Believe to Achieve
Believe to Achieve Forum

A forum was created for staff to share questions and ideas about assessment, grading, and interventions. Click here to log in.

Believers and Achievers Award

The heart of the 'Believe to Achieve' initiative in Fort Osage is our belief that by working skillfully together, we can ensure that all students are learning and maximize success for all. In this spirit, we would like to initiate the 'Believers and Achievers' award for those staff members who exemplify the characteristics we value in Fort Osage.

So take this opportunity to nominate a Fort Osage staff member who inspires you with their hard work, their belief in students, their caring nature, or their persistance in the faces of challenges. Tell us their story and we'll share it with the rest of the district. Our belief in ourselves and each other is among our most valuable strengths---share what you know about people doing great things so that they can inspire and teach others as well.

Click here for more nomination criteria and access the nomination form. 

Click here to read about the Believers and Achievers Award recipients. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If we're reporting student performance on the report card using a 4 point scale, why aren't we grading all our papers with the same scale?

A: Rubric scoring is a great tool, and it's a strategy that we would like for teachers to try and use. The problem is not with using a 4-point rubric, it's how those scores are interpreted by the gradebook. The Pinnacle gradebook is powerful and flexible, but...

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RTI Resources

This section contains several resources for you to utilize as you are working at implementing RtI in your classroom. They are broken down into the following sections:

  • RtI Information
  • Intervention Information
  • Early Childhood (3-5 year olds)
  • District Links

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SBG Resources

Below are some Standards-Based Grading resources for you to view as a recap of what we have learned this year.

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AFL Resources

Below are some resources for you to use as you are working to implement Assessment for Learning into your teaching strategies.


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Differentiated Instruction

Below are some Differentiated Instrucation Resources for you to use.

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Mindset Resources

Below are some resources regarding the fixed versus growth mindset as described by Dr. Carol Dweck in her book Mindset.

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Everything Possible (by Maria Fleming)

In my 20-plus years in education, I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to attend many local and national conferences, and to hear more influential keynote speakers than than I can even remember. For the most part I've enjoyed these opportunities, and I've taken the things I've learned and incorporated them with my existing educational philosophy and practices. So whether Rick DuFour was talking about collaboration...

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Initiative Insights

Based on the evaluation feedback from the August 12 professional development day, most teachers found the day to be productive and the information helpful to start the year. Over 94 percent of the staff either agreed or strongly agreed that the day was helpful to them in understanding the Believe to Achieve focus, and that the breakout sessions...

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