Welcome back to another great school year. I am excited to introduce myself to you as the new Principal at Oak Hills High School. I have worked with many of you in my previous roles in the district as J.F. Dulles Elementary School Principal and as Rapid Run Middle School Principal. I am honored to take on this role and will strive to work with the staff and students at Oak Hills to take the high school to new heights. This year marks our third year working with the ISSN (International Studies School Network). Now, more than ever, our students need to be able to investigate the world, recognize various perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse groups and take action to make their community & the world a better place. These skills are at the core of our ISSN initiative, and are the very definition of being globally competent. We want our students to take advantage of every opportunity presented to them because in an ever shrinking world, the people who can relate to many cultures will be the most successful people in the future.
Along with global competence, another key to our mission at Oak Hills High School is that our students graduate career and college ready. We know that not every student will go on to college when they leave Oak Hills, but we feel it is our responsibility to allow the student to make that choice. The skills that our children need to be successful in a career or to be successful in college are virtually one in the same. Not only do they need solid academic knowledge, but they must also be able to solve problems, think critically, take old information and use it in new ways and be creative. We will continue to expand our Advanced Placement course offerings; we are now up to 27 options. We will also continue to expand our partnerships with local colleges and universities to offer Dual Enrollment courses; we are now up to 23 options between the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and the College of Mount Saint Joseph.
This year we will also work with local business to offer a career/job fair to our students. This will give the students an idea of what types of opportunities are out there right now and what type of job embedded training will be offered to them. Oak Hills consistently seeks ways in which we can afford our students greater opportunities to integrate technology into the learning process. We are excited to continue to offer online learning and additional resources to our students, parents, and teachers through Google Apps for Education and Progress Book. These online tools will serve as a base of communication between school and home. As we begin the 2013-14 school year, please remember to review the student handbook, found online at www.ohlsd.us. Student code of conduct, dress code, hair color, etc. can be accessed. It is critical that students understand and adhere to all school policies and expectations to better prepare them for their future.
I look forward to working with you to meet the needs of your child and to help your child accomplish our goal of graduating with a sense of global awareness and the critical skills to be career and college ready. A strong partnership between school and home is one of the best ways to ensure that the needs of the children are met and we look forward to forming and maintaining many strong partnerships with you, the families of Oak Hills High School.
Throughout this school year, we encourage you to communicate with your child’s teachers, counselors, and administrators. The community and the school district depend on each other to maintain a standard of excellence. One cannot attain excellence without the other.
We need your input and feedback to guide us on the road to continuous improvement. Please call Oak Hills High School at 922-2300 if you have any suggestions or questions throughout the year. I look forward to working with you to take Oak Hills High School to new heights.
Principal, Oak Hills High School
Additional Administrative Staff
Kristin Grote, House Principal
Kristi Bashara, House Principal
Doug Geygan, House Principal
Tara Willig, House Principal & Special Services Coordinator
Scott Toon, Director of High School Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Dan Scholz, Dean of Student Services
Mike Coots, Athletic Director
Mike Price, Asst. Athletic Director
Karen Floyd, Athletic Secretary
Janet MacWilliams , Business Manager
Dawn Stoll – (Mr. Stoddard)
Judy Burns – Main Office
Sue Wineland – Receptionist
Beth Ahlers – Counselor Secretary Regular Education (Hoffman/Reissland/Southworth)
Marcy Hartman – (Mrs. Grote)
Kristy Berra – (Mr. Geygan) & Counselor Secretary (Gilreath/Hunter)
Mindi McCarthy – Special Services Secretary (Willig/Hoffman/Reissland)
Silvana Scott – Student Services Secretary
Fran Gilreath, College and Career
Jen Reissland, Special Services (A-Z)
Nicole Hoffman, House 2, F-K
Kyna Southworth, House 3
Katie Hunter, House 4
To report an absence/tardy call: 347-2970 – # 2 – # 8