St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent recently accepted a donation of 200 sackpacks containing essential school supplies from the Office Depot Business Solutions Division. The sackpacks will be distributed to deserving students within the school district.
The donations were made as part of the Office Depot and Office Depot Foundation’s award-winning National Backpack Program, through which the company gives children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life – every school year.
The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.
In 2015, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of the company – are celebrating the 15th year of the National Backpack Program. By the end of 2015, they will have given away more than 3.7 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.
Office Depot believes that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope. The sackpacks and school supplies that it donates help to level the playing field and give children a reason to stand just a little bit taller, the company says.
Lincoln Park Academy was recognized as a winner of Odyssey of the Mind. Students took 8th in World for Problem 2 Division 3. Pictured are, Baylie Cainas, Chairman Debbie Hawley, Coordinator Ms. Judi Hueter, William Clarizio, Rachael Howard, Hamza Razuman, Samreen Razuman, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Brenden Rouse. Team member, Samantha Strong, was unable to attend this recognition. Congratulations to a job well done!
Mariposa Elementary has formed a Division I Odyssey team for the 2016 Regional competition.
Our team is compromised of the following team members:
Third Grade Representative: Justin Horton
Fourth Grader Representatives: Samantha Gardner, James Philips, Sydnee Rubenstein, Janellie Alvarez
Fifth Grade Representative: Alexandra Smith
Coaches: Mrs. Jennifer Scipioni, Mrs. Patricia Gomes
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving program where students work together to solve problems. Some problems are spontaneous and solved within minutes on the day of competition. They also have a long-term problem. This long-term problem takes months of preparation. The team must create their own play with costumes, props and setting without adult assistance. As if that isn’t hard enough, there are restrictions and requirements that they must include in the play. This year the problem the team decided to complete is titled Fins, Furs, Feathers and Friends. They are creating a comedic play about animals who have to solve three different problems.
Keep an eye out for the debut of our play in front of Mariposa students and staff at the end of February. It will be our final preparation for our competition in Boca Raton on Saturday, February 27th, against other schools in our region. If the team wins, they will go to University of Central Florida in April to compete against the entire state. Wish them luck!
“Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.
Monday, October 1st 2018 is World Day of Bullying Prevention
Wear a blue shirt.
This is your chance to make bullying prevention heard around the world!
You can begin to change the culture by putting an end to Bullying and Cyberbullying!”
National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign and is held during the month of October. This campaign unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Over the years it has grown from an initial week-long event to a worldwide effort with thousands of individuals participating in multiple activities throughout the month.
During the month of October, hundreds of schools, major corporations, and many celebrities have joined the movement to STOMP out BULLYING. St. Lucie Public Schools takes bullying very seriously and we join this movement in October and continue to take a stand everyday to STOMP out BULLYING!
National Principals Month is your opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great things that principals do.
On October 19, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join with others to wear pink.
Why Wear It Pink on October 19th? This is a day people come together in work places, schools, homes and communities to wear pink, raise money and show their support for breast cancer awareness.
Snap a Wear It Pink photo and send it to Stacy Donnelly, the District’s Wellness Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Lucie Public Schools is planning a celebration to honor National Unity Day on October 25th. On this day, we are asking everyone to wear ORANGE to send a message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that on November 20, 2018, School Board Attorney Dan Harrell swore into office three re-elected School Board Members. The District welcomes the continued leadership of Debbie Hawley (District 1), Dr. Donna Mills, (District 3) and Troy Ingersoll (District 5). The three Board Members unite with members Carol Hilson (District 2) and Kathryn Hensley (District 4).
Also, in the November 20th School Board Organizational Meeting, Mrs. Debbie Hawley was elected Chairman and Mrs. Kathryn Hensley was elected Vice Chairman. Congratulations, Mrs. Hawley and Mrs. Hensley!
Debbie Hawley, Chairman
Kathryn Hensley, Vice Chairman
Carol A. Hilson
Dr. Donna Mills
During the November 22nd Organizational Meeting of the School Board, School Board Attorney Daniel B. Harrell administered the Oath of Office to School Board Member Carol A. Hilson (residing in District No. 2) and School Board Member Kathryn Hensley (residing in District No. 4). Both were re-elected to four year terms and will continue to proudly serve the students, staff, and community of St. Lucie County.
Friday night, Fort Pierce Wal-Mart was filled with excitement as 100 Lakewood Park Elementary students were treated to shopping for school uniforms by Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack. The event was organized by his mother, Mrs Yolanda Mack. Pictured: Mrs. Yolanda Mack, teacher at Lakewood Park Elementary; Khalil Burns, LWP student; and Principal Dianne Young.
Third graders in Amber Martin’s class worked in cooperative groups researching nonfiction books to identify main idea and details about both the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans. The groups presented their bubble maps to one another in class.
What better way to celebrate autumn than by “falling” into great books? Oak Hammock hosted a literacy night recently for students and families filled with ELA-related events. Students participated in a book swap, shopped at the book fair, made book marks, wrote silly stories and spooky poems, participated in book-related activities, and read their new books in the reading graveyard. Local author Stephanie Sisler read her books aloud to captive audiences, and Alicia Bell from the St. Lucie Public Library System helped families sign up for library cards. In the photo, reading teacher Jonetha Maness is helping Lexi Pyle Torres think of her favorite book to add to the “Fall into Great Books” tree.
Oak Hammock students recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week with support from the local Elks Lodge and Kids at Hope. The theme for the week was “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.” Students took part in a door decorating contest, participated in presentations from the local Elks Lodge, and wore red each day in creative ways to represent their commitment to a drug-free life. Pictured are sixth graders Katelyn Dorvilus, Jasmin Ramos, Vicenza Giraldo, Giavanna Bolf, and Mya Williams decorating their pod bulletin board for Red Ribbon Week.
The Oak Hammock Osprey Band, led by Director of Bands Amy Isenhower, performed the National Anthem at the New York Mets’ recent Spring Training game against the University of Michigan. This is the third time the group has performed at a Mets game as they are appreciated for their performances.
Kindergartners in Molly Hartley’s class at Oak Hammock K8 School recently jumped into a story in the media center! Using an iPad app and an amazing book, students got to see the pages of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by William Joyce come alive on the SmartBoard! Pictured, from left, are Amarion Johnson, Benjamin Spencer Taylor, Presley Spencer, Ethan Riggs, Clifford Pierre, Deanna Romero, Brianna Monroig, Isaiah Ocasio, Richard Lucas III, Zachary Kaes, and Chloe Caldwell.
The 2014 Oak Hammock Spelling Bee was held recently, with 18 students representing grades 4 through 8 participating. Congratulations to all contestants! Eighth grade student Emily Fortin, left, is the Oak Hammock Spelling Bee Champion, while fifth grade student Kyle Kierst is the winner for grades K-5.
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
Middle School — 6th Grade Eagles
Thank you to all that participated!
To end their study of Holidays Around the World, Oak Hammock K-8’s Kindergartners had a special visitor today! Thanks to the Fire Department and our SRO for providing Santa’s escort!
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!