State superintendent visits Granite Bay school

Jack O'Connell stops at Oakhills Elementary School to learn more about the site's innovative educational programs
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Oakhills Elementary School hosted a special guest Friday: California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. Eureka Union School District Superintendent Dr. Tim McCarty and school board member Jerri Davis also visited the Granite Bay school to show O'Connell around. “We were honored to have Superintendent O’Connell visit Oakhills Elementary School,” McCarty said. “The teachers, parents, students and site administration have made a determined effort to offer an outstanding educational program." O’Connell visited Oakhills, which has students in kindergarten through third grade, to learn more about the school’s innovative programs. Teachers at Oakhills implement “21st century skills” into daily lesson plans, intended to develop students’ life, character, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, information, media, technology, creativity and innovation skills. The school’s classrooms boast extensive technology, including Promethean interactive whiteboards. Additionally, fifth and sixth grade students from nearby Ridgeview Elementary School tutor their younger peers on early literature and literacy skills. Oakhills Elementary School had an academic performance index (API) score of 929 last year — achieving a nine-point increase from the previous year. The Eureka Union School District averages an API score of 895, which is the highest average for all districts in Placer County. The school also provides a developmental kindergarten program for students of kindergarten age who aren’t quite prepared to succeed in a traditional kindergarten class, but are ready for more than what preschool offers. ~ Sena Christian