits of enlisting in the military,” and “Can you tell us about your deployments and the weapons that you have used.” The middle school students came up with a list of leadership qualities that they can aspire to throughout the programming including:

1. You must love the people you lead

2. You need to be flexible

3. Must be organized

4. You must respect your people and the jobs they do and the issues they face

5. You must be capable of seeing the “Big Picture”

6. You must give lots of positive feedback

7. Humor is vital for a great leader to exhibit

8. You must be a constant learner

9. You must have Integrity at all times.

Veteran guests included: John Holdorf, Bill Arnold, Peter Popolizio, Charles Lomonaco, Marvin Rhoden, Jack Irvin, Harold Trieber, David Rubenstein, William Armstrong, Dr. Myles Gill, Hal Rippinger, Lee McDonald and Frank Berwick. The veterans served in all branches of the military with different jobs and ranks. Special thanks to Northport K-8 Veteran Partners in Education and a salute to all veterans that have served our country with honor and integrity.

Pictured is Northport eighth grade student, Finnegan Carey asking a focused question to the veteran forum. Finn’s father, Nick Carey is a teacher at the school and is also a veteran. Finn’s mother Jennifer serves Northport K-8 as a speech pathologist.

Westgate 2nd Grade Travels to Brevard Zoo

Westgate 2nd Grade Travels to Brevard Zoo

Second graders from West Gate K-8 had a great day at the Brevard Zoo. Ms. Schumacher’s students got up close and personal with giraffes. They fed them and had their own personal trainer educate them about these wonderful creatures. The students spent the rest of the day exploring different habitats and the wonderful exhibits. Pictured left to right, Arianna Saitta, Jasmine Rivas, Tori Roe and Macy Ernst.20141105_115804

Bayshore Elementary PBIS Family and Teacher Game Night

Bayshore Elementary PBIS Family and Teacher Game Night

Bayshore Elementary, PBIS and Kids at Hope presented  Beat the Teacher Night!  Bayshore families and students played various academic games against the teachers.  Second grade student Bianca Morais and her father Mark Morais played chess against second grade teacher Garth Gittin.

SLW Centennial Senior Class Work with Habitat for Humanity

SLW Centennial Senior Class Work with Habitat for Humanity

The Senior Class of St. Lucie West Centennial High School participated in an outreach project Saturday, November 1st. The service project was through Habitat for Humanity, which is a nonprofit based on the belief that every child, woman and man should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

The seniors woke up bright and early to get a head start on the project, which was a two bedroom, one bathroom house that needed to be gutted entirely. The students and their Senior Sponsors, Kerry Young and Carol Rondeau, took hammers and other tools to the drywall; they were assisted by a fellow Centennial teacher, Connie McCraw. After a lunch break and many trips to the dumpster, the house was gutted entirely and ready to be rebuilt. When the house is ready for a deserving family, the students and their sponsors will be able to go back and present the family with the key to their new home.

Palm Pointe Jazz Band creates “Jazz -O- Lanterns”

Palm Pointe Jazz Band creates “Jazz -O- Lanterns”

Students in the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition Jazz Band recently spent their afternoon jazz period carving out musical pumpkins in their second annual Jazz O Lantern carving competition. Patterns ranged from original to store bought patterns. A great time was had by all. Pictured from left is Caleb Molina and Orret Hall.

Northport Community Unites Against Bullying at 4th Annual Unity Day Event

Northport Community Unites Against Bullying at 4th Annual Unity Day Event

Northport K-8 School community including administration, deans, teachers, staff and parents, provide a multi-pronged approach to discouraging bullying on the campus. School staff is well trained and very well versed in quelling any issues pertaining to all types of bullying.

One of the events on the campus to bring the students together to promote a singular message is the annual Unity Day Walk. Modeled after the Pacer program founded by the National Bullying Prevention Center, the Unity Day Walk is an exciting event that is promoted annually at the school by the teachers and parents. Students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to signify unity and crazy socks to “kick bullies off the campus!” Students and parents make signs, banners and flags for students to wave while they walk a marked route around the school perimeter. Students learn that they are not alone if they are bullied either physically, emotionally or cyberbullied.

One in five students is bullied and if an adult is notified and intervenes that number is reduced by 57%. Bullying incidents at the school have been dramatically reduced and students feel comfortable in reporting instances of bullying to an adult. This year the school celebrated their 4th Annual Unity Day Walk with parents and community members taking the walk as well as many teachers and staff. Accommodations and modifications were made so that all students were able to participate in the Unity Day event and all were able to enjoy the beautiful walk on a glorious fall day.

For more information on the Pacer program, visit www.pacer.org.

Pumpkin People decorated at Palm Pointe

Pumpkin People decorated at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition third graders have been studying character traits and how they affect the sequence of events in a story. The children decorated pumpkins to match the character in their story along with creating thinking maps and writing an essay. Pictured is Jackson Register with his book and pumpkin “Duck for President”.

Northport Hosts Riverside Childrens Theater

Northport Hosts Riverside Childrens Theater

Northport community was so pleased to host the Riverside Children’s Theater recently for a live production of “The Greatest Invention Never Invented!” Students were in awe of the performance that showcased actors Allison Heinz, Emily Parrish and Wen Powers.

The theme of the production was the history and science of electricity. Students learned how electricity was discovered rather than invented and how that discovery led to other inventions that utilize electricity.

Students were also introduced to autobiographical information about historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla and Michael Faraday.The production elaborated how these scientists developed inventions using electricity through a courtroom scenario.

The students listened and laughed enthusiastically throughout the engaging live production.

Students from the Northstar team, Dolphin team and selected fourth and fifth graders reflected on the learning with their instructors following the production by answering probing questions and utilizing exit tickets. Many students also wrote sonnets to process the new information as well as writing thank you notes to cast members acknowledging specific information from the production.

Wonderful and lively educational experience for all involved!

Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth for organizing the event.

Homework Help Workshop Held at Palm Pointe

Homework Help Workshop Held at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held a workshop “Homework Help” for parents. St Lucie County’s Parent Academy came to Palm Pointe to provide parents with the tools to help them deal with common homework problems such as: refusing to do homework, talking, or waiting until the last minute. All parents with students in grades K-8 were invited to come to the event. This workshop was very informative for the parents and was well attended. Pictured is Craig Perry and Nancy Brown from the Parent Academy as they present information at the workshop.

Hispanic Heritage Parade at Westgate

Hispanic Heritage Parade at Westgate

The kindergarten and first grade students at Westgate, completed their studies of Argentina and Mexico with a school wide parade.

Each of the grades at Westgate has been involved with cultural studies of  various Hispanic nations to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Zachary Hunt- Bianco (center) and all his friends from Ms. Bean’s kindergarten class, marched through Westgate wearing their Argentina Flag costumes.

 

 

Second Grade Vocabulary Parade at FK Sweet

Second grade students at Frances K Sweet participated in a vocabulary parade showcasing their knowledge of vocabulary words that were learned in the first nine weeks of school. Mrs. Amy Johnson’s we excited to share their knowledge with the other students in the school. Students Pictured: Jaquez Albury, Omar Andrade-Fernandez, Yaiden Beausejour-Joseph, Christopher Brunson, Javian Gardner, Jayden Leddy, Andy Marin-Ortiz, Wilkens Michaud, Genese Roopnarine, Guinevere Sauveur, Dennis Scott Jr., and Kaylee Uff

SLPS is Recognized as a Florida Healthy School District

SLPS is Recognized as a Florida Healthy School District

St Lucie Public Schools was presented an award by Eric Stern from Action for Healthy Kids at the school board meeting on October 28th. The District earned a Silver level on the Coordinated School Health Assessment that includes the areas of Health Services, Food Services, Physical Education, Staff Wellness, Mental Health, and Community and Family Involvement. Pictured are, Debbie Hawley, Eric Stern, Carlye Fabrikant, and Genelle Yost.

F K Sweet Second Graders Model Skeletons

F K Sweet Second Graders Model Skeletons

Students in Mrs. Julia Melville’s second grade class have been studying the human body. As a culminating activity to this unit, students created a model of the human skeleton, identifying the bones and their basic functions in relation to the human body. Pictured are Fayth Coley, Carsen Reis, Kanosha Hartwell, and Jonah Dicuia with their skeletons.

Southern Oaks Tri-M Completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Southern Oaks Tri-M Completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Tri-M does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Kaylyn Redway, 8th grade, Southern Oaks Middle

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a HUGE hit worldwide! So far the ALS foundation has received over $94.3 million dollars in donations compared to $2.7 million during the same time period last year. If you don’t know, ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. For more information on ALS, go to www.mda.org.

“I think the Ice Bucket Challenge is important because we are showing that we support anyone and everyone who is effected by ALS,” was Aimee Pezzino’s, SOMS Tri-M co-president, answered when asked why she thinks the Ice Bucket Challenge is important.

S.O.M.S Tri-M completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after school. Tri-M is an organization for people who are in band and chorus to come together and help the community. Tri-M does beach clean-ups, go to help out at animal shelters, and tons more! People join Tri-M because it’s a chance to give back to the community and being able to hang out with friends. Tri-M co-presidents, Aimee Pezzino and Julia Moras, came up with the idea of doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

During her interview, Aimee was asked what her plans are as co-president of Tri-M, “As co-president, I plan to raise money for our Band and its needs. I also plan to show that we care about our environment by hosting road and beach clean ups. As a whole, I plan to make volunteering a fun and effective thing to participate in.”

White City Elementary VPK and Kindergarten visit the Pumpkin Patch

White City Elementary VPK and Kindergarten visit the Pumpkin Patch

The Kindergarten and VPK students at White City ES enjoyed their annual trip to the White City United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch.  The community and school joined together to show the Kindergarten students at WCE a fun fall experience.  Students listened to a story about pumpkins while watching the reader carve a real pumpkin to go along with the story.  The students  toured  the pumpkin patch and compared how the pumpkins were the same and different using their five senses.  Everyone got to bring home their very own pumpkin to remember our fun day!

Celebrating Success at Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Celebrating Success at Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Congratulations to all of the AP Spanish Language students who passed with scores of 3, 4 and 5. Ms. Denski’s students had a 100% passing rate! These test takers were among the first to take the newly redesigned AP Spanish Language and Culture course which went into effect in fall 2013. The new curriculum integrates the following five themes: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. The Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. Ms. Denski, an AP Reader herself, is very happy and grateful that the new course demands were successfully met.