Principal O'Connor

  • Pictures of Success!

    I am thrilled to welcome you to Park Orchard Elementary School. Whether this is your first year with us or you are returning after several years, you are welcome, and we are excited you are here.

    I look forward to getting to know each of your families as we begin (or continue) our work together preparing all Park Orchard Pandas for middle school, high school, college, and career success.

    Our picture of success includes a school environment that is not only safe, orderly, supportive, and intellectually challenging but also fun, engaging, and student-centered.

    We need your help, though, because our picture of success also includes:

    • All students reading at home 20 minutes or more five nights a week
    • All students sleeping 8-12 hours a day on a regular basis
    • All parents and guardians attending and/or volunteering at Park Orchard events

    At Park Orchard, we are stronger when we work together towards student academic and social-emotional growth and we have made tremendous gains for our students with this approach. I look forward to continuing the work with you this year to make the 2019-2020 school year everything that your child deserves.

    Pictures of Success: Academics

    Our picture of academic success includes consistent use of High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS). We are focusing on setting goals, providing students with feedback, and metacognition (thinking about our thinking).

    Pictures of Success: Behavior

    Our picture of behavioral success includes providing students clear expectations for their behavior. Sometimes those expectations may be actual pictures of what success looks like. In addition, we will be explicitly teaching social-emotional skills and using a more restorative approach to discipline.  

    Pictures of Success: Community

    Our picture of community success includes listening to you. We are here to serve you and your children and we want to hear about how we’re doing. What are we doing well? What can we do better?

    We also want you here on campus as often as it is possible for you. When it’s not possible to come to us, we are happy to come to you. We look forward to a picture-perfect school year!

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