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Oakhill Teaching Wins at 2018 Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards Banquet

On the evening of Tuesday, April 25, four members of the Oakhill community received recognition at the Northland Regional Chamber Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Awards Banquet and the KCI Expo Center. Tim Ziegler, Early Childhood/Lower School Physical Education Teacher, and Elaine Scheidecker, Fourth Grade Teacher, were each nominated by peers and parents of Oakhill Day School students for the Excellence in Teaching Award. Oakhill is proud of the work that both educators do daily to enrich the lives of their students and are excited to recognize them for all they do for the school.

Honors of the evening went to Trish Stripling who was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for her work in 5th and 7th-grade social studies. As presented at the banquet:

Trish has gone above and beyond in her classroom, breathing new life into her curriculum. With the introduction of the World Peace Game, providing a first-person look at state government with her Jefferson City field trip, and taking students back to the 1920's to dine and socialize as figures in history, Trish makes her lessons relevant to each student's lives. Oakhill congratulates Trish on this keystone year and looks forward to seeing what she has planned for the future. According to the students at Oakhill Day School, Mrs. Trish Stripling is Oakhill. She trusts her middle school students and expects nothing less than their best - and they gladly give her their all. She regularly includes interactive activities in her lessons, including a rendition of the Battle of Bunker Hill, complete with recycled paper musket balls. Visiting families considering Oakhill for the child reference meeting Mrs. Stripling as the key to helping them choose the school - her caring attitude, love of her students and passion for teaching is evident. Trish is a lifelong learner who uses her own money to develop professionally and introduce new instructional resources to her students. Debate coach, Geography Bee sponsor, National Junior Honor Society adviser and so much more! Thank you, Trish Stripling, for the extraordinary learning opportunities you provide the students at Oakhill.

The big winner of the evening was Helen Wills who took home the 2018 Northland Education Exemplary Service Award for her 50-year career in education and her continued work as a devoted volunteer and support to the students of Oakhill.

This honoree has been a part of the Oakhill Community for over 30 years. She has dedicated her life to her students. She retired from the Classroom in 2016 after 50 years of teaching. Retirement can't keep her away, however, and she still works part-time at Oakhill. She is at the school every day - helping teachers prepare lessons for their classes, maintaining the reading program materials for classroom teachers, keeping the Library and the Resource Room in tip-top shape, reading to students, and even filling in as a substitute teacher when needed. She can be seen daily, working hard in an Oakhill classroom and the media centers. She is present at all school functions and can always be seen lending a hand with whatever is needed. The weekend is not off limits for her either! If the book fair is coming or if there's a faculty professional development activity, she is there, no matter the day. There isn't a school day that goes by without one of her former students coming up to her for a hug. Not only former students but parents and even students who weren't in her class as well. They all love her. Those who have been fortunate enough to share a school year under her valuable leadership fondly remember many things about their time with her. Our honoree embraces change, while still believing in traditional ways and values. She is an inspirational guide to her colleagues, providing such wisdom from all of her years of experience. Her kind heart is felt by all those who come in contact with her. Although most likely unintentional, she picked up where Wanda Lee Kalsu, Oakhill's Founder, left off and is the current day matriarch of Oakhill Day School. Thank you, Helen Wills, Provider of Wisdom at Oakhill Day School -- Congratulations for being honored with the Northland Exemplary Service Award!

Oakhill is excited that the Northland Chamber chose to honor Helen for doing what she would never call work and hopes to have her roaming the halls for many more years.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Oakhill nominees and award recipients for your dedication to education in the Northland and Oakhill Day School.

View event photos and video online.

In early March 2018, one week before Spring Break, Oakhill Day School's twenty-five fifth-grade students attempted to solve some of the world's greatest crises.

The students were playing the "World Peace Game," an interactive simulation in which students take the roles of state cabinets and world organizations in an attempt to solve 52 interconnected crisis events. Developed by John Hunter over 40 years ago, the game allows students to use creativity and experiential learning as a foundation for problem-solving.

Fifth and seventh-grade social studies teacher Trish Stripling brought Oakhill its first World Peace Game. Stripling attended a week-long certification training last summer with Hunter in Charlottesville, Virginia to prepare for this year's game.

Over the course of gameplay, the students narrowly averted a nuclear war, solved global warming, took in refugees, and experienced the death of a Prime Minister. Each student was able to articulate the personal growth they experienced by week's end. Many students stated they did not realize how hard achieving world peace would be or how much work would go into preparing for each day of play. "In undergoing training last summer, I studied the game, I saw the game played, but I never facilitated," said Stripling. "I was nervous in the beginning, but after seeing my students handle the game with such thoughtful purpose, I would be happy to facilitate the World Peace Game at Oakhill for as long as they will let me."

Oakhill is excited to be the first school in the Kansas City Northland to offer the World Peace Game to its students as part of the social studies curriculum. Highlights from the World Peace Game and interviews with students sharing their thoughts and experiences are available on Oakhill's YouTube channel at

Spring Book Fair is Open Online!

Our Spring Book Fair is now open online! Be sure to visit Scholastic's website and order books for your summer reading list! The book fair will be open through Monday, May 14, and a portion of the sales are returned to Oakhill! Also, be sure to visit the spring book fair in the Main Campus Library Building from May 7-11!

Visit the Online Book Fair!

Oakhill's Middle School Math Competition Team visited Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday, April 7 to compete in the Regional Math Competition. Our team was made of two fifth graders and two sixth graders.

The team of Jonas, Nura, Viet, and Drew took fourth place out of the thirty schools that competed, and received a plaque for their placement. Drew placed fourth in individual competition and will move on to state competition in Columbia.

The Middle School Math Competition Team is coached by Mr. Hall and Mrs. Scheidecker.

Spring in the Development Office

Can you believe that we only have a couple of months of school left? This year has flown by and the Development Office still has some exciting fundraising events that you can attend the month of April.

Acorn Day

Coinciding with Earth Day each year, The Acorn Day Celebration is a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the natural beauty of our campus. This day also allows Oakhill Eighth Grade students to, with the assistance of our Preschool students who are just beginning their own educational journey, leave their lasting mark on Oakhill.

Each Acorn Day we also choose a beautification project for our campus. This year we are spotlighting on making our Main Campus brighter with the installation of new lighting. The goal is to raise $5,000 so we can complete this necessary project to enhance the beauty of our campus.

Donations can be made here or by returning the form you will receive in the mail.

Help Beautify Oakhill

Trap Shoot Event

April 28 is our 4th Annual Flying Clay Trap Shoot event. This event will begin 10 a.m. and will take place at the Kansas City Trapshooting Association in Smithville, MO.

We would love to see you there. This event raises around $5,000 for our favorite school. You can register yourself or a team here. There are also several sponsorship opportunities available.

Register for the Trap Tournament

Flapjack Fest!

We hope that you can join us for the Flapjack Fest Pancake Breakfast! The morning of Field Day, May 18, join us from 6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. for some Chris's Cakes pancakes, sausage, and Tang!

Preregistration for this event is coming soon!

We hope to see you at these fun and exciting spring events to help raise money for our school!

Oakhill Day School Students Receive Science Fair Honors

GLADSTONE, MO – Middle school students from Oakhill Day School competed in the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair at Union Station in Kansas City on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

This year's competition featured 825 submitted science fair projects produced by students from public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Each project fell into one of fifteen different categories judged by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals in the community.

Four students from Oakhill Day School in Gladstone, Missouri were chosen to participate in the competition. Oakhill held a school level science fair to determine which sixth-grade and eighth-grade students would move on to the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair. Oakhill faculty and staff served as judges who selected the top two students from each grade level to move on to the city-wide competition.

Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair Awards Results

Oakhill students Cole Southard, sixth grade, and Joseph Nguyen, sixth grade, received the ASM Special Award placing second out of all ASM recipients. Southard and Nguyen were joined by Sophia Martin, eighth grade, in earning the Broadcom Masters Award which guarantees all three students a spot in the national competition. Southard and Nguyen also made first place in the Computer Systems, Electronics, and Robotics divisions. In addition to her Broadcom Masters Award, Martin received first place in the Behavioral Sciences division. Phoebe Monsees, eighth grade, earned second place honors in the Behavioral Sciences division.

Oakhill is proud of these students and their hard work. The school looks forward to supporting Southard, Nguyen, and Martin as they compete at the national level.

About Oakhill Day School

Founded in 1947, Oakhill Day School challenges sudents Toddler (age 2) through Eighth Grade to discover their natural talents and gifts while providing numerous opportunities for personal growth and development. Oakhill's hands-on approach to learning and the relevance and engagement of the materials taught invigorates Oakhill students and encourages them to perform at their personal best.

Oakhill is proud to uphold its reputation for providing excellence in education in the Northland for over 70 years.

Admissions Office - Summer Plans

We are in the last two months of the school year, which means many of us are making our summer plans (hope to see your kiddos here at Oakhill!) and looking forward to longer days, outside play and enjoying family time.

During these last weeks of school, you will see many prospective families in the halls throughout the day. They will be touring, prospective students will be visiting, and we will be sharing what makes Oakhill the best school in Kansas City! During the summer, the Admissions Office remains open as we continue to work toward welcoming new students for the fall. Also, Dorothy and I will be here to help with any questions you as a current family may have. We encourage you to continue to share Oakhill and take advantage of the Referral and Ambassador Program. Participation in the referral program is an easy way for you to earn credit toward your tuition and for us to show our appreciation for your referrals.

Mark your calendars for the Early Childhood Playdates on June 19 and July 21. The Lower School and Middle School students will have a scheduled summer "Meet Up," watch for those dates, we will announce them soon.

Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you need materials to share with friends or family, or if you would like to schedule a time to share with coworkers. We are happy to help you help bring great students to your school!

Health Room Moving to

The Health Room will be switching to from Magnus in the 2018-2019 school year to better serve our students and staff with the student's health care needs. offers an electronic health record system for schools. The security and privacy of your student's health information are important to us. The site is secure, encrypted, and password protected. Only Oakhill's health staff will have access to student health information.

The first week of June, you will receive an "Invitation" email from

  • Click on the green "Accept Invite" link within the email to create your account.
  • Enter your full email address, and click continue to set your password.
  • Once logged in, select your student's name and click on the health profile link to complete your student's information.
  • Required questions will be marked with an * and outlined in red.
  • Upload any required documents to your account.
  • The required info will be what we have collected in the past years. sends out periodic reminder emails for outstanding balances and incomplete health information. These notifications will come from, so please add this to your safe sender list to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. We don't want you to miss important notices from the school!

Thank you for your patience during the transition!

Cathy Bernholtz
Health Coordinator

Oakhill Goes Global!

We are excited to announce the return of the Global Celebration Night on Thursday, May 10. The Global Celebration evening event from 4-6 p.m. is an opportunity for Oakhill to celebrate the diverse cultures and heritages that make up our community.

The Global Celebration committee is inviting you to be part of the fun by hosting a display table featuring any personal items that may represent your heritage, a country/culture you are interested or passionate in, or display items collected from your travels. Displays may include clothing, household items, food samples, information, photos, and teaching a small craft/activity.

New this year! The Global Celebration committee created a fun t-shirt to commemorate the day!

If you are interested in hosting a booth or purchasing a shirt to wear that day to show your global pride, click on the button below.

Host a Booth | Order a T-Shirt

Record Setting Freshman Year in Basketball

Oakhill Alumna and St. Teresa's Academy freshman ~ Madeline Gentry has made a school record by becoming the first freshman to play full-time varsity basketball in the school's history. She had a great season and earned her varsity letter pin. Madeline left her mark on Oakhill basketball with a championship win her 8th grade year. With such a great start to her high school career, it will be fun to watch what she does on the court in the future! Way to go, Madeline!

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!

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7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
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