Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 16, 2016

Online Registration for Returning Students

The online registration system for 2016-17 did not open today as planned. We hope to have it open by Wednesday, 5/18. We will notify parents via email as soon as the system is open. We apologize for the delay.

Spring Eagle Breakfast

On May 11th, we held our Eagle Breakfast. Junior High students were chosen by the Oak Grove staff and recognized for displaying fine examples of character. Our guest speaker was Fred Schweiger. He is a veteran and several of his grandchildren attend Oak Grove.

6th Grade

Eshan Baig

Kyle Boe

Isabel Furlong

Chris Giamis

Olivia Pittam

Brady Schweiger

Annika Singh

Ramanan Srirajan

7th Grade

Claire Arnold

Megan Feeney

Kyle Tayfel

Sophia Thompson

8th Grade

Adrian Baworski

Samantha Burkett

Maggie Hutchins

Miles Jajich

Jason Sekili

Gianni Vargas

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ICE Tech Conference

Oak Grove School was able to send five people down to the capitol building this past Tuesday, May 10th in Springfield, Illinois to present at the Tech 2016 Conference. The purpose of TECH 2016 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students presented for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today.

Oak Grove 5th Grade Talented and Gifted (TAG) student representatives Paige Regan and Kaj Sorensen, as well as their 5th Grade TAG teacher, Maria Luce were able to present a student created video titled Ripples: Kids Who Made a Difference. Accompanying the group was Oak Grove Technology Coach John Mehnert, who acted as the technology advisor throughout the project. They showcased their long-term research project on young people who made a difference in the world. The project resulted in a 25 minute video created by the students that explained why and how the young people they researched were able to positively impact the lives of many others, as well as the lasting effects of their actions.

In addition to Regan and Sorensen, five other students in the 5th Grade TAG class also contributed equally in the creation of the video. The five students included Allison Chung, Lizzy Fu, Nicholas Ingino, Nolan Johnson, and Nate Merlo. The project was the inspiration of their 5th Grade TAG teacher, Maria Luce, who wanted the students to learn about leaving their own positive legacy. The group has already held a private red-carpet screening for their parents, school administrators, and members of the Oak Grove Board of Education.

While at the conference in Springfield, the group was able to meet and speak with Governor Bruce Rauner, State Senators Dan McConchie and John Sullivan, as well as State Representative Carol Sente. The group also won a Chromebook at a raffle that kicked off the conference. The 5th Grade TAG students will be raffling off the Chromebook to this year's 8th Graders with funds going to Oak Grove's Student Council's Make a Wish fundraiser.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Our students continue to excel in mathematics and these two competitions are great examples of their accomplishments.

The Purple Comet

Students in grades 5 through 8 recently had the opportunity to compete in a math competition called The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a​n​ online, 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 competed against other teams from small middle schools.The contest was conducted via Internet web form. Middle school teams were given 60 minutes to work on 20 mathematics problems. Contestants were allowed to work on the contest problems as a team.

Team √-1 2^3 ∑ π -- ​(I ate some pie)​

8th graders Constance Zanze and Nathan John, 7th grader Dilan Patel and 6th grader Ramanan Srirajan.


Score: 9/20

Rank: 170 (8 in state) (61st in country)

Percentile: 69th (61st in state) (62nd in country)

Team Mathemagicians

7th graders Desi Nanair and Sebastian Ingino, 6th grader Nikhil Patel and 5th grader Nicholas Ingino


Score: 11/20

Rank: 103 (4th in state) (36th in country)

Percentile: 82th (81st in state) (79th in country)

Illinois Mathematics League Contest

Students in grades 4 and 5 were able to sign up for this paper/pencil assessment to test their math abilities as well. These well-written questions cover a variety of difficulty ranges and involve topics of interest to math students. The goal is to encourage students to enjoy a challenge and to learn from it and to find problem-solving discussions stimulating.

Fourth Grade Participants:

Hailey Baffico, Ranya Belabbes, Kendall Brooks, Victoria Espinoza, Emma Erisman, Michael Dudziak, Ayoub Faiz, Logan Howard, Cameron Huang, Kylie Hughes, Kyle Li, Naomi Linde, Hashim Khan, Benjamin Maag, Aydin Merchant, Landon Mendoza, Razi Mohammed, Olivia Morgan, Tarun Movva, Mustafa Patel, Louie Perry, Sashwatha Senthilkumar, Soren Sethi, William Sims, Mehul Tandon, Marisa Tarica, Ali Tolba, Charlotte Tomlinson, Eric Vu, Vanessa Zhang

Fifth Grade Participants:

Matthew Berner, Allison Chung, Sean Heard, Nicholas Ingino, Areeb Jamili, Lakshmi Prajna Penmetsa, Gautham Sajeev, Evan Singer, Kaj Sorensen, Charles Verkoulen, Avery Wilson

Congratulations to the top scorer in fourth grade, Eric Vu and the top scorer in fifth grade, Nicholas Ingino.

High scorers in fourth grade: Mehul Tandon, Kyle Li, Vanessa Zhang, Razi Mohammed, Michael Dudziak

High scorers in fifth grade: Charles Verkoulen, Matthew Berner, Avery Wilson, Kaj Sorensen

PTO News

May 16, 2016

Lunches this week

Monday – Jersey Mikes

Tuesday – NO LUNCH

Wednesday - NO LUNCH (with the exception of 3rd grade, who will have Culvers makeup lunch from 5/19)

Thursday – Culver’s Lunch

Pre Pack School Supply Orders

Don't forget to order your school supplies for next year. See the Virtual Backpack for prices and details.

K-1 Social

Don’t Forget! – The K-1st Social event is on Friday, May 20th, from 12:45 – 3:00. Please contact Kristin Golumbeck at kristingolumbeck@yahoo.com with any questions.

From the School Nurses

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, ticks tend to be more active between April-September. Avoid direct contact with ticks when possible by avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. It is important to remove ticks from your body as soon as possible. After coming indoors, check under the arms, in and around the ears, belly button, behind the knees, legs, waist and hair. Ticks attach to objects so carefully examine pets, coats, and backpacks. If you find a tick attached to your child's skin, don't panic. Tick removal can be found on the here.

6th Grade Picnic Day

Volunteering is as easy as donating! On June 2, the sixth grade is looking for donations for our last lunch together! If you are able to donate any of these items on the list, please contact Jenny Onsager at jennyonsager@comcast.net.

  • 40 orange juice boxes
  • 40 apple juice boxes
  • 4 watermelons cut into slices


Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated in the track and field sectional meet on Saturday in Grayslake. We had several athletes score points for finishing in the top 6, and 8 athletes are going to the State meet this weekend.

Lilly Williams finished 6th in the 7G 100 M dash.

Janie Arnold finished 2nd in the 7G 200 M dash.

Lyann Tam finished 5th in the 7G 400 M run.

Claire Arnold finished 3rd in the 7G 800 M run.

Christian Roberts finished in 2nd place in the 7B 100 M dash.

Sam Kallas finished in 6th place in the 7B 100 M dash.

Andrew Brooks finished 4th in the 7B 1600 M run.
Emmet Burke finished 5th in the 8B 1600 M run.

The 7th Grade Boys Team finished third place overall for team scores!

Christian Roberts, a 6th grader finished in first place for the 110 M hurdles with a time of 17.15 seconds which qualifies him for the state meet!

Andrew Brooks finished 2nd in the 800 M run with a time of 2:19.47 which qualifies him for the state meet!

The 7th grade boys 4 by 100 meter relay finished 1st with a time of 54.18, qualifying for the state meet. The relay runners were Kyle Tayfel, Andrew Brooks, Christian Roberts, and Sam Kallas.

The 7th grade girls 4 by 200 meter relay team finished 1st with a time of 1:59, qualifying for the state meet. The relay runners were Lyann Tam, Jane Arnold, Claire Arnold, and Faith Roberts.

Congratulations, Eagles, and good luck at the state meet this weekend!

Congtratulations Dr. Cacciatore!

Friday night, our Director of Curriculum, Sarah Cacciatore, officially became Dr. Cacciatore at Northern Illinois University's graduation ceremonies. Congratulations to Dr. Cacciatore and her family for achieving this outstanding career accomplishment!

Tech Equipment Sale

The Oak Grove Tech Department has used iPads, desktop, and laptop computers for sale, on a first responded first served basis.

The prices are as follows:

iPad: $100

iMac: $50

MacBook: $150

The minimum specs for each device are as follows:

iPad (4th generation) ($100)

Model: Wi-Fi Only

Storage: 16GB

Full specs here: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP662?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

20 inch iMac (mid 2009) ($50)

Processor speed: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo


Hard drive: 160GB

Has CD/DVD read/write drive

No bluetooth for bluetooth keyboard or mouse

Comes with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) but could go up to current OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Full specs here: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP616?locale=en_US

13 inch MacBook (mid 2010) ($150)

Processor speed: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo


Hard Drive: 250GB

Has CD/DVD read/write drive

Comes with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) but could go up to current OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Full specs here: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP584?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

There will be a limit of one iPad, one iMac, and one MacBook total per family. If you are interested in purchasing one, please fill out the form here. Responses will be taken until June 2, 2016.

We will contact you in mid to late July to let you know if you are receiving a computer and how to pick it up.

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