Lone Grove Public Schools
Lone Grove school believes that students learn best when expectations are high, clear, developmentally appropriate and contain an atmosphere of constant praise/affirmation. In order to achieve this level of excellence, we are dedicated to furthering our professional development, and exposing our staff to an array of extended options. Most recently is the incorporation of the Great Expectations program into our primary, intermediate school and, and grade/age specific curriculum training for middle and high school instructors.
The mission of Lone Grove School District is to ensure that students have the knowledge, skills and experience for success in life through a result-driven, school/community based program. It is the responsibility of educators to encourage the development of vision in students by providing support, assisting in goal setting, and inspiring them to dream what once was thought 'the impossible dream.' This vision for the future is individual as well as team shared, it is detailed and comprehensive describing the how, why, when and what in order for each student to find their meaningful place in society.
Lone Grove School, in order to maintain excellence in our education process, will continue to encourage these principles in each student that passes through our hallways.
We are able to help meet many of our goals through an alliance we have built with our parents and community. In our primary and intermediate buildings we have an active Parents In Action organization, which has made numerous donations of time and money to our students and teachers. Our secondary levels have the Athletic, Speech, Band, and Ag Boosters which gives tremendous support to our athletic, academic, agriculture, and band programs. These programs are spearheaded by parents and community members that have an immense desire to see our students and school succeed.
The challenges we face at Lone Grove are scarcely different from those of other neighboring school districts. We are constantly faced with an ever-transitioning society that has little sympathy for failure. Our students are from an assortment of differing backgrounds, with an assortment of differing ideals. One of our challenges is to bring these abstractions together in a classroom setting and construct a learning process in which all students can learn, and go out in to the world performing successfully. Educating our students by offering a variety of academic and elective classes helps achieve this status in our school. Some of our recent achievements and improvements include:
• All state mandated assessments above state and national average
• Students who compete and receive 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place standings in local curriculum contests
• The average composite ACT score for high school graduates in 2007-08 was 22.1
• Over $800,000 in scholarships awarded to seniors in 2008
• State speech/debate champions 5 consecutive years with students who achieved national recognition
• Vocal music department one of the best in the state and Sweepstakes Winners
• Numerous All District/State band honors with students being selected for OMEA All State Band and OSSBDA All State Band
• Outstanding Vo-Ag Program
• Updated technology at all levels including a 3 new high school computer labs
• Construction of a new high school to house students in grades 9-12 was completed in August 2006. The new facility includes 32 classrooms, a library, and band room.
Our Lone Grove tradition continues on with the passage of our ten million dollar bond. The 80% approval rate of our bond (that was voted on in May 2008), is evidence that the vision of our school is shared by our community. In Phase I we will be constructing nine classrooms which will include two computer labs and an art room, and will be shared by the primary and intermediate campuses. Included with Phase I, is the enlargement of the primary/intermediate cafeteria which currently services about 750 students. Construction for Phase I is scheduled to begin in December 2008.
Phase II of our project will be the construction of a new gymnasium which will accommodate 1500 people. Our new gymnasium will allow us to return our graduation ceremonies back to our Lone Grove campus. Phase III will be the construction of an auditorium, giving us a great facility for our vocal music, band and speech groups to perform. All school sites in our district will have the ability to utilize this wonderful addition to our school. The three phases will continue over a four to five year period. We are very appreciative of our district patrons for passing two large bonds over a short period of time.
My goal for Lone Grove School is to continue in the positive direction we are going, keeping our students at the top of our priority list and providing a top quality education.