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  • Principal's Message

    Dear Oak Hill families,
    January 21st, 2019

    I hope you all have enjoyed this long weekend. Stay warm and go Pats! Best, John

    Some reminders for this week:

    Staying Healthy … An important note and update from our school nurses and the Newton Health Department:
    The school nurses are seeing the usual uptick in winter illness – colds, stomach bugs and fevers. It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. These guidelines are also good common sense for adults in the workplace. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return to school or work.  Click here to read more about how to keep yourself and your children healthy in this important nurse’s update.

    Our school’s custodial team are systematically wiping down
    all the railings, door handles, tables etc. on a regular basis as part of a protocol to try to reduce the risk of viruses spreading. Please review with your own children healthy hand-washing routines.

    Principal Coffee with Superintendent Dr. Fleishman, School Committee and Oak Hill PTO: 
    Thanks to the many families who attended my coffee last week. If you weren’t able to join us last Tuesday, January 15 for a visit with Dr. Fleishman, click here to review just a few introductory slides I shared with families. My next Principal’s Coffee will be later in the spring. More information to follow.

    School Council Update:
    The members of our School Council include Ben McGraw, Kerry Winer, Andrea Dickson, Ariel Markelevich, Lisa Terrizzi, Miho Kurata-Anthony, Jonathan Sheena, and me.  At our most recent meeting on January 9, we discussed the latest information about e-cigarettes and vaping. Our goal is to develop a plan for raising awareness and improving education for families of the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes to teenagers. At our next meeting on February 13, two members of the Newton North High School faculty, Alison Malkin, LICSW, Prevention/ Intervention Social Worker and Jodie Cohen, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Oceanography Teacher will be joining our team to share their presentation about e-cigarettes and vaping that they have given to middle and high school families at the Just Think Expo on January 8 and to answer questions.

    NYC Trip Payment Reminder - 8th Grade Only
    This is a reminder that the second payment of $300 for the NYC trip was due last Tuesday, January 15. *A scholarship payment plan is available for those students in need. Please contact me at john_harutunian@newton.k12.ma.us for more information.

    6th Grade Social - This Friday night, January 25 from 6pm to 8pm.  (6th grade students only)

     6grade

    There's a lot of excitement about this event! The students decided on a theme of "Outer Space."  Many kids are helping to plan the decorations and activities.  The social will only be for Oak Hill 6th grade students and will include a movie in the auditorium, open gym, and music/dancing in the cafeteria. We are looking for parent volunteers to help set up, clean up, and assist with the refreshments. We need parent help!!! If you are interested in helping out please sign up here.  E-mail Tierney Leary (tierney_leary@newton.k12.ma.us) if you have any questions. Thank you.

    Oak Hill School Geography Bee:
    Our school completed its annual Geography Bee. Congratulations to eighth grade student, Omar Jalisi, who won the school-wide bee competition on January 11 for the second year in a row!

    8th Grade Math: Congratulations to all the students who participated in the American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC 8) in November.
    There were over a 100,000 students around the world who participated in this event and Oak Hill students earned the School Certificate of Merit with a team score of 51. There were a total of 18 students score in the top 10% range nationally, including 7 students in the top 5% range nationally.  Well done, Panthers! We are so proud of you!

    A focus on the life and achievements of MLK: Two school-wide events in January:

    MLK

    1. Actor, Poet and Storyteller Rochel Coleman and his team visited Oak Hill January 16 and performed “MLK: Amazing Grace”. Through strong dramatic portrayals, stories and songs they told the tale of the Civil Rights era. Martin Luther King was a major figure in the movement and developed the support of millions in this country to work to end segregation and discriminatory practices in education, public places and policies. Rosa Parks, Andrew Young, Joe McNeil, and Sheyanne Webb were among some of the historical figures portrayed as they told their association with Martin Luther King. Each story was taken from real life accounts. The actors recounted his achievements and helped students understand that each of us has the ability to create a positive ripple effect on our world.  All 7th and 8th grade students viewed this program, our plan is for current 6th grade students to view it next year. (This program is being brought to the school through the Creative Arts and Science Program which is fully funded by the PTO. Please contact Tracy Lin or Karen Lewis about this CAS program or any of the other wonderful programs this school year at CASC@oakhillpto.org. Thank you.)
    2. Community Block - Plans in January: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his life’s work, students and teachers spent a Community block this past Friday reviewing  led a lesson about his biography and some of his life’s work. Click here for a copy of the lesson plan including an introductory video that we used with all students. This Friday, January 25, our plan is to engage students in the implications of his work in our daily lives today. Many thanks to our teachers, Anita Hamilton, Daniel Arroyo (METCO Counselor) and Jean Stehle, librarian for organizing these lessons.

    Signs of Suicide Program (S.O.S) - Grade 7 Only:
    Students received the linked letter in hard copy.  Team 7-1 will have the SOS program next Monday, January 28 and Team 7-2, next Wednesday, January 30. 

    Cradles to Crayons: We need your help!
    Oak Hill is collecting donations for Cradles to Crayons. A collection box will be in the main lobby from from January 22 to February 1. Cradle to Crayons is a non-profit organization that helps to provide for children and families in need. Donated items need to be new or gently used. Thank you!

    Link to Cradles to Crayons donation list

    Most-Needed Items:

    • Boys Sweater/Sweatshirts
    • Boys Shirts
    • Girls Shirts
    • New PJs
    • Winter boots

    What They Accept:

    • Clothing and coats
    • New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
    • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals
    • Books, especially baby board books
    • Diapers, all sizes
    • Baby equipment
    • New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12


    MCAS 2019: Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacation on the test dates.

    MCAS

    6th grade
    ELA: April 3rd and April 10th (P1- P3)
    Math: May 3rd and May 6th (P1- P2)

    7th grade
    ELA: April 8th and April 9th (P1- P3)
    Math: May 1st and May 2nd (P1- P2)

    8th grade
    ELA: April 4th and April 5th* (P1- P3)
    Math: April 29th and April 30th (P1- P2)

    STE: May 7th and May 8th (P1- P2)

    Save the date: Early Release Day:  On Wednesday, February 6, all middle students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for system-wide professional development workshops.

    After-School Enrichment and Athletics

    January Club Offerings:

    Calendars to Help You Stay Organized:

    • You can get there by going to the home page and clicking View Calendar. Everything relevant to students and families is highlighted here.

    A second calendar that lists events, meetings, field trips etc. for parents AND faculty. This calendar is written in a list form and tries to capture all student events and faculty meetings/projects. Some of you may prefer this view. Click here to view this calendar.

    John Harutunian,
    Principal