Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 29, 2016

Math Teams Place at Carmel Contest

On Saturday, February 27, the seventh and eighth grade math teams competed at the annual Middle School Math Contest at Carmel Catholic High School.

The eighth grade team consisted of Nathan John, Kevin Stone, Albert Sterner, Kaitlyn Brown and Constance Zanze. The team placed second in their division, while Nathan John received first place individual honors. This team may be the first Oak Grove group at this contest to place as seventh graders, and then again as eighth graders!

The seventh grade team consisted of Julia Hasler, Sebastian Ingino, Kevin Joseph, Desi Nanair and Jonathan Zhang. The team placed first in their division. Sebastian Ingino took home first place individual honors, while Desi Nanair took home second place individual honors in their division!

Congratulations to our Oak Grove mathletes on a job well done!

Music Man, Jr.

Don't miss the fun. The 8th Grade Play, Music Man Jr, will be performing this week on the Junior High stage. Tickets are available on the Oak Grove website until noon on March 1st. After March 1st tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. The musical performances open to the public will be Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM; Friday, March 4th at 7 PM; and Saturday, March 5th at 11 AM.

SEL News

Emotion Management

We had a lot of fun singing, dancing and acting out scenes to help us remember what to do in situations that are stressful. Most grade levels learned the song "Calm It Down!!" Ask your child to show you their moves!

Remember when you are feeling out of control or you're starting to get upset:

  • STOP

Have a great week!

Band News

Congratulations to all students who participated in Saturday’s Solo Ensemble event. The Judges were very impressed with your performances. Thank you for taking part in this great experience!

Flute students & Parents of Flute Students
Monday, Mrs. Merrill, a Flute teacher from LHS will come to visit the school to meet and greet the current flute players as well as discuss the challenges we face in striving for excellence on our instruments. Mrs. Merrill currently teaches at the high school and at a studio in Libertyville. You can find her info on our web page for private teachers. These beautiful instruments help fill out the sound of a full symphonic band, and play an integral role in the woodwind ensemble.

Beginning Band

  • Excellent performance last week! I am so pleased with your progress.
  • BB reaches the 100 mark. This week two lesson groups in Beginning Band made it to song #100. Great job everyone. Look how far you have come in a few months time!
  • Students may not have heard the songs they are trying to play out of the book. An easy way to help them succeed is to use the interactive website to listen to each song 1-2 times to improve their conception of how to recreate what they see on paper.
  • Percussion auditions: Beginning Band members will have the opportunity to audition for one of four spots available. Some piano experience is helpful, but not necessary. Students interested in auditioning will get the audition materials from Mr. Jones this week on Thursday.

Symphonic Band

  • Symphonic members, It is time to look forward to the Honda Art Show again coming in May. If you are interested, you please sign up on the sign up sheet in the band room. We are looking for chamber groups, soloists & vocalists to perform.
  • Parents of Symphonic band members - The kids have worked hard and have had a demanding two months, especially 8th grade cast members. I am giving everyone Wednesday morning off, as I need to be away from school for the morning.
  • Music Man cast members, I do not expect to see you Thursday, or Friday morning as you have an incredibly demanding week ahead of you. Get lots of rest when possible, and stay healthy.
  • 6th & 7th grade band members, we will meet Thursday & Friday as usual.

Jazz Band

New music coming this week...

Upcoming Performances

Curriculum Corner

Writing Resource Review: February 25th - March 4th, 2016

Hello Oak Grove Community,
The Director of Curriculum and the English language arts team are interested in receiving feedback on our Writing Resource recommendations. The resources are available for review in the Oak Grove District Office between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You are welcome to stop by and see the three resources we are considering for 2016-2017 implementation. The resources being considered are all aligned to a common philosophy which supports differentiation within every classroom along with providing consistent vocabulary from kindergarten through eighth grade.

If you have specific questions regarding our writing resources, please feel free to contact Sarah Cacciatore.

PTO News

February 29, 2016

A Message from PTO Co-Presidents Lisa Perrone and Mia Hughes:

Lunches this Week

Monday – Jersey Mikes

Tuesday – Panino/Potato

Wednesday – Pizza

Thursday – Panda

The next PTO Meeting is this Wednesday, March 2nd , at 9:00 AM. We meet in the Junior High teacher’s lounge. All are welcome.

Box Tops for Education

After the second collection of the year the following classes are in the lead to win the contest and enjoy a treat at the end of the year. Overall, our numbers are down this year so please take the time to look at the products you purchase, clip and submit your Box Tops for Education. Perhaps you could ask family, friends or co-workers to join the effort for your child, as well! This effort yields a lot of money for our PTO and benefits our kids tremendously so we hope you'll participate. Our next and final pick up for the year will be in May so please keep clipping! Thank you!

Classroom Leaders

K - Sweeney

1st - Alghini

2nd - Schmidt

3rd - McCarty

4th - Moroz

5th - Gibbar

Thank you for your support!

Amy Eberhardt & Maureen Burke - Box Top Co-Chairs

5th Grade Guys Only Night

Oak Grove Jr. High Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 30

6:30 Pizza

7:00-8:30 Speaker from Robert Crown to discuss boys health education

8:30 Open Gym

The evening will include an informative presentation of "The Michael Program" by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. Topics to be covered will include puberty, proper nutrition and personal hygiene and positive self-image.

Please respond via email to Krista.sorensen@gmail.com by Friday, March 18 with Boy's name and Father's (or other adult male's) name.

If you have any questions, contact Krista Sorensen, Monica Goldberg or Jennifer Johnson. For additional information visit www.robertcrown.org under "Michaels Program".

5th Grade Mother/ Daughter Tea

Don't forget to RSVP to Jennifer Lopez at jlope@me.com by March 15th for the 5th grade mother/daughter tea which is being held this year on March 29 at 7pm. Also, please remember to get your daughter's baby picture in by March 15th as well.

Save the date! This year’s 6-7th grade social will be on March 10th from 11-1 at Glacier Ice Rink in Vernon Hills.

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8th Graders: Variety Show Emcee Tryouts

Variety Show emcee tryouts will be on March 7 from 3:30-4:30. Please sign up in Mrs. Mahoney's room.

Thank You for Your Support at the Grove Gala 2016!

Thank you so much to all of you who supported the sold out Grove Gala 2016 this past weekend! We had a big crowd, lots of food and dancing, and a spirited and competitive silent auction! In addition, we had our first Paddle Raise to support the inaugural Soaring Eagle scholarship program that will be awarded to a deserving Oak Grove Alumni/LHS Senior in April. Your contributions truly made this a sustainable program and a way to continue to support our students as they continue their educational endeavors.

We also want to thank all of our Gala volunteers and donors – it is such a community effort! We appreciate your time and talents and you are integral to the success of the event.

It truly was a memorable night and we sincerely thank you for your generosity, commitment and tremendous Oak Grove spirit. We are still sorting through the final photos, financial tallies, organizing pick up and payments for items not collected that evening and more. We will be reaching out to a few attendees directly to tie up any loose ends. Look for a more detailed update soon. Thank you again!

Wrestling News

This weekend the Oak Grove Eagles traveled to Deer Path Middle School for the IESA 2015-2016 Regionals. The Oak Grove Eagles finished 6th as a team with only 9 wrestlers. 7 out of 9 wrestlers took a first round win.

Caelan Riley won his weight class at 65 lbs. Ian Riley won an exciting match with a veteran move to win his 100 lb. weight class. At the 90 lb. weight class, Gavin Brown finished 2nd, while Diego Norena finished 4th.

On Saturday, the four Eagles will travel to Hawthorn North for the IESA Sectionals for their chance to advance to the state tournament.

Purple Comet Math Meet

​Attention 5th-8th graders!! ​

The Purple Comet Math Meet is an on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003. Oak Grove has signed up as a small middle school and will be competing against other teams from small middle schools. The contest is conducted via Internet web form. Middle school teams are given 60 minutes to work on 20 mathematics problems with non-negative integer solutions. Teams may submit solutions to problems until their clocks run out. Mrs. Oesch will be the adult supervisor for each team and will be present during the competition. Each team may have up to six (multi-grade level) members.

The contest runs Tuesday, April 12, through Thursday, April 21, 2016.

(Teams will meet after school at Oak Grove on ONE contest day within the above date range.)

If interested, please contact Mrs. Oesch before March 28th.

You Be the Chemist Challenge

Congratulations to the finalists for the upcoming You Be the Chemist Challenge:
  • Brandon LaCrosse
  • Nikhil Patel
  • Desigamoorthy Nainar
  • Nathan John (Alternate)
These students will be competing in the North Suburban Regional Competition on March 8th at Christian Heritage Academy. Good Luck, future scientists!

Student Council

We are looking for a few good parent volunteers! We have food donations that need to be delivered to the C.O.O.L. Food Pantry in Waukegan. Have a large car? Have some time in the middle of the day? Please contact Ashley Evans at evans@ogschool.org

Thank you!

Power Reading

Power Reading returns to Oak Grove! Registration deadline is March 18th.
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Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our Virtual Backpack.

Board Briefs

This is a summary of events that occurred at the February meeting, not the official minutes.

  • Dr. Lemon gave an update about the situation in D187
  • DayBreak Farms detachment hearing is scheduled for April 4
  • Mrs. Cacciatore gave an update regarding the new writing resource
  • ALICE training was discussed
  • Board Goals were discussed


  • The Board approved edits to the Communication Plan
  • The Board approved 2016-17 registration fees
  • The Board approved policy 4:30 updates
  • The Board approved the Interfund transfer from the Education fund to the Operation and Maintenance fund
  • The Board approved the interfund transfer from the Operation and Maintenance fund to the Capital Projects fund
  • The Board approved the 2016-17 school calendar
  • Personnel Action was approved

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes