Updates from Mrs. Froning
March 24, 2019
1/2 Professional Learning News
This past Friday afternoon, our staff engaged in a professional development session around Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) tier 1 academic instruction. Tier 1 instruction is the instruction that takes place in your child’s classroom on a daily basis, which includes universal strategies for intervention and accommodations available to all students. Tier 2 instruction is designed to support the 10-15% of students that require additional supports and structures to be successful. Tier 3 instruction is designed to be much more intensive as a means to support up to 5% of students that require a more specialized instructional approach. Staff took time today to focus in on one of the 6 Embedded Practices of a lesson from our district Instructional Framework, which include:
- · Supportive and Productive Environment,
- · Learning Targets and Success Criteria,
- · Discourse,
- · Effective Questioning,
- · Descriptive Feedback, and
- · Balanced Assessment.
Additionally, Professional Learning Teams spent time to apply the Instructional Framework to an upcoming lesson with a particular focus on these Embedded Practices.
Time for professional learning is incredibly valuable and we appreciate our parent community’s support of half days to focus on school improvement efforts. We know that if we continue to grow and stretch ourselves as educators, that our students will benefit in the classroom!
March is Reading Month: Author Julia Cook is coming to Oakley!
The Award Winning Author, Julia Cook will be visiting Oakley on Wednesday, March 27th:
K- 2 8:30 - 9:20 am
3-5 9:30 - 10:30 am
Both assemblies will be in the Media Center.
We’re excited to welcome author, Julia Cook, to Oakley Park on Wednesday, March 27th. Julia Cook is a former school counselor and author of MANY books about topics ranging from autism, teasing vs. bullying, cell phone safety, and MUCH MORE!
A special thank you to our PTA for funding this special author visit! Julia Cook will be offering a Parent Night on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. Please see the flyer below regarding Parent Night. She will focus on a variety of important parenting topics like: social skills, video game addiction, and balancing your lives as parents. We encourage you to join her!
M-Step Spring 2019
➔ 5th Grade - April 8th - May 3rd
➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 29th - May 24th
Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations during these testing windows. Absent students will be required to take make-up tests on alternate dates and miss classroom instruction. Teachers will provide more specific scheduling information as the testing window approaches. We appreciate your support!
Math Grade Skipping Procedures for 2019-2020
Students will take the test after school on Thursday, April 11th at Oakley Park in our computer lab.
We have paper copies of the application in our main office. The application is also below.
Green School Recognition
Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond Information
At its February 7th meeting, the Walled Lake Schools’ Board of Education approved moving forward with a $316 million bond election May 7, 2019. It will not be a tax increase to District residents. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said: “We have a unique opportunity at this time where we can request a $316 million bond without a tax increase that will actually result in a tax decrease. The District currently has five outstanding debt obligations, four of which will be paid off within five years, and other factors that give the District this opportunity.” The bond election is for infrastructure and educational equity improvements at all schools with significant building changes at Dublin Elementary and Western High schools, as well as an early childhood facility, and some safety and security additions. “Our goal is to offer functional, equitable learning atmospheres across the District and to address myriad infrastructure needs. These critical upgrades range from heating and ventilation systems, roof and window replacements, and lighting upgrades, to restroom and locker room renovations, and parking lot and sidewalk repairs at most of our buildings. The critical repairs needed at our 22 buildings far exceed our Sinking Fund,” Gutman added. “Keeping our schools in good repair improves our children’s learning environment and is linked to increased property values.”
2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!
· We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.
· Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.
· There are several half-days throughout the school year.
As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.
You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?
Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.
Tuesday, March 26th
- 4th Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27th
- Author Julia Cook visits Oakley Park
- Report Card post in Family Access after 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 28th
- Spring Picture Day!
- Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5
Monday, April 8th
- School Resumes
Friday, April 19th
- No school: Student or Staff (observance of Good Friday)
Debra Bradshaw, Principals Secretary
Karen Clark, Building Secretary