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Farewell for the Summer, and Updates

Dear Oak Hill Families, In spite of the sweltering weather, we have had a smooth and celebratory ending to this extended school year. During these last days there were many opportunities for students to share their learning through culminating experiences … Continue reading

Year End Updates

Dear Oak Hill Families, Mid-Term Feedback Forms: We are at the mid-point of the final trimester. Mid-term feedback forms will be sent home with your child this week; some went home last week. Please be sure to ask your child … Continue reading

Spring MCAS Dates: English Language Arts

Dear Oak Hill Families, Once again this year, the statewide Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) will be administered to all students at grades six, seven, and eight.  We ask that you ensure that your child is well rested, eats a good … Continue reading

Safety Updates and Some Requests

Dear Oak Hill Families, Buzzer System and a Camera As you may be aware, Newton is  moving as quickly as possible to install a security system at our school. It will include a buzzer system and a camera. The contractors … Continue reading

Early Release Afternoons – What do teachers do?

This year, Newton, as a ‘Race to the Top’ district, is implementing a new Supervision and Evaluation process. This fall, all teachers and principals spent Tuesday afternoons learning about this new process and its implications for teaching and learning. As … Continue reading

End of First Semester (Half Year)

End of First Semester (half-year):  Our grade 6 & 7 Fine and Applied Arts (FAA=Art, Music, Gr. 6 Drama) and Technology & Engineering classes,  and grade 6-8 Health and PE Elective classes rotate on a half-year basis. The end of the first semester was Friday, … Continue reading

Early Release Wednesday, 11:30, February 6

Early Release Day:  On Wednesday, February 6, all middle school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for system-wide professional development workshops for teachers and staff.  Lunch will be served at school before dismissal. There will be no after school … Continue reading

Updates: Conferences, Parent Coffees

Dear Oak Hill Families, Happy New Year to all! I hope the winter break offered you time to gather with family and friends. We have had a smooth reopening – students arrived back at school ready to reconnect with friends, … Continue reading

Triple EEE = Athletics and Clubs

Triple E and Athletics: The Oak Hill Triple E (EEE) program is officially under way.  Programs generally run from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.  Late buses are provided for students. Our goal is to offer a variety of options for students throughout the … Continue reading

What Happens During ‘Community’ on Fridays?

What is ‘Community’ all about? Helping students achieve academically is clearly a goal for middle school. Supporting students as they navigate the social and emotional world is also crucial during this unique developmental stage in students’ lives. To address social … Continue reading