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We are excited to welcome Jose from Guatemala! He arrived yesterday and started school today in the Oakhill Middle School. He will have a variety of opportunities to share the culture with all of Oakhill through presentations, leading cooking classes and teaching a Spanish activity to the students in Middle School. Jose will also be a "normal" Oakhill middle school student, engaging in schoolwork and activities, just as the Oakhill students do, while building lasting friendships with many of our students. Jose will be attending Oakhill through December 7th.
Thank you to Oakhill Panthers Griffin (8th) and Truman (3rd) Gregg for opening up their home. Every faculty member and student at Oakhill looks forward to learning from and making lasting memories with the exchange students during their time in here in the US!
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 third 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.
We would love to talk to you about being a host family for the 19-20 school year! We encourage families from all grades to submit.
If you are interested in hosting a student or have questions about the program, please contact Dorothy Beckham.
The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming!
It is that time of year and we are really looking forward to our Fall Book Fair.
It will be here the week of October 22nd - 26th in the Main ODS Library.
Shop the Online Book Fair NOW through October 30th.
You'll find the link to "SHOP NOW" on our Book Fair Homepage.
The books will be delivered to Oakhill and Mrs. Feaster will send them home with your child. If you'd like to order books that you don't want your child to know about now yet, just let Mrs. Feaster know and she will arrange to get them to you when they arrive. This is the perfect time for some early holiday shopping!
The Online Book Fair offers hundreds of titles that we won't have here at the Book Fair simply because we don't have room for them all! Be sure and check it out ~ all online purchases go towards our sales totals and that means more books for our Oakhill Library! We appreciate your support so much!
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!
Panther Alum and Oak Park High School Freshman ~ Mackenzie King ~ is rocking right along in high school. Mackenzie has been playing with the School of Rock in Parkville for three years. She plays the drums, guitar, and bass guitar. She is involved with the performance band and has performed in six season shows. Her last performance was with the Grunge Band who performed at the Worth Harley Davidson Event Center and The Venue at Willow Creek in September.
In addition to playing with SOR, Mackenzie joined the Oak Park High School band playing percussion. Rock on, Mack!
Panther Alum and Smithville High School Freshman ~ Caden Egbert ~ has been enjoying a great Warrior soccer season. Caden has been a great goalie for the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams and has several "clean sheets" on his record so far.
Personal Best for Panther Alum
Panther Alum ~ Owen Riddle ~ is having a great Freshman year at Rockhurst High School. He is running on the Cross Country team and recently ran a new personal best 5K time at the KC Metro Championship race at Raymore-Peculiar on September 29th. His time was 19:40 and he finished #44 out of 364 Freshman and Sophomore racers. Rockhurst finished 2nd out of 24 schools competing that day. Owen attributes his current Cross Country success to his many years of running and his "awesome coaches" at Oakhill. Owen is also a member of the Freshman Choir at Rockhusrt ~ which is the largest Jesuit Choir program in the United States. Impressive Freshman year, Owen!
Owen was also recognized in a local magazine for his volunteer work with his Boy Scout Troop 1395. Way to go, Owen!
Alum Serves Up a Great Season for Pembroke Tennis
New Panther Alum ~ Mallory Potts ~ has been having a lot of fun playing tennis for Pembroke Hill High School this year. Mallory came in 5th place at the Lee's Summit North Novice Tournament last month. Great job, Mallory!!
Alumni vs. Staff Volleyball Game
Another fantastic Alumni/Staff Volleyball game is in the books! Every year, Oakhill hosts an Alumni vs. Staff volleyball game as a precursor to our middle school volleyball teams playing at home! We encourage alumni of Oakhill, no matter their age, to come and play. This is a wonderful event that gives us the opportunity to catch up with our graduates and have some fun while supporting our current volleyball teams! After an incredible game last year that ended in a tie, the Oakhill Faculty team was victorious this time around! It was so much fun to see all these Panthers again!
Student-Athletes of the Month
Congratulations to our September "Student-Athlete of the Month" recipients, we are proud of your hard work! This year, the Athletic Department will recognize students who show leadership in the field and the classroom. To all of our student-athletes, keep up your hard work both in and out of the school, it does not go unnoticed! Student-Athletes are nominated by their teachers and coaches. The recipient nominations are below!
September Award Recipients
Jonas is an excellent student in the classroom, always giving his best effort. He works well in a team, shares excellent ideas are level-headed, and pushes the other students to be better just by being who he is.
Mary-Kathryn has shown effort and excellence in academics in both individual assignments and group assignments. In group work, Mary-Kathryn has gone above-and-beyond to help her peers produce excellent group work. She is a quiet leader! Mary-Kathryn also consistently shows a great attitude in and out of class. I particularly appreciate that she says "thank you" to me every day as she leaves!
It is clear that Rory takes her academic responsibilities very seriously. She always comes to class prepared, and always willingly helps classmates who have questions. I also appreciate how much Rory participates in class discussions. Her questions and comments show she is fully engaged and wants to learn as much as she can about what we are studying.
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