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BOCS Newsletter
BOCS Newsletter
Kris Owens
Monday, January 06, 2020

Burr Oak Community Schools 

NEWSLETTER

January, 2020

Positive Transitions and Changes

The New Year Brings Changes

As we enter 2020, we are looking ahead and planning for a positive future for all stakeholders in the district. Mr. Cary has retired, Mr. Stephens resigned to accept his  dream job as a full time athletic director in Saginaw, MI, and some employees have taken on new titles and new responsibilities. As well, we are currently recruiting teachers to fill at least one position, possibly two. Teacher shortages are making this challenging, but we are up for the challenge and are exploring options to attract them to the district.

Mrs. Owens - Assistant Superintendent and K-12 Principal

Mrs. Hernandez - Dean of Students and Title I Director

Mrs. Milliman - Middle School English and Director of Special Education 

Please welcome Mrs. Sarah McCall - Special Education Teacher

Mr. Wendell Hughes - Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher

Fourth Grade - Actively recruiting and  interviewing candidates

Mr. Root - K-12 Restorative Practice Mentor (see paragraph below for description)

Restorative Practice: The purpose of restorative practice is to create a more positive school culture for all by using conversation between teachers and students to problem solve. The overarching goal is for students to understand how their behavior impacts others and to ultimately change any negative behavior that might affect them in school and in their future. We are striving to increase self-regulation by students. 

When students are unable to change their negative behavior in the classroom and the conversation between the teacher and the student is unsuccessful, the student would be referred to Mr. Root, our student mentor, or an administrator for further discussion and/or behavioral consequences, depending on the severity of the behavior. 

We are working to align our student handbook with restorative practice, but do not see this being complete until the 2020/21 school year; therefore, all rules/guidelines in the current handbook will apply until further notice. In year one, this will apply to grades 5-12. We ask for your patience as we train and implement  this new behavioral concept. 

Current data in grades 5-12 shows the following problematic areas: 

25% of all referrals are for major defiance/insubordination/non-compliance

14% are for technology violations

12% are for minor defiance/non-compliance issues

9% are for skipping class

9% are for abusive or inappropriate language

4% are for physical aggression/fighting

The remaining 27%  of referrals are combined minor issues. 

The majority of referrals take place in the classroom. MS/HS Parents, we need your help. As an educational institution, we strive to provide an education that will help your children become successful adults. We believe that parent school engagement will help students reach their goals and someday be a contributing community member and successful in the workforce. 

To aid in the process of communicating with parents regarding student behavior, we are rolling out a new 2-way communication tool called Remind. (It is similar to DoJo for those familiar.) Be on the lookout for notifications about when and how to get started. This app should make communicating with teachers more efficient than email and phone calls; although, those are still welcome. 

We value input from all stakeholders and hope for all parents, teachers, students, and the surrounding community to be part of the solution when it comes to improving Burr Oak Community Schools. 

Mrs. Kristina Owens

Assistant Superintendent and K-12 Principal