Friday, March 30, 2012

We made it through our first week of STAAR testing. The students did a wonderful job staying focused and putting their best effort forward. I am sure when the results come back the data will show how great they did. The next round of assessments is the last week of April.

Many of you have seen the flags in the cafeteria or have heard the students discussing them. If you would like to keep up with the flags and what we are learning, the information is posted on our website.

This week was Wales and Guam. Students, whose families are from those countries, introduced them at assembly today. As I observe the students during these presentations, they appear interested and excited, especially when it comes to the food!

We ended today with our monthly Student Council Spirit Day - Hawaiian Day. There were lots of bright colors and flowers.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The week before testing can always be a little stressful, but here at OHE, we tried to have a little fun.
One of our kindergarten grandfathers is a beekeeper and brought his collection of bees for the kindergartners to observe.

They even were allowed to put on the correct safety gear.

Our kindergartners also performed their annual musical. It was a wonderful performance with lots of personalities.

As many of you have seen, the flags that represent the cultural backgrounds of our OHE students have all been displayed. (Each year we will update the flags with any new countries). During the assembly this morning with the help and support of the PTA's Our World, Our School committee, we kicked off the celebration. Each week with time permitting, a new country will be discussed. Today, we started with The United States of America. Interesting facts were presented like Americans made the first chocolate chip cookie and had the first man on the moon. The students like the cookie fact the best. We also had two girls, Audrey and Isabelle sing the National Anthem while another student, Gabby, accompanied them on the piano. It was an amazing performance.

Please remember that we are testing next week and visitors are not permitted on campus. Thank you.

Friday, March 9, 2012

In Mrs. Lagerquist's class yesterday. Presentations were made as part of a "Wax Museum" where students came to life as the people they studied.

Included were: Danica Patrick, Leonardo Da Vinci, John F. Kennedy, King Tut, Queen Elizabeth, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Adams and Helen Keller to name just a few!

Mrs. Nowakowski Grimm hosted a "Living Museum" with famous people from both the past and present.
Presentations were made to parents and other 3rd grade classes. As explained by a 3rd grade parent, "This was an awesome way to engage the students in history and LA with requirement to read, investigate and "live" people that have made significant contributions to society".

This morning in assembly, the OHE Student Council explained how with the A+ Federal Credit Union students could open savings accounts. The credit union will be here monthly in the mornings so students can make deposits. Please check the Eagle Eye for specific dates.

Also this morning in assembly, students were excited to see all of the flags hanging. It was fun to watch and listen to them as they entered the cafeteria. At lunch today, I was sitting next to a 1st grader. He asked, "Dr. Mitchell, do you know which flag that one is"? He was pointing to France, which I had just learned, so I said yes, France. He explained that France had a city named Paris and in Paris he had seen the Eiffel Tower. He then turned and pointed to "Italy" and said that is where I was born.

During lunch, I learned several things. First, the flags are going to be a great learning tool for the students. Second, many of our students have traveled and been able to experience the different cultures that make-up OHE and they are proud to share those experiences. Thank you PTA for helping to make this happen.

Have a safe and wonderful Spring Break. We will see you back on March 19th.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

This week has been exploding with energy in preparations for our PTA Carnival. Plus at assembly Friday, we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Texas Independence Day.

Below Mr. Cumings dressed as Sam to not only celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday but with the help of the Cat in the Hat (Ms. Jodi) they demonstrated the correct way to break confetti eggs.

A special thanks goes to Annemarie Read and Paige Ott for organizing the carnival and silent Auction. The night was a huge success.

This year the silent auction brought in over $15,000! Thank you to everyone who purchased something. I can't wait to find out who gets to be the "Principal for the Day"!

New at carnival was the Petting Zoo. The children loved it. Squealing pigs, rabbits, donkeys, goats and more definitely were the hit of the carnival.

Below are 2 of our first graders who have made it almost to the top of the Rock Wall.

Also new this year was the Hamster Ball. The students loved rolling around inside.

Saturday, the Student Council had their first Neighborhood Clean-up. It was definitely needed after carnival night. Over 30 people came to clean,and Mr. Cumings had to jump in the trash barrel so all the bags would fit.

Members from the Oak Hill Rotary, who is partnering with our student council, also helped clean.

I am not sure we picked up every piece of confetti but we left the grounds much cleaner.

We only have one week before Spring Break and with all the excitement that has just happened hopefully there will be a calm week of learning.

Thank you for all your support. We couldn't do any of this without you.