Friday, September 28, 2012

What a week! The student council campaigning took over the hallways and walls. The students were quite creative with their posters and stickers. But today was the big day! Speeches and then the election. The students did an amazing job delivering their speeches. I am always impressed that they can get up in front of their peers and recite their speech. Afterwards, the 4th and 5th grade students returned to class to vote. Our 2012-2013 Student Council Board is: President – Kael S.; Vice President – Ben W.; Secretary – Sarah L.; and Treasurer – Jake O. Congratulations to all the candidates and the newly elected Board.

Wednesday was our second annual “Bring Your Dad to School” Day.  We had an amazing turnout.  At least 339 Dads were present!  Dads started in the cafeteria with their child and then followed them to class.  Some teachers had activities for the Dads to complete while other classes had Dads observe the students doing their normal routines.  Afterwards, Dads returned to the cafeteria for a debrief with me. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Students in grades 3rd – 5th spent the week determining who was going to be Student Council Representatives for their homeroom classes.  Elections were held and our new Student Council Representatives met with Mrs. Caporal today to discuss expectations.   Next week, 4th and 5th graders will campaign for Student Council Treasure, Secretary, Vice-President, and President.  The hallways will be full of campaign posters next week. 
Next Wednesday is Bring Your Dad to School Day.  This is a day when we celebrate Dads or male role models here at OHE and show them how students’ days begin at school.  Dads will start in the cafeteria with the students at 7:30 and then move to the classrooms.  At 8:15 Dads will be dismissed from the classrooms and can either leave or join me back in the cafeteria.  If a Dad or male role model is unable to attend, moms are welcome to participate. 
Friday at 8:30 is my first Principal’s Coffee.  One agenda item will be to discuss the new elementary report cards.   Hope to see you then. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

On Tuesday, authors Margaret Peterson Haddix and Lisa McMann, visited OHE and spoke with our 5th graders.  Each author explained how the idea of their books were formed and the strategies used to formulate each idea.

 Students had the opportunity to ask questions  and purchase the authors’ books.  Some even had the authors autograph their copy.

OHE has been issued a challenge.  It is called “Fuel Up to Play 60” and it challenges us to “Get Healthy” by eating healthy and exercising.  The PE teachers are asking everyone to take the pledge and agree to doing something or stop doing something in order to be more healthy.  I have agreed to limit my chocolate ration to just 2 times per week.  (usually it is several times a day!)  Stop by the bulletin board outside the cafeteria to see who has taken the challenge. 

Over the summer, OHE was presented with a reading challenge by our PTA to read 2500 books.  In OHE fashion, we surpassed that limit.  We  read 3433 books!  Below are pictures of the top winners in each grade level and faculty. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

I would like to start by thanking everyone for their support while transportation resolved the bus overcrowding situation.  The new "zebra" bus started today and the other buses were under the student ratio.  I shouldn’t have to remove any more students due to buses being overcrowded. 

You have heard me say many times that schools are much more fun when students are in them.  That is definitely the case here at OHE.  I have spent most of the past 9 days either in the cafeteria or classrooms.  Those, believe or not, are actually my favorite places because I can interact with students.  Plus, watching a bunch of four and five-year-olds eat can be a pretty comical experience.  Try it sometime.  Students love to have their parents eat with them, especially if they bring something special for lunch. 

Classrooms are fun places as well.  Students are engaged in their learning and eager to demonstrate that learning to me.  As I visited kinder classes, students were busy learning about science.  Some classes were discussing matter and what that meant, while in other classes students were observing, exploring, and predicting. 


Just about in all the intermediate grades, students had been busy writing.  Hopefully you will see their products next week during Back-to School Night.  I think you will be impressed. 

Back-to-School Nights are from 6:00 – 7:00. 
PK -2nd is September 10th
3rd – 5th is September 13th.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped with our PTA family fun night’s Ice Cream Social.  It was a great opportunity with mounds of ice cream and plenty of music.