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

A Note from the Principal


  We had a great turnout last night for our PTO sponsored Curriculum Night.  We are so fortunate to have such a supportive PTO and a community that supports our schools. 

   If you had a chance to visit with us last night, you may have discovered we have a new Sports History course that will be offered next year.  This will give added relevance to students that have a love of sport.  This course was developed by Mrs. Hill and Mr. Moore to better meet the needs of our students.

   We also have a new Mass Communications course that will be taught by Traci Hale.  She is our Community Relations director, and this College Credit Plus Sinclair course will give our students the opportunity to learn from Mrs. Hale, who has over twenty years of experience teaching communications. 

   If you have questions about any of the options available for our students as you work on their schedules for next year, please contact us.  Our school counselors are an excellent resource.  


   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 Program of Studies 2019-2020

From the Prevention/Intervention Counselor

Class of 2019 Information

Outstanding Fees on Grade Cards

Summer School Packets 2019

Next Week at OHS

Sports Shorts with Mrs. Connor


 Upcoming Tournament Dates:


Division II Boy's Swimming Sectionals will be held at the Washington Twp. Rec Center TONIGHT.


Division II Girls' Swimming Sectionals will be held at Mason HS on February 9.


Division II HS Girls' Basketball Sectional Tournament will begin the week of February 14 or 16 at Lebanon HS.  Exact date/time will be determined at the tournament drawing.


Division II HS Boys' Basketball Sectional Tournament will begin on February 22 or 23 at Trent Arena in Kettering.  Exact date/time will be determined at the tournament drawing.


SWBL HS Wrestling Tournament will be held at Monroe HS on February 15 and 16.


Division II Sectional Wrestling will be held at Graham HS on February 22 and 23.


The Winter Sports Banquet will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30pm in the west gym.  Girls' basketball, boys' basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, and swimming & diving teams will be recognized.


There will be a Spring Parent/Athlete Mandatory Meeting on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00pm in the cafeteria for all Jr. and Sr. High baseball, softball, track & field, boys' tennis and lacrosse student-athletes and their parents.


Try-outs for the high school spring sports teams begin soon.  Baseball, boys' & girls' lacrosse try-outs start February 18, softball on February 25, track & field and boys' tennis begin on March 4. 


Please check out the athletic webpage for details or call (937) 297-5342.



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 


  • Friday, February 8, Boys' Fr/JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Bellbrook, 4:30 p.m., HOME (the "Pit")
  • Friday, February 8, Varsity Boys' Swimming @ Sectionals, 5:00 p.m., AWAY
  • Saturday, February 9, Varsity Girls' Swimming @Sectionals, Time TBA, AWAY
  • Saturday, February 9, Varsity Wrestling vs. OPEN, Time TBD AWAY
  • Saturday, February 9, Boys' Fr/JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Tippecanoe, 4:30 p.m. HOME (the "Pit")
  • Tuesday, February 12, Boys' Fr/JV/Varsity Basketball vs. Bishop Fenwick, 4:30 p.m. HOME (the "Pit")



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.



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


News from the nurse


Tips for Raising Heart Healthy Kids


     February is National Heart Month so I thought that I would provide some tips for raising heart healthy kids and teens. It is also time for parents to evaluate their own exercise and diet routines.

1.    Protect your child who participates in sports with pre-sport heart screenings. The American Heart Association recommends that children be screened prior to participating in sports with a review of the personal and family medical history and a physical exam by their pediatrician to detect any potential risks.

2.    Provide a heart healthy diet for your whole family. Elevated cholesterol is one of the many risk factors for heart disease. It's important to provide unsaturated fats, limit processed foods, and add fiber rich foods. A heart healthy diet includes lean meats, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products and whole grains.

3.    Encourage physical activity for the whole family every day. Because we live in such a busy, fast paced society it is difficult to schedule time for exercise, but kids are more likely to get some physical activity if you do things with them. Activities such as a walk to the park, riding a bike, dancing, playing tag or going for a walk at the mall can reduce stress and help you bond with your child.

4.    Talk to your children about the dangers of smoking as well as alcohol and drug use at an early age. It is essential to keep the lines of communication open throughout the teen years.

5.    Valentines Day is a wonderful time to tell your children how much you love them. Whether it is writing a love note or making a list of things that you are grateful for relating to each child this provides an opportunity for the whole family to express gratitude and love for each other. Parenting can be challenging but it is important to let your children know that you are proud of them.


 OHS Program of Studies 2019-2020 School Year


Students received our OHS Program of Studies for the 2019-2020 school year in class meetings at the beginning of the week. 


Please check out our OHS Program of Studies online anytime.  This is the most current and up-to-date Program of Studies.


From the Prevention/Intervention Counselor


A warm, open family environment - where kids can talk about their feelings, where their achievements are praised, and where their self-esteem is boosted - encourages kids to come forward with their questions and concerns.  When censored in their own homes, kids go elsewhere to find support and answers to their most important questions.


Make talking and having conversations with your kids a regular part of your day.  Finding time to do things you enjoy together as a family helps everyone stay connected and maintain open communication.  If you are looking for more resources for yourself or your child, be sure to also talk to your doctor.





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


Outstanding Fees on Grade Cards


Grade cards were mailed on Thursday, January 10.  If your student owes school fees, a notation is on the grade card and a detailed attachment was included with our mailing.  Please not that these fees can be paid in the bookroom by cash or check (payable to Oakwood High School) or by mailing a check to the school.  School fees can also be paid online by going to and clicking on the EZPay icon on the front page.


Reminder:  The deadline to pay for an AP Exam is Thursday,

February 14. 


The last day to order a 2018-2019 yearbook is March 21.  The optional $65 yearbook fee will be removed from each student's account after this date.


Summer School Packets 2019


Beginning this past Wednesday, 2/6/19, 2019 Summer School packets were made available in all the schools' offices. There are a variety of high school courses offered.


Summer School sign-ups will begin on Thursday, 3/7/19 at 8:00 a.m. for current sophomores and juniors.


Beginning Monday, 3/11/19 at 8:00 a.m., and continuing through Friday, 4/12/19 at 3:15 p.m., all students may register for summer classes daily in the Senior High Book Room. No early registrations accepted.


Next Week at OHS - Special Events


    • Friday, February 15 - NO SCHOOL - Full PD Day

    • Monday, February 18 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

    • Tuesday-Friday (Feb.19-22) - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


Looking ahead:



Wednesday, March 7 - Orchestra Concert with UD, auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12 - ACT Testing, all juniors/elective sophomores

Friday, March 15 - Principal/Superintendent Advisory Council meeting, room 204, 11:45 a.m.

Friday, March 15 - Last Day of Grading period (Quarter 3)


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


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