Dear Alice Ott Student, Parent/Guardian:
Our theme this year is “Champions Find a Way.” We believe in the potential for all students to succeed and our goal is to help them achieve and reach their dreams. Please remember it is our desire to involve students’ families as partners in their child’s education. We believe this increases academic achievement and creates a better atmosphere for learning and development of each student.
Our mission at Alice Ott is “To provide a safe, challenging, and supportive environment where students are prepared with the fundamentals for success in high school and beyond, developing them into responsible citizens and critical thinkers.” Therefore, we are excited to announce to families the following academic achievements from this past school year.
- We are the winner of the prestigious 2014 MetLife-NASSP Breakthrough Schools Program.
- We were once again recognized by the state as a “Model” School, which means we were in the top five percent of the highest-performing and/or highest-academic growth Title I schools in the state of Oregon. We are the only middle school in the state to receive this honor two years in a row.
- We received a 92.5% rating out of 100 because of our solid academic achievement and student growth.
- Our overall reading achievement and math achievement stayed approximately level with last year despite losing one whole round of state testing.
- Our overall academic growth rating is level 5 for reading and math, which is the highest rating you can receive.
- Our attendance remains over 94%, which exceeds state standards. Our sixth grade chronic absenteeism was only 6.3%, which is outstanding and outperforms state standards.
Here are some brief highlights of some things you will notice at Alice Ott during the 2013-14 school year:
- We will begin using Ipad Minis for our curriculum adoption in social studies and science.
- We will be piloting the Write to Learn program in each of our sixth grade writing classes utilizing technology to assist with feedback.
- We will begin using Synergy instead of Esis as our student management and parent communication system.
- We will be writing and implementing a new school improvement plan with persistent focus on reading, writing, and math while transitioning to new state and national Common Core Standards.
- We are continuing our “Comprehensive Reading Model” to reach students with specialized instruction based on their reading level and assist any student not meeting the new state benchmarks for reading or scoring lower than grade level on the Scholastic Reading Inventory assessment. Our goal is that each and every child will read at grade level by the time they leave Alice Ott. Seventh and eighth grade students that are not at benchmarks on state tests and/or the SRI will be assigned a reading class in lieu of an extra elective. All 6th grade students will have a reading class daily that is based on their reading level.
- All students will have daily math if they have not exceeded state standards or qualified for Pre-Algebra (7th graders) or Algebra (8th graders). Students that qualified for these classes earn an extra elective.
- All 6th grade students will have math and reading daily for 80 minutes regardless of level.
- We will continue our quarterly award assemblies where we recognize students that earn honor roll and have great attendance.
Here’s to a great 2013-14 school year and remember Champions Find a Way!
Alice Ott Middle School