My, How We’ve Changed!
The Sparkling New Will Rogers Elementary Is Welcoming 156 Pupils And Opening A New Trend In Education For Edmond (1970)
This photograph was taken for a story in the Oklahoma Times. The caption read: “EDMOND – The new school trend with an open space building and custom sized teaching areas has come to Edmond with the beginning of classes last Friday in Will Rogers elementary school.”
*Photo and information courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society
Will Rogers Vision
We will endeavor to actively pursue excellence for ourselves and our students. We will make a positive difference in the lives of students through:
W WISDOM-Helping students make wise choices
I INSPIRATION-Teachers and students inspiring each other to be the best we can be
L LOVE-Developing and demonstrating a passion for learning
D DEDICATION-Helping each student dedicate themselves to experiencing success in learning
C CELEBRATION-Respecting and honoring our multicultural society
A AIM-Striving for Excellence
T TENACITY-Trying again and again
S SUPPORT-Providing a foundation for academic achievement
SUCCESS FOR ALL…WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!
Will Rogers Elementary adheres to all policies and procedures set forth by Edmond Public Schools. To download the EPS Student Handbook, click 2015-2016 EPS (student handbook)policies.
*Students should not bring money to school unless it is for lunches or for a school request.
*It is important for parents to notify the office any time there is a change of address or phone number for home or work. This is necessary in keeping information updated in the event of an illness or injury. It is very important that emergency numbers be provided.
*The Edmond School district makes accident insurance available to students. The school system is not financially responsible for the cost of any accidental injury occurring from a school activity. This insurance is offered as a convenience. Enrollment forms are sent home on Information Day at the beginning of each school year and are available in the office.
*Please mark all lunch containers, backpacks and clothing with the name of the owner. Items collected in “Lost and Found” which go unclaimed will be given to a local needy organization at the end of the year.
*Three school parties will be held during the year: A Fall Celebration, a Winter Celebration, and a Valentine Celebration. Only
*Kindergarten students may have birthday parties at school. Personal party invitations cannot be distributed during the school day.
*A telephone in the office is available to students for emergency use only. Students must have a phone pass from their teacher before using the telephone. Students are asked to make after-school plans prior to coming to school.
*Students must have notes from parents to remain inside at recess.
*When moving, please contact the office ahead of time so withdrawals can be properly processed.
*The Edmond School Board Policy Book may be viewed online at www.edmondschools.net/policy.nsf.
*State Law (Section 24-102 of Title 70) gives school administrators and teachers the right to examine the content of students’ lockers, desks, or other property in order to properly supervise the welfare of pupils.
Unless students are in the Before Care program, arrival is no earlier than 8:20 AM. Teachers do not begin their duty until this time, and no supervision is provided prior to 8:20 AM.
Edmond Public Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program. Nourishing and balanced meals are served daily. STUDENTS MAY PURCHASE A BREAKFAST FOR $1.60. Students may buy lunch at a cost of $2.65. Children from households whose income falls within federal guidelines are eligible for either free or reduced priced meals. Applications may be picked up in the office.
Parents are welcome to eat breakfast with their children for the price of an adult breakfast ($1. 85). Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their children for the price of an adult lunch ($3.45). Lunch orders may be made by phoning the office before 9:15 a.m.
Curriculum includes an integrated study of reading, math, language arts, spelling, social studies, science, penmanship, foreign language, health, physical education, music, and art.
Teachers use multi-criteria assessments when measuring student mastery of the stated objectives through projects, daily assignments performances, tests, and etc. Each child’s progress is observed and recorded at regular intervals. Results are used to improve and individualize instruction.
The purpose of homework is to expand learning outside the classroom in a way that engages the student in meaningful, relevant experiences so that the student develops responsibility, reinforces skills, and extends knowledge.
There are three types of homework: 1) Practice 2) Preparation 3) Extension. Practice assignments reinforce newly acquired skills and knowledge. Preparation assignments require the gathering or organizing of information before class activities. Extension assignments encourage individualized and creative learning by emphasizing student initiative and research. Extension assignments require students to apply previous learning. The emphasis of homework in Edmond Public Schools should be extension assignments. To that aim the following guidelines are recommended.
Guidelines for Homework Grades PK-5
All students PK-5 are expected to participate in “at home” recreational reading for a minimum of 20 minutes per day. At the lower grades students may be read to and with until reading skills have progressed to allow the student to read independently.
For children in grades PK-2: Homework, in addition to “at home” reading, will be occasionally assigned and should approximate 5-10 minutes.
For children in grades 3-5: Homework, in addition to “at home” reading will be regularly assigned and should approximate 10-30 minutes.
Unfinished class work may comprise a portion of the homework assignment. Completing unfinished class work or assignments due to
absence(s) may result in a longer time commitment than the approximated times listed above. If a child consistently exceeds the approximate times, the parent should make contact with the child’s teacher.
All work is to be completed and turned in on time, unless a student has been absent.
All completed homework will be given recognition, praise, or corrective feedback.
Make –up assignments are due within a reasonable time as determined by the teacher and principal.
Classroom Placement Change
From time to time parents may request their child be moved to a different classroom. The procedure is as follows:
Step 1-Parent should have had contacts with the teacher and they should work to resolve any source of difficulty.
Step 2-Parent should visit with the counselor and/or administrator. Concerns should be in writing with documentation of teacher contacts.
Step 3-A meeting of parent, teacher, administrator, counselor, and if needed, student, will take place.
Step 4-A 30-day action plan will be written and implemented.
Step 5-Parent, administrator, and teacher will meet to determine the outcome of the plan.
Step 6-Final decision to change classroom placement will be made by the administrator.
Changes in classroom placement may also occur anytime changes in enrollment causes our numbers to greatly increase or decrease. Parents will be notified in writing about such a change.
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
The Edmond Public School District comply with and enforce State law in regard to the dispensing of medication (H. B. 1550), the re-admission of children after exclusion due to head lice, and immunizations. The cooperation of all parties is greatly appreciated
The district employs 7 registered nurses that rotate among 25 school sites. If you have questions, you may contact the nurses at 726-4607.
Only medication that has been prescribed for a student by a physician will be administered at school. Medication must be administered by school personnel and must be in a prescription container with the pharmacy label attached. The directions for administration of the medication must be clearly stated. Non-prescription medication must be in the original container and accompanied by the physician’s written request and instructions for administration at school. This includes aspirin, cough drops, nasal spray, etc. Forms for physician’s statements are available in the office.
Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher may not remain at school. Parents will be contacted to pick up their child. Students may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours. It is the responsibility of parents to provide the school with current emergency phone numbers.
Any student who is vomiting or has diarrhea must be excluded from school for a 24 hour period.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states Pediculosis (Head Lice) is a nuisance, not a disease. Head lice are small human parasitic insects which can live and reproduce only on humans.
The adult head louse is 2-4 mm long, has six claw-like legs, and a flat wingless body. They vary in color depending on their human host. Their average life span is approximately 30 days, and the female can lay 3-6 eggs ( nits) per 24-hour period. The eggs are usually laid at night. Adult female lice deposit their eggs on the hair shaft close to the scalp where it is warm, usually 1/4”-1/2” from the scalp. The nits are generally silvery-white in color, however they may blend with the hair and may appear dark gray or tan. The nits are attached with a cement-like substance making them difficult to remove. Head lice cannot fly or jump; they can only crawl.
If one student in a classroom is determined to have head lice the school nurses will not screen an entire classroom. However, if two or more students are found in the same classroom with an active case of head lice (verified by school personnel) the school nurse will come to the school site and screen the children in that classroom. Parents are encouraged to routinely check their own child’s hair for the presence of lice. If head lice are found, parents should contact their pharmacy for a recommendation of a reliable treatment product. Students with head lice will be excluded from school until treatment has been completed and they are screened by a school nurse and found to be free of head lice.
Vision & Hearing Screening
During the elementary school years, students are routinely screened for vision and hearing. Additional vision/hearing screenings may be scheduled at the request of the parent.
State law requires the parent to present evidence of the following immunizations before students can enroll in school:
2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
1 Varicella (Chicken Pox)
2 Hepatitis A
3 Hepatitis B
A counselor works with children needing individual attention and coordinates all group and individual testing and placement activities. Classroom Guidance sessions are conducted in all grades on a regular basis. Areas of emphasis include: study skills, responsibility, self-concept, friendship, cooperation and decision-making.
An art teacher works weekly with all third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Emphasis is placed on individual art techniques, appreciation, and understanding.
Enrichment Program (Gifted & Talented)
An enrichment program is provided for students who qualify as intellectually gifted. The meets for a half day, each week.
The school health program includes various activities directed toward the promotion of good health and fitness habits. Approximately thirty minutes of health instruction per week is provided for students in grades one through four by the health teacher.
Indian Counseling and Tutoring
Personnel assist both teachers and children in meeting needs related to Indian Education.
Learning Disabilities Lab
Services are provided by a specialist who works with children who have been determined to have learning differences based on their need for intensive levels of intervention and support. Children who qualify are given an individualized education program (IEP) to help meet their specific learning needs.
Approximately sixty minutes of music instruction is provided per week for students in grades one through five. Emphasis is on general music as well as vocal music.
Nursing activities include identifying student health needs, administering health screening tests, providing emergency care for ill and injured children, giving health counseling and safety instruction, and assisting in the maintenance of a healthful school environment. Several nurses serve Edmond Public Schools through traveling assignments.
Classes meet for approximately sixty minutes of instruction per week. Emphasis is on motor skill development. The predominant activity focus is manipulative skill, gymnastics, and expressive movement.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Services are provided where needs exist.
Speech therapy is provided by a speech/language pathologist for designated children through a referral process between parents and teachers in conference. Children who qualify for speech services are provided with an individualized education program (IEP) to help meet their specific needs.