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Oleai Elementary School

Oleai Elementary School

 

Executive Summary

 

Oleai Elementary School (OES), Home of the Turtles, is located in San Jose, Saipan, serving approximately 458 students and 44 staff members on a daily basis. Demographic data from AdminPlus shows that 35% of the OES student population are Filipino, 22% are Chamorro, 21% are Carolinian, and 2% are Chamolinian. The rest of the student population includes 11.5% from our Micronesian neighbors, 8% Asians, and 1% others. Despite challenges with funding, OES adequately filled the different staffing positions. Current OES faculty and staff include 2 administrators, 1 librarian aide, 1 administrative assistant, 1 maintenance, 1 custodial worker, 21 classroom teachers, 2 Special Education teachers, 7 teacher aides, 2 CCLHS teachers, and 2 Literacy Coaches. This school year, the district’s Title I program provided three teachers to assist students in their reading readiness skills.
 

OES’s school zone includes the villages south of Gualo Rai, Chalan Kiya, San Jose, Chalan Laulau, south-bound Beach Road, lower As Terlaje, and Kannat Tabla. On October 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu devastated our island, causing families to relocate to different villages. As a result, in the beginning of school year 2019 - 2020, our student population slightly increased.
 

Oleai Elementary School is now in its 62nd year of establishment. Since then, there have been significant changes to its structure, student population, culture, administration, and curriculum; however, the school continues to be resilient and adapt to inevitable changes over time. The following events occurred within the last five years and have significantly impacted the school.
 

The school’s Vision and Mission statements have been the foundation upon which many of our programs and decisions are justifiably made. The education of our students requires authentic experiences to enrich the content learned in the classrooms. The use of manipulatives, media, field experts, etc. are widely used by the instructional staff to engage students in their learning and make connections. OES also encourages active participation in curricular and extracurricular activities of both our students and staff to “support the total development of EACH student.”  To increase staff competency in carrying out their duties and responsibilities which support these statements, the school has developed school-wide procedures and ongoing professional development trainings.
 

However, the true measurement of the school’s success in meeting its Vision and Mission lies in our students’ academic performance data. Since the inception of the Trilateral Plan five years ago, which focuses on increasing students’ reading levels, the school has seen continuous gains in students’ reading scores. OES began by focusing on increasing students’ reading levels by .5 or more at the end of each school year. In SY 2018-2019, OES has shifted to meeting students’ projected Scaled Score at the end of each school year. Based on the 2018 and 2019 ACT Aspire results, all assessed grade levels (3-5) in OES met their annual percentage growth rate for Reading and English as measured by the district’s average model. OES attributes its success to the Trilateral Plan and therefore, due to the declining math scores in ACT Aspire, OES included math in the Trilateral Plan in school year 2019 - 2020, to utilize the same trilateral blueprint as a tool to drive our actions. Due to the pandemic resulting to the early school closure in March 2020, OES was not able to conduct the end of year summative assessments such as STAR and ACT Aspire assessments. However, based on the STAR Growth Reports, there was an increase in students’ scaled score of 325 to 384 in reading and 475 to 522 in math.
 

Since SY 2017-2018, OES has revamped the School-wide Improvement Plan (SWP) to cover and align with the District’s Six Strategic Priorities. The new format ensures the school is accountable and has a clear direction of what areas need to be improved in the school year. OES continues to monitor its SWP goals through the Principal’s Leadership Team (PLT) to allow for shared leadership. The SWP has two progress updates to allow for progress monitoring, reflection, and revisions as needed to guarantee achievement of its goals and to determine next steps for continuous improvement.
School-Wide Improvement Plan (SWP)

 

SWP: Goals, Number of Objective Met/Total Number of Objectives


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Goal Name

Number of Objective Met/Number of Objectives

1

Student Success 
By the end of the School Year 2019-2020, 100% of OES students will be provided the opportunity to challenging curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences, equitable for all learners and aligned to the district’s curriculum, instructional design and assessment that leads students to be on track for college and career readiness as measured by the Student Success Measurable Objectives.

Objectives: 1/3

2

Highly Qualified and Effective Personnel
By the end of the School Year 2019-2020, 100% of OES staff will be highly qualified and effective in their specific duties and responsibilities as measured by the Highly Qualified and Effective Personnel Measurable Objective.

Objectives:  1/1

3

Effective and Efficient Operations
By the end of the School Year 2019-2020, OES Administrators will provide financial management opportunities to 100% of OES key stakeholders (i.e. Principal Leadership Team, PTSA Officers, Financial Management Team) to improve school-wide accountability of funds as measured by the Effective and Efficient Operations Measurable Objective.

Objectives:  1/1

4

Safe and Orderly Schools
During the School Year 2019-2020, OES will provide a safe and orderly school environment to 100% of its stakeholders as measured by the Safe and Orderly Schools Measurable Objective.

Objectives:  0/1

5

Parental Engagement and Community Membership
By the end of School Year 2019-2020, OES will provide participatory opportunities to 100% of its key stakeholder (i.e., parents) to improve student outcomes as measured by the Parental Engagement and Community Membership Partnership Measurable Objective.

Objectives:  0/1

6

High Performing and High Reliability Systems
 By the end of School Year 2019-2020, OES will continue to provide a high performing and reliable school system to 100% of its stakeholders as measured by the High Performance with High Reliability System Measurable Objective.

Objectives: 0/1

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School Budget (Local, Federal, Non-Appropriated Funds, Others)


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Funding Source

Total Allocation

Personnel Local & Federal Budget (including all benefits)

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Local Budget - Operations Allocation

$34,000

Federal Consolidated Grant (School-wide Plan)

$272,400.00

Federal Wellness

$10,396.00

Federal Parental Involvement

$3,500

OES Non-Appropriated Funds (PTA Funds)

$12,467.00

OES Non-Appropriated Funds (School Funds)

$4,487.00

OES Non-Appropriated Funds (Educational Tax Credit)

$7,000

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School Successes / Highlights

  • OES participant, Daisylyn Camacho, won the OES Spelling Bee Competition and represented OES at the 48th  Scripps Spelling Bee Regional competition in Guam.
  • OES inducted 17 deserving students into the 2020 National Elementary Honor Society Turtle Chapter.
  • PTSA’s Transition to Full-Day Clean-up event was a huge success with active participation from all stakeholders.
  • OES Staff of the Year: Teacher of the Year: Alisa Pangelinan (top 5); Teacher Aide of the Year: Randy Pagapular; Support Staff of the Year: Eduardo Cordero.
  • Teachers and staff continue to seek personal and professional growth:
    • ELL Course with Jane Hill
    • Two teachers completed their Masters Degree in Education
    • Two teacher aides completed the Ed Tech Course
    • One teacher completed the Aspiring Leaders Program
  • Membership in the MyWave Club was at its highest with 36 students.
  • OES participated in the Christmas in the Marianas competitions: Caroling. Christmas Tree, and Costume.
  • OES placed in the different categories in the CCLHS Performing Arts Festival.
  • Students from grades K-5 participated in the school-level STEM (Science Fair) event. Six students participated in the State-level STEM event, which included the participation of the Paper Airplane Contest.
  • Students from grades K-5 participated in the various PGFC competitions and placed in the different categories.
  • Students from grades K-5 participated in the various Math Court competitions.
  • Achieve 3000 Read to Succeed 2 Contest: OES teacher, Barbara Aguon, and her 3rd grade class received the award.
  • Five students were recognized for the exceptional performance in the Smarty Ants and Achieve 3000 programs.