Oak Park - Celebrating Our 50th Class
Our Mission as the Oak Park family is to
Engage students to
Explore possibilities that
Empower them to make a positive difference in their community
through a school distinguished by:
- relevant inspiring learning experiences
- respectful caring relationships
- responsible culture of bold innovation.
Every student will develop a personalized foundation of learning.
Every student will develop perseverance and confidence that will empower each individual to make a positive impact.
Every student will take responsibility for self, peers, school, and community.
We will ensure innovative, challenging, and engaging learning experiences for all students.
We will integrate feeder schools and community to unite our Oak Park family.
We will establish a culture of ownership and accountability.
We will develop and maintain a physical environment that supports our mission and is worthy of our Oak Park family.
The Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) is a three-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music. The Academy offers an intensive schedule of classes in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts, and a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships to attend the Missouri Fine Art Academy this summer at Missouri State University:
Art: Rylie Barling and Mackenzie Lukenbill
Instrumental: Desireé Byas
Theater: Zane Weaver
Vocal: Erin Hill
For more information about the program visit http://www.missouristate.edu/mfaa/
FREE ACT TESTING FOR ALL JUNIORS
The Missouri State Board of Education approved the administration of the ACT® to all grade 11 students in Missouri public schools, beginning in 2014-15. This is FREE to all juniors in the State of Missouri! Oak Park will be having testing April 28, 2015 with the make up date on May 12th. Please note that this is not a practice test so attendance is vital, and remember test results can be sent to colleges and universities of choice. For more information visit the MDHE website.
With this in mind, Oak Park High School would like to highlight several Missouri schools that give scholarships based on a range of ACT scores. We want our student to be informed of great funding opportunites available for those who do well on their ACT and in school! We have selected this list of schools based off of where most of our Oak Park graduates attend. We encourage all our students to do well on their ACT as it will open many doors for their academic future and continuing onto the world of higher education.
JOURNALISM STATE AWARDS
All four high schools performed well in the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s State Journalism Contest on Wednesday, April 8, in the Missouri Theater and on the University of Missouri at Columbia campus. Most schools reported they brought home more awards than they have in many years. Awards were given on four levels; at the top was All-Missouri, Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention. Some timed contests ranked awards First, Second and Third. Read more here!
• Cambia yearbook: Superior rating. Editors 2014 graduates Gabrielle Brancato and Kaitlyn Ramsey.
• NorthmenNews.com website: Superior rating. Editor junior Courtney Campbell.
• The Northmen’s Log newsmagazine: Excellent rating. Editors senior Olivia Eissler and junior Madison Russell.
Congratulations to Ali Ishkuntana, he has been accepted into the MU Mini Med School program!
Oak Park Vocal Music students had a great weekend on Saturday. They competed in four choirs and obtained great results, please congratulations to the following choirs:
Women’s Choir – 1 rating
Men’s Choir - 1 rating
A cappella choir – 1 rating
Chamber Choir – 1 rating
In addition, our very own Oak Street Singers will be at a National Competition in Hollywood on April 16th. We look forward to hearing of their success!
STUDENTS ART EXIBITION IN LIBERTY
Missouri State End-of-Course testing will be taking place May 6-14, 2015 at Oak Park High School. Students who are currently enrolled in Algebra 1, Algebra II (if student took Alg 1 in middle school) American Government, Biology or English 2 will be tested. Please see this letter
for additional information.
SPEECH & DEBATE
On Tuesday, April 7th the Oak Park Speech and Debate Team competed at the National Speech and Debate Association¹s District Student Congress Tournament. Over 140 students from the Heart of America District
competed on the campus of William Jewell Congress. Oak Park placed 4th overall.
Brandon Beshears was a finalist. Lauren Mills placed 4th in the Senate. She is the second alternate to the national tournament. Brad Taylor qualified for the NSDA National Tournament in June. This is Taylor¹s second national tournament qualification in Student Congress. He and Alexandra Meyer, who previously qualified in Dramatic Interp, will compete at Nationals in June.
Additionally, Alex Meyer was a Heart of America District Student of the Year Finalist.
MO SCHOLARS ACADEMY
Four Oak Park students have been selected to attend the MO Scholars Academy this summer in Columbia.
Max Gruschka, OPHS
Yujay Masha, OPHS
Anna Merkel, OPHS
Orlando Quintana, OPHS
DISTRICT SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST
Congratulations to these amazing group of students who represented Oak Park with talent and class on Friday at the District Solo and Ensemble contest at Liberty HS. We have an amazing group of 32 students who will representing Oak Park At State Music Festival. Here are the results!
Receiving 1 ratings (therefore going to State Music Festival on May 1st at MU in Columbia)
- Wopata Women¹s 8 Emily Cunningham, Kara Parman, Rachel Pfleiderer, Samantha Sander, Crysta Collingsworth, Julia Wopata, Brianna Ritter, Paige Bliss
- Smith Men¹s 8 Jonathon Chronister, Cliff Wilkerson, Lucas Smith, Jackson Kellogg, Noah Studebaker, Chaun Tanguay, Seth Argyle, Chris Durrant Nelson Women¹s 6 Mackenzie Nelson, Erin Hill, Madison Russell, Hannah Rupard, Kyndal Smith, Miranda Mansell
- Cunningham Mixed 8 Emily Cunningham, Kara Parman, Crysta Collingsworth, Julia Wopata, Lucas Smith, Jackson Kellogg, Seth Argyle, Chris Durrant
- Parman Mixed 8 Kara Parman, Rachel Pfleiderer, Brianna Ritter, Paige Bliss, Jonathon Chronister, Cliff Wilkerson, Christian Hockman, Christian Smith
- Hill Mixed 8 Erin Hill, Bailey White, Natalie Egbert, Kyndal Smith, Dustin Lawe, Jeremy Webb, James Swofford, Brady VanVleck
- Emily Cunningham, solo
- Julia Wopata, solo
- Paige Bliss, Solo
- Kara Parman, Solo
- Erin Hill, Solo
- Noah Studebaker, Solo
- Sara Horseman, Solo
- James Swofford, Solo
- Preston Weinzerl, Solo
Receiving 2 Ratings:
- Kellogg Women¹s 6 Cheyenne Geary, Madalein Bailey, Sarah Horseman, Madelyn Lane, Jorji Kellogg, Bayan Salam
- Hockman Men¹s 8 Gabriel DeLaFuente, Cliff Oden, Kaleb Murray, Jeremy Webb, James Swofford, Brady VanVleck, Christian Hockman, Christian Smith
- Samantha Sander, Solo
- Chris Durrant, Solo
- Crysta Collingsworth, Solo
- Miranda Mansell, Solo
- Seth Argyle, Solo
- Kimmy Krane, Solo
- Hannah Rupard, Solo
- Maya Rupard, Solo
- Bayan Salam, Solo
- Jorji Kellogg, Solo
- Claire Fincham, Solo
To learn more about the Memorial Golf Classic please read below and click here! To sign up you will find the entry form attached here.
Several years ago one of Oak Park's classmates lost a battle with cancer and several of his friends were driven to create an event to pay honor to their dear friend Greg Smith. They created The Memorial Golf Tournament. The Memorial was designed to pay tribute to a special person or group at OP and raise funds to have available for any group to use to purchase equipment that they needed. It was basically another revenue stream to help the school meet their needs.
The tournament went along for about ten years. However, due to conflicts and other issues the event sort of faded away. Prior to that it generated quite a bit of money for several different groups. Now we are celebrating our 50th anniversary and are interested in reigniting the flame for The Memorial.
Everyone that participates can choose where their proceeds are directed. If any club or organization finds players or sponsors, they can request that their donations be directed to that OP team or club. Please feel free to sign up and play!
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.
The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore/ACT Plan and ACT Aspire, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.
ACT Test Dates:
OAK PARK School Code: 261-667 To Register click here!
General Test-Taking Strategies for the ACT
The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Each of these tests contains questions that offer either four or five answer choices from which you are to choose the correct, or best, answer. The following suggestions apply to all four tests: Pace yourself. Read the directions for each test carefully. Read each question carefully. Answer the easy questions first.
Here are some helpful ACT Resources for students and families to better prepare and learn about the ACT.
Resource Guide for Student and Families
2014-2015 Preparing for the ACT
For any additional information about the ACT go to www.actstudent.org or visit our Counseling Testing Information site here!
All Juniors in the state of Missouri will take the ACT on April 28 as part of the Missouri Assessment Program. The score earned will be able to be used for college applications and scholarships.
High school students whose attendance falls below 90% in one semester will receive a percentage deduction by course. If the student or parent feels that justifiable or extraordinary circumstances have contributed to not attaining the 90% threshold, the student and parent may appeal to the Attendance Review Committee. To view more detailed information about this click here!
ALUMNI COURTYARD - GRANITE LEGACY PAVERS
Become part of Oak Park’s Alumni Courtyard by purchasing a granite legacy paver.
What was previously known as the Main Courtyard is being renovated and updated to recognize our Alumni, their families, and staff members. Pavers can be purchased to recognize the families, influential teachers, previous classes, or other members of the OP Family you would like to acknowledge. The funds will be used to continue to make improvements to Oak Park. Contact Meagan O'Donnell
with any questions.
Visit the Counseling Office for your pass.