Thanks to the Partnership in Education between Weatherbee Elementary and the United States Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Weatherbee’s first, third, and fifth graders were able to learn about water safety. Seaman Fawn Moro delivered an informative presentation, teaching the students how to stay safe in, on, and around the water. After the presentation, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary set up the ‘Let’s Talk Trash Game’ and the ‘Fishing Game’ for the students to learn the importance of keeping our waterways clean. Every student also had the opportunity to practice putting a personal floatation device on correctly. The students especially loved the surprise visit from PFD Panda.
Pictured: Mrs. McNair’s third grade class with USCG Station Fort Pierce and USCG Auxiliary
On April 8, 2014 at the School Board Meeting, Jimmie Burchard, President of the Sunrise Kiwanis presented a check for $250 for the school media centers to Fairlawn Elementary and FK Sweet Elementary. Pictured are Superintendent Genelle Yost, FK Sweet Assistant Principal Jane Cox, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Fairlawn Assistant Principal Patricia Gascoigne, Fairlawn Principal Jennifer Hedeen, and President of Sunrise Kiwanis Jimmie Burchard.
Seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in a state-wide essay contest sponsored by the Florida League of Cities and Florida League of Mayors. This was endorsed by both Mayor Faiella of Port St. Lucie and Mayor Hudson of Fort Pierce. Palm Pointe is very excited to announce that out of more than 1,500 state-wide entries, team Apollo’s Isaiah Thermilus’ essay earned a second place finish. Each essay had to respond to the prompt “If I were elected mayor…” and Isaiah wrote about what he would do to make our city a better place. As the second place winner, Isaiah will receive a $50 gift card and an award to be presented by our mayor at a hometown commission meeting. Pictured is Isaiah as he proudly shows his certificate for second place for the state. Great Job Isaiah!
Northport K-8 School is proud to offer to Northstar team 6, 7, and 8 grade students the opportunity to design, build and implement a STEaM Photonics Lab. The lab allows students to excel in many areas including science, math, engineering and technology that have not previously been explored. Students are utilizing the engineering design process and work in groups to develop a design plan using criteria and constraints, implementation and modification, as well as trouble shooting and executing their final design. Every step is recorded following the engineering notebook criteria for validation through replication by other students. Every procedure employs teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking, math with an emphasis on geometry and writing skills. Northport K-8 School STEaM program is a joint partnership with NSP, Laser-Tec and IRSC. Pictured are Northstar students working on a special project to save Jack Sparrow’s treasure from thieves. The program is professionally conducted by instructor, Christine Santos-Nurse. The students are passionate about the program! So passionate that the implementation design plan has been included in a special grant that is currently being developed by a team of teachers at the school chaired by principal, Glenn Rustay and coach, Deb Mock.
On April 22, 2014, the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service Resolution was read by Kathryn Hensley and adopted by the School Board. May 8, 2014 marked the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which established Cooperative Extension, known in the state of Florida as UF/IFAS Extension and Florida A and M University Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local government. Pictured are, UF Extension Advisory Council Member Pat Alley, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, School Board Member Kathryn Hensley and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
Northport K-8 middle grades Ensemble Choir participated recently in the 10th Anniversary of Disney Festival. Thirteen girls, accompanied by Northport K-8 staff and parents, represented Northport with aplomb. Students performed an arrangement of Michael Jackson’s hit “ABC” as well as “Hot Chocolate!” with show choir ability. The girls received an “Excellent” rating and were thrilled with the professionalism of larger groups from across the state. Northport Choir Director, James Kirk said, ” The girls were on point! Job well Done!” Pictured are chaperone, DeLacy Bembry, choir director, James Kirk and the participating girls.
Parkway students had to have ‘patience’ as they participated in the spelling bee Friday, May 9th. Third place was won by Olivia Hagen , 2nd place by Fabian Liriano, and the champion- spelling the word ‘patience’- was Elexus McMillan.
Highlights Magazine illustrator, Sally Springer, was our guest at Morningside Elementary for our Young Author’s celebration . She creates the Hidden Picture for the magazine and gave a hidden picture to each student in honor of their writing and creativity.
Students at Morningside Elementary switched places with Mrs. Bell-Gray, Principal; Mrs. Roach, vice-principal; and various teachers to help raise money for the Odyssey of the Mind team to go to the World competition. The students enjoyed carrying the radios, visiting classrooms, and teaching other students.
The Grand Parade is the capstone event of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Celebration. Once again this year, all of our schools participated in the parade. At the April 22, 2014 School Board Meeting, representatives from the Commemorative Celebration Committee presented trophies to the winning schools. In the Elementary Category, first place went to Fairlawn Elementary, second place went to Savanna Ridge Elementary, and third place went to Village Green Elementary. In the K-8 Category, first place went to Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, second place went to West Gate K-8, and third place went to St. Lucie West K-8 School. In the Middle School Category, first place went to Dan McCarty Middle School, second place went to Forest Grove Middle School, and third place went to Southern Oaks Middle School. All high schools received trophies for participation. The Overall Floating Trophy went to Dan McCarty Middle School and the Chairman of Judges Award went to Fairlawn Elementary. Congratulations to all our schools.
Pictured in back row are: Superintendent Genelle Yost, Rodrick Johnson- FPCH, Dr. David Washington-FPMSA, Terry Davis-FGM, Robert Cranmer- WGK-8, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Henry Sanabria- TCHS, John Keelor-SLWK-8, Andrew McIntosh-REE. Pictured on the front row are, James Sloan-FPW/MOA, Alex Oge-PSLH, Pam Dampier- LPA, Lillian Athill-FPMSA, Lisa Sullivan-SOM, Narvelene Lucas-WGK-8, Susan Seal-SLWK-8, Kathleen Melrose-SRE, Jennifer Hedeen-FLE.
Northport K-8 School Culinary Arts students, under the direction of instructor, Rachel Ellsworth, visited Publix grocery store on St. James Drive recently to learn about skills necessary for a career in the baking and cooking industry. Students visited the bakery department and learned about sanitation procedures and skills necessary to decorate beautiful cakes. Students were allowed to try their hand at icing and decorating cakes. Students also visited the butcher shop and learned all about the meat cutting and wrapping procedures. The butcher explained all about temperature control, sanitation and cleanliness guidelines. Publix department managers and store employees were extremely gracious and kind to the students and reiterated the importance of continuing education and life long learning. Many thanks to Publix Supermarkets for bringing the outside classroom to the students of Northport K-8 School. Pictured are Northport students leaning in to learn decorating skills.
For the last seven years, Northport K-8 School has built a strong bond and partnership with local veterans in Saint Lucie County. The program is called Veteran Partners In Education. Through the years, the Veteran Partners have served the children and families in a multitude of ways. Some examples of service to the school are, many classroom visits to talk about Patriotism and the military life, presented several living time lines, participation in the Purple Heart Memorial building, Read Across America guests, Northport commemorations for 9/11, Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year, Army One Presidential helicopter pilot visit, Korean War Armistice program, Salute to the Marine Corps birthday and many, many other events that bring the veterans into the school nearly every week.
Through data and meticulous record keeping, it has been determined that 15,305 students and families have been touched by the Veteran Partners program at Northport. On many visits, veterans will bring uniforms and hats for the students to try on. Recently, veterans Bill Arnold and Peter Popolizio, both Northport Senior Volunteers of the Year, with Mr. Popolizio also serving as the Saint Lucie County School Board Senior Volunteer of the Year for 2013-14, visited a particular student at Northport K-8 School. Aune Abdelquadar, seventh grade student on the Stingrays team, was rewarded with an authentic army veterans hat, complete with American flag pins and many other military insignia on the hat. Aune was rewarded with the hat because each time he see’s a veteran, his salute is stunning. His respect is unquestionable and outright moving. The veterans were thrilled to present Aune the hat and the students thought it was quite the remarkable occasion and were surprised by the visit in Mrs. Sandra Tyndale-Harvey’s class. Pictured are Peter Popolizio, Sandra Tyndale and Bill Arnold with Aune Abdelquader sporting his brand new hat.
The 4th and 5th Grade Chorus from Rivers Edge Elementary, under the direction of Mrs. Amy Martinkovic, entertained the participants at Relay for Life in St. Lucie West.
The graduating Eagles earned a visit from Mrs. Michelle Cuba, Coordinator of the Health Professions Department at Indian River State College. Mrs. Cuba spoke to the students in their classrooms about career options that are currently available and in high demand in the health professions, the salaries, and the required course work. She applauded the students for having an interest in the health professions; however, they have to take their current school work seriously in order to be successful academically in high school and college. Students were provided with pamphlets with information in careers such as, registered nursing, practical nursing, nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, medical laboratory technology, phlebotomy, radiology, physical therapist assistant, dental hygiene, and many more.
Pictured: Mrs. Michelle Cuba, students in Dr. Pierre’s U.S. History class
We are very proud of the significant increase in writing proficiency. Our students and our teachers have worked very hard this year to make this happen. If you notice, our percent proficient increased in each grade level tested.
- While the state saw a decline in 4th Grade, our percent proficient increased by 7 percent to 55%, which exceeds the state average of 53%.
- In 8th Grade, our percent proficient jumped 9 percent to 56% – while the state only saw an increase of 2%.
- And our 10th Grade percent proficient increased by 12 percent to 62% – while the state only saw an increase of 2%.
Again, these incredible increases are the result of the efforts of our students and teachers and we are so proud of them.
FCAT Writing Results 2014
St. Lucie Public Schools made great strides on this year’s FCAT Writing assessment. Twenty-nine out of 36 St. Lucie schools (81%) increased their proficiency levels in Writing over last year’s performance. Across the District, our proficiency rate at a Writing score of 3.5 rose 10 percentage points. These gains can be attributed to focused and concentrated efforts in schools to improve Writing across the District.
At every grade level, St. Lucie Schools realized significant gains in writing performance. At 4th grade, St Lucie students performed at 55% proficiency (above the State average of 53%), which represents a gain of 7 percentage points over last year’s performance. At 8th Grade, St Lucie students exceeded last year’s performance by 9% and 10th grade students meeting the performance target increased by 12%.
St. Lucie Schools with the highest gains in writing proficiency:
- Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts – UP 35%
- St. Lucie Elementary – UP 35%
- Dam McCarty Middle – UP 28%
- Oak Hammock K-8 – UP 20%
- Weatherbee – UP 20%
- Floresta – UP 19%
- Fort Pierce Central – UP 16%
- Savanna Ridge Elementary – UP 16%
- Bayshore – UP 15%
Grade 3 Reading and Math Results
Growth in 3rd Grade Reading and Math scores in St. Lucie remained consistent with growth levels across the State. Overall for the District, 50% of our students were proficient in Reading (at or above Achievement Level 3) and 47% of our Grade 3 students were proficient in Math.
St. Lucie Schools with the highest gains in Reading proficiency:
- Windmill Point – UP 10.5%
- Manatee K8 – UP 8.1%
- Northport K8 – UP 7.8%
- Village Green – UP 7.6%
- Sam Gaines Academy – UP 7.1%
- St. Lucie West K8 – UP 5.3%
- Morningside Elem – UP 4.9%
Schools with the highest gains in Math proficiency:
- Manatee K8 – UP 22.3%
- Weatherbee – UP 13.9%
- Morningside Elem – UP 11.1%
- Northport K8 – UP 8.3%
- Palm Pointe – UP 6.1%
- NAU Charter – UP 5.1%
- Village Green – UP 5.0%
- St. Lucie West K8 – UP 4.8%
- Sam Gaines Academy – UP 4.6%
- Windmill Point – UP 4.5%
Seven schools had gains in both Reading and Math in Grade 3. They include Manatee K8, Morningside, Northport K8, Samuel Gaines Academy, St. Lucie West K8, Village Green, and Windmill Point.
Northport K-8 middle grades track team under the tutelage and coaching of Joy Miller, ESE paraprofessional, have won accolades and a trophy at the final track meet of the season this year. The team competes with other track teams from K-8 and middle schools across the school district. The Northport K-8 School track teams practices every school day during the spring training and competition. There are twelve students on the team, five boys and seven girls. The competition was held this year at Lawnwood Stadium. Coach Miller said, “My girls and boys were determined to win!” Northport girls brought home a second place trophy and the boys placed fifth overall. Pictured are Coach Joy Miller in the center surrounded by her girls team including, Tatiana Nevarez, Mikeline Rene, Katrina Filemond, Dieula Esteril, Kiara Badalo and Wilnide Francois. Northport K-8 community is so proud of Coach Miller and our Northport girls and boys track students.
Samantha Lamora’s first grade writing class students take a break from writing their stories for The St Lucie County Young Author’s Festival to have a picnic and share their narratives with other students. The entire school (grades first through fifth) participated in writing their opinion, informative, and narrative pieces in hopes of becoming a Young Author’s finalist.
Northport K-8 sixth grade students and teachers extended the learning experience of lessons on the Holocaust recently through “Living Voices.” Living Voices was presented in the school’s media center at the behest of Tim Norfleet, SLC District Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and sixth grade social studies instructor, Georgia Stone. Actress and Living Voices presenter, Rachel McClinton from Seattle, Washington coaxed the audience of teachers, students and a few parents through tears, anger and frustration and finally the sorrow of the Holocaust. Ms. McClinton presented the story of Sara Vice, retelling the actual story of Anne Frank as a girl in Holland until her last days in the concentration camps in Germany where she died of Typhus one month before American and British soldiers liberated the camp. After the presentation using multi-media sources and dramatic acting, the students were able to pose questions and received thorough and clear responses. The presentation was an excellent scaffolding tool for a deeper understanding of the experiences of the Holocaust. Pictured is Rachel McClinton speaking to the sixth graders.
The Southport Middle School Drama Department wowed audiences in 4 sold-out shows with their performance of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” With a cast and crew of over one hundred students and volunteers, the show premiered fabulous costumes, a colorful set, and showcased talented singers, dancers and actors as they told the tale both “Under the Sea” and “Part of That World” above the sea.