Hail to the Redskins! Chris Cooley, tight end for the Washington Redskins, visited OES on Friday morning. He shared with the students a little bit about growing up and playing football as a child. Mr. Cooley stressed to the children the importance of effort and perseverance. He told them that the Redskins players sit in class and study plays for hours before they go out on the field. Our students asked him very important questions such as, “What was his favorite color?” Burgundy “What was his favorite food?” Pizza “Are you going to win the Super Bowl?” Of course!
After the schoolwide assembly, Mr. Cooley joined some of our 2nd and 5th graders in the art room and showed them how he makes pottery. Using a pottery wheel, Chris made a bowl and answered more student questions, this time about art, Madden 10 and football injuries. The children (and adults) LOVED his visit and let him know that he is welcome back any time!
Also making his debut at Oakton on Friday morning was our new panther mascot! Soon we will vote as a school on his name and officially welcome him into the Oakton Family! Hopefully you can meet him soon.
On Thursday evening, we celebrated learning with Curriculum Night. Each grade level prepared projects, performances, games, food, etc. to showcase what they have been learning in social studies. Kindergarten had activities on needs/wants, 1st grade had items from “then” and “now”, 2nd grade showed off their Mexican suitcases and jeopardy game, 3rd grade researched where they were from and presented “We are the World”, 4th grade dressed in costume as famous Virginians and shared facts about themselves, 5th grade displayed their global awareness technology projects, and 6th grade shared their creative displays on people, places, and events in US history to 1877.
On Friday evening, our 6th graders celebrated the culmination of their elementary years. The theme was Hollywood Glitz and Glamour. Student walked the red carpet and posed for paparazzi pictures before entering. Sixth grade parents prepared a night of fun activities for the kids – it was a wonderful way for the students to reflect on their elementary years and the friendships that they have built. We will certainly miss this class – we know that they will continue to make us proud as they move on to middle school.