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Steve Candela, Rock Creek Elementary Principal

I am pleased to be joining the stellar team at Rock Creek Elementary School. I look forward to working with the teachers and staff at Rock Creek Elementary School to serve our students and parents.

I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Edison to become familiar with this year's schedule and initiatives. Below is helpful information for the 2019-20 school year.

Rock Creek Elementary School:

Title I - Parent Orientation / Open House

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

At Rock Creek we will continue with the safety and school environment initiatives that were begun last year in response to community engagement with parents, staff and students. Once again, there will be an armed security guard at Rock Creek Elementary School. 

We will also continue working on our implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports).  The intent of our PBIS process is to improve the overall school climate by teaching and rewarding appropriate behavior, providing consistent consequences for inappropriate behaviors, and creating a peaceful and uniform environment to increase academic achievement for all students.

Our PBIS program uses the acronym, S.O.A.R. to summarize for students the expectations and desired behaviors for all students. S.O.A.R. is described as:

Safety - everyone always needs to be safe

On Task - while in school remain on task 

Always Respectful - be respectful of your peers, school staff, property, and yourself

Responsible - be responsible for yourself and make responsible decisions

To help in the implementation of the building PBIS initiative, a student & family behavior and case manager has been placed at Rock Creek to assist teachers and administrators in supporting at-risk or vulnerable students and their families. The case managers are hired through the Ashtabula CommunityCounseling Center. They are a non-profit behavioral health provider focused on engaging the community in recovery.

Academically, we continue to emphasize literacy through reading and writing across the curriculum. Our mathematics teachers will be exploring textbooks and materials to support our K-8 mathematics curriculum. We are working to improve the school district’s performance on state tests. 

Teachers return for the opening day and professional development August 13-17, 2019.

 Grades 1-12 Students return to school on Monday, August 19, 2019

Kindergarten Students begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.


SCHOOL DAY AT ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY

9:00 Breakfast Students

9:15 Students enter the building

9:30 Tardy Bell - SCHOOL DAY STARTS

3:45 Student Dismissal - SCHOOL DAY ENDS

4:00 Office Closes



JEFFERSON AREA LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

2019 - 2020 First Semester School Calendar


August 2019 

19 Monday, First Student Day 

Note: Kindergarten Students begin on Wednesday, August 21st.


September 2019 

2 Monday, Labor Day – No School 


October 2019 

10 Thursday, Evening/Parent-Teacher Conferences – All Schools 

11 Friday, Morning/Parent-Teacher Conferences – All Schools – No Classes 


November 2019 

26 Tuesday, Last Day of Classes Before Thanksgiving Break 

NOVEMBER 27th THROUGH DECEMBER 2nd - NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK 


December 2019 

3 Tuesday, Classes Resume 

20 Friday, Last Day of Classes Before Christmas Break 

DECEMBER 23rd THROUGH JANUARY 3rd NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK 


Link to Day to Day District Calendar



If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me:

Email: steve.candela@jalsd.org

Phone: (440) 440-563-3820 

Steve Candela, Principal




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