The Old Adobe Union School District Team has been hard at work this Summer ensuring that facilities are ready to go for the coming school year. Here are some glimpses behind the curtain at what happens when the teachers and students are away.
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They say that April showers bring May flowers, and appreciation is blooming in Old Adobe Union. This week was staff appreciation week, which includes parent led activities, treats for the staff from the Board, a staff appreciation luncheon at each site on Friday, and other site based efforts. Next week on Friday we take some time to appreciate our amazing parent and community volunteers who do so much to make Old Adobe Union special. Over the last several years the number of parent volunteers has grown- as has the size and activity of our PTA/PTO at each site. Also in May is when we hold an Open House at each school. This celebratory event honors and appreciates the amazing work of our students. Each room practically bursts with amazing art, writing, projects, and other student led efforts.
Old Adobe Union School District has taken on the challenge of higher math expectations and has made significant gains over the past year and a half. After a fun, open-ended, adoption process, our schools recommended Bridges, from the Math Learning Center, for adoption at Kindergarten through 5th grade, and CPM at 6th Grade. In 2015-2016, OAUSD embarked on its first year of implementation of these new programs with professional development for our teachers.
Summer is almost here! As we finish the school year, let me take a moment of your time to encourage a summer full of learning across Old Adobe Union School District. Did you know that some researchers estimate that ⅓ to ½ of the achievement gap is due to differences in summer learning? Families that successfully inspire and support learning in the summer generally
What Makes Old Adobe Union School District So Great?
The simple answer is that children love coming to our schools every day and parents appreciate our family friendly district that is dedicated to providing both strong academics and a balanced whole child program that includes music, physical education, and so much more. This top ten list is meant to highlight what makes our schools special:
#1 Talented and Experienced Teachers
Old Adobe Union teachers average over 15 years of experience and we know from extensive research that more experienced teachers are more effective in creating a safe, positive learning environment and in teaching academic content. But don’t take this to mean that our teachers are stuck in the 20th Century - Old Adobe Union teachers are on the cutting edge of classroom technology and have taken a leadership role in developing the charter and focus themes. Our great teachers mean that your child will receive a top notch education year after year, from transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.
#2 Superb School Staff
Nearly half of all district employees are not teachers, but they are crucially important to your child’s experience in our school district. This includes school office staff, food services staff, bus drivers, and so many more. Old Adobe Union is fortunate to have staff who are long time members of the Petaluma community and school community, giving your children more adults they can trust to lend them a hand or a smile. We all work together to provide a great education and daily experience at our schools.