Executive Director Weekly Update 8/19/2019

Dear Families!

Summer always seems to pass too quickly but you have to admit, it was fun and exciting to see our students and staff last week!  Participation in Meet your Professor was phenomenal. Thank you for taking the time on Wednesday afternoon to meet your student’s teacher and re-connect with your school community.

To become a parent leader, I invite you to join our School Site Council and the Honour Society (parent – teacher organization) at each school. I personally want to thank all of those parents who worked on the Campus Beautification Committees this weekend – your hard work, creativity and results are much appreciated by the entire school community. 

There are many ways to stay involved as room parents and volunteers. We love it when our new families take advantage of these opportunities. Also, please join us on Thursday 7:00 pm at OPA-SOC, in person or on the web, for the Regular Meeting of the OPA Board of Directors.

This year my agenda for us is to dive deep into the vision we have for our schools. Our world is changing so fast that it is difficult to imagine the future. To prepare for what’s ahead, it is critical our schools educate your student to learn how to learn. Our philosophy and practice of teaching, learning, socialization, support, and partnerships must rally around our student-centered vision. 

As a first step, we are clarifying our OPA student profile.  In the spring we held a strategic planning session, open to everyone, and asked, “Who are our students?”  Below is a synthesis of the student characteristics and traits identified so far.  Our student is

  • a lover of learning
  • passionate about education
  • confident
  • a team member
  • responsible
  • respectful
  • performs with excellence
  • kind
  • knows how he/she learns best
  • an effective communicator
  • accountable
  • ready for secondary level education and beyond

To plan strategically, we always begin with end in mind. I look forward to having conversations with you about how we will help each student become prepared for the future.

Since it is a core strategy, I also want us to develop a thorough understanding of the theory and application of Multiple Intelligences (MI). I highly encourage everyone to visit Howard Gardner’s website at https://howardgardner.com/multiple-intelligences to gain a common understanding about MI. In my next message I will discuss the implications of MI Theory in the classroom and the differences between MI and learning styles, so stay tuned.

I am looking forward to working with you and all stakeholders again this year and anticipate it will be our best yet!

Best regards, Jill