School Learning Plan
Rock Creek Elementary School
Rock Creek Elementary opened in 1975 to accommodate the growing number of students in the Rock Creek neighborhood of the Beaverton School District. The Rock Creek community has always placed a high priority on learning and endeavored to be a place where students, teachers, parents, staff and the larger community work together to learn and serve. The school serves as the center of the community and a place where people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives grow together. Our Mission: Rock Creek Elementary School is a community on a mission to develop compassionate, responsible, lifelong learners. We strive to cultivate thinking and inquiry that empowers students to engage in a changing world.
Rock Creek serves an increasingly diverse population. The student body speaks 33 different languages. Over 130 of our students speak another language at home. We believe that language is central to the human experience and therefore central to our program. Language plays a critical role in the foundation of all connection, communication and understanding, and it is fundamental to the mission of our school.
We embrace the linguistic diversity of our community and the world. Language helps us see the world through multiple perspectives. Multilingual experiences are supported and the social emotional environment encourages development of both language and cultural identity. We strive to create an environment where community members honor their linguistic and cultural identity and the identities of others. Ultimately, the connections made through language help us to develop a broader perspective and the ability to understand ourselves, others and our changing world. Fully integrating our English Language Learners into their classrooms will give them more time for instruction and we anticipate that to mean higher levels of achievement in all areas.
We believe that we can open doors and expand opportunities by providing our students with rich language experiences. It is the foundation of our work, as a school to develop a language policy, that has led us to making the decision to continue to fully integrate our English Language Learners into our classrooms during the 2020-2021 school year. The timely and specific support of the Multilingual Department is helping us to hone our skills, as a staff, in serving our ELs. We are looking forward to dive into future data that will further inform our instruction with our fully integrated ELs. We know from our data that our English Language Learners have historically been a group that has struggled with achieving at a high level as documented through our school report card, IRLA and other assessments.
During Comprehensive Distance Learning, we have noticed that some of our English Language Learners and BIPOC students have had difficulties consistently connecting with our staff. Ongoing communication with our building Support Team and Behavioral Health and Wellness team will help us to make sure that we are not letting any of our students fall through the cracks.
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Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.