Dear Oak Hill Families,
As we head into the winter vacation, I would like to give a few more updates (in the following posts). This Friday is a regular 2:30pm dismissal and we will see you back in school on Thursday, January 2nd.
I hope you enjoy a restful vacation with your family and Happy New Year!
We are proud to share the results of our school’s MCAS report card. Please see the attachments of the MCAS Introduction Letter and the School Report Card Overview.
For the 26th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world. The classroom level of the National Geographic Bee will be held in early January in the social studies classes. The winner from each class will compete against the other classroom-level winners from his or her grade-level in January. The three grade-level winners will then compete for the school championship and advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the national competition May 19-21, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Paul Lyons, the 6-1 English and Social Science teacher, oversees our school’s Geography Bee. There will be three grade-level Bee winners and then we will have a competition between the grade-level finalists to determine who represents the school for the state competition.
The Newton-Jingshan Exchange is the oldest exchange of its type in the country. Mr. Yee and other NPS staff will be taking eight students from Newton South and North High Schools to the Jingshan School in Beijing China for a semester of language, culture, and academic exchange. This exchange program will begin on January 27 and continue through the spring.
During Mr. Yee’s absence, Dr. Bercaw, an Oak Hill Eighth Grade U.S. History teacher will take over as the assistant principal. Dr. Bercaw is a certified K-12 administrator in Massachusetts, Tennessee and Illinois. Dr. Bercaw in his role as history teacher will be replaced by Mr. Mihalich. Mr. Mihalich has been a teaching assistant in Dr. Bercaw’s history classroom for the past several years including this year. He is working closely with Dr. Bercaw to ensure a smooth transition. Mr. Mihalich graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education and he is currently working toward his Master of Arts in History at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Also, Ms. Sack will take over as the 6-4 math/science teacher for Ms. Sullivan who is retiring. Ms. Sack will join our staff on January 2.
As we come closer to our first extended holiday time off, it is possible that students may need emergency mental health services during that time. Riverside Community Care is NPS’ mental health agency partner. Please utilize this emergency resource if necessary:
Riverside Community Care
24 hour Emergency Services Program
Dear Oak Hill Families,
Please click the links for a brief summary of the Safe Schools Day work from Thursday and a summary of some of the issues discussed during the PTO Coffee held on November 15th.
Winter Concert Season is here! Please come out with your family to support our students who have diligently practiced and rehearsed together throughout the fall. Mr. Miller and Mr. Cutler will be leading their students through diverse and entertaining programs! Below is a brief description of Oak Hill’s school performances and events coming up in December. Hope you get to enjoy the fun!
Monday, 12/9 Grades 6/7/8 Winter Concert Choirs at 7:30pm (Oak Hill Auditorium) Tuesday, 12/10 String Orchestra Only Performance at 7:30pm (Brown Auditorium) Wednesday, 12/11 Teens and Social Media Use: A Community Workshop for Parents of Middle School Students at 7pm (F.A. Day Auditorium) For more information, see below.
Thursday, 12/12 Grades 6/7/8 Winter Concert Bands at 7:30pm (Oak Hill Auditorium)
Teen and Social Media Use: A Community Workshop for Parents of Middle School Students
The Day PTO has extended an invitation to all Newton Public Middle Schools’ parents to an important discussion for this Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm in the F. A. Day Auditorium.
This event will bring experts and the community together to discuss many of the concerns parents and teens have about media use. We will bring research evidence and practical advice to bear on understanding questions like: What realistic risks may teens face with their media use? How can teens benefit most from digital media? How can parents create and enforce appropriate boundaries for their teens’ media use to best balance risks and opportunities? We will conclude with a half hour for parents to mix and mingle and compare strategies and experiences. Parents from all of the Newton middle schools are welcome.
Dear Oak Hill Families:
You are cordially invited to visit Oak Hill Middle School while in session on the following mornings, Periods 1 and 2:
Grade 6: Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Day 4), 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Grade 7: Monday, Oct. 28 (Day 2), 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Grade 8: Thursday, Oct. 24 (Day 6), 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
We have identified mornings when students by grade level are in their “team” classes (Eng., Continue reading
Dear Oak Hill Families,
Thank you for the tremendous support you have provided our school community over the last few days. The staff has been very appreciative of the emails and kind show of support for Sean and his family. We wanted to let you know that a funeral mass to celebrate the life of Katherine (Katie) Stack will be held on Sunday, October 25th, at 3:00 PM at The First Baptist Church in Newton Centre, at the corner of Beacon and Centre streets. The address is 848 Beacon Street.
Should your child/children want to attend the service, we highly encourage you to go with them. These can be very emotional events for our students and your presence is extremely important. We also ask you to think about opening your home this weekend to students in order to create a safe place for children to gather.
If you have a concern or want to share information regarding your child, please contact your child’s guidance counselor and we will work together to provide the necessary supports.
Oak Hill instituted an advisory program called Community a few years ago. The purpose of Community is to provide a structured, consistent time on a weekly basis for students to meet in small groups with a staff member to foster relationships and build a feeling of belonging to the Oak Hill community. Community is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 4th. These groups will meet every Friday from 8-8:30.
We recently discovered that the Community rosters appeared on the parent portal. These rosters are not accurate at this time. We are in the process of revising the rosters, assigning staff to each group, and identifying the school spaces groups will meet in. This process will be complete this week and students will be notified of their Community teachers and rooms next week. The staff has been working thoughtfully to create these groupings, factoring in many considerations as we do so. When we notify students about their groups, we will not take requests for switches. Thank you for your understanding and support.
We would like to inform you that your child’s Latin teacher, Mr. Coughlin, is taking a short leave. William P. Hills will be teaching the class during Mr. Coughlin’s absence. Mr. Hill is an experienced Latin teacher who has taught at the middle school and high school level for many years most recently in Weston Schools, Dexter-SouthfieldSchool, and at BostonLatinSchool. We are fortunate to have him join us until Mr. Coughlin’s return.
If you have any questions about Community or Latin, please contact me at 617-559-9200 or Amy_Geer@newton.k12.ma.us