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From the Principal

Photo of Dr. Wesley P. ManadayI am pleased to be the principal of the Oldham School. My staff works hard to make the school a great place to be.

The Oldham School is a sprawling one storied elementary school. The school has12 classrooms, Grades 1-5, with an approximate enrollment of 230 students from diverse backgrounds. It is the mission of the school to help students: communicate effectively, think analytically, and act responsibly.

First, to help children communicate effectively, our school has a balanced literacy model in place.  We make reading and writing by, with, and to children part of our weekly lessons in English Language Arts (ELA). Teachers share reading and writing, students practice during independent reading and writing, and teachers work with small groups of children during guided reading and writing lessons. For more information about our literacy program, please click here.

We also use the DRA as an assessment piece to help us to identify the grade level of reading for each student. The school has a consulting teacher of reading and a certified library media specialist to help align our literacy resources. Thanks to our Parent Teacher Organization, our school library and classroom libraries have up-to-date collections of Children's Books.

Second, to help children think analytically, we have the enVision 2.0 Math Program that is fully powered for Common Core to support print, blended, and 1:1 digital learning experiences. Follow this link for a document showing that correlation: http://www.pearsonschool.com/envisionmath2 (Click on mathematics). From the website:  "The program's new organization promotes focus and coherence.  The major work at every grade is the priority for earlier in the year, enabling extensive exposure prior to assessments. Focuses on Common Core Math Clusters; Develops in-depth understanding; Connects mathematical content and practice standards."  Our teachers continually look at student progress from the student results of the mathematics common assessments developed by the district for Grades 1-5. Our goal is to: identify students at risk, teach to obtain mastery, and achieve success.

Third, to help students behave responsibly, the Open Circle program is being used in many of our classrooms. All teachers have been trained in this program. Open Circle helps all participants to work together to resolve conflicts, including those in bullying situations, in a curriculum that addresses social and emotional learning. It is our hope that the children will internalize their understanding of Open Circle's message and use them outside of the circle. Information about Open Circle can be found at their web site.

Additionally, we believe that all students learn best with their peers. To that end, we have an Inclusionary Model for students with disabilities where the major part of educational services is delivered within the general classroom. In each of the inclusion classrooms, the service providers give additional supports that benefit all students and help to increase student achievement.

Finally, the school also continues to have enrichment programs in the visual and performing (music) arts. Students prepare throughout the school year to perform at concerts and school assemblies.

Our students are active, engaged learners and we warmly welcome you to our school.

 

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Wesley P. Manaday