Ontario Local Schools

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Our Common Goal: Building Success for Every Learner


Digital Learning Initiatives

Kathy Stone, Director of Education

 
The teachers and administrators are continually analyzing and assessing our current curriculum by using the Ohio state standards to identify any gaps in our instructional techniques and/or materials. Many of our instructional strategies include digital learning. Thus, one of our major initiatives this year is to create a five year strategic technology plan. A Technology Team that consists of the Director of Education, Technology Coordinator and teachers representing each building has begun the process of identifying a shared vision for the use of technology in our schools. Our process will include researching best practices and devices for each grade level, gathering input from our teaching staff, integrating technology and curriculum, and providing ongoing professional development for our teachers. We want to design a technology plan that will include skills for our students, enabling them to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world.
 
Below are just a few examples of how technology is utilized in our classrooms to enhance student learning:
 
 
 
Students in Mr. Buttil’s third grade classroom are using the sumdog.com website on their tablets to independently work on math computation, time, money and fractions.
 
 
 

Students in CCP Anatomy and Physiology are using new digital microscopes and classroom computers to enhance their learning experience. Microscope slides can now be enhanced, photographed and video recorded to help students master and memorize many different human tissue types. On-line simulations and texts are now right in arms reach on each lab table for students, thanks to science curriculum technology updates this year.
 
 

Students in the CCP Physics Honors class are collecting data on an accelerating cart; the data is entered into an EXCEL spreadsheet using the computer in the background. Three graphs, a displacement vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time will be generated with appropriate slope calculations and area under the curve of the velocity vs. time graph calculated using graphical analysis.
 
 
 
Students have the option of filming the motion using their smartphones and analyzing the film of the motion using a program called Video Analysis that is part of the Vernier Logger Pro program that is in use here at OHS and is available on the computers in the Chemistry/Physics room.. The Logger Pro application generates the graphs automatically real time review. The multiple representations of data, mathematical, and graphical, enable students to make accurate assessments of kinematic motion.

Points of Pride - Summer 2016


Our Common Goal: Building Success for Every Learner
Intervention and Enrichment Initiatives
Kathy Stone, Director of Education


As we begin the new school year, I want to take this opportunity to describe the intervention and enrichment initiatives that will be taking place in our schools. Our teachers provide intervention and enrichment activities for students during their daily classroom instruction, but additionally each building is offering unique opportunities for our students.

INTERVENTIONS

During the 2015-2016 school year, Stingel Elementary increased its Title I Reading intervention program by servicing 250 students in kindergarten through the fifth grade and we anticipate serving the same amount of students during the upcoming school year. Stingel will continue to offer reading interventions during the new school year to students that are below grade level in reading. Students that are below grade level in reading will work in a small group with a Title I tutor 30 minutes per day. This reading instruction is in addition to the instruction received in the classroom. A new initiative this upcoming school year will include providing interventions to students that are below grade level in mathematics.
Ontario Middle School will continue to provide academic interventions during one class period of the day. Classroom teachers will monitor students’ grades and progress during this class period, and direct them to the appropriate resources.
Ontario High School offers peer tutoring to students that need assistance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:20-7:45 a.m. The high school librarian directs a Writing Center in which students can receive support with their written assignments.

ENRICHMENT

Students in grades two, three, four and five which are identified as “gifted” will be clustered in one homeroom. The reason for clustering the students in one classroom is to help the teacher facilitate differentiated instruction and enrichment to a group of gifted students. The teachers in these classrooms will receive ongoing professional development in the area of gifted education. Our gifted coordinator will also be collaborating with the kindergarten and first grade teachers as they provide enrichment to our gifted students in the primary grades.
Ontario Middle School will continue to offer honor courses to our students. During the upcoming year, honors classes will be offered in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in science, social studies, mathematics and literature. Physical science, algebra and Spanish will be offered to eighth graders and students in these classes will earn one high school credit.
Enrichment opportunities at the high school have increased significantly. Honors courses are offered in Geometry, Biology, Algebra 2 and English 10. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be offered in Calculus AB, US Government, English Language and English Composition. College Credit Plus courses are classes taught at Ontario High School by Ontario teachers in which students can earn college and high school credit. The College Credit Plus (CCP) courses offered next year are: English Composition 1010, English Composition 1030, Sociology 1010, Psychology 1010, Calculus AB 1150, Calculus BC 1151, Anatomy and Physiology BIO 201 & 201L, Chemistry 1210, Chemistry 1220 and Physics 1110.

As one can see from the intervention and enrichment initiatives described, Ontario Schools is working diligently toward our common goal of “Building Success for Every Learner”.


2016-2017 State Testing Dates

Source: Ohio Department of Education Website

Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)
Fall 2016: October 24–November 6, 2016
Spring 2017: March 13-26, 2017

Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
Fall 2016: Grade 3 English language arts, November 7-18, 2016

Spring 2017: English language arts, March 13-April 14, 2017
Mathematics, science and social studies, April 3-May 12, 2017

Gifted Identification


Ontario Local Schools provides regular opportunities for screening and assessment of students in grades K-12 for possible gifted identification each year. If you have questions or concerns regarding the assessment or opportunities for your child, please contact the building principal. The procedures utilized by the district are based on the state guidelines as stated in section 3324.04 of the Ohio Revised Code for identifying children who are gifted. A Gifted and Talented brochure and parent referral form can be found on the Ontario Schools website or in all district offices.

The Search For Students With Disabilities

Ontario Local Schools is participating in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children who may have disabilities. Ontario Local Schools has responded vigorously to federal and state mandates requiring the provision of free, appropriate public education regardless of a child’s disability. But before we can serve children, they must be found.
All information regarding testing or identification of children with disabilities will be held in strict confidence and released to others only with parent permission or as allowed by law.
District policies and procedures for special education are available in all district offices. Ontario Schools is committed to meeting the needs of children with disabilities. If you have or know of a child who may have a disability, contact any school office for more information or help.
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