Outstanding volunteers were honored recently at Southport Middle School. Pictured is Youth Volunteer of the Year Jervana Graham-Record with her parents Ansel Graham-Record, left, Ann Graham-Record, center, with volunteer coordinator Pat Christian-McFadden. Not pictured are senior Volunteer of the Year Kathy Pritchard, Senior Volunteer of the Year, and Adult Volunteer of the Year Ruth Altvater.
Southport Middle School faculty, staff and community members welcomed students back to the 2017-2018 school year with our annual Tunnel of Hope celebration! The Tunnel of Hope is just one of the ways we show our students that we believe anything is possible and they are a treasure! While our year starts with us cheering them at the beginning of the school year, Southport Treasure Hunters are committed to search for all talent, skills, and intelligence that exists in all children all day, every day!
Our mission is simple: Mission Possible! We know our students can achieve anything they put their minds to and we are here to help them achieve that success. Throughout the year we continue showing them that we are here to inspire and empower them. We also want our students to be compassionate and global learners who are committed to creating a better and more peaceful world. We are blessed to teach and guide our students and are so excited for this school year. Go Hurricanes!
Five Southport Middle students placed in the Top 10 from the seven participating St. Lucie County public schools in this year’s Sumdog.com math competition. Southport Middle finished third overall in the math competition among all participating schools. Sumdog.com is a website where the students can practice math skills while playing fun games! Pictured, from left, are Macy Nielander, first place; Faith Cook, third place; Alycia Hardie, second place; and Christian Oravec, fourth place. Moxa Raval (not pictured) placed ninth in the competition.
Students in Andrea Levin’s anti-bullying class at Southport Middle School have been creating posters with an anti-bullying message. Pictured are Sabrina Bertrand, left, and Kelly Nguyen.
Southport Middle School students have been working on a number of service projects this year. For their service project, the Hawks team chose to raise funds and collect donations to benefit Save the Chimps, the world’s largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce.
As part of the service learning project, the students have been collecting blankets, food, toys, etc. to donate to the sanctuary. In addition, each month students have been finding ways to raise money in hopes of adopting a chimp. At the end of the year they are planning be make piñatas and stuff them with tasty treats for the chimps. Pictured is Charles Medwick with a box of donations he brought from home.
According to the Save the Chimps website, there are nearly 250 retired chimpanzees that live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands and a donation of $300 will provide one week of care for an adopted chimp. This complete care includes three fresh and nutritious meals of fruits and vegetables daily, loving care from the staff, maintenance of their beautiful island homes, and enrichment activities to fulfill their lives.
To read more about this one of a kind chimpanzee sanctuary you can go to their website at: https://www.savethechimps.org
At Southport Middle School, students in Adrianne Mendoza’s seventh grade math class from the Panthers team review for the upcoming math FCAT by playing math Jeopardy. Students had the opportunity to “buzz” in using the eggspert game buzzers to test their knowledge and skill level. Students worked as a team in order to earn points as they competed with the other groups within the classroom.
Southport Middle School seventh graders participated in a carousel activity to develop context for Mildred D. Taylor’s novel “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” Students were assigned research topics and worked in groups to design posters on economic and social issues of the 1930s. The students then used the posters to teach their classmates about their research topic. By the end of the activity, all students were equipped with background knowledge the 1930s and prepared for a deep understanding of the issues faced by the Logan family and other characters in the novel. Pictured are Jelisea McIntyre, from left, Stephanie Brumlop, Danielle Timbo and Emily Schwartz.
The Performing Arts Department of Southport Middle School recently presented four shows of the Broadway Junior musical, Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland,” and “Through the Looking Glass,” the story follows Alice as she journeys through the White Rabbit’s hole into a fantasy dream world with many unique characters and exciting adventures. With stunning costumes, beautiful artwork, props, songs, dances, and “Mad-hatter” action, the cast and crew of 89 students rehearsed for weeks to prepare. Many thanks to the volunteer crew of administrators, teachers, parents and high school students from Lincoln Park Academy and Port St. Lucie High School who made the show possible. Pictured here are all the students who participated in the production.
Seventh grade students in Dielma Eusebio’s class at Southport Middle School are reading the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, which is set during the 1960s. Students connect with the characters and the era by dressing up as “greasers,” kids who encountered many challenges in their everyday life due to economic and social pressure. Students learn how appearance played a major role in the lives of these students. Pictured, from left, are Anahi Ortega, Sharron Dudash, Brandon Anderson, Johaan Feliciano-Alvarez, Logan Binkley and Blanca Compton.
Southport Middle School students had the opportunity to see the “Hunger Games” movie on the opening weekend of the film. Southport Middle media specialist Angela Mas secured a private theater screening at Regal 16 just for Southport students and families. There were 130 tickets sold. The “Hunger Games” book series by Suzanne Collins has been promoted by the eighth grade Language Arts department and the media center as well. Students have been devouring the books and were excited about the opportunity to see the movie. Several teachers, staff and parents accompanied students. Southport students made a great impression as their behavior at the theater was commendable! After seeing the movie, even more students have been requesting the book from the media center. Pictured are some of the students and faculty/staff who attended. Top row, from left, Sabrina Bertrand, Journey Velez, Dionna Richards, Tacien Forbes, Lanecia Stephenson, Judith Rawdon, and Andrea Levin. Bottom row, from left, Monica Smith, Selena Izzo, Mary Kurtz- Seiden, Amanda Rawdon, Wanda Galey, Maureen Dakin, Ryan Dakin and Anita Mattia.
Southport Middle School had its first Career Day event on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Volunteers throughout the community came to present their careers to our 7th and 8th grade students. Presentations were job-fair style and volunteers each had a designated table or assigned area where they spoke about their area of expertise. Students were able to walk through and view each of the displays. They were given advice and learned what educational training and personal skills are necessary in each field, and what a typical day is like through games and presentations.
Picture: Students look on as pilot Tony Richardson explains his background, education, and his daily life in this career. This event was just one of the exciting activities planned for Career Week in order to prepare students to be college bound and career ready.
Students at Southport Middle School are joining forces to combine the study of art and history. Eighth grade students rolled out clay slabs, and sixth grade students are working on Mesopotamian red clay table. Pictured are students in Linda Doyle’s class, who joined seventh grade students in making hand-built and press-mold clay bowls using coils, spirals, and spheres of clay. Students are working on the red clay tablets with Phoenician coded messages in collaboration with the social studies department. Pictured, from left, are Jakahl Hurst, Ms. Doyle, Jayde Davidson, Kaylin Beverly, Katherine Avra and Skylar Willoughby.
Southport Middle School student Hannah Spurr heads to state competition in the local DAR American History Essay Contest and the Good Citizen Award contest sponsored by the Cora Stickney Harper branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A celebratory tea was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Ft. Pierce. Pictured are Spurr and other local winners from Southport Middle School with St. Lucie Public Schools’ K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor Tim Norfleet and Karen Evans, representatives from the Cora Stickney Harper branch. From left are Tim Norfleet, Karen Evans, Hannah Spurr, Sydney Starnes, Lisa Guan and Adriana Garcia.
Members of the Southport Middle School National Junior Honor Society sponsored an annual food drive to collect non-perishable food items for the school’s food pantry. Students were asked to donate an item in exchange for a dress code pass for the day. Due to the enormous response, school staff was able to fill the pantry, which is available anytime for Southport families in need. Pictured, front row, is Hannah Spurr. Standing, from left, are Myrria Roux, Megan Edmunds, Alaura McGonnell, Anastacia Kastis, Fabiola Barco-Garcia, Quinn Tucker, Ryan Downing, Eden Varney, Jade Greco, Brianna Wayne, and Gabrielle White.
Southport Middle School Student Council led the way for an environmental service project to clean up local beaches. The “Beach Clean Up” is just one of Southport’s many service project initiatives that students are participating in this school year. The cleanup took place at Jensen Beach.
Members of the Southport Middle School Brick Squad Step Team have enjoyed entertaining crowds since the group was formed in November, 2013. Under the leadership of Adrianne Mendoza, these students stepped and marched in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in January. They will be performing an FCAT Turn Up routine that will be broadcast on the school’s morning news show to pump students up for the upcoming tests, and will be the half-time entertainment at an upcoming basketball game. Pictured is the squad ready to perform!
Parents, Students, Staff, and Artists gathered for the Southport Middle School Spring Art Show at the Vista Grille on Tuesday May 27th. The show featured the current semester’s Adobe Photoshop digital art work including St. Lucie County Fair photography, personal Color “Interest” Boards, and unique Typography. Sixth grader Christian Oravec and his family are pictured.
Southport Middle School sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at the Guidance Department’s annual Student Retreat! Students participated in various activities and games throughout the day as well as small group discussions where they had the opportunity to learn about each other as well as themselves. They talked about likes and dislikes, shared personal stories and bonded together. Faculty and staff had the chance to make connections with students as well in their role as team leaders.
Students were divided into teams with an assigned faculty or staff team leader who facilitated the activities, games and discussions throughout the day. Each team participated in several team building activities, such as Building Bridges, where students had to work together to make a “bridge” of PVC pipes and get their team members across. The students had to continue to build the bridge in front of the person walking across it without letting them fall. Teams also built obstacle courses, which they had to navigate while blindfolded, guided only by the verbal direction of their teammates.
At the end of the day, students wrote letters to their future selves which Guidance collects and returns to the students next school year. Each student also received Palanca letters, which are letters of love, support and encouragement from their teachers, school staff, parents and family members. This is a very special part of the retreat.
Our 6th grade students made great memories and hopefully lasting connections with their school, their teachers and their peers.
Southport’s sixth graders recently enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at their second annual 6th Grade Student Retreat.
Students began the day all together in the gym giving positive affirmations to each other in an unusual twist of musical chairs. They were next split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day.
They played games and had small group discussions where they learned about each others likes and dislikes. They wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each one later on in the year to see their progress. Some students were emotional as they read their Palanca letters, which are letters of encouragement, from teachers, staff, and family members.
Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec and former Southport Middle School student Carlos Nunez gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.
At the end of the day everyone came back together to watch each group perform a skit to show the effects of bullying. All students participated and each group put on a great performance.
Those students with permission to stay after school enjoyed a pizza dinner and then went for a “walk a day in a life of a middle school student” blindfolded with an adult around campus and finally were welcomed into the media center to enjoy conversation together. The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.
Southport Middle School’s sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at our annual Sixth Grade Student Retreat. This year’s theme was respect.
To begin the day, students met in the gym to give each other positive affirmations in an unusual game of “musical” chairs. They were then split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day to play games and take part in small group discussions. In their groups, they wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each student later in the year for them to see their progress. They read their Palanca letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members and then reflected on the day’s activities. At the end of the day, students were taken for a blindfolded trust walk for “a day in a life of a middle school student” where they met teachers, parents, and then were welcomed into the Media Center to enjoy conversation together and later the Halloween Dance, sponsored by Student Council.
Jeane Bartlet, Treasure Coast Council Director for Girls on the Run and Josh Rowell, Worship Pastor from First Baptist Church of Port St Lucie, gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as respect, potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.
The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.