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PrincipalWelcome to Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES), home of the Dolphins! 

Our talented and dedicated staff provides student-centered instruction to empower every learner to make a difference in the world.  We have been hard at work and succeeding in implementing our learning model, International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP).  In the spring of 2016 we will be applying for full IB PYP authorization.  This work has supported our team in developing coherent curriculum based on building concepts from kindergarten through fifth grade for all 450 of our students.

OAES has a school success plan with four goals:
1) Meaningful Parent Engagement,
2) Peaceful School Climate,
3) Increased Student Achievement in Reading and Math, and
4) Full Implementation of IB PYP.   

We have a shared belief that parents are vital partners in the work of educating students.  You will find your child’s teacher is your best resource and partner in your child’s education, and I encourage you to reach out to them early and often to talk about your child’s learning. Parents set the foundation for learning by promoting work habits including regular attendance and reading at least 20 minutes every night.

There are several ways to get involved at school.  Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is very active in supporting OAES classrooms and providing community for our families.  We also have a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) which meets once a month to provide input to school wide decisions.  In addition, we hold monthly Coffee Talks, where parents can come to hear about a topic in education and chat about anything with me, the principal.  These meetings are open to every OAES parent. 

So once again, a warm welcome. I am honored to serve as the principal at OAES since we opened in 2011.  Please contact me anytime to connect about your child’s education. 

Beverly Coursey, Principal