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:
“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.
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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
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.
Principal Carmen Peterson (center) congratulates Oak Hammock’s Night of the Stars representatives: (left to right) School Related employee Norm White, Distinguished Minority Teacher Vivian Sides, Outstanding First Year Teacher Olivia Ash and Teacher of the Year Dorothy Levin.
Four Oak Hammock Band students were selected to participate in Indian River State College’s Four County Honor Band. Each year students are selected from the band programs at all schools in Saint Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties for the Four County Honor Band.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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