Principal Orrock

  • The Journey Continues

    In August, I wrote that education is a journey. Now as we are well into the autumn and winter lies ahead, we are navigating our way in this year of learning and growth.


    Navigators set goals to reach their destination. Student goal setting conferences have wrapped up and staff have been looking at their students and setting their own growth goals as professionals.

    The Building Leadership Team (BLT) has provided input on our School Improvement Plan with the goal of submitting a final draft next month. That report helps us set specific academic performance goals that guide our learning that will impact how we instruct our students.

    A parent volunteer has joined our BLT and will provide input on goal setting and our plans. Student Council elections resulted in an empowered group of students who will develop their leadership this year. All of this combined with looking at each students’ strengths and needs has set a clear course for the months ahead.


    One goal this year is to broaden our skillset and learn best practices to make curriculum accessible to all students. With a focus on English Language Learners in particular, we are working to improve student performance and increase language acquisition.

    We are continuing with our daily talking circles that help us create community, increase peer communication and lay the groundwork for greater restorative practices in our school.

    We continue to look at our discipline practices, school culture and safety measures with an eye toward inclusion and equity because that’s the Navigator Way.


    We believe in community, connection and diversity are strengths for Emerald Park. We are grateful for our parent volunteers who help at special events, on field trips, mentorship, and with arts education.

    This year we are will be expanding our Watch D.O.G.S. male volunteer opportunities to evening events to accommodate working father figures who cannot attend the school day. We will be pairing these with listening events with the principal.

    Our Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) is an essential part of building connections and providing rich learning experiences beyond the classroom. This year, our beloved Scholastic Book Fair was at risk due to lack of volunteer leadership but thankfully was produced by EP families willing to step up. We hope to hold it again in the spring and are looking for volunteer leaders to make that happen. Contact me or the PTSA if you are that leader.

    As we move into the dark winter months ahead, it is with a bright light leading us on our journey to learning and growing each day.

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Last Modified on October 31, 2019