Award Year: 2013

Wayland Bonds Elementary School

14025 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK, 73170-2014

(405) 735-4500

Robert Romines, Principal at time of Nomination

Miss Michelle McNear, Current Principal

Moore Public Schools

School Website

Mission

Effectively produce engaged, life-long learners, who contribute positively to their community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 58%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Native American: 6%
  • Two or more races: 16%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

Located in southwest Oklahoma City, our school is the namesake of a former Moore Public Schools Superintendent, Mr. Wayland Bonds, who was known for his foresight in education and his strength during crisis. The May 3rd tornadoes of 1999 heavily damaged and destroyed schools in our district and devastated hundreds of families. Mr. Bonds led our schools, students and families toward recovery by making a large school district intimate and caring. His inspiration drives our faculty, staff and students as we strive to perpetuate that characterization in our daily school activities.

Wayland Bonds’ approach to assessment is a school wide collaborative effort that encompasses the administration, individual teachers and parents. Upon receiving OCCT test results teachers analyze the data and identify strengths, weaknesses and share ideas and strategies. In 2009, the TEAM (Teachers Encouraging Academic Mastery) program was established. This mentoring program is aimed at low achieving and at risk students. Teachers volunteer to “buddy” with a student throughout the year. The focus is academic growth and to build relationships that foster confidence and self esteem. After its implementation, 75% of 4th-6th graders that participated in TEAM tutoring raised their math and/or reading test scores and others were identified as having a disability.

Partnering with parents and community is a priority and maintaining 100% membership in PTA each year is an integral part of our success. Mr. Wayland Bonds stated that “those who work with students should model honesty and integrity, and they should work with all students to help them reach their highest potential.” The faculty strives to live by these words, adopting a leadership philosophy that promotes collaboration, commitment and a strong community.