I would like to thank those of you who were able to make it to our Back to School Night. In the event that you missed the introduction session, here is the PowerPoint that I presented with some valuable information about Old Orchard. I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Sandra Cano Reveles
The OWL Mission:
Old Orchard staff
Works collaboratively to cultivate
Life-long learners whoooo
Soar to success!
Old Orchard Elementary School is located in the city of Santa Clarita, a suburban community thirty miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It serves a population of 469 students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. Four hundred thirty nine students are enrolled in general education classes. Thirty (SDC 5) students are enrolled in SELPA Regional Special Day Classes for emotionally disturbed children.
Old Orchard serves a population that is diverse in culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Forty-three(43%)percent of the students are living within the state identified poverty level. The majority of these students receive daily bus transportation to and from school. Fifty-six (56%) percent of the students are Hispanic,thirty-seven (37%) percent white, two (2%) percent African American, and one percent Asian. Thirty-three (33%) percent of the students are English Language Learners. The assistant principal, who serves as the director for the program for students with emotional disturbances, is on site five days a week. There are seventeen full-time general education teachers. There are also four special day class teachers staffed on site this year. There are tenspecial education instructional assistants working in these four classes and four instructional assistants working with special needs students in the general education classes. Additionally, there is a school counselor that works two days a week.
One Old Orchard special education teacher is a second-year teacher. Veteran teachers assume leadership and mentoring roles for the staff. All teachers serve on site and district committees. There are three part-time special education teachers: RSP, Speech/Language, and Adaptive P.E.. A full-time school psychologist provides support for the four SDC 5 classes. One psychologist is on site for a total of one and a half days per week to provide support services for the general education students receiving special education services (i.e. RSP, Speech and Language). Dynamic Interventions, a local service agency, provides social skills sessions that focus on improving students’ self-esteem and socialization skills. One group services lower grade students, and the remaining two service students in third through sixth grade in general education and in the SDC 5 program. The groups meet for 30 minutes once a week for a total of 16 sessions throughout the school year.
All general education teachers are certified to work with English Language Learners. English Language Learners are assigned to all classes. There are four curriculum specialists and a part-time teacher who work with students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. This personnel works with small groups as part of Old Orchard’s Response to Intervention. Students in these groups receive a second reading group to help students attain fluency and comprehension in the area of language arts. Additionally, three of the curriculum specialists, along with classroom teachers, provide academic support classes which are held before or after school, four days a week. These classes are referred to as “Owl Time.” The students receiving these services scored Far Below Basic, Below Basic, and Basic on baseline and NSD assessments.
Fifteen fourth, fifth, and sixth grade GATEstudentsreceive differentiated instruction from their own classroom credentialed teacher. This instruction is developed by the grade level team and individualized by each teacher, to address each student’s individual needs. GATE students also work with a professional photographer during an enrichment pull-out sessions and will work with a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) parent to build the yearbook for the 2014-2015 school year.
Old Orchard Staff is committed to the implementation of a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Teachers have collaborated to create and revise a mission statement, vision, and beliefs all focused upon student learning. Each grade level team meets on Thursday afternoons, following the weekly Thursday minimum day dismissal. Special Day Class teachers meet on a weekly basis in their respective programs. Grade level teams also meet with the part-time intervention teacher to monitor students’ progress on Thursday afternoons. During these Thursday afternoons, teachers collaborate to develop Common Formative Assessments (CFAs), practice units based on common core curriculum, revise pacing guides, develop curriculum, and share instructional strategies to further develop their instruction. Additionally, the collaboration time serves as a forum for cross-grade level communication and articulation as needed.
A positive, nurturing climate that promotes student learning is evident throughout the school. Parent volunteers assist in the classrooms on a daily basis performing a variety of instructional and clerical duties. Parents are also utilized in the school workroom to assure that workroom requests are completed. The school PTO continues to function as a strong advocate for children and teachers. Proceeds from annual fundraising activities support educational assemblies and programs, field trips, academic and social events, and school safety. The school library and the media technician provide a tremendous resource to support the instructional program for all students.
Valencia, CA 91355