Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Break

Re-enrollment for the OPA 2018-19 School Year: Watch for an email to all parents with a link to re-enrollment this weekend. Re-enrollment begins this weekend and ends January 31, 2018.

New Students: Application to the Lottery for the 2018-19 school year will open Jan. 1, 2018.

Kitchen Staff Opportunities: We have several openings for hourly kitchen staff. If you or someone you know would like to apply, please send a resume with prior job experience and references to

THANK YOU to all of you that donated gifts and money through our Angel Tree this year! We are so fortunate to be a part of a community that takes care of each other! Our students have the best model of service, compassion and giving that I have ever seen in a school and that is because of YOU! 

Activities Next Week:

Today 15th: Winter Ball at the Jr. High, 5:30-7pm, Wear an ugly sweater!

Tuesday 19th:
     -Secondary Winter Concert, Elementary Gym, 7:00pm
      -2nd-3rd grade Spanish Singers: 6:30 at the Christmas Village, Ogden. Watch for alerts and calls          if the weather requires our singers to move to OPA.
Wednesday 20th: 
      - OPA Spirit Day! This is our first K-6 Spirit day and it is called "The North Pole Experience" Students are invited to wear Holiday Sweaters, T-Shirts, Antlers, Elf Ears, or Santa Hats along with your favorite Christmas Socks! Please wear uniform pants. 
      - 4th-5th and immersion Spanish Singers: 6:30 at the Christmas Village, Ogden if 
         weather permits.
Thursday 21st: 
      - Uniform Free Dress day for $1.
      - Early Release 12:45pm     
Holiday Break: Dec. 22nd-Jan. 2nd. Classes resume on Jan. 3rd.

I will be out for the next week in surgery recovery. Have a wonderful holiday break and enjoy time with your families, I hope to "SEE" you BETTER after the break!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

OPA Aguilas

Communication: This season naturally creates a great deal of activities, performances field trips and volunteer opportunities. Make sure that you have access or are receiving your student's weekly communication from OPA teachers and that your contact information in Aspire is correct and updated. 
Every teacher at OPA is required to communicate events, expectations and opportunities for the week. It is essential that the parent-teacher partnership works to grow our kids. Communication is the key to student success with parent involvement. Parents don't have to be in the building everyday to support their student; however, being able to celebrate the day, talk about new learning and build excitement for upcoming events helps us build lifetime learners.  

OPAPO Volunteer of the Month: OPAPO is pleased to name Shannon Wilkinson as our November Volunteer of the Month! Shannon has been a regular volunteer ever since her kids started attending OPA. She has done it all: field trips, athletic events, classroom helper and more. She is always willing to help and she truly lives by the saying, “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” We are elated that Shannon is part of are OPA community. 

Spain Trip Fundraiser: OPA Babysitting night is Tomorrow FRIDAY the 8th from 5-9pm. The cost is $10 dollars per student, kids age 2 years and up. Check out our Facebook page for questions about activities available. Drop your kids off and enjoy a date night or get your Holiday shopping finished. 

Secondary Winter Wonderland Dance: December 15th 5:30 pm information is at

Secondary Music Performance: The OPA music classes will be presenting their winter concert Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm in the Elementary gym. Everyone is encouraged to attend

Weber Health Services Parenting Supports: 
Guiding Good Choices (For parents/caregivers of children 8-12 years old)
Monday nights, Feb. 26th – Mar. 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
McKay Dee Hospital Education Center
Emotion Coaching (For parents/caregivers of all ages)
Wednesday nights, Jan. 17th – Feb. 21st* from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
McKay Dee Hospital Education Center

Love & Logic (For parents/caregivers of all ages)
Tuesday Nights, Jan. 16th – Feb. 20th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
McKay Dee Hospital Education Center
Learning to BREATHE (Mindfulness for adolescents in 7th-12th grades)
GIRLS- Wednesdays, Jan. 17th – Feb. 21st 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Ogden High School
BOYS- Mondays, Jan. 22nd – Mar. 5th 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Ogden High School

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome December

Thank You:
1. Thank you to all of the parents that came to the Kindergarten Literacy Night. We really appreciate our Kindergarten Team of teachers, staff, parents and students and know that you anchor our kids in learning from the beginning.

2. Thank you to OPAPO for another Parent Tailgate this morning. DAILY RISE YOU ROCK as always!

3. Thank you to 4th Grade teachers, staff, students and parent volunteers that helped us celebrate first responders this morning as a thank you for their service!

4. Thank you to the Eagle Council Members and OPA Staff for celebrating all of our elementary students this morning as part of the 7 Habits Leadership Highlights.

Upcoming Events and Holiday Schedule:
Dec. 12: OPAPO Board Meeting Elementary Library, 4-5
Dec. 15: Jr High Winter Wonderland Dance 5:30-7
Dec. 21: Early Release Day 12:45pm, Dress Down Day for $1.
Dec. 22-Jan. 2: Holiday Break
Jan. 3: OPA Classes Resumes

Parenting Articles and Classes: 
During holiday time their are less days of school and more days at home for kids. With this change of daily routine for both parents and children, I often am asked for parenting helps. I thought I would share some of the trainings and activities being offered by Weber Human Services. The Love and Logic classes are fantastic in teaching kids responsibility and translate directly to the classroom and student discipline

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy your break with friends and family and have a fantastic Thanksgiving. 

Thank you for attending the OPA Elementary Thanksgiving! Thank you to all the parents, teachers, students and kitchen staff that made this day happen. Thank your for volunteering your time to be with us and celebrate gratitude.

Events After the Break:
Thursday Nov. 30th: Kindergarten Literacy Night beginning at 5:00pm.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov. 13-17

OPAPO's October Volunteers of the Month: are Beth and Jeff Furton! Their enormous generosity in donating Daily Rise coffee and hot chocolate is what powers each parent tailgate. Beth and Jeff are also ever-present in classrooms and events in volunteer and/or supportive roles. Two of the friendliest, smiliest people imaginable, OPA is super lucky to have Beth and Jeff as part of our family. OPAPO wishes to thank them - and Daily Rise - and honor them as our October Volunteers of the Month!

THANKSGIVING at OPA: The Elementary Thanksgiving at OPA is a community dinner that brings all of our families and friends together to give Thanks. This year there will be two lines; a parent line and a regular student line. Parents must pay for their meal at the front desk ($3) and bring their receipt to the cafeteria. The following list is the schedule for the dinner. If you would like to volunteer to serve pie, or help with constant clean up please contact Valerie Sluis at or 801-627-2066.

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule
K/1Slattery AM/Passey10:50-11:20
KSlattery PM11:50-12:20
Literacy Nights: 
Literacy Nights are a tradition at OPA. They began as a parent information night to provide reading, Math and testing strategies for families to support their students. Literacy nights still focus on reading, Math and testing but they also celebrate our students Spanish ability, provide some fun activities and 

Angel Tree at OPA:   Angel tree presents help provide Christmas gifts for children and families from our school community. Gift tags are placed on each tree in both buildings. To participate, please select a tag or tags from one of the trees and purchase the gift listed. Then return presents wrapped and labeled with the selected tag by December 16th. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca at or (801)627-3066. 

Thanksgiving Break: Remember that Thanksgiving break is a week long, November 20-24th. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November is here!

We have survived Halloween week and a full moon! November is here.

Week in Review: 
1. AVID College Tour: Last weekend a group of junior high students were able to go on an AVID college tour in Montana. Students had the opportunity to live in the dorms, attend several classes and lectures, eat college dining room food, and attend a panel on financial aid and the Greek system of housing. The most raved about activities were a lecture on the history of rock and roll, a cadaver lab visit and the opportunity to interview department chairs of students selected majors.  Students finished the trip with a University of Montana soccer game and dinner in downtown Missoula. While downtown one of our students entertained an entire restaurant with a song accompanied by the performing musician. It is often said that experience is the best teacher and Mr. Hayman has done a great job in creating this experience for our high school bound students.

2. Family Art Night for the 4th, 5th & 6th grade: Watch Facebook and Twitter for pictures of the great art and family activity students created this week.

Socktober is over: The second grade collected 1085 pairs of socks for the Lantern house during October. The goal was 500, so we made it! Thank you to all of you that donated and aided your students in the collection.

6th Grade Service: On Friday (Nov. 3rd), the 6th grade cleaned at the Ogden cemetery, served at the Lantern House, cleaned OPA, acted as T.A's in classrooms across the campus and painted the crosswalks at OPA. Thank you to those parents that helped chaperone students at each location.

Upcoming Events: 
The Leader in Me theme for November is "Expressing Gratitude for What We Have in Our Lives." The 4th grade at OPA is leading a gratitude activity by asking students to make cards to express gratitude to people in our community. This next week (Nov. 6-10) students should be creating cards, be sure to ask who they wrote to and why they are grateful.

This year's Elementary Family Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for Friday the 17th. More information to come, and we are collecting volunteers to help serve pie and aid in clean up. Simply call the school and ask for Valerie Sluis to volunteer, or email at

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Red Ribbon: What a great week, we have had a great time. The lessons, activities and video clips were powerful and started the conversations for you and teachers to talk about the dangers of drugs. Mrs. VanPatten, Mrs. Hinsley, Ms. Kiernan, and all the student Eagle Leaders worked very hard to build a great week with a great message. Please see the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the Elementary culminating event today (Friday 27th), a human chain around the entire building. I had the opportunity to take pictures from the roof with students holding hands to create a large chain symbolizing the unity we have to defeat poor choices at OPA.

Electronic Devices (mainly phones):
As technology has improved our work and social lives, it has consumed our students lives. Video, computer games and phones are a topic of discussion everyday. This year at OPA, teachers in the secondary are planning more lessons to include personal technology for research, quizzing, photography and academic games. Students are not required to have personal phones because technology is provided for planned activities.

Phones are a luxury and are the student's responsibility. Students in the secondary are asked to secure phones on their person, lock them in a locker, or leave them at home. The goal of technology at OPA is to use it as a tool for information gathering, problem solving, communication and the writing process and creating art in photography or animation. However, the bulk of phone activity has become social connection and disruption, loss, damage or theft. OPA provides needed technology and cannot manage personal phones. OPA is not responsible for loss, damage or theft. Inappropriate social connections or disruptions are managed as they impact student culture and the educational process. In addition, cyberbullying, possession or distribution of pornography or inflammatory materials are turned over to the authorities immediately.

In Utah, students must be provided with internet safety instruction. We ask that you monitor your students phone use, it is OK and effective to go through your student's phone if you have concerns. A few websites that provide good information are as follows:

Upcoming Events:
October 31: Halloween
     Several in-class activities have been planned to discuss Halloween, Fall, Dia de Muertos, "pumpkin labs," and safety. Remember costumes are NOT to be worn on Tuesday at school.

November 2: Family Art Night for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. If you haven't signed up check the front office for openings.

November 3: Early Release, Uniform Dress Down Day $1

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct 23rd-27th

Red Ribbon Week: Oct 23-27th:

Student's should come home today with red ribbon week descriptions for next week. I wanted to let you know the reason behind the week and provide the link to parent conversations suggested by the National Family Partnership ( for Red Ribbon Week ( 

In order to provide a Red Ribbon week that is focused on education and the message of "Staying Drug Free," student council along with a teacher council have planned the activities for the week. Spirit Days have also been planned, to provide a creative and fun day once a quarter that celebrates OPA Spirit and the fun school can be. These Spirit Days will be announced along with dates after Red Ribbon week.   

WHAT IS RED RIBBON WEEK? It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 - 31st.

WHY? The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG - FREE AMERICA.

WHO? National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week® Celebration. We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign® . WHY SUPPORT THE NATIONAL THEME? A theme unifies each year’s campaign and helps to broadcast one message, creating a tipping point to change behavior.

HOW? Plan a Red Ribbon celebration. Order and display Red Ribbon materials with the National Red Ribbon Theme. Proceeds from the sale of Red Ribbon theme merchandise helps support prevention programs across America. Order for your family, students, staff, patients, employees and customers and encourage them to wear the red ribbon symbol during Red Ribbon Week® , October 23rd - 31st.

OPA Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A: Tuesday October 24th from 5-9 at the 1120 Washington Blvd Chick-fil-A. Mention that you are there for OPA's Spirit Night before purchase and 15% of your cost will go to OPA for student trips. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 16-20th

FUN RUN: The annual OPA Fun Run is Saturday at 10:00am starting at the Dinosaur Park. Costumes are encouraged!

Mon. Oct. 16 - Thurs. Oct. 19
Mon., Tues., Wed. 7:30-8:00 am
Mon. - Tues. 2:45-4:30 pm
Wed. 12:45 - 7:00 pm

Thurs. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Volunteers are needed! If you are able to volunteer in the book fair, please sign up for a time slot at:

Wed 18th: Early Release for students, dress down day for $1.00. Conferences from  
       1:15pm-5:00pm, and 5:30pm-7pm
Thurs. 19th: No School for Students, Conferences at 8:00am-12:00pm
Fri. 20th: No School 
Elementary teachers have shared the link to sign up genius for conference scheduling. If you are unable to sign up, please contact your student's teacher directly to get scheduled. 

Ogden Nature Center:
This Friday and Saturday night is the Nature Center’s famed Halloween event — CREATURES of the NIGHT!  The education team at the Nature Center is going ALL OUT to make it a spectacular event.  Educational, non-scary, fun!
Held both Friday and Saturday nights from 5-8:30 pm.  $6 per child / $7 per adult.
Please come AND pass this along to anyone else you think would enjoy.
Hope to see you this weekend!

OPAPO VOLUNTEER OF THE SEPTEMBER: Bill Davis is absolutely fabulous.   He is a priceless asset to OPA.    His contributions of time and money are generous beyond measure.   Not only is he unbelievably generous with time and money, he is also consistently pleasant, upbeat, humble and helpful.    He never cashes in on the fact that he had donated a lot of cash and never acts like his donations entitle him to special privileges.   Just the opposite, in fact.  He is ever ready to serve, eager to learn, and willing to lend a helping hand with whatever is needed.   Following is an incomplete list of contributions Bill Davis has made to OPA:
  • On the farm field trip we were several lunches short; there simply were not as many sack lunches as there were students.   Bill went to a fast food restaurant and bought lunches for the lunch-less students
  • When the students on the Dominican Republic trip found themselves stranded in NYC, Bill put them up in a nice hotel, bought play tickets for them, financed new clothes for them to wear to the play, and rented a limo to get them to the play.
  • On the Southern UT trip, Bill and another father bought ice cream for all the participants.
  • Bill sponsored several students who did not have sufficient funds to pay for the Redwoods trip.
  • He contributed his gas receipts from the Redwoods trip to the AVID trip.
  • On both the Oregon Coast and Redwoods trips Bill rented a 15 passenger van and drove over 100 hours with 13 8th and 9th graders in his van.   This alone should assure him a spot in heaven!!
Bill Davis has been a constant supporter of OPA trips and OPA students since the day I met him.   He encourages and models service, humility, hard work and gratitude and is deserving of recognition for his significant contributions to the OPA family. Bill will receive a gift card to Harley and Bucks for being the OPAPO Volunteer of the Month. Thanks Bill!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 9th-13th

In light of recent events, we want to support our students in making sense of tragedy. Teachers and staff are getting a lot of questions and concerns from students. I am forwarding some of the recommendations the teachers are using to have conversations.  This article from Boys Town has some powerful resources about talking to kids when dealing with tragedy.

Big Thanks:
1. The morning drop off has been great this week, THANK YOU!!
2. Thanks to OPAPO and The Daily Rise for the Free Coffee Friday this morning on the South Lawn at OPA! What a blast!

FUN RUN: Annual OPA Fun Run is Oct. 14th, sign up sheets are available at the front desk, hurry to still get a shirt. Costumes are encouraged. 

The Book Fair is Coming: 
Mon. Oct. 16 - Thurs. Oct. 19
Mon., Tues., Wed. 7:30-8:00 am
Mon. - Tues. 2:45-4:30 pm
Wed. 12:45 - 7:00 pm

Thurs. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student Yoga Club, and 5th/6th grade book club will not be held the week of Book Fair.  All other clubs will go on as planned.   Chess club will be moved to another room - details to come.  5th and 6th grade book club will be moved to the 4th Wednesday just for October. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October is here!

OPAPO Carnival 2017: Thank you to OPAPO and all of you that attended the Carnival. What a great time and huge fundraiser for our classrooms, teacher-budgets and students.

Leader in Me Kick-off Assemblies: Students have been learning the habits over the last 6 weeks and on Friday the elementary students had the "7-Habits Kick-off" Assemblies. The goal of this program is that students not only know the habits but can use them to solve problems and develop a personal effectiveness. Help us reinforce these habits by simply asking your students what they learned.

To help us improve the Leader in Me program at OPA, please provide feedback in this short survey:

Road to Responsibility: OPA Teachers and staff have been participating in a book study and professional development teaching kids to be responsible for their own behavior. The book is called Roadmap to Responsibility by Larry Thompson and he will soon be coming out with parenting book. We will keep you posted on the release date and book club groups for the parents of OPA.

Second grade is declaring the month of October SOCKTOBER! We are being PROACTIVE and taking action to help our local homeless shelter. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of socks. These socks will be donated to the Lantern House homeless shelter here in Ogden. If you wish to participate, please bring NEW socks of all sizes, colors, patterns, and varieties to our classrooms by Oct. 31st. Please oh please spread the word and help us help others! Our 2nd grade leaders will be making posters and speaking during announcements throughout the month. We'd love to see the whole school join us in this meaningful service project. Junior high teachers, we will place a box in the office for you and your students to drop off your donations. For more information about this service project please check out the following website: We will track our progress and keep you posted. As always, thank you for your support. The 2nd Grade Team

Upcoming Events:

October 4th: Family Art Night 2nd and 3rd, 5-8 pm.
October 6th: Early Release Day, students released at 12:45 pm and OPAPO Dress Down
Day for $1.
October 14th: The Annual OPA Fun Run, sign up in either building.
October 18th: Early Release Day, students released at 12:45 pm and OPAPO Dress Down
Day for $1.
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1:15-5:00, 5:30-7.
October 19th: No School for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 8-12.
October 20th: No School for Students, Fall Break
October 23-27th: Red Ribbon Week at OPA

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Carnival is Coming

Enjoy the long weekend and thank you to to the secondary parents that came to parent-teacher conferences this week.

Parking Lot Concerns:
The Bishop's Storehouse, old Cannery and LDS Job Services is private property and NOT a parking lot for OPA parents or students. Do not park or drive through the LDS parking lot, it is a place of business and they have clients that require the lot.

OPAPO Carnival: Friday the 29th is CARNIVAL! Carnival starts at 4 and ends at 7. 

Responsibility Centered Discipline:
At this time of year as students start to lose the excitement of being back in school and school work is becoming a regular part of the daily routine, I start to get a lot of calls about student "discomfort."
I am including a link to a great article from Love and Logic called; "What To Do When Your Child Says My Teacher Is Mean." Educators are patient, caring, and fair; however they are often expectant of good behavior, hard work and have the ability to push students to a better understanding of content than the student thought they were capable.

Expecting the best from students is not mean, it is teaching. Learning new information, applying old thinking or learning to work with other students can be hard, but it is not mean to expect that our students can do it.

The Mission of the Ogden Preparatory Academy Charter School is to provide a challenging curriculum where academic excellence, character development, and individual growth are nurtured in a safe and happy environment that involves the active participation of students, teachers, parents and community members.

Ogden Preparatory Academy’s vision is to create a positive, nurturing environment for students to grow and learn as they develop the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders. Through high academic expectations and experiences, bilingual exposure, leadership roles and commitment to community, OPA’s students will gain confidence and a sense of self-worth that will prepare them to face the challenges in a competitive world.

Please read this great article and enjoy your long weekend. We will see you next week for school and the OPAPO Carnival!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cooling off at OPA

Picture Retakes are Tuesday (19th) for all Students needing a picture. UNIFORM ONLY.

Secondary Parents-Teacher Conferences: Thursday the 21st is an Early Release (12:45) for ALL students and a uniform-free dress day. On Friday the 22nd there is NO SCHOOL. This week on Thursday the 21st will be the Junior High Conferences. This year's conferences for the Jr. High are on Thursday ONLY from 1-7pm. Teachers will take a small break from 4:30-5. Friday the 22nd there will be no conferences due to a Teacher Development opportunity.

Parking Lot Reminders: 
-Please don't drive in the parking lots while talking or texting on your cell phone.
-Please pull all the way forward but be patient.
-Please follow the directions painted or marked on the lot.
      When pulling on to Lincoln from the school it is a RIGHT HAND Turn, no matter where you turn on to Lincoln Ave. Trying to go straight or left bottlenecks the entire parking lot.

Thank you to all of you that attended the Kindergarten, First Grade Family Art Night! It looked like a blast and the pictures are posted on OPA FB, and Instagram. 

The students in the Redwoods appear to be having a great time and will report back on Monday. Lots of student pictures but official pics will post after the weekend.

Thank you to all the Grandparents that came to Grandparent Week with out Kindergarten. Kindergarteners love to have you visit and so do we! Thank you!

Friday, September 8, 2017

September at OPA

 Volunteer of the Month:
David Jorgenson is OPAPO's outstanding volunteer for the month of August! Every Tuesday for two going on three years, David has volunteered in the lunchroom sweeping the floors, wiping down tables and helping students have an enjoyable lunch. Davids commitment to show up every week has made a huge impact with our student body and our OPA community. Thank you David for all that you have done and continue to do. You are an outstanding volunteer! The August Volunteer of the Month was sponsored by Maria's Mexican Restaurant; David has been awarded with a gift card to Maria's!
The Carnival is Coming: 
            September 29th from 4:00-7:00 pm is the Annual OPAPO Carnival! If you would like to volunteer to help out with the OPAPO Carnival, email


Kindergarten Grandparents for Lunch: 

            Kindergarten Grandparents are invited to lunch this week, September 11-15th. 

Family Art Night for Kindergarten and 1st Grade:

          Thursday, September 14 from 5-8pm. Come and make a fun art project with your student!
You MUST sign up in the office to reserve your spot. We only have spots for 40 students each night. Sign up in the office!

Secondary Redwoods/Blue Waters Trip

The 8th/9th grade trip to California is this week. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and students who have completed service projects for Ogden City to participate in this trip. Have a great time, be safe and be prepared to share all the stories.

Friday, September 1, 2017

OPA Routines

Morning Routine:
Students of all ages need time to settle back in or learn a new routine. You might see frustration or complaint from students until the routine is set. In the classroom students learn procedures, practice, and review them daily. This builds a habit, a habit that provides safety and structure in their environment. Building family and household routines can do the same thing and increase the smooth transition to school each day. Actually this is true for all of us, morning and evening routines are a stabilizer of mood by predicting regularity and providing structure.
Kindergarten Parents: You are doing great and your students are starting to calm quickly and fall into a learning routine!

Parking Lot Routine:
Things are starting to flow. Remember a few hints:
1.  It can take time for students to get out of cars at the elementary, a car door can be a big thing! Be patient and allow some time to drop your students off. We all have the same goal, dropping off students safely and on time. If students are late, life will continue and we will work to get them to class and to business as usual.

2. Lincoln Avenue is not school property and city traffic laws must be followed.
      a. Be aware of the no parking zones.
      b. U-turns are illegal on Lincoln.
      c. Use the crosswalks.

3. Communicate: Set up a plan for pick-up that works for your family. Communicate that plan daily with your family, then communicate your plan with your teachers! Please reinforce the importance of staying with your teacher until they spot your car, and then always saying goodbye to their teachers before running to the car.

FIRST FRIDAY'S: Today's First Friday was some of your student's first experience with Uniform-Free Dress. They did a great job, please ask them how it works and be so proud that they did it by themselves! I promise that the more opportunity they get to "do it by themselves" the better they get at it and their confidence level soars. Also, Thank you for supporting OPAPO by participating in the Uniform-Free Dress fund raiser. OPAPO donates classroom supply monies to every room on campus, they support several activities, and by supporting OPAPO, you support OPA and your student!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

OPA Goals for the 2017-18 School Year

What a great first week back to school! Thank you to OPAPO for the Tailgate Party and recruiting volunteers at Back to School Night! Thank you to ALL of you that came to Back to School Night to meet teachers and let your students LEAD you through the school.

Every Summer the OPA Administration and Governing Board set goals for the upcoming school year. This year goal setting was a result of the spring accreditation review and all of last year's data collection. After reviewing all of our assessments, discipline records, teacher observations and school sponsored activities, we have set the following school improvement goals:

1. Academic Growth and Concept Understanding: 
For the last two years OPA has participated in a Utah State driven learning community that is focused on instruction and intervention using data to drive teacher decisions. We are excited to have identified effective interventions for students requiring extra support while also improving instruction for every student's level of understanding.  We will continue trainings and work in a data collection system to help each student grow.
One example of OPA's progress is the Uniform Growth Goal in reading, which measures growth of each student from beginning of the year to the end of the year in grade 3. The DIBELS reading scores that are measured in K-6th grade are all used to show growth but 3rd grade is the state's target year for measurement. The Utah State expectation for the Uniform Growth Goal is that 47.83% of third graders will make typical or better growth. Last year at Ogden Preparatory Academy our students made 94% typical growth, meeting and crushing the goal! All of our elementary teachers, teaching assistants, reading specialists, and students have unified for this desired reading result.
Reading will continue to be a school-wide goal and nothing in our system will change. However, this year in the OPA ELEMENTARY will set the Wildly Important Goal (WIG) of Math Competency! The WIG for each classroom is that 80% of the class will be able to achieve 80% of the Utah Math Standard for their grade level. Please join us in reviewing your student's Math Facts daily to help them achieve this goal!

2. Building Character and Discipline in Students: 
This is our 5th year practicing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People through the Leader in Me program. We will continue to practice the Habits, through service to our school and community, leadership opportunities for students and college prep strategies such as AVID and Latinos in Action.
Already this year, the secondary students set expectations for behavior at school, and created videos and presentations to inform the entire school.
As a school we are adding another layer to the Leader in Me, called Responsibility Centered Discipline. This approach to discipline is designed with the intent to build each student's capacity to solve problems, learn from success and failure, develop an emotional intelligence, understand cause and effect or consequences of their actions and gain a basic ability to take responsibility for themselves. The model we are implementing is outlined in Roadmap to Responsibility, a book by Larry Thompson. Other models or parenting supports that follow the same philosophy are Parenting with Love and Logic, by Foster Cline and Jim Fay; Teaching Your Children Values and The Entitlement Trap, by Linda and Richard Eyre. In all the research, I have found several helpful articles that I hope to link occasionally in the blog as well.
Here is a link to a Forbes article "8 Powerful Ways to Mold Your Children Into Leaders:"

Each week the Principal's Blog will be updated by Sunday evening. Next week, I will outline the rest of the OPA's School Improvement Goals. Have a great week, see you Monday!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017



Back To School Night:
Back to School Night is August 24th from 4:30-6:30. We are looking at 4-5 food and dessert trucks in the parking lot, students leading their families through a tour of the school and an opportunity to complete applications and all needed paperwork.

Thank you to our supportive parents for the first day Tailgate party! What better way to celebrate the day? Donuts and Coffee!!

Parking Lot TIPS:
1. PATIENCE: Being first doesn't exist in the parking lot. The goal is to drop-off and retrieve students safely. If you get in the first of the line or the back it doesn't matter we all need patience.

2. SAFETY FIRST: Do not get out of your car in the pick-up, drop-off lane. Do not park in a red zone or non-existent spot. Watch the adults that are guiding traffic, follow their directions. FOLLOW THE LAW. 

3. RESPECT: We are all in it together! Please respect that everyone has the same goal, a safe and efficient drop off procedure. Pull all the way forward in the pick-up, drop-off lane so that we can all unload. 

4. FAMILY COMMUNICATION: Pick a location to meet your kids and practice that they know that location and the expectation for meeting. I would recommend a location off-site to reduce your need to enter the parking lot at all.

OPA is looking for substitute teachers to help cover classrooms when teachers or their families are sick. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, you must pass a background check, send Mrs. Campbell ( a resume and be interviewed and hired.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017




The OPA 2017-2018 School Year will begin on Tuesday, AUGUST 22, 2017 (It will be a B day).
OPAPO is planning a "Parent Tailgate" on the OPA front field the first day of school! So, come drop off your student, and have a donut to enjoy the rest of your day. If you would like to donate food, etc. or help support OPAPO, contact and we will get you involved!

Registration: August 7th 10:30am-6pm & August 8th 1pm-6pm.
-It is most helpful if you come to Registration with your Aspire username and password.
-All students are expected to register for the 2017-18 School Year.
-Schedules, Lockers, Class assignments and Supply Lists will all be available.
-Medication Registration and distribution systems for the school year.
-School Pictures will be taken for ID's and the Yearbook at Registration
      * Uniforms tops are to be worn in School pictures.
-School Tours for students that are new to OPA, to get them ready for the first day.

Supply Lists: 
-In your mailer, there should be a list of all needed supplies. If this was not received, copies will be available at registration.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: 
-These applications are available online through Aspire, in English and Spanish.  If you are unable to access your Aspire account, support will be available at Registration.

Back to School Night: Thursday, AUGUST 24th 4:30-6:30. We are attempting to schedule the food trucks again, so come get a bite to eat and let your students give you the tour of their day for the next year.

Kindergarten has changed a bit due to the Utah State required Kindergarten Assessments. Attendence at Registration for all Kindergarten students is requested this year to give students the tour and get vital information about their class placements.
THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTENERS, August 22-25th WILL BE ONLY HALF-DAY for all Kindergarten students. Please be prepared to provide childcare for Kindergarteners of the full day schedule for the afternoons of that first week. August 28th will be the first FULL-DAY Kindergarten start.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

School is coming!

SOLAR ECLIPSE: August 21st
First Day of School August 22nd:
On August 21, 2017, there will be a TOTAL Solar Eclipse that can be viewed in Idaho and Wyoming. Several parents, teachers, and students have expressed their desire to view this solar event. The last total solar eclipse was on Feb. 26, 1979. The board has voted and allowed us to move the start of school to Aug. 22nd. 

Registration: Aug. 7-8, 10am-6pm on 7th, and 1pm-6pm on the 8th. Registration is for ALL OPA students.
Class Assignments: 
A hard copy newsletter is being mailed this week with other paperwork and required registration information to each OPA family. This newsletter will be labeled with your students' class assignment (K-6). Secondary schedules (7-9) will be available at Registration. 

Back to School Night: Aug. 24th 4:30-6:30

Food Programs at OPA for 2017-18: 
Utah State Child Nutrition has required OPA to raise breakfast and lunch costs to meet the cost of food. Lunch at both buildings will be $2.00 and breakfast will be $1.00. lllFederal Free and Reduced food programs are available at both buildings and applications are available now on Aspire or at registration. Applications have to be completed each year and can be done in English or Spanish. 

UNIFORMS: Remember Navy, Light Blue, White polos (Grey for 9th grade only). Tan, or Navy pants, shorts or skirts. No hoodies, no jeans, no flip-flops. 

Kindergarten Testing:
Remember that Kindergarteners will be tested on Aug 1st and 2nd for placement in classes. You should have already signed up for a testing time. Please be on time, as we are testing 110 Kindergarteners in two days. 

The Teachers and Staff of OPA
Summer for students is PLAY, Teachers Train! 
Already this summer, teachers have attended trainings in instruction, curriculum, English as a second language, assessment, positive discipline systems, bullying prevention and management, educational technology, and 7 Habits. Our crew is a group of LIFE-LONG LEARNERS and that is evident in their practice. It is an honor to watch teachers and staff pursue new approaches and hone their crafts. 

The OPA Governing Board has an opening:
If you would like to apply for a position on the OPA Governing board, the job posting and application process is posted in both buildings as well as online at 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thank you!

Today is the last day of the 2016-17 School year at OPA and on behalf of my entire staff, we would like to say Thank You! The students, teachers and support staff have worked hard to celebrate student success as well as impart the importance of lifetime learning. I am so proud of the academic and citizenship opportunities we have provided for students to serve their communities, lead in their classrooms and utilize their new understandings of the world. Our students have been given the opportunity to become global citizens that appreciate what it means to be alive and lead us into the future.

Thank you for trusting us with your students' learning, leadership and growth in the 2016-17 school year. You, as parents and guardians have been a tremendous support in your child's success! The homework and reading minutes aid, the pick up and drop off, the hours of volunteer support, the OPAPO and cultural celebrations, club and sport support, and the field trip and adventure support are a few examples of all you do to build whole and complete students for the future. There are ups and downs and there always will be but we have enjoyed this rollercoaster and want to thank you for letting us be a part of it!

Take a break, and we will too! I will keep you posted this summer on available student activities, upcoming fall dates and deadlines, and class lists. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next year! Have a great summer and enjoy the rides!

Amie Campbell

Monday, May 8, 2017

End of Year Activities at OPA

Lagoon: Permission slips will be coming home in the next week. This year we have doubled the number of students going to Lagoon for achievement in Aguilas of Excellence.

Spain and Washington DC Trips:
The Spain travelers are leaving on Thursday (11th) for Madrid and will return on May 21st.
The Washington DC travelers will be leaving Monday (15th) and return on May 19th.
We wish everyone the experience of a lifetime and safe travels!!

The Last Week at OPA (May 22, 23 & 24):
Monday 22nd: 1:30-3, 7-9 Awards Assembly in the Elementary Gym
Tuesday 23rd: 8:30 1st / 2nd Awards Assembly
9:45 3rd / 4th Awards Assembly
1:30 5th / 6th Awards Assembly
7-9 Locker Clean out and 1-3 Field Day Activities
Wednesday 24th (Early Release, Uniform Free Dress Day):
5-6 Field Day at Lorin Farr Park, 8-12:30
Please plan to Drop-off and Pick up kids at Lorin Farr Park!
K-4 Field Day at OPA from 8:30-12:30
* I will be absent from the 23rd and 24th activities to attend my son's graduation in Arizona.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

May Day

Thank You OPAPO:
The Spring Fiesta was a blast and if you haven't seen the pics on Facebook, make sure you check them out. OPAPO and the students traveling to Spain put 

Thank You Young Runners and Kim Briggs: To all of the participants young and old good show, I uploaded all of the participant pictures to Facebook as well. Thank you to the Young Runners, OPA Families and Staff that helped facilitate and run a great fundraiser for our OPA Runners! Several of our young athletes will be running a races as part of the Ogden Marathon in a couple weeks.

Kindergarten Round-up: Wednesday, May 3, 2017; 5-6pm in the Elementary Gym. All Kindergarten parents are invited to attend the round-up. There are some changes to Kindergarten placement and assessment due to the last Utah Legislative Session. This will change OPA's system of placement and because the assessment is required it will be given in the fall. Come to the round-up and get all the needed information for successful entry into Kindergarten. 

LIA Recognition Dinner is Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in the Secondary Gym at 5:30-8:00 pm.

OPA's First Annual Elementary Art Show: Thursday, May 4, 2017; 6-7:30. Come enjoy an art showcase for the elementary students! 

Early Release and Uniform Free Dress is Friday (May 5th). 

YMCA Summer Program: We have gotten lots of inquiries on the YMCA summer program here at OPA. summer program will follow the traditional YMCA summer camp model with an added reading component in it. What the camp will include is:
  • Themed weeks to keep the children engaged and excited all summer long.
  • One field trip a week.
  • One day of swimming a week.
  • Reading interventions for each child at the program.
  • 30 minutes of reading each day. 
  • At least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Camp activities that match the week's theme.
  • A safe place to send their kiddos to all summer long!
Summer Camp Need to Knows:
  • At OPA this year!
  • Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am -4:30 pm
  • If needed there will be additional hours in the morning and evening for an extra charge. (6:30 am- 8:30 am and 4:30pm - 6:30 pm)
  • Financial Aid IS available
  • Can enroll for specific weeks
  • How to sign up!
  1. Visit the link:
  2. Come to OPA's Spring Fiesta and find the YMCA booth! We will have staff on site to register your child and price out individualized financial aid.
  3. Visit Miss Slattery's room (119) any day after school. 
  4. Visit the YMCA office:
893 24th Street, Ogden, UT
575 Lockwood Drive, Ogden, UT 

You are encouraged to come say hi and ask Ms. Slattery any questions you may have! 
Please let me know if you need any other information on the program and feel free to forward this e-mail on to your parents!

Thanks so much!