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A Message from Dr. Groves

Hello from the President’s Office at Oak Hill Academy.

Today is March 25, 2020.

Last week you received an email from Principal Todd Giszack (view email) outlining the school’s remote delivery of the Oak Hill Academy academic program. Yesterday you received an email from Dean of Student Affairs, Aaron Butt (view email) describing the many ways we are going to continue sharing the OHA Community with our students (and parents). Reminder: All email communications are being sent to parents and students.

I’m so proud of the work being accomplished here to deliver to you our academic program and to allow you to share in our culture here on “The Hill.” Although I am not surprised, I am impressed with the commitment and work ethic of our faculty and staff during this most unconventional time. The OHA Community is alive and well, “thriving and advancing” in our own version of March Madness.

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Governor of Virginia announced that schools in our commonwealth shall not meet for the remainder of the academic year. Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more like OHA students will not be able to return to campus for any school function. As such it is more important than ever that we commit ourselves to the remote delivery of OHA to our students.

So, even though you are not with us in person (we miss you!)—and as we begin the unusual process of teaching and connecting from Mouth of Wilson—it is necessary to begin processing next steps in regard to ending the year remotely. We want to provide a celebration of graduation for our seniors, replete with honor graduates, speeches, caps and gowns, the tolling of The Academy Bell, and the turning of the tassel. Though the celebration must be virtual, we are determined for it to be meaningful for our Class of 2020! We also know that students have many belongings here in our dormitories that will need to be secured in storage or retrieved.

There shall be more information and details to come about how we are closing out the year remotely (Mr. Butt is already organizing the process in regard to student belongings; you’ll hear from him soon).

For now, let’s take one step at a time and ready ourselves for completing the academic requirements for the fourth quarter. Spring Break has now stretched into a third week, so next week it’s time to get back (remotely and virtually) to school. We’ve all got work to do, so, imagine you are in morning assembly come Monday the 30th and I’ve just stepped to the podium in J.F. Fletcher Chapel. Sit up straight, be on time, and let’s all agree to control what we can control (i.e., we can always control our attitude and work ethic; we can’t control the coronavirus …).

Know that I miss seeing you here at OHA.

Michael D. Groves, Ph.D.
Oak Hill Academy