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Students in grades 6th and 7th will be completing a survey this week during study hall in order to rank their preferences for rotations for the 2018-2019 school year. During 7th and 8th grade, students will have 4 rotations, one for each quarter of the school year. Please see the descriptors below for rotations choices and additional information.

Students will learn how to use iPad and iMac software to create digitally manipulated photographs and drawings. Students will learn tips to be a stronger photographer and students will also learn graphic design basics and create non-computer designed artwork.

Students will learn a variety of clay hand building techniques such as coils, slabs, and pinch pots. Students will finish their ceramics by learning various glazing and painting techniques. Students will also get a chance to try out a pottery wheel.

Students will write and perform. Students will take part in the entire process of putting on a show including, but not limited to going through the rehearsal process, incorporating design elements (set, sound, lighting, costume) and performing for peers and / or parents.

Contains project-based activities that challenge and engage the curiosity and imagination of middle school students. Students will envision, design, and test their ideas with various tools. Possible Concepts: automation/robotics, designing and creating three dimensional objects, and architecture

This class will explore production techniques and tools used in graphic arts, web, photography, and videography. Students will work in groups and individually to create a portfolio of products that demonstrate their creativity and their understanding of the tools used.

Speaking to a crowd, giving a speech, making a presentation to your class -these are all things you are going to have to do, and in Public Speaking you will learn how to do these things effectively. Students will learn to prepare and present speeches in a variety of settings.

Students will begin to develop knowledge and skills for personal financial management. The goals of this course center on: (1) financial responsibility and decision making; (2) the relationship of education, income, and careers; (3) money management; credit and debt as they are introduced to personal financial concepts such as income and taxes, checking and savings accounts, and comparison-shopping.

Students will learn how to use iPad and iMac software to create digitally manipulated photographs and drawings. Students will learn tips to be a stronger photographer and students will also learn graphic design basics and create non-computer designed artwork.

Students will learn a variety of clay hand building techniques such as coils, slabs, and pinch pots. Students will finish their ceramics by learning various glazing and painting techniques. Students will also get a chance to try out a pottery wheel.

The Robotics rotation is a curriculum module designed to teach core computer programming logic and reasoning skills using the NXT or EV3 robots. The class contains a sequence of challenge fields the students progress through to gain skills using various sensors and add-ons in order to complete the tasks on the field. The students will gain skills in problem solving with their robots, how to build simple programs that progress toward the challenge task, and explore activities that expose additional uses for programming the robot behaviors.

This class will explore video production with an emphasis on video technology, video composition, basic lighting and audio production techniques, and video storytelling. Students will work in groups to create video projects utilizing post-production editing.

Students will learn all the basics of making a strong, visually-driven films with an emphasis on narrative storytelling. This course focuses on the basics of video production, essential film grammar, story development, script, music, and sound.

The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to extend and enrich your child’s reading experiences. In addition, the summer is an important time to continue the learning that students have done over the course of the school year. At Oak Grove, we believe that reading is essential and all students need to engage in summer reading.

We will be sharing a list of books for your child’s grade level, for students going into grades 4-8, later this week via email. At the start of the year, students will be engaging in activities related to the book selections, which will vary based on grade level. Students need to select a book from the provided list, as part of their summer reading.

For our students going into grades K-3, we highly encourage them to sign up for the summer reading program at your local library. Representatives from Cook Memorial Library will be visiting students during the school day to talk about their Summer Reading Club.

Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning. For students in grades 4-8, we appreciate your assistance in helping your child select a book from the list. For all students, we know that your support at home is essential to building your child’s reading skills. We look forward to hearing about the conversations related to books in the fall.

6th/7th Social Thank you to Monica Goldberg for organizing the 6th/7th grade at X-Factor Trampoline on Friday. Also thank you to Kristin Sorensen and Cindy Briscoe who helped out with the event. The kids all had a great time! Pre-Pack School Supplies Don’t forget to order your school supplies pre-pack and earn money for the Oak Grove PTO. Supplies are sent directly to your home. Online ordering is open until June 24th. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks Enter the school ID, OAK039. Contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net if you have any questions. Stuck on You Label Fundraiser Need an easy way to keep track of your child’s school supplies, lunch boxes, water bottles and summer camp items? Try Stuck on You labels! For every purchase you make, Oak Grove PTO receives a portion of the sale. Please check out the link below for more information. https://www.stuckonyou.us/affiliate/fundraiser/OAKGROVEPTO Our fundraising code is: OAKGROVEPTO PTO Reimbursements Just a reminder that if you have any outstanding receipts from PTO events that you need to be reimbursed for, please submit them, along with the reimbursement form to Ashley Wilson (She has a PTO treasurer mailbox in both offices) by Friday May 25th. You can find the form here. PTO Committee report PTO Committee Chairs – please turn in your completed end of the year committee report by Friday May 25th. Online form can be found here. If you prefer to email it in, use this form. Please send to pto@ogschool.org. PTO Calendar Pictures K-7th grade students – don’t forget to send in your pictures for the Oak Grove Calendar to Leah Parr at dlparr82@gmail.com. Pictures will be accepted through the end of June. PTO Retirement Celebration Thank you to Mr. Farris and the 2nd grade class for providing the wonderful musical entertainment at our PTO retirement celebration last Wednesday for our 6 amazing teachers that are retiring this year. They will be missed! PTO Volunteers The Oak Grove PTO Board would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who chaired our committees throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Field Day Thank you to Dana Huennekens for all you hard work in organizing another successful Field Day. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that took time out of their morning to make this day possible. A special thank you to Susan Gilbert for your help in coordinating it all. Seeing all the K-8 students spend the morning together making memories was all worth it. A great day was had by all!