A LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
Dear Wildcat Families,
As wildcats tend to do, we have approached this unusual school year with ferocity and, also, stealthily tiptoed around obstacles and events that were previously unfamiliar to us. We have had to be flexible but we have landed on our feet!
Now we find ourselves in the third and final trimester of the year, which is exciting for many reasons. We look forward to the events and emotions that make this part of the year unique!
First, it’s important to remind students that this is the “home stretch”. Nicer weather and more social gatherings can make academics feel a little less important, especially given the lifting of restrictions that have moderated our activities and relationships for so long. Please remind students that Summer Break is approaching, and will be welcomed by us all. However, until then, classes, assignments, and grades do matter, and we know our students have the ability and tenacity to finish the year with Wildcat strength.
As the weather improves, we encourage families to support their students, students’ friends and peers, and our OHHS community by coming out to enjoy some of our spring sports. Boys Soccer, Track, Softball, Baseball, Golf, music concerts, club competitions, and many more activities are all now in full swing. There’s nothing like the cheer and encouragement of familiar faces to invigorate and vitalize our (already fantastic) athletes and teams. Click Here to see the Athletic Calendar.
Another enjoyable aspect of spring is the opportunity it affords us all to shed our (often multiple!) winter layers. Please remind your student of the significantly diverse range of cultures, beliefs, ideas, and feelings that are represented in our community: from families whose local roots date back to times before the city of Oak Harbor was founded, to those whose careers have carried them from distant states, throughout the world, and brought them to our lovely community. While our experiences and beliefs may differ, it’s important to be aware and respectful of others’ feelings. When it comes to students’ clothing choices, we request that consideration be given to how those choices may impact others. Words, images, and styles that may be commonplace in one student’s family may cause discomfort for another student. We hope students will keep this in mind when choosing their attire.
Last, but not least, spring is a particularly exciting time for seniors and their families. We have put together a Calendar of senior events Here in which we hope all seniors will take part. One tradition that began with COVID that we are excited to see continue is “Friday Night Lights”, wherein seniors travel– caravan-style– on the roadways surrounding the school, ending up in the bus loop, where they receive a small “parting gift” and other congratulatory praise. Parents are an integral part of this experience, lining the roadways, holding banners and signs celebrating their students’ accomplishments. We invite you to begin planning for this celebration because we guarantee you won’t want to miss it!
Thank you for all you do to support OHHS and all of our outstanding students!
OHHS Admin Team
DATES TO REMEMBER
In October 2021 it was announced that JoJo was no longer physically capable to safely ride her purple Harley motorcycle. Her family was incredibly blessed to have another opportunity to keep JoJo riding! The Whidbey Island Wildcats Robotics Club at Oak Harbor High School came together to help JoJo! They made a remote controllable robot and retrofitted a platform to hold a safety car seat JoJo can sit comfortably in. These additions will safely allow JoJo to sit comfortably and gives control to drive/steer the Harley for her to able to ride. JoJo's amazing smile and the spoken words "faster" were just so awesome to see and hear again. Thank you so much for giving JoJo this amazing opportunity to keep riding! Just in time for Spring & Summer riding season! Check out JoJo's Facebook Here.
DECA GOES TO CONFERENCES
Our OHHS DECA students went to Bellevue, March 3 - 5, to compete in a State Competition. DECA qualified for State in 2020, but were unable to compete due to COVID. Qualifying for state are:
1st | Porter Hendrix | Business Finance Services
1st | Jonathan Tang | Business Service Marketing
1st | Ayden Aguaya | Entrepreneurship
1st | David Lym | Marketing Communications
1st | John Leete | Retail Merchandising
1st | Will Rankin | Sports & Entertainment Marketing
2nd | Levi Bennett | Accounting Applications
2nd | Sydney Lupien | Food Marketing
2nd | Cooper Billiter | Professional Selling
3rd | Chandler Landolt | Restaurant & Food Service Marketing
3rd | Liam Hocking | Automotive Services
4th | Linkin Berner | Entrepreneurship
Oak Harbor Sailing Team
The Wildcats are on a hot streak, not losing a Regional Regatta since May of 2021.
Students compete in 2022 Skills USA Puget Sound North Regional Competition
Congratulations to our OHHS students who competed in the 2022 SkillsUSA Puget Sound North Regional Competition. Several of the CTE students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their categories! Check out the webpage for more information and for a list of the winners Here.
Congratulations to the Whidbey Island Wildcats Robotics Club
Congratulations to the Oak Harbor High School Whidbey Island Wildcats Robotics Club who returned to an in-person competition this week at Glacier Peak High School. The 'Cats finished in 10th place out of 33 teams and earned The Judge's Award for "Putting FIRST into Practice." We are so proud of this OHmazing team!
A LOOK AT MARCH
Friday, March 25th, Oak Harbor High School hosted a Multicultural Assembly. The assembly consisted of multiple cultures sharing their traditions and cultural dances with their peers.
Way to go Wildcats! You did an outstanding job performing & sharing your ethnicity with us!
Mr. Cone Awarded Administrator of the Month
Congratulations to our Associate Principal, Mr. Cone, for being awarded Administrator of the Month. Way to go, Mr. Cone!
(pictured: Mr. Otterbeck, Mr Salisbury, Mr. Cone, Mr. Fleury, and Mrs. Rippa)
CLASSIFIED APPRECIATION WEEK
March 7 - March 11 was Classified Staff Appreciation Week. We celebrated and recognized our Classified Staff, which included our Office Staff, Paraeducators, Custodial, Kitchen Staff, Library Staff, and our Maintenance Crew. All week there were goodies passed to show how much we appreciate and value them.
Opportunity for a student with the City Parks Department. We are looking for a student representative on the Windjammer Park Improvement Focus Group. Its 2 - 4 months beginning March 14 if available. It's a great opportunity in local governance.
The commitment would be a few evenings from 6 P.M. - 8 P.M., a couple Saturdays, and some activities during the school day that will not affect classes. Specifically, during the day they will hand out QR codes to get students to take a 10 minute survey on what they want in the parks.
We are looking for a student of any age that has access to transportation and an interest in city parks. See Mrs. Kellison for more details.
AP Exams - Exams will start May 2, 2022. Students will need to report to the exam room 30 minutes before the start of the exam.
Course & Administration Dates:
- US Government & Politics | Mon. May 2 8:00 A.M.
- Chemistry | Mon. May 2 | 12:00 P.M.
- Environmental Science | Tue. May 3 | 8:00 A.M.
- English Lit & Comp | Wed. May 4 | 8:00 A.M.
- Computer Science A | Wed. May 4 | 12:00 P.M.
- Statistics | Thu. May 5 | 12:00 P.M.
- US History | Fri. May 6 | 8:00 A.M.
- Physics 1 | Wed. May 5 | 12:00 P.M.
- Calculus AB BC | Mon. May 9 | 8:00 A.M.
- Computer Science Principles | Mon. May 9 | 12:00 P.M.
- English Lang & Comp | Tue. May 10 | 8:00 A.M.
- Spanish Language & Culture | Wed. May 11 | 8:00 A.M.
- Biology | Wed. May 11 | 12:00 P.M.
- World History: Modern | Thur. May 12 | 8:00 P.M.
- Physics 1 | Thur. May 12 | 12:00 P.M.
Art Portfolios are due to Mr. Christopherson or Ms. Sexton No later than close of school on May 5, 2022
Please contact our AP coordinator, Christy Kellison. If you have any questions.
SAT Testing – Oak Harbor High School will be an SAT test Center on May 7, 2022. Students can register at SAT.org.
We plan to host the October 1, 2022 exam this fall.
2022 ALA Evergreen Girls State Virtual Experience
Evergreen Girls State is proud to offer the 2022 ALA Evergreen Girls State Virtual Experience. Due to the on-going situation with COVID-19, we have opted for a virtual program this year to celebrate out 75th session of Evergreen Girls State. This event will consist of some of our most popular speakers, including Former Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, as well interactive activities to learn about government, citizenship and bill writing. Similar to last year, this virtual platform allows us to welcome girls of all ages (Freshman through Senior) at no cost. Students can sign up through our website. There are also Scholarship opportunities available (currently Juniors ONLY).
Visit the Website Here
March's Female Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Sara Rhodes for being our OHHS Athletics Female Athlete of the Month.
Way to go, Wildcat!
March's Male Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Johnny Tang for being our OHHS Athletics Male Athlete of the Month!
Way to go, Wildcat!
Parent Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This is a friendly reminder of the designated areas for student drop-ff and pick-up. This also applies for students being picked up after their after school activities. Please do not double park in the parking lot.