History of Ottawa Hills Local Schools
The primary goal of Ottawa Hills Schools is to facilitate maximum learning for every student. Everything we do, and all the decisions we make, are focused on this goal. Learning is the top priority in Ottawa Hills Schools. We consider ourselves successful when teachers, administrators, and support staff help every student achieve at a level that is equal to or exceeds measured ability.
Our school district is a service organization whose primary purpose is to serve the educational needs of the Village children and citizens. Our goal is to provide the best, most cordial, and prompt service to the district's stakeholders, our students, parents, community members, and employees.
Ottawa Hills Local Schools has a tradition of excellence. We believe that we cannot simply maintain excellence, but we must constantly create it. To that end, we strive for continuous improvement in the areas of providing a challenging curriculum for our students, hiring the best teachers possible to deliver the curriculum, and involving our parents as partners in the education of their children.
The Ottawa Hills community combines all of the elements necessary to operate a successful school system: motivated students who appreciate the value of a good education, involved parents who make their children's education one of their top priorities, dedicated and talented educators who try to do what is best for all students, and a supportive community that provides adequate resources to create conditions that maximize learning. The strength of these four elements results in an excellent school system.
Please check the district's Quality Profile report for specific information about our district.
The mission of Ottawa Hills Local Schools:
In partnership with our community,
Ottawa Hills Local Schools will challenge and inspire each student
to realize his or her unique potential;
to embrace learning as a lifelong process;
and to become an active, responsible citizen.
The core values of an organization are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. The values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our
work. They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do.
The vision of Ottawa Hills Local Schools:
Our vision for Ottawa Hills Local Schools is to provide a learning community with a clear, focused mission; a climate of high expectations; opportunities for all children to learn; systematic monitoring of student achievement and progress; strong instructional leadership; a safe, orderly environment; and valued parent/community involvement.
These correlates of effective schools are demonstrated through the following practices:
Clear Focused Mission
- Focus first on student achievement.
- Operate with the belief that all students can learn.
- Maximize and support learning opportunities for every child.
- Promote a culture of continuous improvement by establishing clear/specific goals with measurable results.
- Uphold a tradition of excellence.
Climate of High Expectations
- Set and maintain a climate of high expectations for students, teachers, administrators, staff members, and parents.
- Make decisions on the basis of the best interests of students and on improving student achievement and personal growth.
- Provide a rigorous, challenging curriculum aligned to standards.
- Recognize and celebrate accomplishments of students and staff.
Opportunity for All Children to Learn
- Accept responsibility for every child to achieve at his/her highest potential.
- Align curriculum (what is written), instruction (what/how it is taught), and assessment (what is evaluated).
- Increase time-on-task by limiting interruptions and seeking ways to maximize instructional time.
- Use technology to enhance, extend, and enrich teaching and learning.
- Implement new programs designed to have a positive, measurable impact on student achievement.
Systematic Frequent Monitoring of Student Achievement and Progress
- Systematically monitor student achievement and progress through ongoing classroom, grade-level, and district assessment.
- Use results of student assessment to determine learning goals for every child.
- Use data to direct planning for curriculum, instruction, and intervention.
Strong Instructional Leadership
- Expect the principal to be the instructional leader of the school.
- Foster an attitude of professionalism, mutual respect, collaboration, and teamwork among all staff members.
- Support effective instructional practices through ongoing professional development that supports district priorities and focuses on teaching and learning.
- Lead by example.
Safe, Orderly Environment
- Provide a safe, orderly, and supportive learning environment.
- Expect student, staff, and parental behavior that demonstrates respect for self/others and responsibility.
- Develop relationships through which every child feels valued.
- Promote opportunities for students to practice leadership, teamwork, and service to others.
- Foster the appreciation of the richness of our diverse society.
- Establish practices that support healthy lifestyles.
- Encourage and promote parental and community involvement in the schools.
- Encourage and practice open communication among staff, parents, and community members.
- Build an enduring partnership with the community and welcome its citizens into the schools.
- Value and respect the community’s interests and expectations.
- Develop community partnerships to support and accomplish common goals.