Otis students in grades 3-5 can take part in Make a Difference Club. These students work to continue to make our school and
community a place to be proud of. Once a month Make a Difference Club looks forward to spending time with their grandfriends
at Bethesda Care Center. Residents and students both enjoy talking with and learning from each other. Students are currently
interviewing and typing biographies about their special grandfriend to be shared during one of their upcoming visits.
Along with the interviews, students have been able to help with crafts, decorating the residents’ cafeteria, making
motivational placemats, sending Christmas cards, caroling, and even performing reader’s theaters! Students and residents
alike are cherishing these moments with each other.
Pictured: Leena Poole, Grade 4, with her grandfriend
Professional Development Days for Staff
Have you ever wondered what staff members are doing
during the professional development days when students
are off school? While students were enjoying a mini vacation,
there were many professional development sessions
for staff members depending on their positions. These
sessions included Ohio’s new state tests updates, creative
cooking (new recipes), crisis prevention, Street Smart, a
publisher visit and a nurses’ update meeting.
Teaching staff reviewed the new testing procedures that
will be implemented this year. They were also given the
opportunity to review the computer format and practice
questions. Our middle school and high school students
will be taking the assessment on line this year while
elementary will be taking a paper / pencil version. If you
are interested in seeing the PARRC Assessments (Math
and English Language Arts), practice tests can be found
at http://www.parcconline.org/take-the-test or AIR Tests
(Science and Social Studies) can be found at http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/.