This year, Oak Hills Junior High had one Destination Imagination team consisting of: Aubry Clevenger, Dillon Hight, Noelle Potee, Matthew Fitzgerald, Taylor Spier, Kimberly Boyd, Robby Boyd, and managed by teacher, Mrs. Wendy Jebousek.
The team, competing in the Middle Level of the SCIENTIFIC category, was challenged with the task of creating a documentary featuring the story line of a Scientific Law which was broken. The team chose to focus on the Laws of Thermodynamics and spent hours learning about the 3rd Law of Thermodynamics, Absolute Zero, Perfect Crystals, as well as script writing, various documentary techniques, and editing.
At the Southeast 6 Regional Competition in February, the team placed 2nd in the Scientific category, qualifying them to advance to state. In April, the team competed in the Lone Star State Finals where they placed 4th and qualified for the next level. They will now submit their “Team Challenge” and “Fast Flex Challenge” at the Destination Imagination Global competition in late June against teams from the United States and 13 other countries. This is the first time MISD has had a team advance to Globals!
Ms. Creamer’s 6th grade students chose novels to read and discuss with book clubs. Then clubs collaborated to create a poster that displayed their knowledge and opinions of the book in creative ways. Choices for sections of the poster included the theme, character relationships and changes, and flashbacks. Students were also encouraged to include questions they still wondered about the book and connections they made between their book club book and other stories they know. Students loved the experiences they got to share with their fellow book club members.
Oak Hills Junior High was represented at this year’s Regional Destination Imagination Competition by an incredible team, the “ABSOLUTE 7” and their Team Manager, Mrs. Jebousek. ABSOLUTE 7 earned 2nd place in the SCIENTIFIC category! The team was tasked with the challenge of creating a documentary featuring the story line of a Scientific Law which was broken. The team spent hours learning about thermodynamics, Absolute Zero, script writing, as well as various documentary techniques and video editing.
Team members Aubry Clevinger, Dillon Hight, Noelle Potee, Matthew Fitzgerald, Taylor Spier, Kimberly Boyd, and Robby Boyd impressed the judges with their creative Documentary. The Absolute 7 will now represent Oak Hills and the Southeast Region 6 at the STATE finals in late March with results announced in April! (This is Oak Hills’ second year in a row to advance to the State Finals competition. Unfortunately, last year’s competition was cancelled due to the lock down.)
Mrs. Pace’s 6th Grade Advanced Science Classes successfully created and diagrammed the “flow of energy through various systems” using the Energy Conversion Kits that were purchased with a grant awarded to the OHJH Sixth Grade Science Department from the MISD Education Foundation. Thank you MISD Education Foundation for providing our students with the opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge with this awesome hands-on experience!
Oak Hills 7th and 8th graders are participating in the #OneWord365 campaign to start off the new year with positivity and a purpose! The #OneWord365 campaign challenges individuals to scrap New Year’s resolutions and a long list of goals, and instead, choose just #OneWord to focus on every day, all year long. The one word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live – always focusing on the positive and productive. “It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also YOU! It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.”
Our English teachers, lead by Mrs. Hoffmann, had our Lions choose their #OneWord and then illustrate their word. Using their illustrated words, the students then created a beautiful mural that spans the ELA hallway.
#ONEWORD meaning from some of our students:
Kaelyn W. “Reassurance” – Everything will be okay
Ella B. “Inspire” – role model positivity
Kate A. “Amiable” -to be friendly
Nick T. “Consistent” -with making the best choices
After a competitive campaign process, the students of Oak Hills have elected their representatives for the Student Council Officer positions for the 2020-21 school year. Congratulations to each of you and we look forward to a successful year.