Welcome to Orchard Hill!
I am very excited to be the principal at Orchard Hill Elementary and love serving our students and families. Many of you know that our school is a very special place. We have a dedicated and experienced staff that understands how students learn and develop. I feel fortunate to work with such a proactive staff that is always looking for ways to improve.
In addition to the amazing staff, we offer programs unique in elementary schools. Each spring, our 5th graders put on a Shakespeare play. The last few years we have performed “Much Ado about Nothing”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Julius Caesar” and many others. We also partner with the Rogue Valley Symphony to bring music into our classrooms that culminates into a final concert at the Craterian Theater.Finally, we have such an amazing Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that provide fun and exciting evenings for our school community to enjoy, such as, Bingo night with amazing prize baskets to win, an annual movie night and a neon nights family dance.
We look forward to having you in our school and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.Committed to serving you,Shawna Schleif
Established in 1983, Orchard Hill Elementary is entering its 35th year of operation. Over the years we have worked diligently to create a sense of school community. The Phoenix-Talent student attendance area is large in scope and covers three cities. Yet there exists a sense of family between district schools, students, parents, staff, community, district level support and our school board.
Since OHES is the newest of the elementary schools we have gone about creating our own traditions, both from the stand point of establishing a stellar reputation for academics, but also for supporting active participation from our PTA as well as our school/business partners. Several years ago our school was able to obtain several grants which enabled us to create programs that would benefit our students in the long run. Through these “restructuring grants” we have established programs that continue to keep OHES focuses on State standards and at the same time be a happy place for kids to learn. We are a Title I school and our student transit rate is above 30%, thus making it important to continually seek new opportunities to better serve our students.
Orchard Hill has a highly motivated, professional and dedicated staff. The key to our success is having a staff that is willing to grow and is open to change. The caring and love of children, and a desire to model life-long learning is and will always be the focus of the OHES staff. Our willingness to work and grow together in order to teach our children safety, respect and responsibility, along with the opportunity to succeed will always be an Orchard Hill tradition.