STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
• Every student can learn and learns uniquely at his/her own pace.
• Parents are the first and primary teachers. They are responsible for their children's basic needs and values.
• Teachers should come alongside students to model a positive, face to face, long term relationship and effectively lead students through an inquisitive, guided discovery of learning objectives.
• Cultural diversity enriches our learning community.
• Students excel academically when schools provide a safe, positive, organized setting with clearly defined academic and behavior expectations.
• Accelerated learning increases and negative behavior decreases when students are engaged in a dynamic, highly challenging educational environment.
• Effective character education enhances the academic program. • Students should engage in effective, real world problem and project based learning experiences.
• Knowledge, application, and integration of today’s technology helps prepare students for tomorrow's world.
• Paper and pencil, books, lectures, computers, collaboration, songs and chants, Legos, scissors, teachers and parents, test tubes, robots, watercolors, music, P.E. and learning centers are just some examples of the many important components in our learning environment.
• Achievement goals must be set for individual students, teachers, and the learning community.
STREAM’s vision is to provide a model for student learning and educational delivery of 21st Century knowledge and skills. Students will leave STREAM engaged in continuous learning, confident in their knowledge and abilities, able to make responsible choices, and committed to making a positive impact on the community and the wider world. STREAM will collaborate and share what we learn about successfully integrating STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) into a rigorous academic program that serves a diverse student body. By providing another educational option for Oroville families, STREAM will complement the learning programs and activities of OCESD and enhance the greater community
STREAM started as an idea to bring an Oroville School into the 21st Century. Toby Erickson had been a risk taker when it came to technology and hands on science in the classroom. Dr. Don Phillips brought his skill of management and administration to the team. Starting with these two and later the addition of a wonderful group of dedicated educators, STREAM was born.
Our first classes began in 2014. We started full with 270 students.
Classroom technology is tricky. Computers are expensive. Internet access is tricky, buggy and also expensive. Add students to the mix and many teachers would just rather not!
Hands on science is much the same. It can be messy, dangerous and difficult to assess what kind of learning is going on in the classroom.
Yet, for all of the difficulties, this is the direction our schools need to go in order to prepare our students for the jobs and opportunities of the future.
STREAM has been likened to a PT boat, small and quick, sent out ahead of the fleet to access the dangers and pitfalls of the battle ahead before committing the rest of the fleet. As teachers in the local school districts, the STREAM staff understood how hard it was to get entire districts equipped, trained and implementing new technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) strategies. Our STREAM staff stepped up to go first, try new the things and be ready to share what we've learned with others who are willing to "move the fleet" in this important direction.
Holding on to the arts, while heading into these new directions was also important to us. Thus we included an "A" in STREAM. The "R" reflects our value of reading for literacy, research, learning and pleasure.
This mission was risky. We had no idea if the community would support this new school. There are always those who resist change. There was also the mountain of state paperwork, facilities, financing, staffing and local authorization over which we had to carry our little STREAM PT Boat before launch. With perseverance, intensity and sweat, we saw our our boat launch.
We are now in our second year with students and have quite a waiting list. The Oroville community has welcomed us. We have a wonderful facility. We are adding sports, music and more tinkering to the mix of what we offer. STREAM is a reality.
Starting STREAM has been a rough journey. We are a bit weary. But we are really excited about all we are becoming.