Ms. Robinson, 4th grade teacher, challenged her students to design the “Farthest Flying and Longest Lasting Paper Airplane!” Students learned all about how airplanes are able to take off and fly (weight, drag, lift, thrust). A parent talked with the class about his flight on the Concorde and what made that plane able to fly so quickly. After introducing the concept of aerodynamics, Ms. Robinson asked students to build two airplanes. One paper airplane was designed to fly as far as possible, and the other was designed to stay in the air as long as possible. Students “distance” paper airplane was measured for distance in feet and inches. For the “hang-time” category, times were recorded in seconds and hundredths of a second. Next week, students are going to analyze the data collected from the fly-off, make graphs and figure out the range, maximum, minimum, etc. of the data.
WE CARE! Oakton Elementary students, staff, and families proved today how much they care about others in need. Today we raised over $1375 for the Petrides School and PS 52. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our children!
At this special time of year, we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. We are thankful for the joy our students bring to our school each day. They continue to amaze us with their learning, curiosity, and enthusiasm.
We are thankful for our staff who continually strive to bring the best instructional program to our students each day. Their dedication to our students and parents and is beyond compare.
We are thankful for our PTA Board and all of the Committee Chairs and members of the Oakton PTA who work tirelessly to do all they can for our school.
We are thankful for our amazing parent volunteers who help to provide support to our teachers and the many school-wide activities.
On behalf of all of the faculty and staff at Oakton, we hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with friends and family and that you have a safe holiday.
On Monday, November 12, Oakton Elementary honored our military veterans. Students, staff, and community members recognized the service and sacrifices that our military men and women have made to keep our country free.
Oakton Elementary School partnered with Northern Virginia Family Services to raise money and awareness for homelessness in our area. Mr. Kegerreis and Mrs. Gottschalk organized the effort. By walking and participating in PE activities, Oakton students helped NVFS reach their fundraising goal. Thank you all for making a difference in our local community!
Student teacher, Natasha Bauer, worked with Mrs. Peters’ 1st grade students to create a “Family Hero Trophy” in art. Students brainstormed the qualities of a hero and explored what it meant to appreciate someone of importance in their family. Each child selected one family member and, through their artwork, depicted their hero-like qualities.
This week, archeologist Jack Hiller visited our 5th grade. Mr. Hiller taught our students about artifacts and described his participation in the excavation of Lord Fairfax’s Manner House on Ft. Belvoir.
On Wednesday night, the PTA sponsored an Arts Night and provided opportunities for students to develop ideas for their entry into the Reflections program. This year’s theme is “The Magic of the Moment.” Students create original works to depict their interpretation of the theme. Children can use photography, art, music, dance, film, or literature to demonstrate their creativity.
As you can see, OES students had fun learning how to use cameras to capture the magic! They also loved learning hip hop from a dance instructor 🙂 -cg