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Robotics Competition
Mallory Cook

Oakdale students competed in the University of Alabama Robotics Competition! In the event, they wrote programs that navigated their robot across a series of obstacle courses.

Read Across America Week!
Mallory Cook

Oakdale students have had so much fun hearing from guest readers this week for Read Across America! 

Celebrating strong math and reading students.
Mallory Cook

Oakdale Elementary held a celebration for students who received proficient scores in math and reading on last year's Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP). Way to go, Falcons!

Justice Simmons awarded the Inspiring Excellence award
Mallory Cook

Third-grader Justice Simmons was chosen as the Inspiring Excellence Award recipient for Oakdale Elementary School. The award was given to her as a surprise in front of her class Monday. 

The Inspiring Excellence award, sponsored by Townsquare Media and Child Abuse Prevention Services, recognizes one student per year from each school for their outstanding character. 

"Justice Simmons is an outstanding third grader at Oakdale," said Oakdale Principal Dr. Lucile Prewitt. "She models the core values (Self-control, Optimism, Accountability, and Respect) daily in her classroom and throughout other areas of the school."

Prewitt said Simmons is a top reader, a leader in the classroom, and a great friend and helper to all. 

As part of the award, Simmons received a framed certificate and a gift card to Texas Roadhouse. She will also appear on the Tuscaloosa Thread, on local radio, and on TCS social media. 

Congratulations, Justice!  

Jennifer Anderson recognized for being "everyday amazing"
Lydia Avant

Jennifer Anderson, an interventionist at Oakdale Elementary, said the best part of her job is building relationships with the students she works with and seeing them grow. It's that mentality that is apparently making a difference, as she was recognized recently for going above and beyond for her coworkers and the students she works with.

"Mrs. Anderson builds positive relationships with the students with whom she comes in contact," wrote Dr. Lucile Prewitt, principal at Oakdale. "She lets them know she cares and the students in turn show her that they appreciate her loving and caring ways. She brings a smile to the teachers by having free snacks available in her room for them. She sometimes pushes a "happy cart" around to the classrooms for the teachers. She lets them know that she was once in their shoes. A random act of kindness goes a long way. The entire Oakdale team appreciates her for being herself. We are the beneficiaries of the kindness."

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