Award Year: 2019

Oak Grove Elementary School

3297 Oak Grove Road
Poplar Bluff, MO, 63901-8960

(573) 785-6589

Mrs. Jenifer Richardson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Poplar Bluff R-I School District

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Oak Grove is dedicated to educating all students by fostering a positive and safe environment in which we empower and inspire students to become productive lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 86%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Oak Grove Elementary Staff 2019-20

Oak Grove Elementary Staff 2019-20

At Oak Grove, creating a positive school culture is a primary goal. We feel it is important to build positive relationships among staff, students, and parents beginning day one. Each day students and parents are greeted with welcomes at drop off, then students and staff assemble for our school-wide morning celebration in the gym. During this time and other celebrations throughout the year, we celebrate the successes of individual students, classrooms, and building-wide achievements. Social contracts define how staff and students want to be treated by their peers. Through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports, a common language and behavior matrix of expectations has been established to follow building-wide. Everyone at Oak Grove is held to high expectations and achievements are celebrated regularly.

We have built a strong partnership with our parents, businesses, and faith-based organizations through our PTO and Bright Futures Site Council. Their support and participation through special events and programs have enriched the students experiences at Oak Grove.

Oak Grove has implemented the Professional Learning Communities Model that has been key in transforming our school into a high performing school. Collaboration centers on research-based instructional strategies and data-based decision making focusing on student growth. Through tier instruction, we ensure the individual needs of each student is being addressed. We hold all students to high expectations, engage students in an engaging and rigorous curriculum, and maintain a school climate that ensures a safe and positive learning environment. The journey has not been easy, but with the staff's dedication, tireless work efforts, and constant drive for success, Oak Grove continues its strive for excellence and lifelong learning.