Principal, Brian Young
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
In this month of thanksgiving, the Oaklea staff would like to express our appreciation to all of you for supporting our work to promote the development of our students.
We have several exciting developments to share. Oaklea has recently received exciting news that the Lane Arts Council has selected our school to be their nominee for the Studio to School Grant. The 3 year grant would potentially bring $70,000 of funds to the building for art enrichment opportunities from music to dance to the visual and performing arts. The grant could also provide possible enrichment to after school programs. Only 15 schools in the state will be selected, and the Council is currently working with staff to submit the application. We will keep you posted, as recipients will be awarded the funding sometime this spring. The Lane Arts Council chose Oaklea to be their nominee based in large part on the work currently being done to integrate the arts in 5th and 6th grade, as well as our After School program.
About a dozen of our staff members had the opportunity to go to the Tri County Chamber of Commerce dinner to see Bruce Reinmuth recognized as the Junction City “Educator of the Year”. This was quite an honor for a teacher who has devoted 38 years of his life to positive influence in the classroom.
Our Oaklea choir students gave a performance for local fire fighters and police officers at the JC fire department on Tuesday the 26th. Our annual Fall Fun Night took place on the evening of the 19th, with students and family members enjoying such activities as volleyball and miniature golf, karaoke, a cake walk, the Scholastic Book Fair, and a Newlywed style game show called “Do You Know Your Family?” hosted by Mr. Young in a polyester suit. Thanks to the many students and families who attended!
7th & 8th Grade girls’ basketball is underway, with Oaklea wrestlers also competing and practicing at the high school. Boys’ basketball will begin in January, shortly after the holiday break.
Coming up early in December, students will be able to purchase free holiday gifts with Tiger Stripes at the “Winter Giving Store”. This is a fun incentive program brought to Oaklea by the parent group and the PBIS committee. Students have earned the incentives for safe, respectful, and responsible behavior.
Finally, we have made a change in our master schedule to add an Applied Algebra course for our advanced level 8th grade math students. This will be an adjustment for 2nd and 3rd trimester. Our Dean of Students, Justin Corey, will be teaching this class 1st period. We appreciate Mr. Corey’s willingness to teach the class, as it will provide less of an impact on class numbers and the flow of our master schedule.
Finally, 1st trimester report cards will be mailed out during the first week of December. The 7th and 8th grade teams have decided to have just one Awards Assembly in the spring. Students who qualify for Honor Roll and the Principal’s Award (4.0 GPA) will still receive certificates to take home each term. 5th and 6th Grade Teams will maintain their grade level assemblies each term, and information on time and dates is pending. Have a wonderful holiday season with friends and family! It continues to be a pleasure to work with the staff and students at Oaklea.!