We at Orchard Hill Elementary continue to be excited about the 2013-14 school year. We are growing - although our student count overall is expected to decline, we are picking up a section of 4th grade. This means our overall class sizes will actually decrease slightly We continue to be a Leader in Me building and using 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Even our new staff will be trained annually. We have been fully implementing these principles with our students in becoming a Leader in Me building. We will begin 3rd year training this year. Ask your children as we begin our year - I am sure they will be eager to teach you as well! We also anticipate having a family night for Leader in Me so that all families can learn about the 7 Habits.
We continue implementation of Professional Learning Communities. Early dismissal is part of this. We are dismissing at 1:30 on Wednesdays again this school year. Junior High and High School begin 90 minutes later on Mondays (this is a change from last year) to accomplish the same task. Professional Learning Communities (or PLCS for short) are what Cedar Falls Schools is all about. It is a PK - 12 initiative. We will begin to look at our curriculum more in depth to make sure we are covering the essentials. We will look at common formative assessments, so we assess students continually to see where their needs are to drive our instruction. We are excited about this because the schools that implement with fidelity see increases in student achievement, especially in closing gaps with IEP students and those of poverty. Leader in Me sees these same results. Although we know that getting out earlier provides some inconveniences for families, please know that in the end, this will help the teaching and learning that occurs in Cedar Falls Schools. We will keep you updated on our progress!
We always welcome visitors. Please check in at the office before going to a classroom. If you are visiting your child's classroom, please make arrangements ahead of time and keep the visits limited so as to not disturb the learning climate in the room.
Kim Cross - principal
March 10 - Day 1 - P/T Conf.
March 11 - Day 2 - P/T conf.
March 12 - Day 3
March 13 - No School P/T conf.
March 7 - No School
Orchard Hill's online scheduler for the upcoming conferences.
The link above will go live on February 22 at 12AM.
It will close on Tuesday, March 4 at 11:59PM.
**Conferences will be held**
Monday, March 10, 4:20-8pm
Tuesday, March 11, 4:20-8pm
Thursday, March 13, 1-4pm
Below you will find the easy to follow instructions...
Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions
Need help? Please call or email the Orchard Hill Elementary School office: 319 553-2465 ~ EMAIL - firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly turn-ins of HyVee receipts to your child's class. There are also containers in the front hallway. Collect from neighbors and friends. Also we collect Milk Moola from Kwik Star & Wagon Wheels from Pizza Ranch. Turn those in to the office or the container in our front hallway.
Monthly turn-ins of Boxtops to your child's class. There are also containers in the front hallway. Collect from neighbors and friends.
Cedar Falls Schools has adopted a new Allergy Sensitive Environment practice. We no longer prohibit peanut products from being brought into our school. We do have classsrooms that may have restrictions due to the health concerns of students in that particular classroom. Teachers will notify parents if they have further restrictions in their classrooms. Otherwise, for personal consumption, we do not have restrictions on our campus any longer. For more information on this , please click on the link to our brochure or contact the building principals, Kim Cross, at email@example.com or 319-553-2465.