Our Oakwood community has long been a strong supporter of the arts (music, drama, dance, visual, etc.) in the greater Dayton region. It has also shown that same support for the importance of arts education in our schools. The Picture Lady program, the Band Parents, and the Choir Boosters are just some of the
more visible signs of this interest.
Then our own local paper, The Oakwood Register, with its regular column by Burt Saidel and many articles and pictures has long been known for its appreciation of the arts and art education. Thus when I was sent a news release by ArtsUSA in which a chart showed six different measures of the positions/actions of each of the two major party candidates for President, I knew the readers of the OR would be interested.
The Arts Action Fund made many contacts with both campaigns trying its best to obtain ALL possible information, facts, and position/policy statements. The chart at left was compiled based on what was known and shared by each campaign.
The Oakwood Board of Education is committed to staying in touch with our citizens. As part of that goal, the school district holds two neighborhood meetings per month. Neighborhood meetings are a unique chance for residents to meet in a comfortable setting with Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo, Superintendent of the Oakwood Schools, and board members. Dr. Scalzo usually asks one question for community input, but the focus of the rest of the meeting is an open discussion about our schools.
We are looking for Oakwood citizens to host neighborhood meetings in their homes. There is minimal work involved. Your task is to invite your friends and neighbors to attend the meeting and put out a plate of cookies. We do the rest!
The available meeting dates and times follow. If you are interested in one of these dates, please contact Sandy Maresh at the Oakwood Board of Education Office (937) 297-5332. Neighborhood Meeting dates for 2008-09:
10/20 at 7 p.m.
11/6 at 7 p.m.
12/5 at 9:30 a.m.
1/8 at 7 p.m.
1/27 at 7 p.m.
2/3 at 7 p.m.
2/27 at 9:30 a.m.
3/24 at 7 p.m.
4/21 at 7 p.m.
4/27 at 7 p.m.
5/4 at 7 p.m.
Rosalind Wiseman, the author “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence” will be speaking on Thursday, Oct. 16, 7-8 p.m. in the Oakwood High School Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Her presentation takes her audience into “Girl World” to analyze teasing, gossip and reputations; beauty and fashion; alcohol and drugs; boys and sex; and more.
She will help us understand how your daughter’s relationship with friends and cliques sets the stage for other intimate relationships as she grows. It provides a revealing look into the secret world of teenage girls and cliques.
Ms. Wiseman is a cofounder of the Empower program, an organization that works to empower girls and boys to stop violence. National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, bullying prevention, and school violence.
She is a frequent guest on The Today Show and been profiled in The New York Times, People, Oprah, Nightline, CNN, Good Morning America, And National Public Radio affiliates throughout the country. For additional information on Ms. Wiseman go to: www.rosalindwiseman.com
Freshman and sophomore parents are invited to an informational meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the OHS auditorium. Mr. Curlett, Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Jacques will present some very useful thoughts regarding your high school student and introduce a very exciting website available to our students and parents.
Harman School is holding its fourth annual "Crustaceans for Education" Lobster Sale Oct. 6 - 15. Students are offering live or "steamed while you wait" 1-pound Maine lobsters from Foremost seafood for $15.00 each. You can pick up your lobsters on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 2 - 6 pm at Harman School.
The students are alwo having a Bake Sale on pickup day, so bring some extra money for some yummy goodies.
To order or for more information call Rosie Winger at 238-6581.
Attention Oakwood High School Class of 2008: The 2008 yearbook and commencement DVD are now available for pick up in the high school office. Please stop by or make arrangements for someone in your family to stop by to pick up your yearbook and DVD. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.