Welcome to Orchard Hill!
Hello Orchard Hill Elementary Families,
My name is Jeff Carpenter and I am excited to be the new Principal here at OHES. I have been in this district for 12 years and have enjoyed being a part of it. I spent 2 years at the middle school as an assistant principal and 10 years as the principal at Phoenix Elementary. I look forward to bringing this experience to OHES and making connections with kids and families of the Hawk community. It is going to be a great school year and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with your children.
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.