Here is a link to our first issue of the Oakdale Eagle, our student written newsletter for this school year. It is showcasing our new layout and slogan.
Here are 4 special things we do in Tuscaloosa to celebrate the Christmas Holidays:
- The Tinsel Town Trail – Companies in our city pay to decorate Christmas trees along the River Walk to raise money for Tuscaloosa One Place. https://www.ttowntinsel.com/
2. Christmas Parade – We have a Christmas Parade every year. Many Oakdale students attend this.
3. Christmas On the River- The Black Warrior River divides Tuscaloosa from Northport. Every year boats decorate and float up and down the river at dark. Then there are fireworks!
4. The Ice Skating Rink – We don’t get much really cold weather here in Tuscaloosa. We very rarely have snow or hard freezes. But starting a few years ago the city set up an ice skating rink for the holidays so we can practice falling down on ice with our colder neighbors!
We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday no matter which holiday you celebrate and what you do to celebrate it!
Not only does our school have a whole new look thanks to extensive renovations, but we are now known as Oakdale: A School of Global Communicators! Our entire school is participating in developing their communications skills and taking up their role in the world community.
As part of this school wide push our experienced reporters are playing the role of mentors to their classmates. They are charged with the mission to help anyone learn to write an article for the Oakdale Eagle by answering the 5 W’s : Who, What, Where, When and Why.
This is also the first issue developed with our new partners, a communications class at the University of Alabama. We had two great students come help our students edit their articles. Also the entire UA class is developing a new look for the Oakdale Eagle because our school is now Oakdale Elementary, a School of Global Communicators.
My, this has been topsy turvey year and we have had to adapt our journalism program to keep up.
We have new reporters who are just getting starting learning the ins and out of blogging, so for the next few weeks they will be posting their responses to various prompts. They will also have a chance to practice customizing the way their blog looks.
All encouraging comments will be appreciated.
See our latest student written Oakdale Eagle newletter at https://issuu.com/teacherlibrarian0/docs/final_pdf
Our school is being renovated so we are in a temporary location for this school year. But we are back into reporting mode.
We have 23 reporters starting out this 9 weeks.
Here is a link to our latest Oakdale Eagle.
This has been an eventful week for our state and our students are trying to keep up with current events by reading our local newspaper, The Tuscaloosa News when we meet in the mornings. Miss Spencer and I (the co sponsors of the Oakdale Eagle) are encouraging our student reporters to post their own views on events that happen beyond our school community.
Hopefully followers of our blog will see our student reporters writing more about current events.
We got a lot done in journalism in afterschool today. Not only was there writing going on (special shout out to Jayden for his article), but there was also some real progress in peer editing. Carliyah, Vajayla, Avi’Anna and Kelsey were putting our special editing pencils to good use.
We got our youngest reporter Te’Anna (1st grade) on her blog and we discovered that one of our reporters (Aaliyah) knows a lot more about customizing our blogs than even the teachers . Miss Spencer asked if she would teach all of us so..Next week she (Aaliyah ) is going to do a mini-workshop for us so we can all learn how to do it!
Miss Spencer and I decided that our reporters had so much talent they should teach us more. We’ve already booked Centurion and Tristan to teach everyone about using online drawing programs two weeks from now.
What is your special talent? Do you think you can teach us?
Thank you teacher for all you do for us we love you and you love us.