Tamika Dees, Head of Middle School

December 8, 2023



Greetings, Middle School Families, 

This week the Oakridge Middle School has been merry and bright. We started Monday off wearing our favorite holiday movie character or winter white. Tuesday we decked the halls in our snuggly, comfy clothes. Wednesday we bundled up with our favorite winter blanket, and Thursday we sported our fuzzy sweaters and socks. Finally on Friday we pumped up our winter sports teams by wearing our Oakridge spirit gear. 

Our Lower House students also had an opportunity to visit the Holiday Treasures event sponsored by the OPC. Students had a chance to shop for friends, family members, and their pets. It was such a joy to see our middle schoolers excited about shopping and selecting gifts for their loved ones. 

On Wednesday, our Middle School Orchestra dazzled us with their musical gifts and talents by performing two beautiful pieces in the Winter Concert titled "Carol of the Bells" and "Santa the Barbarian". Playing with such grace and poise was just what we needed to get into the holiday spirit. Then on Thursday, our Middle School Choir performed "Christmas Time is Here" and "Somewhere in My Memory." The harmony and melody of these timeless pieces and new renditions rang throughout the auditorium. 

Finally, as we prepare for finals week, please review the attached link with the final exam schedule and dismissal times with your child. We also know that for many of your children, final exam week can be stressful and may cause anxiety. Here are a few tips to help them stay calm: (1) review notes, study material, and practice problems; (2) get plenty of rest the night before; (3) eat a good breakfast. 

It has truly been a pleasure watching your children enjoy these magical moments, while making lifetime memories with their friends and teachers. The joy, laughter, and cheer that has filled the classrooms and hallways this week has been a gift that keeps on giving.  

Happy Holidays!

Tamika R. Dees







Please save the following dates:

  • Monday, December 11: 5th Grade Community Outreach Project

  • December 11 - 15: MS Semester Exam Week, Early Dismissal All Week

  • December 18 -January 3: Winter Break, No School 

  • Friday, January 5: 7th/8th Grade Dance, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, January 7: Admissions Showcase, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, January 10: MS Group Picture Day 

  • Thursday, January 11: Oakridge Spelling Bee 

  • Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School 

  • Monday, January 22: 8th Grade Move-Up Social, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

  • Friday, January 26: Oakridge STEM Showcase, 8:00-9:30 a.m. 

  • Friday, January 26: Last Friday, Early Dismissal

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