Stearns Elementary Teacher Wins Award
The Klamath County School District is honoring its best this April with the fifth annual Crystal Apple Awards. Stearns Elementary School teacher Brittany Carr was honored with one of the eight awards. Carr is in her seventh year of teaching kindergarten at Stearns Elementary. The whole school sees the impact of the work she does in and out of the classroom.
Brittany Carr wakes up every morning excited to get to school and see her kindergarten students grow. “I’m so excited to be a part of their lives and part of their journey,” she said. “I hope the work I’m able to do with them makes an impact for them. They certainly make an impact on my life.”
In addition to wrangling a classroom of 5-year-olds, Carr is a member of the Collaboration Grant Committee, the P-3 Committee, the Stearns Leadership Team and she is the FIT Team Leader for Stearns. She helped organize the 2016 Holiday Craft Bazaar and helped Migrant Summer School Principal Ruben Paschal in developing pre-kindergarten classes for that program. She previously participated in the Stearns Booster Club and the KCSD Kindergarten Math Team. Outside of the school she is a “key spouse” volunteer with Kingsley Field for deployed service members and their families.
“Brittany Carr is the type of kindergarten teacher that you want every child to have,” said Stearns Principal Beth Clark. “Mrs. Carr has high learning expectations for every student in her classroom. She is a kind, caring and highly skilled teacher.”
Congratulations, Brittany Carr!
For the past several years, Marilyn Howell, a SMART program reader, has purchased Stearns T-Shirts for every kindergartner at Stearns Elementary. We thank Mrs. Howell for her generosity towards all the students at Stearns. Our kindergartners really love their shirts!
Meeting Announcement Regarding the Indian Education Formula Grant
Oregon education programs are beginning to go through changes as the state prepares its plan for compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Educational Act (The Every Student Succeeds Act. Included in the proposed changes is the movement of the Title VII Indian Education Formula Grant to Title VI… All meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00PM to 6:30PM.
April 5, 2017 at Shasta Elementary School
May 3, 2017 at Chiloquin Elementary School
Stearns Elementary School Canned Food Drive
The Stearns Elementary Canned Food Drive for the Klamath / Lake County Food Bank was a HUGE success! Students and families brought in a whopping 1,209 food Items!! The winning grade was 4th grade, which brought in 298 items, and they enjoyed a congratulatory pizza party! A big thank you for everyone's help!
State Releases School and District Report Cards
State Education Leaders Plan for Report Card Redesign
(Salem, Ore) – Today, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released report cards for the state’s 1,239 schools and 197 school districts. Report cards serve as a tool for helping schools and districts share information on student demographics, performance on state assessments, student outcomes, and educational programs. This year, schools did not receive an overall rating on their report card due to the state’s plans to redesign the report card in response to new flexibility under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The new federal law, which replaces No Child Left Behind, grants states increased flexibility to build systems that support local needs. Educators, families and communities have asked for a more holistic picture of their local schools -- including areas of strengths and areas for improvement – that extends beyond state test scores. In response, ODE is engaging stakeholders in its redesign process to understand which school success measures will help them communicate with families and communities while supporting a system of continuous improvement.
“The Oregon Department of Education is working to ensure that Oregon’s school and district report cards are redesigned to provide families and communities with more comprehensive measures of school quality, enhancing academic data with non-academic indicators like school climate and equity,” Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor said. The redesigned report card is expected to be implemented by fall of 2018.
Read Stearns Elementary Oregon Report Card for 2015-2016. The Oregon Department of Education Report Cards are generated in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. For more help, see the ODE Acrobat Reader help page.
Science in the field: Mazama students teach Stearns second-graders
Stearns Elementary second-graders got deep into the weeds with science last week, and Mazama High School students were there to lead the way. Mazama High School biology students led groups of Stearns Elementary students on completing science fieldwork at the Wards’ Wetlands on the high school campus. They collected data on water quality and plants and examined samples with microscopes. The high schoolers did all the teaching, with adults standing by.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity, not so much the science aspect of it, but the social aspect of it,” said Mazama science teacher Laura Nickerson. “Being responsible and being role models.”
“It’s really fun. It gets me thinking about if I want to be a teacher or not,” said 17-year-old senior Nadalyn Pridemore. “They’re just always so happy. They’re always ready to learn. It’s cool, just to help them.”
Nickerson’s biology class will be teaching different groups of second-graders from different schools in the coming weeks. On Oct. 5, 41 Stearns students visited, and nearly 100 Shasta Elementary students are scheduled to visit Oct. 12. Peterson and Ferguson elementary schools are also scheduled to participate.
Stearns second grade teacher Annette Flecken said working with the Mazama students fits right into what the Stearns children are learning. Getting to spend some time in nature, even if it is right in the heart of the Klamath Falls South Suburbs, is perfect. “A lot of them have never been out and about,” she said. “Being able to get out and touch nature and do things like that are really good.”
She believes the learning students are doing outdoors will affect their learning indoors, too. Critical thinking, taking notes and asking questions teaches the young students to reason well, which could help with state tests. “It’s all thinking,” Flecken said. “If you can’t reason, you can’t take the test well. We’re hoping by learning to reason and ask things, you’ll be able to take a better test.”
Nickerson hopes the outdoor learning will help her students indoors, too. With each group of elementary students, the high school students are taking down data about the Wards’ Wetlands. After they collect all the data, the students will put it together to evaluate the wetlands’ overall health.
This page was updated on April 6, 2017.