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Student Representative Report – April 13, 2016

Bridget Carl, Student Representative to the School Committee, made the following report to the School Committee on April 13, 2016.

Between report cards, parent teacher conferences and PTA sponsored event Oak Ridge has been a very busy place.  Parent Teacher conferences concluded with hundreds of parent teacher conferences booked through our on-line registration method was again a big success.

The ELA MCAS has concluded at Oak Ridge with over 900 students engaged in testing.  Every day during the 2 week period there were between 23-27 testing locations running simultaneously.  It was a huge team effort and the Administration would like to thank the teachers and ESPs for their All Hands On Deck approach. Testing in Math and Science resumes in May.

Finally, he PTA has been an amazing support during these past few weeks by supporting wonderful activities for kids such as the Mother/Son sports trivia night and kind acts for staff such as dinners during conference nights.

Next we move into class placement and ask that parents complete the on-line form available on the Oak Ridge website by April 30th.

The Exploration & Discovery Day was a huge success with around 35 workshops in art, humanities, math, business, science, and engineering. Each student attended four workshops of their choice and were involved in a series of hands-on activities throughout the morning. The day began with a motivational speaker, Mr. Michael Withington, who was sponsored by the STEM Parents Group.

The STEM clothing drive was also a success with 33 bags of clothing collected for those in need. Thank you Molly Kent and the Student Council for organizing this event.

Several STEM Academy students presented their projects in English, science, and engineering to a large gathering at the Cape g Community College at their annual Regional STEM conference. There were around 1,000 visitors to the conference and the STEM Academy students were busy all day giving presentations.

The STEM robotics teams are getting ready to compete in this year’s MATE ROV competition on May 7. The STEM Academy is sponsoring this regional competition as well as a Technology Expo that Saturday. The event is open to the public.

Plans are underway for Step Up Day, formerly called STEMabration, for all 6th graders on June 7. Both teachers and parents have begun planning a STEM experience for next year’s students.

The STEM Environmental Awareness Club has plans for a garden outside the A wing. Mrs. Fudala and her students are seeking donations of supplies and materials and will be speaking to both the STEM Parents Group and the Science Advisory Board for assistance. They have been working with a member of the Master Gardeners of Cape Cod.

The applause is still reverberating after the curtain dropped on the last performance of Into the Woods! The musical was of professional quality as Melinda and Kevin Lasit continue to raise the level of production and performance in Sandwich!

Spring sports are off to a great season in spite of snowy fields and torrential rains! Mr. Murphy and his coaches have found their way to steady victories!

All students in SHS and STEM have completed ALICE training under the steady hand of Officer Christa Cabral who never stops caring about our safety and providing us with tools needed to look out for one another

Over 80 peer leaders are undergoing training his week as they  prepare to take on their new roles as student leaders. One of their first tasks as new leaders will be assisting  as gourd leaders for the STEM- a- bration planned for June 6 when grade 6 arrives for STEP up to STEM day. Working with Mr. Newton and Mr. Dumas and STEM parents, there are some great plans in store for our newest arrivals!

After vacation, SHS/ STEM will be hosting student/ parent conferences on April 27 and 28. Information packets have been sent home and we encourage parents to join their students in learning about their accomplishments.

When the page on the calendar turns to May,we will have a long list of activities to report!

Life at the castle continues to be quite busy!