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Miami Rockdale Elementary

 



Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! This is an exciting time to be at Rockdale! We have a few new faces within our student body and staff, and we are looking forward to getting to know everyone. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Karen Cook (1st Grade) and Stephanie Redden (Kitchen Staff).

 This year brings some exciting changes! First of all, Rockdale was awarded the OETT Grant this past Spring. This grant has allowed us to purchase enough devices to provide every Rockdale student their own assigned device in the classroom. We purchased 100 iPads and 30 Chromebooks with this grant. The grant also covers the cost of an extensive Professional Development Program that has been designed specifically for Rockdale teachers and will be facilitated by OU’s K20 Center. The professional development provided to our teachers will teach them to use technology to improve student learning and engagement. We are so excited about the endless possibilities!

Another change we are making this year is happening in 3rd grade. Ms. Snell and Ms. Fecke are teaming up to teach ALL 3rd graders. What exactly will that look like, you may ask? To sum it up, Ms. Snell will be teaching all 3rd graders Math and Science, and Ms. Fecke will be teaching all 3rd graders Reading and Social Studies. They are working out a schedule that will give them equal time with both homeroom classes. There is a lot of good research out there on departmentalizing (that’s the educational description of what we are doing). We are anticipating a smooth and successful transition to this new approach!

  We will have Rockdale 101 on Monday, August 26th, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. I will share with you expectations and procedures for the school year at this time. Your child’s teacher will also have a brief presentation for parents that will cover information about the classroom expectations and procedures. Please plan to join us!

  Our big focus at Rockdale for the past several years has been to instill “The 7 Habits for Happy Kids” within our students. We believe that when students are taught how to maintain a positive approach to life in general, the doors that will open to them will be many. These 7 Habits go a long way in promoting leadership and success.

  It is an honor to serve you! I consider it a true blessing to have the opportunity to work with you and your children. If you have any questions, concerns, or if you would like to visit further, please feel free to stop by the school anytime. My door is always open…

 

Warm Regards,

 

Andrea H. Berry
Principal

 

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