Northport K8 critical thinking classes delve deeper

Northport K8 critical thinking classes delve deeper

Northport K-8 students in Mala Woessner’s eighth grade classes have utilized a book from a text set of materials from the September 11, 2001 tragedy collection.  The collection is a thorough learning series of books, dvds, poems, children’s literature texts, news clippings and a variety of other materials to round out student understanding of the events of 9/11.  The book selected is called Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger.  The book was selected  to address the needs of readers from grades 7-12.  The main character of the book is Samar, an Indian American teenager.  The setting is post 9/11.  Sam has been raised away from the strict mores of the Indian culture and is “totally Americanized.”   Neighborhood boys attack her uncle screaming, “Go home Osama!”  Shine Coconut Moon is timely, relevant for teens and explores self identity, cultural identity and social marginalization.  Mrs. Woessner utilized the book as an analytical analysis piece for her Critical Thinking classes.

Cancer survivor shares his story with WestGate students

Cancer survivor shares his story with WestGate students

Students from West Gate K-8 were recently visited by Rick Bender, a cancer survivor. Rick is a motivational speaker who shares his story of surviving throat cancer after losing a section of his face to illustrate the dangers of spitless tobacco. He had the students captivated with his personal story and the information he imparted about the big tobacco companies that target the youth. From left to right: Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Rick Bender, Cancer Survivor/motivational speaker, and Serena DeFrank, Health Educator with the Saint Lucie County Dept. of Health.

 

WestGate K8 students involved in smoke out

WestGate K8 students involved in smoke out

As part of participating in The Great American Smoke Out recently, students in the West Gate K-8 SWAT chapter created and unveiled a pledge board filled with pledges from friends and loved ones who promised to quit smoking for a day. This was in conjunction with the monthly Tobacco Free Partnership meeting that was hosted by West Gate K-8. Pictured, from left, are Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Kelsey Melandes and Noah Binner, co-secretaries, Andrea Arvelo, president, Gregg Austin, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Kayla Moccia, ambassador, Dan Regis, American Cancer Society St. Lucie Co. representative, Brittany Wesley, ambassador, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Josie DeFrancesco, vice president, Officer Richard Swiderski, School Resource Officer, and Jordan Hilton, ambassador. Also in attendance were St. Lucie County  School Board Chairman Carol Hilson  and Area Assistant Superintendent  Dr. Chris Taylor.

F. K. Sweet students use technology to create holiday wish list

F. K. Sweet students use technology to create holiday wish list

F.K. Sweet technology teacher Michelle Adrian is busy helping third grade students Jakissia Wheeler and Kamryn Gardner create a holiday wish list while using Desk Top Publishing. Students use this program throughout the year for publishing stories and writing letters. Students this year are also enjoying using Quizlet.com for multiplication practice.

 

Rivers Edge Elementary hosts successful student food drive

Rivers Edge Elementary hosts successful student food drive

The Rivers Edge Elementary student canned food drive was a huge success!  The food was distributed to many families and everyone was grateful for the help during the holiday season.  Pictured, from left, are students from Sandra Foley’s fourth grade class Esbeydy Dumas, Pasquale Giallongo,  Derrick Brooks, Kayla Mayes and Megan Dugan.

 

 

Northport K-8 students enjoy unique PBS activity

Northport K-8 students enjoy unique PBS activity

 Northport K-8 students in Georgia Stone’s sixth grade class enjoy a unique PBS or Positive Behavior Support activity.  Students are using critical thinking skills, following directions and team building techniques to produce an authentic product.  After viewing Mrs. Stone modeling crocheting techniques, reading exact directions and getting the yarn and hooks together and understanding the tools, students are refining techniques to make their own scarves.  Students will give the scarves as gifts or enjoy for themselves.  Students did an excellent job decoding instructions, monitoring each others progress and cultivating a positive classroom community that is celebrated with enthusiasm.

Northport K8 seventh graders learn scientific method

Northport K8 seventh graders learn scientific method

Northport K-8 seventh grade students in De Green’s science classes are studying the electromagnetic spectrum. As microwave ovens are a form of radio waves within this spectrum, the student research teams developed individual tests that could be performed with popcorn kernals. Tests varied widely but examples are, “does kernal location in the microwave affact popping success?” and “If a kernal is not in a wrapper, will it pop in the microwave?” When the data was analyzed and conclusions reached by each research team, success was celebrated by popping a bag of popcorn for student consumption. What an outstanding and unique opportunity for students researchers to learn the scientific method.

Northport K8 second graders become scientists

Northport K8 second graders become scientists

Northport K-8 second graders welcomed Hobe Sound Nature Preserve into classrooms to learn about different types of owls and their eating habits.  The program Directors, Ms. Debbie and Mr. Traci, brought two live owls and owl pellets to the classrooms for students to inspect and dissect.  Students became expert researchers as they picked, poked and prodded their way through the pellets.  Students found mouse and rat skulls, bones, ribs, hair, jaw bones, teeth and hip bones inside the pellets.  Students completed their scientific research by making sorting charts and aligning the specific bone to a diagram.  This reseach offers second graders a unique opportunity to learn about food chains, natural history, bone structure and skeletal anatomy of rodents.  Pictured is second grade teacher Denise Fields with two students.

St. Lucie Elementary students enjoy PBS reading camp-in

St. Lucie Elementary students enjoy PBS reading camp-in

Students in Andrea Porte’s third grade class at St. Lucie Elementary had a good time reading their favorite books in their pajamas at the Positive Behavior Support Reading Camp-In.  Enjoying their books, from left, are Lizbet Venegas, Ryan Maldonado, Kendrick Bailey, Henry Jones, and Isabel Maldonado.

Palm Pointe kindergartners and families enjoy Thanksgiving feast

Palm Pointe kindergartners and families enjoy Thanksgiving feast

Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast prepared with all the fixings by the cafeteria staff.  The food was delicious and the students and guests had a great time.  Pictured, from left, are kindergartner Maya Wright, her Mom and her younger student as they enjoy their feast!

Northport K8 honors Volunteers of the Year

Northport K8 honors Volunteers of the Year

Northport K-8 School is proud to announce the school based Volunteer of the Year, Rosemary Lambert and the Senior Volunteer of the Year, Bill Arnold.  Mrs. Lambert has dedicated her services to the school on a daily basis for the last three years.  She is on campus each day volunteering in the choral and band departments, sewing and cooking in the culinary department and generally assisting wherever she is needed.  Mr. Arnold has been a fixture at the school for the last four years.  He has been an integral asset in bringing the school’s Veteran Partners In Education  program to fruition.  Through his service and the service of the veterans cadre,  the school won the District award for Parent and Community Involvement for the 2010- 2011 school year.

Southport Middle art department and cafeteria staff conduct contest

Southport Middle art department and cafeteria staff conduct contest

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 opens Canes cafe

Southport Middle opens Canes cafe

Southport Middle School students were the first to spend Cane Cash to have lunch together at the new PBS hot spot on campus. Principal Lydia Martin and Assistant Principal Nicole Telese stopped by to see students enjoying cool conversation in the relaxing atmosphere, dining in comfort with their friends at the new PBS Canes VIP Luncheon located in the SPMS cafeteria. Pictured, from left, are Jessica Pratt, Taylor Cotton, Principal Lydia Martin, Wade Akins, Alexander Pineda, Sergio Beniquez Gomez and Assistant Principal Nicole Telese.