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shannon.halvorson
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Hello! I would like to welcome you and your child to Fifth Grade at Oakland Elementary. I look forward a positive experience, as I help your child grow as a lifelong learner! I have always have had a passion for education and cannot wait to pass on some of my enthusiasm to your child! I hold a Bachelors degree from Asbury University in Ethics and Management, Masters in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University, and graduated from Austin Peay University with my Masters in Elementary Education. Go Govs! I am so thankful the Army led our family to Clarksville, TN and feel blessed to be a part of the Oakland Elementary community. If you have any questions, feel free to email or connect on Dojo at anytime!
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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_