world map on bulletin board, blue background

Traveling the World Through Books

by Leanne Kent “Books are the windows to the wide world around you”, reads the large black lettering on the library wall at Okemos Public Montessori (OPM). Librarian Sally Langley has flung open those windows and is taking students on a journey around the world. For the 2017-2018 school year, all OPM students are traveling, […]

OHS English teacher Amy Huntley and OHS graduate Katie Slivensky, each holding the books they authored, in the OHS library

Okemos graduate shares her journey as an author

Class of 2003 graduate Katie Slivensky returned to Okemos September 27-28 to share her middle-reader novel The Countdown Conspiracy. Katie, a scientist with the Museum of Science in Boston, shared her path to becoming a writer with OHS students in a special writers’ workshop. She also visited with students at both Kinawa and Hiawatha (where […]

Student thank you for KidBlog grant

Blogging: powerful and fun learning for 5th grade writers

In the fall of 2016, Kinawa teacher Laura Kampf requested an OEF grant to purchase an online subscription to KidBlog for every 5th grade language arts classroom. This child-focused blogging program gives Kinawa teachers a new and fun way to help Okemos students hone their writing skills. As Kinawa teacher Joan Ferguson explains, “Although many […]

Teacher Ivy Schmidt with students

LEGO StoryStarters – 2015 OEF Grant

LEGOs, the colorful plastic building bricks that kids assemble into amazing masterpieces, can be found in most homes of elementary-aged children. Now LEGOs are being used in one Okemos classroom to help students create imaginative stories and learn about the writing process through an innovative program called LEGO StoryStarters.Bennett Woods 3rd grade teacher Ivy Schmidt […]

TEacher Dawn Reed and students using alternative seating

Flexible Learning Spaces – 2015 OEF Grant

In the spring of 2015, OHS English teacher Dawn Reed received a grant to create “flexible learning spaces” in her classroom. Her room now offers students three workspace options, each accommodating 4 students per group: traditional individual desks, low round tables, and high-top tables which allow students to either sit on a backless stool or […]