Eagle Strategic Plan 2.0
Through partnerships, with pride, and in a safe and healthy environment, Oakridge offers diverse, personalized, and innovative curricular and extracurricular opportunities for students to build exceptional personal, life, and employability skills.
All Oakridge students graduate prepared for their future, equipped with the knowledge and life skills to lead healthy and productive lives, achieving personal and career success.
District Target Goals
- Individualize/personalize an engaging educational experience based on students’ unique needs and talents, at students’ own pace and readiness
- Expand curricular and extracurricular opportunities for all students
- Develop comprehensive systems of support and intervention for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), trauma, and behavior-related challenges
- Invest in our staff’s success by providing fair, timely, and growth-focused feedback and evaluations
- Consistently and formally recognize success, achievements, and contributions of students, all staff, families, senior citizens, partners, and community members
- Equip parents with the tools to directly impact their children’s learning
- Explore and expand community partnerships and opportunities for community members to engage in our schools and programs
- Improve staff and community understanding of the district’s work by developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan
- Stabilize and fortify the district’s financial health
- Keep students and staff safe in facilities that are of proper quality, security, and capacity
Eagle Strategic Plan 1.0 (2013 – 2018)
The Eagle Strategic Plan 1.0 was approved by the Oakridge Board of Education in 2013 after input from broad and diverse stakeholder input from students, parents, staff, administrators, and community leaders. Five years later, we are proud to share some key highlights and accomplishments across the 7 strategic goal areas.
Goals & Outcomes
Strategic Goal #1: Improve Student Achievement
86% of Kindergarten students showed benchmark readiness (Spring 2017)
- Launched Transitional Kindergarten program.
- Adopted and implemented new Saxon Phonics program and Connect 4 Learning.
10.1% increase in the number of students demonstrating proficiency on the Spring 2017 ELA M-Step results leading the county in growth (3rd grade M-Step Scores)
- Adopted and implemented new English Language Arts Program K-12.
- “Ready Gen” in grades K-6
- “Collections” in grades 7-12
- Trained Literacy Coaches and adopted “ELA Essentials”.
18% increase in 2017 Math PSAT scores in 8th grade
- Adopted and implemented new K-12 Math Program aligned with new Michigan Standards.
- “Math Expressions” in grades K-5.
- “Big Ideas” in grades 6-8.
- “Pearson” in grades 9-12.
- Created and implemented Interim Online Math Assessments to monitor learning.
Improved Science and Technology Programs
- Adopted and implemented new science program – “Battle Creek Science Units” in grades K-6.
- Adopted and implemented “Modeling PD” in grades 7-12.
- Created new STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) enrichment programs and implemented in grades 4-8.
- Offered 6th grade STEM Academy in summer 2018.
- Created new “Advanced Placement (AP) Coding” course in high school.
Increased Social Studies M-STEP Scores to a #1 in Muskegon County ranking.
- Provided DBQ Training (Document Based Question) to teachers
Improved College and Career Readiness Programs
- Provided a Career Placement Specialist (shared between districts) to advise student on career awareness and exploration (funded by MAISD).
- Employed a Full-time Grant Funded College Access Advisor to provide learning experiences that prepare students for college.
- Employed a Full-time Grant Funded At-Risk and ESL Specialist providing support services to students with barriers to learning or English language acquisition.
- Implemented Muskegon Promise where students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA earn 2 years of FREE college.
- Implemented “Muskegon Made” – a countywide program to build awareness of great careers.
Strategic Goal #2: Improve Learning Environment & Culture
- Provided majority of staff training in Capturing Kids Hearts.
- Provided majority of staff training in Capturing Kids Hearts.
- Provided an initial group of staff training in CHAMPS.
- Implemented “Be Nice.” Program in all Buildings.
- Implemented Second Step Program.
- Implemented Linked Crew – connecting freshmen with upperclassmen mentors to improve transition to high school.
- Initiated student recognition at Board Meetings.
- Implemented Positive Behavior & Intervention Systems (PBIS) in ALL buildings.
- Implemented Watch Dogs (OUE) – where Dads of Great Students volunteer in our schools as a positive male role model.
- Implemented Teens United to promote a positive student culture.
- Implemented Kids Hope Program – community volunteers mentor students 1 hour per week.
Strategic Goal #3: Strengthen Family & Community Engagement
- Dedicated personnel resources to communication efforts.
- Initiated Eagle News Weekly – weekly emails to all parents on file keeping informed district matters.
- Implemented SchoolMessenger Alert system for emergency communication.
- Increased Social Media presence to modernize district outreach and communication.
- Upgraded website to be ADA compliance (near completion).
- Started annual STEM night – families engage with kids around STEM activities.
Strategic Goal #4: Provide Strong Technology Infrastruture for Learning
- Participated in passing of 2014 Regional Enhancement Millage to increase funding for Technology & Security
- Provided every student in grades Kindergarten and 7-12 an iPad and Chromebook, respectively, for 1:1 digital learning experiences. Grades 1-6 were provided Chromebook carts to share during school day.
- Transitioned to OAITC tech support consortium to scale support with infrastructure expansion.
- Created and implemented Personalized Virtual Learning Program.
- Changed role Media Specialist to support staff district-wide with technology integration.
Strategic Goal #5: Improve Financial Stability
- Passed 2014 Regional Enhancement Millage – Technology & Security.
- Awarded grant in 2015 to operate Teen Health Center funding.
- Accepted donations to construct Teen Health Center.
- Applied for 21st Century Communities Federal Grant Boys & Girls Club of America to provide summer and after school programs (status pending).
- Awarded 2017 Systems of Care Grant (countywide) to improve mental health services.
- Established Oakridge Wellness Network with community partners to improve medical, dental, mental, behavioral, and social services for kids and families.
- Informed staff and community on financial issues of the State and district.
- Pursued capital funding with 2016 & 2017 Bond Proposals.
- Achieved “relatively” stable financial condition of 10% fund balance in 2015-16.
Strategic Goal #6: Provide Quality, Safe, and Efficient Educational Facilities and Transportation Systems
- Commissioned and created a Master Facility Assessment in 2015.
- Constructed Single Secure Points of Entry for elementary and secondary buildings with alternative funding.
- Established Facility Use Request Process for staff and community.
- Updated Emergency Operations Plan in partnership with Muskegon County First Responders.
- Acquired and implemented “Navigate Prepared” – a browser and mobile phone-based app utilized for school safety and emergency preparation and response.
- Expanded video surveillance in facilities.
- Replaced school bus video surveillance system (summer 2018).
- Established and implemented school bus replacement cycle.
- Implemented TransFinder – on online route/rider management system.
- Installed new key and keyless door security system district wide.
Strategic Goal #7: Improve Human Resource Efficiencies
- Established employee evaluation system for most support staff.
- Upgraded technology systems to modernized human resource efficiencies (online job applications, online absence management, online substitute teacher management, online forms/personnel file management).
- Negotiated fair and affordable employee labor contracts.
- Modernized accounting invoice system to a paperless process using current financial software (MUNIS).
- Created job descriptions for all job classifications
- Established standard hiring process.