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Homecoming Week Information

By Ryan McKinney

Homecoming week is this week, and the Oak Hall Student Government Association (SGA) have already prepared for the action-packed series of events. The week begins on Sunday, Oct. 8 starting with “Deck the Halls” at the Upper School (US) from 1 to 4 p.m. This event features the US student body interactively decorating the halls in the upper school to fit the homecoming theme of “Glow Back in Time”.

On Monday, Oct. 9 US students can dress as the theme of “Prince/Princesses vs. Pirates” where students have the choice to display their buccaneer-like characteristics or royal emergence. The Middle School (MS) students can also participate in by dressing up in their favorite sports team attire, while the ECLC and Lower School (LS) can wear their silliest socks for “Silly Sock Day”.

During lunch, SGA will participate in a “Stuff the Bus” activity for the US students outside the gym. The same night, the US ladies will participate in the old fashion tradition of the Powder Puff football game. In this activity, each grade level will form a football team of girls with five male coaches from each grade and face off against each other, flag football style, until one team wins it all. The game will be held at 7 p.m. at the Oak Hall Stadium. It is strongly encouraged that students come out to support their grade levels team even if they’re not involved in the actual game.

Next, on Tuesday, Oct. 10 the US student body will dress up to fit idea of “Mathletes vs. Athletes” where students can either portray themselves in their favorite sport gear or as a certified geek. MS students can show off their best burgundy and gold, and the LS gets in on the action by representing their grade for color wars. During lunch, US will engage in the dodgeball tradition held in the gym with teams separated by grade level. The championship dodgeball game will be a head-to-head matchup between the victorious grade and the team full of faculty and staff members.

Furthermore, the week just keeps on getting better. On Wednesday, Oct. 11 US and MS students can take part in dressing up as their designated decade. The LS might see a lot of Gator gear on Wednesday as the LS students can wear their favorite sports jersey or shirt.

During lunch, on Wednesday, US students can participate in “Minute to Win it” games in the gym for prizes. In contrast to the Powder Puff girls football game, the Powder Buff boys’ volleyball game will take place at 7 p.m. in the Oxborough Gymnasium. The games will consist of close battles between each grade to see which team contains the best chemistry and volleyball skills. Also, any Upper School girl may volunteer in coaching the volleyball teams.

Thursday, Oct. 12 the US students will have their own color war, MS students can dress up as different versions of Barbie or Ken, and the littles get to wear their favorite Disney gear. Once again, a favorite homecoming tradition for the US is capture the flag. Students, faculty, and staff can participate at lunch at the stadium.

The last school day of the week all students can dress in the usual “Oak Hall Spirit Day” theme representing the Eagles. In addition, first graders through seniors will join together in the gym for our homecoming pep rally, which begins at 2:30 p.m.

Just because the school day is over doesn’t mean the fun doesn’t stop! OHS is hosting a tailgate from 5-7 p.m. at the fountain in front of the US (you can register for free tickets by clicking here), it’s senior night for the cheerleaders and football players, and, of course, the football homecoming game. In addition, the homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime.

In closing, the busy yet extremely fun week comes to an end with the traditional homecoming dance on Saturday, Oct 14 at the Tailgate Terrace in UF’s football stadium.

Lastly, a big thanks to Oak Hall’s SGA, the division directors, and Mrs. McTureous for planning this fun-filled week!

Color Wars:

ECLC/LS (Tuesday, Oct. 10):
Preschool – Yellow
Junior Kindergarten – Blue
Kindergarten – Pink
1st Grade – Green
2nd Grade – Red
3rd Grade – Orange
4th Grade- – Purple
5th Grade- – White

Upper School (Thursday, Oct. 12):
Freshmen – Neon Yellow
Sophomores – Neon Orange
Juniors – Neon Green
Seniors – Neon Pink

Decades Day:
Middle School and Upper School (Wednesday, Oct. 11)
6th Grade – 1980s
7th Grade – 1990s
8th Grade – 2000s
Freshmen – 40s – “We Want You!”
Sophomores – 50s – “At the Hop/Greasers and Pink Ladies”
Juniors – 60s – “Groovy Baby/Peace/Love”
Seniors – 70s – “Boogie Nights/ Disco Fever”v

OHS Latin Program Hosts Regionals

By Amelia Chen

All students enrolled in Middle and Upper School Latin courses at Oak Hall School are participating in the Latin Regionals tournament hosted on campus Saturday, Jan. 28. 

All Latin students compete at regionals in the hopes to be chosen for the state tournament. This year, about 86 students from Oak Hall School will be competing. In total, there are usually around 150 students competing from all the schools in the tournament. This year those schools include Oak Hall, St. Francis, Cornerstone, and Forest High School.

“I’m excited for all of the new students who haven’t been to regionals to experience it and for some of the veterans to be able to kind of show the ropes to the new generation of Latin students,” said Zachary Mair, one of Oak Hall’s Latin teachers.

Students participate in academic testing, Certamen (a Jeopardy-style competition), racing events ala Olympics-style, wear costumes, and participate in art. Minus the testing and Certamen, OHS Latin Club officers organized the regional competition. 

Oak Hall’s Latin Program, the Junior Classical League (JCL), has been competing at regionals for decades and is considered one of the biggest classics programs in the region and quite possibly the state. 

Oak Hall regularly has success in the regionals, as Oak Hall is designed to prepare students on a national level. Mair also noted his hope for the turnout of the competition.

“I hope [this is] a starting line for looking toward states… I’m hoping that students [really] put in that effort and get the award that they deserve for the input that they gave,” he said.

New Gameday Cheer Squad Qualifies for Nationals

By Bailey Thorp

For the first time in school history, Oak Hall school has a Competitive Gameday Cheerleading team. This team has had an amazing run this season from showcasing their routine at qualifiers, to placing at regionals, and finally on the road to nationals. 

On Dec. 2, 2022, the Oak Hall Gameday squad went to the regional competition in Tampa. At this competition, the team scored second place out of eight teams in the division and qualified to compete at Nationals, a significant accomplishment for a brand-new team.

While Oak Hall does have a traditional Competitive Cheerleading team, Gameday is a different routine altogether. While traditional competitive is flashier and is focused on advanced stunting, Gameday showcases what you would see on the sideline at a Friday night football game. The spotlight is on crowd-leading, cheers, and band dances, rather than pyramids and jumps. 

In mid-February, the team will travel to the Wide World of Sports in Orlando to compete at Nationals. This competition lasts multiple days and includes two rounds of competition, semi-finals, and finals. In addition to competing, the team also gets to spend time at Disney together in their time off from cheer. Wish them luck!

Just Because: Ranking Holiday Movies

By Brody Beaupre

There are hundreds of thousands of movies, but a select few have been categorized to be watched every year in December: holiday movies. I have ranked my personal top five favorite holiday movies. If you don’t like spoilers, you might want to stop reading! 

#5: The Polar Express – This movie is a go-to favorite and a staple to watch every year. This movie features a young boy who is failing to believe in Santa Clause, so he is picked up by the Polar Express train and after a visit to the North Pole his faith in Santa is reaffirmed overnight and he wakes up in bed the next morning to find presents waiting for him under the tree, along with a toy train.

Trailer for “The Polar Express”

#4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas – This is a live rendition of Dr. Seuss’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. This movie features Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a vile creature who hates being happy because his heart was two sizes too small. Through the kindness of a little girl, and the Christmas spirit of the village, his heart grew to triple the size it was. 

Trailer for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Making the top three is a somewhat controversial holiday movie, but I think it falls into the category: Die Hard – This is an action-packed movie where a cop from New Jersey saves hostages (including his wife) from terrorists trying to steal millions..all on Christmas Eve!. There is lots of cursing and blood, but that just adds to the excellence of this movie.

Trailer for “Die Hard”

#2: Rocky IV  This movie is an emotional roller coaster and features one of the single greatest training montages ever. Rocky prepares to fight for personal pride as well as revenge and he is carrying the weight of the United States on his shoulders. After a long and bloody fight, which occurs on Christmas Day, Rocky pulls out the win in the ultimate fight against the Russian machine known as Drago. 

Trailer for “Rocky IV”

And finally, the number one holiday movie of all time: Elf  This is one of those movies that can be watched year after year, while laughing at the same parts every time. After 15 years of watching this movie, I still love it just as much after seeing it for the first time. In my world, it’s the undisputable number one holiday movie ever. 

Trailer for “Elf”

Midterm Exams – What to Know

By Ella West

Midterms for Middle and Upper School students are next week. While this is the first round of final/midterm exams for the sixth graders, students in all grades may be wondering what they can do to prepare for exams, or when the exams occur, or how long an exam is, and when students should start studying. Luckily, teachers (and this article) are here to help students prepare and be informed for these exams.

In all Middle and Upper School grades, the last day for teachers to teach new content is Dec. 6, while Dec. 7 – 9 are designated as review days. Most classes will hand out study sheets for students to use at home in order to prepare for exams. 

Middle School Information
Middle School exams are classified by period and grade level, and exams are two hours long, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 

Middle School Exam Schedule:

Dec. 12Dec. 13Dec. 14Dec. 15Dec. 16
6th gradeA periodB periodD periodE periodG period
7th gradeA periodC periodD periodF periodG period
8th gradeA periodB periodD periodE periodG period

Not every Middle School class will give an exam, however, as projects and papers are also options.

Content Areas that Assess (Exam, Paper, or Project) by Grade Level
6th Grade: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, STEM
7th and 8th Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language

After Middle School students have completed their exam, they can either be checked out at 11 a.m. as part of early dismissal or go to study hall until noon. Extended Day is available Monday through Thursday, but all students must be picked up by noon on Friday, Dec. 16. If your student will be in Extended Day, please note that lunch will not be served, so please pack a lunch for your student.

Upper School Information
For the Upper School students, the exam schedule is as follows:

Dec. 12Dec. 13Dec. 14Dec. 15Dec. 16
HistoryWorld LanguageScienceEnglishMath

Upper School Learning Specialist Amanda Metzler recommends using a “study map” to organize what to study and when. For example:

When studying for exams, Metzler recommends spaced repetition; a studying technique in which you go over a set of materials take a break, or look at another subject, then go over that same material again. She also sent an informative PowerPoint presentation to the Upper School students with tips and tricks: