OJHS students inducted into Nat’l Honor Jr. Society

Congratulations to the following Oakwood Junior High students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Dec. 10, 2008: Aric Anloague, Sydney Baker, Dalton Bennett, James Blattner, Heather Brooks, Emma Chambers,  David Connally, Alexandra Coon, Raphael Crum, William Davis, Rebecca Deal, Mason Ellis, Benjamin Gallatin, Calvin George, Carder Gilbert, Cliff Goertemiller, Emma Hahn, Elizabeth Haley,  Jordan Higgins, Katherine Hochwalt, Ingrid Hofeldt, Laura Huelsman, Olivia Ireland, Bryan Koenig, Mark Kravitz,  Kathryn Molinaro, Joseph Murphy, Madeline Nagel,  Jonathan Payne, Filip Polenakovik, Colin Riley, Katherine Rupp, Hadley Smith, Samuel Stanley, Andrew Stephenson, Daniel Stoecklein, Ryan White and Jackie White.

Career Education comes to Oakwood HS Jan. 27

January 27 will bring the Career Education Teams from Centerville and Fairmont High Schools to the Oakwood High school auditorium to discuss the twenty-two programs available to our students during their Junior and Senior years.  Career Education gives students an edge in their field of interest; learning and experiencing classes two to four periods a day at either Centerville (CHS) or Fairmont (FHS).

Many students have accessed the program through the years and are currently enjoying successful careers as a result.  Jessica Blumensheid, class of 2006, studied Mass Communications at CHS going on to the University of Missouri to continue her studies at the very well known Mass Communications program there.

Ben Slagel, another successful Career Education student, is leading a successful career in the automotive field.  Ben took advantage of the scholarship opportunity at Sinclair Community College where he majored in the automotive program (rated in the top three programs nationally).  He is currently employed with Toyota as a certified technician.

Numerous students have accessed the Engineering programs at either FHS or CHS and gone on to Purdue, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton to name a few. A current senior, Maggie Murdock, has taken advantage of the Exercise Science Career t=Tech Program and has been accepted at Ohio Northern University, Xavier University and Ohio State University. Maggie is thinking she most likely will go to Ohio State University to continue her studies in

Early Childhood Education. It is a very popular program for students wishing to pursue careers in teaching younger students. Graduates of those programs continue study at Sinclair Community College and many other four-year colleges that offer majors in the field of Elementary Education.  Many of the programs have scholarships to attend Sinclair Community College for two years and most students go on to further study to attain a four-year degree.

Needless to say, career education is a wonderful opportunity for students. Currently 18 juniors and seniors are involved in the programs, which allow them to student in the following areas:

Allied Health
Broadcast Management
Business Administration Management
Business Medical
Business Technology
Information Technology
Construction Trades
Digital Design
Early Childhood Education
Environmental Management
Exercises Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Interactive Media
Mass Communication/Newspaper and TV
Technical Theater 

The following activities will be held to introduce our sophomores and their parents to the programs.

Jan 27   Sophomore Career Assembly OHS 10:30-11:45AM (parents invited)
Jan 22   Parent/Student Night at Centerville High School 7:00-8:30PM
Jan 30   OHS Sophomores tour Fairmont HS Career Ed programs
Feb 5     OHS Sophomores tour Centerville HS Career Ed programs

OHS Tech Team offers classes

The Oakwood High School Tech Team will be offering free computer classes for community members in January and February. The classes, which will be held in the high school computer labs, will cover different subjects each night.  

Seating is limited so please call the Oakwood High School office at 297-5325 to reserve your spot.  Please specify your choices when you call.

So I Have This Computer… Now What? 
Sunday, January 25 (4 pm – 6 pm)

This session will cover very basic skills such as creating folders, printing, using word processing software, getting on the Internet and using email. We will try to customize to fit the needs of the class. (25 people)

Finding Your Way Safely On The Internet
Sunday, February 1 (4 pm – 6 pm) 

The Internet is such a large place and there is so much information out there. How do you know where to go to find what you are looking for? How do you know when you get there that the information is accurate?  This class will look at using the Internet safely, finding what you need, and evaluating sites for accuracy. (40 people)

Surfing the Net
Sunday, February 8  (4 pm – 6 pm)

In this session we will look at all the things you can do on the Internet.  We will cover Internet safety, free email services, on-line chatting, video-conferencing, and cool sites to investigate. We hope to save some time for you to “surf” with the help of the high school students. (40 people)

Call Oakwood High School Office, 297-5325, to reserve your spot or for more information.

Andrews Hall of Honor nominations
being accepted

The Oakwood City School District is now accepting written nominations for the Sam Andrews Educational Hall of Honor. Nominations must be submitted to the Superintendent, Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo, and mailed or delivered to the Board Office, 20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409, by April 17, .  

The nominee should be retired from school employment or voluntary school-related service for three years or more.

The nomination should include how the honoree has made “a distinguished and significant contribution toward the beneficial growth and education of the students in this community which shall serve to commemorate the high ideals that characterized the life and career of Sam Andrews.”

Please include adequate background information on the nominee so that he/she may receive optimum consideration by the selection committee. Once nominated, a person remains eligible during the year of nomination and for two additional years.

A nomination form and information on the background of the award is available by calling Sandy Maresh at the Board of Education at 297-5332, email at maresh.sandy@oakwood.k12.oh.us, or via the district home page at www.oakwood.k12.us. However, submissions may be made without using the form. The nominations will include a three-step process:

Nominations for the 2009 Sam Andrews Educational Hall of Honor must be submitted by April 17, 2009. Names of the nominees will be published in the local papers in April.  Supporting letters for these nominees should be submitted to the school district by May 22, 2009.

Prior nominees include:  Year three nomination – Dolores Barnes, Smith Elementary School Teacher (1951-1955), Oakwood Junior High School Tutor (1976-1980), Harman Elementary School Tutor/Teacher (1980-1988) and Lester Steinlage, Oakwood High School Math Teacher (1972-1995). Letters of support for both Dolores Barnes and Lester Steinlage are currently being accepted.  

Nominees will be selected in June and the induction ceremony will be held in September 2009.


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OJHS/OHS PTO meetings

The next Oakwood Junior and Senior High School  PTO meeting is Thursday,
Jan. 15 at 11:45 a.m. in Room 211 at the high  school.


















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