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Oakhill Annual Quiz Bowl Tournament
Oakhill kicked off Spring Break by hosting its annual Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, March 9. Ten teams from schools including Lakeview Middle School, Pilot Grove, and Oakhill competed to see who could answer the most questions ranging from math to science and pop culture. Oakhill came away from the tournament with two first-place team wins and five individual winners who scored the most points for their teams throughout the course of the day. Many parents and community volunteers were on hand to help with concessions, score keeping, timing, reading questions and more. What a great way to kick off break!
5th -7th Grade Division
3rd Place - 4 Horsemen of the Apocolypse - Pilot Grove
2nd Place - Sylvia Nguyen Fan Club - Pilot Grove
1st Place - Sunflowers - Oakhill
(Tyler Johnson, Drew Clawson, Cooper Riddle, Riordan Nash)
3rd Place - Josh - Lakeview & Charlie - Pilot Grove (tie)
2nd Place - Gavi & Brady - Pilot Grove (tie)
1st Place - Drew Clawson - Oakhill
8th Grade Division
3rd Place - Shrute Farms - Lakeview
2nd Place - Stefan Karl Stefansson - Oakhill
(Grace Clark, Ava Mallams, Spenser Nash, Kylee Carlson, Shawn Walden)
1st Place - We Love Buttermilk - Oakhill
(Mary-Kathryn Wert, Ryan Dodson, Griffin Gregg, Wain Guo)
3rd Place - Ava Mallams & Spenser Nash - Oakhill (tie)
2nd Place - Shawn Walden - Oakhill
1st Place - Griffin Gregg - Oakhill
We hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break! We'll see you back at school on Monday, March 25 for a wonderful remainder of the year!
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Our middle school students were all over the state this weekend competing in different events!
State MATHCOUNTS Competition
Eighth-grade students Wain Guo and Shawn Walden attended the MATHCOUNTS state competition for Missouri. Wain came in 24th place - putting him in the top 25% of competitors! Congratulations to both Wain and Shawn on a job well done!
Our 3rd-6th grade Quiz Bowl team participated in their first tournament on Saturday in Columbia. This is the first year that 3rd and 4th grade have had the opportunity to participate, and they stood their own against other teams of 5th and 6th students. The team of Sydney Culbertson, Hannah Haar, Truman Gregg, Drew Clawson, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Elise Carter, Riordan Nash, and Cooper Riddle took 2nd place overall! This year's Quiz Bowl teams are the largest Oakhill has ever seen, and is led by Senora WalkerHolmes. The team will host their next tournament this Saturday at Oakhill.
Our debate team competed in one of their final scheduled tournaments! Griffin Gregg and Addie Kimmerle represented Oakhill at the Belton Middle School tournament on Friday, 3/1. There is one tournament left this season that the team hopes to participate in! Oakhill's debate team is coached by Mrs. Stripling and also includes Cole Southard and Mary Kimmerle.
Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM)
Oakhill had a strong showing at this weekend's MCTM competition. Students completed three events, two individual and one team. The competition is open to students in fourth through sixth grade. Oakhill's students have been meeting twice a week with Mrs. Scheidecker to practice since October. The following students will go to Maryville on April 6 to compete at regionals!
Fourth Grade: Sydney Culbertson, Serena Doumit, Callie Draut, Natalie Hall, and Andy Phung
Fifth Grade: Jude Beckham, Brady Fox, Tyler Johnson, GionCarlo Moreno-Mangum, Lucas Peterson, and Jack Wenenn
Sixth Grade: Gray Carter, Drew Clawson, Alexa Doumit, Ian Hamilton, Riordan Nash, and Lucy Rule
Become a Host Family!
We are happy to share with you that again this year we will welcome Guatemalan students to the Oakhill campus through the Faces and Our Cultures Program!
Faces and Our Cultures is an 8-week cultural exchange program from Guatemala. This year, Faces is sending 175 Guatemalan students ages 10-18 to the United States, into 13 states and 100 schools. Oakhill is in its fourth year of the Cultural Exchange Program through Faces & Our Cultures. This program has proven to Oakhill that it is enriching, not only for the students who visit our school but also for Oakhill students, staff and our entire school community. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided our students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences.
In order to participate in the Faces program, Guatemalan students apply to be Cultural Ambassadors from their country and are carefully selected by the Faces & Our Cultures team. They go through an orientation process during the academic year and also prepare cultural projects to share with their host family and school.
We would love to talk to you about being a host family for the 19-20 school year! We encourage families from all grades.
This fall, our young cultural ambassadors will arrive October 20, stay with their host families and join our school community for the following eight (8) weeks, and depart on December 15.
If you are interested in hosting a student and participating in this life-enriching experience, please contact Dorothy Beckham to learn more!
It may still be cold outside, but summer will be here before we know it!
We are excited to quickly be approaching our second year of Oakhill Fully Charged! Our goal is to make every summer the best summer ever!
This year our students will be taking some awesome field trips to the Kansas City Zoo, Rowdy Ribbit's, Worlds of Fun, and so many other cool places! And of course, don't forget our weekly trips to the pool for some fun in the sun! Swim lesson information will be released soon.
Registration for Oakhill Fully Charged is officially open! Sign up now for the best summer ever!
Changes for the New School Year
This time of year always brings about future change. I spend my time in January and February determining the direction for the following August. Life changes occur, new opportunities arise, and strategic plans play out - these are the catalysts for this change. My end goal is what is best for everyone - the employees, the school, and especially, the students.
With ads currently being posted, I want to share what I know, so you are kept informed of changes for next year. Although bittersweet, I am excited about the new opportunities that come with these changes.
- Claudia Feaster was one of the first people I met 12 years ago. She was a parent who welcomed me to Oakhill with open arms. My admiration for her has grown throughout the years, and I am sad to see her leave us but happy for her as she chooses a new path. Claudia will exit her positions as media center coordinator and alumni relations at the end of the school year. She is at a fork in the road, and she will go to work with her husband, Brad. This change will give her more flexibility as both of her sons will be in college next fall. I wish Claudia the very best, and she will have left her mark on Oakhill.
- Maria Zdvorak will be switching gears and, she is excited about what lies ahead. When the Pre-Toddler (18-month-old) opening came about, Maria jumped at the opportunity. She has taught at Oakhill for ten years in the Early Learner classroom, Prekindergarten classroom, and Early Childhood and Lower School Library. Maria is the perfect fit for this age group, and when I asked her why, here is what she said. "As a mother of three, I can honestly say the toddler years were some of my favorite. I love everything about this age - their honesty, unconditional love, curiosity, and desire to learn everything possible about the world around them." Maria works with this age each summer, and now she will work with our smallest learners year round. With both Claudia and Maria leaving their positions, I have posted an ad looking for the right person to take over the library programs integrating more with technology for the fall. I will also be searching for the right person to take over alumni relations.
- Enrollment is strong from Prekindergarten to Kindergarten this year, and to accommodate the numbers; we are adding back a third Kindergarten classroom. Laura Pearce is heading from 2nd grade to Kindergarten for next fall. Laura could teach any grade level but feels there is a calling for her to move to this age group. Laura said, "I am excited to work with the kindergarten age and help them grow." Although we will miss Laura in 2nd grade, she and Kristin Forsen will be involved in finding the right replacement for her in the 2nd-grade position. We have some incredible candidates, and I am excited to share this news when it becomes available.
- We are so lucky that we found Rachel Panko for 3rd grade this year; she is an incredible teacher and a perfect fit for the Oakhill community. With Baby Panko arriving this summer, Rachel has decided to move to a part-time position for next year. Rachel will be joining the Early Childhood team, and she will teach two-day Preschool this fall while Ms. Ferris and Ms. Trager teach three-day and 5-day Preschool. Rachel says she is "very excited to teach preschool and to bring my love and excitement for learning to the little ones at Oakhill!" Anyone who knows Rachel recognizes her passion and talent for teaching.
- Susan Brown will be retiring from teaching this year. I have known Susan my entire teaching career (she and I were teachers together at Barstow many years ago). Every student and parent has benefited from having Mrs. Brown in their lives; she is a professional, a passionate educator, and she appreciates every child. I will miss her dearly...Oakhill will miss her! Susan is excited about the next chapter in her life; she and her husband are finishing their retirement cabin, fulfilling a dream to live on a working farm, and look forward to traveling the world and spending more time with their grandkids!
- In light of the job share in one of the 3rd-grade classrooms, Kayla Mackey is not ready to return in a full-time capacity. She is thankful for her seven years at Oakhill, and she has greatly enjoyed her time. She says, "Now that we have added a third child, I am stepping away from teaching for a season to stay home with my kids. It is difficult to leave, as Oakhill feels like home, but I am also excited for the extra focus I can have on my family." Kayla is one of those teachers that I want back when she is ready to come back! She is a gifted teacher and an asset to Oakhill. We wish her the best next year as her focus shifts to her family.
- With two 3rd grade openings, I want to fill one of the classrooms with experience and greatness; I asked Elaine Scheidecker to move from her middle school math position to 3rd grade. Elaine always wants what is best for the school and the students; therefore, she accepted and is very excited about the move for next year. Elaine has spent the better part of 30 years in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades; she knows this age well, and she is a master of the content. Elaine says, "teaching is a passion, and I am lucky to spend my day with 8 and 9-year-old students. I love having my own classroom, and I love making connections with my students and families. When you get to know a student and family well, it is fulfilling to be a part of celebrating their success." Elaine taught 4th grade at Oakhill for many years, and she knows how to prepare our 3rd graders for success!
- I am also happy to share that Alex Hall will be returning to Oakhill to teach 5th and 6th-grade math. I am excited to have Alex back in the middle school mix; he has so much to offer the students, families, and program. I have always believed Alex has what it takes to go far in an independent school; he recognizes the importance of relationships and has high expectations for himself and his students. Alex says, "I am excited to come back home to the Oakhill family and to be immersed back in the culture of the school. I've missed the energy and excitement Oakhill has to offer, and I am eager to jump back in to share my passion for math with each of my students."
We will also be posting an ad for a bookstore manager - someone to oversee, manage, and run the campus spirit shops and bookstores. All ad posts are on our website.
As always, if you have questions, please let me know. I am happy to answer any questions! It is better to ask than wonder. Please trust that we will find the right people for the right positions. I promise you that the students are our priority, and there is always a vision we are working toward achieving.
FSA Tax Preparation Information
As we start the new year, we are often reminded that tax season is upon us. If you utilize a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (Dependent Care FSA) or are able to deduct child care expenses on your tax return, you will need some information from our Finance Department.
Please forward your employers Dependent Care FSA form with the amount of money that are you asking to be reimbursed. The Finance Department will complete the remainder of the form and send it back for you to submit.
If you are able to deduct child care expenses on your tax return, you can either go to your SMART Tuition account to pull the amount of tuition or you can request a statement from our Finance Department. The tax form will require you to complete the provider's name (Oakhill Day School), along with the address (7019 N. Cherry Street, Gladstone, MO 64118), and the EIN number (44-6001359).
With the number of requests we receive at this time of the year, please allow us two to three business days for completion of forms and statements.
If you would like more information about Dependent Care FSA, you can read more at https://www.fsafeds.com/explore/dcfsa.
As always, Oakhill's Finance Department is always working for you. Feel free to visit us in the Finance Office or call 816.436.6628 with questions. You can email us your questions at email@example.com as well. We will always do our best to answer any questions or concerns you may have!
Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant Report
For Claudia Feaster of Missouri, William Boydston Chapter
Narrative of Spending:
It has been a goal of mine for a few years to add new resources to our Library so that our students can check out electronic books (E-books) and digital audiobooks from our Library. We have a wide range of reading interests as well as reading levels. In addition to this, students have various preferences on "how" they read ~ whether they listen to an audiobook; read the book electronically on their computer, smartphone, or tablet; or read a good old-fashioned paperbound book. Up to this point, we have only been able to offer our students actual books, with a few audiobooks on CD available as well. It is going to be wonderful to have more options for our students to read their favorite books.
I am ordering 21 digital audio books, 11 Ebooks, and 3 CD audiobooks. This will give us 35 new titles in our Library ~ some of these titles we have in book format as well, and some of them are brand new. This will give our students more formats to choose from and more fun books to read. Our total order comes to $1,042.92 and the $500 from the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant will help make the whole project possible. We have some funds in our Library account that will cover the difference in the cost for all of the books. Since I am introducing something new and different with these resources, it is nice to have so many to offer from the start. It wouldn't be as much fun for them to try it out if I was only able to purchase a handful of new books. This way more students can give them a try and help spread the word.
Narrative of Impact of Grant:
I love to listen to audiobooks that I download on my phone. I have the books with me all the time and I especially love listening to them in my car. I have some CD audiobooks in the Library, but they require access to a CD player and many students don't have that. It is going to be much more convenient for them to listen to the digital audiobooks. While listening to audiobooks is certainly a wonderful way to enjoy a story, it also serves a greater purpose for students who might struggle with reading a traditional book. Listening is often more enjoyable for them and they are able to get more from the whole story when they don't have to think about the reading process and their lack of confidence in it. They can just simply enjoy the story and that is such a gift. Listening to an audiobook can also improve their comprehension of the story ~ especially when they listen as well as read the book.
I have always known and appreciated the benefits of listening to audiobooks and when I had one of my 7th-grade students write me a letter requesting that we have more audiobooks in the Library to help with students who have learning difficulties, I was inspired to complete my goal of adding new the resources. The opportunity for this grant came along at just the right time and we are so grateful for the money to get this done. These resources will be enjoyed for years to come and will be a pleasure as well as a learning benefit for so many students.
Identify the number of students and the other classrooms in your district (school) that will be impacted by your grant.
I am the Library Coordinator for both Libraries at Oakhill and I teach the 4th-8th-grade Library classes. I submitted the application for this grant on behalf of all of the students who can use these wonderful resources. We have 188 students in the 1st through 4th grades this year and these resources will be available to all of them. We will use the majority of them for our Middle School students since they will be very proficient in using the electronic and digital resources independently. Our classroom teachers will also be able to utilize these books in their classrooms.
Congratulations to Oakhill Alumna and recent Cornell College graduate ~ Gabby Ferro ~ and new fiancé Austin Dyer on their engagement. We wish you all the best!
Recent Oakhill graduate and St. Teresa's Academy Freshman ~ Dani Dake ~ has been busy on the volleyball court this season. She plays for Mizuno Club North in addition to playing on the Sophomore team for the STA Stars.
Dani was joined on the court by Panther Alum and Park Hill South High School Freshman ~ Gracie Painter ~. Fellow STA Freshman and Oakhill classmate ~ Olivia DiGerlamo ~ was also there performing with the Stars Dance Team at the volleyball game. Way to go, girls!
Why choose an independent private education?
By choosing an independent private education, you have the opportunity to choose a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching style fit your child. Independent private schools can also offer your family small class sizes, excellent teachers, and high academic standards.
Oakhill Day School is a place where children discover themselves as learners in a community where they feel valued and known. We invite you to learn more about the active learning that happens here!