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Oh, What A Night!
This year's A Night at Studio 47 Anniversary Auction was an eventful one for sure! First, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone for your patience and unwavering support as we worked to resolve the issues with our Mobile Bidding platform. You proved that a few technical difficulties could not keep your paddles down! We've decided that we have the most generous supporters in the Northland. Thank you for all you do!
Here is a quick rundown of this year's auction earnings (unaudited). Remember, ALL AUCTION FUNDS raised directly benefits each Oakhill student by providing the school funds to support curriculum, programming, staff professional development, and facilities upkeep.
Children's Auction: $4,815
Vacation Raffle: $12,300
Catalog Advertisements: $1,725
Ticket Sales: $15,509
Event Night Raffles/Games (100 for $100, Bling for Bling, etc.): $7,090
Live Auction: $67,600
Silent Auction: $42,363
Event Total $151,402
For Fund-a-Need this year, we took a chance on featuring the Capital Campaign as the sole beneficiary of the funds. It was incredibly touching to see the sea of paddles raise as our generous community set out to meet the $100,000 matching gift offered by a couple of fantastic donors, Dennis Curtin and his wife, Tamara Libby-Curtin. In total, a whopping $214,650 was raised in a matter of minutes! Incredible! If you were not in attendance on Auction Night and would like to participate or find out how you can leave your mark on the final phases of the Right Now Campaign's Vision 20/20, please click here.
Right Now Campaign Matching Gift: $100,000
From the Crowd: $114,650
Fund-A-Need Capital Total: $214,650
This year, there was a Buy It Now event during the Auction aimed at raising funds for a second 3D printer and a portable broadcasting kit that can be used by students in both the South Campus Building and Main Campus Buildings. For a contribution of $30, families could help purchase these exciting new tech pieces for the Technology Department aimed to foster creativity and innovation in our students. Although we fell short only selling 19 of the 100 needed to purchase the equipment, there is still plenty of time for your family to help!
Again, THANK YOU for being the best school community in the Northland and for your ongoing support of everything we do for our amazing students. Without you, nothing we do would be possible!
Want to join the 2019 Auction Committee? Let us know!
Bringing Medal of Honor Character Development to Oakhill
Mr. Feagles participated in a full day of training to bring the Medal of Honor Character Development Program back to his Oakhill Middle School Social Studies classroom. The Medal of Honor Character Development Program uses the Oral Histories of Medal of Honor Recipients to promote examples of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism that encourages students to influence change in their communities. This day of professional development at the National World War I Museum was an excellent opportunity for Mr. Feagles to gather new cross-curricular resources for the school and provided him the once in a lifetime opportunity to thank Colonel Roger H.C. Donlon, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.
Oakhill Alum and Rockhurst High School Senior ~ Brady McCanles ~ will be joining the ranks of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs in the fall. He is planning to study Business and is very excited to be playing football for the Mustangs as well. We can't wait to see what the future holds for you, Brady!
Panther Alum and Park Hill South High School Senior ~ Trent Neutgens ~ earned first place in the University of Missouri-Kansas City's RooBuilders bridge-building competition. Trent, along with teammates, Chloe Wiser and Ethan Wissmann, were judged on the bridge's efficiency, how their bridge met specifications, how much weight their bridge could hold, how the bridge looked, and how they shared their design and construction process in videos. This win qualified Trent and his team for the International Bridge Building Contest and earned a $600 scholarship. Way to go, Trent!
Final Thoughts on 2018 World Peace Game
The week of March 5 through March 9 was a very special one for Oakhill's 5th graders. They became the first class at Oakhill to complete the World Peace Game. I am proud to announce that world peace was achieved! Fifty-two crises containing dilemmas including (but not limited to) threats of nuclear attack, refugee crises, land disputes, oil and chemical spills, ICMB threats, water rights disputes, and so much more, were taken on by 25 fifth graders, and successfully solved.
It is difficult for some to believe that 10 and 11 year old kids can grasp these complex crises well enough to contribute realistic solutions to such seemingly insurmountable problems. They can. Our WPG players researched the latest information in ways to reverse global warming and implemented those solutions to begin solving that crisis. They negotiated peace treaties that turned conquered enemy territory into a new homeland for refugees. They put aside past differences such as land disputes to craft peace treaties that detailed how disputed lands and profits were to be shared among previously warring nations. They also shared their wealth when poorer nations or peoples needed help. They demonstrated the wisdom of compromise, and the humility of putting neighbors first in ways that we more cynical adults might find quite surprising. The excitement of war quickly gave way to the longing for lasting peace. Each participant, in his or her own way, sought solutions that put the ultimate goal of peace first. Yes, some solutions might seem a bit simplistic, but the seed of desiring peace has been planted. When they are ready to be the leaders of the world, what might this young generation do to make the world a more peaceful place? The possibilities are truly marvelous. We are in peace-loving hands, and there is reason to be very, very optimistic about this generation's plans for our world.
I wish to thank the many, many people who made this one-of-a-kind experience happen. Thank you to Sean Eisler for making this possible, and for crafting and donating the impressive and very large game board. Thank you to my middle school colleagues who allowed their schedules to be disrupted so I could luxuriate in this experience for two hours and forty-five minutes each day for a week with our fifth graders. Special recognition to Chris Fernandez and Ann Bertoldie, who worked with my 7th grade classes and my advisory (I have missed them all so much this week!). I also wish to acknowledge Amy Ganaden, our division head, for providing the time, resources, encouragement and support needed to successfully implement this game. Alyssa Aunspaugh spent her mornings with us recording our historic game, and spent time daily with students interviewing them for their perspectives on the game as it progressed. She also made herself invaluable to me for all manner of favors, large and small. Mr. Chris and Mr. Randy made themselves readily available to help with transforming my humble classroom into, well, the entire world. I also wish to thank Suzanne McCanles for her enthusiasm, leadership and support. Events such as the World Peace Game are the type of unique and valuable experience Oakhill strives to provide for our students, and Ms. McCanles is the one who makes sure that can happen.
Most of all, I wish to thank my fifth graders. Their passion, enthusiasm, perseverance, determination, flexibility and sense of humor are just a few of the reasons we were so successful with our first ever World Peace Game. Each student helped to make this an experience I will treasure always.
Oakhill Alumna and Liberty North High School sophomore ~ Delaney Clawson ~ came to the Science and Art Expo at Oakhill. Delaney and her teammate Katie Thompson, a senior at Liberty North, set up an exhibit to showcase several of their projects from all levels of the Project Lead the Way curriculum to help get Oakhill students excited about engineering and to encourage STEM involvement. They featured an elevator, automata, puzzle cubes, 3D printed objects, a house model, and a robot that students could drive with a cell phone. They also brought a sample notebook that showed how in classes they learn documentation, drawing, and CAD modeling of every project that they do.
Delaney and Katie are both members of the club SWENext (Society of Women Engineers) at Liberty North.
Thank you for sharing your talents and passion with us, ladies!
Winter Wrap-up & Spring Preview
Practice information (dates/times) can be found by visiting the Oakhill Day School Athletic Calendar, or the parent hub where all athletic informational documents are posted! If you have any questions please contact Coach Smith. Listed below is a winter sports wrap-up, along with a preview of our spring 2018 Panthers on the Prowl and Middle School athletics offerings!
Panthers on the Prowl (Spring 2018 Offerings)!
Join us this spring for one of our Panthers on the Prowl camp offerings!
- Soccer (Begins the week of April 9)
2nd – 4th Grade
- Baseball (Begins the week of May 7)
2nd – 4th Grade
Middle School Athletics – Winter Sports Wrap-up/Spring Sport Preview
5th/6th Girls Basketball: The 5th/6th girls teams had a great season, they finished with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. The team lost in the semi-finals of the MPSL Postseason tournament. Great season Panthers!
5th Boys Basketball: The 5th "B" Boys team had a good season. They finished with a record of 3 wins and 7 losses. In the MPSL postseason tournament the Panthers lost in the semi-finals to Hyman Brand. Great season Panthers!
6th Boys Basketball: The 6th "A" Boys team finished up their season with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses. In the MPSL Postseason tournament the boys made it to the Championship Game for the 2nd year in a row. In a tough game the boys lost to Pembroke Hill in the Championship; great season Panthers!
7th/8th Girls Basketball: On the season the Panthers finished with a record of 7 wins and 6 losses. The Panthers finished up their season with a close loss to Brookside Charter in the MPSL Postseason tournament. Great season Panthers!
7th/8th Boys Basketball: Great season for the Panthers; the boys finished off a good year with an MPSL league Championship! In the Championship game the boys won a tough game against Hyman Brand. On the season the team finished with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses! Great job Panthers!
Middle School Boys Volleyball/Track & Field starts the week of February 26! Hope to see you out on the track or in the gym this spring!
Don't miss out on being a part of the Panther Boys Volleyball/Track & Field action this spring!
Middle School Track & Field: Practice begins Wednesday, February 28
Please check the athletic calendar for a detailed listing of the practice schedule. The first couple weeks of practice prior to spring break over at Staley will start and end a little sooner than practices following spring break. This is due to daylight savings time.
Practice Times @ Staley on Mondays/Wednesdays prior to spring break (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Practice Times @ Staley on Mondays/Wednesdays following spring break (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday practices @ Oakhill are 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Coaches: Chris Fernandez/Jake Kleyh/Rebecca Kimmerle
Middle School Boys Volleyball: Practice begins Thursday, March 1
Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Please check the athletic calendar for a detailed listing of the 2018 practice schedule.
Games typically on Friday evenings! The game schedule is not sent out from the league until mid to late March. First game(s) is usually the first or second Friday back from spring break.
Coach: Hunter Parker
What Happens When I Select "Bill My Account?"
If you've ever pre-registered for an event at Oakhill, such as the Father/Daughter or Mother/Son dances, you've likely noticed the different methods of payment. For instance, you can pay with your credit card online, bring cash or check in to Oakhill, or bill your account. But what does it mean to "bill my account?"
The "bill account" option tells us in the Finance Office that you would like us to charge the fee to your SMART Tuition account. At the end of every month, we go through to see who selected the "bill account" option and we generate a list of people who need to have the fees uploaded to their account. Then, we upload the fee and you can pay by the next due date.
Selecting "bill my account" does not automatically charge your SMART Account. We input all fees manually into SMART Tuition. When you come to an event and you're listed as a "bill account" we aren't double billing you. It's just a note to us that we need to charge your account, as you selected during online registration.
You might have also noticed that when you select "bill account" online, you get a receipt later confirming the order has been processed. This doesn't mean that we double charged you, it just means that we have changed your status in our system from an incomplete order to bill, to a completed order who has already been billed and paid.
Still have questions about "bill my account?" Feel free to call 816-436-6628 or email.
Oakhill Alum ~ Anthony Giordano ~ really kicks off his acting career with a starring role in the short film "Alex & The Firefly". Watch for details on the movie's release and follow "Alex & The Firefly" on Facebook for more information.
We can't wait to see you on screen, Anthony!
Anthony Giordano is Zach
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