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Mr Adam  

Modern World History

This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements, and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.

Mr Zach

MS Social Studies

Hello! My name is Mr. Zach and I am the Middle School Social Studies and English and Language Arts (ELA) teacher. I attended Ohio University where I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in just 3 years, majoring in History, Political Science, and Middle East and North African Studies. This year in MS Social Studies the students will learn about the ancient past, starting with the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Romans. The course will take us all the way to the Renaissance and the Enlightenment Periods. A major goal for this year is to help students learn the basics of note-taking. We will start with simple lecture powerpoints and fill in the blanks, focusing on important vocabulary terms. By the end of the year, students should be able to independently take notes with pencil and paper.

MS Language Arts

Middle School students will spend the first half of the year learning the basics. They will be focusing on the 8 parts of speech, proper punctuation, proper grammar, and of course spelling/vocabulary. Using vocabulary terms from different classes, students will learn the correct spelling of the word(s), their definitions, and how to use the word(s) in a properly written sentence. Students will then use the foundations that were developed in the first half of the year to help them become fluent and accomplished writers by the end of the school year.

History through Film (HS elective)

The goal of this class will be to show history through the media that was present during that time period. Learning lessons from members of society who were a part of both the mainstream and countercultures in the hopes that students will understand what life was like for people during their respective time periods and understand that people in the past had similarities and differences like we do today.

Ms Caitlyn

Journalism: In Journalism, we have been working on our interviewing skills! With help from our therapists, the students have been working on creating in-depth questions to ask those whom they interview for the school newsletter.  While doing this they are also working on being conversational within their interviews rather than asking question after question in a script-like manner.  The end of this process is creating a write-up about the interview they conducted which helps them to work on their writing skills and mechanics.

 

Middle School English: We have finished our first nonfiction novel of the year and are switching gears to begin working on fiction. Between the novels, we will be applying our literature skills to various movies and short films to generalize the skills across different mediums. As we go into the second semester in January we will focus heavily on literacy skills such as character development tracking and plot development.

 

English 9: We have finished our first nonfiction novel of the year and are switching gears to begin working on fiction. Between the novels, we will be applying our literature skills to various movies and short films to generalize the skills across different mediums. As we go into the second semester in January we will focus heavily on literacy skills such as character development tracking and plot development.

 

English 10-12: These students have been working their way through various short stories such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Necklace" to work on literacy skills. We have been focusing on plot development in these classes and will be moving toward a focus on character and theme development. The students will also be working on supporting themes with evidence from the text and proving the support.

 

English 12: This group will focus heavily on text comprehension and analysis for the first semester. In the second semester, our seniors will move into more applicable reading and writing skills. Focusing on email writing and formal language, creating and utilizing a resume, and crossing into some of their Journalism content by practicing writing and answering interview questions.

 

Ms. Katy

This is my first year at Oakstone Community School! I graduated from Kent State in May of 2022. I am so excited to be working with the students this year and helping them achieve their math goals. I will be teaching middle school math and two algebra I classes along with co-teaching financial algebra with Mrs. Therese and a co-taught middle school ELA class with Mr. Zach.

 

Middle School Math:

This class is designed using the Ohio 7th and 8th grade math standards. We will be covering a wide range of topics throughout the school year. The first quarter we will be focusing on proportional relationships using ratios,  percentages, and scientific notation. 

 

Algebra I:

This course is designed for high school students and focuses on the fundamental basics of algebra. We will continue to build students arithmetic knowledge. The first quarter numerical and algebraic expressions, one variable equations, and interpreting graphs.

Ms Ariana

My name is Ms. Ariana. This is my 9th year as an educator and 7th year as an intervention specialist.! I am excited to be at Oakstone and to get to know all the students and families. A little about me:  I love spending time with my husband, 2 kids, and 3 fur babies. We stay very active and love being outside and going to the zoo. 

 

Also in our room is Ms. Corry, she has 20+ years of experience in education. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, Broadway musicals, and reading. She is very excited to be here this year! 

 

We are starting off the year with getting to know you activities, going over rules and routines, and working on our math and reading skills. 

Miss Shelby

Hello! My name is Ms. Shelby and I teach the High-School ILC crew. Some of the topics we have covered over the past few months include graphing and data collection, renewable and nonrenewable resources, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. We continue to use functional life skills daily across all academic environments and lay a heavy emphasis on vocational skill development. Our students are working hard every single day to accomplish challenges that we set up for them in order to be successful. Over the next few months, we will be completing several classroom projects including wrapping Secret Santa gifts, learning about Cell Structures in science, The Declaration of Independence, and the Civil War in social studies, and earning money by completing vocational tasks to buy items for our Holiday party in December!

Miss Tara

After Thanksgiving break, art students are going to begin studying and creating gingerbread houses! We will learn where they originated and will discuss the different details they include. Elementary students will be working on drawing them and including different details. 9th and 10th graders will be working on creating 3D gingerbread houses out of cardboard and paper. Finally, 11th and 12th graders will be learning how to draw using perspective and will draw their houses using this technique. 

Mr Marty

In PE, we have been working on team sports. It's typically easier to do things on your own and to be an individual athlete, however, when you are part of a team it's different. Learning to work as a team, the students are doing whatever they can to help the team win or reach a goal for that day. We have also been working on handling emotions when things don’t go our way individually because we are part of a team. We have come a long way and are getting better each and every day.

Miss Chelsea

Hi from 5/6th grade! We are a class of ten super smart kids and three adults. 

We have loved learning a lot of things this year from Space, Early Civilizations, how to write persuasive essays, and so much more! The kids loved building our class terrarium to show the 4 systems of Earth (Geosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere, and Hydrosphere).

Currently, this is what we're doing:

 

Science: We are currently learning about Structure and Properties of Matter (motion, light, sound, matter, and energy).

Math: In math, we are learning about Numbers and Operations in Base Ten.

Social Studies: We are working on finishing up our early civilizations then we are moving into Government, Human Systems, and Places and Regions.

Reading and Language Arts: We are using our Reading Mastery program which the kids are thriving in. As well as in Language we are working on Spelling, Idioms, Vocabulary, Writing (letters), and Grammar. 

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