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!

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