Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 21, 2018

7th & 8th Grade Rotations

Attention parents with current 6th and/or 7th grade students,

Students in grades 6th and 7th will be completing a survey this week during study hall in order to rank their preferences for rotations for the 2018-2019 school year. During 7th and 8th grade, students will have 4 rotations, one for each quarter of the school year. Please see the descriptors below for rotations choices and additional information.


7th Grade, 2018-2019 school year:

Art - Drawing & Painting

Students will learn a variety of techniques using various art media to create multiple 2D pieces of art. Exploration into watercolor painting, shading, still life drawing, and acrylic painting will be covered.


Art - Digital Arts

Students will learn how to use iPad and iMac software to create digitally manipulated photographs and drawings. Students will learn tips to be a stronger photographer and students will also learn graphic design basics and create non-computer designed artwork.


Art - Multimedia Art & Sculpture

Students will explore using multiple art mediums on individual projects. Students will create 3D art using various sculpture materials and techniques.


Art – Ceramics

Students will learn a variety of clay hand building techniques such as coils, slabs, and pinch pots. Students will finish their ceramics by learning various glazing and painting techniques. Students will also get a chance to try out a pottery wheel.


Drama

Students will write and perform. Students will take part in the entire process of putting on a show including, but not limited to going through the rehearsal process, incorporating design elements (set, sound, lighting, costume) and performing for peers and / or parents.


Science by Design

Contains project-based activities that challenge and engage the curiosity and imagination of middle school students. Students will envision, design, and test their ideas with various tools. Possible Concepts: automation/robotics, designing and creating three dimensional objects, and architecture


Technology – Multimedia

This class will explore production techniques and tools used in graphic arts, web, photography, and videography. Students will work in groups and individually to create a portfolio of products that demonstrate their creativity and their understanding of the tools used.


Technology – Web Programming

This course will introduce students to computer programming by using tools such as HTML, Java Script, Scratch, and other platforms. A focus will be on creating interactive games.


Public Speaking

Speaking to a crowd, giving a speech, making a presentation to your class -these are all things you are going to have to do, and in Public Speaking you will learn how to do these things effectively. Students will learn to prepare and present speeches in a variety of settings.


Introduction to Personal Finance

Students will begin to develop knowledge and skills for personal financial management. The goals of this course center on: (1) financial responsibility and decision making; (2) the relationship of education, income, and careers; (3) money management; credit and debt as they are introduced to personal financial concepts such as income and taxes, checking and savings accounts, and comparison-shopping.


8th Grade, 2018-2019 school year:

*The 8th grade musical is not included in the ranked choices. If a student chooses to participate in the musical, for quarter 2 and quarter 3, they will be placed in 'musical theater' for rotation, following auditions in the fall.


Art - Drawing & Painting Advanced

Students will learn a variety of techniques using various art media to create multiple 2D pieces of art. Exploration into watercolor painting, shading, still life drawing, and acrylic painting will be covered.


Art - Digital Arts Advanced

Students will learn how to use iPad and iMac software to create digitally manipulated photographs and drawings. Students will learn tips to be a stronger photographer and students will also learn graphic design basics and create non-computer designed artwork.


Art- Multimedia Art & Sculpture Advanced

Students will explore using multiple art mediums on individual projects. Students will create 3D art using various sculpture materials and
Techniques.


Art– Ceramics Advanced

Students will learn a variety of clay hand building techniques such
as coils, slabs, and pinch pots. Students will finish their ceramics by learning various glazing and painting techniques. Students will also get a chance to try out a pottery wheel.


Music– Vocal

This class offers students the opportunity to explore vocal music without the pressure of performance. Focusing primarily on good vocal pedagogy, the students will be exposed to a variety of musical genres and styles.


Peer Assisted Learning (PALS)

Offers students the exciting chance to be active part of Oak Grove, through tutoring, recycling, playground monitoring, which are just a few service activities students perform.


Robotics

The Robotics rotation is a curriculum module designed to teach core computer programming logic and reasoning skills using the NXT or EV3 robots. The class contains a sequence of challenge fields the students progress through to gain skills using various sensors and add-ons in order to complete the tasks on the field. The students will gain skills in problem solving with their robots, how to build simple programs that progress toward the challenge task, and explore activities that expose additional uses for programming the robot behaviors.


Technology– Broadcasting

This class will explore video production with an emphasis on video technology, video composition, basic lighting and audio production techniques, and video storytelling. Students will work in groups to create video projects utilizing post-production editing.


Technology– Filmmaking

Students will learn all the basics of making a strong, visually-driven films with an emphasis on narrative storytelling. This course focuses on the basics of video production, essential film grammar, story development, script, music, and sound.

Summer Reading List

The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to extend and enrich your child’s reading experiences. In addition, the summer is an important time to continue the learning that students have done over the course of the school year. At Oak Grove, we believe that reading is essential and all students need to engage in summer reading.

We will be sharing a list of books for your child’s grade level, for students going into grades 4-8, later this week via email. At the start of the year, students will be engaging in activities related to the book selections, which will vary based on grade level. Students need to select a book from the provided list, as part of their summer reading.

For our students going into grades K-3, we highly encourage them to sign up for the summer reading program at your local library. Representatives from Cook Memorial Library will be visiting students during the school day to talk about their Summer Reading Club.


All students can sign up for the free Summer Reading Club at Cook Memorial Library. This program offers students the opportunity to earn rewards. Visit the website at: www.cooklib.org/kids/ for additional information.


Beyond selecting a text from the suggested grade level list, we want students to continue to read other selections of their choice over the summer, finding texts that will support their reading.


Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning. For students in grades 4-8, we appreciate your assistance in helping your child select a book from the list. For all students, we know that your support at home is essential to building your child’s reading skills. We look forward to hearing about the conversations related to books in the fall.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Congratulations to the OGSEF Soaring Eagle Scholarship Winners!

Please join us in congratulating Grace Mazurek and Emily Roller for receiving Soaring Eagle Scholarships from the Oak Grove School Education Foundation. Both Grace & Emily exemplify the Oak Grove Spirit in terms of academics, community involvement and character. We wish them the best of luck in their future studies!

8th Grade Dance

You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so . . . get on your way! -Dr. Seuss


It is finally here! Graduation is on Tuesday, May 29 and the 8th grade dance is THIS Friday, May 25 from 7-10 pm. The kids are SO excited, so let's all help send them off in style and celebrate their accomplishments at OGS. We need all available 8th grade parents to help with decorating and clean up on Friday. There are still spots available, so please sign up through this link. Thank you so much to those who have already volunteered. We appreciate all the support you have given to OGS over the years. We couldn't do it without wonderful volunteers like you.

Thanks for making this a fun and memorable event for our 8th graders! Such a special group!


Thank you!

Krista Sorensen and Regenia Agee

PTO News

6th/7th Social
Thank you to Monica Goldberg for organizing the 6th/7th grade at X-Factor Trampoline on Friday. Also thank you to Kristin Sorensen and Cindy Briscoe who helped out with the event. The kids all had a great time!

Pre-Pack School Supplies
Don't forget to order your school supplies pre-pack and earn money for the Oak Grove PTO. Supplies are sent directly to your home. Online ordering is open until June 24th. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks Enter the school ID, OAK039. Contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Stuck on You Label Fundraiser
Need an easy way to keep track of your child's school supplies, lunch boxes, water bottles and summer camp items? Try Stuck on You labels! For every purchase you make, Oak Grove PTO receives a portion of the sale. Please check out the link below for more information. https://www.stuckonyou.us/affiliate/fundraiser/OAKGROVEPTO Our fundraising code is: OAKGROVEPTO

PTO Reimbursements
Just a reminder that if you have any outstanding receipts from PTO events that you need to be reimbursed for, please submit them, along with the reimbursement form to Ashley Wilson (She has a PTO treasurer mailbox in both offices) by Friday May 25th. You can find the form here.

PTO Committee report
PTO Committee Chairs - please turn in your completed end of the year committee report by Friday May 25th. Online form can be found here.
If you prefer to email it in, use this form. Please send to pto@ogschool.org.

PTO Calendar Pictures
K-7th grade students - don’t forget to send in your pictures for the Oak Grove Calendar to Leah Parr at dlparr82@gmail.com. Pictures will be accepted through the end of June.

PTO Retirement Celebration
Thank you to Mr. Farris and the 2nd grade class for providing the wonderful musical entertainment at our PTO retirement celebration last Wednesday for our 6 amazing teachers that are retiring this year. They will be missed!

PTO Volunteers
The Oak Grove PTO Board would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who chaired our committees throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Field Day
Thank you to Dana Huennekens for all you hard work in organizing another successful Field Day. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that took time out of their morning to make this day possible. A special thank you to Susan Gilbert for your help in coordinating it all. Seeing all the K-8 students spend the morning together making memories was all worth it. A great day was had by all!
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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

As you gear up for a summer full of fun, you may be looking for things to do that provide hidden learning opportunities. I recently read an article about 25 ways to keep a kid’s brain active in the summer, posted by Education World and wanted to share a few suggestions with you.


  1. Start a family book club- Talking about books is a great way to get a conversation going about other topics.

  2. Cook something together- Allowing your child to do the measuring is a great way to practice their math skills and it’s a chance to practice following directions

  3. Make a homemade bubble solution- Experiment will different proportions of ingredients to find the perfect bubble mixture

  4. Try a virtual trail hike- On a rainy day, you can still experience a National Park by taking a virtual field trip through a nature hike


To see the full list, the article written by Cara Bafile, can be found here. Whether your summer days are rainy or sunny, may they always be an adventure!

Technology Device Reminder

Dear Oak Grove families,

Please remember that all travel equipment for iPads, and laptops are to be returned to school this Thursday, May 24, (students will still be able to use their devices at school).


  • Sixth through eighth grade students: travel bag with pouch, charger (duck head in place), and cord extender Please make sure that the student’s name is still legible and visible in the front pocket of the bag


  • Kindergarten through fifth grade: school issued charger, cable and black take home sleeve that were provided with the iPad. If the student name tag is missing, please include a note with their name inside the sleeve, so we correctly account for it

If you have any questions, please email Patti Jacobs, jacobs@ogschool.org

Replacement Costs

  • iPad charger - $19
  • iPad cable - $19
  • iPad sleeve - $9
  • laptop charger - $53
  • laptop bag - $32
  • laptop cord - $10 l
  • laptop bag pouch - $5
  • laptop missing hard shell - $11

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack. Flyers are updated weekly, so please check back often so you won't miss any of the events going on in our community.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes