• Oscar J Pope Elementary
  • Oscar J Pope Elementary
  • Oscar J Pope Elementary
  • Oscar J Pope Elementary

Welcome to Our Website

Welcome to the Oscar J. Pope Elementary Web site!  At Oscar J. Pope Elementary, we are building a culture of excellence.  We are champions!

We are OSCAR!
  • O: On task
  • S: Safe
  • C: Caring
  • A: Accepting Responsibility
  • R: Respectful

Latest News

Parent Curriculum Guide

Download the 2016-17 Parent Curriculum Guide here.

Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Tiffany Ricco and Cindy Cusmano for being named the Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year! 

Tiffany Ricco currently teaches fifth grade and has worked at OJP for ten years.  During her time here, she has taught second, third, and fifth grade.  Ms. Ricco has a passion for science, and she loves engaging students in thought provoking science experiments.  Ms. Ricco also supports the school through extracurricular activities.  She is the chairperson of the school's Lakeland Christmas Parade committee, has been the sponsor of the school's "Green Recycling Team", and is co-sponsoring the fifth grade safety patrol this year.  Congratulations Ms. Ricco!

Cindy Cusmano has been a school bus driver for more than ten years.  This year, Ms. Cusmano serves students in both the general and exceptional student education programs.  Ms. Cusmano can often be found assisting students with equipment, providing a cheerful hello to staff members in the morning, and serving as a resource to fellow bus drivers and bus attendants.  Congratulations Ms. Cusmano!

Early Dismissal Days for the 2016-17 School Year

Polk County Public Schools have designated the following days in the 2016-17 school year as "early dismissal days" where students will be dismissed from school two and one-half hours early.  Students at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School will be dismissed at 12:30 P.M.  Students should be picked up no later than 12:45 P.M. on early dismissal days.  Please make plans accordingly.

September 14, October 5, November 16, January 25, February 15,

March 15, May 17

Lakeland Beta Sigma Phi Donates to OJP PTO

The ladies of the Lakeland Beta Sigma Phi donated $450 to the Oscar J. Pope Elementary PTO in May to enrich the lives of all students through a general assembly.  The donated funds were used to secure "Dodgeball 2 You" as the final OSCARbration of the year.  All students attended this fun event and had a wonderful time.  We are truly grateful for the generosity of the Lakeland Beta Sigma Phi.

School Public Accountability Report (SPAR)

Please click here to see the latest School Public Accountability Report (SPAR) for Oscar J. Pope Elementary School.

Get Involved at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School

There are many ways you can get involved at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School!  We are actively seeking parents and family members to join our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) to work on special projects such as fundraisers, yearbook, student and staff incentives, and promoting the school in the community.  Your membership in the OJP PTO is free!

Another avenue to explore as you get involved is to join the School Advisory Council (SAC).  The SAC committee meets once a month, usually on the third Friday at 7:30 A.M. in the Jay W. Erwin Media Center.  This committee consists of school staff, parents, and community members.  Monthly SAC meetings focus on the good news of OJP and ways we are moving forward to raise student achievement. 

Have you considered being a school volunteer?  Volunteers help in a multitude of ways such as cutting out laminating for teachers, shelving books in the Jay W. Erwin Media Center, putting up bulletin board displays, assisting on field trips, and mentoring students.  If you are interested in being a school volunteer, please get in touch with Mrs. Grier, our school counselor and volunteer coordinator.

One of the fundraisers we participate in each year is Box Tops for Education.  General Mills provides ten cents to our school for each box top submitted.  Check your child's Wednesday folder regularly for the monthly box tops collection sheet.  Please remember to check the expiration date on the box top before submitting.  If you need additional box tops collection sheets, we will be glad to provide them to you!

Upcoming Events

Date Activity Notes
September 26 Vision Screenings Grades K, 1, and 3
Jay W. Erwin Media Center
September 30 OSCARbration:  Outdoor Games 2:15 - 2:45 P.M.
40 Horseshoes to Attend
October 5 Early Dismissal Day 12:30 P.M. Dismissal
October 12 PBIS/CHAMPS/Security Meeting 3:15 P.M.
Jay W. Erwin Media Center
October 14 Fall Picture Day Check Wednesday folders for ordering information.
Students must be in school uniforms.
October 17 Student/Non-Instructional Holiday Teacher Workday
October 19 End of the 1st Grading Quarter  
October 21 Grades Due by Noon  
October 28 OSCARbration: 
Pumpkin Time
2:15 - 2:45 P.M.
40 Horseshoes to Attend
October 28 Wacky Wear Day All students and staff are encouraged to participate.