Here at Oliver H Perry we have numerous amazing staff members that work diligently to make our school a warm, engaging and inviting environment for our scholars. During this issue of the Eagle Eye we’d like to take the time to recognize our school guidance counselor, Ms. Alison Abiecunas. Ms. Alison join our OHP team in 2015. She works with all different age scholars in the school who are interested in/in need of one-on-one emotional/social support. Ms. Alison enjoys working in this particular area because she spent much of her childhood here, with her grandparents who lived nearby. She also especially enjoys working with the scholars of our building. Their strength in the face of adversity and their ability to be resilient in even the most unfortunate situation gives her pride. Her favorite thing about Oliver H. Perry is the fact that it is a small school, where “everyone knows everyone” and there is always someone willing to lend a hand. We are so grateful to have Ms. Alison in our building and our scholars truly benefit from her contribution to their education and development.
On February 24th we held out Black History Arts Performance. Students in grades Pre-K through 5th had been working with Ms. Emma from Arts Inspired learning to create interactive art pieces, raps, dances and other speaking performances honoring historical African American figures.
Our first classroom spotlight is focused on Mrs. Salomon’s kindergarten class. Friday mornings are a busy time in room 119. The students can be found interacting with various hands-on center activities. Mrs. Salomon chooses these activities for specific groups of students who are currently working towards mastery of the same skill and standard. On this particular morning, students were either working with sight words to create and write their own sentences, practicing their CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) blending abilities, working in a small writing group guided by Mrs. Salomon, or exploring educational apps on Ipads. Not only does center time give young students a chance to practice skills that are concentrated on their abilities and development, but the students are also gaining the skills and confidence to be more independent in their learning.