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Oliver Ames High School

Home of the Tigers

 
January 29, 2021

I am writing to let you know effective Monday, February 1, we need to make an adjustment to our Hybrid Learning Schedule.   At the beginning of the school year, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner, Jeff Riley, adjusted the Time on Learning requirements from 990 hours to 935 hours, which supported the adjustment to the mandatory number of days in school from 180 days to 170 days. In our comparative analysis of the Time on Learning requirement of 935 hours for the year associated with our hybrid plan, we discovered that we are short on instructional time by 30 minutes a week.  In order to ensure that we will meet the Time on Learning requirement of 935 hours, we will need to add 60 minutes of Time on Learning per week for the remaining of the school year.  I want to assure you that the corrective measures will not have a major impact on our model.  On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will reduce passing time from 5 minutes to 4 minutes  (this was the time we had last year).  On Wednesday we will eliminate all passing time since our model for fully remote synchronous learning does not require this time.  These adjustments to passing times save us 45 min per week   To gain the additional savings of 20 min, we will take 5 min from the transition to home and lunch time on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  This measure also assists with the students request to have more time during the day to complete work.  We recognize that this will exceed the need for 60 minutes by 5 minutes.  However, we feel that this is what is best for our students at this time.

Sincerely,

Wesley H. Paul









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Wesley H. Paul, Principal
wespaul@easton.k12.ma.us

Thomas J. Flanagan, Assistant Principal
tflanagan@easton.k12.ma.us

Catherine Queally, Assistant Principal
cqueally@easton.k12.ma.us


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Oliver Ames High School Core Values

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earn collaboratively
Express creativity
Act with integrity
Demonstrate responsibility
Embrace curiosity
Respect each other
Strive for excellence


 



Oliver Ames High School Mission Statement

The Oliver Ames High School community of faculty, staff, students, parents, and residents believe that in order to fulfill its mission of excellence and equity in education, we must embody the ideals of a comprehensive high school. We will work together to create a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment. Students will become critical learners, problem solvers and independent thinkers who contribute in many ways to our ever changing world. We recognize the need for a variety of educational experiences that extend beyond the classroom and promote intellectual curiosity, individual responsibility and respectful interaction. By achieving goals and overcoming adversity, students will be encouraged to reach their potential and be prepared to assume meaningful roles in society.


Oliver Ames High School Academic Expectations

OA Students Will ACCESS Information in a Variety of Ways Including:

A.1 - Actively and critically reading, listening, and observing.
A.2 - Initiating appropriate questions.
A.3 - Conducting independent and collaborative research.
A.4 - Using appropriate technologies to locate and retrieve information.
A.5 - Demonstrating initiative while seeking information.

OA Students Will PROCESS Information in a Variety of Ways Including:

P.1 - Assimilating and organizing information.
P.2 - Recognizing patterns, evaluating trends, and comparisons.
P.3 - Drawing inferences and making conclusions.
P.4 - Quickly responding and adapting to unexpected challenges
P.5 - Creating and designing unique solutions to problems and challenges.
P.6 - Applying and adapting appropriate form and technique for performance tasks.

OA Students Will COMMUNICATE Information in a Variety of Ways Including:

C.1 - Doing, writing, and speaking clearly and purposely for a variety of audiences.
C.2 - Presenting creative projects in a variety of formats.
C.3 - Using technology to present information.
C.4 - Demonstrating leadership while promoting individual and collaborative activities.

OA Students Will DEVELOP Themselves in a Variety of Ways Including:

D.1 - Demonstrating a sense of curiosity by considering alternative perspectives.
D.2 - Gaining a better understanding of their learning process through consistent self-reflection

Oliver Ames High School Social/Civic Expectations for Learning

OA Students Will ACT RESPONSIBLY for Themselves and Others in a Variety of Ways Including:

SC.1 - Working cooperatively and collaboratively.
SC.2 - Respecting and understanding cultural differences.
SC.3 - Participating with a local/global perspective.

OA Students Will ACT RESPECTFULLY to Themselves and Others in a Variety of Ways Including:

SC.4 - Interacting appropriately with all members of the school community.
SC.5 - Honoring school policies and procedures.
SC.6 - Understanding and demonstrating academic integrity.