Mission Bay High, San Diego, California
Bachelor of Science in History/Education, Northern Arizona University
Master of Science in Special Education, St. Cloud State University
Administration Licensure, St. Mary's University
Awards & Recognitions
2013—Park Brook Elementary, Celebration School, Minnesota Department of Education
2014—Health and Fitness Advocacy Award—Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
2015—Educator Award of Excellence—The Loppet Foundation
2016—Mary O’Neill Determination Award—Twin Cities in Motion
Dear Park Brook Community,
This has been a busy, yet great, start to the 2020 year. I truly enjoy spending time with the students on our weekend events and enjoy having parents along with us. Parents are always welcome, but not required, as I know that work schedules, activities with other siblings, and just having time to get things done when not at work is important. While we have enjoyed events such as the Fun Run at the U of M sponsored by Twin Cities in Motion, and the Minne-Loppet and Luminary Loppet sponsored by The Loppet Foundation, we still have a number of additional activities for students.
While I believe educating the whole child is essential, I realize that as a school we are judged by our academic growth, which is important, and we should be judged by our growth or lack thereof. Our growth has been strong, and I anticipate it to be strong this year as well. Our additional activities are reflected in our academic growth.
I cannot stress the importance of having your child read every evening, or reading to your child. Reading to your child is just as important and helps your child develop vocabulary and background knowledge. (You don’t need to try to force your child to read every-other-page, you can just enjoy reading to them!) Reading should be fun and time to enjoy together. When children are reading, it should be a book at their reading level. When I was teaching, if a child had more than 5 errors on the page it was too difficult. When there are too many errors, they cannot comprehend what they are reading.
Students who have skills in more than one language have been taking the ACCESS test this month. This test measures their growth in English. Last year I was pleased with the growth in English, while I also want to value and have students maintain their home/first language(s). Our Hmong Club, Spanish Club, Vietnamese Club, and Multilingual Learner Club are all designed to be places where students can feel valued in a space that is designed to speak with students across all grades who share a common language. While I want to value all student’s cultures during the school day, additional opportunities to value and increase learning are essential.
During the month of February, Ms. M. Johnson in the Media Center had activities in regards to Black History Month. In our hallways, and also in places where kids congregate, we had posters that highlighted inventors who were Black, and then we highlighted additional Black individuals who contributed to our country, such as: Michelle Obama, Major Taylor, Jesse Owens, and others.
Right after Spring Break we will begin our district and state testing. I know that I share the desire with parents to see all of our students make outstanding growth. While we want students reading at home every day, you can support their learning by making sure they are prepared for learning when they come to school: enjoy meals together without the television on or cell phones in use; make sure they get 9-10 hours of sleep every night (keep tablets, cell phones and televisions out of their rooms); and make sure they get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day—kids call it playing outside. If students are prepared for the day, their academic growth will increase.
You will notice that I stress the importance of enjoying time together. Kids learn a lot around the table when talking with their parents. There is research that shows the incredible importance of spending time sharing meals together. I also want families to enjoy time together reading books together. I also want families to enjoy time together outside whether it be taking a walk after dinner, playing catch or going to the park. I feel that not only are you making memories with your child, but preparing them for learning while they are learning.
Earlier this week I gave a tour to a family just joining the Park Brook Community. As we walked around from room to room, I pointed out how students were engaged in activities prior to 8:50 a.m. While school starts at 8:50, as soon as students come in at 8:40 and hang up their coats, teachers in the younger grades have activities (not worksheets) out on tables for kids to begin their day of learning. In the upper grades, students go directly to breakfast. We have supervision in front of the school beginning at 8:30, and students enter the building at 8:40 a.m. It is in your child’s best interest if they can be in class and ready to learn at 8:50.
For Your Child’s Success,
Mr. Scott Taylor
Math: Percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth in math on the MAP compared to other schools in the Osseo Area Schools:
*6th highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their goal of all schools,
*Highest percentage when looking at only Title I Schools,
*3rd grade had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their goal,
*Black students had the 2nd highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their goal,
*Hispanic students had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth,
*EL students had the second highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth,
*Special education students had the 3rd highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth,
*Students qualifying for free/reduced lunches had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth.
Reading: Percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth in reading on the MAP compared to other schools in the Osseo Area Schools:
*Tied for 6th highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth; highest percentage when looking only at Title I Schools,
*5th grade tied for 2nd highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth,
*Black students had the 2nd highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth,
*Students qualifying for free/reduced lunches tied for the highest growth with another school,
*Tied for fifth-highest percentile change.
During the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and the data from the Minnesota Department of Education:
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook ranked 22 out of the 25 for academic growth rate. (1 being the lowest growth, and 25 being the highest growth),
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook had the highest growth rate for closing the academic achievement gap,
*86% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in math,
*83% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in reading.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth at Park Brook compared to the other 17 elementary schools in the Osseo Area Schools:
#1 in reading for EL students in schools that have EL programs, 3rd and 6th grades;
#2 in reading for all students;
#2 in math for students beginning in lowest quartile;
#3 in math for Black students;
#3 in reading for students beginning in highest quartile;
#4 in math for 3rd grade;
#5 in math for all students.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth at Park Brook compared to the other 17 elementary schools in the Osseo Area Schools:
#1 in reading for EL students in schools that have EL programs;
#2 in reading for all students, Hispanic students, and grades 4 and 5;
#2 in math for grade 3;
#3 in reading for grade 3;
#4 in math for Hispanic and White students.
Among all elementary schools in the district, Park Brook ranked among the highest in the percent of students who met academic growth goals in 2012-2013:
#1 in reading and #1 in math (grade 5);
#1 in reading and #2 in math (grade 6);
#2 in reading (all students);
#2 in reading (special education students);
#3 in math (all students).
During the 2011-12 school year, Park Brook posted the highest academic growth rate in reading for English Language Learners, sixth-graders, and students receiving free or reduced lunches.