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#BacktoKO: The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start! 
KO First Week VideoOn Monday, August 26, Keystone Oaks welcomed 1,775 students in grades 1 through 12 for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.

Keystone Oaks High School students were greeted by the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagle, a gold & white ballon archway, and an enthusiastic Mr. Linnert and High School faculty members. Dormont Elementary students walked through a color styrofoam walkway on their way to homeroom. Aiken Elementary students played an exciting school-wide game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Myrtle Elementary students were greeted by an over-sized "Happy First Day" lawn sign. The Middle School finished the week with a school spirit-filled assembly featuring the High School Marching Band Drum Line, Middle School & alumni cheerleaders, their own Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, and more! 

Two days later, 163 kindergarten students entered our elementary buildings for their first day at Keystone Oaks. During their transition week, these students became familiar with their classroom routines, learned how to order lunch and eat in the school cafeteria, and made many new friends! We are looking forward to next week, when they start full day kindergarten and get to experience art integration, STEAM, music and library classes, and so much more! 

It's been a great first week to be #KOProud to be a Keystone Oaks Golden Eagle! Watch the video above to see more highlights from the first week of school! 

 Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities
Monday, September 2
Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 3
First full day of school for kindergarten students

Thursday, September 5
Elementary Curriculum Night
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  |  Each elementary building
Curriculum night is only for parents/guardians with students in grades 1-5. 

Friday, September 6
Gold & White Day - Wear Keystone Oaks' colors and show your Golden Eagle pride! 

Wednesday, September 11
High School Open House
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Open house is for parents/guardians only

Thursday, September 12
Middle School Open House
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Open house is for parents/guardians only

Friday, September 13
Gold & White Day - Wear Keystone Oaks' colors and show your Golden Eagle pride! 
From the Desk of Aiken Elementary School Principal Mr. Thomas
Aiken Elementary Families,

Aiken Rock Paper ScissorsOur first week if off to a great start and we have had lots of excitement at Aiken. I hope that your children have been telling you about all of the great activities and lessons that have taken place throughout the first week! 

On the first day of school, I had a chance to read all of the students a book that the teachers and staff illustrated: “The Truth About Unbelievable Aiken.” Our staff members will be making a special video recording of the book next week, so you'll be able to see it for yourself soon...stay tuned! 

Students in Grades 1-5 also participated in a school-wide Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament to see who would earn the first Eagle Egg of the new school year! Check out this video above to see the students who made it to the tournament's final round.  

Thank you for a great first week. We're looking forward to an awesome school year! 

Mr. Dave Thomas
Principal, Aiken Elementary

Coming Up at Aiken Elementary

Curriculum Night Grades 1-5
Parents and guardians with students in grades 1 through 5 are invited to join us for Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kindergarten and 5th Grade Buddies Ice Cream Social

The annual Kindergarten Ice Cream Social will be held on Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. You'll also get to meet your kindergarten student's 5th grade buddy! 

PFO Meeting
The first Parent-Faculty Organization (PFO) meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, September 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Aiken Elementary Library. New members are always welcome and we invite all Aiken families to learn about the activities, events and fundraisers that are planned for this school year.            
From the Desk of Dormont Elementary Principal Mr. Werner

To our awesome Dormont Families & Faculty: 

Happy Friday! I am excited for this new electronic newsletter format and to continue to share important news and updates from Dormont Elementary throughout the year. We are off to a super start at Dormont and I am looking forward to a fantastic year filled with new learning opportunities for our students! 

Please check the Dormont Elementary School page on the District website for details from the school cafeteria, the District business office, a school parking lot and school zone safety reminder, as well as other items that you may need to be reminded of throughout the year. 

Coming up at Dormont Elementary:

Wonderful Wednesdays
Beginning next Wednesday, September 4, the first Wednesday of each month will be "Wonderful Wednesday," a day when we will celebrate kindness at our school. Students are encouraged to wear blue to promote kindness. If your child has a #bethekindkid t-shirt, they are encouraged to wear it on "Wonderful Wednesday" (or any other Wednesday they would like to wear it). This is going to be awesome! 

Red, White & Blue Day
In remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, Dormont Elementary students and faculty members are encouraged to wear red, white and blue on September 11.  

PFO Meetings
Join our Parent-Faculty Organization (PFO) on Wednesday, September 11 for the Garden Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. and the general PFO Meeting at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome! 

Otis Lenon Testing
Students in grades 3 and 5 will take the Otis Lenon test during the week of September 9. 

From the Desk of Myrtle Elementary Principal Mr. Mizikar
Myrtle Staff First Day of SchoolWe have had a fantastic first week at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School! Many of our classrooms have pledged to "SOAR" and to meet the high expectations at Myrtle Elementary this year! 

Myrtle Elementary teachers spent a lot of time during this first week of school building relationships with their new students - and helping their students develop positive relationships with one another. 

For example, in Mrs. Niccolai's 3rd grade class, students played "People Bingo," worked in teams to build a tower made only with note cards, and cheered for their classmates during a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. In Mrs. Rosgone's 4th grade class, students worked in teams to save "Fred" the gummy worm from drowning and got to know one another by conducting a "math interview" with a classmate. In Mrs. Twyman's 2nd grade class, students played a fun game to learn about one another by finding a classmate who shares a common interest or trait. 

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary:

Red, White & Blue Assembly
In remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, Myrtle Elementary students will recognize and thank our local first responders during an afternoon assembly for students and staff on Wednesday, September 11.

Myrtle PFO Meeting
The Myrtle Avenue Elementary Parent-Faculty Organization (PFO) will hold its first meeting on Monday, September 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Large Cafeteria. New members are always welcome and we encourage all Myrtle families to attend and learn about the events, activities, and fundraisers that are planned for this year. 
From the Desk of Middle School Principal Mr. Kattan
Welcome Back, Keystone Oaks Middle School Families! 

7th Grade TeachersWe are looking forward to a great new school year. Before the start of the school year, the staff gathered for some professional learning. One item that was stressed was the ripple effect. We all know how water ripples when a stone hits the water or the rain hits a puddle. These same ripples are made by our teachers and students every day. I wanted the staff to think about how many times they have created ripples that have affected our students for years and decades. How many of us can think back to a teacher that made an impact on our lives that we still remember today? My challenge to the teachers, and to myself, is to make sure we are creating positive ripples every day in the lives of every KOMS student we see. If we can make a positive impact in their lives, think of how many ripples they will make in their lifetimes!

The second item that we focused on is our mantra for this school year. It is simply, KOMS Let’s Get To Work! To better understand how we have to work together, the staff spent time in our gym participating in some team-building exercises. One of them involved swinging on a tire. All had a good time, but more importantly, we learned how to work better together as a team.

Have a great school year and KOMS Let’s Get To Work!

Jeff Kattan
KOMS Principal

News from Keystone Oaks Middle School
Middle School Video ImageWe hosted our 3rd annual Middle School Back to School Kick-Off Celebration today! We started the morning with a performance and entertainment provided by the High School Marching Band Drum Line, the Middle School Cheerleaders, a visit from the Golden Eagle, student recognitions, and some games! 

All Middle School students learned about services and programs provided by our school counselors, Ms. Harvilla and Mr. Lawhead, mental health therapist Sarah Hazlett, and School Police Officer John Bruner. We also discussed student expectations, decision-making skills, and building healthy relationships. And, students learned about the variety of clubs and activities they can participate in at the Middle School! 

Each student also learned about the No Place for Hate campaign and signed a pledge promising to do everything they can to make Keystone Oaks Middle School a place that respects and celebrates everyone! 

Middle School Curriculum Night
All Middle School families are encouraged to attend Curriculum Night on September 12, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to meet your child's teachers and learn about the great education they will receive this year. The KOMS PFO (Parent-Faculty Organization) will be in attendance to share details on all of the activities they have planned for this year. Our school counselors and mental health therapist will be on hand to provide supports for students and families. You don't want to miss this informative night! 

Middle School Student Handbook & Code of Conduct
Please click here to view the Middle School Handbook & Code of Conduct for the 2019-2020 school year. We ask all families to review this with your child so that everyone knows the expectations at our school.

Please also download, print, sign, and return the Parent & Student Verification form. We ask that this form be returned to your child's homeroom teacher by Friday, September 6. 

From the Desk of Acting High School Principal Mr. Linnert
KOHS First DayIt has been a great start to the 2019-2020 school year at Keystone Oaks High School! On the first day of school, students were greeted by our school mascot, the Golden Eagle, balloons, and dedicated teachers as they entered the building. 

Walking through the high school this week, I've found teachers engaging students with hands-on lessons and activities. Ms. Culp's science classes put their observation skills to use when they tried to guess the objects in a sealed box. Mr. Gallagher's math classes worked together to build a barge out of tin foil that could float in water while holding different materials. Students had to write down the steps they took to build the barge so they could improve their models. A team of High School faculty and staff, including myself, the school counselors, and our mental health therapist, met with all students this week to review academic programs and graduation requirements, student expectations, program offerings, and more. 

Our High School's Musical Club announced a new theatre arts opportunity, a fall play! The Varsity Girls Tennis team is undefeated to start the season. The Varsity Golf team is undefeated in conference matches. Our Varsity Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Football, and Girls Volleyball teams all begin conference matches next week. Check the athletic schedules on the Athletic Department website and make a point to cheer on your Golden Eagles at an upcoming event! 

I'm looking forward to a great school year for our High School students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly. 

Mr. Michael Linnert
Acting Principal, Keystone Oaks High School


Coming Up at Keystone Oaks High School:

KOHS AnnouncementsClub & Activity Announcements:
Club & Activity announcements for the week of August 26 are available on the news section of the High School's website. Be sure to check out the announcements for details on Dance Team tryouts, the Odyssey of the Mind Kick Off Meeting, and information on the CCAC College Fair.

High School Open House

All Keystone Oaks parents and guardians are invited to attend the High School's Open House on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Families should meet in the High School Cafeteria for Open House. Attendees will work through their student's schedule, visiting classroom teachers and learning about classroom goals, expectations and procedures for the year.

High School Future Fair
The Future Fair will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 6 pm until 8 pm in the High School Cafeteria. The Future Fair provides students with a great opportunity to talk with professionals about career fields they may be interested in and to set up internship and job shadowing experiences. Look for more details soon! 


Educational Resources for Students & Families

Recommended by Keystone Oaks administrators and educators, the following are links to curriculum, technology, counseling, mental health, safety and other resources that families may utilize to help their child (or children) succeed at school and in life.

  • Family ImageReading Connection September Newsletter - Designed for students in grades K-5, the Reading Connection newsletter provides tips and activities for improving your child's literacy skills and to make reading fun! The newsletter also contains several book recommendations.  
  •  Electronic Cigarettes - Resources & Information - Keystone Oaks' School Police Officer helps to educate students, beginning in fifth grade, about the dangers of e-cigarettes and the consequences that students can face for violating district policies and state laws. We have several resources available on our website to help parents and guardians talk to children about making healthy choices.
  • Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting Hotline - Safe2Say Something is a school safety tool for students, staff, and community members to anonymously report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangers, violent or criminal activities in a school entity or the threat of activities in a school entity. Reports can be made in one of three ways:
    • A mobile app, which is  available for download on Apple and Android devices. 
    • The Safe2Say Something website - https://www.safe2saypa.org/
    • A 24/7 phone line - 1-844-SAF2SAY (723-2279)

 
Did you see these recent Peachjar flyers? 

Peachjar IconKeystone Oaks School District utilizes Peachjar, an electronic flyer delivery system, to send school and school district-approved flyers.

Peachjar keeps you informed about upcoming school activities, programs, and events. For your convenience, flyers that are sent via e-mail will also be made available on the “Peachjar” page on each school’s website.

Recent flyers include:

  • Odyssey of the Mind Kick-Off Night
  • High School Dance Team Auditions
  • A variety of flyers for community-based programs
If you are not receiving electronic flyers from Peachjar, please email Sarah Welch, Coordinator of Communications & Public Relations. 

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