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Jenks Foundation to Hold Annual Auction Feb. 24

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FEBRUARY FUNDRAISER: Elizabeth Inbody, left, Jenks Public Schools Foundation (JPSF) executive director, and Liz Flake, JPSF event coordinator, hold the poster for the foundation’s 2017 auction and dinner. The theme for this year’s event is “One Big Trojan Family,” and it will be held Feb. 24.

Courtesy Jenks Public Schools Foundation

Jenks Public Schools Foundation (JPSF) will hold its annual auction and dinner fundraising event on Feb. 24 at River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Pkwy., at 6 p.m.

This year’s theme is “One Big Trojan Family.” The evening will include dinner, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment.

Individual tickets are available for $100; tables of 10 are also available for purchase.
JPSF supports programming at JPS that otherwise would not happen, says Liz Flake, JPSF event coordinator. 

The foundation currently supports 10 programs in the district. They are:

Operation Aware
The nonprofit organization, founded in 1979, provides drug and alcohol prevention education.

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Learning Labs
Five Jenks Public Schools sites currently feature STEM Learning Labs.

The labs bring together creativity, cooperation, problem solving, time management and responsibility to form the framework of the STEM curriculum, which provides students with a self-directed, hands-on approach to learning, according to the JPSF website. The labs create a learning environment that encourages students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and discover new interests.

Each student maintains a digital portfolio on Google Drive to document the experiences, challenges, and goals of every project. By the end of the semester, these portfolios are filled with descriptions of activities, such as stop-motion animation, sound engineering, stereogram design, robotics, pneumatics, video game design, Photoshop editing, film editing, digital arts, and even creating a solar oven—all of which are managed entirely by the students in two-person teams.

Jenks Wild
Jenks Wild provides sixth grade students the opportunity to learn in outdoor learning labs.

The program takes students on three days of outdoor adventures where the outdoors becomes the classroom and students engage in hands-on activities involving observations and interactions with animals and plant ecosystems found in Flint Creek and the surrounding Ozark Hills.

Junior Achievement’s BizTown
BizTown is a hands-on initiative that gives fifth-graders the opportunity to learn how a city operates by performing the duties of mayor, business people, news reporters and other occupations that are important to a community’s economy and quality of life.

Leading up to students’ visit to BizTown is a five-week study of basic economics.

This event gives students a real-world experience that enhances their grasp of information provided in the classroom and ignites their inspiration for future education and career goals.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an in-school academic support program for grades 8–12. It is a college preparatory program that requires enrollment in rigorous curriculum; students also learn leadership skills, organizational and study skills, critical thinking and problem solving.

Many of the students who take advantage of this elective class are the first in their family to pursue a college degree.

GoNoodle videos are used for students from pre-K to sixth grade to help channel their energy and stimulate learning without leaving the classroom. The videos lead students in a variety of purposeful movement designed to get the wiggles out and refocus the classroom.

Core subject experts create repeatable movement activities that develop memory and fluency in math, spelling and vocabulary, and help to improve academic performance.

Artists in the Schools
This partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa began in the 1970s and connects professional artists with classroom teachers and their students. Each year, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, visual artists, writers, and cultural presenters provide an exciting component to teachers’ curriculum.

Author at Work
This program provides supplies and paper for students through second grade. The supplies are meant to encourage students to discover the basic building blocks of writing and to foster the next generation of great writers.

Vision of Excellence Awards
The award program recognizes faculty and staff for outstanding qualities of leadership, continuous improvement, customer focus and teamwork.

Faculty and staff are nominated by their peers and members of the public through the nomination process each spring.

The winner is honored before his/her peers at the annual “Back to School” celebration and receives a cash stipend and award.

The Vision of Excellence Awards serve as a deserved incentive of recognition that is meant to encourage faculty and staff to perform at their highest and most creative levels for the benefit of students.

Updated 02-14-2018

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