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OJH LINX 20180209

A Note from the Principal

This week’s LINX entry a staff spotlight that doubles as a shameless plug. In featuring Band Director Adam Uhlenhake and Orchestra Director Jordan Millard, I’d also encourage you to observe their collective work through next week’s Junior High Winter Band and Orchestra Concert – Thursday at 7pm in the Auditorium.

Mr. Uhlenhake has passed the halfway mark of his 3rd year in Oakwood as Band Director. Prior to serving in this capacity here, “Mr. U” was the Band Director at West Carrollton Middle School and High School for 6 years. He also completed his student teaching in Oakwood. Because there is no such thing as “too much music” in Adam’s life, additions to supplement his daily class schedule include marching band, pep band, JH and HS jazz band, and conducting the pit orchestra for the musical. He has also taught Intro to Guitar for the first time, thus living everyone’s dream of guiding 25 novice adolescent guitarists toward proficiency in one room at one time. Despite such experiences, Mr. U had the following to share about his time in Oakwood: “While my job title is ‘Band Director’ (and I love doing it!), I see my role as getting kids excited about music and revealing to them what a positive effect it can have on their lives. It can be a very time-consuming job, but it is also one of the most rewarding.”

Adam and his wife, Annie – a preschool teacher in Springboro – have a 2-year-old son and will excitedly welcome a daughter due in late March. As you may have guessed given his career of choice, Mr. U’s hobbies include performing on saxophone with Sinclair Community Jazz Ensemble, Dayton Funk Forever, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, and 4th Street Saxophone quartet. If his ears catch a quiet time, he also enjoys tuning into NASCAR and Formula 1 races for good measure in addition to collecting vinyl records.

Mr. Millard is presently serving in his first year as Oakwood’s Orchestra Director under the mentorship of Mr. U. Jordan completed his student teaching with the Mason High School orchestra, and he was also a long-term substitute for general music and orchestra with Bexley City Schools in Columbus. Of his time in Oakwood so far, Mr. Millard noted that “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my students, the staff I work with, and community members. Teaching orchestra is a fulfilled dream I’ve had for a long time now. I’m having a blast!”

Mr. Millard’s family features an older brother, two younger sisters, and “an amazing Australian shepherd named Keeva.” In addition to spending time with them, Mr. Millard enjoys playing his violin, running 5k races, and reading.

If you’d like to learn more about the love for music shared by Mr. Uhlenhake and Mr. Millard, please join us at 7pm on Thursday in the auditorium. You’ll be glad you did!

Tim Badenhop
Oakwood Junior High

Other Items in This Week's LINX

  • Sports Shorts with Mr. Stone
  • OJH Athletics in the Week Ahead
  • From Our Nurse
  • Upcoming Community Meeting - February 28th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Next Week at OJH

Sports Shorts with Mr. Stone

Saturday, Feb. 3rd
Girls Basketball Tournament @ Preble Shawnee
7th Grade: Oakwood 40 Carlisle
8th Grade: Oakwood 16 Madison 9

Boys Basketball Tournament @ Eaton
7th Grade: Oakwood 48 Preble Shawnee 25
8th Grade: Oakwood 50 Northridge 36

Monday, Feb. 5th
Girls Basketball Tournament @ Preble Shawnee
7th Grade: Monroe 47 Oakwood 21

Boys Basketball Tournament @ Eaton
7th Grade: Oakwood 34 Madison 32

Tuesday, Feb. 6th
Girls Basketball Tournament @ Preble Shawnee
8th grade: Valley View 31 Oakwood 21

Boys Basketball Tournament @ Eaton
8th grade: Franklin 57 Oakwood 20

Thursday, Feb. 8th
Boys Basketball Tournament @ Eaton
Valley View 33 Oakwood 31

OJH Athletics in the Week Ahead

  • Wrestling vs. Chaminade-Julienne - Saturday (2/10) at 11:00 a.m. AWAY

You can find more information at the OJH/OHS Athletics Page.

From Our Nurse

Tips for Raising Heart Healthy Kids

February is National Heart Month so I thought that I would provide some tips for raising heart healthy kids and teens. It is also time for parents to evaluate their own exercise and diet routines.

1.Protect your child who participates in sports with pre-sport heart screenings. The American Heart Association recommends that children be screened prior to participating in sports with a review of the personal and family medical history and a physical exam by their pediatrician to detect any potential risks.

2.Provide a heart healthy diet for your whole family. Elevated cholesterol is one of the many risk factors for heart disease. It's important to provide unsaturated fats, limit processed foods, and add fiber rich foods. A heart healthy diet includes lean meats, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products and whole grains.

3.Encourage physical activity for the whole family every day. Because we live in such a busy, fast paced society it is difficult to schedule time for exercise, but kids are more likely to get some physical activity if you do things with them. Activities such as a walk to the park, riding a bike, dancing, playing tag or going for a walk at the mall can reduce stress and help you bond with your child.

4.Talk to your children about the dangers of smoking as well as alcohol and drug use at an early age. It is essential to keep the lines of communication open throughout the teen years.

5.Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to tell your children how much you love them. Whether it is writing a love note or making a list of things that you are grateful for relating to each child this provides an opportunity for the whole family to express gratitude and love for each other. Parenting can be challenging but it is important to let your children know that you are proud of them.

Upcoming Community Meeting - February 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as Lead Architect Mike Ruetschle and members of the Master Facilities Plan Core Team present an options workshop Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood High School auditorium. A variety of master plan options will be presented to address comprehensive K-12 needs across all of our facilities. Options are being developed and reviewed at this point and include a range of restoring, renovating/adding and new construction alternatives.

The evening will begin with a presentation of the current options, complete with cost range estimates and possible taxpayer implications. We will then break into small groups to be able to gain feedback and hear questions about the options. Each small group will then report out the highlights of their discussion to the entire group.

More feedback will continue to be gathered, including online and at the next town hall meeting scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m. at the OHS auditorium. For more information on the Master Facilities Plan, visit our website at

Next Week at OJH - Special Events

  • Monday, February 12 - OJH Winter Sports Recognition - 7:00 p.m. - Auditorium
  • Tuesday, February 13 - 8th Grade Washington D.C. Parent Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Auditorium
  • Thursday, February 15 - OJH Winter Band and Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m. - Auditorium

Looking ahead: Monday, 2/19 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL and Tuesday, 2/20 - Friday, 23 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

For a full calendar of OJH activities, go to the OJH Web page and view the Special Events.

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