State of the School

State of the School Report

"There are two things that I want you to make up your minds to: first, that you are going to have a good time as long as you live...and next, that you are going to do something worthwhile, that you are going to work hard and do the things that you set out to do." ~Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt Elementary staff and students constantly pursue the spirit exhibited by President Roosevelt. This same spirit carried him to greatness and caused him to exceed all expectations by setting no limits.

Roosevelt Elementary has earned the status of being a Great Expectations Model School. Great Expectations is a program that creates an optimal learning environment. Each class at Roosevelt works diligently to incorporate the six tenets of Great Expectations and the eight "Expectations of Living" each day. Families are encouraged to be actively involved in the morning "Roughrider Reveille" while helping their children understand the concepts behind the Great Expectations philosophy.

Roosevelt strives to develop "Roughrider Readers" with skill and proficiency, but, most of all, to encourage a lifelong love of reading. The required daily reading logs and explicit comprehension strategies ensure that reading is a priority. The "Roosevelt Literacy Vision" compels teachers to have the knowledge and skill to teach every child at his/her potential for learning. The curriculum is assessment driven, based on the individual's need, with a balance of phonics skill, fluency, spelling, and comprehension instruction.

Another goal for the "Roughriders" is to create mathematical thinkers with numeric comprehension. Teachers explore problems in-depth and utilize several different strategies and approaches for solving problems. Students work in a variety of groupings to express themselves by drawing, writing, and talking through mathematical problems. The critical thinking skills developed through this process extend far beyond daily math lessons into all aspects of students' daily lives.

Roosevelt is committed to the health of their students with an increased focus on healthy lifestyles and nutrition. Each class participates in physical education daily. Due to the extra focus, 74.5% of Roosevelt's students qualified for the Presidential or National Physical Fitness Award. Eighty students also chose to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. They logged 25 miles at home or school and ran the last 1.2 miles in the Oklahoma City event.

From the first brain friendly fun song to the end of the day celebrations of success, Roughriders are "BULLY" on academics and school pride.

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