Jeff Kirby

High School Principal

“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”  Albert Einstein

 

FOCUS AREA #1 - INCREASE STUDENT LEARNING and READINESS

Professional Development Activities/Topics - On April 6th, OHS’s building professional development was spent allowing teachers to prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Teachers at OHS spent the afternoon contacting parents to establish conference times and prepare materials for conferences.  

On our April 20th professional development the staff have spent time reviewing common expectations for student behaviors.  Respect, Responsibility, Safety, and Caring will be our four anchors that our agreed upon common expectations will align with.  Staff were given a voice in PD with revisions to our common expectations made based on that feedback.  During teacher PLC time staff were able to give additional feedback to those revisions.  Our SLT will make final revisions to our common expectations and will become part of our school practices moving forward.  The implementation of these common expectations will begin the 2022-2023 school year.  

Staff also worked on updating OHS’s Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) by providing recommendations and revisions to this plan for the 2022-2023 school year.  Staff communicated unique connections to student learning that they have made with community and business partners to extend the curriculum into connecting college and career related fields.  

Teachers engaged in proctor training for the Conditions For Learning Survey that was given on April 27th.      

OHS SLT Meeting -  The OHS SLT finalized our work with the “Osky Way” our common expectations for the 2022-2023 school year.  Staff determined our common expectations in the areas of  Respect, Responsible, Safe and Caring.  These expectations will be added to our handbook and  instituted next school year.  In addtion our SLT weighed options for projectors replacements for the 2022-2023 school year and made a recommendation to the Technology department.  

IHCC Zoom Room - In collaboration with Indian Hills Community College, designs and been completed for a Zoom Room that will be used to stream IHCC courses to OHS students.  In addition to transportation being provided to the students of OHS to attend courses at IHCC, students will now have access to a room located at OHS that will provide streaming through the use of a Zoom technology to deliver courses not available at OHS to high school students. The project includes furniture upgrades and technology installation.  Completion of the project will be July of 2022.

 

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

Teacher Appreciation Week - We were fortunate to celebrate our great teachers during teacher appreciation week. We want to send an enthusiastic thank you to Clow Valve for the great food and thoughtful recognition of our teachers.  Clow donated a meal for teachers on Monday, May 1st. We appreciate all that our teachers do every day for our students that make a difference in their lives.

Student Success Center -  The staff has begun the work to develop a Student Success Center that will serve all students in the areas of attendance, academics and behaviors.  For the 2022-2023 school year, the Student Success Center will be housed in the “old” cafeteria in the remodeled space. It will support students' needs to ensure their academic and social  success and decrease the likelihood of students dropping out of our system.  

Pancake Breakfast - On April 29th, the Student Council provided an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Elementary, Middle School and High School.  

Students making pancakes Students helping at pancake breakfast

FFA Greenhouse - The greenhouse is open for sales on Saturday. May 7th from 8:30 am-11:00 am, and Tuesday, May 10th from 8:00 am-6:00 pm.  Get your plants now!  

Plants in the greenhouse


Oskaloosa High School  Student Council Earns Top National Award - Congratulations to the Oskaloosa High School’s Student Council for once again being recognized for their exemplary leadership by being named to the 2022 national Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council (NatStuCo). See the link below.  

National Student Council Letter

 

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

Staff Communication - The staff continues to communicate “Amazing Things Happening” at OHS as the Math Team communicated about the Little Hawkeye Math Contest and the Sciecne Team communicated about the many science labs that students are participating in.  Staff also made attempts to communicate with families to set up conference times during parent teacher conferences.  Conferences were held April 11th and 14th.    

Lead with Love - Student Council students donated approximately $1,500.00 along with other essential items to the Care Closet to support foster and adoptive families.  This project was initiated by Rachel Frost, who at the time of beginning this project was the State School Council President.  

Working at the Care Closet Taking donations at the Care Closet

FOCUS AREA #4 - MANAGE RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY and IMPROVE FACILITIES 

Safety - OHS successfully completed April’s Hold and Shelter drills.  In addition, local law authorities conducted a drug sweep with “drug dog’s” to sweep the High School building lockers and parking lot.

School Construction - We have worked to get cafteteria furniture for the new cafeteria with discussion on the styles and types of seating available along with integration of technology in the space.