Hi and welcome to Pre-k! My name is Ms. Jennifer and I am very excited about having your child in my room this year. This is my 4th year teaching developmental pre-k. I am so happy to be on this very exciting journey with you and your child. I want your child to feel safe and happy while in my classroom. For that to happen, it is important for you to get to know me. I am from Clarksville. I graduated from APSU with my Bachelor's degree in Special Education. I have 4 beautiful daughters. I love camping, spending time with my family, and my favorite place is the beach. It brings me great joy to see little minds being creative and learning through purposeful play. Communication is very important for a successful school year. You may contact me by phone at (931) 920-7422. You may also email me anytime at jennifer.gilstrap@cmcss.net. I am looking forward to an outstanding year at Oakland! Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions or concerns.
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Oakland uses a positive behavior matrix that promotes student awareness in expected behaviors.  This matrix can be seen in every room, throughout the building, is described in our school handbook located in the front of each student's provided OWL planner, and builds off our character trait acronym (WISDOM) banners handing from our foyer ceiling.  Each desired trait is broken down to identify school related desired behaviors to create student understanding and awareness of expectations.  These indicators are also linked to Class Dojo, which is used not only by teachers but throughout the entire building by special area teachers, special service providers, support staff, and administrators to provide consistency for our students and with parent communication.  The six overarching categories/character traits that student friendly indicators are broken down for on the visual matrix that students are taught about and expected to strive for are:

  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Determination
  • Optimism
  • Motivation

Follow the link below to view the full "Dojo and Matrix Cheat Sheet".  This is designed to show the connection between the values on the matrix and the skills that are on Class Dojo.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1inX51aZivGxBhD9n_w0BTGP4R07pYhVY

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GpoL9crNNWXRFNGXffwwaBHF94vZwCa_