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OHS Student Handbook

Welcome to the online version of the Oakwood High School Student Handbook.  You can find all of the following sections by scrolling down throughout the pages or you can click on a section in the Table of Contents and go to that section directly.

Table of Contents

Principal's Welcome

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Oakwood High School. Oakwood High School is a place that has a long tradition of academic excellence. The opportunities that lie ahead of you will not only provide you with an abundance of knowledge, but will also enable you to apply this knowledge in a rapidly changing global society.

Oakwood High School’s rich curriculum includes advanced placement courses as well as a wide variety of college credit plus courses that allow students the opportunity to graduate from OHS with college credits. I encourage you to get involved in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular and co-curricular activities. These experiences are vital to a well-rounded education and the development of your assets.

I hope you choose to make the most of your time at Oakwood High School. I wish you the very best and I, along with our entire faculty and staff, am dedicated to afford you the best educational opportunity possible. Go Jacks and Jills!

Paul J. Waller, Ph.D., Principal

Communications

Oakwood High School provides information to parents, students, and the community through a variety of sources. A newsletter is emailed to OHS families about seven times each year and is posted on our web page. Our web page provides information about all phases of OHS operations, the high school calendar of events, our program of study, and our student handbook. In addition, links on the high school web page direct users to guidance services and scholarship information, our athletic homepage, and the media center’s homepage and services.

 Parents are encouraged to subscribe to the Oakwood email list to receive district and school communication.  Each student is assigned an email account with Oakwood Schools. Our guidance department and teachers communicate with students through their assigned Oakwood email account. You can also follow Oakwood High School on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/OakwoodHigh. In addition, parents can access their children’s grades, attendance records, and other data through ProgressBook. Finally, the school may be contacted at 297-5325 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. weekdays.

Directory

Paul Waller
Tim Badenhop
Beth Baker
Joni Sherk
Laura Connor
Paul Stone
Barbara McCray
Kelly Owens
Paige Lumpkins
Adam Woessner
Joan Bline
Beth Johnson 
Mary Barnett
Betsy MacConnell 
Amy Samosky
Matt Sproat

Principal
Jr. High Principal/Associate High School Principal
Administrative Assistant to Principal
Financial Administrative Assistant
Director of Athletics & Student Activities
Assistant Athletic Director/Testing Coordinator
Attendance Administrative Assistant
School Counselor/Guidance Department Chairperson
School Counselor
School Counselor
Prevention/Intervention Counselor
Guidance Administrative Assistant
District/School School Nurse
Speech Therapist
School Psychologist
Technology Coordinator

PHONE NUMBERS

Attendance Office                                      297-5330
Athletic Office                                           297-5342
Guidance Office                                        297-5326
Senior High Office                                    297-5325
Senior High Fax Machine                          297-5348
Junior High Office                                     297-5328
Board of Education                                    297-5332

Contact Information

Civil Rights Compliance Officer
EMAD Coordinator
Liaison for Homeless Children   
          
          Allyson Couch, Director of Educational Services 
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-7802
          couch.allyson@oakwoodschools.org

Prevailing Wage Coordinator
Public Records Designee

          Dan Schall, Treasurer
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-5332
           schall.dan@oakwoodschools.org

OSHA Safety Director
Toxic Hazard Preparedness Officer

          Todd Scott, Operations Coordinator
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-5332
          scott.todd@oakwoodschools.org

Anti-Harassment Complaint Coordinator
          Dr. Kyle Ramey, Superintendent
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-5332
          ramey.kyle@oakwoodschools.org

Anti-Harassment Complaint Investigator
Coordinator of Records:

          Oakwood High School: Dr. Paul Waller, Principal
          1200 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5325
          waller.paul@oakwoodschools.org

          Oakwood Junior High School:  Tim Badenhop, Principal
          1200 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5328
          badenhop.tim@oakwoodschools.org

          Harman Elementary School:  Sarah Patterson, Principal
          735 Harman Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5338
          patterson.sarah@oakwoodschools.org

          Edwin D. Smith Elementary School:  Chrissy Elliott, Principal
          1701 Shafor Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5335
          elliott.chrissy@oakwoodschools.org

          Lange School: Frank Eaton, Principal
          219 W. Dorothy Lane, Dayton, OH 45429
          (937) 299-8730
          eaton.frank@oakwoodschools.org

History of Oakwood High School

For over 150 years, the Oakwood School system has served its community through several stages of expansion and development. In 1846, district Number Seven, Van Buren Township, was the first elementary school established in the area. In 1909 it was moved to the northwest corner of Harman and Dixon Avenues where a barn was purchased and converted into a school building. Soon after Harman Avenue School moved out of its first building, “The Barn”, into a new brick structure; plans were made to establish a high school in Oakwood.

High school classes were organized and met in rooms at the elementary school during the designing and construction of the high school. In 1922 the Board of Education acquired a ten-acre farm on Far Hills Avenue in the geographical center of Oakwood. A high school building was designed in the style of an English country manor by the architectural firm of Schenck and Williams. Oakwood High School was completed for the1923-1924 school year, and of the 125 students in attendance; eight seniors were graduated that spring. The building quickly became a “must” for visiting educators to see, as its beauty and atmosphere were unusual in a school building. The art room was one of the first fully equipped facilities in the country.

An additional 5.5 acres were purchased to complete the site in 1924. A field house was built in 1929 and by 1932 this first expansion which also included a junior high school with a library, shop and band room was completed. Stadium construction was approved in 1936.

A new part of the building was created between 1959 and 1961 by passing a science wing through the courtyard, and the guidance offices came from the remodeling of a large classroom in 1961. Next came construction of the second floor addition above the science wing in 1967. Other remodeling projects also included the instrumental music room, auditorium and library. In 1990, the building was made accessible to the handicapped by adding an elevator and a new hallway to connect the senior hall and the freshman hall.

Beginning in 2003, the school underwent major updating primarily to the north end of the building including the addition of five classrooms, a faculty work area, new restrooms, and a second elevator. In addition, the locker rooms were modernized and expanded and a new “colonnade” façade was added to the “Pit” entrance on the east side. Classroom renovations were completed in September 2005.

Lane Stadium is Oakwood’s newest symbol of the broader community’s support for and investment in its children, and it represents a shared vision for future generations. Finished in 2017, this new athletic complex is the home of Oakwood’s soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and track and field teams. Today’s appearance of Oakwood High School from Far Hills Avenue is nearly identical to the drawing from a 1920’s brochure published before the school was built. Inside changes help provide students with the facilities needed for education in the new millennium.

vision Statement

The Oakwood School community educates students to become ethical decision-makers who achieve their life goals, take responsible risks, and contribute to the greater good of the world.  Graduates are prepared for their post-secondary pursuits, proud of their Oakwood education, and poised to lead and serve.

Our Mission

Doing what is best for students is our guiding principle.  To this end, the Oakwood School community commits the resources, support, expertise, and experiences needed for all students to achieve.

Core Values

EXCELLENCE:  Excellence is our commitment to superior standards in all that we do.  We pursue continued growth and strive to achieve the highest levels of performance in all endeavors.

COMMUNITY:  Community describes a commitment to our students that is shared by our citizens, families, faculty and staff.  Our students thrive when relationships and a sense of common purpose are focused towards making a positive difference in their lives.

TRUST:  Trust is the confidence we place in one another to act with integrity and in the best interests of our students.

RESPECT:  It is important that we seek ways to demonstrate our understanding of and appreciation for differences among us.  All of our students deserve to experience the excellence Oakwood offers in ways that complement their individual strengths and needs.

ACCOUNTABILITY:  Accountability is the commitment to examine all endeavors with a constructive and critical eye in order to take responsible and dynamic action.

SERVICE:  Going beyond self and giving back to the broader community are essential experiences for personal growth.

TRADITION:  We celebrate our history by appreciating our traditions.  A shared sense of belonging to a special place inspires commitment to quality.

FUTURE:  We honor our history by embracing the future.  This requires leadership at all levels that is forward thinking and informed by divergent perspectives.

Student Council

Constitution of the OHS Student Council

Article I: Name
The name of this organization shall be the Oakwood Senior High School Student Council.

Article II: Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to serve as an official medium through which students’ ideas and opinions may be presented for faculty and administrative action. The Oakwood High School Student Council functions as a governing body (with faculty supervision) for the development, promotion, and administration of student affairs, gives organized student support to educational, recreational, social, and charitable activities initiated and sponsored by the school, and facilitates a closer relationship among students, faculty, and administration.

Article III: Membership
The Student Council shall consist of the following positions for each grade level:

  • Class President
  • Class Secretary
  • Class Treasurer
  • Three elected class council members
  • Two at-large council members (appointed by class council)

Each class will have eight representative members; student council membership overall will equal thirty-two members.

Refer to the Oakwood High School Student Council Constitution for more details on Article IV, Elections; Article V, Duties; Article VI, Internal Discipline; Article VII, Amendments; Article VIII, Vetoes; and Article IX, Voting.

2019-2020 Student Council

Class of 2020
Elizabeth Vaughn, President
Nate Pohl, Secretary
Lily Eifert, Treasurer
Council Members:
Nathan Boyce
Abby Duwel
Gavin Enseleit
Sophie Schnell

Class Advisor, Mrs. Colson

Class of 2021
Lane Bokros, President
Ben Goeller, Secretary
Sam Stack, Treasurer
Council Members:  
Bryn Cortez
Canaan Smith
Zoe Waller
Ty Webb
Marley Wiemers

Class Advisor, Mrs. Morris

Class of 2022
Elise Houdeshell, President
Janie Woods, Secretary
Cat Tian-Svobodny, Treasurer
Council Members:
Lilly Hemm
Becker Kash
Quinn MacDonald
Jacob Miller
Caleb Woessner

Class Advisor, Mrs. Veneman

Class of 2023
Charli Kulka, President
Emma Almoney, Secretary
Ethan Stone, Treasurer
Council Members:
Charlie Armitage
Grace Bauer
Ian Ganow
Brynn Jefferis

Class Advisor
Mrs. Sullivan

Dates to Remember

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First Day for Students
Senior High Open House, 7:00 p.m.
Dismissal at 11:43/PD ½ Day
Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
Picture Day
Parent/Teacher Conferences, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.
NO SCHOOL/Full PD Day
Homecoming Weekend
Last Day of Grading Period
Picture Retake Day
Dismissal at 11:43/PD ½ Day
Grade Cards Mailed
Fall Sports Banquet, 6:30 p.m.     
NO SCHOOL
Fall Sports Banquet, 6:30 p.m.
Dismissal at 11:43/PD 1/2 Day
Fall Play Performances, Auditorium
Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
Exams – First Semester
End First Semester
Holiday Break – NO SCHOOL
Classes Resume
Grade Cards Mailed
Dismissal at 11:43/PD ½ Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Senior High Curriculum Night, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
NO SCHOOL/Full PD Day
Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL
Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
Classes Resume
Winter Sports Banquet, 6:30 p.m.       
Last Day of Grading Period   
Spring Musical Performances, Auditorium
Grade Cards Mailed
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
Classes Resume
Dismissal at 11:43/PD ½ Day
Senior High Awards, Auditorium, 8:30 a.m., 1:35 p.m.      
Spring Sports Banquet, 6:30 p.m.
Class of 2020 Academic Awards Program, 6:30 p.m.
Baccalaureate, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6:30
Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
Commencement, Dayton Convention Center, 7:00
Exams (End 2nd Semester)
Grade Cards Mailed

Bell Schedule

Guidance and Counseling Service

Professional school counselors are licensed professionals with a masters’ degree or higher in school counseling or the substantial equivalent and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students.  Professional school counselors deliver a comprehensive School Counseling program encouraging all students’ academic, career and personal/social development and helping all students in maximizing student achievement.

The OHS guidance staff includes three school counselors, a guidance administrative assistant and the services of a mental health therapist, the school psychologist and the Prevention/Intervention Counselor.  Each student is assigned a school counselor.  

Minimum Standard Program

The minimum standard program at Oakwood High School each year is 5.50 periods. A note of explanation approved by the student’s counselor and the principal is required if the student wishes to take fewer than the minimum number of periods. Illnesses or disabilities are generally the only reasons considered for reducing the program.

Grade Level Assignment

Tenth grade assignment requires a total of 5.50 credits. Eleventh grade assignment requires 11 credits. Twelfth grade assignment requires 16.50 credits or projected to receive 22 credits by the end of the senior year.

Program of Studies

To review the Oakwood High School curriculum, please refer to the OHS Program of Study

Graduation Requirements

English                      4 (includes successful completion of research portfolio)
Mathematics              4
Science                       3
Social Studies             4 (1 cr. US History, .5 cr. Government, 2021 and beyond .5 credit World History)
Health                       .5              
Phys. Ed.                   .5 (.25 per semester)
Fine Arts                     1 (this requirement can be met in 7th & 8th grade)
Additional Electives    5
Total Minimum         22

The Class of 2019 and beyond will be required to take Ohio’s State Tests and a college admission test during the junior year, meeting specific performance criteria to receive a diploma and to participate in commencement. Further information can be found in the Program of Studies. Students who elect to graduate early may either walk with their class and receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony, or accept their diploma upon completion of their graduation requirements and forfeit the opportunity to participate in commencement.

Criteria for Academic Honors Diploma

Students may qualify for an “Academic Honors Diploma.” The following criteria have been adopted by the State Department of Education. To be awarded an “Academic Honors Diploma” the student shall:

1. Successfully complete the requirements for graduation as established by the Oakwood Board of Education.
2. Successfully pass the Ohio Graduation Test.

3. Successfully meet all but one of the following criteria:
             a. Earn four units of English
             b. Earn four units of mathematics, including algebra I, geometry, algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course, or a four-year     sequence of courses that contain equivalent content
             c. Earn four units of science, physics and chemistry recommended for college prep
             d. Earn four units of social studies
             e. Earn either three units of one world language or two units each of two world languages
             f. Earn one unit of fine arts (must be earned in high school to count toward the honors diploma)
             g. Maintain an overall high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year
             h. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Test (ACT) or a score of 1280 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

*Criteria for an “Academic Honors Diploma” for students in the class of 2021 and beyond and career education students differ from those listed above. Please check with the guidance office for the criteria for those students. The gold “Academic Honors Diploma” cord is the only cord worn during the commencement ceremony.

Grade Point Average

Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated at the end of each semester. Semester grades in all regular courses for which credit is granted are included in determining GPA with the exception of course work taken by tutoring, independent study, audit, and pass/fail. Grades in regular courses earn the following quality points: A = 4 (92-100), B = 3 (83-91), C = 2 (74-82), D = 1 (65-73), and F= 0 (below 65). Advanced Placement courses earn an “add-on” factor if the course is completed with an A, B, or C. The “add-on” factor is .05 for each course (.025 per semester). Board policy requires that AP students take the AP test in order to earn “add-on” credit. Students earning credit through College Credit Plus (CCP) will earn “add-ons” dependent on the number of credit hours.  The add-on for 3+ credit hour course is .05, .033 for 2 credit hours, and .0165 for 1 credit hour courses.  Only CCP courses with an equivalent Advanced Placement course will qualify for the add-on. These areas are:  English, mathematics, science, social studies, world language, art, and music.  Students enrolled in honors and high honors (AP prep) courses in English and mathematics receive no extra weighting for grades earned.

Formula for GPA = Total Quality Points divided by Credits attempted, plus any “add-on” points earned for AP courses with a grade of C or higher.

Courses may not be audited unless the student is repeating a course taken earlier. Grades earned in audit courses are not included in class rank and GPA. Students transferring into Oakwood High School from other accredited public and/or private schools do have their grades from the former school used in determining grade point average. Only AP and CCP courses are given an “add-on” to the GPA. Weighted grades for college preparatory courses, honors, or other designations from a former high school are not included in determining GPA.

In order to be designated class valedictorian or salutatorian, a candidate for graduation must have attended Oakwood High School as a full-time student for no less than three semesters during any of the sophomore, junior or senior years. The valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s) will be named at the end of the third grading period during their senior year. Final calculation will include third quarter grades as projected second semester averages and the ‘’add-on” factor for all AP  and CCP courses. CCP courses that started at the beginning of the second semester of senior year will be used in the calculation for valedictorian and salutatorian.  Early graduates are not eligible to be designated class valedictorian or salutatorian. Because of the tradition of academic rigor and the competitive educational environment at Oakwood High School, the school does not rank its students.

Online Courses

Students who opt to take online courses must consult with their school counselor. A registration form will need to be completed and signed by the student, parent, and school counselor. Students—especially seniors—should plan to complete their online courses by March 1 to avoid any delay in receiving final grades prior to graduation. If that is not possible, arrangements will need to be made with the online course facilitator. Please note, students may be required to report to the Library Media Center during the day (study hall or out of school periods) until the course is complete. Grades and credits for online coursework will be recorded on the student’s permanent record and used in calculation of the grade point average.

Credit Flexibility

Credit flexibility options are designed for those students who demonstrate the ability, interest, and maturity to accept personal responsibility for their learning in a selected curricular area and have the opportunity to pursue it outside of Oakwood High School. The credit flexibility option supports learners who conduct their own research, learning objectives, and stipulate a plan to accomplish the defined objectives outside of the traditional classroom. The policy provides a personalized educational opportunity for all students and helps them identify, acquire, and demonstrate the proficiency of their knowledge through standards to earn graduation credit. Students participate in an alternative learning experience beyond the boundaries of a classroom and demonstrate identified standards. Students must complete the Proposal for Credit Flexibility Form (see school counselor), define their educational goals, identify the standards they will demonstrate, and create a timeline for completion. With the approval of Oakwood City Schools, students can collaborate with an approved off-site instructional provider. Students should be aware that the NCAA Clearinghouse might not accept Credit Flex Course options. The deadline to apply for Credit Flex is May 1 for a yearlong or first semester course and November 1 for a second semester course.

College Credit Plus

Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program allows students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. There is no fee for tuition and books for the student and their family. A 3-semester hour college course translates to 1 high school credit.

Several College Credit Plus courses are offered through an agreement with local colleges and universities at Oakwood High School. Additionally, there are options for students to take courses either online or on a college campus. Further participation guidelines can be found in the Program of Studies.

College Credit Plus (CCP) courses that are 3 credit hours and higher receive .05 “add-on” credit, if they are in an area of study in which we offer an Advanced Placement course. These areas are: English, mathematics, science, social studies, world language, art and music. Any CCP course below 3 credit hours, and in one of these areas of study, will receive adjusted add-on credit. Any student can enroll in a CCP course offered at the high school without taking it for college credit. However, students will not receive add-on credit for taking a CCP course without being enrolled in the partnering college. In order to take CCP courses, students and parents must follow the approved CCP enrollment requirements.

Instructional Materials

Upon request, parents have the right to inspect any instructional material used as a part of the educational curriculum for their student. See Board Policy 2416 for the procedures for making such a request.

Alternative Educational Placement

An online program is available to students who are at risk for not graduating. Students who are considered for this program are credit deficient to the point that they are unable to graduate with their original class. Other placements are possible and are considered on a case-by-case basis. The student will sign a contract containing academic, behavior, and attendance policy as well as the consequences for not adhering to the contract.

Career Education Program

Career programs are available in the Kettering and Centerville school districts at no charge to Oakwood students. Most programs begin during the junior year, culminating the senior year. The programs typically involve a half-day at either Centerville High School or Fairmont High School while the student remains in their college prep curriculum at Oakwood High School. A student enrolled in one of these programs will receive his/her diploma from Oakwood High School. The Oakwood Board of Education, except for programs where a student must report to a job placement, will provide transportation. Allotted spaces for Oakwood students will be filled by approval of the Fairmont and Centerville career education teacher, counselor and/or administrator. These programs are designed to give students the education, background and training necessary for skills that will enable them, upon graduation from high school, to further their education in college, enter the world of work, or serve in the military. Students must meet certain criteria in order to participate in these programs. In most of the programs, students may earn college as well as high school credit. See the guidance department for specific information and detailed course descriptions.

Response to Intervention (RTI) Team

The RTI Team is a committee of faculty that meets to intervene on behalf of students needing assistance for academic, social, or “at-risk” issues. Students may be referred to this team by parents, teachers, or self-referral. Contact the high school guidance office for referral information.

Schedule Changes

Schedules are provided to each student at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment. Schedules are based on the student’s needs and available class space. Please consider course selections carefully to avoid unnecessary schedule changes. Any changes in a student’s schedule should be handled through the guidance office. The following guidelines will be used when considering a request to change a student’s schedule. Schedule changes may be limited by availability of classes, course conflicts, class size and balance of class sizes. If a course change is made after grades have been recorded, the grades from the first course will transfer to the new course to be averaged.

Year Courses:
1. A change to another full-year course may be made during the first two weeks of the first semester.
2. A drop/withdrawal before the end of the first nine-week grade period will not show on record as course attempted.
3. A drop/withdrawal during the second quarter will show a “W” on the report card.
4. A drop/withdrawal in the third quarter will show a “W” on the report card and a “W” for the second semester and final grade on the report card as well as on the transcript. A yearlong course will not receive partial credit or a first semester grade.
5. A drop/withdrawal from full-credit courses will not be made in the fourth nine-week grading period.

Semester Courses:
1. A change to another semester course may be made during the first week of the semester.
2. A drop/withdrawal before the end of first nine weeks of the semester will not show on record as course attempted.
3. A drop/withdrawal after the end of the first nine weeks will be recorded as follows: the first nine-week grade will be recorded on the report card. A “W” will be recorded on the report card for the second nine-week grade and for the semester grade on the report card as well as the transcript.
4. A drop/withdrawal from semester courses will not be made after the twelfth week of the semester.

Specialized Education Programs and Services

Oakwood Junior/Senior High School offers a continuum of program options under the umbrella of IDEA and ADA for students with special needs as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP’s) or 504 Plans. All students with disabilities are included in general education classes as much as appropriate. Supports and services for students with identified needs are offered in the general education classroom, resource room, and through community-based learning designed to teach skills leading to adult independence. The OJHS/OHS Intervention Specialists serve in several capacities for identified students: as a coordinator for vocational training within the community, as resource room teachers to provide direct instruction to qualifying students, and as collaborative teachers present with a general educator in the classroom to provide necessary modifications and accommodations for students. Resource classes in math, English, science, social studies, and academic transitions, are available for students with IEPs. Academic transitions instruction is provided through a Transitions Learning Center, a semester class where students can earn a .5 elective credit. Class instruction focuses on one’s transition goals outlined in his/her IEP to include: identifying learning styles, study skills, organizational strategies, memory skills strategies, goal setting, beginning the career assessment process, etc. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete homework, and study for tests/quizzes.

Speech and language services, hearing intervention services, vision intervention services, orientation and mobility services, adaptive physical education, physical therapy and occupational therapy are also available for students with identified needs. In addition, oral interpreters and aides assist students when appropriate. Support services that best meet the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students are available to English Learner (EL) students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs. Students must be evaluated and qualify as limited English proficient (LEP) and needing special language help and services through an assessment process.

Upon enrollment, families complete a Home Language Survey. Students whose home language is other than English are assessed by the English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor. Results are shared with families, and EL support is offered if the student qualifies. For more information concerning special education programs and services, contact our Special Education Supervisor at 297-7803.

Gifted Identification and Services

The Oakwood Board of Education has adopted a policy, in accordance with "Ohio Revised Code 3324.01 - 3324.07" and Ohio Administrative Code, 3301-51-15, for identifying children who are gifted. The state mandates that all students have the opportunity to be assessed for possible “giftedness” based on the state’s specific definition of giftedness, which follows:

Children who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified in the areas of superior cognitive domain, specific academic domain (math, science, social studies, reading/writing), creative thinking domain, and/or visual/performing arts domain (visual arts, music, dance, drama). The district uses an approach of assessment and identification to identify students who perform, or show potential for performing, at high levels of accomplishment in these domains.

To be identified as “gifted” a student must achieve the requisite cutoff score on an assessment instrument authorized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), which sets cutoff scores. Children may participate in either whole-grade assessment or referral-based assessment. Whole-grade level assessment occurs at grades 2, 4, and 6 in Oakwood City School District. For referral-based assessment, children may be referred for possible gifted identification on an ongoing basis based upon child request (self-referral), teacher recommendation, parent/guardian request, child referral of peer, or other referral. Referral forms are available in the school offices, Gifted Intervention Specialists’ offices, and counselors’ offices. While the State of Ohio requires that students have the opportunity to be assessed for giftedness, it does not require districts to provide services for students who are identified as gifted. Through local tax dollars, Oakwood employs three (3) Gifted Intervention Specialists (GIS) who assist teachers at Lange, Harman, Smith, and the Junior/Senior High Schools in working with students identified as gifted.

The gifted services revolve around instructional activities for students who have been identified in each of the four domains of giftedness defined by the state of Ohio. The district ensures equal opportunity for all students identified as gifted to receive services offered by the district. Additionally, students who participate in gifted services are guided by the development and implementation of Written Education Plans (WEPs) that document student data, goals, and progress. Differentiated instruction in the classroom is the linchpin of the program. Differentiated instruction requires modifying process, content, or product according to student need, readiness, and interest and it is often performed in consultation with the Gifted Intervention Specialist. Our instructional program at all levels continues to evolve in order to meet the needs of our learners, and annually revised gifted services matrices are available from the Gifted Intervention Specialists.

At the secondary level, we offer services to students identified as gifted through curricular offerings, including enrichment electives, honors and Advanced Placement courses, cluster-grouping, co-teaching models, and educational options. For more information regarding this program, contact the Gifted Intervention Specialist at 297-5328.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, military status, ancestry, age and genetic information in its program, activities or employment. Further, it is the policy of this District to provide an equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, color, creed, age, disability, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Oakwood Schools’ Civil Rights Compliance Officer is the Director of Educational Services, (937) 297-7802.

Attendance Procedures

Ohio Revised Code, Section 3321.01:
All children between ages six (6) and eighteen (18) are of compulsory school age and must attend school.

Ohio Revised Code, Section 3321.03:
It is the parent’s responsibility to cause the child to attend school.

Although the compulsory attendance laws of Ohio and State Board of Education regulations on attendance require rigorous enforcement by the school administration and faculty, of far greater significance to the student should be the fact that his attendance record is frequently instrumental in determining his future.

Absenteeism also affects a student’s ability to function at an optimum level. Some work that is missed in the classroom cannot be adequately made up. Sometimes absenteeism can have a major impact on the final grade a student receives for a given subject.

Student Code of Conduct

Extracurricular Activities Code of Conduct

Preamble

The District expects that all students at Oakwood High School and Junior High School will abide by the laws of the United States, the State of Ohio, and the City of Oakwood; will observe the lawful policies and administrative procedures and guidelines enacted by the Board of Education and the school administration, and will adhere particularly to the principles of the Student Code of Conduct.  This Extracurricular Activities Code of Conduct is a specific statement, within the broader expectations, as to that behavior expected of those whose participation in school-sponsored activities causes them to interact with the public and thus represent the school district.  Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege earned by adhering to the expected standards.

We intend to provide a strong incentive for students representing the Oakwood City Schools to demonstrate high personal standards and good citizenship at all times, and especially while participating in school-sponsored activities and athletics.  We intend to encourage honesty and personal integrity in our students as a preeminent value.   We intend for those who do not meet such standards to receive early and appropriate intervention and support, to help those who desire it, and to deny the privilege of participation to students unwilling to meet the commitments that the school district expects and articulates in this Policy.

Definitions

  1. Participating Student means any student attending Oakwood High School or Oakwood Junior High School during any Covered period.
  2. Prohibited Substance means any substance, including alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, or drugs, if the sale, use, possession or transfer of such substance is prohibited by law or school policy for such student.
  3. Covered Period means academic year and other periods during which a student is participating in an extracurricular activity.
  4. Day means a calendar day.
  5. Contest means any regular season or tournament competition, but excludes scrimmages.
  6. Family Education and/or Individual Assessment means that program of rehabilitation counseling determined to be necessary by the Director of Athletics and Student Activities, after consulting with the Guidance Chairman and the Prevention/Intervention Counselor.  The selected program may be conducted by the staff of the Oakwood City School District or by an outside agency or professional acceptable to the Director of Athletics and Student Activities at Oakwood High School.
  7. Extracurricular Activity means any athletic or non-athletic activity recognized as such by the Board of Education and for which academic credit is not granted.  Extracurricular activities include athletics, speech and debate, student council, class officers, academic team, project support, etc.
  8. Curricular Activity means any activity for which a student receives a grade.
  9. Co-curricular activities are activities related to academic courses, but are not required to earn credit in the course (i.e., French Club, Spanish Club, etc.)
  10. Involvement means being penalized for a violation of either Policy A: Substance Abuse, or Policy B: Serious Misconduct, under this Student Code of Conduct.  Involvements are cumulative during a student’s attendance at the junior high/senior high school, whether Policy A or Policy B is violated.

Substance Abuse

Policy A: Substance Abuse

Policy B: Serious Misconduct

Interscholastic Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the total school program at Oakwood High School. All students who wish to participate are encouraged to develop their talents and skills. Regulations pertaining to age, eligibility, physical examinations, parental permission to play, and school attendance are in accordance with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) standards. 

Oakwood High School provides equal athletic opportunities for both sexes.

Athletic Eligibility

Protocol for Resolving Student Activity Conflicts

Oakwood High School strongly encourages student participation in both curricular and extracurricular activities.  This student participation can lead to conflicts due to the schedules of two or more activities. Although every effort is made to avoid schedule conflicts, circumstances beyond the school’s control can lead to problems.  When two or more school activities cause a conflict for a student in terms of schedules and commitments, the following protocol will be followed:

1.      As soon as a student becomes aware of any impending conflict, the student must contact the advisors or coaches of these activities and let them know of the impending conflict.  The advisors/coaches must then consult with each other and resolve the conflict.  The advisors/coaches are responsible for communicating their resolution to the student and to the Athletic/Activity Director.  The resolution of the conflict must be honored by everyone involved.  Should a resolution not be worked out by the advisors/coaches, the Athletic/Activity Director will consult with all parties involved and decide the most appropriate resolution of the conflict.

2.      In general, performances and varsity games have priority over practices, junior varsity or freshman games or cheerleading.  Also, performance course evening concerts generally take precedence over extracurricular activities.  However, decisions as to the precedence of an activity will also consider the importance of the extracurricular/athletic activity (e.g., a league game, an OSHAA tournament event, a state or national qualifying speech or debate event), the contribution which the student would make to the respective performance or activity, and the significance of these factors for the entire school environment.

3.      Students may not be penalized in any way by any activity advisor, teacher, or coach for abiding by decisions related to this protocol.  The protocol is regarding only Oakwood High School activities and performance courses.  It does not apply to activities not related to or sponsored by Oakwood High School.

Policy on Drug-Free Schools

In accordance with Federal law, the Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school or school-approved vehicles, or at any school-related event. Drugs include any alcoholic beverages, anabolic steroid, dangerous, controlled substance as defined by State statute, or substance that could be considered a “look-a-like” controlled substance. Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with due process and as specified in the student handbooks, up to and including expulsion from school. When required by State law, the District will also notify law enforcement officials.

The District is concerned about any student who engages in alcohol or drug abuse and will facilitate the process by which s/he can receive help through programs and services available in the community. Students and their parents should contact the school principal or counseling office whenever such help is needed.

Breath Test/Saliva Drug Test

Oakwood City Schools reserves the right to require students to submit to the administration of a breathalyzer/saliva drug test both as a condition for admission/attendance/participation at school activities – including activities off campus – and at any other times deemed necessary by school or district officials.  This includes use during the academic day when deemed necessary by school or district officials.

Student Well-being

Student safety is the responsibility of both students and staff.  Staff members are familiar with emergency procedures such as evacuation procedures, fire and tornado drills, safety drills in the event of a terrorist or other violent attack, and accident reporting procedures.  If a student is aware of any dangerous situation or accident, they must notify a staff person immediately.

State law requires that all students have an emergency medical authorization completed and signed by a parent or guardian on file in the school office. Students with specific health care needs should deliver written notice about such needs, along with physician documentation, to the school office.

Student Dress Code

Oakwood High School is dedicated to creating a respectful environment that promotes an atmosphere conducive to learning and teaching.  Proper attire fosters positive behavior and proper demeanor.  Therefore, the following dress expectations will be enforced:

1.  Clothing and accessories should not:
a.      Be distracting or disruptive
b.     Present danger to the student’s health or safety
c.      Reference or promote the use of alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco or drugs
d.      Disrespect or discriminate against ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual or religious differences.
e.      Be vulgar, suggestive or offensive

2.  The following are not appropriate for the school setting:
a.      Any top which does not appropriately cover the upper torso 
b.     Bare midriffs (no skin shall be visible between the blouse or shirt and the item covering the lower body)
c.      Extremely short skirts or shorts
d.      Exposed undergarments (bra straps, boxer shorts, etc.)

3. Except as may be necessitated by medical, physical, or established religious reasons, hats and head coverings are not to be worn inside the school buildings during school days. 

4.  Shoes must be worn at all times in the classrooms and hallways.

Board Policy on Prohibition Against Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student in the Oakwood City School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying in accordance with R.C. 3313.666 means any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act including electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students, including violence within a dating relationship, with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any such school-sponsored activity, on school provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:

A. Causing mental or physical harm to the other students including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of students’ personal property; and

B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other students.

Complaint Procedure: The School District will take action against anyone who harasses, intimidates, or bullies another. Any parent, student, staff, or community member may report suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Verbal reports made to any staff member will be forwarded to the supervising administrator and recorded. Written reports will be submitted to the supervising administrator and investigated. Building administrators and the Superintendent are responsible for conducting investigations. The investigator(s) shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint presented. Students are encouraged to talk with a counselor, principal or another adult within the school if they feel uncomfortable about the behavior of an adult inside or outside the academic environment.

HAZINg

In accordance with Ohio law (Revised Code section 2903.31) all forms of hazing are prohibited. This refers to any act of initiation that might subject a student to physical risk or emotional and mental abuse in any school-sponsored activity.

Family education rights and privacy act (FERPA)

Any parent or student who believes that the School District has failed to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), may file a complaint directly with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

 

Confidentiality of records

Parents may review the academic and official records of their children. These records have both non-classified and classified information included therein. The directory data (part of the non-classified information) includes the student’s name, parent’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of member of athletic teams, attendance record, and most recent school attended. Classified information includes test results, grades, evaluations, etc. The school secretaries are responsible for the maintenance of academic records. The remaining non-classified data and all classified data remains confidential except to the student, the parent, or the staff member who has a responsibility for the educational program of that student. For the classified contents of a record to be released, the parent must sign a waiver. In the examination of records, any materials determined to be inaccurate, misleading or inappropriate shall be corrected, deleted, or a written explanation inserted by the parent. Records are first challenged to the person responsible for their maintenance, then to the principal, and then to the Superintendent of Schools.

 

Educational Records

Because personal privacy is important, each year the Oakwood Schools maintain and publish policies that outline district procedures for the collection and use of student cumulative records. Federal law also governs these policies. Please call the school principal if you have any questions.

Definition:

"Educational Records" include any records which contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by Oakwood City Schools or by a person acting for the Oakwood City Schools. However, "educational records" do not include: 1) records which are maintained by school personnel and which are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a substitute, or 2) records maintained in the normal course of business which relate exclusively to the student as an employee of Oakwood City Schools.

Access to Student Records:

1. Student records shall be available only to students and their parents, designated school officials, and designated school personnel, who have a legitimate educational interest in the information, or to other individuals or organizations as permitted by law. An individual will have a “legitimate educational purpose” if the record is necessary in order for the school official/employee to perform an administrative, supervisory, or instructional task or to perform a service or benefit for the student or the student’s family.

2. Parents and students may meet with a professional staff member to review the contents of the records.  Requests for a records review conference must be in writing and will be scheduled within 45 days.

Release of Student Records:

1. Student records may be released to officials of other schools or school systems in which the student intends to enroll, without written permission, upon condition that a reasonable attempt is made to notify the student’s parents of the transfer, of their right to receive a copy of the record if desired, and of their right to have a hearing to challenge the content of the record.

2. No information may be furnished in any form to any other persons than listed above unless in compliance with a judicial court order or subpoena or by written parental consent specifying records to be released, the reasons for such release, and to whom. In such cases, parents and students have the right to receive a copy if desired.

3. All persons, agencies, or organizations desiring access to records shall be required to sign a written form specifically indicating the legitimate educational or other interest each has in seeking information.   This form shall be kept permanently with the file of the student.

4. Both parents shall have equal access to student records unless stipulated otherwise by court order or law. In the case of adult students, parents may be allowed access to the records without the student’s consent, provided the student is considered a dependent under Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Right to Challenge:

1. Parents and students have the right to inspect all school records kept on the individual student and have the right to an explanation and interpretation of the records.

2. Parents and students have the right to a hearing to challenge the contents of cumulative records. A request to amend information in a record may be made if the information is deemed to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's privacy or other rights.

3. If, as a result of the hearing, the school district decides the challenged information is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's rights, the district shall amend the record and inform the parent and/or student in writing.

4. If, as a result of the hearing, the school district does not agree to an amendment of the records, parents and/or student shall have the right to place in the student's records a statement commenting upon the challenged information and/or setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the district's decision.

 

Directory Information

Each year the Superintendent shall provide public notice to students and their parents of the District’s intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as “directory information.” The Board designates as student “directory information”: a student’s name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; awards received; honor rolls; scholarships, telephone numbers only for inclusion in school or PTO directories or email addresses. Directory information shall not be provided to any person or organization for profit-making purposes. Parents and adult students may refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the principal.

In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board shall release the names, addresses, and telephone listings of secondary students to recruiting officers for (1) any branch of the United States Armed Forces and (2) any institutions of higher education who request such information. A secondary school student or parent may request in writing that the student’s name, address, and telephone listing not be released without prior consent of the parent(s)/adult student.

The Board may disclose “directory information” regarding former students without student or parental consent.

Surveys

The Board of Education respects the privacy rights of parents and their children. No student shall be required, as a part of the school program or the District’s curriculum, without prior written consent of the student, (if a student is an adult, or an emancipated minor or parents), to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

A.   The student’s or parents’ political affiliation(s);
B.   Mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family;
C.   Sex behavior or attitudes;
D.   Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
E.   Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
F.   Legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
G.   Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; or
H.   Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program).

Upon request, parents have the right to inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by the school to its students. See Board Policy 2416 concerning the procedures for making such a request.

HEALTH SERVICES

Oakwood High School is serviced by registered nurses during the school day.  The nurse's office/clinic is located in the Junior High Office suite near the southeast entrance to the building.  Additional health services are provided by a certified athletic trainer.

Emergency medical authorization

Emergency Medical Authorization forms are mailed each fall to all parents.  Section 3313.12.  Ohio Revised Code states, in part:  Annually the board of education...shall...have provided to the parent of every pupil an emergency medical authorization form...

If a parent does not wish to give such written permission, he shall indicate in the proper place on the form the procedure he wishes school authorities to follow in the event of a medical emergency involving his child.

Even if a parent gives written consent for emergency medical treatment, when a pupil becomes ill or is injured and requires emergency medical treatment while under school authority, or while engaged in an extracurricular activity authorized by the appropriate school authorities, the authorities of the school shall make reasonable attempts to contact the parent or legal guardian before treatment is given.  The school shall present the pupil's emergency medical authorization form or copy thereof to the hospital or practitioner rendering treatment.

24-hour guidEline

If your child has a high fever and/or vomiting, allow 24 hours of normal temperature and no vomiting/diarrhea before sending the child back to school.  Certain effects of illness remain after the temperature is normal.

food allergy guidelines

Visit the OHS website for detailed information.

Medication administration

When possible, the administration of medication to a student should be scheduled outside of school hours. If special circumstances require the administration of prescription medication during school hours or on school sponsored field trips, a Medication Administration Form must be completed for each medication by a licensed health care provider and a parent/guardian. The Medication Administration Form may be obtained from the nurse or on Final Forms. All medication administered during school hours, or on school sponsored field trips, will be administered by an authorized school staff member (with the exception of emergency medication such as inhalers or Epinephrine). The parent/guardian is responsible for providing the medication in the original container from the pharmacy, making sure all medication information matches the medication administration form, bringing the medication to the school clinic, picking up remaining medications, and notifying the nurse of any changes in the original medication order and providing appropriate documentation for those changes. According to Board of Education Policy 5330, “medication” shall include all medication including those prescribed by a licensed health care provider authorized to prescribe medications, and other non-prescribed medications, vitamins, herbals, and/or supplements.

Library Media Center (LMC)

The mission of the Library Media Center is to encourage students to be responsible and ethical information users by providing instruction and equitable access to information and technology in order to prepare them for the post-secondary world.  The library media program also strives to promote reading by maintaining a current and diverse collection that reflects students’ curriculum needs and interests. The LMC endeavors to meet the needs of students and staff by affording the following: professional, fiction and nonfiction books, and audio books that supplement the curriculum; magazine subscriptions; databases for research; 36 computers for class and drop-in use; information literacy instruction; events to promote reading for pleasure; and assistance with technology and multimedia.

Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (exceptions posted outside the LMC)

Attendance Procedure: Students should have a pass from a classroom teacher and must check in with the study hall teacher before reporting to the LMC. Students must sign in to the LMC upon arrival and sign out when leaving.

Borrowing Procedures: Students may borrow up to 10 items at a time. All materials circulate for three weeks and may be renewed up to three times each by bringing the materials to the LMC. A fine of $0.05 per school day will be charged for each overdue item.

Behavioral Expectations: Students should visit the LMC with an academic purpose: studying, reading, researching, checking out or returning a book, etc. Students who misuse the facility or its resources may have their use of the facility limited, according to the established guidelines.

cOMPUTER lAB

The computer labs are available for student use throughout the school year but only when a teacher is present.  There are two computer labs available, with 25 computers in each.  Lab hours are posted on the door outside the lab. The lab is open before and after school for students who make special arrangements.

Students may only visit the lab for academic purposes (research, typing papers, etc.); homework is to be done in study hall. The Internet is only available to students doing research; general “surfing” during the school day is not permitted. Students wishing to use the computer lab during classroom hours must 1) have permission to be in the lab by the teacher whose class is in the lab and 2) have a pass from their classroom teacher.

An Internet Student User Agreement Form, signed by both the student and parent, is kept on file in the junior high and senior high offices.  Computers may not be used without this parental consent.  Lab rules and regulations are posted in each lab.

Student Network and Internet acceptable use and safety policy

Advances in telecommunications and other related technologies have fundamentally altered the ways in which information is accessed, communicated, and transferred in society.  Such changes are driving the need for educators to adapt their means and methods of instruction, and the way they approach student learning, to harness and utilize the vast, diverse, and unique resources available on the Internet.  The Board of Education is pleased to provide Internet services to its students.  The District’s Internet system has a limited educational purpose.  The District’s Internet system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum.  The Board has the right to place restrictions on its use to assure that use of the District’s Internet system is in accord with its limited educational purpose.  Student use of the District’s computers, network and Internet services (“Network”) will be governed by this policy and the related administrative guidelines, and the Student Code of Conduct.  The due process rights of all users will be respected in the event there is a suspicion of inappropriate use of the Network.  Users have no right or expectation to privacy when using the Network (including, but not limited to, privacy in the content of their personal files, emails, and records of their online activity while on the Network).

The Board encourages students to utilize the Internet in order to promote educational excellence in our schools by providing them with the opportunity to develop the resource sharing, innovation, and communication skills and tools that are essential to both life and work.  The instructional use of the Internet will be guided by the Board's policy on instructional materials.

The Internet is a global information and communication network that provides students and staff with access to up‑to‑date, highly relevant information that will enhance their learning and the education process.  Further, the Internet provides students and staff with the opportunity to communicate with other people from throughout the world.  Access to such an incredible quantity of information and resources brings with it, however, certain unique challenges and responsibilities.

First, and foremost, the Board may not be able to technologically limit access, through the Board's Internet connection, to only those services and resources that have been authorized for the purpose of instruction, study and research related to the curriculum.  Unlike in the past when educators and community members had the opportunity to review and screen materials to assess their appropriateness for supporting and enriching the curriculum according to adopted guidelines and reasonable selection criteria (taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students who would be exposed to them), access to the Internet, because it serves as a gateway to any publicly available file server in the world, will open classrooms and students to electronic information resources that have not been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.

Pursuant to Federal law, the Board has implemented technology protection measures, which protect against (e.g. filter or block) access to visual displays/depictions/materials that are obscene, constitute child pornography, and/or are harmful to minors, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  At the discretion of the Board or the Superintendent, the technology protection measures may be configured to protect against access to other material considered inappropriate for students to access.  The Board also utilizes software and/or hardware to monitor online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors.  The technology protection measures may not be disabled at any time that students may be using the Network, if such disabling will cease to protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  Any student who attempts to disable the technology protection measures will be subject to discipline.

The Superintendent or Technology Coordinator may temporarily or permanently unblock access to sites containing appropriate material, if access to such sites has been inappropriately blocked by the technology protection measures.  The determination of whether material is appropriate or inappropriate shall be based on the content of the material and the intended use of the material, not on the protection actions of the technology protection measures.

Parents are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services and/or resources on the Internet that the Board has not authorized for educational purposes.  In fact, it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the Internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial.  Parents assume risks by consenting to allow their child to participate in the use of the Internet.  Parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the Internet.  The Board supports and respects each family's right to decide whether to apply for independent student access to the Internet.

Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:

a.  Safety and security while using email, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of direct electronic communications

b.  The dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information

c.  The consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking") cyberbullying and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online, and

d.  Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors

Staff members shall provide instruction for their students regarding the appropriate use of technology and online safety and security as specified above.  Furthermore, staff members will monitor the online activities of students while at school.

Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited to, visual observations of online activities during class sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review browser history and network, server, and computer logs.

Building principals are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying guidelines.  The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the Internet.  Such training shall include, but not be limited to, education concerning appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.  All Internet users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.

Students and staff members are responsible for good behavior on the Board's computers/network and the Internet just as they are in classrooms, school hallways, and other school premises and school sponsored events.  Communications on the Internet are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communication apply.  The Board does not sanction any use of the Internet that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy and its accompanying guidelines. 

Students shall not access social media for personal use from the District’s network, but shall be permitted to access social media for educational use in accordance with their teacher’s approved plan for such use.

Users who disregard this policy and its accompanying guidelines may have their use privileges suspended or revoked, and disciplinary action taken against them.  Users granted access to the Internet through the Board's computers assume personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for uses of the Internet not authorized by this Board policy and its accompanying guidelines.

The Board designates the Superintendent and Technology Coordinator as the administrators responsible for initiating, implementing, and enforcing this policy and its accompanying guidelines as they apply to students’ use of the Network.

P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended (2003)
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (2003)
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
18 U.S.C. 2256
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134 (2003)
76 F.R. 56295, 56303                 Adopted 5/14/2012

Activities, Clubs & Sports

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General Information

Student Awards and Scholarships

Throughout the school year, various awards and scholarships are made available to students. All awards vary as to application deadlines and requirements. The awards are usually of two types. The first type is open to any student, as long as he or she meets the prescribed criteria. The second type is the award limited to the selection of one student. The award applications are available through the guidance office. Those awards limited to one student are selected by the process given below:

Senior Awards and Scholarships

*Scholarships are open to all qualifying students and application/nomination forms are located in the guidance office prior to spring break.  It is the student’s responsibility to secure these forms from the guidance office. 

Please Note:  Throughout the year, the guidance office receives notification of various scholarships.  Students may find further information about these scholarships by way of the morning announcements, referring to the OHS guidance web page and by logging into their Naviance account.

Underclass Awards

TESTING SCHEDULE

PSAT
  • October 16, 2019, $25 (subject to change)
  • THIS IS THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP TEST
  • strongly recommended for juniors, as well as sophomores for practice.

SAT

Test Date                                                                     Registration Closes                         Late Registration

Aug. 24, 2019                                                                          July 24                                        Aug. 11

Oct. 5, 2019*                                                                            Sept. 5                                         Sept. 23

Nov. 2, 2019                                                                            Oct. 2                                           Oct. 20

Dec. 7, 2019                                                                             Nov. 7                                         Nov. 25

Mar. 14, 2020                                                                          Feb. 14                                         Feb. 24

May 2, 2020                                                                             Apr. 2                                          Apr. 20

June 6, 2020                                                                            May 6                                          May 23

ACT

Test Date                                                                                 Registration Closes                  Late Registration

Sept. 14, 2019*                                                                        Aug. 16                                        Sept. 1

Oct. 26, 2019                                                                          Sept. 27                                        Oct. 13

Dec. 14, 2019                                                                           Nov. 8                                         Nov. 25

Feb. 8, 2020                                                                            Jan. 10                                        Jan. 17

Apr. 4, 2020                                                                           Feb. 29                                         Mar. 16

June 13, 2020*                                                                        May 8                                          May 25

July 18, 2020                                                                          June 19                                        June 29

*Tests given at Oakwood High School

OHIO’S STATE TESTS:

                                                                                                   Fall – December 2– January 10

                                                                                               Spring – ELA March 23 – April 24

                                                                           Spring – Math/Science/Social Studies – March 30 – May 8

OHIO SCHOOL/DISTRICT ACT (juniors) - March 10, 2020

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS:  ($100 per exam) May 4 – 8, 11 – 15, 2020

IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO SECURE APPLICATIONS FOR THE ACT/SAT TESTS BY UTILIZING THE INTERNET AT WWW.ACTSTUDENT.ORG OR WWW.COLLEGEBOARD.COM OR BY PICKING UP AN APPLICATION IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE.