Oredocker Project School is holding a listening session for parents on April 15, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Ashland Middle School library. It will give parents a chance to ask questions about the planning process, meet newly-added OPS staff, and receive new information about the design and schedule of the school.
From the School District of Ashland Facebook page:
"Oredocker Project School Closes Enrollment
After two complete registration periods for the new Oredocker Project School (OPS) for grades 6-8, the charter council has closed registration at this time.
The school has approximately 75 students enrolled. The decision to close enrollment is to allow for adequate planning to occur for the fall opening of the new charter school. The school will be located on the third floor of Ashland Middle School. OPS follows a successful opening of the Ashland Elementary Charter School in grades 3-5. The schools are both project-based charter schools that are open to all students and run by the School District of Ashland.
If you have any questions about the grades 6-8 charter school, please contact Laura Comer, OPS Lead Teacher at email@example.com or Leon Filipczak, Grant Coordinator/OPS Teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org."
New applicants will be added to the waiting list.
The first and second enrollment periods have ended, and Oredocker Project School has enough applicants to comfortably move forward. However, enrollment did not exceed the grade-level cap in any of the grades. This means all applicants will have a place in the school.
Enrollment is now open on a first-come-first-served basis.
The first enrollment period has ended, and Oredocker Project School has enough applicants to comfortably move forward. However, enrollment did not exceed the grade-level cap in any of the grades. This means all applicants in the first window will have a place in the school.
Oredocker Project School is excited to announce that Laura Comer has been hired as Lead Teacher. Laura is currently a Special Education teacher at Ashland Middle School and she brings a wide range of skills and experiences to the OPS teaching team.
Come to the AMS Parent-Connection Night on Thursday, January 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., to hear more about the Oredocker Project School, meet the teachers and charter council, and get your enrollment questions answered. We will meet in the Ashland Middle School library. Food will be served.
If you can't make it Thursday, please join us on Tuesday, January 21 from 4:00-6:00 at the Convention Center at the Bad River Lodge and Casino. Food will be served.
Oredocker Project School is now enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit www.oredockerprojectschool/enroll to learn more or fill out an enrollment application.
Seven Ashland Middle School teachers and Charter Council member Amy Syverson recently traveled to Appleton to visit Kaleidoscope Academy and Valley New School. The teachers included representatives from the 6th, 7th, 8th, Special Ed., and Related Arts teams.
Kaleidoscope is a public charter middle school, sharing space and services with a traditional middle school. While their primary focus is fine arts, they also do a lot of inquiry-based projects in the core academics. The staff was very friendly and answered our many questions about how a charter school and a traditional middle school coexist in their building.
We also visited Valley New School, a 7-12 public charter school doing fully student-directed PBL, similar to TAGOS in Janesville. Again, we were incredibly impressed by the maturity of the students, the scope of the learning, and the structures and systems they had in place. VNS was an example of how different a school can be from the traditional model and still provide an outstanding education to its students.
The charter middle school slated to open in September 2014 now has a new name. It's the Oredocker Project School. Love it? Hate it? Let us know.
One of the most important parts of the planning year is visiting other schools to see how they do things. On October 2nd, four AMS teachers, including Charter Grant Coordinator Leo Filipczak, visited TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville. Charter Council member, Ann Bochler, accompanied the teachers. The Middle School Planning Grant paid for the entire trip, including the substitute teachers.
TAGOS is a fully Project-Based school for grades 7 through 12. Almost all projects are designed and initiated by the students themselves. TAGOS has double the rate of students with disabilities compared with the rest of the Janesville district, and many of its students struggled with grades and truancy in the traditional setting before they came to the charter school.
We were very impressed with TAGOS. Students were empowered in their own education, they were highly motivated, and willingly spoke to us in detail about their projects with outstanding communication skills. The charter middle school will borrow ideas from many schools, and TAGOS will certainly be one to imitate. To learn more, visit http://www.tagosleadershipacademy.org/.