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.
Southport Middle School eighth grade students participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an assessment also known as NAEP or The Nation’s Report Card. According to NAEP, the results of the assessment are a way to show what students nationwide know and can do in different subjects. The results provide educators, policymakers, elected officials and parents across the country with invaluable information regarding what students their age are learning. The students who completed the science portion of the NAEP test were especially engaged and enjoyed the interactivity of the assessment experience. Henry King and Khamani Wright liked the hands-on experiments using cookie dough. Erik Meads and Imani Pierre really dug into their experiments involving sedimentary rocks.
Students at Southport Middle School celebrated World Kindness Day all week long. The National Junior Honor Society started each day with kindness quotes on the morning news show. They passed around kindness bracelets that included random acts of kindness. They also handed out kind cheerful notes to teachers and students throughout the week. To help celebrate World Kindness Day, students in Mrs. Dudash’s class painted rocks from the Smokey Mountains for fellow students to find and enjoy.
Southport students believe that there is nothing better than getting random kind messages and the simple act of finding rocks make people smile and inspires them to pass on the kindness! Underneath each rock students will find the message SPM ROCKS to represent Southport Middle. Special helpers included: Ms.Soto, Ms. Bailey, Mrs.Mee-Joy, and Ms. Neil.
Southport Middle School promoted the love of reading with an incentive to win an Amazon Kindle. During April, School Library Month, students were registered to win a Kindle when they checked out a book. Pictured, from left, are Anita Mattia, winning student Ryan Zelaya and media specialist Angela Mas as he picked up his prize!
In celebration of Earth Day, Mrs. Sharon Dudash’s class spent the week on a number of environmental projects re-purposing trash into beautiful artwork and gifts. The students made various size holders for school supplies out of cans. Their display also included candle holders and pencil holders from glass and plastic.
Everyone enjoyed the colorfully decorated rain sticks made from used cardboard tubes, nails and rice. Students learned important lessons on why we should all reduce, reuse and recycle. A special thanks goes out to Paraprofessionals Ms. Rubi Soto and Mrs. Nicole Bailey for helping to make it all possible.
In the 9th annual Project Citizen District Showcase, Southport Middle School students Johnathan Almeida, Abigail Ward, and Makenzie Fairchild presented their project entitled “The Overuse of Plastics in St. Lucie County” which created public policy on reducing plastic usage. The students worked hard for weeks after school to create and implement an action plan. For their presentation, they explained how they would carry out their plan. Project Citizen is a county-wide initiative that helps to deepen students’ understanding of their Civics content. It teaches seventh grade students about legislation and promotes responsible participation in local and state government.
The Performing Arts Department of Southport Middle School presented the Broadway Junior musical, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” in four fantastic shows. This “tale as old as time” was filled with spectacular costumes, beautiful artwork, props, familiar songs, and dance. The cast and crew of over 75 students rehearsed for weeks to prepare. Pictured here are the students who played a part in the production. Many thanks to the additional students, volunteer crew of administrators, teachers, parents and high school students who made the show possible.
Southport Middle School students develop skills necessary to measure their own fitness and physical activity during PE class. As students maintain regular participation in physical activity, they analyze and evaluate their level of involvement in physical activity.
Our coaches prepare and motivate students to engage in physical activity outside of school and throughout life. They also provide opportunities for students to develop healthy habits while gaining an appreciation for its importance throughout life. Students concentrate on 5 basic components of physical fitness:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Body composition
Coaches emphasize the short term and long term benefits:
- Enhanced appearance
- Improved immune system
- Self confidence
- Strong bones
Overall this program helps students to achieve a higher level of fitness in a unique non-competitive or competitive environment. It has been proven very successful as Southport Middle School!
The Southport Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team attended the State Competition at the University of Central Florida in April of last school year after placing first in the Regional Competition. As members have graduated on to high school, the coaches are looking for new members for the coming school year. For more information/application, please contact Chris Cook or Joey Cueto at Southport Middle School. Pictured here: Front row from left: Titus Sirin, Jean Fede, Quinn Tucker, Oxaqn Fede. Back Row from left: Hanna Spurr, Alyssa Hoce
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 parents and family members gathered with students to celebrate the formal induction to National Junior Honor Society. Inductees received their membership certificate, card and pin, and recited the membership pledge, led by the current chapter President Nikolas Brooksbank and Vice President Annery Abreu. The ceremony was followed by a lovely luncheon that was enjoyed by everyone. Pictured are the 2015 inductees, graduating NJHS members, along with Guidance Counselor and NJHS Advisor Kristin Alvarez.
For the past 20 years, Southport Middle School has proudly celebrated the kinship and diversity among the school’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students in Mr. Dana S. Hochberg’s class. This year over 40 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade ESOL students participated in the multicultural event and represented over 15 countries. In addition to a delectable multinational feast, students presented individual research-based learning projects involving authentic naval air and vessel hats. Seventh grader Thekeyah Antiola chose the USS Shenandoah AD-44. Each student also had to type the recipe they shared from their family’s home country.
Moreover, this culminating event often affords an opportunity for former Southport ESOL students to reconnect with Mr. Hochberg and speak with Southport’s current pupils. This year was exceptional with twenty former alumni visiting. Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Emmanuela Tranquille, Monserrat Vargas, Leybin Bardales, Lucia Silva, Hernan Rojas, Jonathan Geronimo, Leanne Arrabe, Guadalupe Quinonez, Dayanna Velez, Laureana Arrabe, Solanyi Nunez, and Lianys Betancourt. Back row are: Jimmy Vo, Sebastian Cueto, Mr. Hochberg, Carlos Nunez, Marco Nader, Aung “Johnny” Kyaw, and Nicolas Zubieta. Not pictured are Lillian Lee and Sonny Chan.
The WSPM Channel 2 Morning News crew at Southport Middle School brings fun and breaking news to students and staff every school day morning at 9:45. This fun and informative start to the day has students, faculty and staff involved in what is going on around their campus. News features included are “What’s for Lunch,” “What ‘Cha Reading Wednesdays,” current events, weather, the day’s planned events and much more! Southport Middle School media specialist Angela Mas works with the students to create, write and edit television programming material using real life technology. Pictured, from left, are front row, Brendan Gonzalez, Hanna Spurr, Haley Pollard, and Lexus Guthrie. Back row, from left, are Kevin Huynh, Sydney Cirasuolo, Alexandra Barrios, Josephine DeBiase, Valentina Tromba, Georvany Nonnombre and Jessica Pratt.
Members of the faculty and staff at Southport Middle School regularly meet with students to mentor and support the students in their academic and extra-curricular goals and activities. Pictured, student Charnesia Willis, left, and teacher Mary Kurtz-Seiden enjoy morning tea time together as they discuss active reading strategies and various literature.
Southport Middle School received funds for the first wave of books to update the Media Center with new and high interest information for students. Corrine Earley and her husband Jim of Earley Learning Systems Inc. spent some time at Southport helping to shelve about 20 boxes full of new books. Pictured, from left, are Anita Mattia, Daniel Otero, Corrine Earley, Angela Mas and Jim Earley.
This year’s book fair was a huge success thanks to all the amazing parents, students, teachers and staff who supported the media center for the annual library fundraiser. In cooperation with student-led conferences, we had a wonderful turnout of parents who joined us. Students enjoyed helping create the ambiance of the Enchanted Forest of Books theme, as well as the games and activities tied to the theme.
In addition to the book fair, our teachers and students took part in a fun and friendly competition to raise awareness and money for schools that continue to be affected from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Southport raised a total of $250 to donate to the FirstBook non-profit organization to benefit Essentials for Kids-Hurricane Michael.
Parents and students in the After School Language Learning Lab are delighted to spend their time in the Media Center learning English, Spanish, and French using the Rosetta Stone computer program. What began as a Title III program specifically for English language learners has caught on with other students who are now learning Spanish and French. Pictured in the photo from top left include Althea Charles, Angel Lima, Emmanuela Tranquille, Milena Alvarez, and Alexandra Chisholm. On the bottom starting furthest back are: Milena Alvarez, Laureanna Arrabe, Leanne Arrabe, Lianys Betancourt, Rachel Zhou, Axel Rueda, Ignacio Lopez, and Jhony Phy Kyaw. The after-school program is available to all Southport students and their families.
Southport Middle School had a wonderful turn out for their very first Literacy Pow Wow Night. Over 100 students, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed the Hitchiti dancers who put on an amazing show, giving everyone a glimpse of their authentic Native American culture. It was a great night for singing, dancing, eating Native American food and making crafts around the bonfire.
We are excited to announce Southport Middle School’s Adopt-A-Street Club! The club that makes a difference in the community, one piece of trash at a time. The club meets once a month to clean up litter along the streets directly outside of the school and the City of Port St. Lucie has rewarded our efforts by placing signage on Morningside Boulevard. We are beaming with pride by the tremendous outpour of student participation in keeping Port St. Lucie beautiful. Students and parents who want to take part in the monthly cleanups should contact Mrs. Sudane Lewis for more information.