Northport K-8 middle grades students are diligently planning, organizing and researching for the Northport K-8 School Annual Science Fair. Students in grades six through eight follow a timeline, beginning with getting special certification forms completed, checking and completing logbooks that include purpose, hypothesis, procedures, analysis, conclusion and much more. Students also are collecting data, completing research papers and formatting bibliographies. Finally, completed science research projects including science boards are due in December. The whole process is an all-encompassing community effort in time management, data collection, research skills and a multitude of other far reaching lessons that will impact student achievement far into the future. Competition is key and individual students excel learning to use the scientific process. Northport students in grades four and five learn science fair techniques through a classroom approach and will conduct a Science Expo that is not based on competition. Middle grades science teachers to be commended on their expertise and dynamic, focused approach to scientific instruction are Ellen Weiss, De Green, Kalyn Nova, Christine Persick as well as Northport Science Fair Coordinator, Dr. Laura Woodworth. Pictured are students from De Green’s class researching in the media center, from left, Luis Flores, Jaylona Casado, Jarvin Patrick and Tajah Johnson.
Lawnwood Elementary School teacher Denise Ferrara-Slater is breaking reading records with her after school tutoring program. Pictured is Ms. Ferrara-Slater with some of her prize readers, who are working on gaining 200, 15-minute independent reading steps in October. The students gain steps by reading both at home and in school. These reading superstars are in the 21st Century second grade tutoring program. Pictured, from left, are Xymia Woodson, Marily Alcantar, Miguel Alcantar, Ms. Ferrara-Slater, Aline Cervantes, Wendy Tamayo, and Asia Carter.
The local schools with teams earning the most for the recent Bowl for Kids Sake event to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters were honored at the October 8, 2013, St. Lucie Coounty School Board meeting. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Christy Nuccio and Barbara Bennett of F. K. Sweet Elementary, second place winners; School Board chairman Debbie Hawley; Rivers Edge Elementary principal Cindy Cobb, third place winners; Weatherbee Elementary principal Michael Hitsman, fourth place winners; WestGate K8 principal Robert Cramner, fifth place winners; Rachel Heddings, Chief Operating Officer from Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, with the first place trophy for Floresta Elementary; and Joe Wallis, chairman of the board of directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Palm Pointe first graders are Super Scientists! Students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class generated and tested hypotheses and used their super science skills to observe matter. Fort Pierce’s Manatee Observation Center’s Super Science Day presentations gave these first grade scientists the opportunity to make lava lamps and flubber. Students watched the matter change before their eyes. Students were excited to record data and reflect in their journals. Pictured are Matthew Antonakos, left, and Zachary Veldhuis.
Students in Donald Logue’s fifth grade class have investigated chemical changes. They performed investigations using chemicals in test tubes to observe color changes, a release of thermal energy, and an absorption of thermal energy. They discussed their observations and wrote down evidence from each investigation on their lab record sheet. Pictured are Ni’Derria Cobb, left, and Bradyn Moxley.
Fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition used a variety of resources to compare and contrast two Native American cultures from different regions of America. They specifically studied how the two regions are alike and different in aspects of food, clothing, shelter, music, art and religious beliefs. Pictured from Jade Joie’s fifth grade class are Nadia Mihajalovski, left, and Ashley Coronel as they proudly show their projects.
Students in Melissa Dixon’s seventh grade science classes at St. Lucie West K8 School regularly buddy up with students in Sarah Rivas’s fifth grade classes to discuss science and conduct scientific investigations. Recently, the students conducted an investigation on thermal energy. Pictured, from left, are seventh grader Danny Varon, fifth grader Sallvador Italia, and fifth grader Andre Smith.
Students in Patrick Madden’s advanced drama class at Port St. Lucie High School visit St. Lucie West K8 School daily to work with students in Mindy Tsunoda’s sixth grade drama class. Pictured is St. Lucie West K8 student Savannah Simmons taking stage direction from Port St. Lucie High students Cristy Dill, Sarah Machesko, and others.
At Northport K-8 School, the Fall season brings an uptick in literary opportunities for students to enjoy the crisp pages of a well written book and the tales of authors that many students enjoy reading. The fall season at Northport K-8 School brings the book fair that is decorated with pumpkins, acorns and falling leaves. The book fair runs from October 28 through November 7. Nothport media specialist Lynne Gruszka and prevention specialist Mary Ann Warren have collaborated in a Trick or Treat Trivia Contest to students using questions from some spooky authors. Students thrive on tales of terror and mystery and are anxiously awaiting the contest. Some examples of the questions that students will have the opportunity to answer are, “What are the names of the four Houses of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series?” “Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was inspired to obtain the name of his main character from reading about what country?” “What is the title of R.L Stine’s first Goosebumps book?” “In Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher,’ where does Roderick ask the narrator to help him bury his twin sister Madeline?” and in the book, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, The Headless Horseman is the ghost of ___ ____who has been shot by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War!” Students also have the opportunity to estimate the number of kernels of candy corn in a decorated jar on the circulation desk! Top spooky autumn book selections include “Goosebumps” and top requested book by middle grades students is Stephen King’s, “Dr. Sleep!” Happy fall from Northport K-8 School! Pictured, from left, are students Jaida McCarthy, Britney Kanhai and Rayana Bohorie.
Dan McCarty students have shown their support of Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October by wearing pink! Pictured are a group of students representing all grade levels showing their hope for finding a cure for the disease.
Eleven students representing the Southport Middle School Chorus joined their voices with other middle school singers from around the Treasure Coast to participate in 4-County Middle School Honor Choir at Indian River State College. Each year, middle and high school choruses from Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties come together to rehearse and perform a concert in the recent event at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the main campus in Fort Pierce. Southport students included seventh graders Danielle Timbo, Haley Racanelli, Amber Walter, Shantell Figueroa, Cynthia Oyola-Ortiz, Kelsey Cuevas, Ursula Duran, Ashlei Murphy, Dameika Henry, Manacko Simms, and Jazmine Hanna. The Southport Middle School Chorus is directed by performing arts director Kathy Osking.
At Frances K. Sweet Elementary, media specialist Genie DuPell is sharing a variety of books by author Mo Willems with the kindergarten classes. Pictured, from left, Ireland Wagerer, Madison Paul, Jeremiah Hill, and Lennon Paquette are holding books and stuffed animals from two of his most popular books, “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” and “Knuffle Bunny”. In the school media center, there are 38 books by Mo Willems available to check out by students.
Students in Cindy Langel’s and Dorian Newbern’s first grade classes have been learning about the different attributes of shapes. In one of their lessons, the students were able to make a shape caterpillar identifying some of the defining and non-defining attributes of the shapes. Pictured, top row from left, are La Teya Weatters, Drew Sperber, and Jenna Franklin. Bottom row, from left, are Addison Kim, Omar Andrade, and Myron Pratt.
Northport K-8 fifth grade students in Carla Caldwell’s class demonstrated critical information learned through intensive studies of Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America. Students compared and contrasted the different interactions each had with their geographic region and how this affected their lifestyle and their dwellings. Students identified cliff dwellers and Pueblo people of the Desert Southwest, coastal tribes of the Pacific Northwest, nomadic nations of the Great Plains and Eastern Woodlands tribes found east of the Mississippi River. Students constructed replicas of dwellings and tribal regions for display in the media center. The construction supported the integral assistance offered for Special Education students as well as meeting the diverse needs of English language learners. All students engaged in the excellent hands-on opportunity for deeper instruction and learning. Students visiting the media center had their interests tweaked when viewing the projects and were encouraged to check out resources to assuage the intellectual opportunity for growth. Pictured are the fifth graders as well as instructor Carla Caldwell and assistant principal Brooke Wigginton, far back right.
Fifth grade students at Fairlawn Elementary School are researching and learning about Native Americans, their dwellings, clothing, foods, and location of different tribes. Students researched and wrote a report, created a natural habitat for display, and gave an oral presentation of their projects. Shown, from left, from Shirley Helton’s class are Hunter Holmes with a Shawnee wigwam display, Layne Chesney is showing an Iroquois Longhouse, and Brooke Green with an Inuit Igloo dwelling.
Northport K-8 School faculty, staff, administration, students and the family community celebrate the selection of Christine Hunsicker as our representative for Northport K-8 School Adult Volunteer of the Year! Mrs. Hunsicker has volunteered for the school for the last eight years serving as grade mother for several teachers, PTO parent volunteer and School advisory Board member. This year, Mrs. Hunsicker serves as PTO president. She organizes so many fundraiser and student centered activities such as the Holiday Shoppe, Valentine’s dance, Teacher Appreciation lunches, Yankee Candle, and World’s Finest Chocolate sales. Without Mrs. Hunsicker, many school activities would not be nearly as fruitful and students’ achievements would not be celebrated nearly as heartily. Mrs. Hunsicker also organizes the very successful Boxtops for Education and Campbell’s soup labels and has planned and organized reward parties for students. She has also organized Family Community Night and along with teachers, Shana Cicio and Jennifer Carey, organized and implemented our traditional Family Fun Run and signed on as a team member for the schools Relay For Life events. Mrs. Hunsicker has also rallied parents and community members to become part of the parent, family, school connection by holding a training to instruct new volunteers in the PTO on how to wade the technology highway and sign up using the new and updated format for volunteerism. Northport K-8 School is a collaborative team and Mrs. Hunsicker is a huge proponent of the team! Thanks to Christine Hunsicker for your service and dedication to the students and faculty of Northport K-8 School! Pictured is Christine Hunsicker.
Northport K-8 students participated in a celebration of small increments of success with a focused looked at amounts of Adequate Yearly Progress in a PTO organized AYP celebration recently. Students who achieved progress on the FCAT test last year were treated to several styles of bounce houses and slides, popcorn, hoola hoops and snowcones, as well as the chance to dunk Principal Glenn Rustay and other members of the faculty and staff in the dunk tank. Students also had the opportunity to celebrate PBS, or Positive Behavior Support, gains with a variety of school based activities in classes and on teams on the same day! Student successes no matter how large or small are positively reinforced at Northport K-8 School on a regular basis. Pictured is seventh grade Manatee team student Deontae Yuhas enjoying the slide.
Lakewood Park Elementary fourth grade students had the opportunity to participate in the Channel 25 WPBF Weather School Wednesday with meterologist Chris Martinez. The program was fun, interactive and informative for the Lakewood Park Elementary students. The students received information about the local weather, weather forecasting, hurricanes, tornadoes, and many other interesting facts. The students loved visiting the Channel 25 weather truck, viewing the TV cameras, TV monitors which had the students’ photos on it, seeing the live shows in progress, and hearing the interesting facts presented by the Channel 25 WPBF Crew. The highlight for the students was to see themselves on the Channel 25 Weather News that evening. The web address to view the program is
http://www.wpbf.com/tv/about/are-you-ready-to-be-weatherschooled/-/8790476/22137428/-/lm1mtj/-/index.html, then click on weather on the tool bar at the top and click Chris’s Weather School. Lakewood Park Elementary thanks Chris Martinez and the Channel 25 Weather School Wednesday team. Pictured, back row left, are Chris Martinez and fourth grade teacher Ashle Henderson with two of her students.
Lakewood Park Elementary fourth grade students recently participated in a STEM design project called “Make it Stick.” They used common kitchen ingredients like flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt to mix a solution to see which group could make the strongest glue. Students tested their glue using beans and index cards. After their first glue solution was created, they analyzed and recorded the class results to design a new recipe using a different combination of the same ingredients. Pictured are fourth grade teacher Allison King with students Kathryn Baldwin, left, and Kimberly Temene finding out which homemade glue sticks better.
Students in grades kindergarten, first, and second grade at Allapattah Flats K-8 School watched a special performance titled “Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection.” The performance was put on by The National Theatre for Children and it was sponsored by Florida Power and Light. The performers conveyed important messages to students about energy conservation in order to make the world a better place. Pictured, from left, are Kaylee Harris from Kylee Dvorak’s second grade class and visiting performers Zack and Nate.