2017 - 2018 Braves Blog

Math Camp                                                                                                                                        August 14, 2017
Shikellamy held it's annual Math Camp for area students last month.  A record 135 students attended the week long camp this year.  The theme of this year's camp was Think Like a Scientist.  Students performed various scientific experiments that incorporated math concepts.  Seen below are a few of our student scientists in action!


Brag Tag Parade!                                                                                                                                    September 8, 2017
Students in Mrs. Tilford's class proudly parade the halls displaying their brag tags.  These tags are given by Mrs. Tilford to students that following classroom expectations and practice good manners.  Each Friday, students walk the halls showing off their tags!


Boy Scout Presentation                                                                                                                                     September 21, 2017
Our Oaklyn boys recently learned about the Boy Scout organization.  Evie Bartholomew, met with all boys to talk about some of the fun and exciting activities the Boy Scouts has to offer.  She also explained how often the boys meet and the different locations offered throughout the area.

Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assemby                                                                                                                       September 22, 2017
Our PTA kicked off their fall fundraising efforts with a program for the students.  Students are selling Cherrydale items and Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies.  A representative from the company explained how to sell the items safely and the prizes that could be earned.  Prizes are awarded based on the number of items sold.  Students were especially excited to work toward a limo lunch!  Orders can be made online or by turning in an order form to the office.  The last day to turn in orders is October 16.  Below, teachers and students played Minute to Win It in which they had to get a cookie in their mouth from their forehead without using their hands.  Mr. Zeigler was the winner!


PP&L Energy Conservation Program                                                                                                            October 2, 2017
Representatives from PP&L recently presented an energy conservation program to students in second grade.  Students were given helpful hints to save on electricity and water consumption.  Each student received an Energy Efficiency Education kit containing fluorescent lightbulbs, shower heads and a night light.


Kindergarten Problem Solvers                                                                                                                        October 6, 2017
Students in Mrs. Vovakes class spent some time working together to solve a problem.  Using a variety of materials students were asked to build a home for a Lego figurine.  The students worked collaboratively constructing their home using such things as paper cups, popsicle sticks, clothes pins, straws and yarn.  When construction was complete, all students did a museum walk to view their classmates' project.  Some of their ideas included a castle, complete with flags and cup towers.

Fire Prevention Week                                                                                                                                     October 11, 2017
The Sunbury Fire Department visited Oaklyn to teach our students about fire safety.  Students learned about the different apparatuses and equipment of the fire departments.  Students watched a video how to react to a fire in their home.  A local fireman dressed in full gear answered student questions and showed them how their suit protects them when fighting fires.  The fire department provided each students with a pencil case of school supplies.  


Girl Scout STEM Program                                                                                                                               October 18, 2017         Girls in grades 1 - 5 were provided the opportunity to learn more about the Girl Scouts and conduct STEM activities during recess.  Once a week, Casey Miller, a representative from the Girl Scouts meets with interested girls during their recess to perform science, technology, engineering and math activities.  Close to fifty girls are participating in this program which is being held during the month of October.  Pictured below, first grade students attempt to build a sturdy tower using only straws and tape.

Jumping Beans!!!!                                                                                                                                        October 24, 2017
Students in Mrs. Phillips' second grade class strengthened their problem solving skills by performing an experiment with jumping beans.  The students recently learned about the scientific method, a process used to solve scientific problems.  By applying the steps of the scientific method, students determined whether temperature affected how much a jumping bean jumps. The students held the jumping beans in their hands for 5 minutes and recorded the number of jumps.  Then students placed the jumping bean on an ice cubes for the same amount of time and recorded the jumps.


On the second day, students formed a hypothesis of how far the jumping beans would move in one hour.  Students plotted the distances and found that one jumping bean moved 14 inches!


Unity Day                                                                                                                                                October 25, 2017
October is bullying prevention month and various activities have taken place in our classrooms and throughout the building to make students and staff more aware of bullying.  On October 25, our school participated in Unity Day by wearing orange to show that we are together against bullying - United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  Below are some pictures of our students showing their true colors!


Huey Helps our Readers                                                                                                                                               October 27, 2017
A furry visitor has been helping students at Oaklyn with their reading skills.  Huey, a therapy dog owned by our reading specialist Heidi Kremer and a high school exploratory student Abby Walter has been visiting our school to help our students build confidence in reading.  Studies have shown that therapy dogs can help students stay more focused and be more expressive when reading.  Pictured below are some of our students reading to Huey as he listens intently!

Halloween Festivities at Oaklyn                                                                                                                                   October 31, 2017
Students and staff participated in our annual Halloween activities.  A costume parade was held so parents and friends could view the many ghouls and goblins at school that day.  The PTA hosted parties in each classroom where students received festive treats and played many games and activities.


Chromebook Technology Enters the Elementary Buildings                                                                                    November 1, 2107
This school year the elementary computer labs were fitted with Chromebooks.  These devices look like a laptop and operate using Google applications.  Additionally, there are 2 Chromebook carts for mobile use and each 2nd and 3rd grade teacher has two Chromebooks in their classroom.  Pictured below are first grade students strengthening their math and reading skills using Reading Eggs and Math Seeds applications.


Rainy Day STEM Activities                                                                                                                                                                    November 6, 2017
Students in Mrs. Brown's second grade class make the best out of rainy days, by conducting STEM experiments.  The students below test their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math, all while having fun!


 Veteran's Day Activities                                                                                                                                                                                November 8, 2017
Students at Oaklyn honored our veterans with a musical program.  Mr. Delucca and students in grades 2 & 3 presented patriotic musical selections and readings to the student body and the general public.  Veterans in attendance were asked to rise as the students sang and read letters thanking them for their service.  Fifth grade students, Laney Clark and Myla Hovatter signed the Star Spangled Banner as our students and guest sang along.