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Email Brooke Thompson at Brooke.Thompson@vbschools.com to attend one of our orientation dates.
NOT A TEACHER?
NOT A PROBLEM.
NOT A PROBLEM.
Ocean Lakes High School welcomes volunteers who can assist in whatever way that they can. What follows is a list of programs, in addition to the traditional PTA volunteer areas, that would benefit from your expertise:
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
The Partners in Education program supports collaborative efforts between schools and partnering organizations that promote students’ academic and personal growth. Partners vary, ranging from businesses and service organizations to community groups, faith-based organizations, and military commands. Partnerships support activities that that are aligned with specific goals and provide expanded material, financial, and/or human resources to enhance teaching and learning.
Jim Cartwright—program coordinator
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MENTOR PROGRAM (AMP)
OLHS supports the division’s Compass to 2015 objective of improving academic performance in all students with an emphasis on African-American young men. Our school-wide African-American male mentorship program (AMP), is an opportunity for professionals to serve as mentors helping students realize their academic and personal goals,
Gary Clark—program coordinator
ACADEMY SENIOR PROJECT MENTOR PROGRAM
The Academy Senior Project welcomes those who wish to serve as mentors or research advisors. If you work in a field that involves math, science, or technology, and are interested, please contact
Nancy Moskway-Vadersen at 648-5550, Ext. 57760.
POD: Preparing Our Dolphins
This year begins the second year of a volunteer program that we hope will become an Ocean Lakes Tradition. Preparing Our Dolphins, or POD, is a volunteer supported mentoring initiative that pairs professionals from the community with students who require assistance in the content areas of Language Arts (reading and writing) or Math.
Tutoring will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during and after school. Volunteer times are listed on the Volunteer Registration Form.
Could you Be a POD coach?
Parents—-Often parents have expertise in an area of study that would benefit our students. While some teenagers refuse to listen to their own parents, you’d be surprised how open they are to other adults.
Adults—Field professionals, retired or active, who can help students to see the real world applications and relevance of what they are learning are a huge resource for gifted underachievers and learners who are struggling in specific content areas.
Learners—Students, upper level high school and college level, who have mastered entry level coursework and especially those who have mastered advanced placement coursework could serve as peer mentors.
Sometimes students need to see and hear the content presented in a new way to have that “Eureka” moment. What if it’s your voice and your perspective that could make the difference in a student’s success?
Coaches will be provided an opportunity to receive training in the subject areas in which they wish to assist. They will work closely with OLHS teachers to provide the support needed to their assigned Dolphin, or they may choose to work in a group tutoring environment with subject teachers.
Orientations are a mandatory part of the training. The dates will be announced no later than the second week of September. Orientation lasts approximately one hour.
If you are interested in serving as a POD Coach or in volunteering with our Partners in Education or AMP programs please contact:
Brooke Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator
(757) 648-5550 Ext. 57771