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Principal's Corner

Off to a Great Start!

Oak Grove Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  Thank you so much for your support of our school.  I have had three full years of adjusting to the elementary school culture, and I have enjoyed every single minute.  To be able to work with the teachers, staff, and students here has been a blessing too.  I can safely say that no two days are the same at Oak Grove.  Like the students, I am still learning a lot and I am excited about each day.

We have had a lot of new activities in our classrooms so far this year.  For the first time, first and second grade students have completed baseline testing this fall.  Third, fourth, and fifth grade students have completed their first Constructed Response Assessment to begin testing for our new Common Core State Standards in Math.  Kindergarten, first, and second grades have all moved to the full Common Core Standards this fall.  As we continue this school year, we will be constantly monitoring the progress of our students.  Testing in the Spring will be here soon enough and we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to show growth in the various subjects.  At Oak Grove, we will continue to push our students as far as we can.  I realize that some students will struggle with the different concepts and instructional strategies that are being taught in the classrooms with Common Core.  We truly believe that what we are doing with our students is for their benefit.  I have been amazed at the progress that I have seen in the classroom.

My sincere hope is that all parents will continue to communicate with your child's teacher.  I truly believe that every student has the capacity to learn and everyone needs to work together.  Our goal is to try to help unlock your student's potential.

Thank you again for a wonderful beginning to the school year.

Buck Watson, Principal


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