Astronaut General Joe Engle and OHS Science Teacher Heidi Edwards, who received the

A Note from the Principal


   Happy New Year!  This is going to be the best year Oakwood High School has ever experienced!  Our kids are so amazing!

   We have a wonderful group of seniors leading our Freshman Challenge this year.  This event will take place on January 9, and all ninth graders will be involved. This is a continuation of freshman orientation and entails the students moving through seven stations throughout the day.

   The idea is that if students get to know each other better, they will discover they have more in common than they have differences.  Not only does this day give our freshmen an opportunity to get to know each other, but it also provides leadership opportunities for our upper classmen as well as builds relationships across grade levels. 

   We are very intentional about teaching and modeling positive behaviors with our students in order to continue an enriching and positive climate and culture at OHS.  While these are not measurable tested areas, climate and culture have a huge impact on the academic success of our students. We will continue to focus on the emotional and social needs of our students throughout their time at OHS.

   Speaking of academic success, this year we instituted an opportunity for students  to aide in classrooms with the purpose of peer tutoring.  If you have a son or daughter who is strong in a particular area such as math, science, band, art, etc., they can sign up to be an academic aide and work with students in a classroom along with the teacher.  Students need to pick up a form in the guidance office and must have a period such as study hall available. 

   If students are interested, have them stop by the guidance office and see Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Hill in room 211.

   This is a great opportunity for students looking to log volunteer hours as well as those thinking about going into a teaching career.


   Go Jacks!


Paul Waller
Oakwood High School



Other Items in This Edition


Sports Shorts with Mrs. Connor

OHS Athletics in the Week Ahead

What's Happening in the Guidance Department

News from the nurse

OHS Curriculum Night

From the Prevention/Intervention Counselor

Class of 2019 Information

Freshmen Challenge Information

Next Week at OHS

Sports Shorts with Mrs. Connor


 Will return soon.



Your source for information regarding our athletic teams and their schedules is; select Athletics.  Here you are able to access contact information for coaches, directions to events, schedules and necessary forms for participation. 

OHS Athletics in the Week Ahead 


  • Saturday, January 5, Girls' JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Valley View, 12:00 p.m., HOME (East Gym, The "Pit")
  • Saturday, January 5, Boys' Fr/JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Waynesville, 4:30 p.m. HOME (East Gym, The "Pit")
  • Saturday, January 5, Varsity Wrestling vs. Bellbrook, Time TBA AWAY
  • Tuesday, January 8, Boys' Fr/JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Stivers, 4:30 p.m. AWAY
  • Tuesday, January 8, Girls' JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Waynesville, 6:00 AWAY
  • Tuesday, January 8, Boys' JV Wrestling vs. Carroll, Time TBA AWAY
  • Thursday, January 10, Boys' Varsity Wrestling vs. Brookville, Time TBA AWAY
  • Thursday, January 10, Girls' JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Eaton, 6:00 HOME (East Gym, The "Pit")
  • Friday, January 11, Boys' Fr/JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Monroe, 4:30 HOME (East Gym, The "Pit")
  • Friday, January 11, Varsity Swim & Dive vs. Alter, 5:00 p.m. HOME (WSU-Senior Night for OHS and Alter)



You can find more information at the OJH/OHS Athletics Page.

What's Happening in the Guidance Department

One of our most popular need-based scholarships, the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship (DMCS), requires a completed FAFSA as part of the application.  The DMCS application site will open in December, and the deadline is March 8, 2019, 4pmIt is imperative that you submit your FAFSA in order to be eligible for the DMCS.  More information about the DMCS and the Oakwood Foundation Scholarships will be shared with all seniors prior to Holiday Break.


Attention Sophomores: OHS will be administering the Pre-ACT during the school day March 12, 2019.  This is a practice test in preparation for junior year's ACT.  The Pre-ACT will be optional, and will cost $22.  This was an optional fee to be paid at the beginning of the year.  Joni Sherk will post a list of students who have paid in February.  Please have your student look for their name on the bookroom door at that time.  You may also email Joni Sherk directly at  Payment should be made by Thursday, February 14, 2019.


11th Grade Students and Parents:  The school counselors will be calling juniors to the guidance office for an individual conference this month. 


Parents, if you would like to schedule a junior parent conference, please call 297-5326 starting in February.  We will discuss your student's plans for life after their high school graduation.


10th Grade Students and Parents:  Representatives from the Kettering and Centerville High School Career Tech Programs will be here on Thursday, January 10 to talk to the entire class of 2021 about the opportunities available for them their junior and senior years. 


A letter containing more detailed information was sent to the parents of sophomores through e-notify on Wednesday, January 3. 


Please contact the high school office at 297-5325 if you have any other questions.


News from the nurse


Tips for starting the New Year on a Positive Note


·   Make a list of goals for the year along with the steps you need to take to achieve them. Resetting your focus is important to making it a successful year.

·   Place a priority on maintaining health by scheduling routine checkups with your physician.

·   Commit to being more physically fit even if it is to start walking every day. Focus on healthy nutrition for energy to stay active.

·   Make quality sleep a priority. The body needs the proper amount of rest to remain healthy.

·   Develop an attitude of gratitude. Commit to writing down something you are thankful for every day as you look at your daily planner. It will change your outlook from negative to positive.

·   Make lifelong learning a habit. The brain will start to deteriorate if it is not stimulated on a regular basis. This is essential as we age.

·   Strengthen social relationships. The power of support from family and friends is essential for maintaining good emotional health.

·   Stay POSITIVE! The power of positive thinking cannot be stressed enough. With faith and a positive attitude all things are truly possible! Have a wonderful New Year! 


 OHS Curriculum Night


 February 7, 2019 - 5:00 - 8:00 - WEST GYM


Parents and students are invited to our Curriculum Night held in the west gym on Thursday, February 7


Booths will be set up and our teachers will be available to answer your questions about our course offerings for the 2019-2020 school year


For our students, the weeks following Curriculum Night will include class meetings with the guidance department, acquiring teacher recommendations for classes and the selection of courses for next school year. 


If you are the parent of a current 8th grade student, please plan to meet in the auditorium at 5:30 to learn more details about scheduling high school classes.  If your child is considering College Credit Plus (formerly PSEO and/or Dual Enrollment), plan to break for a mandatory meeting for both the student and one parent. 


The College Credit Plus meeting will be from 7:00 to 8:00 in the auditorium.        

From the Prevention/Intervention Counselor


No parent, child, or family member is immune to the effects of drugs.  Any kid can end up in trouble, even those who have made an effort to avoid them.  Kids who have friends who use drugs are likely to try drugs themselves.  Those feeling socially isolated for whatever reason may turn to drugs.  It's important to know your child's friends - and their parents.  Create rules and expectations early.  Trying to set rules and boundaries late in a teen's life could prove to be disastrous.



For more information and other events, check out the BOLD page on our website.


Class of 2019 Information


For planning purposes, the location of the Class of 2019 commencement will be the Dayton Convention Center.  This ceremony takes places on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.


Seniors who have not ordered their cap and gown should call Jostens at 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) to order or go to their website at  Jostens has designed a custom rental gown for Oakwood.  The cost to rent this gown is $40 plus 7.25% sales tax ($42.90).  The rental gown will be returned after the commencement ceremony; however, the cap and tassel are yours to keep.  Please make sure to order the cap/gown/tassel unit through Jostens. 


Seniors are reminded to schedule a sitting appointment with Easterling Studios for their senior portraits.  


If pictures are taken at Easterling, the senior will automatically be included in the class composite and yearbook.  If photos are taken by another studio, seniors MUST schedule a sitting with Easterling to be included in the composite photo.  Pictures from a studio other than Easterling will not be included in the composite picture as this is a gift to the school from Easterling Studios.  Easterling's phone number is 222-8410.  You may also visit their website at


The Senior Slide Show Committee is collecting high-quality pictures for the commencement slide show, and we need your help!  We need elementary, junior high, and underclass pictures AND pictures of seniors in action from Oakwood Schools events.  If you take pictures, you can submit them to, or bring them to the collection box outside the senior high office. Please indicate whether they are from senior year or earlier years.  If you are leaving hard copies, please make sure to put your name on the back so that they can be returned to you.  Names of those pictured would also be much appreciated.


Seniors:  Please send in a baby/toddler picture to Mrs. Baker in the high school office.  You may bring in a picture or scan and email a picture to Mrs. Baker at


The Freshmen Challenge


Oakwood High School's annual Freshmen Challenge Day will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  The goal of this daylong session is to promote good relationships and a caring attitude toward others. 


Team building activities will help students to foster awareness of others, and to allow them to interact with their classmates in a healthy, positive setting.  Students will have opportunities to give positive feedback to their peers, as well as discuss negative judgments and stereotypes. 


Our overall goal is to have a positive day where we can partake in activities that promote good attitudes and choices, as well as a day to build good relationships within the current freshmen class.  Upperclassmen, who receive mandatory training, will facilitate each of the freshmen groups. 


If you have any questions or concerns, contact Mrs. Bline at or call 297-5325.


Next Week at OHS - Special Events


    • Wednesday, January 9th - Freshmen Challenge

    • Thursday, January 10 - Career Education presentation for all 10th grade students, 3rd period in auditorium

    • Thursday, January 10 - PTO Meeting, room 204, 11:45 a.m.
    • Thursday, January 10 - Grade cards mailed


Looking ahead:


Thursday, January 10 - Grade cards mailed

Thursday, January 10 - PTO Meeting, room 204, 11:45 a.m.

Friday, January 18 - 1/2 Day, Early Dismissal at 11:43 a.m.

Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL




For a full calendar of OHS activities, go to the OHS Webpage and view the calendar.


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