- Community Team Design
- Community Engagement Sessions
- Sponsoring Partner
- Contact Info
- 3 community member co-chairs: Rupali Chandar, Chelsey Gupta, Katie Talbott
- 12 community members: Bethany Dale, Rich Effler, Emery Geosits, Jason Huntley, Teanya Norwood-Ekwenna, Mona Parikh, John Roemer, Angie Schaal, Adrianne Shreve, Kalen Stanton, Elizabeth Weaver, and Sabrina Weaver
- 2 school board representatives: Kathy Lathrop and Adam Smidi
- Superintendent Adam Fineske
- 5 members from district leadership team:
- Darrin Broadway, Dean of Secondary Teaching and Learning
- Ben McMurray, Junior/Senior High School principal
- Kevin Merrill, Director of Communications
- Dr. Bill Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
- Brooks Spiess, assistant director of technology
- Village Manager/Police Chief John Wenzlick
- 2-3 Junior/Senior High School students
- 4 teachers (2 from each building)
- Collect written feedback through committee survey
- Collect discussion-based feedback
- Five backyard brainstorming sessions open to the community
- Collaboration with multiple school support groups
- Virtual Community Brainstorming Session: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
- Planning committee refinement sessions
- Draft the plan, design the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan document (Kevin Merrill)
January Board of Education Meeting
- Present Strategic Plan for board approval
The Strategic Plan will be developed through a community-driven process to help design the future of our schools. The Community Engagement Sessions are open to all Village residents, regardless of whether they have children in the school system or not. The goal is to better understand the community's view of the district's strengths and weaknesses and to collectively brainstorm ideas for the next five years.
- Session 1: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m., 2914 Riva Ridge Rd. (host: Mona Parikh)
- Session 2: Sunday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., 3758 Brookside Rd (host: Elizabeth Weaver)
- Session 3: Friday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m., 2507 Edgehill Rd. (host: Bethany Dale)
- Session 4: Sunday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m., 2715 Talmadge Rd. (host: Jason Huntley)
- Session 5: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., 2135 Hawthorne Rd. (host: Emery Geosits)
- Session 6: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Community Virtual Brainstorming (hosts: Rupali Chandar, Chelsey Gupta, Katie Talbott) web link to be posted soon. Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/99429163102. Meeting ID: 994 2916 3102
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.