Southern Oaks Middle School sixth grade students recently received small group instruction for reading in preparation for the upcoming FCAT. Southern Oaks media center’s Cathy Odom and Kim Johnson organized the event for the students. Sixth grade students from Cathy Ciccarelli’s and Kevin McInerney’s classes participated in the rotation. Students were placed in groups of five or six each day and traveled through four different classes on reading. Kaitlyn Granger and Vincia Gavoni taught Author’s Purpose, Cathy Ciccarelli and Tiffany Barrett taught Text Features, Sara Denning and Jo Ann Conard taught Context Clues, and finally Jack Babcock and Kevin McInerney taught Computer Testing Skills. The student’s response to the small group activities were overwhelmingly positive! Pictured, from left, are Altynai Davis, River Eichas, Melene Joseph, Charity Richadson, and Alexander Schrimer.
Pictured from left, Southern Oaks Middle School students Anthony Cannon, Mackenzie Troha, Gianna Gutierrez, Isabellah Hariharan and Eric Bejarano in Maureen Davis’s science classes are using their math, language and science skills in a lab project making toothpaste. The students create, color, flavor, and name their product, and create a jingle or slogan and prepare a short commercial to sell their product. Each member of the group was responsible for one of the tasks to be completed and they must collaboratively agree on each step. Several district representatives were on hand to observe and learn.
Southern Oaks Middle School students students were mesmerized by the seriousness of tobacco use and what it can do to your body and brain in a recent presentation. Students were shown half of a human brain and a monkey brain from a tobacco user. The presenter was a former employee of the tobacco industry who shared many funny stories which kept the students interested, and have not stopped talking about it.
Students in Kate Kennedy’s sixth grade World Cultures classes at Southern Oaks Middle School have been studying about the fascinating civilization of Ancient Egypt. Students were asked to choose a topic in which they were particularly interested in of the ancient culture and become SOMS “Egyptologists”. The assignment included the opportunity for students to choose the medium by which to present the topic to the class. Some of the options were to create a homemade model, make a diorama, make an informative poster, or to create a PowerPoint slide show describing an aspect of ancient Egyptian life. For example a student could report on the building of the pyramids using a visual aide and the “five W” facts (who, what, where, when, why, and how), about their topic. Students produced some impressive projects and enjoyed reporting and learning from classmates.
Students in Kevin McInerney’s sixth grade class at Southern Oaks joined over 15 million students across the country and the world, to learn the rudimentary structure and syntax of computer coding in the recent national “Hour of Code” initiative. With backing from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and scores of other donors, and with instruction by contributors from Chris Bosh to Mark Zuckerberg, code.org had a goal of having 10 million students begin to learn computer programming. Students used a drag-and-drop style interface to program their own version of an “Angry Birds” game. Pictured are students working on the project.
Students in Todd Hibbard’s sixth grade class at Southern Oaks Middle School recently completed their extra credit Sumerian clay tablets. Students submitted over 80 tablets. Pictured, from left, are Bernardo Desir, Dominic Adams, Logan Feldherr, Caden Ayers and John Lamplough, who are just a few of the students whose tablets are on display. Sumerian clay tablets were written in cuneiform and were used to keep track of records and trade many centuries ago. Cuneiform uses wedge shaped symbols to represent objects. Students get really involved when they get to mix art with history.
Students Carlie Frizzle, left, and Elizabeth Stone in Todd Hibbard’s Advanced World History Class at Southern Oaks Middle School, sang the lyrics to the song “Walk Like an Egyptian” during a unit on Egyptian culture. The students found that the lyrics from the song use several of the key terms and phrases from their unit of study. The song allowed the students to infuse Social Studies with the musical arts, as well as language arts. Though not required to have a costume, these students “walked like an Egyptian,” going the extra mile to make the presentation even more special!
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.”
Despite the rain and rearranged plans, everyone enjoyed Art in the Park in Southport Middle School’s cafeteria. Students beamed with excitement as they moved from one delicious activity to the next and enjoyed scrumptious appetizers donated by local businesses, faculty and staff. Students were encouraged to play with their food in the “Food Art” station, where they used fresh produce as paint brushes to create their own masterpieces. A beautiful fresh fruit and vegetable “basket of plenty” was raffled off.
Pictured is the winner of the raffle, Morningside Elementary student Isabella Cruz and Southport Food Service Manager Eileen Kielbasa.
All of the activities tied in with National Farm to School Month and helped to fund our Arts in Education program.
On October 31st, 2019, select cadets from our Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Raider Team volunteered to support Southport’s quarterly PBS carnival. Ten cadets, who previously attended Southport, monitored bounce houses and obstacle courses while promoting the program to students considering JROTC the following year. Cadets featured in the pictures below are Cadet Private Robert Pollino, Cadet Sergeant First- Class Alexis Wilson, Cadet Private Catherine Caballero and Cadet Private Mery Fuentis. Cadets enjoyed the time they spent back at their old school while volunteering with the students.
This article and photography was produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris.
Teacher Appreciation Week started off at Southport with administration and staff members meeting to put gift bags together for our teachers and staff. Each bag contained sweet treats for the week, fun projects to enjoy, kindness notes from students and colleagues, and a commemorative distance learning #HurricaneStrong tee-shirt. Teachers were invited to drive by and pickup up their gift bags and a nice lunch box from administration. We also had a nice surprise and support from some of our amazing students who dropped off posters, flowers, and balloons! Everyone was delighted to see each other, keeping social distancing in mind, happily giving air hugs to their Southport family members.
The Southport Middle School Drama Department wowed audiences in 4 sold-out shows with their performance of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” With a cast and crew of over one hundred students and volunteers, the show premiered fabulous costumes, a colorful set, and showcased talented singers, dancers and actors as they told the tale both “Under the Sea” and “Part of That World” above the sea.
SPMS extends congratulations to Southport Middle School Girls’ Basketball team who won the championship!!!
“We are so proud of you!”
Jailene Velez #1
Tsai Brown #24
Laney Bannon #55
Naliyah Queen #22
Klarissa Madera #2
Allysha Lillard #21
Amari Crenshaw #23
Jaden Beem #3
A’yania Jackson #33
Chasiana Wright #31
Great job, Coach Bonner, Jessica Williams, and Deja Telese for preparing our girls! 🙂
Thanks to all of our faculty and staff who came out to support our Hurricanes!!
There were some exciting times during the games for all teams. Southport students want to congratulate and send out a big “SHOUT OUT ” to Manatee and Palm Pointe who both played hard – GREAT GAMES!!!
The fourth season of Girls on the Run (GOTR) at Southport is underway! Our team of 15 brave and beautiful girls will participate in Heart & Sole, a physical activity-based positive youth development program that addresses the social, mental and emotional challenges particular to middle school girls. The 10-week program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The vision of GOTR is for every girl to know and activate her limitless potential and be free to boldly pursue her dreams. The program empowers girls to make thoughtful and healthy decisions as they train to complete a 5K fun run. You can find out more about Girls on the Run at the website: http://www.girlsontherunTC.org
Lynn Hoke, Southport Middle School Science Club Advisor, led students on a weekend event to beautify our school’s memorial garden and transformed it into a butterfly garden. It looks beautiful!!! Some of the Science Club members who volunteered their time were 6th grade teachers: James Saunders and Janice Williams, and our awesome Science Club students: Emily Pena, Bernadine Estinoble, Jesse Nicholas, Jamie Nicholas, Sydney Luppens, DJ Rickard, Elleana Ubaldo, Vida Mesa, Sarai Chavez, Veronica Pardo, Kyah Guitard, My Nyugen and Rihanna McIntosh.
This was a special project honoring our former Hurricanes. Thank you so much for beautifying our memorial in our courtyard.
Congratulations to our wonderful teachers who have been recognized by their peers for their influence on our school and the students they care so much about.
Shown here are Jenna Woods, Teacher of the Year; Yasmine Schmidt, School Related Employee of the Year; AJ Quinn, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year; and not shown, Ocella Davis, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year.
Southport Middle School art teacher Judith Hough and her students, along with the cafeteria manager and staff ran an art contest for My.Plate. The students were able to choose from each food group and create a drawing using food as the base for the picture. Students were awarded School Lunch “Let’s Grow Healthy” pencils for participating. First place student Shaqwan Brown won a $25.00 gift card to Walmart. Second place students received a jump rope and My Walking Fitness Guide and Recorder for Kids.
Southport Middle School’s Media Center held a movie and popcorn event for students who read and successfully tested over six or more Sunshine State Reader books. Students received a paperback book of their choice, a poster and some Sunshine Reader pencils and bookmarks. Pictured, from left, are Devyn Sarno, Brendan Gonzalez (the first student to have read all 15 books!), Alexis Leo, Jaycie Wegner, Thao Phan, Vanessa Smith and Fabiola Barco-Garcia.
Eleven students representing the Southport Middle School Chorus joined their voices with other middle school singers from around the Treasure Coast to participate in 4-County Middle School Honor Choir at Indian River State College. Each year, middle and high school choruses from Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties come together to rehearse and perform a concert in the recent event at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the main campus in Fort Pierce. Southport students included seventh graders Danielle Timbo, Haley Racanelli, Amber Walter, Shantell Figueroa, Cynthia Oyola-Ortiz, Kelsey Cuevas, Ursula Duran, Ashlei Murphy, Dameika Henry, Manacko Simms, and Jazmine Hanna. The Southport Middle School Chorus is directed by performing arts director Kathy Osking.
Southport Middle School’s Young Authors celebration included a video conference with author Douglas Quinn. With the help of grandson, Southport Middle sixth grade student Quinn Coleson, Quinn has written four adventure series novels featuring his grandson as the main character. St. Lucie County’s ITS department supported Southport’s media center to set up the video conference with Mr. Quinn, who resides in North Carolina with his wife. Also presenting at the celebration was Scripps newspaper contributor Hillary Copsey, who spoke to students and parents about the wonderful books that the sixth through eighth grade students submitted. Winning submissions will go on to a district level competition. Pictured is Quinn visiting with his grandparents prior to the actual celebration.