The Oakdale Post http://theoakdalepost.com The Student News Site of Oakdale High School and its community Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:40:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Feb. 7th http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/feb-7th/ Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:40:43 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5585 Attention baseball players. There will be a preseason meeting in Coach Mills’ room, B230, Immediately after school on Monday, Feb 10. All players, JV and Varsity,  planning on trying out in the spring should attend. The meeting will be brief, but will cover information you need for tryouts. Please make every effort to attend. See Coach Mills, B230, with any questions.

Pit orchestra auditions for the Musical “Mary Poppins” will be held on February 11th. Anyone wishing to audition should see Mr. Zamostny PRIOR TO TUESDAY for details and audition materials. Instrumentation includes flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, guitar, bass, cello, piano, and drum set. All students are welcome to audition!

Are you interested in taking AP chem and have questions? Perhaps you want to talk to current and former students about the course. Please see Mrs. Adams in B115 and give her your name. In the near future, Mrs Adams will request interested students in for SET to talk with Mrs. Adams, and with both current and former AP students.  

Perfect Attendance – January 2020

9 – Evangeline Gould

10 – Seth Horan

11 – Brenna Hadley

12 – DeAndri Coleman

Prime Parking Spot Recipient – Benjamin Cole

One winner per grade – Gift card to Dunkin Donuts One special Prime Parking Pass to an OHS student driver. Winners can come to the attendance window to collect their prize

If you have joined work study, internships or became an SSL for Spring 2020 please make sure you have joined the correct Google Classroom.  Classroom codes are posted outside of B111 and outside of my office.

Just a reminder that there is a meeting for any girls interested in trying out for this year’s Varsity Tennis Team TODAY at 2:30 in Mr. Weiss’ Room (A102).  Please make every effort to attend.

The multicultural club is selling candy grams. $3 for a bag of candy for that special friend, staff member or yourself.  The sale is Friday through next Tuesday during all lunch shifts. Candy grams will be delivered to SET classes on Thursday Feb 13th.  

Attention Travel Club members- Let Ms. Caliskan know if you’re interested in the cupcake wars competition to be held on Friday, March 6th. Prizes for 1st-3rd place. 

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Academic Team http://theoakdalepost.com/feature/academic-team/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:08:54 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5583 It’s academic team season, and that means every Friday night at Frederick High School, twelve students step up to compete, answering rigorous trivia questions.

 

The competition is county-wide, allowing all ten high schools in the county to compete. Four competitions occur each Friday, in which three teams of four students from each of their respective schools will be asked questions on various topics. 

 

One of the team’s advisors, Nathan Smarick, states that the competition is similar to Jeopardy, a popular game show. It differs in a few ways, the most noteworthy being that the competition is in teams instead of individually, as seen on the show, and that the players aren’t required to answer in the form of a question.

 

Oakdale’s team hopes to win their first county title this season, as the newest high school in the running. Many challenges are in effect for each team because the level of competition is advanced in Frederick County.

 

Another of the team’s advisors, Jen Morganthaler, admits that, in terms of competition, “Frederick High is very tough, and generally Urbana and Walkersville.” Morganthaler also points out that schools with larger bodies of students in their program tend to succeed more often, saying that “there are schools that have tremendous amounts of kids.”

 

One of the most important factors in competing is the group of students that are selected by the team to compete. Senior Ali Aboleoeta, who is competing for his fourth year on the team, mentions that they “have to get people with different specialties to go up together so [they] can cover a broad range of topics.”

 

The topics can include basic subjects such as math or physics, or even include more unique topics such as Star Wars, 90’s music, or World War II. These topics give students more opportunities to learn about subjects that may interest them, but haven’t come up in a typical classroom environment.

 

Senior Bella Holman says that “the different topics each week are cool.”

 

The competitions are a lot to prepare for, so practices are certainly imperative. The team practices twice a week, each time trying to simulate the competition. The players break up into teams or compete individually for more practice and answer questions  recited from a thick binder containing thousands of questions that could be realistically asked in a competition scenario. Smarick mentions that practice is all about trying to work on speed and accuracy.

 

Despite the pressure of preparing for big competitions, Smarick remarks that practices can be quite lively. “I sometimes will play against the students in practice,” he states, adding that they don’t keep score, so it is all for fun.

 

All sources interviewed mentioned that building the program will be very beneficial for the team in the future. Aboelata says, “I would encourage others to join the team because it’s fun: practices are fun, matches are fun, and literally anyone can join. You don’t have to be a genius to join.”

 

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Feb. 6th http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/feb-6th/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:04:21 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5581 Attention baseball players. There will be a preseason meeting in Coach Mills’ room, B230, Immediately after school on Monday, Feb 10. All players, JV and Varsity,  planning on trying out in the spring should attend. The meeting will be brief, but will cover information you need for tryouts. Please make every effort to attend. See Coach Mills, B230, with any questions.

Pit orchestra auditions for the Musical “Mary Poppins” will be held on February 11th. Anyone wishing to audition should see Mr. Zamostny PRIOR TO TUESDAY for details and audition materials. Instrumentation includes flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, guitar, bass, cello, piano, and drum set. All students are welcome to audition!

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English Course http://theoakdalepost.com/registration/english-course/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:12:19 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5578 Not sure what English class to take next year? Here’s some information to help you make your decision

 

Taking an English class each year is required. Still have blocks to fill? There are many English electives you can take such as Journalism or film study

 

As a sophomore you can take English 10, English 10 honors or accelerated English. Accelerated English is a yearlong rigorous high school level course that counts towards English 10 and 11 graduation requirements – two of the four English courses. Students will still need an additional English course their junior year . in accelerated English students will still take MCAP English 10 in January with other English 10 students. This course helps to prepare sophomores for classes like ap lang and English 101, and also prepares students to take the SAT.

 

English 11 options are English 11, English 11 Honors, AP Language and Composition and FCC English 101. English 11 is not required, you may opt out and take Ap lang instead.

 

English 12 options are English 12, AP Language and Composition, FCC English 101, AP Literature and Composition and FCC English 102 (102 can be taken if you have passed 101 or recieved a 4 or 5 on the ap lang exam)

 

Students also have the option of Virtual In-School and Virtual School for English 11, English 12, AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition

Electives such as Journalism, Creative Writing, and Film study allow students to write and explore English in different styles or through different experiences.

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 Ode to The Candle http://theoakdalepost.com/student-submitted-drawings/ode-to-the-candle/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:09:34 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5575 (Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things)

Birth: immaculate conception.
A baby girl, kicking and screaming,
takes her first breath.
Curtain rises on the explosion of life,
with dazzling reds and titans and ambers.
A single spark of a frappé—and she’s off.

The steady burn of a ballerina’s work,
churning legs bourrée.
Fanning the flame.
A pas de deux of wax and work.
Push, pull.
Plentiful pliés.
Her limbs like salt water taffy,
her eyes never losing sight of me,
her enthralling gaze christens me.
I, a mere mortal noticed by the red-hot goddess.

Eclipsing embers of the night.
Weaving simple pleasures and the fire of the new:
harmony in the form of blaze.
Her flame stands erect,
alert as a prized hound’s tail before the hunt.

Tender fondue of wax falling upon itself.
A slow release of flesh, rolls of skin:
a bountiful woman’s stomach
that which has borne children,
Borne pain and life.
Which has held fire inside,
Both hearth and haven.

By and by
Her steadfast toil turns toxic.
The work becomes unbearable.
Wick reduced to a fraction of its youth.
The beauty of the burn suffocated
by the matter of monoxide.
Out of oxygen
she slips out of her pirouette.
Weakest link, waning light.
Breaking the illusion of impossible perfection.

Finally, in her last dying moments,
a swan song of smoke:
the pyre of pollution.
Yet
I do not cry,
I do not shed a tear for her.
She floats out into the abyss
until the once fiery, young spright,
now with a maternal kiss and a curtsy,
allows the curtain to fall.
And she, just as quickly as she came,
fizzles                   into                          ash.

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Feb. 5th http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/feb-5th/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 14:52:05 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5573 Attention baseball players. There will be a preseason meeting in Coach Mills’ room, B230, Immediately after school on Monday, Feb 10. All players, JV and Varsity,  planning on trying out in the spring should attend. The meeting will be brief, but will cover information you need for tryouts. Please make every effort to attend. See Coach Mills, B230, with any questions.

Pit orchestra auditions for the Musical “Mary Poppins” will be held on February 11th. Anyone wishing to audition should see Mr. Zamostny PRIOR TO TUESDAY for details and audition materials. Instrumentation includes flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, guitar, bass, cello, piano, and drum set. All students are welcome to audition!

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Feb. 4th http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/feb-4th/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 14:53:02 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5570 Bears softball will begin preseason workouts On Thursday February 6th at 6am for all interested players.  Bring all of your equipment and workout gear. We will meet in the auxiliary gym.  

To date, over 1800 homes have been destroyed in the Australian forest fires.  The National Honor Society is collecting money during the lunch shifts this week to support Red Cross relief efforts in Australia and Puerto Rico.  Please be generous.

This week’s student of the week is Jeffrey Jia.  Jeffrey was nominated by Ms. Ehrlich because Jeff is an incredibly hardworking student.  In the two years I have taught him, he has shown a consistent commitment to excellence in his work.  He is self-motivated and hard working. When he doesn’t understand a concept or has a question, he persists until it’s understood.  He asks specific questions and listens intently to feedback. He recently completed a project on the economics of the NBA. Presenting in a language other than his native one is a challenge for him, but he practiced carefully and did an excellent job.  Jeff is an exemplar of the qualities to which all Oakdale bears should aspire. As this week’s Student of the Week, Jeff will receive a coupon for one free admission ticket to an Oakdale High School event. Way to go Jeffrey!

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Feb. 3rd http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/feb-3rd/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:53:57 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5567 Good Morning. Today, Mrs. Polce and I are going to talk about registering for classes for next year. At this point in time, you should have received a registration sheet for your grade and an attached course summary sheet.

We are first going to look at Graduation requirements which are listed in the FCPS High School Planning Guide. You can view the planning guide online at www.fcps.org.

Students must complete 25 credits in order to graduate. These credits include 4 credits of English, 3 Social Studies Credits, 4 Math Credits-you must take a math every year of high school., 3 Science Credits, 1 credit of Technology, 1 credit of fine arts, .5 credit of Health, .5 of Fitness for Life and one half credit of financial literacy before you graduate.

You must also choose and follow one of these three completer programs, which can be found in the guide, to help you prepare for further study or a career.

  1. The University System of Maryland Completer- which includes 1 credit in Mathematics at the Algebra 2 level or beyond and 2 credits in the same World Language.
  2. The Advanced Technology Completer which includes-2 credits in the same area (we currently offer pre-engineering technology and architectural engineering and design which will fulfill this completer.
  3. The Career and Technology Completer- which includes the required number of credits in an approved CTE Completer program either offered at the Career and Technology Center or here at OHS.

If you are interested in a program at the Career and Technology Center (CTC) you will need to see your counselor to arrange a shadow by the middle of February. For those students who have already visited the Center this year, applications are available online or in the counseling office and will need to be turned in to the counseling office by March 4th. Please see your counselor for further information.

Now we are going to look at and review your registration sheet.

The registration sheet is different for each grade level. If you are a current freshman your sheet is orange. If you are a current sophomore your sheet is green. If you are a current junior your sheet is blue. The sheet lists specific registration instructions for your grade on the back.

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We have already discussed career pathways, so please look at your academic courses. Please notice that current freshmen and sophomores should register for an English, Social Studies, Math and Science course.

Electives-please use the attached course offering sheet to enter the name and number of the course you would like to take. Please note that some courses are year long and that some courses are specific to grade level.

Please remember that when filling out your registration sheet you must complete the alternates’ section. By doing so you will have control of what classes you will be entered in if you are unable to get the courses you sign up for first in the electives section.

You will notice a Virtual In School (VIS) section on your registration sheet this year. This is a possible option for OHS students next year. Students learn using web-based courses through the internet. Students must be organized, persistent, goal-oriented, self-motivated, and enjoy taking responsibility for their own learning. Please see the list of possible VIS offerings on the attached elective sheet under the subject area.

Attention Current Sophomores: You will notice a section on your sheet titled Work Based Learning. If you are interested in being a student service learner, being an intern, or participating in an apprenticeship, please check the appropriate box. You will then be invited to a meeting this Spring to discuss these scheduling options.

Attention Current Juniors: You will notice a section on your sheet titled Work Based Learning. If you are interested in being a student service learner, being an intern or participating in an apprenticeship, or participating in work study, please check the appropriate box. Please also indicate if you are interested in dual enrollment through Frederick Community College. You will then be invited to a meeting this Spring to discuss these scheduling options.

You must still select eight courses and then your schedule will be changed, once you have been approved for one of the above-mentioned programs.

We encourage you to select a wide variety of challenging courses to help you prepare for life after high school. Take advantage of the various opportunities offered at Oakdale in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities.

We urge you to choose your courses carefully; staffing decisions are based upon selections students make now, so give thought to your choices. It is possible that classes may not be offered if there is a lack of initial student interest.

You must turn in your completed registration sheet to your SET teacher no later than Friday, February 7th.

If you have any questions please see your counselor.

Thanks for your attention. Have a good day.

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Jan. 31st http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/jan-31st/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:07:58 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5565 Good luck to the Oakdale Dance Team as they travel to Orlando, FL to compete at the UDA National Dance Team Competition this weekend!  

The National Honor Society will be collecting money from 3 February through 7 February during all the lunch shifts to support the Red Cross’ relief efforts in Australia and Puerto Rico.  Please help those suffering from the forest fires and earth quakes.

Help celebrate OHS Ice Hockey Senior Night, this Friday, January 31st as OHS takes on Carroll County. The puck drops at Skate Frederick at 4:45 pm.  Admission is always free! Let’s pack the rink and cheer on OHS Seniors!

Congratulations to the girls indoor track and field team on a strong CMC performance.  The girls team also extends a congratulations to the boys team on their win. Please wish both the boys and girls teams good luck this Saturday as they head to the 2A West Regional Championships. 

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the Girls Tennis Team on Friday, February 7th at 2:30 in Coach Weiss’ room (A102).  

National English Honor Society applications are now available on the OHS website under the “Content/Honor Societies” quick link on the lefthand side. Applications are due by 2/14/20 @ 12:15 pm. See Mrs. Cole w/questions.

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Jan. 30th http://theoakdalepost.com/news/morning-announcements/jan-30th/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:12:52 +0000 http://theoakdalepost.com/?p=5561 Dual Enrollment Class: If you are a Monday/Wednesday Student, our first class meeting will be next week, Friday 1/31 during 1st block.

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