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Former Gov. Taft Visits Harman

Gov. Taft speaks to fourth graders at Harman School

He led the state of Ohio for eight years, now former Governor Bob Taft is sharing the story of his family, Ohio history and Ohio government with students.

Today, the former governor, who is now teaching at the University of Dayton, visited with fourth graders at Harman School in Oakwood.
Gov. Taft, the great grandson of President William Howard Taft, says it's important to talk with young students today so they begin to develop an understanding of being responsible and active citizens.


Testing Season Arrives for 2018

It's testing time in the Oakwood Schools. Here's the schedule for the 2018 AIR tests.


Kindergarten Registration Underway for 2018 - 2019

Kids lining up by bus on first day of school

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


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.

OUR VISION

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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Teacher Talks

Be sure and watch our new video series, Teacher Talks.

Hear from Oakwood Schools' teachers about how education is evolving and what that means for our students.

My Lumberjack Story

From the Superintendent's Desk

Teacher shortage puts student education at risk
by Kyle Ramey for the Dayton Daily News, April 15, 2018

Kindergarten students roller skate in P.E. classCollege students preparing to don the cap and gown and accept their diplomas are far less likely today to be looking at a career in teaching — and that could be putting our future youngsters’ education at risk.

In 1975, more than 20 percent of college students majored in education, that was more than any other major. But now, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, just one in 10 Americans are pursuing a career in education. This serious teacher shortage is leaving school districts scrambling to find qualified teachers, and projections suggest it is only going to get worse.

As we visit job fairs and work with our university partners, we are seeing less and less highly qualified candidates, especially those licensed to teach seventh to twelfth grade. There just aren’t enough graduates to go around. If we are seeing this impact now, what will it mean 10 years down the road?

Teaching is a great profession and as I wrap up my third decade as an educator, I would highly recommend it. Unfortunately, I have often heard from those outside of education, “I would never want to do your job,” and “who would ever want to put up with that.” While this may be said with good intentions, when it is overheard by impressionable ears it actually hurts the profession.

When was the last time you heard a valedictorian who wanted to become a teacher? We hear engineer, doctor or attorney, but we all know a major reason high achieving students are prepared to go into these worthy professions is because of the skills and dedication of their PK-12 teachers. But even knowing this, why are there less and less folks moving into the field of education?

We certainly aren’t getting help from legislators. The use of state report cards and invalid, unreliable and inaccurate state tests to rank and to sort districts and teachers doesn’t encourage anyone to want to travel down this career path. Add public scrutiny, a general erosion of respect for the teaching profession and so many testing requirements and teaching guidelines, even those who begin their careers in education aren’t as likely to stay throughout their professional lives.

But we can’t push all the blame on others, we need to toot our own horns loud enough to recruit the best and the brightest. Human capital is the key to success in any organization. Raw product in the hands of a master craftsman produces quality results.

The key to any successful district or building is having great kids, engaged parents, supportive community and top-notch teachers. If educators and parents aren’t encouraging, recruiting and mentoring our own best and brightest to be teachers, how can we expect anyone else to do it for us?

If you know a caring, dedicated, focused, empathetic individual who wants to work their tail off and make a real difference in the world - encourage them to become a teacher.


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Pups for People Reaches Goal

There's a new member of the Doucet family of Kettering today. This afternoon, Fairmont senior Ahmad and his family were at Oakwood High School to meet his new furry friend, a labradoodle who will serve as an emotional support dog for Ahmad.

OHS Senior Wins Rotary Speech Contest

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.

State Recognizes OJH Engineering Program

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.

Academic Decathlon Makes History, Wins State

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.

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