Wolf News February 5


Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful turnout for our Principal Coffee today!  We had Mrs. Muscar, Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Giovanni present the Growth Mindset and how we are using this in our classrooms.  Parents visited third and fifth grade classrooms to hear students discuss productive struggle and how their brains can grow from mistakes.  Growth Mindset is directly linked to our School Improvement Goal:  Goal Directed and Resilient Learners.  We discussed how important it is for teachers and parents to be modeling the power of “yet” with their children.  Try asking your child tonight about a challenge they faced in school and a strategy they used to persevere.  Please look for two more opportunities this school year to come to a Principal Coffee and go on a learning walk to an Oak Hill classroom.  We are doing some fantastic work with our students!

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further support your child's learning and experience at Oak Hill.  My door is always open!


Holly DeVore, Principal

Tip of the Week



As we have shared throughout the year, Math class today looks much different than it did when we, parents, were in school.  We have shifted from rote memorization to more problem based learning and application to real world situations.  We are teaching our students that math is everywhere and how to be critical thinkers in exploring possibilities.  This article from the National Education Association talks about just that.  This year, our teachers have been able to take part in an exciting learning opportunity.  Each grade level has 3 days of math labsites.  During each labsite teachers learn about a strategy that supports best practices in math instruction and then have the opportunity to push into a classroom and try it with our students.  Teachers are learning about ways to ask higher level questions, support students through productive struggle so that they can be resilient through hard tasks, and ways to look at data to inform small group instruction to meet the diverse needs of all students in our classroom.  By partnering with our families, we can all support our students to think critically about math in their everyday worlds.


Oak Hill's awesome counselors Mrs. Ryder and Mrs. Gallagher.

National School Counseling Week


National School Counseling Week 2020 is being celebrated this week.  The focus is public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.  School counselors have a tremendous impact in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  Oak Hill would like to thank our counselors, Mrs. Kimberly Gallagher and Mrs. Christy Ryder, for all of their hard work and dedication.

If you would like to send Mrs. Gallagher or Mrs. Ryder a note through the FCPS Cares recognition program, please click here.

SOL Testing Schedule: Grades 3-6

Students in grades 3-6 will participate in the Standards of Learning (SOL) Online Assessments from May 4-29. Please review the testing schedule below in order to avoid making appointments that may take students out of school during this time period.  Tests will begin at 9:00am and are untimed.  Thank you for your support and assistance with our SOL test administration.

3rd grade

  • Thursday, May 14: Reading, Part 1
  • Friday, May 15, Reading, Part 2
  • Thursday, May 21: Math, Part 1
  • Friday, May 22, Math, Part 2

4th grade

  • Tuesday, May 12: Reading, Part 1
  • Wednesday, May 13: Reading, Part 2
  • Wednesday, May 20: Math, Part 1
  • Thursday, May 21: Math, Part 2
  • Wednesday, May 27: VA Studies

5th grade

  • Wednesday, May 13: Reading, Part 1
  • Thursday, May 14: Reading, Part 2
  • Monday, May 18: Math (Bennett, Fredericks, & Giovanini), Part 1
  • Tuesday, May 19: Math (Bennett, Fredericks, & Giovanini), Part 2
  • Tuesday, May 19: Math (Glass, Klopfenstein, & Payne)
  • Wednesday, May 27: Science

6th grade

  • Friday, May 15: Reading
  • Wednesday, May 20: Math (Cosby & McGorty)
  • Thursday, May 21: Math (O'Malley & Wright)
  • Friday, May 22: Math (Bowe, Kosaraju, & More)

Make up testing will occur throughout the window based on staff availability to administer tests.  Expedited Retakes for eligible students will be administered June 1 through June 5.

Box Tops

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Our next Box Tops for Education deadline is approaching and we need your help!  There are two ways to earn money for Oak Hill.

  1. You can send in all clipped Box tops to the office by February 21st.
  2. You can register for the app and scan the box tops by March 1s

Please visit www.BoxTopsForEducation.com to register and for information on how the app is used.

Oak Hill MathCounts Results

Last Saturday the Oak Hill MathCounts team competed at the Regional Competition at George Mason University.  Two Oak Hill students, 6th graders Aryan Raj and Aryan Garg, advanced to the State Competition in Richmond on March 14.  They were the only elementary school students who scored in the top; the rest were middle school students.  Congratulations to everyone, including their coach Kai Xu. Best of luck at the State Competition in March!.

Summer 2020 Enrichment Institutes and Camps


FCPS offers a variety of enrichment institutes and camps that focus on specific areas such as fine and performing arts, technology, study skills, science, and world languages.  FCPS and non-FCPS students are welcome.  Programs run July 6 to July 31, 2020.

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC), Institute for the Arts (IFTA), Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), and the new CTE Summer Academy classes will be held at Fairfax High School.  Bus transportation is provided from select high schools and middle schools outside of the Fairfax High School pyramid.  Grade level eligibility for each program refers to the current 2019-20 school year.  Click here for additional information about central institutes and camps.


6th Grade Basketball Game T-Shirt Design Contest

Congratulations to all participants in the 2020 6th Grade Basketball Game T-Shirt Design Contest! We had a panel of five teachers judge over 50 fantastic designs.  The panel narrowed it down to the top six. Then, our 6th Grade Student Body voted from the six designs, selecting the majority's favorite. A big round of applause and congratulations to Emily Kim! Every student who participated should be super proud! Your hard and creative work this year really shined!!  We'll be opening T-Shirt Orders Soon!

Key Calendar Dates


February 6: 4th Grade (Conlan & Djuric) Field Trip to Planetarium, 9:30-12:15pm

February 11: Franklin MS Counselor visits Oak Hill, 2:15pm

February 12: Class Candids and Clubs/Team photos

February 17: Presidents' Day, no school

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