Christmas Traditions at The Oaks
Middle School Door Decorating
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Although students at The Oaks Academy finished the first semester with online learning, our school leaders and faculty were determined to celebrate the holiday season with expedited holiday traditions. During the week before Thanksgiving, holiday cheer filled the hallways of the Middle School campus with Christmas trees, décor, the annual door decorating contest and even some socially distant dancing in the parking lot.
Normally students have a total of three weeks to complete their homeroom door decorations, but due to the online learning scheduled to start again after Thanksgiving break they completed them in just three days! “It’s a fun tradition of the Oaks and we decorate our doors with a song,” said Violet N., referring to the theme of each door being based on a traditional Christmas Carol.
Door decorating is more than just a holiday tradition at The Oaks; it’s a multi-purpose event that our students understand all too well:
“Decorating doors for Christmas can be a very fun activity. It can also be something that brings people together because many ideas can be put into one door, and it is very collaborative. It is extremely fun because you’re celebrating the birth of Christ and the joy of the holiday” – Emma F.
“Decorating doors for Christmas helps you build friendships with your classmates” – Avery C.
“Decorating doors for Christmas is fun because your class can work as a team to decorate a door and it isn’t just a door for you to look at, it’s for a competition. That way you can have fun competing with other homerooms” – Kyler I.
With the shortened timeline this year, students rushed to finish their doors in time for judging and recognized that the effort and creativity that they put into their doors as a popular reason why they felt their homeroom should win the competition.
In the end, it was the 8th grade class of Mrs. Shomaker’s homeroom who took the top spot, with Mr. Granholm’s 7th grade homeroom only 1 point away in 2nd place. You can view some pictures from our top scoring doors below.
1st Place Door
Homeroom 8A (Mrs. Shomaker)
Carol: What Child is This?
2nd Place Door
Homeroom 7A (Mr. Granholm)
Carol: O Come All Ye Faithful
3rd Place Door
Homeroom 7D (Mrs. Allen)
Carol: Little Drummer Boy
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