Oakwood High School's Bella Fiore is the winner of the 2018 Oakwood Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest. The senior competed along with fellow students Sydney Hardern who placed second, Ashton Tucker who placed third and Nick Cockayne who placed fourth. Fiore's speech was about risk and resiliency.
WHAT'S NEW IN OAKWOOD
Kindergarten Registration Underway for 2018 - 2019
Parents considering entering their children into kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year should visit Lange School after March 12 to register. The registration form can by downloaded by clicking here. Once registered, parents may sign up for a screening date.
Important Kindergarten dates:
- Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting: Wed., April 11 @ 7:00 p.m. at Lange School
- Kindergarten Screening Appointments (each appointment lasts approximately 1 hour): April 16, 17, 18 & 19
- Follow up Kindergarten Screening Meeting for parents (review of results): Tues., April 24 @ 7:00 p.m. at Lange School
District Receives Best Opinion Possible on 2017 Audit
Oakwood Schools has received the best opinion possible on its audit for the 2017 fiscal year from State Auditor Dave Yost. The State of Ohio Auditor's Office released the report March 8. This report is now available on the school district’s webpage.
The district submits to a yearly audit in order to assure community members that school officials are being good stewards of their tax dollars.
“Our annual participation in an independent financial audit of our district’s accounts is another value added measure taken by the board of education and administration to offer consistent and transparent insight into the district’s financial management, and demonstrates to our residents their tax dollars are expended on matters intended to deliver the schools our community demands,” Oakwood Board of Education President Todd Duwel said.
Oakwood Schools have received awards for financial reporting, including awards for the past 20 years from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). In addition, the school district has also won awards from the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office.
In addition to annual audits, the district utilizes the expertise of members of the Oakwood School’s Business Advisory Council. The volunteer group is of Oakwood residents meet monthly to review the finances and business operations of the school district. The council has been in existence for more than 25 years, many years before the state mandated schools create such organizations.
“I am a former president and long-time member of the Oakwood School’s Business Advisory Council. During these many years, Treasurer Kevin Philo has consistently submitted the school financial records for rigorous financial audits by the State of Ohio and has consistently received the best opinion possible. The Oakwood School’s financial transparency could not be more open,” Oakwood resident and BAC member Frederick Dudding said.
The Board office, and in particular, the Treasurer, is available to answer questions for any citizen with respect to school funding. You can also visit the Treasurer's page on this website.
Options Feedback, Video Posted to Facilities Page
We have compiled the feedback from the small group discussions and feedback forms submitted following the Community Options Workshop meeting held Feb. 28. You can review that information on our Master Facilities Plan page. The next Town Hall Community Meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood High School auditorium.
New Information Posted to Master Facilities Plan Page
We continue to regularly update our Master Facilities Plan page so you have the latest information. We have posted new information to our See Frequently Asked Questions page. You can go directly to the FAQ and read the latest information.
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.
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.
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Dear Oakwood Community,
Thank you to everyone who has attended one of our community meetings, shared thoughts and questions and visited our website as we embark on this challenge of creating effective learning environments for current and future Oakwood students through our Master Facilities Plan. You can see the very latest information, including concept drawings and budgets, a video presentation of the options and share your feedback on our Master Facilities Plan page. We look forward to continued discussion and engagement, working together to address what can be difficult and emotional issues. Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood High School auditorium. We know we must seek solutions that not only benefit our students and our community, but resonate with both the heads and hearts of our stakeholders.
Wednesday night (Feb. 28, 2018), we took a step forward sharing with you seven conceptional options for our beautiful but aging buildings. While we love our buildings, we have to acknowledge they are showing their age and require regular investment. According to two separate evaluations, the mechanical systems behind the walls are operating at "borderline" performance. To maintain these systems, we make constant repairs, patching up the various infrastructure systems. We know continuing this break-fix plan for the long haul is not the best use of our tax dollars and it is necessary to develop a financially sensible and long-term comprehensive plan. We have inherited these buildings and now as their caretakers it is up to us to leave them better than we found them.
We are also asking our community to consider changes to our cherished schools that would create flexible learning environments, providing for a variety of educational experiences. These enhanced spaces could better accommodate the needs of all of our students. We know today's workplaces and colleges are built on collaboration and shared, open environments. The creation of flexible spaces would help our teachers develop students for an ever-evolving world.
Part of what makes Oakwood special includes the opportunities our students and community members are provided. As we look to see what improvements can be made in the classroom, we are also looking at areas for performing and visual arts, considering plans that would enhance these opportunities for our citizens and students, providing for the amazing growth and popularity of these activities and programs.
Oakwood is good, perhaps great, but we can always be better. Our schools are a cornerstone of this wonderful community and this work, the Master Facilities Plan, is about how can we continue to provide learning environments where our children and their children can thrive.
We have raised the awareness of the needs of our buildings, and we are providing the opportunity to learn more about them through meetings, conversations, articles and posting everything on our district's website. We will continue to encourage conversations about the data, preferences and needs, and possible immediate and long range solutions while granting each other the grace to do this with an open mind and a caring heart.
With appreciation and very sincerely,
Dr. Kyle Ramey,
Oakwood Schools Superintendent
Board of Education President
Oakwood Junior High School is being recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through its PLTW programs. OJH is one of just nine Ohio junior high or middle schools to receive the honor.
Nine pieces of art created by OHS students are advancing to the State level of judging for the 2018 Governor's Youth Art Exhibition competition.
Oakwood High School's Academic Decathlon team is heading back to Nationals after claiming the State Title for the eighth consecutive year in record-setting fashion.
OHS Wind Ensemble wows the judges at the District OMEA Contest.
OHS will send seven to Ft. Lauderdale for the National Speech and Debate tournament in June.
Members of a new club at Oakwood High School are working to provide service dogs to teens who can benefit from these specially trained animals. Now, there's a way for you to support Pups for People.
The Oakwood Preschool is a recipient of a five-star rating from the Ohio Department of Education's Step Up To Quality rating system.
Elementary students collect more than 100 blankets and $900 to benefit not for profit started by Oakwood eighth graders.