We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. To learn more about student experiences and needs, we will be asking for your child’s feedback via an online survey they will complete at school. Over 1,000 schools and districts use Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to grow and measure their students’ social and emotional skills and supports.
Social emotional learning captures the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life. For the Olathe Public Schools, Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning measures student growth on SEL topics and provides teachers valuable data on which SEL topics students need direct instruction in. In addition, Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning gives educators resources to use in their classrooms as part of their regular classroom instruction.
This year, part of the online enrollment process asked for parent permission to allow students to complete the Panorama Survey as our district’s SEL survey tool. This thirty-minute survey will be given three times a year to measure students’ perception of their skills in the areas of grit, emotional regulation, social awareness, teacher-student relationships, anxiety, sense of belonging, and school safety. This data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength and areas where more instruction is needed and/or skills practiced. Student individual data will be available to both students and parents.
Today we completed an ALICE drill and a tornado drill.
Alice Initiative (Active Shooter Protocol)
Providing a safe and secure learning environment for students is of paramount importance in the Olathe Public Schools. The district has numerous practices, procedures and protocols in place each day to ensure a safe learning environment. The district has adopted a new safety protocol program called ALICE. ALICE is a protocol that enhances previous lockdown procedures. The U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other educational leadership and governmental agencies have recommended that school districts develop a protocol that provides options to students and staff when facing threat or harm from an aggressive intruder.
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. ALICE empowers staff to exercise options in the event of such a critical incident, based on real-time information gathered during the incident. This enhanced protocol does not dictate to staff or students how they should react, but merely provides options for actions in addition to traditional lockdown.
Ravenwood’s Meeting Spot in case of an ALICE situation where students/staff leave the building on foot is Christ Community Church. Christ Community Church is located at 20600 W. 119th Street.
More ALICE information is located on the district website under the “Our District” tab. On this tab is also the video link that student's watched today for our ALICE drill.
Each classroom has a designed tornado shelter in the building. No students may be checked out during a tornado warning. All office staff, students, and staff will be in their tornado shelter staying safe. Senior district administration will determine when students will be released to parents and the reunification plan that will be utilized.
Tiger Families are one time a month.
Tiger Families are vertical families to build relationships with a variety of students in the building. Each Tiger Family consists of students from every grade level and an adult leader which could be a teacher, support staff, or a para or aide.
August Activity: This is ME! I am Unique Activity!
Students listened to the words to the song, This is Me! Each Tiger Family had a family discussion about all of the students at Ravenwood and how we value everyone’s differences and the talents they have and bring to our school.
Each student traced their hand print....watch for a large display later this week with all the hands!
Kinder-Cubs may shop at the school store on Fridays with the help of the Kindergarten aides and Tiger STUCO.