Elementary Math

Kindergarten through fifth grade students in Oak Hills engage in the interactive and digital approach to covering the new state standards through the math program GO Math!.  The digital and print options offer adaptive and on-the-go instructional opportunities. Every student is supported through the universal access features of the program as they learn to think critically and apply their math knowledge. The program uses engaging videos, virtual manipulatives, and  personalized instruction through the interactive student editions, the eStudent edition, and digital tools to benefit the individual student.

For more information regarding the GO Math! curriculum, please click here

Elementary Science

Students in kindergarten, first, and second grade are introduced to science concepts using lessons from Picture Perfect Science.  Picture-Perfect Science lessons are published by the National Science Teachers Association and help teachers and students deepen their content knowledge and integrate science and reading in a meaningful way.  Using the 5-E Instructional Model for science, students explore Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. This learning cycle model allows students to construct their own understand of scientific concepts as they cycle through the 5 phases: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate.  Picture-Perfect Science integrates lessons for teaching science that include reading comprehension strategies embedded in each learning experience.  These essential strategies can be modeled throughout while keeping the focus of the lessons on science.  

For more information regarding the Picture Perfect Science series, please visit: http://www.pictureperfectscience.com/

In 2009, Oak Hills adopted the inquiry-based science program called FOSS for its elementary schools.  It was readopted in 2014 for its students in grades three, four, and five. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how youngsters think and learn.

Science is an active enterprise, made active by our human capacity to think. Scientific knowledge advances when scientists observe objects and events, think about how they relate to what is known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new information into the established order.  The scientific enterprise is both what we know (content) and how we come to know it (process). The best way for students to appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn important scientific concepts, and develop the ability to think critically is to actively construct ideas through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. The FOSS program was created to engage students in these processes as they explore the natural world.

For more information regarding the FOSS curriculum, please visit: http://www.fossweb.com/introduction

Elementary Social Studies

Students in kindergarten through third grade are introduced to Social Studies themes and concepts through participation in their core Language Arts program, Reading Street.  The high interest stories, articles, and activities in Reading Street draw heavily from the Social Studies content area.  Teachers supplement the Reading Street program at these levels with materials and experiences designed to enhance the integrated Social Studies content learning.

For more information about the Reading Street program please visit Reading Street

In addition to the exposure to Social Studies curriculum through Reading Street, fourth and fifth grade students receive explicit instruction in Social Studies content.  The current instructional program pulls from a variety of materials and resources and is designed to develop the student’s mastery of the Ohio Revised Standards in Social Studies. The new standards directly address the 21st-century skills of civic literacy, financial and economic literacy and global awareness.  Descriptions of the fourth and fifth grade social studies themes can be found here.

Testing Schedule

Testing Window (Specific test dates vary by building) Subject Area
11/14/16 – 11/18/16 3rd Grade Fall English Language Arts
3/20/17 – 4/7/17 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade English Language Arts
4/19/17 – 5/10/17 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Mathematics
4/19/17 – 5/10/17 4th Grade Social Studies
4/19/17 – 5/10/17 5th Grade Science

Terra Nova and In-View Testing

The TerraNova is a series of standardized achievement tests used to assess student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The InView assessment is an assessment of cognitive abilities that includes verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. Oak Hills uses TerraNova and InView results to reliably measure skills and abilities important for academic success, help plan effective programs for students, and screen students for placement into special programs.

For the 2016-2017 school year, these tests will be given to students in grades 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7  from December 5 through December 9.  During this time, it is especially important for your student to get plenty of sleep and eat a well-balanced breakfast.

To find more information about the Terra Nova and InView tests, please click here.

AIMSweb Assessments

As part of a comprehensive intervention process at Oak Hills Local School District, our schools have a process for identifying at-risk learners with a research-based, universal screening process in the areas of Reading and Mathematics.  When students are identified early, interventions can be delivered, and teachers can respond with effective instructional strategies in a timely manner.  Many forms of assessments are used by the teachers and staff at Oak Hills to assist in this intervention process, but one common assessment that is used for the purpose of identifying at-risk students for possible intervention services is called the “AIMSweb Assessments”.   All students in grades K-5 are assessed three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) with brief, curriculum-based assessments for Reading and Math with the AIMSweb assessments.  If students are in need of interventions in grades K-5 or 6-8, they are then progress monitored using AIMSweb in a web-based tracking system which allows students, parents, and teachers to visually analyze the student’s growth with progress monitoring reports.  The AIMSweb data is always used in conjunction with other assessments that are gathered at the various grade levels to support the curriculum.  Please contact your child’s teacher, school psychologist, or school counselor to discuss the AIMSweb results at any time of the year.

For more information about the AIMSweb system, visit: www.aimsweb.com

Gifted Services

Students are identified as gifted when scoring at or above the 95th percentile on the TerraNova assessment during the 2nd, 4th, or 7th grades in one or more of the following academic areas of study – Reading, Math, Science or Social Studies.  Students may also be identified by having a composite score index of 128 or higher on the InView assessment, which is administered in grades 4 and 6.

Superior Cognitive and Specific Academic Reading students in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be cluster grouped in Language Arts and will receive services from the Gifted Intervention Specialist and classroom teacher, or classroom teacher with gifted endorsement, or classroom teacher with qualified professional development in gifted services.  Superior Cognitive and Specific Academic Mathematics students in grades 6 and 7 will be served in Advanced Mathematics Courses.  

In grade 8, Superior Cognitive and Specific Academic students in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies will be served in high school credit classes.

To download the Gifted Services Model and Entrance Criteria, Click here

Destination Imagination

Do you enjoy performing, creating, building, and solving real life problems?  Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to challenge yourself and to compete with a team of your friends at the same time?  Destination Imagination might be just what you need!

For more information, please contact the Destination Imagination Building Coordinators:

C.O. Harrison Elementary Kate Ramsdell ramsdell_k@ohlsd.org
Delshire Elementary Valerie Holocher holocher_v@ohlsd.org
J. F. Dulles Elementary Victoria Burnham burnham_v@ohlsd.org
Oakdale Elementary Ronda Kroeger kroeger_r@ohlsd.org
Springmyer Elementary Virginia Sharpe sharpe_v@ohlsd.org
Bridgetown Middle School Phoebe Dierkers dierkers_p@ohlsd.org
Delhi Middle School Kenneth Boatright boatright_k@ohlsd.org
Rapid Run Middle School Jennie Magro magro_j@ohlsd.org