Olentangy Hosts Hong Kong Educators

A group of educators from Hong Kong visited Olentangy Local Schools Wednesday, Oct. 30 to observe inquiry learning and formative assessment instruction in action.

The group, which consisted of both primary and secondary school teachers and administrators from Hong Kong, began its day at Hyatts Middle School before visiting Olentangy High School. While at the schools, the visitors met with the principals and observed several classrooms. The visit was organized through a Battelle for Kids workshop program.

Students at ACES Learn Taiko

Eric “the fish” Patton visited Alum Creek Elementary School (ACES), Wednesday, Oct. 23.  Mr. Patton shared his style of Japanese drumming – called taiko – with the school and worked with small groups of fifth grade students to help prepare them for a musical which will be presented in November based around Japanese music and taiko drumming. Music teacher Meghan Anderson  organized the visit to help the entire school better relate to the musical and to connect her students to music, geography, social studies and art from a different culture.

Celebrity Advice

OASIS students and staff were thrilled to have a celebrity visitor on a recent Friday morning.  Tyler Joseph, lead singer of Twenty One Pilots was delivering lunch to his mother, OASIS teacher Kelly Joseph and stayed to offer the students some real-world advice.  Tyler provided details on the music industry and spoke about life choices with his captivated audience.  The students also asked Tyler to sign many t-shirts, hats and phones!

Literacy Support Night at OCES

Oak Creek Elementary School (OCES) held a First Grade Literacy Night at the school October 2.  Literacy support teacher Lynn Wypasek and Title 1 teachers Brittni Barth and Kelly Echelberry presented at the workshop, which was designed to educate parents on support strategies to use with their children at home. Parents were introduced to the components of first grade reading instruction via video clips of actual OCES students. Parents also learned about assessment, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, word study and writing, and how all of these components work together to create reading success for their children.  The teachers often hear “how do we support our children with reading at home?” They answer that the home-to-school connection is critical to developing a child who loves to read.

Ribbon Cutting at TRES

Tyler Run Elementary School (TRES) conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony September 30th to inaugurate its newly erected greenhouse. Funds for the greenhouse were raised from area business donations, the Olentangy Education Foundation and the Tyler Run PTO. TRES teachers will use the greenhouse to develop new teaching standards, provide environmental awareness and give students the opportunity to explore the science and fun of gardening. Tyler the TRES tiger was on hand to greet guests including Olentangy Local School District board member Dave King. All TRES classes and teachers cycled through the day to cut thier own individual ribbons.