Middle School News
More than 100 people took advantage of a flu shot clinic held Tuesday, October 1 at The Oakridge School. Nurse Kim Campbell-Martinez organized the event and called it the most successful the school has ever seen in its 20 years of hosting the annual clinic.
"For a number of reasons, people think 'I never get sick' or 'I tend to stay healthy, so I don't need it' and they forgo getting a flu shot," said Nurse Campbell-Martinez. "However, Oakridge administrators do all they can to promote overall health and wellness, and in this case, partnered with Kroger Pharmacy to vaccinate 125 students, teachers, and parents. That's the highest number of people that we have ever served."
The flu shots were free to those who had their insurance cards, with most major carriers accepted. Otherwise, attendees paid a $25 fee. The shots were available to children ages 7 and older. Students under 18 were required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Oakridge parent Deme Cleveland took advantage of the flu shot clinic by getting a vaccination for herself, her son Zach ’22, and daughter Sammie ’24. “I loved the convenience of getting both kids their shots between sporting events and rehearsals," said Mrs. Cleveland. "The decision was made easier because I was able to get the shot also. It was very fast and the fact it was free made it even better.”
Science Teacher Elissa Eggleston also got her flu shot and commended Oakridge for partnering with retail and health care providers in the Arlington community to deliver the vaccinations. “My arm might get sore, but the shot is much better than the suffering involved when you contract the flu,” said Ms. Eggleston. “Besides, the Kroger pharmacist was very skilled when giving the shot; I hardly felt it.”
While seasonal flu viruses are detected year-round in the U.S., flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October.
Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. The CDC table shows peak flu activity in the U.S. by month for the 1982-1983 through 2017-2018 flu seasons. The "peak month of flu activity" is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season. During this 36-year period, flu activity most often peaked in February (15 seasons), followed by December (7 seasons), January (6 seasons) and March (6 seasons).
In addition to flu vaccinations, Oakridge makes available to every classroom hand sanitizer, boxes of tissue, and disinfecting wipes for cleaning counters, handles, computer keyboards, and other frequently touched surfaces where small droplets of flu can spread. Contact Nurse Kim Campbell-Martinez for more information about the flu shot clinic, other health care-related services, or for information about partnering with Oakridge for a healthier community at 817-451-4994 ext. 2714 or email@example.com.
Kind-hearted families and friends across North Texas opened their wallets and donated $198,088 to The Oakridge School for this year's North Texas Giving Day. The online event is the largest 18-hour giving extravaganza designed to benefit local nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. North Texas Giving Day also served as the official campaign kickoff to Oakridge's 2019-2020 Annual Fund. This year's theme is "All in for Oakridge."
"We are thankful for the generosity of every single person who gave in support of Oakridge," said Head of School Jon Kellam. "No matter the size of the contribution, these gifts have a tangible impact in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff. Such philanthropic commitment confirms that we are all in for Oakridge."
Director of Development Lauren Matocha expressed her appreciation for Oakridge's supporters and acknowledged the school's 40-year long tradition of giving. "North Texas Giving Day aligns with our school's mission and helps us to provide an incomparable academic experience for our students in the Early Childhood Center, Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Because of our donors, we will be able to strengthen current initiatives and consider or create new ones."
Oakridge Regent Michael Heiskell and his wife, Anita, are this year's Annual Fund Chairs and admit they had only one response when asked to lead the 2019-2020 campaign. "Yes," Mr. and Mrs. Heiskell said. "Having three of our four children as Oakridge alums (Marin '96, James '01, Michael '18) and with our son Mason '20 in his senior year, we can attest to the excellent education and opportunities that Oakridge provides. Each of our children was energized to learn and take advantage of their college prep education. Since the school's inception, Oakridge continues its quest to provide exceptional experiences in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment."
Visit the Annual Fund, Super Supper and Auction, and Owl Club Golf Classic links to learn more about how to make a gift and how the contributions are used. Supporters may also email Mrs. Matocha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Texas Giving Day is coordinated by the Communities Foundation of Texas. The main donation day was Sept. 19, 2019, but the annual event is actually 11 days of raising awareness for donations for nearly 3,000 nonprofit organizations across North Texas. Preliminary numbers posted on the North Texas Giving Day website show there were 169,464 donations totaling $50,192,976 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and his wife, Jessica, served as this year's Honorary Chairs. Watch a video of their congratulatory message to donors who are making a huge difference to nonprofits and the many people they serve.
The Oakridge School teamed up with the City of Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys organization to host the Mayor's Hometown Huddle. Oakridge students, faculty and staff, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, former Cowboys players, and others volunteered part of their Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Mission Arlington.
The citywide day of service celebrated the National Football League's 100th season and was presented by UnitedHealthcare. The effort was dedicated to making the two cities that the Cowboys call home better places to live, work and play. Various projects hosted by the City of Frisco and the City of Arlington gave residents the chance to make a difference in the community as part of Cowboys Huddle for 100 – a nationwide volunteerism campaign.
Among the distinguished and decorated Cowboys alumni who joined the Mayor's Hometown Huddle, were Dexter Coakley, who serves on the coaching staff at Oakridge.
To commemorate the NFL's 100th anniversary celebration, the NFL rallied fans to give 100 million minutes of service to impactful causes in their hometown communities. Huddle for 100 launched nationally at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, TN, and will conclude at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Fans, players, alumni, teams and employees are encouraged to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities over the 11-month campaign.
Throughout the Huddle for 100 initiative, the NFL will give participating fans the chance to win a variety of prizes, including game tickets, team gear, or a monetary donation to a charity they select when they track their participation on the Huddle for 100 website.
Below are upcoming events that the Office of Admissions is hosting. If you are unable to attend one of the events, you may schedule a tour at www.theoakridgeschool.org/campusvisit or by calling 817-451-4994.
Oakridge's Middle School swimmers competed in Metroplex MS Champs during the third weekend of January, and it was a huge success!
Bryce Key set two new Metroplex championship meet records, and placed 1st in both of his individuals, 100 FR and the 100 IM.
Boys 200 freestyle relay placed 5th overall (Bryce Key, Eli Redding, Vikram Kollipara, Eshan Singhal)
Gyanna Simmons -- dropped 4 seconds in her 50 freestyle
Avani Basrai -- dropped 3 seconds in her 50 freestyle
Vikram Kollipara -- dropped 1 second in 50 freestyle, placing 11 overall
Eli Redding -- shaved off some time in 50 freestyle, placing 16 overall
Emerson Redding -- placed 11th over all in the 100 IM
Eshan Singhal - dropped almost a second in his 100 IM to place 13 overall
Congratulations to the Blue Girls' soccer team on your win Tuesday, Jan. 22 against Greenhill. The lone goal was scored by Fiona Bagley, unassisted. The Players of the Game were Fiona and Karrington Barnett.
Congratulations to 7th grader Eshan Signal for his performance Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Springtown Qualifying Math Meet. Eshan placed 1st in calculator, 5th in math, 2nd in number sense, and 6th in science. Eshan advances to the state Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) Math Meet, which will be held in April in San Antonio.