Jeff Kirby

High School Principal

FOCUS AREA #1 - INCREASE STUDENT LEARNING and READINESS

Professional Development Activities/Topics 

This month, we had two main focus areas during professional development.  We spent time reviewing the decaying average and the “why’s” behind its use.  We also spent quite a bit of time studying our student D, F, and IE list for the month.  In response to this data, we spent time learning and planning how to use Pride Hour, our MTSS time, better. Teachers learned about goal setting with students, grouping students for interventions and the various types of interventions to use.  

Other professional development activities included learning how to create assessments on Schoology.  We engaged in learning about NEPRIS, an online virtual platform that connects learners with industry professionals.  We spent time reviewing our building goals and reflecting on our IPDP and PLC goals ensureing alignment between the three sets of goals.  Finally, we reviewed our Full Value Contract and reflected on our five beliefs and whether we have been demonstrating them daily.   

OHS SLT Meeting

At our SLT meetings, our team developed professional development for our staff, addressing three topic areas to support our MTSS Pride Hour.  The Iowa Instructional Framework Team addressed student grouping, The SBG-R Team addressed goal setting and the MTSS Team addressed interventions.  The Behavior Team aligned behavior codes in Infinite Campus with our Minor and Major behaviors that the team categorized in August. They also prioritized upcoming meetings,, e.g., data sources, hot spots to look at to address behavior concerns. The Home Room/SEL team reviewed student survey data to inform our next steps in homeroom planning. They decided to have a school Spirit focus on encouraging participation in homecoming. Promoting a “Most School Spirit” homeroom competition

 

FOCUS AREA #2 - A culture that is SAFE, WELCOMING, and INCLUSIVE for LEARNING AND WORKING

Student Success Team

We have created a team at OHS that will dive into student data to help make decisions about students that need support through a robust MTSS process.  The team consists of administrators, counselors, instructional coaches and success coaches.  This team looks at ongoing data that includes attendance, behavior, social/emotional/behavior health and grades.  Our first task as a team was to look at D, F and IE data and get a sense of how our students were doing and organize our next steps. Based on the data, the team decided to provide support to our teachers to use Pride Hour more effectively.  In future meetings, our team will determine our purpose and create our norms to operate as a high-performing team with goals outlined for the year.  We will then be selecting our Tier 1, 2 and 3 services that currently exist at OHS and catagorizing them.  We will then determine protocols that our group will use to address needs based on student data.  

College Fair

On September 30th, Juniors and some Seniors attended the IACAC College Fair at Central College.  The fair provided a an opportunity for students to learn about postsecondary options. Universities, colleges, community colleges, technical colleges, trade schools, national military organizations, apprenticeship/union programs and non-profit postsecondary planning services from around Iowa and out-of-state.. 

Homecoming

Congratulations to Patrick DeRonde and Sage Adam on being crowned 2021 Homecoming King and Queen.  Thank you to the Student Council for organizing a successful Homecoming week with a lot of fun activities for students. 

Construction Trades 

The Construction Trades program has progressed nicely this fall with their home construction.  Students were putting up interior walls the week of October 4th and will be ready to set trusses the week of October 11th.  

FOCUS AREA #3 - STAFF, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

Positive Communication

OHS has committed to making 15-20 positive connections a month for this school year.  Positive communications will occur either by phone, face-to-face, or postcards to parents of students at OHS. 89 freshmen connections,  97 sophomore connections, 109 junior connections, 60 senior connections.  Total of 355 positive phone calls, emails or other connections have been made.  

911 Commemoration

On September 9th, members of the OHS Student Council spent time with community members volunteering to arrange flags on the town square to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

FOCUS AREA #4 - MANAGE RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY and IMPROVE FACILITIES 

Safety

OHS has completed all of our safety drills for September and are organizing our October drills.     

School Construction

Concrete footings and floors have been poured for the new addition..