Twenty-two Oasis students were recently rewarded for their academic achievement with a holiday lunch at the Lakes Golf and Country Club.
To participate in the lunch, students were required to earn at least an 80 percent in no less than four classes. The students then spent nine weeks working toward that goal. Teachers kept track of individual student performance and saw significant improvement in grades, said Oasis Principal Jennifer Blakley.
After the luncheon was announced, Oasis teachers noticed many students were readily seeking more adult support and asking more questions, Blakley said. “It turned out to be a great motivator and we’re looking forward to making this an annual tradition,” she said.
The holiday lunch was funded entirely by district families and Oasis staff.
OASIS is Olentangy Local School District’s alternative learning program. It features a unique, student-centered educational program for families who are looking for a different option than the traditional school setting.
In this community message, Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D., visits the district’s Home Road bus compound, where he discusses the process used to determine weather-related school delays and closings.
Students at Alum Creek Elementary School (ACES) recently experienced the culture and history of China, Guatemala, Romania and many other far-flung destinations without leaving the school.
The globetrotting experience was part of Alum Creek’s Epcot Day, an annual tradition that allows students to “travel the world” by visiting stations throughout the school representing different countries. In each “country” students receive a stamp on their Epcot Day passport, learn about the country’s culture from parent volunteers who have lived abroad, and make a craft item unique to that country. To help immerse the students in their travels, teachers and students are encouraged to wear ethnic clothing and ethnic foods are served during lunch.
Students “visited” China, Cameroon, Romania, Netherlands, Guatemala, Poland, Yemen, Colombia and Scotland. The activity reinforces several benchmarks in the elementary social studies curriculum, including understanding the practices and products of diverse cultures.
Now in its fifth year, Alum Creek’s Epcot Day is the brainchild of Tanya Angel, a volunteer parent who started the event while her children were attending ACES. The goal was to educate children on the world’s various cultures and differences, while also pointing out their many similarities, Angel said.
A bulletin board welcoming students to Guatamala decorated with photos from and facts about the Central American country.
Parent volunteer and Guatamalan native Erich Acthmann tells students about his home country.
Students create a traditional Romanian craft featuring a rooster design similar to those made during Romania’s Horezu Rooster Festival.
A group of ACES students make Chinese lanterns during their “trip” to China.
Students learn about the African country Cameroon while making paper versions of the traditional Cameroon mask.
Students browse the goods for sale at a market stand similar to those found in Columbia.
Parent volunteer Erich Achtman describes Guatamala’s famous Mayan pyramids.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
(List may not be all inclusive – school activites may be added by contacting the Communications office at 657-4050)
- Hyatts MS volunteers will help serve during the Delaware County Habitat for Humanity’s Christmas party.
- Hyatts MS’ penny war collection (a group-wide, competitive fundraising technique) benefitting Patches of Light concludes today. Patches of Light™ is a nonprofit organization created to assist families with critically ill children facing extensive medical treatment and financial hardship.
- Hyatts MS will participate in Caroling for a Cause on behalf of Kinder Key™ Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Kinder Key™ is an auxiliary of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Kinder Key Caroling has been an annual tradition throughout the central Ohio region since 1954.
- Liberty HS’ Annual Winter Band Concert, 7-8 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Berkshire MS’ Annual 6th-Grade Band & Choir Concert, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Orange HS auditorium.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
- Liberty Tree ES’ 5th grade string/band holiday concert, 7 p.m.
- Hyatts MS’ holiday choir concert in the commons, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 13, 2013
- Glen Oak ES “So-Parents-Can-Go-Finish Shopping” Night, from 6 – 9 p.m. Staffed by building teachers and administrators who watch over drop-in students as they play games, dance and participate in various craft activities. (Proceeds go toward summer outings for students such as trips to the museum, Columbus Clippers’ baseball games.
- Freedom Trail ES’ two toy drives conclude: (1) Nationwide children’s Hospital, FTES in collaboration with the Girl Scouts, pending a scheduled delivery date to the hospital; and, (2) a staff-driven Toys for Tots™ campaign also concludes.
- Alum Creek ES’ Food Drive for People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County concludes today.
- Cheshire ES’ Food Drive for Cheshire families, via the Giving Tree, concludes today.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
- Olentangy Liberty High School’s choral groups will perform for parents and the Powell community at 7:30 p.m. at Powell United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 15, 2013
- Olentangy HS’ Annual Winter Choir Concert, 3-5 p.m. in the school’s theater.
- Liberty HS’ Annual Winter Choir Concert, 3-4 p.m. at the Powell United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
- Liberty Tree ES’ Children’s Choir to perform at the Scioto Reserve Country Club, 7383 Scioto Parkway, Powell, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
- Olentangy Orange MS 6th grade choir, orchestra and band concert
OOMS gymnasium, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
- Alum Creek ES’ All-School Holiday Sing-Along, Community invited.
- Cheshire ES’ All-School Holiday Sing-Along, Community invited.
- Liberty Tree ES – Individual classroom holiday parties.
- Johnny Cake ES’ ongoing seasonal campaign of creating hand-crafted rubber band bracelets to give patients of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital concludes.
- Johnny Cakes ES staff will host a holiday breakfast for bus drivers of the nearby Olentangy bus compound from 9 a.m. to noon.