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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

 

Dear Park Brook Families,

Summer is a wonderful time to relax and prepare for the coming school year.

Park Brook Elementary is a school with an intentional Focus on Fitness to increase academic growth and positive behaviors.  Research strongly indicates that increasing fitness levels is not only important for our physical health, but for academic growth, emotional health, and so on. 

Park Brook has a history of strong academic growth, as noted below, and from preliminary indications our academic growth was strong during the 2017-18 school year.  As I write this article in June of 2018, MCA data is embargoed until released by the State of Minnesota, with an estimated release date in August. 

There are four specific ways I want to encourage families to increase academic growth for their children: read, eat together as a family, get 60 minutes of exercise every day, and get plenty of sleep.

Reading to a child is just as important as having a child read to themselves.  Reading to a child increases vocabulary, which increases reading skills.  You may want to consider choosing a good book at the library to read together as a family.  While reading is important for academic growth, it is also just a fun way to enjoy spending time with your child.

I cannot stress enough how important parents are for their children.  Eating together without the television on creates a place for you to have meaningful conversations with your child, share what is valuable to you, listen to your child, and so on.  You may not be able to eat together every day, but I encourage you to find a time that works for your family.  Perhaps there are several days a week that align with work schedules for everyone to be together to enjoy dinner.  Dinner time together may not work for your family, perhaps breakfast on Saturday morning allows all of you to enjoy a special time each week with everyone together.  It is not about the food, but the time together.

Sixty-minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity is important for children.  As adults, we call it exercise, but children call it playing.  You can enjoy the time with your child by playing catch, going for bike ride, playing in a park, or going for a walk after dinner.

Sleep is essential for kids in order for them to make significant academic progress, for their physical health, and for emotional health.  Information regarding sleep can be on the Focus on Fitness section of our website. http://schools.district279.org/pb/families/wellness

I am committed to ensuring that students who attend Park Brook Elementary make significant academic progress.  While I believe that fitness is essential to increase academic growth, I also believe that students need a well-rounded education in a school that they enjoy coming to every day.  Students attending Park Brook will have opportunities to create, learn woodworking skills, develop musical talents, and so on.  While the school day is 8:50-3:20, you will find that there are many opportunities for students outside of the regular school day.

This summer I am hopeful I will spend a few days camping, I direct a one-week summer camp up north at Camp Cherith, look forward to reading, and anticipate spending time getting exercise just as I want for my students.

I will be in the office a few days in June, July and then back to school full-time on August 6.  I always welcome the opportunity to visit with parents.

Enjoy Summer!

Mr. 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