Thank you to all who participated and provided feedback on O’Neal’s recent survey. The School’s sense of community and pride were consistently held in high regard, and our teachers and coaches have given every effort to maintain those elements that make the O’Neal experience special.
For example, Upper School volunteers from ONV/KC are organizing Halloween games and treats for the Lower School students this week, and we will have costumes and virtual parades by home room. O’Neal students at all levels showcased their talents in a prerecorded Coffeehouse; fall athletic teams competed in the state playoffs, including an individual championship in girls golf; and Student Life held a movie night on campus for Upper School, which was a highlight for those who attended including chaperones. These experiences beyond the classroom are valuable and important in a complete educational program, and we are grateful to everyone who has gone above and beyond to make them happen at O’Neal this term.
At one of our athletic events, a 9th grade and long-time O’Neal parent let me know not only how impressed she is with the Upper School, but also that she had no idea about the programs before her child was in the division. From the number of AP and course offerings to test prep and the college process, our relatively small school offers an excellent academic program. Unique to O’Neal are the Leadership Academy, advisory program, student life, the sports performance program, and participation as well as earned opportunity in the arts and athletics. I also add that our outstanding students and teachers create a positive culture of respect and encouragement that makes the division special.
On Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m., the Upper School will be hosting an informational evening via Zoom. Members of the faculty and staff will explain the academic, social/emotional, college counseling, student life, and athletic programs available to O’Neal students. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and understand more about the broad and diverse options available. While specifically designed for our Middle School families, all families are welcome to attend. Information on registration will be available next week. We hope to see you there, and please email Mr. Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We look forward to Conference Day on Friday. While the meetings will be virtual, this year, perhaps more than any other, it is important to connect the family and school to support each of our students. As always feel free to reach out to your student’s teacher or division head at any time if there are questions or concerns.
For the last seven months, I have lauded the extraordinary work of our teachers, staff, and coaches, and we need to continue to thank them. Beyond the instructional part of their role, O’Neal teachers form relationships with their students that help them guide and mentor. And this year, they are going above and beyond to monitor, clean, and help each other to keep everyone safe and on campus. It is hard to imagine all that they do unless you see it each day as I do. Thank you to those who have made gestures of thanks to your teachers. It is meaningful. O’Neal’s teachers and coaches deserve our gratitude and praise for what they do for the School and for each and every O’Neal student.
The O’Neal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered program. Students are admitted to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school without regard for any protected categories./i>