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 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.
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.
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 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.
The National Junior Honor Society at Southport Middle School is helping the PTO assemble food baskets for the holidays for some Southport families. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Welker, Kaylee Tolliver, Lucia Cabanela This is another way that students are learning to care for the needs of the community and make a positive impact when ever possible.
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 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.
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.
Northport K-8 students in Karen Nystrom’s seventh grade civics classes are tackling some tough issues this year as students delve into the affairs of community government. Students use Media Center resources, classroom text and guest speaker information to look at issues from all sides to process new information and to be able to elaborate on important issues. Important guest speakers who will impart vital information this month are School Board member Troy Ingersoll who will discuss student homelessness in St. Lucie County and SLC School Safety Specialist Robert Berk who will discuss student behavior on busses and safety.
Southport’s PTO Vice President, Ruth Altvater and PTO Treasurer, Colleen Korpon pictured here are helping organize and wrap holiday baskets of food. There were 10 baskets made available to our Southport Middle families for the holidays. All the food was available through the PTO Food Bank and was courtesy of community donations and students and families of Southport.
All Forest Grove Middle School students competed in the second annual Forest Grove Metric Olympics. Students traveled through a series of eight stations that aimed to give them hands-on experience in estimating and measuring mass, volume, distance and time using the Metric System. This activity allowed students to manipulate math and science in a fun, competitive setting. Pictured, from left, Harry Jeune, Ja’Harold Wright, Linto Stil, Antonio Presley, Etienne Desir and Donald Gibson.
Renee Barnes’ second grade RtI class divided into small groups to create commercials. Dariusz Dobrowolski, Jade Magranelo, Jackson Chism, Kendall Norton, and Taylor Leonard sold pickles and cucumbers. The group decided what
they needed to say and how to act to make people want to buy their product. They rehearsed their parts and presented their commercial to the class.
Third graders in Amber Martin’s class worked in cooperative groups researching nonfiction books to identify main idea and details about both the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans. The groups presented their bubble maps to one another in class.
Principal Carmen Peterson (center) congratulates Oak Hammock’s Night of the Stars representatives: (left to right) School Related employee Norm White, Distinguished Minority Teacher Vivian Sides, Outstanding First Year Teacher Olivia Ash and Teacher of the Year Dorothy Levin.
Fourth grader Chris May takes the lead to read and demonstrates for his Kindergarten reading technology buddy Alexander Brisco how to logon so Alex can read books online. In preparation for Literacy Week in January, Literacy Coach Rachel Sullivan videotaped fourth graders in Dorothy Levin’s class “Taking the Lead to Read” with Kindergarteners in Brandi Goulding’s class. The video has been submitted for consideration for the Public Service Announcement Contest being sponsored by Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! In addition, Middle School Language Arts teacher Pamela Andes is coordinating a Readers Theater presentation by faculty at an evening of dinner and fun during Literacy Week.
The St. Lucie West Centennial High School Black Talon Company competition team recently competed against 15 other Florida Navy JROTC units including two former national champs. The cadets returned successfully from Felix Varela High School in Miami with three trophies: fourth place in Armed Basic Regulation Drill, third place in Overall Drill, and first place in Armed Exhibition Drill Team. The cadets are now preparing for their next competition in February.
Ft Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion places third in the physical training (PT) test during in the recent Area III Raiders Competition at Southfork High School. It was a grueling comeptiton consisting of an academic exam, a first aid exam, a physical training test (measuring endurance and physical fitness), a three mile run, and a 1 1/2 run with a litter weighing 80 pounds. The cadets were up for the challenge, they trained hard daily and gave their all, while having an amazing time.
First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated a PBS reward in their pod by raising 25 white rocket fuel for their whole classes’ behavior. The students chose a snow cone and dance party as their reward. The students all had a great time and saw how positive behavior in the classroom is rewarded!