Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 27, 2017

8th Grade Play Rescheduled- "Peter Pan, Jr."

The 8th grade musical, Peter Pan, JR. has been rescheduled. The new dates and performance times are:


  • Thursday, March 16 at 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m.


Any tickets purchased will automatically be updated to the new dates while keeping the same day of the week and time.

CogAT Testing Reminder for Students in Grades 3 and/or 5

Just a friendly reminder that during the dates of Tuesday, February 28th-Thursday, March 2nd, students in grades 3 and 5 will be taking the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). This is a three part test that assesses a student's Quantitative, Verbal and Nonverbal aptitude.


There are multiple uses of the CogAT at Oak Grove School. CogAT scores can assist teachers with planning instruction and support opportunities for differentiation in the classroom. In addition, the scores from this assessment will help determine students who are eligible for the Talented And Gifted program (TAG) in math and English language arts. All students, including 5th graders currently in the TAG program, are reviewed for placement. Please, see the link below for the TAG Handbook, which outlines additional information about the program.


In addition to the CogAT, other scores that are reviewed for TAG placement include: STAR, a math problem solving assessment, teacher recommendations and a writing sample, which are administered based on the CogAT results. Please, see page 10 of the TAG Handbook for additional details.


Scores from the CogAT will be made available to parents after the district receives them from the scoring company.


Thank you for your help. If you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Jackson, at jackson@ogschool.org. Click here to view the TAG Handbook.

Oak Grove Math Teams Rank #1 and #2 at Carmel Math Contest

Last Saturday, the OGS 7th and 8th grade math teams competed at the annual Carmel Math Contest.


The 8th grade team took 1st place in their division, while individually, Desi Nanair took 1st place and Sebastian Ingino took 2nd place. Eighth grade team members are Desi Nainar, Sebastian Ingino, Dilan Patel, Alyson Chu and Kevin Joseph.

The 7th grade team took 2nd place in their division, while Nikhil Patel took the 1st place individual trophy. Seventh grade team members are Nikhil Patel, Shri Patil, Ramanan Srirajan, Evan Pittam and Gabe Teixeira.


Congratulations to each one of you for a job well done, and for representing Oak Grove with pride and enthusiasm!

Attention 5th Grade Parents

Be on the lookout for an email including a World Language Choice form for your child! Each student will choose to take French or Spanish in grades 6-8. Both programs become a core class starting in 6th grade. Students will have a regular language class each day throughout Junior High.

We ask that parents of next year’s 6th grade class please fill out and submit the form by March 10, 2017. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of our middle school language teachers:

Jenny Pittam (6th & 7th grade Spanish) pittam@ogschool.org

Whitney Mann (8th grade Spanish) mann@ogschool.org

Ashleigh Grambo (6th-8th grade French) grambo@ogschool.org

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Our PARCC window is just five weeks away. Thankfully, you have plenty of time to ensure your students in grades 3-8 have working headphones and their devices come to school fully charged. Please mark your calendar for your child’s specific test dates to make sure they come to school rested and ready to perform at their best.


  • Grades 3, 4, 5: April 17, 19-21 (am and pm sessions)
  • Grades 6, 7, 8: April 10-12 (am and pm sessions)
  • All Grades Make ups: April 24-28 (am and pm sessions)

PTO News

The first OGS Mother Son Dance was a huge success! We had approximately 285 attendees and a night full of dancing and fun! We wanted to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this night special: Carrie Siebert, Julie Kovach, Linda Ford, Monica Goldberg, Beth Zender, Diana Servatius, Juliana Furlong, Katie Silverman, Tara Hilliard, Karen McConnell, Ivey Fahy, Jodi Blackford, Kris Wilson, Raabia Khan, Jen Hansson, Shelly Fahy, Ashleigh Grambo, Karin Pawlowski, Elizabeth O'Neill, Lynsey Wolfe, Andrea Haan and Jamie Cotts.

A big thanks to the dad volunteers who helped out at the dance so the moms were able to enjoy the evening with their sons - Tom Ford, Tim Roe, Thomas Wilson, Ken Heard, Greg Blackford, Dean Goldberg, Jason Kovach, Michael Miller and Constantine Psimaras.

Thanks everyone! - Sarah Roe and Ashley Miller


Meet the Candidate Night - Save the Date:

The PTO will be hosting a 'Meet the Board of Education Candidate Night' on Thursday, March 16th at 7 pm in the Elementary Gym. Any questions for the candidates must be submitted ahead of time to lisa@millcreekpkg.com.


The 5th Grade Guys Night Out is this Wednesday, March 1st at 6:30 pm in the Elementary Cafeteria. Please RSVP today with the name of your 5th grader and Dad/Important Male to jkwillis@sbcglobal.net.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Welcome New Board Members!

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation is proud to welcome Sanjay Narayan, Dan Wells and Kirsten Schinler to our Board. Thank you for taking the time to volunteer and contribute your talents!

Oak Grove Rocks

Thank you again to everyone in our community that came out to support Oak Grove Rocks last month. It was such a fun night filled with great music and great people. We raised over $4800 for the OGSEF at the event, which will go to differentiated curriculum programs for our children.

Parent Teacher Conferences - 3/9/17

Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 1 to 8:30 PM.


You may begin to sign up for conferences starting at 6:30 AM on Friday, March 3rd. The system will remain open until noon on Wednesday, March 8.

You will need the student ID and four-digit password for your student. In case you've lost this info, a direct email was sent out to all parents at 1:30 PM this afternoon (2/27/17) with the login information embedded in the message.

Conferences are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You can get to the correct page by visiting our home page or going directly to the PT ConferenceMaker site. You can go there any time, but the site will not begin accepting conferences until the window opens at 6:30 AM on Friday.

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes