OHK-8 Promotes Bullying Prevention

OHK-8 Promotes Bullying Prevention

Oak Hammock K-8 School Promotes Bullying Prevention with a Bulletin Board Decorating Contest!

October was National Bullying Prevention Month.

To celebrate, each elementary grade group and middle school team at Oak Hammock K-8 School participated in a bulletin board decorating contest with a theme of Bullying Prevention.

The winners of the contest are:

 

Elementary — 3rd Grade

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Middle School — 6th Grade Eagles

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Thank you to all that participated!

Oak Hammock K-8 Hosted “Veterans and First Responders Salute & Tunnel of Hope”

Oak Hammock K-8 Hosted “Veterans and First Responders Salute & Tunnel of Hope”

We had the most memorable event celebrating our Veterans and First Responders at Oak Hammock K-8 School. It was a privilege to welcome our guests to enjoy Mrs. Isenhower’s Band Performance, Mrs. Allen’s Choir, and Operation Osprey Cadets Color Guard led by Mrs. Bozzo. It was an honor for  First Responders and community Veterans to receive appreciation and love from our students, faculty, and staff. Thank you to all families who celebrated this day with us. The patriotism and support from the next generation of leaders, our students, has inspired all of us to continue building unity among our community. Take a moment to thank a hero, tap them on the shoulder, smile and say, thank you for keeping us safe in the USA!

Oak Hammock K-8 Honors Personal Heroes for Veterans Day

Oak Hammock K-8 Honors Personal Heroes for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day 2015, Oak Hammock K-8 celebrated and honored all of their personal heroes. The wall of stars represent the friends and family members of the Oak Hammock staff and students that have served in the military. Ribbons were attached to the stars to represent special circumstances. Red = Killed in Action; White = career/extended service; Blue = became a law enforcement officer or fireman when they returned; Yellow = still serving. We also added pictures and personal stories for those who chose to share.

The wall will be displayed for the rest of November. We are so thankful for the service of all of our friends and family.

Oak Hammock fourth graders take the lead to read

Oak Hammock fourth graders take the lead to read

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.

Oak Hammock fourth grader remembers Dr. King’s dream by taking action

Excerpts from essay by Lindsey Smith

Dr. King was known for service, equality and education.  I am like him too!  Service was something that Dr. King
did to help his friends and family. Even though I am a kid, I volunteer at the assisted living home where my mom works.
Dr. King also fought so people would be treated equally.   I sure am not some big hero like Dr. King, but I try to make sure that I share, treat people the way I want to be treated and be friends with everyone.  I always try to be an amazing student following Mrs. Rinelli’s directions, being organized, and finishing my work.  I guess Martin and I are kind of alike but we are different too.

Oak Hammock and Manatee Academy students book chat via technology

Oak Hammock and Manatee Academy students book chat via technology

Students from Oak Hammock K8 and Manatee Academy K8 recently had the opportunity to chat about favorite books via video conferencing. Both schools are participating in the Young Adult Choice (YAC) program, where students in grades 7-12 get to read and vote for their favorite new books. During the video conference, students from both schools shared their favorite new YAC books. Amazing book talks from students left the young readers anxious to read more! Pictured are Oak Hammock students Joshua Hawes, Chiara Castro, Ashley Ramsaran, Analyse Bell, and Marsha Chevalier video conferencing with students at Manatee K-8.

Oak Hammock 7th Grade Students Investigate Adaptations of Darwin’s Finches

Oak Hammock 7th Grade Students Investigate Adaptations of Darwin’s Finches

Students in Ms. Seaton’s 7th grade science class spent some time using different tools which simulate the various possible beaks that birds on the Galapagus Islands have. Students made hypotheses then tested the efficiency of each beak, and then went on to do increased competition as resources dwindled. They were able to make the connection between their hands on experience and how adaptations and competition affects survival of the fittest. They truly enjoyed the experience.  Pictured are Paula Arias and Seylor Worrow

NY Times Bestselling Author David Finch Speaks on Autism – Free to Public

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — David Finch is a humorist and author of The Journal of Best Practices, a New York Times best-selling memoir. As part of the FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series, this free speaking engagement will take place on March 10, 2016, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the St. Lucie Public Schools District Office located at 4204 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce.

Finch himself was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome shortly after he was married in 2003 and has since focused on a personal self-improvement journey. Using his own life story and his humorous delivery style, this former semiconductor engineer turned full-time writer and speaker provides valuable insights, shares life lessons, and delivers a message of hope and inspiration.

“This is a unique opportunity, and I encourage people to register and attend. Not only does David Finch have a powerful message that will support the needs of many of our parents and teachers, but he also has a positive and entertaining delivery that truly engages his audience,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

The FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation. Registration is required and will close on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 5:00 PM. Register at:

https://david-finch.eventbrite.com

Event Details

“Oh, You Needed Me to Pay Attention?” Classroom Perspective from a Deceptively Remarkable Student. This presentation is specifically geared for educators, administrators, and parents who find themselves occasionally baffled by their students. K-12 and higher education benefit equally, and in many cases CEUs may be offered for attending.

“Oh, You Needed Me to Pay Taxes?” Successful Transitions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Navigating transition from elementary education into high school, high school into college or vocation, and college into career involves a little more for individuals with special needs. When high school is over, the IEP may go away but the needs persist. This lecture addresses considerations of transition, including such crucial life skills as making friends, dating, getting and staying organized, dealing with difficult emotions, dealing with looser schedules and greater uncertainty, interviewing, disclosure, and above all, achieving independence.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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Nutcrackers help Lawnwood Elementary writing students learn character development

Nutcrackers help Lawnwood Elementary writing students learn character development

The students in Carolyn Bates’s first grade class at Lawnwood Elementary School are writing about literary characters using their collection of nutcrackers. Students recently took a field trip to The Sunrise Theatre in downtown Fort Pierce to see a production of The Nutcracker Ballet, and then wrote about their favorite moments adding illustrations and captions. The students then presented their writing to the rest of the class. Pictured are Ms. Bates and students in the class’ Writer’s Club.

Number of PBIS Model Schools Increases

Number of PBIS Model Schools Increases

St. Lucie Public Schools has 25 PBIS Model Schools for the 2017-2018 School Year.   This great honor truly shows that our schools have worked tirelessly to address the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for their students and have embraced the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Framework.  We are also very pleased that our staff continues to provide on-going support to schools through coaching and technical assistance.  A special thank you to Robert O’Neill for his continued leadership with this project and for continuing to serve as the liaison with the University of South Florida.

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary School

Number of PBIS Model Schools Increases

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 25 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of three from last years’ pool of honorees.  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools.  He said, “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary School

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Number of PBIS Model Schools Increases

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 25 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of three from last years’ pool of honorees.  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools.  He said, “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary School

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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NPK8 Thanks Our Community

NPK8 Thanks Our Community

Northport teachers, staff, and administrators celebrated the community support and passing of the education referendum.

Thank you…Thank You…Thank You…to all who voted in favor of our children, our teachers, our security, and our future!