Aimee Zachrison, Principal
Oak Grove Middle School Blog
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Fundraising to begin November 1st
We are partnering this year with Papa John’s Pizza for our Middle School fundraising. They are donating pizza cards (10 per student) to help us. Each student is responsible for selling 10 cards at $10 each, or may pay the $100 fee outright if you choose not to sell. Pizza cards will be sent home Friday, November 1!
The sales will be 100% profit for our kids! The dollars to be raised have already been used to supplement the Ropes’ Course trip, Science trips, will pay for a Ski Trip, and Christmas movie to be shown November 27 at Fargo theater (including popcorn and pop).) There is also an overnight spring trip planned. In addition, we take a last day of school trip with the kids. Other smaller trips have also been supplemented in the past. We hope to be able to cover most of the expenses through the fundraising efforts. Money is due back to Oak Grove by Wednesday, Nov. 27, and should be paid to Mrs. Weber. Checks should be made out to Oak Grove,
Thanks for all your help.
6th grade students handing in their first large research paper and structural projects.
6th grade teachers – Mrs. Deitz and Mr. Carlson.
GeoBee 6th grade top 10! 2018 January
Back row – Mrs. Dietrich, Luke Johnson, Ceydee Schellenberg, Genevieve Wodrich, Brady Baker, Mr. Carlson.
Front row – Liv Bagan, Jetta Mevold, Thorren Jorgensen, Caden Beer. Not pictured – Luke Swenson
Our middle school robotics team competed at the Bison BEST robotics competition over the weekend. They were selected as the recipients of the NDSU College of Engineering Teamwork Award winners for their outstanding display of teamwork and positive attitudes during competition. The team just missed qualifying for Regionals.
Middle School Principal
Aimee brings enthusiasm and 22 years of educational experiences to her position. Aimee grew up in North Dakota, graduating from Bottineau High School and Jamestown College, now University of Jamestown, and she earned a Masters of Education from University of Sioux Falls. She is married to Dayne Zachrison, a pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City, and they have one daughter Camille, a fourth-grader.
Aimee has taught English in Nebraska and South Dakota, and before becoming an assistant principal at Watertown High School in Watertown, SD, she was the head of the Alternative Education department there. Her most recent teaching position was at Valley City High School as the Individualized Learning Center Coordinator.
Oak Grove Lutheran School’s middle school program serves students in sixth through eighth grade at the north campus, located at 124 North Terrace in Fargo. Students enjoy learning in a small, nurturing environment with individual attention that encourages students to reach their full potential. During this critical time of life, educational school trips, hands-on learning experiences, the building of leadership skills and many opportunities for involvement encourage students to connect and develop positive peer relationships.
At Oak Grove, class sizes are limited to ensure a quality classroom experience and individual attention – no one is ever lost in the crowd. The average classroom consists of 17 students (K-12) and Oak Grove’s overall student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1. The typical class size is 20 students. Oak Grove’s graduating class sizes are typically between 50-60 students, creating the small school feel in a large town. At the middle school level, grades consist of 40-45 students, promoting relationship-building and friendships.
Our caring, committed and experienced staff encourages students to work hard for academic success. Oak Grove’s teachers are dedicated to seeing each student succeed and prepare for the next stage of life. Students have the opportunity to be challenged at the academic level at which they are. Oak Grove also recognizes that not all learning needs to take place in the classroom so each year, students take field trips for hands-on learning.
At the very core of Oak Grove’s mission is the integration of Christian faith and values into the learning experience. Students receive a well-rounded education that not only prepares them academically, but encourages them to grow spiritually. Christian Studies classes, chapel services, and faculty members with a faith commitment add depth to the student experience. Oak Grove students, faculty and staff are encouraged to express their faith and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of who they are in Christ. Students are encouraged to take an active role in Campus Ministries, presenting in chapel and attending special events. Christian Studies classes teach God’s word with real-life application, emphasizing the importance of Christian character, values and spiritual growth. Reflection leads to discussion, which leads to understanding and a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Christian faith. The Oak Grove community puts its faith into action by showing concern for those around us through charitable causes, fundraising and mission trips.
Multiple opportunities exist for student participation in a wide range of co-curricular activities and athletics. All students are encouraged to take an active role in the school community and find their own special niche. There’s something for everyone at Oak Grove, from music to athletics, from theatre arts to leadership. Middle School students are encouraged to be well-rounded through active participation in music, sports, drama, speech, and more. Students do not need to specialize at the Middle School level, they can be involved in all of the available activities.
Oak Grove encourages you to find out more about its middle school program by contacting the Admissions Office at 701.373.7114. We’d love to have you tour the middle school on our north campus, meet faculty, staff and students and begin your journey with Oak Grove. Call today!