LINX 5-18-18

OJH LINX 20180518

A Note from the Principal

When you have the opportunity to work with 330 twelve- to fifteen-year-olds each day, it is easy to develop an admiration for the many strengths unique to this developmental period. Our 7th and 8th graders have an abundance of energy. They dive deeply into their interests, their relationships, and their activities. They continually refine their beliefs about themselves and about life's biggest issues, and they develop a voice to express these. Some children even begin to take their first intentional steps in the journey toward future aspirations.

Like members of any other age range, though, early adolescents are not exempt from the inevitable 'but' following a list of hallmark strengths. Among the traits that have never crossed my mind in typifying the average 7th or 8th grader are effective organization, pervasive humility, staunch drama avoidance, and consistently good decision-making. If you can review that list and believe it describes your son or daughter 100% of the time, you should probably stop reading here, buy a lottery ticket, and start penning your book on parenting. I'll be sure to read it before my oldest enters junior high!

Even though the year is nearing its close, I'd like to encourage a revisited focus on the 'organized' piece of the adolescent puzzle as it connects to life in general and to exam preparation specifically. Have you picked up your child's backpack recently? If not - and if you can find it in his or her bedroom - take a peek inside and then try wearing it as-is around your home for 4 minutes to resemble a class change. Is it light and arranged with hand-selected materials directly matching the night's work? Is it stuffed to capacity with crumpled papers that are weighed by the ton and require carbon dating? Maybe it's somewhere in between. In my time as an educator, I've found the adolescent backpack to offer great insight regarding a young person's self-management and organization. Unfortunately, a large part of 'fixing' related issues is allowing the brain time to finish its setup process.

For the time being, we can focus on how to support this area of developmental weakness. Exams are now less than two weeks away, and it's very possible that your child has learned or demonstrated everything needed to ace the final. It's also likely, though, that s/he cannot independently identify the needed information (even with a study guide) or arrange it in an accessible way for review. While the final pre-exam week of the school year will include reinforcement of the year's key concepts, I would suggest that you consider whether your son or daughter may need a little parental help with developing a system for how to approach preparation for finals. If you can recall your first few attempts at such comprehensive tests, you may also remember the trepidation that only gradually fades. Because of this, a little extra emotional support and encouragement to accompany intentional organizational support may be even more beneficial than an extra hour of studying.

Thank you for partnering with our teachers all year to maximize your child's learning, and we look forward to one more week of learning opportunities before exams!

Tim Badenhop
Oakwood Junior High

Other Items in This Week's LINX

  • Sports Shorts with Mr. Stone
  • Art Students Must Pick Up Artwork Before Exams
  • Sports Physicals Offered at OJH/OHS on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • 2019 Washington, DC Trip
  • Exam Schedule
  • Last Chance to Order OJH Yearbooks
  • From Our Nurse - Medication Pick-Up
  • Oakwood Jr. High Awards Ceremony
  • Next Week at OJH

Sports Shorts with Mr. Stone

Girls Lacrosse
Beavercreek 9 Oakwood 7

Art Students Must Pick Up Artwork Before Exams

Junior High students, who had art with Miss Furst this year, must pick up all projects before exams or they will be discarded, thank you.

Sports Physicals Offered at OJH/OHS on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ATTENTION ALL Parents and student-athletes:

The Oakwood Athletic Department will again be offering sports physicals for those individuals interested in playing sports during the 2018-2019 school year.

Sports physicals will be held this Tuesday, May 22nd at the Jr./Sr. High School. Please report to the library for check-in.

Times are as follows...
Current 6th-7th graders - 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Current 8th-11th graders - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please print out your blank Pre-Participation Physical Form from your FinalForms account and bring that with you that night.

To set up your FinalForms account:

  • Click NEW ACCOUNT under the Parent Icon
  • Type your NAME and EMAIL and then click REGISTER
  • Check your Email and click CONFIRM YOUR ACCOUNT in the email text

NOTE: You will receive an email within 2 minutes prompting you to confirm and complete your registration. If you do not receive an email, check your spam folder. If you still do not see the FinalForms email, please email

  • Type your password and click CONFIRM ACCOUNT.
  • You will be asked if you want to grant another Parent/Guardian access to your registered students. Either click SKIP THIS STEP or type Name and Email Address and click ADD PARENT ACCOUNT.
  • Your account will be created, you can then REGISTER STUDENT for your first child.

Step-by-step process to print out the blank physical form:

1. Open up your child's FinalForms account

2. Click on the FORMS tab (blue tab)

3. Click on OHSAA PPE Physical (for physicians) tab (green tab)

4. Click on big blue button that says "Click to print - OHSAA PPE Physical Form"

Donation: $15 per student; checks payable to Oakwood Athletic Department

2019 Washington, DC Trip

The very last day to register for the Washington DC trip and SAVE $70 is Thursday 5/24!

Don't miss out!! We already have 27 participants signed up…you don't want your child to miss out!

It's only a $49 deposit! Trip ID: 158923

It's going to be great!

Contact Jennifer Simpson simpson.jennifer@ if you have any questions.

Exam Schedule

All junior high students will take semester exams in their academic classes.

Tuesday, May 29th

First Period Subjects 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Monitored Study in Cafeteria (voluntary) 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fourth Period Subjects 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Monitored Study in Cafeteria (voluntary) 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30th

Second Period Subjects 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Monitored Study in Cafeteria (voluntary) 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Third Period Subjects 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Fifth Period Subjects 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 31st

Sixth Period Subjects 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Monitored Study in Cafeteria (voluntary) 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Seventh Period Subjects 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The LMC is open all three days from 8:00 to 3:30 for quiet study time.


1. Exams must be taken at the time scheduled unless approved by the

teacher and principal. Except in cases of illness, no extensions should

be granted beyond the last scheduled exam.

2. No bells will ring during exams but students are expected to be prompt.

3. Students are not to loiter in the hall during exams.

4. The cafeteria will NOT serve lunch during the 3 examination days.

5. Monitored quiet study is available all three days in the cafeteria as

well as the media center. Students should not arrive so much in

advance of the scheduled test time that they disturb students involved in

testing. Early arrivals should report to the cafeteria or media center.

6. Students are not permitted to visit the elementary schools during the

exam schedule.

Last Chance to Order OJH Yearbooks

Yearbook orders are now closed online but you can still order one for your JH student. Send a check for $50 made out to Oakwood Junior High to Mrs. Madison in the computer lab before the last day of school. Please make sure your child's name is in the memo line. Not sure if you ordered or have questions about the book, email Mrs. Madison at

All yearbooks are delivered in August and handed out the last week of August in homerooms. If you move over the summer, please leave us a forwarding address and we will see that you receive your copy.

From Our Nurse - Medication Pick-Up

If your child has medication in the clinic, it needs to be picked up by noon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. If it is not picked up, it will be disposed of appropriately. Medications will NOT be stored in the clinic over the summer. If you cannot pick up the medication on or before this day, please call the nurse to make other arrangements. If your child has an EpiPen, he/she may pick it up on the last day of school at the end of the day. Thank you!

Tina Detamore, BSN,RN
Oakwood School Nurse

Next Week at OJH - Special Events

  • Saturday - May 19
    • That Day in May
  • Tuesday - May 22
    • Sports Physicals 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (see above for details)
  • Thursday - May 24
    • OJH Awards Ceremony - 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium (see above for details)

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

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