INSIDER OPS A newsletter for people working with kids in ontario public schools Vol. 10 No. 8 April, 2004 Tech Dept.’s latest project: mobile labs Several of our schools have new computer labs. That statement in itself isn't necessarily jolting, but when you consider that the lab is on wheels, well, you want to learn more, don't you? OMS Principal LaVelle Cornwell told the Ontario School Board of Directors at its March meeting that she and her staff were very grateful for the work the district’s technology department did at the middle school, using words such as “outstanding,” “professional,” and “appreciated.” Operations Manager Bob Nelson said State Tech Grant funds were used to purchase 30 computers at OMS, 25 at Pioneer, 26 at May Roberts, and eight at Cairo. The district matched funds and also constructed the moveable tables. “Buying computers was the last task,” Nelson said, explaining that first came a concept, followed by a design, then the construction of a prototype. About 160 man hours were used to create the computer lab at Alameda alone. Alameda Principal Paul Erlebach said, “Our lab involved many people, decisions, options, creativity, and most importantly - opportunities for students and staff to use technology as an instructional tool." Please continue reading on Page 2 Sound Bites The Calendar Congratulations goes out to those who will be recognized by the Malheur Valley Bilingual Educators Association at its annual banquet, Wednesday, May 5, at Fiesta Guadalajara: Middle school student: Angélica Pérez High school student: Bianca Gastelum University student: Vanessa Ramírez Paraprofessionals: Sam López and Clarissa Helliwell. Teacher: Germán Corona. April 15: School Board Meeting, 7 p.m. April 20: Monthly Mother-Daughter Night OMS, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Mother's Day Activities (Cards, flowers, quilting) April 22: Alameda Spaghetti Feed, 58 p.m. 9th GR-adult/$5; 4 yrs.-8th GR/$3; ages 3 and under no charge. April 23: Staff Development Day April 26: Taste of Ontario Volunteer Appreciation Event, FRCC, 4-5:30 p.m. May 7: OMS Baked Potato Feed. Quotable "Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” - Samual Johnson “You should arrive at retirement day with an absolute, deep belief that life so far has been just a prelude to now, that it has all been a part of making you who you are today, so that you can concentrate less on the doing and more on the being.” - James A. Autry THE ONTARIO SCHOOL DISTRICT now is home to four portable computer labs. These girls were some of the first students to sit one of these mobile desks. Ease of movement will help make the use of schools’ precious limited space as efficient as possible. C Page 2 April, 2004 OPS Insider Mobile lab Continued from Page 1 Nelson and network admininstrator Todd Stephan met with Erlebach to determine the optimimum location and design. Staff input helped to fine tune the concept. "Alameda staff wanted to retain the commons area as a multi-purpose area where technology blended with the initial intent of the space," Erlebach explained. The final result at Alameda is a 30-station lab on moveable tables with a Smart Board and teacher work station. The lab also will have an eight-inch high area that can serve as a stage. This can hide the wiring and gives teachers a platform when they use the Smart Board to enable students better visibility of the board. Petterson credited his staff with constructing the stage, and installing the Smart Board and its pull-down projection screen as well as custom-making the ceiling projection mount and projector. “Keep in mind, all of this was accomplished while still maintaining other school buildings and keeping up with snow removal at the schools and district office,” he added. After the sawdust finished flying, the techies entered the picture, assessing the impact on the network. “A good portion of the computer hardware switches are found under these tables, with all the machines at the table running to that one switch,” Nelson said, explaining the next step is a lengthy process called ‘imaging.’ Once it has been determined which operating system and software programs the computers need, the tech staff gets the package perfected and shoots it out to each machine. “The last step is for technicians to go to the school for a couple days to make sure things work smoothly,” Nelson said. “From start to finish, it’s an amazing project requiring different departments to collaborate and cooperate. The district can be proud.” NEWLY-BUILT computer work stations grace Alameda’s multi-purpose room. The tables feature wheels for easy movement when the space is needed for something other than a computer lab. AIKEN ELEMENTARY got downright tacky during Love of Reading Week. Students and staff (such as Mrs. Kim Hill) dug into the back of closets and bottom of drawers for wild prints, mismatched styles, and clashing colors for the day, but it didn’t stop them from reading lots of great books! The OPS Insider is published monthly during the school year, for all employees, by the Public Information Office of Ontario Public Schools. 195 S.W. Third Avenue Ontario, OR 97914 www.ontario.k12.or.us 1-541-889-5374 Superintendent . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Dennis Carter Board Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Carl Judy Board Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . . Marlow Pounds Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . .Evelyn Dame Dr. John Phillips Pamela Russell Public Information Director/Insider Editor . . .Katherine M. Collins, APR April Issue, 2004 !" Ontario Public Schools: An Equal Opportunity Employer OPS Insider April, 2004 Page 3 Artist teaches lessons in geography, history, vocabulary, teamwork, self-esteem - and art The artist in residence who helped coordinate the creation of a mural at Ontario High School last year, brought her talents back to Ontario this year. Carol Poppenga visited Alameda School in March, helping students to create a mural representing Ontario, and Alameda students. The colorful wall, just outside the office, features cougars, onions, and the view from an airplane - a patchwork of farm fields and crops. kept saying, ‘I can’t draw, I can’t draw, I can’t draw,’” said Poppenga. “But she stuck with it and did a nice job on the wheels, taking into consideration their movement, the dust, the proportion of front wheels to back.” A mural project such as the kind Poppenga does, finds students expanding their vocabulary as well as their knowledge of local history and geography. What is art? What is a line? What is a traffic pattern? What is composition? Poppenga added that music is also a source of inspiration, so she plays instrumental music while students are working. The Alameda mural depicts a smaller cougar at the beginning, symbolic of the children entering the school as kindergarten students. Small paw prints serve as a border for the mural, getting larger as they go around to the big cougar, symbolizing the academic and physical growth of the students as they move to 5th grade and beyond. The mural also features several “pop-outs,” highlighting the transition from urban to rural. “We had a lot of students who were very interested in this project,” Poppenga said. “I would open it up after school, and even though the weather was nice, we would have about 15 students ready to go. They were an enthusiastic bunch!” STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-5 at Alameda were responsible for coming up with a theme and design for the school’s newest mural. They also did the painting! Poppenga said she starts such projects with a brainstorming session, during which she acts as facilitator. About 150 students in grades 3-5 took part in the process. The ideas came totally from students, Poppenga said. “While we were sketching it, we talked about relative relation and proportion,” Poppenga said. “Often, then, students self-correct, or correct each other. Because each student works on just a little bit at a time, it is up to that student to know exactly what his or her task is, so it can be passed on to the next student artist.” Poppenga said about four students worked on the small airplane - from the original chalk outline to the finished painting. During the typical day, groups of five to seven students were allowed to work on the mural for 15 minutes at a time. “One student who was doing the covered wagon KATJA ASBILL was one of many guests at May Roberts recently who read stories from her native country. Among the school’s students, parents, and staff, several languages and cultures are represented including Spanish/Mexican, Japanese, Russian, and Finnish. Students enjoyed some great stories as they became more aware of the diversity within their own school. Page 4 April, 2004 OPS Insider Let’s Hear Some Applause, Please! Clarissa Helliwell, Migrant Consultant, and Gérman Corona, Ontario High School teacher “Thanks so much to Clarissa Helliwell for translating Talented & Gifted (TAG) forms into Spanish for us and to Gérman Corona for doing the final proofreading and editing. That helped our TAG Committee a great deal.” - Steve Bishop, Principal & TAG Coordinator Kim Alexander, Secretary at OHS “I would like to give applause to Kim Alexander. She is one of the most hard-working and kind-hearted people I know. I have never worked with someone so organized. She needs a standing ovation!” - David Hopper, OHS Counselor Rosa Erlebach, May Roberts parent center coordinator, and Jeanne Patton, district webmaster “I would love to thank Rosa Erlebach for all of her work in helping me with translating my weekly notes to parents. She is quick and ALWAYS helps with a wonderful smile. A big thank you also to Jeanne Patton for continuing to help me with my classroom web page. It has really been awesome to work with both of these ladies!“ - Mary Christensen, May Roberts teacher Verla Holton, ESL instructor, OHS “Verla Holton, Director of the Project Team for the Title III grant at OHS deserves some applause. She has done a great job guiding the team and facilitating the details of the grant.” - Dalila Mong, OHS instructor Maintenance and Grounds Crew members “I would like to give recognition to those working for me: Bob Bennett, Doug Kaechele, and Buckley Plummer, Maintenance; Antonio Corona and Manuel Rios, Grounds; Norm Hasebe, warehouse; Nancy Davis, laundry; and Tim Barklow, temporary help. Their continued outstanding performance and support has been the key to the success of these departments. After 30+ years in Maintenance, I can honestly say I have never had a better crew to work with than the one I have today.” - Jim Petterson Pat Jacobsen, OMS Media Specialist “I would like to acknowledge Pat with a huge round of applause! She has spent endless hours creating an extremely student-friendly OMS library. Pat works handin-hand with teachers to increase the quality of classroom projects through library resources and technology. She has spent the past seven years creating one of the most extensive Accelerated Reading Libraries in the state! Thanks, Pat, for all you do! “ - Donna Edwards, OMS instructor Mishawn Bertram, Janet Rodriguez, Jeannie Ackroyd, and Bobbi Allison, Pioneer Instructional Assistants “Pioneer Elementary is fortunate to have four awesome I.A.s. Their dedication and caring is reflected on a daily basis at our school, and the students and staff love them. They make the job of teaching much easier, and their enthusiasm and positive attitudes are so refreshing. They also overcome challenges, like meeting NCLB testing requirements, with a great attitude. It is a compliment to our school district that these individuals are willing to invest their own time and energy to meet whatever expectations are placed on them. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!” - Jody Greif, Pioneer teacher George Mendoza, OMS Associate Principal “George has done a great job as associate principal this year. 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