wolftaylor

 

Mr. Taylor

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

 

Greetings,

Fall conferences have come and gone, and I am enjoying the end of MEA weekend as I write this letter. 

I have a passion for seeing my students make academic growth!  While we have a number of activities and our Focus on Fitness initiative, the purpose is to ensure that my students are making academic growth. 

One of my responsibilities is to observe teachers, both formally and informally.  As I walk through the building and drop in on classes, I am encouraged by the instruction that is taking place and the engagement with the students.  While MCA testing is months away, I have fully aware that we do not prepare for the MCA’s in March or April, but that we prepare each day that our students are in school, and the days that students are in school AFTER they take the MCA’s.  I am always encouraged when I see students engaged in meaningful academic work.

Our school psychologist, Michael Tomten, has been compiling data from all of our students and students who are now in 6th grade, to analyze the academic effect of our Focus on Fitness initiative.  I am thankful for his skills in this area.  To summarize, the fitness initiative is making a difference at Park Brook, with the same, positive academic changes that have been noted in schools across our country who have used fitness to change academic growth.  I view fitness as a way to prepare students for receiving the instruction in the classroom; fitness without solid academic instruction will not achieve the results I desire.

I want to honor the requests and input we have received from parents.  At our last PTO meeting, I was thinking that our new soccer program would be for grades 3-5 only, however, the parents indicated that they would like to have the program from K-5, and therefore, the new soccer program will be for grades k-5.  At our BBQ we asked for input regarding out Focus on Fitness initiative, and we received input that parents would like information regarding family fitness ideas and family nutrition; I am going to work to follow through with this input.  We also had several other suggestions that we will be looking into.  Families, and students, have requested a boys program similar to Girls on the Run.  Last year we had one event for boys, ForEverest.  I am looking to expand and have a program for boys, this may be Let Me Run, which similar to Girls on the Run but for boys, or it may be expanding the ForEverest with physical training along with character building classes leading up to the ForEverest event. 

While I have spoken of our fitness initiative, I also cannot stress enough the importance of having kids read at home, everyday. I have four action items for families: eat together as a family without the television on or using cellphone—enjoy each other; get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day—perhaps enjoy a walk together after dinner; read; make sure kids get enough sleep every night (keep electronics out of kids bedrooms—they will be tempted to use it just as adults are tempted to continually check their cell phones).

For Your Child’s Success,

Mr. Scott Taylor

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Academic Growth

2016-2017

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.

 

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School Info

Park Brook Elementary
7400 Hampshire Ave N
Brooklyn Park MN 55428
Map

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
Office Hours
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

Phone & Fax

School Office
763-561-6870
Attendance
763-549-2408

General Fax 
763-549-2410

School Leadership

Principal
Scott Taylor