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OSD135 wraps up successful summer, prepares for new year

OSD135 wraps up successful summer, prepares for new year


Orland School District 135 wrapped up its summer professional development with a mini technology conference last week.  On August 7 and 8, a group of teachers from all ten schools in the District came together to learn from their colleagues and even had the opportunity to experience student presentations on innovation in the classroom.

On the first day of the conference, staff members were able to choose from a variety of sessions, including workshops on podcasting, Google Forms, and a variety of other educational tools.  Between sessions, a ‘playground’ was available in the media center for teachers to experiment with the new tools.

The second day of the conference provided an opportunity for students to present on some of their favorite tools to use in the classroom.  Topics included using a green screen, creative ways to use iMovie and Keynote, making stop-motion videos, Kahoot, Canva, and more. Teachers left the student presentations feeling energized and excited to explore these tools in the new school year.

The District had an extremely successful summer full of professional development, wonderful summer school and camp programs, and facility improvements. 

Forty professional development opportunities were available throughout the summer for teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators.  In addition to those programs, new teachers spent two full days working with their mentors in preparation for the new school year.

Nearly 300 students participated in summer school and the Extended School Year program, where students continued to learn and grow throughout the month of July.  Over 500 students took part in camp programs, which included music, art, and sports camps. 

The Buildings and Grounds Department was busy preparing facilities for the new year.  One of the biggest undertakings this summer was replacing over 60,000 square feet of carpet at Meadow Ridge.  The team also spent time remodeling classrooms at Park, Liberty, and Jerling Junior High. Wiring was installed at all school buildings for new security systems, continued HVAC maintenance was completed, and rooms and halls were painted.

District 135 is incredibly proud of the work that was done by staff and students alike this summer, and we look forward to a great 2019-2020 school year.