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We are coming up on the one year "anniversary" of the beginning of Covid at Oakhill! This situation makes me stop and reflect. We were just preparing for an amazing in-person auction (with masquerade masks), and everyone was so excited about Spring Break plans. Personally, my son had an amazing opportunity to enjoy Switzerland and Italy for Spring Break, I was excited about a fun-filled ski trip, and my daughter was making plans for the beach with friends. And, then...Covid came to town! It not only wrecked Spring Break plans, but wreaked havoc on everyone's lives and well-being. At the time, we thought (hoped) it would be short-term, but we now know (a year later) that it had, and still has, long-term effects on all that we do.
Although those memories are NOT great, they make me look forward to a "do-over"! I am excited about another auction...another Spring Break...and preparations for an amazing April and May! We want our students to not only enjoy this Spring, but make it memorable and full of gratitude! We are grateful to be back at the starting line.
As I read the current headlines about schools being pushed to reopen, I become more and more grateful of where Oakhill is today. What we went through in late July and August is not something I want to go through again - one of the most difficult times in my career! We made a plan that could be followed, we implemented procedures and protocol that were realistic for the time, and we made sure all faculty and staff were on board with the plans and vision for the year. I feel for these schools who are making plans to reopen for the first time...they are where we were in late July - scared, apprehensive, and vulnerable. I am grateful we are past all of that!
In light of everything, we have continued to be strategic, smart, innovative, and forward thinking. Many good things came out of these challenging times - we created a strong support team for this year. We hired our first school counselor (Maggie Chandler) and what an impact she has made on our faculty and our students' well being. We hired a Learning Specialist (Delaney Zimmermann) and her support and professionalism has been embraced by all. And, we created the Director of Student Services position (Maggie Newhouse) so we could truly provide structure and focus for our students, their organizations, and anything we do that directly affects them. We revamped all events to meet Covid protocol, and some of these events became better than before. Many of these positive changes to the "way we do things" will be reflected post Covid.
And, the most important piece of all of this, is that we have always kept the students well being as our number one priority. We realize things weren't "normal" for the students this year, but they played sports, displayed musical talents, continued community activities, and still "got to be kids". And inside these walls, they smile, laugh, giggle, and enjoy life. Our focus this year was to care about the students and to meet each student where he/she needed to be met - academically, emotionally, socially, and developmentally. And, I am proud that we had the right personnel in place to support teachers, staff, and students.
I realize the year isn't over, but I feel like we have endured the most difficult times. We are truly stronger than ever. Thank you for your trust, your belief in Oakhill, and your commitment to your children. The Oakhill education means something different to every single family - the value looks and feels unique to each one.
"See you" at auction,
As part of our periodic self-study process, we are conducting a formal survey of our constituents. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete.
Please review the school's mission statement prior to completing the survey.
Oakhill Day School's mission is to challenge, know, value, and inspire our students to be their best self.
- Click on the link provided below to access the on-line survey.
- Your answers are anonymous and confidential, so please provide your honest opinion. We are using a third party (ISACS survey team) to process the survey and we will not know the identity of any survey participant.
- You will be able to provide written or narrative comments about your views of our school along with answers to specific questions.
- Please complete the survey as soon as possible. The deadline for completing the survey is April 1.
- Students in grades 4 - 8 will take the survey during during Techbrary time.
- Please contact Michelle McDaniel if you have technical difficulties with the survey.
Thank you for your time and effort with this important initiative. Please plan to spend 10-15 minutes completing the survey. We look forward to learning more about how our constituents view our school community. Your responses will help to enhance the school and plan for the future of the school.
SM Winter FINALS 2021
Hosted by: Missouri State Aquatics Friday, February 19th – Sunday, February 21, 2021
Held in Springfield, MO
For all swimmers District Cuts were used as a time standards. (meaning Cooper had to make District times in order to qualify for this meet.) The top 16 swimmers from all events went on to finals for each of 2 sessions; one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Cooper made it to finals for all 4 of the events he swam in over the 2 days.
His final overall places were as follows:
- 100 yard Backstroke: 6th place overall
- 50 yard Free Style: 12th place overall
- 100 yard Breaststroke: 7th place overall
- 100 yard Butterfly: 9th place overall
Cooper's goal is to swim for Rockhurst in high school. Congratulations Cooper on this wonderful achievement!
4th - 8th Grade - Oakhill Panthers Track @ Field begins Monday, March 8!
Spring is right around the corner and the weather will be warming up soon, just in time for your Oakhill Panthers to begin track & field practices.
We would love to see many of our 4th - 8th grade students out on the track or trying a field event this spring. On the track & field team there is an event for everyone; running events, jumping events, and throwing events. Come on out and try the high/long jump if you're into jumping, a relay/sprint if you're into running, or the softball throw/shot put/discus if you're into throwing. There are many field and running events to choose from, the coaches will help you find what is best for you!! Come on out and join us for some fun on the track this spring with Coach Ferris and Coach Gabrielson.
Hope to see you on the track March 8th!!!
Online Registration Information:
- Registration is underway for the 2021 track & field season!! Register online today by clicking the link below.
- Please be sure to get registered to ensure a track & field t-shirt is ordered for your child this season. Your registration will provide us the t-shirt size for your child. Uniforms will be ordered following the first week of practice.
First Practice: Monday, March 8 @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm (please note, practice will end @ 7pm on March 8th and March 10th due to daylight)
Practice Days: Monday/Wednesday
Practice Time: 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Practice Location: Staley High School (Auxiliary Track) - located across from the baseball field, and right up the hill from the tennis courts at Staley High School.
Kyle Gabrielson: Please join me in welcoming our newest member of the Oakhill Panthers track & field coaching staff for this spring; Head Coach Kyle Gabrielson. Kyle comes to us from Liberty, MO where he grew up and attended Liberty High School. While attending Liberty High School Kyle was a member of their well known cross country program. It was throughout his high school years with some great coaches that Kyle developed his love for running.
After high school Kyle moved on and went off to college where he attended William Woods University in Fulton, MO. While at Williams Woods University Kyle received his undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine, and his graduate degree in Healthcare Administration. Following his time at William Woods, Kyle went on to become a middle school track & field coach at Fulton Middle School in Fulton, Missouri. For three years Kyle was the head coach of a team that had over 100 runners participating each season. Kyle really enjoyed his experience coaching middle school track & field in Fulton. However, three years into his coaching tenure at Fulton Middle School he got a full-time job in Kansas City, MO. and moved. Following his move to Kansas City for a job outside of education/coaching Kyle had always hoped to find a school where he could coach track/cross country while not being a teacher at the school. Fast forward a few years and along came Oakhill Day School.
Kyle comes to Oakhill with a great reference from one of our very own Lower School teachers; Lisa Manley. Lisa has known Kyle for many years and had nothing but great things to say about him. Kyle is very grateful for this opportunity, and could not be more excited for the chance to get back on the track this spring and coach. I am very excited to have Kyle here at Oakhill this spring, his passion and enthusiasm for track & field will be a positive influence on the students here at Oakhill.
George Ferris: Please join me in welcoming Coach Ferris to the track & field coaching staff for the 2021 season. George is excited for this new opportunity and looking forward to getting out on the track and having fun with the kids. This will be Coach Ferris first year coaching track and field here at Oakhill, he will assist Coach Gabrielson at all practices and meets.
Updated Sport Physical: Sport physicals are valid for one year from the date they were completed. Each participant must have an updated sport physical on file here at Oakhill to practice. Please check to make sure the current one your child has does not expire mid-season.
Updated Covid-19 Mask Policy (Spring 2021): Masks will not be required to be worn by the student-athletes while practicing outdoors. We ask that all runners bring their mask with them to practice. When the team meets as a large group and cannot space out we would ask that the kids put their mask on.
Parent Zoom Meeting: Coach Gabrielson/Ferris are planning to have a Zoom parent meeting to go over the track & field informational packet. At that time both coaches will introduce themselves, go over expectations for the season, and will answer any questions you may have. Information regarding the Zoom link, date, and time will be sent out as soon as this is scheduled.
Parochial League - KC: The Oakhill Day School track & field team participates in the Parochial League of Kansas City. Meets will be held on Saturdays, beginning with the first meet on Saturday, April 10th. Below are the dates/times of the league meets. Please note, the 4th - 6th runners will compete in the mornings, with the 7th/8th competing in the afternoon. Once the league posts the date of the 7th/8th MOKAN Invitational I will get that added as well.
- PLKC Website - Link Below
PLKC Meet Dates/Times (Locations for each meet will be posted when released by the league)
- Saturday, April 10th @ TBA
- Saturday, April 17th @ TBA
- Saturday, April 24th @ TBA
- Saturday, May 1st - City Championship Meet @ TBA
- 4th - 6th Grade Division Track Meets
- The 4th - 6th grade participants will have their meets on Saturday mornings (8am - 12pm)
- 7th/8th Grade Division Track Meets
- The 7th/8th grade participants will have their meets on Saturday afternoons (1pm - 5pm)
Look forward to a great season!!!
Kellen Smith (Athletic Director)
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