Oakland Middle School EEE students participate in Venture Out MU's higher ropes course with a focus on problem solving and working cooperatively to accomplish tasks.
Audrey Shively won second place for her creative short story at the Missouri Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing Competition. Audrey will attend the international competition in June at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Way to go Audrey!
Oakland 8th grader Ana Rodriquez shared her spoken word poem with Oakland Families at our Reading Musem and Cultural Night held Wednesday, April 26th. Ana agreed to let us post her peom here.
The Real Truth
By Ana Rodriguez
"They're bringing drugs," "They're bringing crime," "They're rapists," "They're taking our jobs."
All of those stupid things that I’ve been hearing for the last 6 months
People talking without knowing the reality
People who the only thing they know to do is to judge the immigration community
Let me tell you the story from the wolf’s point of view
Let me tell the only and real truth
Let me tell you something completely new
Not the "truth" from the people that have no clue
Sit there and open your mind
Try to see more than what your eyes let you observe
Because you don't realize that all of your life you’ve been blind
And I think that the wolf needs to say the truth and break the silence - that's what he deserves
My parents are the birds that you see flying in a V-shape before winter time
My parents are the ones that you said are the "rapists," "taking your jobs," and "bringing crime"
My parents are the birds searching for a better place and a better clime
Waiting until we get to springtime
My dad grew up in a big family, and he started to work when he was ten
He didn’t work on cutting the neighbor’s yard
At that age he was completely a man
The words that his dad used to tell him made him mature at a young age
And the problems his family had, make him see the truth about the world
He wasn't like the other kids, playing around with no problems at all
He didn’t only care for himself, he didn’t start to work for him, he did it for his family
But he couldn't help them completely, and their situation went really badly
He was tired of being in the dark - waiting until the next day to see some light
He was tired of always running but never moving
He was tired of only completing his dreams overnight
He was tired of always bleeding
That's why he decided to start a new life In a new place
Where he was hoping to start the ending of a horrible past
And leaving behind his trace
And it all happened fast
He crossed the border as a brave man being only seventeen
He wasn't scared to die on the way - he was only thinking how everything was going to change
He walked for 3 days without eating anything and drinking one cup of water per day
He did all of this being only a teen
After some years he bought a house for his mother
After some years he had his own family, three kids and a wife
After some years his life became brighter
After some years he had a great life
He works like the sun ( twenty four seven )
He is getting older and tired but every day he wakes up, thinking of his family as his inspiration
He doesn't care how his body is getting weaker every day, as long as his family feels that they’re living in heaven
He is going to keep working and doing all he can for his family which he calls his motivation
My dad is a real superhero, not like the ones that you see on the tv show
My dad is not bringing any drugs, he is only bringing his desires to overcome his dreams
My dad is not bringing crime, he is bringing his dreams and the ones from his family
My dad is not taking your job, he is only taking the chance to give a better future to me
Now I'm here, thanking my dad for all of his hard work and for everything he did for me
Now I'm here, continuing with his dream
Now I'm here, making him proud of me, knowing that I have a giant responsibility
Now I'm here, sharing with you the real truth and breaking the silence, wanting to scream
Mrs. Willbrand, Mrs. Ross, & Miss Wendt with 8th grade students and the Governor of Missouri.
Erica Bruington named Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year in a Specialized Area
by the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence!
We are so so so proud of you!!!!
Science Olympiad received two 1st place medals - One in Dynamic Planet and the other in Microbe Mission. They also received a 3rd place medal in Anatomy and Physiology. Congratulations to all of these hard working students and sponsors. We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to Ms. Cindy Thomas. She received the Outstanding Para Professional at the Secondary Level award for January. She was selected from across all 4 high schools and 6 middle schools. This a new award and the first time the award was given out. We are so proud!
Congratulations to last week's Geography Bee Winners. We are proud of you!
1st Place - Amos
2nd Place - Annabell
3rd Place - Elliot
Congratulations to Kaylee Faddis on her Honorable Mention Award in the 2017 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest! Her short story was selected from over 1,000 submissions. It will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication available in June 2017. She will also be recognized at this year’s statewide Write to Learn Conference, on Friday, February 17, 2017. Portions of winning writings will be on display along with a listing of all winners, their teachers, and schools. Way to go, Kaylee!