Fifth grade students in Kim Terpening’s music class at Windmill Point Elementary used their bodies
and scarves to describe what they hear in music. As students work to reach their learning goal of understanding notation and being able to read and notate music, each student was given a scarf to demonstrate their understanding of staccatos and legatos. Students used the scarves and their bodies to distinguish between these two forms of musical articulation as they listened to “The Syncopated Clock” by Leroy Anderson.
Fifth grade students in Kim Terpening’s music class at Windmill Point Elementary used their bodies
Northport K-8 School third grade students in Melanie Polascak’s and Glenda
Taylor’s classes have been working on a combined unit of study to determine
learning data and to evaluate the effectiveness of class rotations on the study
of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Students and instructors used a variety of
resources to bring the unit of study full circle. Culminating activities to
bring resolution to the unit occured recently in the teachers’ classrooms such as
making pinatas from Mexico, making moose antlers from Canada and learning to
play dominos and how to do the limbo from the Caribbean. Students also enjoyed
a variety of food and drink samples from each country. Pictured are third grade
students from both classes enjoying the lesson!
Northport K-8 school’s entire fifth grade team as well as seventh and eighth
grade students from three teams attended the 12th annual Raid on Ft. Pierce at the Savannas Recreation Area. Northport students have attended the re-enactment for 11 of the past 12 years. Students, under the direction of classroom teachers and Social Studies chair Bob Burdge witnessed first-hand the life of a soldier in the 1860s. Students learned about weaponry, outdoor cooking, clothing making and blacksmithing as well as a number of other Civil War memorabilia. It was thrilling for the students to experience a re-enactment of a primary source of information. Over 245 Northport students attended the re-enactment. Mr. Burdge is a first lieutenance and commander of the 8th Florida Company C. Pictured are fifth grade students from Tracey Healy’s class posing with a confederate cannon.
Northport K-8 Volunteer of the Year Suzi Scott, pictured, received a very special
congratulations for all her efforts and hard work on behalf of the teachers and
students of Northport K8 School recently. The letter, from Florida State
Senator Joe Negron, congratulated Mrs. Scott for being a “vital thread in the
fabric of our community!” Negron thanked Mrs. Scott for her dedication and
commitment to the students and teachers and he expressed a shared pride with her
family, friends and everyone at Northport. Mrs. Scott is diligent in her work
on behalf of all children at the school and she is highly appreciated by all
whose life she touches.
Students at Allapattah Flats K8 students received enjoyed a scientific as well as fun special visitor recently. District Science Curriculum Coordinator Steve Shotola came to work with eighth grade students in Joseph Kline’s class with his amazing golf ball launcher. Students calculated the speed, velocity, and time it took for golf balls to be launched from the high powered launcher. The students had a great time as well as using math and science in a hands on and real world scenario. This is one lesson they won’t soon forget.
Students in Ann Hartman’s first grade class at Allapattah Flats are learning about fact families. Pictured is Chinhayi Evans working on using subtraction to help solve addition problems. The more students practice, the better they will get.
Congratulations to the Allapattah Flats girls volleyball team for winning the county tournament. The girls devoted the past eight weeks preparing and competing for this tournament. Allapattah went 4-0 at the tournament and won in Gator fashion in the championship game 2-0. This is the first county title for the girls volleyball team at Allapattah. Pictured standing, from left, are Assistant Principal Casandra Flores, Coach Amy Franklin, Danielle Rosenthal, Maria Hernandez, Ashley Kinberger, Taylor Brennan, Gracie Jimenez, Coach Justin Allen, and Assistant Principal Ana Rodriguez. Kneeling are, from left, Tori Braessler, Kali Hartman, and Danya Lenoir.
In honoring Veterans, Retired Master Chief Eugene Sereg of the United States Navy visited Windmill Point Elementary students recently. Master Chief Sereg shared his experiences and his accomplishments in the Navy. Pictured with Sereg is fifth grade teacher Elizabeth Guanchez, who volunteered to model a real-life soldier’s uniform during war time. Students loved when Master Chief played his bugle.
Mosaic Digital Academy’s first STEM field experience proved to be a very STEM-ulating day on the golf course. Mosaic students and teachers met at the PGA Golf Training Center in Port St. Lucie to learn the basics of physics and how this science discipline relates to the real-world skills needed in the sport of golf. Steve Shotola, St. Lucie School District Science Curriculum Supervisor, kicked off the day with participants in the computer lab to demonstrate how gravity affects acceleration, free fall, projectile motion, and relative motion. Then it was onto the golf course to put this learning into practical terms. Students learned the basics of golf, while Mark Drenga, the technology specialist/golf instructor, helped make the connections between the basic physics they learned in the classroom to the skills needed in the sport. Students left from this experience with a new interest in the sport of golf, but more importantly, they now have a foundation in physics! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four disciplines are vital in contributing to success in post-secondary institutions and businesses. Most jobs will require at least basic STEM skills. Students who are exposed to STEM field experiences can learn to be problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers. Mosaic’s goal is to provide STEM-infused field experiences for our students throughout their education with us to ensure they have every opportunity to excel in these four disciplines. Pictured is eighth grade Mosaic student Thomas Nikakis.
Students in Ashley Thomas’ class at Mariposa Elementary were rewarded with an ice cream party for rocketing into mastering their multiplication facts through the nines. Each day Ms. Thomas quizzed students with 40 multiplication facts until all facts were mastered within a three-minute timeframe. Once students completed the different sets of facts, math coach Theresa MacInnes gave students a four-minute, 80-question facts test to complete. Pictured are Dasha Behrens, Taj Clyde, Khani Ellison, Kayla Green, Carter Heffley, Michael Hunter, Chyna Martinez, Rebecca Mosier, Jessica Sullivan, Anthony Torres, Thomas Duffy, Johann Vianna, Sara Westbrook, Trinity Hardy, and Brooklyn Parks. Other students who mastered their multiplication facts but not pictured are Anthony Borno and Amira Castillo. These students were motivated to work hard and had a great support from home to make this possible. Whether it was listening to multiplication raps, playing around the world, or drill and practice these students made the effort.
Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary have been conducting oxidation experiments for their science Fair project. The problem statement was, “Which liquids (distilled water, oil, vinegar, alcohol, milk, or soda) causes oxidation to occur the fastest?” Students were enthralled while observing the process and were using the same principles as scientists in the real world. These future scientists had to use critical thinking to determine the reasons why some liquids oxidize more quickly than others. The experimentation will continue just as real scientists conduct experiments at various times to validate their conclusions. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Guerrero, resource teacher Ann Craton, and Emmanuella Coupet.
Northport K-8 students in Susan Matteson’s eighth grade reading class and young students in Lorri Lamm’s second grade class have been cultivating learning relationships to benefit each learning level and style. Students and teachers have been meeting twice a month since the beginning of the school year to bond and integrate learning systems. Students recently met to select words from second grade student lists, review the definitions and pronunciations and then to make costumes to portray the meaning of the words selected. Students will participate in a vocabulary roundup parade in January. Pictured are learning buddies from both classes, from left, Karla Montoya, Jada Gunn, Malcolm Mungin and Josias Palma.
Northport K-8 community of teachers, staff, administration, parents and students recently celebrated the schools’ traditional Breakfast With Santa on an early Saturday morning. The PTO-sponsored event featured a homestyle breakfast, children in holiday pj’s and Santa Claus. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate community and to thrill children. Other Northport PTO-sponsored pending events include a Stevie B’s school fundraiser family dinner and a catered holiday luncheon for teachers and staff in the media center. The
Northport K-8 School PTO is an integral piece of the school pie and the group offers strong support to the instructors and students at the school.
Parents rarely have the opportunity to sit with their student in class. Administrators and staff at C.A. Moore Elementary recently invited parents to Take Your Parent to School Day. The first Take Your Parent to School Day focused on reading. This time the parents were engaged in math activities spending 10 minutes in whole group instruction led by the teacher, 10 minutes in group work, and 10 minutes participating in a math game. The parents were engaged and challenged in the lesson, they were not there as observers. This is the second Take Your Parent to School Day at C.A. Moore and it was a huge success. Pictured are students and parents in Deanna Chibas’ kindergarten class.
The students in Elizabeth Forbes’ class at Mariposa Elementary learned about the Pilgrims in the month of November. The students read books and poems that described the Pilgrims’ exciting journey to their new land and wrote about how it would have felt to have been a Pilgrim child. The overwhelming consensus was that they would have missed electricity! Each student told one or more things for which they are thankful at the end of the activity. Pictured, from left, are Michael Anderson-Cline, Louisa Davila, Angelee Amperez-Jorge and Aiden Busch.
Students and teachers at Allapattah Flats K-8 recently participated in the “Stand Out to Stand Up” district event. The whole school turned pink as everyone wore pink shirts to show that they do not tolerate bullying. Students also made posters and short skits to show how to handle bullying and ways to prevent it. Dean Renee Adderly-Clark took the lead on this event, promoting students’ involvement and helping them put together presentations shown throughout lunch periods for students at all grade levels.
Thank you to all the students, teacher and staff that participated in the recent Jump Rope for Heart event at Weatherbee Elementary School. All students had the opportunity to participate in this community service learning program of the American Heart Association. This was an excellent way to promote knowledge in the importance of developing heart-healthy habits; that being physically active can be fun; that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education helps save lives in the community and across the country. Way to go Weatherbee Mariners!
Allapattah Flats K8 recently held student led conferences with every child on campus in kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents attended conferences where the students had the opportunity to take the lead. Students presented their academic data as well as goals they set for themselves throughout the semester. They shared work samples, projects, and assessments that allowed parents to see what they do in class as well as track their progress over the course of the nine weeks. Students were able to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and present their goals for the upcoming semester. All students spent time going over their portfolio with either parents or staff members. More than 300 parents attend this event as well as more than 60 staff members who volunteered to participate and meet with students at all grade levels. Parents, students and staff members all enjoyed the event and look forward to the next conferences in May. Pictured are Connor Cook and Nicole Cook tucked away in a quiet corner as they go through Connor’s portfolio during conferences.
Northport K-8 students joined Treasure Coast High School senior Rebecca Cowan and empowered each other against the harmful effects of bullying recently. Students in grades K-5 read stories, discussed bullying issues and worked in activity books designed by Rebecca. Students in all grades worked together to bring the powerful message by wearing the color pink! Students donned pink shirts, pink headbands, pink jewelry, pink socks and pink ribbons to show their support for the special project. Rebecca joined all the Northport 8th grade girls in the media center for a discussion and
an open and frank talk about the effects of bullying and what to do to empower themselves against bullies. The entire day at Northport was devoted to student empowerment at all levels. Pictured is Rebecca talking with students.
Students and staff at Windmill Point Elementary School recently put on their hats and dressed in pink to show their support for two worthy causes. As part of the district-wide Stand Up to Stand Out anti-bullying campaign, everyone pulled out their pink attire and wore it proudly to proclaim that bullying is not tolerated on our campus. As a Community Outreach effort, students and staff made contributions to United Way and held their heads high with their favorite hats. Community Outreach is a school support committee which works to give back to the community and show outhe school’s compassion for others.