Dear 5th grade parents and students,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Oak Ridge Elementary School. My name is Michael Rafferty, and I will be the 5th grade teacher this year. I will be teaching English/Language Arts and Social Studies. My homeroom class will be switching with Mrs. Kwak, who will be teaching Math and Science. I am very excited for the opportunity to work with everyone and learn together as we experience and discover many new things this year.
I hope to empower students to take command of their education and provide them with the support, encouragement, enthusiasm, and resources in order to grow and promote life-long learning. I share the same vision as District 117 in that I want to work with students to help them reach their fullest potential academically, encourage them to be good citizens and contribute to their community, be able to think outside the box and tackle what life brings them, and overall be the best person they can possibly be.
The year will require a total team effort at school and at home. Please feel free to contact me anytime through phone, email, or join the class volunteering in and out of the classroom. The classroom website posted below will be updated weekly in order to keep everyone comprised of happenings in the classroom. I truly look forward to having an exciting year with everyone as we prepare our students for the next phase of their lives. Go Mustangs!!
Mr. Michael Rafferty