World Mental Health Day 10/10

The first week of October is recognized as Mental Illness Awareness Week in order to increase recognition and fight stigma. The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources including a 24/7 crisis hotline and stigma free pledge resources

According to the NAMI website 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year.

“Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24.” NAMI

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Each year the World Health Organization designates October 10 as World Mental Health Day.  This year the focus is on Suicide Prevention. More information including this infographics-suicide and other resources can be found on their site here.

If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

You can connect with help and resources here at Oak Hills by talking to a member of the Hope Squad.

Interested in some further reading? These might be some places to start:


Professional Learning Collection

Looking for a resource for your PPL? We might have one you can use. These titles are currently available in the Media Center for checkout. Or, you can always check for items in our catalog.


Hacking the Writing Workshop

Make Writing

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

What Connected Educators Do Differently

News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News

Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic 

Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism


Learner Centered Innovation

The Innovator’s Mindset


Sparks in the Dark

Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension

Celebrate Your Right to Read

Each year the American Library Association recognizes the power of words, the importance of Intellectual Freedom and examines the impact of  censorship during Banned Books Week. Recognized this week 9/22 -9/28, it celebrates an individual’s right to choose reading material appropriate to their own needs and interests.

You can celebrate this week by choosing to  add more books and reading to your life. Maybe join our bookish community. Start with Books and Baked Goods Wednesday before school 9/25. Stop by for a pass or get more info here

Curious about which books were challenged most often in 2018? Checkout the ALA’s listing here:

Want to know what authors have to say about censorship and book challenges? The National Council for Teachers of English has a great collection of quotes you can explore here Author’s Speak Out about Censorship

You can take a look at the Library Bill of Rights that we and other libraries strive to deliver daily, here: Library Bill of Rights

We invite you to stop by the Media Center and celebrate your right to read. Choose a book or a bookmark. We will keep the light on for Intellectual Freedom and your right to choose.  

Want more reading resources?

You Are Invited

Books and Baked Goods will have its first meeting this Wednesday

When:  9/25 from 7:15 am to 8:00 am. in the Media Center

Please join us for discussion, bookish games, crafts and title selection for this semester.

RSVP: Want to have your name added to the early pass list? Or, just want more information? Contact Mrs. Cucchetti at or stop by the Media Center. 



Book Festival Celebrates the Work of Book Mentor Collaboration

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10th grade Book Mentors and 5th grade readers from Dulles Elementary celebrated the joy of reading at the 3rd annual Book Festival. The culmination of months of work the Book Festival generated contagious energy and excitement for reading. High School students in Content Lit classes worked to engage 5th grade students from Dulles through books they all selected to read back in February. The students worked together to generate campaigns  vote for the best books. At the end of our work together,all students voted to decide which titles should be purchased for classroom libraries at Dulles. Our program including lunch and the purchase of titles for classroom libraries: Our programming was generously supported by Children’s Inc and The Oak Hills Alumni Foundation.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

2019 Poster Winners

and to these Honorable Mentions

2019 Honorable mention

Read More during OHHS Digital Citizenship Month

#DigCit Fiction Recommendations

Warcross by Marie Lu – an action packed, suspenseful read all inside the online game of Warcross

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales – What happens when you say the wrong thing online?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Good news: there’s an APP for that.

The Truth About the Truman School by Hillestad Butler – What if there was a website that told the whole truth about your school?

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown – What if the picture you send reveals too much?

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil – What happens when prison and executions become entertainment streaming live?

Need by Joelle Charbonneau – What if you could complete a minor task and a website would satisfy your NEED? Would you do it?

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang – a graphic novel, gaming mashup

The Uglies by Scott Westerfield – Would you want to be “stunning pretty” if the cost was your friend’s freedom?

The Circle by Dave Eggers – Would you want unlimited success it the cost was your privacy?

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Can a utopian world be generated through technology and artificial intelligence?

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner explores the impact of texting and driving

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman – When online life and real life collide.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich – What if you told a secret and everyone believed you? What if the secret was a lie?

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – What if a viral video changed your life?

Feed by M.T. Anderson – Would you want the internet implanted in your brain?

#DigCit Non-Fiction Recommendations 2019

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — And Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — And What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge

Can Your Smartphone Change the World by Erinne Paisley

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzalez & Sophie Houser

Legacy vs. Likes by Mike Smith , Andrew Norman

Fakebook: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies by Dave Cicerelli

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

Lobbying for Change: Finding Your Voice to Create a Better Society by Alberto Alemmano

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

Book Mentors – Year 3

Book Talks 2019

Our Book Mentor Program is underway and the energy for reading is contagious. Close to 60 students in 10th grade Content Lit hosted the 5th graders from Dulles Elementary at the high school Media Center on Tuesday 2/5 and introduced those younger students to some great titles, shared some secrets about high school and generally encouraged younger students to enjoy reading.

These Oak Hills High School students have worked hard to prepare for the visit: selecting and previewing titles, providing advance information & sampling the books on, and deciding the best way to recruit 5th graders to read with them.

Students will come back together again at the high school for a day long Book Festival: sharing information about their books, negotiating with each other about which titles are best, and deciding together which titles should be purchased for classroom libraries at Dulles for other students to read.

A partnership between the Oak Hills Local School District and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, this project is generously supported by grants from the Oak Hills Alumni & Educational Foundation and Children’s Inc.