Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Madness

The end of the year comes with a full month of activities and events. Sometimes, I refer to it as "May Madness".  It is a busy month full of fun, field trips, parties, events and even sadness as our 5th graders move on to middle school and some of our friends move to other schools or even to different states over the summer. This May has been no different. We started the month with an excellent performance by Ballet Folklorico. The participating students worked so hard to learn the dances of each region and Ms. Tarpley, Ms. De La Rosa, Ms. Garza, and Ms. Portillo taught them well.

Also this month, Mr. Cumings has been teaching all of the 5th grade students to play chess. They have been enjoying it immensely and look forward to it every week. They are even having a chess tournament.


We also celebrated Oak Hill once again earning status as a No Place for Hate campus. Here is a picture of our campus doing a dance to celebrate.

The book fair last week was so groovy dude! What a great event to have to wind down the year and to grab some books for summer reading.

We also had our last hip hop performance of the year on our very last Friday of the school year. It was great, as usual.

The 5th grade student council members attended Austin ISD’s Leadership Symposium for elementary students. They were able to hear Dr. Cruz speak and talked with students from other schools about diversity.  It was a great opportunity for the students.


The fifth grade students also attended Reunion Ranch for their 5th grade end of year trip.  While it was a bit muggy, the weather held and they were able to enjoy a full day of fun.  I know the students had a great time and look forward to this end of the year celebration!

Second graders did an awesome job at their end of year talent show. There were singers, magicians, gymnasts, dancers, and more. We have some very talented students!

This time of the year is a time of celebration. We have another year of learning under our belts and have made great gains. On Wednesday, we will celebrate the fifth grade students with their promotion ceremony. They have spent the last six years of their life in elementary school and this is a huge step on their educational journey.

I still can’t believe that this is the last week of school. This year has really flown by!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Principal of the Day!

Hi I am Jameson, and I was the principal for the day last week on Friday! I loved getting to walk around and greet people and it was fun when I got to hand out Eagle of the day bracelets and birthday pencils!

Some people asked me how I got to do the job. Well, on the day of the carnival I signed a form that if I was lucky enough I would win, and be the principal of Oak Hill for a day. A couple of days later my mom came home from work and said “Jameson, you won! You’re going to be principal!!!!!” My first thought was that I would get to see my sister, Sophie, in her class and maybe call her down to the principal’s office.

 I also met with Mrs. Komassa, and we decided I could make recess five minutes longer for everyone!

When I was principal, I got to see lots of great things. I got to introduce everyone at the Soaring Eagle Singers performance. They did a great job at the last concert of the year. My favorite song was “I’ve Got a Feeling.”

When we walked around classrooms I noticed that the kids were behaving, doing their work, and paying attention. I saw kids playing chess and thinking really hard. In kindergarten, kids were reading fairy tales about the little red hen and then the kids went and did their own story with mixed up fairy tales. In Ms. Kanak’s class, they were doing centers in their class because it was raining that day.

My favorite part of the day was when me and Ms.Geeta filled the candy stash with CANDY!!!!!! That was chocolate!!!

From Ms. Komassa: It was great having a shadow for the day and sharing with Jameson the job of a principal. He was so eager to walk around and shake hands and to go visit all the classrooms. While he didn't have recess himself, he was certainly the hero of the day by giving extra recess to the school. He did a great job as the principal of the day, but I think he decided he'd rather be a kid for a while longer- I certainly can't blame him for that.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wow! It's been BUSY!

The past two weeks have been extremely busy and I know that with the end of the school year rapidly approaching, things will get even busier! We had some wonderful things happen over the last two weeks that I wanted to share with you, but I haven't even had time to blog about them.

Second grade performed a wonderful Fairy Tale program for the entire school. They worked so hard on the performance and it was spectacular! I loved how they took current and popular songs and added a fairy tale twist to them.  The students dressed up in fairy tale costumes and looked super cute too. Just look at these adorable characters!





We also had a visit from the superhero Batman. He came to help us thank the many volunteers who give so much of their time to help out the school.  We honored them with a delicious breakfast as a small token of our appreciation for all of the things they do around the school to help us. We could NOT do it without them! They are true HEROES for OHE!

Fourth grade took a field trip to the Capitol and the Texas State Cemetery since they did not get to go last year in third grade due to weather. They had a great time and even got to see a large rally going on at the Capitol. I'm sure they enjoyed seeing all of the people there.

The Soaring Eagle singers performed and as always, it was fantastic! They just keep getting better and better. Ms. Brown and Ms. Flaherty continue to work so hard to make this group such a huge success. I know the students love being in choir!


This coming week, we have spirit day on Friday. Be sure to wear some shades or neon clothes to show how bright your future is! The week after, May 9-11, is our last round of STAAR testing. Students in 3,4, and 5 will be testing on various days. The campus will be closed on May 9, 10, and 11.

I can't believe it's May already! This year has flown by and it has been a great one!