Welcome to the Roaring 20's!
2019 has come and gone, and a new decade is upon us (the 20's)! As with any year, we have experienced a roller coaster ride of emotions. As I look back on my 2019 Oakhill experience, there was a great deal of pride, much happiness, a pinch of sadness, and an overwhelming amount of gratitude. Every day brought pride through student achievements, successes, awards, and accolades. Our students make it easy to be proud - they bring their best each day. Happiness radiates from our classrooms and hallways; the teachers love what they do, and the students' smiles light up our spaces; we are fortunate to have so many sources of happiness! Our community rode a wave of sadness and anger toward the end of 2019, sadness that our safety bubble was punctured! But, with that moment of sadness and anger came a tsunami of gratitude. We were always a strong community, but now I can say we are even stronger. Our community was always close, but now, we are closer. We are better together. Oakhill's mission to be a community where students are challenged, known, valued, and inspired to be their best self, applies to us all, not just the students.
I cannot wait to see what 2020 brings!
Here are the Top 10 highlights from 2019:
* We enrolled our very first 18-month old "pretoddler" students (and, purchased a six-seat stroller for field trips)
* We rolled out the Intermediate Division for our 4th and 5th graders
* The Development Department was overhauled and reorganized - so glad to have Leslie Gasser at the helm
* Amy Potts completely changed the way we think about the Spirit Shop - welcome Oakhill Mercantile! We love the new look and apparel
* The Farmer's Market during Grandparents' Day was picture perfect
* Our new second grade classrooms have their very own look and feel; what a difference in those unique spaces
* We placed a new championship track and field banner in the gym at the end of last school year
* Our new techbrary areas have changed the way we see library and technology working together
* The auction fund a need allowed us to install brand new bleachers in the gym!
* The new stage, sound, and lighting has made every performance electric and professional, thanks to the generosity of Jack Spooner, alumnus.
* Mrs. Manley's new classroom space (created over winter break) and the design of the new vestibule/lobby space; this will not only make us secure, but it will provide a feature that prospective families seek!
As we head into a new year, we are excited about the latest changes to come! I hope to see you at the PTO Coffee this Thursday, January 9, at 8:30 am in the Main Campus Building Commons.
I plan to share a few exciting programmatic changes for the new year!