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.
In August, Superintendent Yamashiro launched the second annual independent reading challenge with an ambitious word count goal for all schools. The students rose to the challenge and all five schools exceeded their goals, with a district word count total of over 115,000,000 so far. This year, Old Adobe Union's Accelerated Reader and independent reading work is supported by a grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. The new books from this grant and other sources have been a huge hit with OAUSD students - as has the ongoing use of Accelerated Reader. You will not be surprised to hear that we had some amazing success stories this first tri-mester. Since the start of the school year, we have over two hundred students who have gained over a full year of reading growth - wow!
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year in Old Adobe Union School District! I hope you had a terrific summer. This is an exciting and productive time for our district, as we prepare to implement a new math program and updated writing program; have hired several new staff; started construction on our solar project; and completed our first Summer Scholars program, serving over 300 OAUSD students!
Last year in my opening letter, I shared my excitement that we were opening two Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classrooms and an expanded PE program. Both were hugely successful. Our PE program is back this year and we are doubling the number of TK
classrooms for a total of four. Our fabulous Kid’s Care program, offering morning coverage starting at 6:30 a.m. and afternoon coverage until 6 p.m., is now available at all Old Adobe Union school sites! Old Adobe Union also launched music for all schools in
2014-2015 and each school site will look to build on that success in 2015-2016.