Farewell reception for OHS Principal June 3

The Oakwood City Schools will host a farewell reception honoring Joseph R. Boyle, Oakwood High School principal, on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in the OHS/OJHS teacher workroom.

Community members, parents, faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Board of Education in thanking Mr. Boyle for is 11 years of service to the Oakwood community.

3rd graders meet gadgets, games of yesteryear

Four classes of third grade students at Harman Elementary School were treated to a morning of household gadgets and old time children’s hoop games last week as several members of the Oakwood Historical Society brought its first of many children’s programs into the school.

3rd graders at Harman Elementary School check out household gadgets and old time children’a games.

The program was developed to complement the third grade social studies curriculum, which involves studying many aspects of the community (in this case the greater Dayton area) and its history. The Oakwood Historical Society members brought in several items from the Long-Romspert Homestead for display and teaching. Four different stations gave students the opportunity to learn about clothing, children’s games, how to look at old photographs, and household gadgets, which made life easier for families over 100 years ago. A slide show focused on children living and going to school in Oakwood from the early 1900’s through the 1920’s. In some of the older photos, the students could see open farm land the development of streetcars and the building of the new elementary schools and a high school.

The Oakwood Historical Society has been offering children’s programs for almost a year. New programs continue to be developed to assist children and adults in understanding our community’s past, and how people lived here in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This was the first children’s program to be offered in the school rather than at the Long-Romspert Homestead.

For additional information about the children’s programs and other Society events, visit www.oakwoodhistory.org

Students design Penguin flag

This past December, students in Nicole Morgan’s Oakwood junior and senior high class did a study of penguins. To learn about them, the students not only read several books which provided many interesting facts about penguins, but also turned to the internet for help. There they discovered a useful website that allowed the students to ask the scientific researchers on the site specific questions about this fascinating bird. They also found that they could receive a postcard from Antarctica.

One of the students’ favorite activities was to design a penguin flag for the researchers that would be flown at their hut near the Adelie penguin-breeding colony at Cape Royds, Antarctica. The students were encouraged to do a drawing of a penguin by Mr. Paul Buford, Jr., a former art teacher who is currently an educational aide in the Resource Room at Oakwood High School.

Each drawing was transferred to a composite design and then was made into a flag. The flag was flown in Antarctica during the week of Dec. 17 through Dec. 22. and returned to the students, along with many penguin pictures.


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