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Going Global in Techbrary!
For the next several weeks, my intermediate and middle school students are taking their learning outside of our South Campus walls and going global as they share their experiences and learn from peers around the world!
My 4th-6th graders are participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud (GRA). This project started this week and will run for approximately 6 weeks (September 30th – November 8th). The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience as they virtually connect with other participating classrooms. Our 4th and 5th graders will be reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang and our 6th graders will be reading The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. Every week we will have the opportunity to connect with students and classrooms from over 90 classrooms around the world.
In preparation for Digital Citizen Week Oct. 14-18th, my 7th graders will be spending the next few weeks developing interactive holograms using CoSpaces and the Merge Cube. For this project, they'll be bringing their digital citizen projects to life in virtual reality and then sharing them with the lower school and classrooms around the world. Along the way, they'll be learning new coding skills as well as developing their critical thinking and communication skills as they ultimately use these digital media hologram projects to teach younger students how to be responsible digital citizens.
For the month of October, my 8th graders will be participating in the Climate Action Project. During these 4 weeks students from 700 schools across 100 countries will explore, brainstorm, create, connect, present and share their findings synchronously (skype calls) and asynchronously (videos, presentations). Learning from our global peers is a crucial part of this project. Rather than learning only from textbooks and online resources we be learning about global issues from students living in other countries and continents.
I love all of these projects because they fit perfectly with my goal of providing students with relevant, meaningful and authentic experiences that foster creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking while building their 21st Century Skills. We will use digital media and technology tools such Padlet, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Flipgrid and Kidblog to facilitate these connections and conversations.
Be sure to follow our classroom adventures on Twitter as we join with over 4,000,000 students around the world who are also reading these same books, sharing digital citizenship media and participating in the Climate Action Project. Follow @OdsTechsplorers (students tweet from this account – sharing their stories, their words, their ideas, their #ODSLife) and @ODSTechTastic (I tweet from this account). These are the twitter hashtags we'll be using: #GRA19, #GRAFront, #GRABridge (Global Read Aloud); #digcitweek (digital citizenships); and #ClimateActionP (Climate Action Project).
You can find more information on each of the projects here:
Global Read Aloud: https://
Digital Citizenship Week https://www.commonsense.
Climate Action Project: https://www.climate-
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day Recap
Wow! What a wonderful couple of days shared with hundreds of Oakhill's finest... our Grandparents and Special Friends. Thank you to the parent volunteers who worked countless hours to get everything ready for our special guest and who worked to make our Farmer's Market such a special new addition to the festivities.
As we get all of the photos from the day organized and mailed, please visit the event on Smugmug to relive all of the moments of those special two days!
Add Your Name to our Donor Roster
The 2019-2020 Annual Fund campaign is still underway. Thank you to everyone who has donated - every gift is appreciated! In the first few weeks of the campaign, we have raised more than $18,000 thanks to the generous Oakhill community. If you have not done so already, we hope you will join us in supporting Oakhill! We hope to have 100% of our Oakhill Community on the donor roster by November 22. Your gift lets us know that you support the education that Oakhill provides each of its students, every day.
The Oakhill faculty has been very supportive of the Annual Fund campaign. To date, more than 50% of faculty have donated. The goal is to reach 100% staff participation by Friday, October 11 to receive some great incentives including jeans for a week, fresh cinnamon rolls and a lunch raffle drawing. Oakhill truly is their happy place!
We invite our entire Oakhill family to join us in this challenge of receiving 100% support. Remember, every gift is appreciated and no gift is too small! Thank you for you continued support and for making Oakhill such a great place to be!
Calling all volunteers!
The Library is seeking more volunteers to help work shifts. Want to help? Please email Melissa Davis, Parent Volunteer.
You can also sign up to volunteer in the classroom here... Sign up for Classroom Opportunities!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped out already this year. We couldn't do what we do without you!
Save the Date - November 15 is a new twist on an Oakhill Favorite - GLOBAL CELEBRATION
The momentum and energy our Global Celebration event generated in May encouraged us to take things a step further with this year's plans and organize an entirely 'new and improved' event!
Picture all of the cool family/friend tables from last year (and hopefully more) enhanced with tables and booths sponsored by individuals/groups from the Metro area (or beyond) selling their handmade gifts, products, and food. A true Global Celebration! Now imagine us taking another step and opening this to the community to attend as well. Do you have goosebumps yet? We do!
We would not be able to take our event to the next level without the support of our Oakhill families and friends and hope you will consider hosting a table at our new event THIS FALL.
The Global Celebration will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Set up may begin at 2:30 pm and must be complete by 3:30 pm. We will provide the tables for our Oakhill friends/families (until we run out), and electrical outlets (if needed), backdrops, etc as we have in the past - you only need to bring yourself, your passion for your culture/traditions/
We have already received a strong level of interest from a few groups that participated in the Swope Park Ethnic Festival, the KC Latin Art Festival, a few Oakhill families, and even the Russian Commission of Kansas City! This is very exciting. These booths will feature foods, crafts, art and other items for sample or for sale (yes, this is new). We are very excited!
Please consider participating in this year's event. If interested, please complete the form attached to this link, and a member of the Global Celebration committee will reach out to you.
Please return this form by Friday, November 1.
We are definitely looking for more contacts and groups to participate and have attached the "Looking for Vendors" flier for your convenience to distribute or share.
Please note that the fun doesn't end when the market closes. Students may reserve a spot to participate in a Kid's Club activity while adults may purchase tickets to the Global Celebration After Hours - A Taste Around the World . This will take place after our event closes for the evening. This exciting event will feature wine and beer from around the world. More details will be shared soon.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact Sra. WalkerHolmes or Mrs. Crouse with any questions you may have regarding the Global Celebration. Thank you again for all of your support and we hope you're as excited as we are to take this to the next step!
Global Celebration Form Downloads
Fall Conference Scheduling - Now Open
It is time to sign up for a conference with your teacher. Our goal is to meet with 100% of the families. If the scheduled conference times do not fit your schedule, please contact your child's teacher to find a time that works for both of you.
Meet the New Student Ambassadors
Student Ambassadors represent the entire Oakhill student body to our families and the community. They exemplify our Lifeskills, are well rounded, and represent our school.
Ten seventh and eighth graders applied this year to be your Student Ambassadors. These students had to complete an online application, submit two letters of recommendation (from non-Oakhill staff and non-relatives), AND had an interview with Oakhill staff and community members.
The students who applied this year did a wonderful job and all would be a great representation of our Oakhill Community! This year's applicants were:
8th graders - Jonas Beckham, Hannah Draut, Luke Freyermuth, Mary Kimmerle, Ava Pickens, Mya Quarles, Annike Versfeld, and Mia Zdvorak
7th graders – Ella Brown and Kai Somasegaran
A total of four students are chosen each year to represent Oakhill Day School as a Student Ambassador.
Ambassador roles may include, but are not limited to:
- Representing Oakhill in community events
- Speaking at various Oakhill events
- Welcoming visitors to Oakhill
- Passing out programs at musicals and events
- Representatives of the Oakhill Community
- Aid in marketing our school with The Admissions and Marketing/Communications Offices
Your 2019-2020 Student Ambassadors are:
- Hannah Draut
- Mia Zdvorak
- Jonas Beckham
- Kai Somasegaran
Congratulations to these 4 students and to all the applicants this year!
Scripps Spelling Bee is back!
Oakhill is to participate in Scripps again this year. Participation in the Scripps Bee is open to students in Grades 1-8.
Timeline for the Scripps Spelling Bee
September 23: Grade Level Spelling Word Lists, Great Words, Great Works book lists, and information regarding rules and study tips will be sent home with students.
*Due to Scripps Spelling Bee Rules, the word lists cannot be sent electronically. A printed copy will be sent home in your child's backpack. Additional copies of grade level word lists and the full 2020 Classroom Spelling Bee Study Lists are available by request. Download 2020 Spelling Bee Rules
October 21-29: Classroom Spelling Bees
Your child's teacher will send home the date of their mini classroom bee so your child can prepare. We ask that parents do not attend the classroom bees to stay consistent with how we conducted classroom bees in previous years. The winner from each first- eighth-grade classroom will move on to the School-Wide Spelling Bee. Classroom bee participants will receive a certificate and each classroom winner will receive a medal and subscription to Word Club to help them prepare for the school bee. The classroom bee runner-up will be an alternate should the winner be unable to compete in the school-wide bee.
November 19: Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee @4:30 PM
The entire school community is welcome to attend. The top spellers from the first- eighth-grades will compete for the title of Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee Champion. The winner will receive a personalized trophy and an invitation to proceed to the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee. All other participants will receive a certificate of participation.
February 22: The Oakhill school champion will participate in at least one round of the semifinal bee for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee.
March 7: If the school winner successfully competes in the semifinal bee, they will compete in the Jackson-Clay County Championship Bee at Woodneath Library. The winner of this bee will proceed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
How to Prepare
☑ We encourage every student to prepare for participation in the Classroom Spelling Bee. Your child should study their grade level list, while also keeping in mind that if the individuals in their grade are spelling all of those words correctly, we will continually advance into the next list until we have 2 top students from that grade to take to the School-Wide Spelling Bee on November 19.
This year, all of the words from the Scripps 2019-20 School Spelling Bee Study List will be taken from engaging, grade-appropriate books, allowing your students to get to know these words in the context of great stories. Most of the titles on this book list can be found in our school library and we encourage your family to check them out. Great Words, Great Works Book List
☑ Get a head start preparing for the district and regional bees through Merriam-Webster's Spell It word list through www.myspellit.com.
☑ Once students have mastered their grade-specific words provided, they can move on to the Full 2019-20 School Spelling Bee Study List available by request.
If you have any questions about the bee or how to prepare your student for Scripps, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or Kristin Forsen.
Booster Club Gear is Here!
Did you miss us in car line? That's okay! You can stop by the Oakhill Mercantile Shop and pick up some of the new Booster Club swag for the 2019 - 2020 school year! There is a great selection:
- short sleeve t-shirts
- long sleeve t-shirts
- full zip jackets
- and 1/4 zip pullovers
Pick up your new gear before it gets picked over so you are team spirit ready for the next Panther event you attend!
Your Booster apparel purchase automatically makes you a member of Booster Club for the 2019 - 2020 school year. The proceeds from all Booster Club apparel purchases go directly to the Oakhill Booster Club and Oakhill Athletics.
Booster Club funds help with the purchasing of equipment for the athletic programs at Oakhill. For example; new uniforms, ball carts, and many other items the teams need!
Thanks for your support of the Oakhill Booster Club and Oakhill Athletics! Your support is greatly appreciated. Hope to see lots of new gear at our upcoming home athletic events!
Items Available for Purchase:
Oh, the Places They Will Go!
The Oakhill Day School Class of 2015 has come a long way since their walk across the Oakhill stage in the gym four years ago. Although in some ways it seems like just yesterday, their high school years are now behind them. We want to CONGRATULATE them and wish them all the best as they take the next step in their journey!
Mia Dozier graduated from Park Hill South High School and will be attending Stephens College and studying to be a veterinarian. Good luck, Mia!
Blaine Feaster graduated from Park Hill South High School and will be studying business at the University of Arkansas. Good luck, Blaine!
Ella Latier will be attending Northwest Missouri State University! Good luck, Ella!
Erin Peterson graduated from North Kansas City High School in December of 2018 and she is attending nursing school at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Good luck, Erin!
AudreyAnn Painter graduated from Park Hill South High School and she will be attending the University of Nebraska. Good luck, AudreyAnn!
Jacqueline Barth graduated from North Kansas City High School and will be studying Interior Design at Kansas State University. Good luck, Jacqueline!
Isabel Umali graduated from Staley High School and will be attending Maple Woods and the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Good luck, Izzy!
Lilit Zadoyan graduated from Warrensburg High School in December of 2018 and is studying at the Kansas City Art Institute. She has plans to attend Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida in two years. Good luck, Lilit!
Carrick O'Bleness graduated from Park Hill South High School and will be attending the University of Missouri. He will possibly be studying Linguistics/Foreign Language. Good luck, Carrick!
Kat Puls graduated from Maur Hill - Mount Academy and will be studying Public Relations at the University of Alabama. Good luck, Kat!
We have also kept in touch with several former Panthers who were once part of this amazing class. We're wishing them the best and hope to stay tuned to their future accomplishments!
Lucas Dorrell graduated from Rockhurst High School and will be attending the University of Missouri. Good luck, Lucas!
Brit Richardson will be attending Virginia Tech! Good luck, Brit!
Connor Teget graduated from Hays High School and will be playing soccer at Coe College in Iowa. Good luck, Connor!
Will Yantis graduated from Pembroke Hill High School and will be attending Denver University. Good luck, Will!
Michelle Roesner will be attending Texas Christian University. Good luck, Michelle!
Jordan Garrett graduated from Liberty High School and will be attending Pittsburg State University! Good luck, Jordan!
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!