Jim Andersen, Head of Upper School


December 1, 2023

“Great things come from three things…commitment, hard work, and strong finishes…not from excuses.” Gary Ryan Blair

  • Progress Report Grades 2.2

  • Semester Exams Information

  • APUSH & AP Gov Review Sessions

  • Ugly Sweater Dress Day

  • STEM Showcase Application

  • Optimist Club Essay Contest 

  • Check out procedures

  • Campus policy


Progress Report 2.2: Your child’s progress grades are now available in your parent portal in My Backpack.  Click on Marking Period Grades and Comments to view. This is the final progress report of the semester.  We have one week remaining of classes and then our finals week.  It is crucial for students to work with their teachers during this important time to finish the marking period strong and prepare for their finals.  

Semester Exams:  Semester exams are Monday, December 11 - Friday, December 15. This week we have early dismissal at 12:00 p.m. each day.  Students are only required to be here during the times they have exams.  

  • Monday, December 11 - 8:30 a.m. English  10:30 a.m. Elective
  • Tuesday, December 12 - 8:30 a.m. World Language  10:30 a.m. Science
  • Wednesday, December 13 - 8:30 a.m. Math   10:30 a.m. Elective
  • Thursday, December 14 - 8:30 a.m. History   10:30 a.m. Elective
  • Friday, December 15 - 8:30 a.m. Make up exams

Students are in school uniform for final exams.

APUSH & AP Gov: Review sessions for these classes will be available Friday, Dec 8 from 5-8 and Sunday, Dec 10 2-4 in the commons. 

Ugly Sweater Dress Day: Join the fun on Thursday, December 7 as we approach our finals week.  Dress in your favorite holiday wear and ugly sweaters.  Be creative and have fun!  Dress must follow our non-uniform guidelines (no pajamas please).

STEM Showcase Application: The 2024 STEM Showcase is now accepting applications. Complete the application here. 

Optimist Club Essay Contest:  Every year the Optimist Club sponsors an essay writing contest.  Oakridge students have done quite well with this in the past.  Please consider submitting an original essay!  This year’s prompt is “Optimism: How It Connects Us.” Optimist Club Essay Contest  Essay Application

Checkout Procedures: Anytime a student needs to leave campus early, a parent must email Mrs. Blake to let the US office know. Once the office knows, the teachers are notified, and then the student can be dismissed from the class without disrupting the teacher and be on time for their checkout. It is best practice to give 24 hours notice. Giving less than an hour notice may result in classroom disruption and delayed dismissal. 

Campus Policy: Parents, please support us with our updated security policies. All students and families must have a car tag on their rearview mirror; deliveries from outside vendors are not allowed; parents may deliver to the Admissions office and text their child to pick up delivery from the main office as soon as possible. Parents may check into the main office and then proceed to any appointments scheduled on campus. We are a closed campus. This means students may not leave for study hall and return, nor may they leave for lunch and return. If they leave campus, it must be with prior parental notification. Appointments should be accompanied by a note to return to school, ensuring the absence is excused.


The  Upper School Team


Please note the dates for the US December Calendar:













Please save the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 6: Winter Orchestra Concert, 7:00 p.m. 

  • Thursday, December 7: Winter Choir Concert, 7:00 p.m. 

  • Thursday, December 7: Upper School Ugly Sweater Dress Day

  • Friday, December 8: APUSH Review Session 5 - 8 p.m.  

  • Saturday, December 9: Parade of Lights 

  • Sunday, December 10: AP Gov Review Session 2 - 4 p.m.

  • December 11 - 15: Exam Week, Early Dismissal

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



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