Friday, December 20, 2013

Did you know that OHE has 4 Lego Robotics teams?  The teams competed last weekend and did very well.
  • Disaster Masters - Coach Mary Kay Becher: Gabe, Nate, Jaxon, Ian B, Jack, Ekamjit, Ryal
    • Research Project Award: Team #6464 | Disaster Masters (1st place)
  • Robotic Wasps - Coach Annemarie Read, Students: Dhruv, Kyle, Jack Ben, Aiden, Arshan, Andrew
    • Research Project Award: Team #6467 | Robotics Wasps (1st place)
  • Techno Bots - Coach Jerome Little, Students: Trey, Remy, Sam, Diego
  • Tornado Mustaches - Coach Jennie Floyd, Students: Ian M, Steven, Shreeja, Joanna, Noor
    • Robot Design & Programming Award: Team #6465 | Tornado Mustaches (1st place)
    • Robot Performance Award: Team #6465 | Tornado Mustaches (3rd place)
Disaster Masters and Tornado Mustaches were invited to the next round of tournaments.  Good luck!

Tuesday, the 5th graders gave an awesome performance.

The Clint Small Middle School Choir, Band, and Orchestra came to OHE demonstrating for students what each organization represents.

On Wednesday, Main Street Theater, out of Houston, came to visit OHE's 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and performed Hank the Cowdog and the Case of the Missing Cat.  The students enjoyed watching a book come to life on stage with dialogue,props, and songs.

Please enjoy your holiday season, and  I hope that you are able to spend time with family and friends.  We will see you back at OHE January 7, 2014!  Don't forget to mark your calendars for January 11th, which is our annual Fun Run.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Have a Great New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2013

We have finally finished our first round of benchmark testing for 3rd - 5th grade students.  It has been a long two weeks for them, especially our 4th graders.  I appreciate their effort.  Teachers are now analyzing all the data and creating plans that will begin after winter break.

Third graders attended the annual performance of the Nutcracker.  I always enjoy seeing the students dress-up for the occasion.

For those that missed the general PTA meeting on Thursday, the presenter, Carrie Contey, was outstanding.  I wish that all the teachers and parents could hear her speak.  Understanding how children behave by knowing how the brain works is a much more effective way to interact with children.  If you ever have the opportunity to hear her speak, go.  It would be worth every penny!  For more information and upcoming events, go to

Next week is our last week prior to winter break.  There will be a 5th grade musical performance Tuesday evening.  Holiday parties start happening Wednesday.  Make sure you know when your child's party is.

Friday, December 6, 2013

OHE celebrated college awareness this week. Outside the door of each classroom hung flyers representing colleges teachers attended.   Each class also selected a college to research and created a banner representing the college.  Here are a few.

Did you know that a group of 3rd graders has organized a book drive?  Each day new facts about literacy are read during morning announcements hoping to encourage students to bring books.  Their goal is 1000 books by December 13th.  Can you support them by bringing in old books?  

This week also began Middle of Year (MOY I) benchmark testing.  4th & 5th graders started this week and will finish next week along with 3rd graders.  

It was also Fall Bookfair Week.  Tuesday night was the family extravaganza. The Student Council sold bracelets and hot chocolate.  Stony's pizza was there for dinner, and we even had a magician.

Steve Farmer, the magician with Sam V.

 I know what is happening to Ms. Smith's arm?

For those that didn't receive a 5:45 wake up call this morning in regards to the delay of school, it might mean we no longer have the correct phone number for you.  You can also receive these announcements in other formats like a text.  To do this go to and under the parent cloud section sign-up for how you would like the district/OHE to notify you of events.  If you need help, call Naomi Sanchez in our office.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Even in the shortest week of the year, OHE finds ways to bring learning opportunities to our students.

Today is one of my favorite days because everyone wear's their PJs to school - even me.  I'm the one in the back with the UT PJs on, which was very appropriate considering part of  the UT drumline performed during morning assembly.

The drumline helped kick off Book Fair.
 Ms. Ashorn's son is the one in orange pants.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I would like to take the time to express my gratitude for each of the students here at OHE and their families.  This community continues to amaze me at its generosity and support for our students. Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 22, 2013

Last weekend OHE hosted a mock Lego Robotics tournament with Baldwin Elementary and Kealing Middle School participating.  Our OHE teams did great.

The 4th graders ventured out the McKinney Roughs.  They experimented with wind, mechanical and solar energy.

Our Pre-Kindergartners took a field trip to Whole Foods.  They observed the meat counter and even tasted veggie chips.

 Our Kindergartners performed to the Alpha Bop.  I didn't know we had so many actors!  Huge thank you to our music teachers and kindergarten team.

Tonight was our second annual Our World, Our School Culture Event.  A special thank you goes to Mrs. Latimer for chairing the event; Ms. Feguson for emceeing, and Mrs. Suggs for helping with the sound.

Nick Classen on the Bagpipes......

 Ben, Jack and Miles demonstrating Mu Sool Won...

Mrs. Simon-Castro and her class doing Zumba...

Brooke, Morgan, Sadie, and Lauren doing the Lambeth Walk..

Annika & Avni dancing to a popular Bollywood song...

Our own Ms. Tobias...

Erin doing ballet....
 Our own Ms. Sheeba...
 UT Arab Folk Dancers....

And of course, our OHE SOARING Eagle Singers....

Again, thank you to everyone that made this night such a huge success.

Did you know that our website was recognized by the Texas PTA and awarded the Gold-Level Award?  It was the only website in Austin recognized. Much thanks to Geeta Suggs, our webmaster for creating such an awesome site.

Friday, November 15, 2013

What a difference a few hours can make in Texas related to the weather. Not sure students were expecting the temperature to drop so drastically on Tuesday! This is a great time to remind everyone to make sure student names are in their outwear like coats, gloves, and hats. Our lost and found is already huge! Please check it to see if your missing items are there. Cooler weather also increases the risk of lice. Please check a previous Eagle Eye for preventative strategies and what can be done if your child gets lice.

Hopefully, you were able to observe all the PTA Reflections projects in the cafeteria early in the week. Over a 100 students participated and many are moving to the city level. Stay posted to see who moves forward to state. 3 OHE students moved forward last year. Congratulations to all of those that participated.

On October 29th, nine fifth graders were selected to participate in the AISD all city choir. They sang with 300 other fifth graders from all over AISD at the Riverbend Centre.. They sang four songs from memory, one in Spanish, one in Latin, one was a folk song, and a jazz number. Kyle, Max, Ben, Akshaya, Leena, Katherine, Natasha, Zahara, and Korinne represented Oak Hill.

Next Friday, November 22nd, is our 2nd Annual Cultural Heritage Event. There will be many countries and cultures represented with booths to explore, food to sample, and performances to watch. At this morning's assembly, two of our OHE students, Annika and Akshaya danced to the Bollywood hit "Nimbooda" as a preview of some of the entertainment that will occur at next week's event.

For those that don't have plans Saturday morning, OHE is hosting our first Lego Robotics mock tournament. The OHE teams have been practicing for months and I am confident they will do well.  Good Luck teams!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thanks to a wonderful Grandmother Donor, the Ft. Worth Opera came to OHE again.  This year’s performance was a combination between the Ugly Duckling and the Big Bad Wolf.  The students were excited, especially when they saw some of their friends part of the opera.  Some of the primary teachers stated that their students had never been to an opera.  Yet, another example of the wonderful opportunities the OHE students experience. 

 Even some of the students were in the play...

 Last night was a spirit night at McDonald's.  OHE had over 100 Happy Meals purchased.  Those in attendance were able to put their name in for a bicycle.  Today, during assembly, Mr. Cumings drew the winner. 

November 22nd, is Our School, Our World culture event.  Parents helped today making passports for the event.  Make sure you mark your calendar so you can attend.

Authors Jon Agee and Loren Long were on campus today presenting to the PK, Kinder and 2nd grade students.  It was amazing to watch a story being told and illustrated at the same time.  If you are interested in purchasing autographed copies of their books, please let Ms. Underwood know.

Thank you to you and to all your wonderful students for submitting works to the PTA Reflections Program this year.  The PTA received over 100 entries related to the theme of "Believe, Dream, Inspire".  All visual graphic works will be displayed in the Oak Hill Elementary Cafeteria from Thursday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 13.  Students will be able to see them during lunches - or when classrooms take tours during their school day.  Parents can view them during lunches and again at the OHE Reflections Award viewing from 5-6 pm on Wednesday, Nov 13.  The Awards Ceremony will be from 6-6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 13, when all the students listed below will receive their award at the ceremony. 

OHE Award of Excellence (1st Place - Advancing):
Dance Choreography
Addison, Primary, Defying Gravity
Akshaya, Intermediate, Jai Ho
Film Production
Sofia, Intermediate, An Eagle Soars
Erin, Intermediate, Love
Emma, Primary, Kate and Sara
Athiel, Intermediate, Dream On
Jimena, Intermediate, Free Kids
Ben, Intermediate, Freedom
Nicholas, Intermediate, Revisions
William, Primary, Violin Beauty 2
Jacob, Intermediate, Football Experience
Ian, Intermediate, The Lonely Grasshopper
Devin, Intermediate, Cats Dream Too!
Visual Arts
Olivia, Primary, Flitasaur Vs Scorpasaur
Emma, Primary, Magical Island
Billy, Primary, Mythical Dragons
Joanna, Intermediate, Dreaming of Being a Ballerina
Vivian-An, Intermediate, Music Around the World
Ethan, Intermediate, Firey Love
Sydney, Intermediate, The Copper Dragon Flight
Kiara, Intermediate, A Swing in the Stars
Lily, Intermediate, Global Dream
OHE Award of Merit (2nd Place)
 Dance Choreography
Amelia, Primary, Girl On Fire
Brooke, Intermediate, Don't Stop Believing
Film Production
Archer, Intermediate, The Ball Game
Brandis, Intermediate, Believe Me
Victor, Austin is a Great Place
Katie, Katie's Reflections
Hazel, Rain
Katherine, Fur Elise
Kai, Primary, Weaver in Flight
Ian, Intermediate, Be Fierce!
Taylor, Intermediate, Pet Photography
Visual Arts
Addison, Primary, When I Grow Up
Emma, Primary, Sunset
Caroline, Nature Things
Alexis, Intermediate, Sayings of Love
Thomas, Intermediate, Dream Paradise
Ian, Intermediate, Fly Me To The Moon
Gabrielle, Intermediate, Keep Calm and Dream, Believe, Inspire
Andrew, Intermediate, Believe
Eliza, Intermediate, The Colors of Life
OHE Honorable Mentions (3rd Place)
Film Production
Kenzie, Intermediate, Reach for the Stars
Leena, Intermediate, When I Grow Up
Ian, Intermediate, Dream, Believe, Inspire
Ali, Intermediate, Soccer Success
Sarah, Intermediate, Become a Gymnast
Jake, Intermediate, Basketball
Dhruv, Intermediate, Soccer
Emma, Primary, School Chickens
Karina, Intermediate, Fall Colors
Brooke, Intermediate, Inspiration in the Mud
Visual Arts
Nell, Primary, Magical Flowers
Torin, Primary, The Ocean
Audrey, Primary, Rainbows
Campbell, Intermediate, Rainmaker
Jack Ben, Intermediate, White Reef
Natasha, Intermediate, Aquamarine Dreams
Taymour, Intermediate, Soccer
Shubham, Intermediate, Dreaming in Technology
Nautica, Intermediate, Rainbow Time
Liah, Intermediate, Believe in Your Dream
Riley, Intermediate, The Exploring Riley

Don’t forget Monday is Veteran’s Day and a holiday for students.