Principal's Place

Hello Owl Families!

The 2019-2020 school year is going to be an exciting year filled with lots of celebrations! Our staff has been continuing to gather data and identify areas of need for our students so that every student can achieve the goal of learning at high levels. This means that they collaborate weekly and often more frequently to identify the essential standards (must have learning goals for that grade in order to succeed in future grades), they create common assessments and learning activities so that all students have equal access to high levels of learning, and they analyze data to pinpoint specific areas for re-teaching and/or extended learning. At the end of last year we had some solid data that informed us that our students need support in more than just their essential learning goals. They need support with social emotional skills, tools for self-regulation of emotions, and they need to feel more connected to our school community. To address those needs we will be placing a focus on teaching those skills through a curriculum called Sanford Harmony as well as through lessons with our school counselor. We will continue to use SOAR as our common language for student expectations but this year we have developed lessons that explicitly teach and model those expectations to our students. We will continue to make academics a priority as we increase access and support for behavioral and emotional needs. Please visit this website and follow us on Facebook as well Aeries portal communications to stay informed and hear about all of the celebrations as we progress through the year! @orchardowlses

Angela Quinteros