Monday, October 9, 2017

Off and Running!

This year has started with a flurry of activity, almost as if we never took a break! September came and went in the blink of an eye. Some of the highlights of this past month are...

Open House

So many families came to see the wonderful work their children are doing at OQS. There was an easy flow to the night and a hum of conversation as students showcased their work and teachers shared their curriculum. We ended the night with a demonstration of our new outdoor pizza oven. The garde club made pizza ahead of time and families got a chance to make their own mini pizzas.

Instructional Teaming

OQS staff is hard at work combining their expertise and working together to form instructional teams that consist of classroom teachers and special educators. These teams can often be found teaching side by side in the classroom, taking turns at being the "lead" teacher. This model gives all students greater access to the content being taught and can provide a high level of support for those students who might be struggling with a particular concept or skill and those that are needing to be challenged.


New this year is a block of time once a week in which students are engaged in high level, hands on, problem solving tasks that require them to use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Our STEAM teachers are Mrs. Whitney and Mrs. Newton accompanied by our highly skilled paraeducators. The first unit we are working on is designing a model of a home they might build for a specific group of people. 
We recently received over $1500 worth of makerspace materials and kits that include robotics, circuits, and other electronic building devices through a donorschoose campaign. So many generous folks donated money for us to but these materials. We are truley thankful for such generosity!

After such a tremendous start I can hardly wait to see what next month brings!