Southport Middle School’s Reading Counts tree had so many outstanding favorite book ornaments that they overflowed and had to be mounted on a board to be displayed. Teacher Evelyn Watson, pictured seated, joins a few of the students who created a small booklet to show their favorite book and why they liked it. Standing, from left, are Marissa Kalina, Briana Norman, Faith Papidero, Crystal Goodwin, Andy Jean-Pierre, Amy Chen and Samantha Lewis.
Southport Middle School eighth grade students are engaged in many exciting activities across the curriculum. History and Language Arts teachers Nancy Filippini and Maureen Dakin are collaborating to assist students in drafting their DAR essays due in October. This year”s topic is to support Forgotten Patriots of the American Revolution. Students in Karen Allen’s science classes are diving into scientific method and inquiry, and students are actively investigating topics of interest, while Julie Lecluse and Lauie Barnard engage students with finding slopes, intercepts, and variation in math classes. Pictured, from left, are Aileen Vasquez, Morgan Ochwat, Nicole DiPietro, and Viviana Torres.
The media center at Southport Middle School hosted a book swap coordinated by Mary Kurtz-Seiden and Angela Mas. Students were able to bring in a new or gently used novel and swap from a variety of high interest new scholastic books. Popcorn and lemonade were served as students were given the opportunity to discuss the novels and swap with their friends. Pictured at right is Brian Velasquez, and left are Jamie Triplett, Kaylee Kegley, Sydney Dundee, Morgan Reed, Luke Hannah, Keala Sanders and other students enjoying some treats and picking out books to take home.
Students in Linnea Norton’s sixth grade science classes at Southport Middle School studied energy transformations by building a roller coaster for a marble. They started by designing a unique roller coaster using a student chair, about four meters of copper tubing insulation, blue painter’s tape, masking tape, a marble and a two ounce plastic cup at the end to catch the marble. Students were able to identify the locations where the energy transformations occurred. Pictured, from left, are Zack Johnson, Gabrielle Gersternecker, and Cameron Cardona.
Students in Jessica Allen’s seventh grade science class from Southport Middle School learned about how plants convert light energy to chemical energy and store it in the bonds of sugar (photosynthesis). Pictured are Delsin Pillay, right, and Althea Charles at a recent field trip to Savannas State Park as they conduct the experiment by creating their own version of the process that plants take by recreating the light reaction that occurs within plants.
At Southport Middle School, students in Adrianne Mendoza’s seventh grade math class from the Panthers team made rice krispie treats by using math to determine half a portion. Pictured is Hannah Spurr, who had the opportunity to use a variety of measuring tools to determine how much was needed for a single portion. Students also worked in pairs and divided the recipe in half. With their knowledge of how to divide fractions and measurement, the students were able to create a delicious treat that was fun to eat.
Southport Middle School art teacher Judith Hough teamed up with the school’s cafteria manager and staff for an art contest for My.Plate. The first place winner was Shaqwan Brown, who won a $25 gift card from WalMart. Pictured, from left, are Principal Lydia Martin, Shaqwan Brown and Assistant Principal Nicole Telese.
The Southport Middle School faculty, staff and students recently hosted a mini-art show at a local business partner restaurant. The faculty and families came to enjoy the beautiful works of art from the school’s talented students. The presentation highlighted students’ art work from the first semester art classes. It was also a delightful opportunity for the community to come out and enjoy the wonderful works of art created by Southport students in Katherine Avra’s sixth through eighth grade classes. Pictured are Ms. Avra, left, and student Graciela Pard.
A new group of Book Buddies and Beyond students from Southport Middle search for great books at the Morningside public library to read to the eagerly awaiting kindergartners in Amy Spurr’s classroom at Morningside Elementary. Pictured from right, are Jade Groth and Megan Edmunds, Nicole Hastings.
Southport Middle School’s Bobcats recently participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program by sending a touch of home to the U.S. military. The students created thank you holiday cards to share their appreciation for the sacrifices members of the Armed Forces make each day to protect our freedoms. Back row, from left, are Osmel Artiaga, Kristina Niederhauser, Dylan James, Kyle Dutton, and Anthony Ortega. Middle row ,from left, are Alesha Johnson, Tiara Perch, Melissa Rispoli, and Steffon Madramootoo. Front row, from left, are Josephine DeBiase and Chris Pietkewicz.
In Jessica Allen’s seventh grade science class at Southport Middle School, students have been learning about the scientific method. Students created their own hypothesis statements on a problem given to them and they got to test their statements. Delsin Pillay is testing his hypothesis statements using paper airplanes and a variety of variations within his testing environment to see if adding weight to a paper airplane’s wings makes it fly straighter.
Southport Middle School students gathered in the Media Center for one last celebration before the school year comes to an end. The love of reading was evident as many of these students have read over six of the 15 Sunshine State Young Readers titles. Pictured from left, back row, Briana Magloire, Amanda Badal, Aaron McNamara, Jacob Wright, and Alaura Mcgonnell. From left, middle row, Lisa Guan, Fabiola Garcia, Kelly Nguyen, and Yanira Rivera. From left, front row, Elizabeth Korpon and Brendan Gonzalez. Also part of this group, but not pictured are Jaycie Wegner, Alexis Leo, Devyn Sarno, Delsin Pillay, Thao Phan and Anthony DeJesus.
Each year the Florida School Nutrition Association honors school food service nutrition professionals with the Nutrition Award. The award recognizes the professionals that increase enthusiasm, desire, development, and implementation of nutrition education activities that reach every region, district, and school in Florida.
This year, Cafeteria Manager Eileen Kielbasa and her staff claimed the Region 6 Nutrition Award for the state of Florida for the the third time. This honor was based on the Art in the Park/Farm to School and PTO event that took place in October. Students created beautiful art by painting with fruits and vegetables. Families enjoyed numerous art activities that were directed by Ms. Katie Avra (Art Teacher) and PTO President Mrs. Tonya Oravec. Pictures are the Southport Cafeteria staff from left to right: Back row — Delma Martinez, Eileen Kielbasa, Donna Mackey, Marie Wade, and Aurora Hazellief. Front row: Jeanette Minerva & Mariana Ruela.
Southport Middle School students, parents and teachers had an absolutely delicious time at our first Science Night of the year!
Pupils were transformed into young scientists as they experienced the Scientific Method first hand. Southport Middle Schools’ Science Team facilitated an enriching experiment that covered a variety of concepts such as force, motion, and gravity using golf and tennis balls. The learning station activities were engaging and fun. Students left that night with an understanding of the type of thinking a scientist does and the steps involved in conducting an experiment. Everyone enjoyed the home made treats, popcorn and ice water that were provided to participants during planned breaks in the rotations. Many of the yummy treats were baked at home by Southport’s wonderful staff!!
Dielma Eusibeo-Zuvich’s sixth grade students learned how to study culture by identifying the Eight Elements of Culture, Religion, Economy, Government, History, Beliefs /Practices, Art, Social Groups (religion, social classes, education, and sports), and Communication. Culture is a way of life which people learn from their parents and ancestors. The students’ project identified the culture of a country of their choice. This project taught the students how culture members adapt to their environment, economic activities, the purpose of social groups, and the values and beliefs influence individual and group behavior. Students who participated are Briana Chavez, Alejandro Echeverri, Kyle Gastgeber, Lisa Guan, Brandon McDonald, Alaura McGonnell, Yanira Rivera, Allison Schrameck, Conner Smith, Sydney Starnes and Quinn Tucker.
“The Right to Vote” was this year’s theme for The Friends of the Rupert J. Law Library’s Annual Law Day Celebration student art and essay contest. Southport’s Graciela Pardo, 3rd place Middle School winner, is pictured with Southport’s art teacher Katherine Avra. Grace’s work featured an abstract American Flag with this year’s theme showcased in the foreground.
Southport Middle School’s Math Coach Kathleen Manchester selected Laura Barco-Garcia, and Media Specialist Angela Mas selected Michael Lovejoy as student representatives to meet with and ask questions of Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. Both the teachers and students enjoyed their lunch with other teachers and selected students from around the county.
Students at Southport Middle School recently celebrated literacy with popcorn and refreshments during each grade level’s book swap. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders were able to bring in books from home and swap with each other. There were also some new books donated from the reading department as well. Pictured is Brendan Gonzalez enjoying the event, along with other eighth grade students during their time in the media center.
Southport Young Author finalists and their families celebrated their hard work with a get-together in the Media Center. Guest author, Jessica Warren, came by to talk about her book Prime Time Kid, and inspired Southport’s top writers with her advice on the writing process. The top winners, announced during the celebration, will go on to district competition on May 9th, and include Porcelain Beauty by Anastacia Kastis, I Think I Love You by Alina Fuentes, and Operation Ransom by Jason Thomaselli. Good Luck Southport Students!! Thank you to all the participants and their families who came out to support Southport’s young authors! Pictured here are: Christian Oravec, Conner Smith, Michael Melara, Jason Thomaselli, Jacob Bartoli, Tristan Greene, Derek Curry, Jessica Warren, Alexandra Rogers, Candyse Minniefield, Jaynell Pittman, Brittany Vonstein, Alina Fuentes, Anastacia Kastis, Janelys M. Ojeda, Raisa Asim, Josephine Debiase, Jaycie Tate, Brodie Leonard and Hannah Norman.
Sixth graders at Southport Middle School implement Restorative Justice practices that they have learned through informational text. They prepare to see how Ben Mikaelson weaves the practice of talking circles as they read the novel Touching Spirit Bear. These students periodically meet in a Talking Circle to share their thoughts about school, their hopes, and their future through the use of a talking piece whereby each voice is heard as everyone respectfully listens.