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Have you scheduled your conference?
Schedule your conference with your child's teacher today. You should have already received information from your child's teacher (EC & LS) or Ms. Ganaden (IM & MS).
If you have questions or problems, please either call the Front Office (press 0 or stay on the line) or send me an email and I will get you logged in or scheduled!
ODS Spreads Holiday Cheer - Toys for Children's Mercy
We love getting our students involved in service projects and volunteering at Oakhill! For our first school-wide service project, our students collected toys and made cards for the patients at Children's Mercy and made cards for the patients at Research Hospital. A HUGE thank you to the Oakhill community for stepping up and donating over 350 toys! The staff at Children's Mercy was incredibly appreciative and we know the kids will be too!
Ann Koeniguer, past parent, from Research Hospital said "We placed cards onto the food trays Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Each patient was able to have a wonderful cheery message. It was truly heartwarming and amazing to hear of their reactions. THANK YOU for helping us with this project. It really made a difference to our sick, lonely patients."
Look for our next service project in February when we will be working with Kansas City Pet Project!
Do you have an organization that could benefit from being one of our service project recipients? Do you need middle school student volunteers? Contact Maggie Newhouse!
Spelling Bee 2020
On Tuesday, November 17, Oakhill held the third annual Oakhill Day School Scripps Spelling Bee, an official qualifier for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee. This event has allowed Oakhill to send a school champion to the semifinal and final round of the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee the last two years. Participants in the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee have the opportunity to compete for a spot to the official Scripps National Spelling Bee held annually each year.
This year, classes first thru eighth grade held classroom spelling bees the last week of October. Students studied challenging spelling and vocabulary words at their own grade level, but also had the opportunity to study additional grade-level lists, ultimately having a study guide of over 450 words. After classroom bee finalists were determined, winners from grades 1-8 continued to prepare for the school-wide spelling bee on November 17.
After 209 words, 31 rounds, and 18 competitors, Drew Clawson was named our Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee champion last Tuesday evening. Drew will represent Oakhill Day School at the Semifinal Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee on February 27, sponsored by Midcontinent Public Library. Drew will compete against other local school winners for a chance to compete in the championship bee in March. The winner of the championship bee will represent Jackon and Clay Counties at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June. We are all wishing Drew the best of luck as he prepares to compete in February and tackles a 4,000 word study list!
Congratulations to our Oakhill Day School Classroom Bee Winners and our School Spelling Bee Participants:
- Colter Egbert
- Drew Clawson
- Addison Gerstner
- Huntley Harken
- Alyssa Hiegert
- Hensley Hurst
- Graham Jacobs
- Caden Krawchuk
- Mohamed Khalif
- Selina Liu
- Keaton Lovitt
- Hughes Manion
- Kaila Ong
- Ainsley Pardon
- Lucas Peterson
- Andy Phung
- Ralf Pollina
- Yul Schneider
- Jack Shekleton
- Alex Tomeldan
Congratulations! 2020 NJHS Inductees
Oakhill Day School held an induction ceremony on November 23, 2020, to welcome eight new members into the Oakhill chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). The National Junior Honor Society established in 1929, is an offshoot of the prestigious National Honor Society organization. The NJHS™ recognizes superior Middle School students for their achievements in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character while challenging them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
This year's inductees are:
- Jude Beckham - 7th
- Ella Brown - 8th
- Rory Freyermuth - 7th
- Grayson Kirkpatrick - 7th
- Olivia Masoner - 7th
- Lucas Peterson - 7th
- Yul Schneider - 8th
- Jack Wenenn - 7th
Additional Oakhill NJHS™ members include 8th graders: Gray Carter, Drew Clawson, Alexa Doumit, Alyssa Hiegert, Riordan Nash, Cooper Riddle, Lucy Rule and Ben Yager
NJHS™ is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). NASSP is the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders. For more information about this organization, visit www.njhs.us.
Introduction to Design Process
This summer as I was making plans for the school year, I was determined to have my students follow a design process this year. As a former coder, I'd followed the software engineering process which involved gathering requirements, analyzing, designing, coding, testing and maintaining. I knew first hand the importance of following sequential steps and also that the best solution is almost never the first solution. I wanted my students to have the same understanding - not because I told them so, but because they'd seen it in action!
The past couple of years, I'd done my best to follow the engineering design process with my students - define the problem, identify constraints, brainstorm solutions, select the most promising solution, prototype the solution, test and evaluate the prototype, iterate to improve the prototype and share your prototype. As we'd walk through these steps, it always became a struggle identifying the exact step we were on and where exactly we were in the process. It always seemed like the steps were overlapping and I'd struggle when students would ask where we were in the process. I needed something similar, maybe a little less wordy yet still a process to follow.
Walking myself through previous years' projects, I realized we'd brainstorm a little (figuring out what we were trying to solve) create a little (maybe a product to solve the problem) and share a little (tell a friend what we were thinking) and then we'd be back to brainstorming (how are we going to create our product), creating (making a physical product), sharing our product (for feedback) and back to brainstorming to apply the feedback and make changes to our product. Voila - our design process was now defined! Brainstorm, create, share (repeat). Finally something I was comfortable using and sharing with my students!
This week while discussing my 8th graders' outdoor classroom design project with Chad Heinz from Hollis and Miller Architects, we exchanged theories on design processes. In this exchange, he gave the perfect analogy which I'm now stealing! Picture the frosting on top of a Hostess cupcake - you know the looping white frosting? That's exactly how our Brainstorm, Create, Share, (Repeat) design process works - we go forward a little, loop back a little and go forward again. It's not a circular process, it's a linear process! You can check it out here.
Follow my class, @ODSTechtastic, on Twitter and you'll be able to see our new design process in action!
Winter Weather Reminders
With the looming possibility of winter weather in the coming days, we'd like to take a minute to remind you of Oakhill's procedures for inclement/winter weather.
It is Oakhill's intent to conduct school on campus each day of the current school calendar unless inclement weather prohibits safe travel to and from the school building. Once we are in school we will remain in school according to the full-day schedule. Kids' Club and after school classes and clubs will continue as planned unless notified otherwise. Evening events will not automatically be canceled. Please watch the website for information regarding evening program cancellations. Snow and ice days are not made up throughout the year, nor are credits given for lunches.
Parents ultimately make the final decision on your student's school attendance. If in your judgment you do not feel safe transporting your student(s) to school, you have the right not to. In that event, please contact the school to let us know your student(s) will not be attending. As a parent, you also have the right to sign your student(s) out early due to weather conditions.
When inclement weather is predicted, suspected or imminent, the following procedures will be implemented.
- During inclement weather, it is best to check in this order: 1) check the website; 2) call the school at 816-436-6228; 3) Check Facebook /Twitter; and 4) watch the morning news stations, prior to leaving home if you have a long drive and doubt whether school will be open.
- Every effort is made to call off school as early as possible. Snow days will be called by the Head of School with the safety of students, parents, and its employees as the number one priority. Although we will not follow North Kansas City, Liberty, and Park Hill closing, their decision to close will be a factor as the decision is being made.
- There may be days we have a delayed start time to allow road conditions to improve. Always check the website or call the school to be aware of such a delay. In such an instance, car line will run during the following times:
- 9:40-10:00 for Lower School and Intermediate (grades K-5)
- 10:00-10:20 - for Early Childhood and Middle School (grades Pretoddler to Prekindergarten and Grades 6-8).
- AM Kids' Club will not be available before a late start
Days when snow is on the ground and school is in session: Please send snow gear – boots, snow pants, coats, gloves etc. for the recess and gym time on a day in which the temperature and conditions allow for fun in the snow.
Other School Closures
There are times when it is not safe to have students at the physical building. Such events include, but are not limited to, epidemics, pandemics, state-mandated closures, loss of power, or other unforeseen incidents (Acts of God) that occur to prevent us from using the building. During these times, Oakhill Day School may need to close the facilities until it can be safely re-opened.
Oakhill Day School reserves the right to alter the school calendar or switch to our distance learning plan during prolonged school building closures with no remission of tuition fees.
Stay warm... winter weather is here!
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