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About Spectrum and Dr. O'Kain

Students and parents,
I hope that you all are doing well and staying healthy! I can't wait to get started and teach your child this year! As we begin classes, things are going to look differently, but I'm excited to get started! Be on the lookout for an email from me about paperwork and class!
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. 
Stay safe!
Dr. O'Kain
About Dr. O'Kain

Dr. O’Kain graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with her bachelors and Master’s of Education. She received her Doctorate from Lipscomb University in Education and Leadership. She has taught for 12 years at Roy Waldron Elementary in second and third grades, as well as the director of the Roy Waldron Drama Team. She is currently teaching Spectrum at Cedar Grove Elementary, Rocky Fork Elementary, Roy Waldron Elementary, and La Vergne Primary. She also teaches musical theater with students at Roy Waldron and with Carpe Artista in Smyrna. 

Spectrum Themes for 2019-2020
For the 2019-2020 school year, students will develop resiliency and perseverance in academic, leadership, and social skills. All students will be exposed to advanced math and reading materials.  Academically, students in fourth and fifth grades will focus on space, structure, and story. Students will focus on advanced science and ELA content through the lens of structure- it's parts, purpose, and function. Our younger students will focus on transformations by exploring essential questions, creative projects, differentiated tasks and the use of in-depth analysis models.   In addition, independent projects will highlight the development of presentation skills, writing and research skills, higher order thinking, and problem solving skills.  If you have questions about a particular assignment, please ask.
Scale and Ratio Activity
1. Draw a scaled drawing of a building you know about. (Our school, your church, your home, etc.) Create the scale and drawing to share in our class.