Be the One: Kids at Hope Day at Oak Hammock

Be the One: Kids at Hope Day at Oak Hammock

To celebrate Kids at Hope Day 2014, Oak Hammock K-8 School implemented an anti-bullying campaign from November through January that empowers all Treasure Hunters and students to find the treasures in all members of the school community. Our personal rendition of the 2014 Kids at Hope theme: “Everyone a Treasure Hunter: Be the ONE to Stand up to Bullying!”

This campaign kicked off with a “Hats Off to You” fundraiser, where students and staff paid $1 to wear a hat on campus. Students were asked to identify their own talents, skills, and intelligence, as well as the treasures in their friends and family.

Next was a school-wide reading of the book One, by Kathryn Otoshi in each classroom. One is a simple yet powerful anti-bullying picture book that has many levels of meaning, making it accessible to students from Pre-K through 8th grade.

Then in January, staff will be trained on strategies to help students mentally time travel to the four destinations. Students’ and staff’s future dreams will be shared to further support connecting across our school community and see the treasures in one another.

We will be closing our campaign with the school-wide signing of a pledge to be a Treasure Hunter by seizing Moments of Truth to stand up against bullying. Students who agree to be the ONE to stand up to bullying will sign the pledge and receive a blue dot sticker as a symbol of their commitment to being a Treasure Hunter for others.

Hailey Mack, Mikey D'Andria, Jenny Nguyen, & Caden Deis stand next to the bulletin board created in band. Students focused on individual talents and compared it to how, just as in music, many different notes come together to create a masterpiece.

Hailey Mack, Mikey D’Andria, Jenny Nguyen, & Caden Deis stand next to the bulletin board created in band. Students focused on individual talents and compared it to how, just as in music, many different notes come together to create a masterpiece.

Become A School Volunteer

Become A School Volunteer

Become a school volunteer today!  We can help match your interests, skills, and schedule to the needs of our schools. Opportunities include:

After School Programs

Supervises, under the direction of the teacher, any after-school activities

Arts and Crafts Volunteer

Works with the art or classroom teacher helping students develop creativity and expanding appreciation of art

 

Business Partner

Provides expertise and resources to enhance the career-based educational perspective by participating in advisory committee functions, opportunities for career related internships, and/or special events and programs which assist student in skill development

Chaperone

Provides additional support and supervision of students while on field trips, sporting events, etc.

Classroom / Office Assistant Volunteer

Works with a particular school department or office staff performing designated departmental tasks such as, maintaining records, keeping inventory, and duplicating materials, cataloging materials or preparing teaching aids data entry.

Clinic Volunteer

Works in the clinic or health room to provide services for those students who are ill or unable to be in class because of health reasons and helping with health screening activities such as visual and hearing screenings. Community Resource Volunteer Provides special demonstrations, tasks or instruction on a variety of topics including careers, hobbies, travel or interests, which enrich student awareness and knowledge.

Exceptional Student  Volunteer

Assists special education teacher in implementing instructional activities for individual or groups of special education pupils

Library/Media Center Volunteer

Works under the supervision of the librarian to assist in operating the school library by shelving, filing, clipping, circulating, and processing books are some of the tasks to be performed

Mentor/Tutor

Works with a student or students on and individual or small group basis for approximately one hour per week.  To provide academic reinforcement, assist in goal development, and serve as a role model to students who may have been identified as at-risk

Speakers of Other Languages Volunteer

Assists in establishing effective written and oral communication among limited and non-English speaking students, parents and school personnel

Special Activities Volunteer

Performs occasional but important support as needed for the duration of a particular project by serving on committees, working with parent / teacher groups, assisting with special school activities working in the school store or assisting with school fund-raising projects

Supervision Volunteer

Assists in the cafeteria, as a hall monitor, in the parking lot or on the play- ground to provide additional supervision

Career / Technical Skills Volunteer

Assists individual students in areas of applied technology and career development activities These are only a sample of the areas in our schools where volunteers are needed.  Some additional job areas are:

  • Math Superstars
  • Readers / Listeners
  • Music
  • Band
  • Physical Education
  • Maintenance / Gardening

https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/our-district/volunteers/

Beeping Eggs

Beeping Eggs

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team partnered with Westside Church and St. Lucie Public Schools to again offer a “beeping” Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 29.  The event took place at Westside Church.

The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt was specifically offered for students with a visual impairment and featured special eggs that beep to help locate them.  After the hunt, participants were given special goodie bags of treats to enjoy when they returned home.  The project was made possible through equipment and funds provided by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

Photos provided by SLCSO.

      

Believe in Yourself Day

Believe in Yourself Day

Jacqueline, a 5th grader at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, designed  the first annual “Believe in Yourself” day. Students celebrated the positive qualities within themselves and others to motivate one another to be their best every day.

Best and Brightest

Best and Brightest

Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, established by the Florida Legislature, offers classroom teachers a monetary scholarship based on SAT or ACT scores and job performance evaluations. To qualify, a classroom teacher must have received a “highly effective” rating on their most recent performance evaluation and have scored at or above the 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT.  Beginning classroom teachers who have not been evaluated must only submit official documentation showing that their score on the SAT or ACT meets the eligibility requirements.  The amended statute indicates that a school district or charter school employee who is eligible for the $6,000 scholarship and who is no longer a classroom teacher may receive a Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship award if the employee met the requirement as a classroom teacher in the prior school year and was rated highly effective.

Classroom teachers can receive up to $6,000. However, if the number of eligible teachers statewide causes bonuses to exceed the total amount of the legislative appropriation, the Florida Department of Education will prorate the per-teacher scholarship amount.  Please read the Q and A document for additional details to assist in understanding the program’s parameters and provisions.

Classroom teachers must submit a completed Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Application Form with the requested documentation to Marla Grant in Human Resources, by November 1, 2018.  Note, previous recipients must submit the complete application form only.

If you have additional questions, please email Marla Grant, Director of Human Resources at marla.grant@stlucieschools.org.
Best and Brightest Q and A
Best and Brightest Application Form
FLDOE Memo Re: Best and Brightest
ACT-SAT Percentile Charts
Beta Club Award

Beta Club Award

Fort Pierce Central High School student Valerie Collins won 4th place for poetry in the National Beta Club competition in Oklahoma!

Valerie was joined by thousands of other students at the 2019 National Convention for Beta Clubs around the world.  This convention offers a unique experience for Beta members to gather and collaborate on project ideas as well as share academic and leadership abilities with peers from around the globe.

Better Speech and Hearing Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month

During the month of May, Northport celebrates Better Speech and Hearing month.  We are so thankful for our very own speech and language therapists, Jennifer Carey and Nicole Sedan.  Speech and Language therapists are some of the unsung heroes that make a school a successful learning environment.

School based Speech and Language Therapy addresses sound articulations, stuttering issues, reading comprehension, vocabulary, syntax problems as well as pragmatic issues such as eye contact, turn-taking and coping strategies and many other integral aspects of speech and hearing.

Helen Keller once noted that of all of her impairments, she was perhaps troubled most by her lack of speech and hearing.  She elaborated that while blindness separated her from her things, her lack of speech and hearing separated her from people.  There are over 123,000 speech-language pathologists in the world.  Almost half of those work in schools.

Way to go, Jennifer and Nicole!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake

Dr. Judi Miller presented St. Lucie Public Schools with certificates and awards for participation in this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event.  One hundred percent of SLPS participated in this unique glow bowl opportunity to have fun and raise money to support the efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters in our community.

1st Place: Floresta Elementary

2nd Place: Rivers Edge Elementary

3rd Place: F. K. Sweet Elementary

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Support Northport Students!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Support Northport Students!

What a pleasure and a real help to have Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) tutors on campus. With their love and support we have gone from a “C” school to a strong “B.” Thank you so much for your powerful assistance with some of our neediest children. Pictured are Esther Ruppel, Samantha Taylor, Bruce Kitson, Johanna Kitson and Leroy Cohen. Best Wishes BBBS for a wonderful year of assisting children.

Big Heart Brigade Delivers

Big Heart Brigade Delivers

The annual Big Heart Brigade is ready to serve the community again this year by delivering Thanksgiving meals.

To request a meal delivery on Thanksgiving morning, please call 621-3328.

Note: This phone line will only be monitored between:
Monday, October 29 and Friday, November 16.

Take the Billion Step Challenge

Take the Billion Step Challenge

Help support Healthy St. Lucie Coalition, a project focused on promoting health where we live, learn, work, and play.

The 2018 Billion Step Challenge is open to anyone who lives in the County.

Think about linking a wearable activity tracker device to your “Walker Tracker” account.

If you are interested in participating as an individual or as a team, contact Stacy Donnelly for more information.

 

Stacy Jacobson Donnelly

Wellness Manager

St. Lucie Public Schools

stacy.donnelly@stlucieschools.org

(772) 429-3974

 

Take the Billion Step Challenge

Billion Step Challenge

St. Lucie Public Schools is already making great strides with the Billion Steps Walking Challenge, an exciting new component of our employee wellness program. Everyone is invited to join in this challenge. It is a great way to begin a personal commitment to exercise, and it should prove to be a lot of fun as well!

The Billion Steps Walking Challenge is a chance to join your family, friends, and co-workers to develop healthy habits that will extend your life. For example, every minute of walking increases your lifespan by three minutes.

St. Lucie Public Schools is making a commitment to wellness and to having a healthy employees and students.

Calling all walkers

This is your mission, should you chose to accept it!

If you would like to start your own team:

  1. Go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com
  2. Click on “Register Now!”
  3. When it asks you to join a team, click “Need to Create One Instead”
  4. Create a team name and finish registering

(Once you’ve finished the signup process, you will find your team under the “Teams” tab in the navigation bar.  In your teams’ settings panel, you can then invite walkers to join).

If you would like to start your own team:

  1. Go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com
  2. Click on “Register Now!”
  3. When it asks you to join a team, click “Need to Create One Instead”
  4. Create a team name and finish registering
Take the Billion Step Challenge

Billion Step Challenge

St. Lucie Public Schools is already making great strides with the Billion Steps Walking Challenge, an exciting new component of our employee wellness program. Everyone is invited to join in this challenge. It is a great way to begin a personal commitment to exercise, and it should prove to be a lot of fun as well!

The Billion Steps Walking Challenge is a chance to join your family, friends, and co-workers to develop healthy habits that will extend your life. For example, every minute of walking increases your lifespan by three minutes.

St. Lucie Public Schools is making a commitment to wellness and to having a healthy employees and students.

Calling all walkers!

This is your mission, should you chose to accept it!

If you would like to start your own team:

  1. Go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com
  2. Click on “Register Now!”
  3. When it asks you to join a team, click “Need to Create One Instead”
  4. Create a team name and finish registering

(Once you’ve finished the signup process, you will find your team under the “Teams” tab in the navigation bar.  In your teams’ settings panel, you can then invite walkers to join).

If you would like to start your own team:

  1. Go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com
  2. Click on “Register Now!”
  3. When it asks you to join a team, click “Need to Create One Instead”
  4. Create a team name and finish registering
Bingo!

Bingo!

Weatherbee’s PBS/Kids at Hope Bingo for Books event was a smashing success! Over 500 students participated in playing bingo and many won  books for their efforts.  Thanks to the media center for donating books for the event.  Several thanks to our PBS-Events Committee for organizing such a fun activity for our students.  Our October event will be an Ice Cream Social.  YUM!

Bingo for Books at Morningside Keeps Parents Informed

Bingo for Books at Morningside Keeps Parents Informed

Morningside Elementary PBIS team hosted their very first Bingo for books to reward students with books and to inform parents about our behavior procedures for the classroom, hallway, cafeteria and playground.  Parents, grandparents and friends joined their children for an evening of fun, food, and at least two books per student.

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Biomedical Academy Students Learn About CSI

Biomedical Academy Students Learn About CSI

During the first year of the Port Saint Lucie High School’s Biomedical Program taught by Ms. Irene Ruiz, students are introduced to “The Case of Anna Garcia.” Students spend the year solving the case of this fictitious character, reading through autopsy reports, medical records, and learning about her medical conditions. On Tuesday, 9.18.2018, Bridget Coghlan, from St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit, came to speak to the students about crime scene investigating, fingerprinting, and analyzing blood spatters at the scene.

Photos include the simulated crime scene, and Coghlan speaking to the classes about CSI.

A great thanks to Bridget Coghlan and the Sheriff’s Office for showing the students all about Crime Scene Investigating!.

 

Black History Hall of Fame at White City Elementary

Black History Hall of Fame at White City Elementary

The students of White City Elementary have created a Black History Hall of Fame which celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans. Students are learning about the contributions of influential African Americans.  Classes are conducting research and discovering the accomplishments of historical figures.