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  • Updates From the Principal

    January 6, 2020

    Happy New Year Families,

    We have an AMAZING ARTS WEEK coming this week!
    Art Show!
    String Orchestra Concert
    Band-O-Rama Concert! All the information below!

    This Wednesday Night, Jan. 8 there will be an Art Show and String Orchestra Concert:

    • The Art Show will be from 6pm to 7pm.
    • The String Orchestra concert led by Mr. Caleb Cutler with special guest conductor Dr. Jamin Bercaw will follow the art show from 7pm to 8pm! 

    This Thursday Night, January 9, there will the Oak Hill 7th/8th Grade Band led by Ms. Katja Kleyensteuber performing with the Brown and Newton South bands at the Newton South auditorium at 7pm.

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    Some other reminders for the week ahead and in January:

    Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo, Tuesday, January 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m., Newton North High School - TOMORROW!

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    Teens and adults are invited to the free Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo on Tuesday, January 7, from 5:00-7:30 p.m., at Newton North High School, for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun. Meet 30 community exhibitors who help teens navigate life's pressures in order to stay safe and healthy. Get information about everything from vaping and personal safety to healthy eating and body confidence to stress reduction and mental health support. Sponsored by the Newton North PTSO.
    This year’s expo will include the following fun elements:

    • Treat bags for the first 50 students who come with their parent/guardian
    • Prize drawing. Grand prize: AirPods
    • A capella performances by student groups
    • Free henna tattoos
    • Cookie decorating
    • Boxing activity
    • Science demos

    Creative Arts and Science Program Coming This Thursday, January 9 for all grades!

    Creative Arts

    Principal Coffee with Superintendent Dr. Fleishman, School Committee and Oak Hill PTO:  Coming Thursday, January 23 at 8:00am in the Oak Hill library. 
    During this meeting, Dr. Fleishman and I will share about some of the academic, social-emotional and anti-bias work that we are doing at the school and district level and then the rest of the meeting will be to take your questions and listen to any of your feedback about your children’s experiences in the school. School Committee members will also join us to discuss important system issues and to answer your questions.  We hope you can make this meeting. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
     Please click here if you plan on coming!

    6th Grade Social - Coming Friday night, January 24 from 6pm to 8pm. 
    There's a lot of excitement about this event! The students decided on a theme of a Luau Tropical Party and many are helping to plan the decorations and activities. The social will be exclusively 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 can help out please sign up here.  E-mail Tierney Leary ( if you have any questions. Thank you. 

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    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his life’s work
    We are giving to staff a link from The Seattle Times to a well developed page on MLK’s life and achievements. It might be good to look it over and engage your child in conversation about his life’s work.

    Signs of Suicide Program (S.O.S) - Grade 7 Only:
    A special notification to all 7th grade families about the annual Signs of Suicide program will be sent home in hard copy with all 7th grade students tomorrow, January 7. Students will receive the linked letter in hard copy and will be taking it home tomorrow, January 7. Please return the signed consent form by this Friday, January 10.

    Oak Hill Middle School will implement SOS for all 7th graders January 27 and 29.   Specifically, Team 7-1 will have the SOS program on January 27 and Team 7-2 on January 29. (Snow dates includes 7-1 (Jan 30) & 7-2 (Feb 5). A parent information session for Signs of Suicide will be Thursday, January 16 at 8:00am in the library. The session will be led by our school psychologist, Dr. Jannon McKenna and our social worker, Ms. Kristen Antonio.  Please click here if you would like to attend.  (If you attend the session, you may return the consent form by January 17.)

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    Oak Hill School Geography Bee:
    Our school will continue as a participant in this competition and this year we will run three rounds of the competition over the course of one competitive week. We will share the results of the Bee after our school-wide competition.
    Monday, January 27- Classroom-level bees will be conducted in social studies classes by the individual social studies teachers.
    Wednesday, January 29- Grade-level bees will be held in the auditorium:
    6th grade P4 A Block
    8th grade P6 B Block 7th grade P7 C Block
    Friday, January 31- The Championship Round will be held in the gym during Community with the whole school in attendance.

    A Note of Gratitude:
    Thanks also to the many families who baked, bought and brought in cookies and decorated our faculty lounge into a cookie bakery.
    Your generosity and support are deeply appreciated! It gave everyone in the faculty such a great lift for the vacation!

    Thank you for you and your children’s support of the school’s Can and Coat drive and the December holiday gift drive. The Kindness Ambassadors Club led an entirely student run can and coat drive collection. The school donated boxes and boxes of essential food and personal hygiene items to the Centre Street Food Pantry and 300 coats to Anton’s Cleaners to be professionally cleaned and passed out to children and adults in need of a winter coat.

    MCAS 2020: Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacation on the test dates.
    6th grade:
    ELA- April 9, 13 (periods 1-3)
    Math- May 12, 13 (periods 1-2)

    7th grade:
    ELA- April 7, 8 (periods 1-3)
    Math- May 18, 19 (periods 1-2)

    8th grade:
    ELA- April 14, 15 (periods 1-3)
    Math- May 7,8 (periods 1-2)
    STE- May 14, 15 (periods 1-2)

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

    After-School Enrichment and Athletics - January Club Offerings:


    John Harutunian, Principal