According to award winning children’s book author Donna Gephart, “Friday was the best school visit I’ve done in 8 years. And I’ve had some wonderful ones…These middle school kids inspired me with their creativity, their kindness and their awesome nerdiness.” That’s right, Donna Gephart, author of Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, one of this year’s Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominees, and My Mother Is Running for President!, which won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, said she “couldn’t have asked for a more attentive, engaged group of diverse kids.” Mrs. Gephart shared her humble beginnings in Philadelphia and the bumps along the way to her becoming a published author. She stayed over an hour after her talk to meet the long line of students and sign copies of her books, donated by Southport’s generous Young Authors Coordinator, Mrs. Wanda Galey.
Get your tickets for another amazing show brought to you by the students in Mr. AJ Quinn’s Drama Department.
Shrek JR The Musical is about everyone’s favorite ogre leading the way to adventures to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Southport students can use their Cane Cash and $3 to see the In School Shows on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The public performances will be taking place on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, 2018 at the Southport Middle School Cafetorium. Doors open at 6:30PM for Friday’s 7:00PM performance and Saturday’s show begins at 2:00PM, with doors opening at 1:30PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The cost is $6.
The Southport Middle School Drama Department presents THE MUSIC MAN JUNIOR, a part of THE BROADWAY JUNIOR COLLECTION TM Music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and Book by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. This amazing, fun show, starring a talented cast of Southport Middle School students, was enjoyed by everyone who has attended so far. Outstanding First Year Teacher and Drama Director A. J. Quinn has done a remarkable job motivating his students to perform and delight the adults and kids of all ages who have attended thus far.
Please tell your neighbors, friends, and second cousins twice removed to skip the movies this weekend and instead fill up Southport’s cafetorium to enjoy a superb performance by some of St. Lucie County’s finest students and actors. Tickets for the public performances on Friday, December 4th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 5th at 2:30 PM are $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Please see the poster above for information on Southport Middle School’s upcoming drama presentation.
Thanks to all the efforts put into the event by the parent task force, the Southport Middle School Science Curriculum night was a huge success. The South Florida Science Museum was one of the community participants that evening. Activities included: Goop!- Quick sand, Match Missiles, Screaming Balloons, the science of tie dye and how to make homemade ice cream. There were erupting earthquakes, kinetic roller coasters, silly putty, science brain teasers and many other fun activities. Megan Guyer and her “team” put together another remarkable curriculum evening. The event was a great opportunity for parents and students to be able to take home science activities that can be used to foster effective connections between school and home. Pictured is Charity French as she displays one of her projects from the “Physical Change” tie dye
Southport Middle School Heart & Sole team had an exciting day when they joined the remaining girls in the Treasure Coast branch for their Fall 5K Celebration Run. This culminating event followed weeks of practice and life lessons. The girls distributed handmade musical notes, based on their practice 5K run theme, Let the Music Move You. The notes included inspirational messages to girls on the other teams in support of their run. In addition, one of our girls, Adrianna Perfetti, pinned the team with green ribbons she made in remembrance of a friend and fellow student, DJ Rickard, who recently passed away. Running buddies included parents and teachers and other family members, who encouraged the girls along the 5K route, as coaches and others waited to cheer them as they passed the finish line. It was a great day for everyone who attended!
Southport’s Heart & Sole team had a fabulous time as they completed their 2018 Girls on the Run 5K this past weekend. After completing a 10-week course, you could see the sense of accomplishment as the girls made it through to the finish line alongside their running buddy.
Heart & Sole is a transformational physical activity based program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. “The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event.”
A special thank you to the running buddies, teachers, parents and community members, who ran along with the girls and cheered them on throughout the 3.1 mile run.
In a recent press release from Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast, “Southport Middle School made history with eleven brave and beautiful girls who met for their first session of Girls on Track in St. Lucie County. The Girls on Track program, for girls in 6th through 8th grade, uses an experience-based curriculum which integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The interactive curriculum is fun and challenging, covering meaningful topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships, and developing personal strengths while engaging in physical activities. The curriculum also includes lessons specifically devoted to a community service project completed by each team. Each girl will complete a 5K at the end of the season with a volunteer running buddy. This awesome team is led by volunteer coaches Kimberly Nicholas, Kathy Osking, Mildred Bernard and Kathleen Manchester.”
To learn more about the program, start a site, sponsor, how to volunteer or to register for the community 5k please visit www.girlsontheruntc.org.
The sixth grade geography bee was held by the social studies department at Southport Middle School. Pictured here is the second place winner from the Marlins team, Jacob Wynn.
Southport Middle School recently held its annual Science Expo in the school’s media center. Over 80 student projects were on display with 10 being chosen to represent Southport at the istrict level science fair February 7, 2012. The event was attended by School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, District Science K-12 Curriculum Specialist Steven Shotola, as well many students and faculty members. Pictured is eighth grade student Kaylee Tolliver with her project titled, “Which brand of toothpaste makes a Kool-Aid stained marble appear whiter?” along with science teacher Kelly Lunt.
Principal “Effie” Nicole Telese officiated Southport Middle School’s first annual Hunger Games Math Competition and Pep Rally. Tributes from 12 districts competed to be the first to solve and answer word problems that were displayed for the packed gymnasium.
Each tribute was chosen to represent their district after the course of a week of classroom competition and rigorous math review activities. Students, one girl and one boy, from every sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math class who earned the most points throughout the week, were chosen as the tribute to represent their district.
The districts rallied to move up the leader board until the one winning district for each grade level was clearly the winner. The victorious sixth grade tributes from District 10 were Charley Willoughby and Emily Pena from Ms. Janice Williams’ class. The seventh grade champions were from District 11, Alyssa Zaccaria and Grady Pastore from Ms. Julie Sadowski’s class. Kimmika Calixte and Mario Chacin were the 8th grade victors from District 9, Ms. Kristine Ramirez’s class. Competitions in basketball, free throw, and relay races between students and faculty finished off the Pep Rally. Southport’s Band played throughout the afternoon to boost school spirit. Everyone enjoyed the excitement and fun of the Games!
We are excited to announce Southport Middle School’s Adopt-A-Street Club! The club that makes a difference in the community, one piece of trash at a time. The club meets once a month to clean up litter along the streets directly outside of the school and the City of Port St. Lucie has rewarded our efforts by placing signage on Morningside Boulevard. We are beaming with pride by the tremendous outpour of student participation in keeping Port St. Lucie beautiful. Students and parents who want to take part in the monthly cleanups should contact Mrs. Sudane Lewis for more information.
Southport Middle School had a wonderful turn out for their very first Literacy Pow Wow Night. Over 100 students, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed the Hitchiti dancers who put on an amazing show, giving everyone a glimpse of their authentic Native American culture. It was a great night for singing, dancing, eating Native American food and making crafts around the bonfire.
Parents and students in the After School Language Learning Lab are delighted to spend their time in the Media Center learning English, Spanish, and French using the Rosetta Stone computer program. What began as a Title III program specifically for English language learners has caught on with other students who are now learning Spanish and French. Pictured in the photo from top left include Althea Charles, Angel Lima, Emmanuela Tranquille, Milena Alvarez, and Alexandra Chisholm. On the bottom starting furthest back are: Milena Alvarez, Laureanna Arrabe, Leanne Arrabe, Lianys Betancourt, Rachel Zhou, Axel Rueda, Ignacio Lopez, and Jhony Phy Kyaw. The after-school program is available to all Southport students and their families.
This year’s book fair was a huge success thanks to all the amazing parents, students, teachers and staff who supported the media center for the annual library fundraiser. In cooperation with student-led conferences, we had a wonderful turnout of parents who joined us. Students enjoyed helping create the ambiance of the Enchanted Forest of Books theme, as well as the games and activities tied to the theme.
In addition to the book fair, our teachers and students took part in a fun and friendly competition to raise awareness and money for schools that continue to be affected from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Southport raised a total of $250 to donate to the FirstBook non-profit organization to benefit Essentials for Kids-Hurricane Michael.
Southport Middle School received funds for the first wave of books to update the Media Center with new and high interest information for students. Corrine Earley and her husband Jim of Earley Learning Systems Inc. spent some time at Southport helping to shelve about 20 boxes full of new books. Pictured, from left, are Anita Mattia, Daniel Otero, Corrine Earley, Angela Mas and Jim Earley.
Members of the faculty and staff at Southport Middle School regularly meet with students to mentor and support the students in their academic and extra-curricular goals and activities. Pictured, student Charnesia Willis, left, and teacher Mary Kurtz-Seiden enjoy morning tea time together as they discuss active reading strategies and various literature.
The WSPM Channel 2 Morning News crew at Southport Middle School brings fun and breaking news to students and staff every school day morning at 9:45. This fun and informative start to the day has students, faculty and staff involved in what is going on around their campus. News features included are “What’s for Lunch,” “What ‘Cha Reading Wednesdays,” current events, weather, the day’s planned events and much more! Southport Middle School media specialist Angela Mas works with the students to create, write and edit television programming material using real life technology. Pictured, from left, are front row, Brendan Gonzalez, Hanna Spurr, Haley Pollard, and Lexus Guthrie. Back row, from left, are Kevin Huynh, Sydney Cirasuolo, Alexandra Barrios, Josephine DeBiase, Valentina Tromba, Georvany Nonnombre and Jessica Pratt.
For the past 20 years, Southport Middle School has proudly celebrated the kinship and diversity among the school’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students in Mr. Dana S. Hochberg’s class. This year over 40 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade ESOL students participated in the multicultural event and represented over 15 countries. In addition to a delectable multinational feast, students presented individual research-based learning projects involving authentic naval air and vessel hats. Seventh grader Thekeyah Antiola chose the USS Shenandoah AD-44. Each student also had to type the recipe they shared from their family’s home country.
Moreover, this culminating event often affords an opportunity for former Southport ESOL students to reconnect with Mr. Hochberg and speak with Southport’s current pupils. This year was exceptional with twenty former alumni visiting. Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Emmanuela Tranquille, Monserrat Vargas, Leybin Bardales, Lucia Silva, Hernan Rojas, Jonathan Geronimo, Leanne Arrabe, Guadalupe Quinonez, Dayanna Velez, Laureana Arrabe, Solanyi Nunez, and Lianys Betancourt. Back row are: Jimmy Vo, Sebastian Cueto, Mr. Hochberg, Carlos Nunez, Marco Nader, Aung “Johnny” Kyaw, and Nicolas Zubieta. Not pictured are Lillian Lee and Sonny Chan.