Two Edmond elementary schools achieved Great Expectations Model School status this week.
Washington Irving Elementary, the 105th school in the nation to claim this title, was recognized Tuesday, and West Field Elementary, the 106th school in the nation to be awarded the title, followed on Friday.
Washington Irving Elementary students modeled each of the six basic tenets during their assembly to receive the Great Expectations Model School award on Tuesday as they recited poems and passages and sang songs. This is the seventh year in a row for Washington Irving to receive model school status.
Washington Irving’s administration includes Principal Susanne Dougherty and Assistant Principal Karen Morrison.
“It (Great Expectations Model School guidelines) provides the most positive environment for our students so they can learn at their highest potential,” Morrison said.
West Field’s administration includes Principal Cara Jernigan and Assistant Principal Beth Kanaly.
“This is our sixth year to achieve this status,” said Jernigan, who will be principal of the newly opened Frontier Elementary in August.
West Field students modeled some of the eight expectations for living including their Word of the Week, “Excellence.”
“In addition to the basic tenets, classroom practices and expectations for living, we also incorporate a weekly quote and our teachers are observed by representatives from the Great Expectations Foundation to verify we are following the guidelines set forth,” Jernigan said. “I believe it helps our teachers to become better educators as they learn to follow these guidelines Great Expectations sets forth.”
Great Expectations Coach Betty Flurry was a guest at both assemblies, and Great Expectations Foundation Board Member John Harrington was at the Washington Irving assembly to help make the presentation.
Flurry told the West Field students they indeed practiced “Excellence” in their school as well as in their assembly.
To be a GE Model School, 90-100 percent of the teachers must successfully implement 100 percent of the classroom practices daily.
The Great Expectations teaching/training model is guided by six basic tenets and 17 classroom practices and eight expectations for living. The tenets and practices provide guidelines for program training and implementation and serve as standards for evaluating GE schools/districts.
GE schematics include a vision by teachers and learners working together in a culture of respect with each shareholder striving for academic excellence.
The basic tenets used to teach with include: All children can learn; there must be a climate of mutual respect; there must be high expectations; teachers must exhibit knowledge and skills; the teachers must have an attitude and responsibility; and teachers must continue in the building of self respect.
Findings by the University of Oklahoma’s E-team showed scientifically based findings indicating students in classrooms implementing Great Expectations methodology showed greater gains in student academic achievement during the school year compared with demographically similar students not exposed to GE. Findings from principal, teacher, parent, student surveys and the classroom observations, student achievement all differed in ways that would be expected based on GE implementation.
The fact that parents noticed differences in their children’s behavior indicates that the skills students learn in GE classrooms are also being used outside the classroom. Across all three grades, GE parents were significantly more likely to report that their children show interest, excitement and involvement in learning and enjoying learning activities. This is consistent with teacher and principal self-reports as well as observer ratings.
Washington Irving is 7-time winner, West Field is 6
Two Edmond elementary schools achieved Great Expectations Model School status this week.
U.S. News ranks city high schools in state’s Top 10
All three Edmond high schools are ranked among the Top 10 in the state in a prestigious national list.
U.S. News & World Report, which publishes annual rankings, ranked Edmond North No. 3 in Oklahoma and No. 437 nationwide. Memorial ranked No. 6 in Oklahoma and No. 847 nationwide. Santa Fe ranked No. 8 in Oklahoma and No. 1,075 nationwide.
“This recognition serves as validation for our students, parents and staff members at all levels who work together relentlessly in pursuit of academic excellence, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin said.
OC expands to 5 academic colleges
Oklahoma Christian University will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
“Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”
Deer Creek students see bionic suit in action
In 2010, a car accident left Guthrie resident Mary Beth Davis paralyzed from the waist down.
In a few weeks, thanks to INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, determination and an Ekso Bionics suit, she will be walking across a stage to receive a college diploma from Oklahoma State University.
Wednesday afternoon, Davis was at Deer Creek Middle School where students of teacher Jamie Brehm got to see Davis and the suit in action and learn about how it helps people live a fuller life.
Brehm said the opportunity to have the demonstration fit perfectly with the testing schedule. Brehm said a bonus was having Davis with her inspirational story come to the school. In addition to graduating soon, Davis lives an independent life and she was recently crowned Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma.
Be on the lookout for termites
Warming temperatures and spring rainfall means swarming conditions for the homeowners’ nemesis in Oklahoma — the termite.
Termites are Mother Nature’s way of recycling dead wood, as well as aerating the soil and increasing its fertility and water percolation. They are an important food source for other insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians and birds within the food web, and they are essential for the wellbeing of the environment.
Central community learns about water conservation
Edmond residents know about rain that falls from their roofs after a storm. Some may not know what kind of important role it plays in the nation’s water supply.
Tim Tillman, the University of Central Oklahoma’s sustainability coordinator, said UCO has a tradition of innovation in sustainable practices. Tillman said Earth Day, first brought to the campus more than 20 years ago, began that tradition.
During Tuesday’s Earth Day Fair, Jason Summers, a Coca-Cola account manager for on-premise sales, was giving away rain barrels and educating members of the Central Oklahoma community about the benefits of rain barrels.
Accountability push for public schools now in question
One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal.
Among them: Common Core State Standards, the Reading Sufficiency Act, A-F school grades for districts, and middle-school end-of-instruction exams for history and social studies. These could all be scaled back or revoked by various legislative bills that have passed in both the House and Senate.
State suspends student testing over glitches
Computer glitches forced state education officials to suspend online testing Monday, affecting student testing in Edmond and Deer Creek.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi said as a result of online testing disruptions for students in grades 6-8 and high school end-of-instruction (EOIs) exams she directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend online testing for the day.
“We certainly share in the frustration that students and school districts feel,” Barresi said. “It is of paramount importance that CTB finds the nature of the problem and resolves it as quickly as possible.”
Guthrie board calls for Common Core repeal
A resolution recently passed by the Guthrie school board calling for the repeal of Common Core standards has attracted the attention and support of several state legislators.
State Reps. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, Dale DeWitt, R-Braman, Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, and state Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, praised the school board for weighing in on the Oklahoma Legislature’s pending action to repeal state-issued Common Core standards.
Touch-A-Truck event draws families to UCO
Edmond Electric and Edmond Vehicle Maintenance are co-hosting the Edmond Touch-A-Truck from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 in the UCO parking lot off Second Street. Touch-A-Truck is a fundraising event that provides children of all ages with the opportunity to experience life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, construction workers and many more. Families will have the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of many vehicles such as Edmond’s own fire trucks and police cars, an Edmond Electric bucket truck and even a solid waste truck.
Admission for the Touch-A-Truck event is a suggested $2 donation with the proceeds going to the Edmond HOPE Center. For more information, contact Edmond Electric at 216-7671 or email email@example.com.
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This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.
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