Claremore elementary schools receive Great Expectations status

By MARK FRIEDEL of the Claremore Daily Progress
Stuart Roosa Elementary and Catalayah Elementary both achieved Great Expectations (GE) model school status last week. Roosa Elementary received the award for the 13th consecutive year and Catalayah for the third straight year.
Roosa Elementary has maintained GE model school status longer than any other school in Oklahoma. 
The schools held celebrations in honor of the announcements during separate “Rise and Shine” assemblies where GE Ambassador Kita Asbill presented each site with a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments.
As a GE ambassador, Kita Asbill travels to schools throughout the U.S., including Roosa and Catalayah, to meet with educators one on one and evaluate teaching styles to determine if the schools meet GE standards.
To become a GE Model School, at least 90 percent of the teachers must successfully implement 100 percent of the 17 classroom practices daily.
The GE elements that impact positive changes in classroom teaching and learning include:
  • creating active, interesting, hands-on lessons that integrate multiple subjects with real-world connections.
  • providing opportunities for students to work in small groups to complete projects.
  • giving students opportunities to have personal input and choices. 
  • teaching life principles to students, as well as, facilitating student-to-student dialogues that help them learn social competence and social problem-solving skills.
Roosa named GE school
Great Expectations Ambassador Kita Asbill presents Roosa Principal Glen Abshere with the Great Expectations Model School certificate. This is the 1th consecutive year Roosa has been named a GE Model School — the longest a school has been a GE Model School in the State of Oklahoma.
‘Model Schools’
Great Expectations Ambassador Kita Asbill presents Catalayah Elementary principal Kellye Shuck with a certificate of recognition as Catalayah was named Great Expectations model status for the third year in a row.