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Meghan Hodgin

Mrs. Hodgin is the director of Marketing and Communications at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. She joined OKS in the spring of 2013. Prior to Oak Knoll, she was a breaking news reporter for NJ.com (now NJ Advance Media).

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What Parents Need to Know about TikTok

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 25, 2020 1:23:49 PM

If your kids have an internet connection, they are likely using TikTok. It's a free, engaging, short-form video-sharing app geared toward teenagers that allows users to express themselves with filters, music and other features. Users can watch and record videos of themselves lip-syncing to music as well as create short, shareable videos so they can interact with friends through likes, comments, songs and livestream.

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Topics: technology, high school, middle school, internet safety

3 Life Lessons for Students from Super Bowl LIV

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 4, 2020 12:02:10 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 during Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2020. But it's not all about hot wings, cheese platters and face painting. There are at least three crucial life lessons that can be learned by paying attention to the events on and off the field that should be shared with students and beyond.

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Topics: parenting, athletics, student advice

Should you worry about coronavirus?

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 28, 2020 2:55:18 PM

If you’re like us, you can barely go an hour without receiving an email or seeing a social media post related to the 2019-nCoV infection, a new strain of coronavirus that is responsible for a “deadly outbreak” in China that has spread across the globe. Images of people wearing masks in New York City or news about travel restrictions to China have likely flooded your digital inbox. But what do you need to know? Are you at risk?

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Topics: health

8 Deliciously Healthy Student Recipes

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Eating healthy doesn't need to be hard or, worse, taste bad. It also doesn't need to be part of some self-imposed stressful attempt to force New Year's Resolutions that we ultimately never achieve. It should be part of a positive, overall healthy lifestyle for #livingyourbestlife.

As part of health and wellness education at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, seventh- and eighth-grade students learned about healthy eating and the health of the planet. Throughout the fall, students were tasked with creating healthy recipes that they would then share with the school community. Below is just a sampling of some of the recipes created. Have your own healthy recipe to share? Leave it for us below in the comments!

Interested in more healthy recipes from Oak Knoll? Follow #healthyrecipesOKS on Twitter.

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Topics: middle school, health, wellness

Oak Knoll's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Dec 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The year 2019 brought us so many blog topics — from the disturbing Momo Challenge that ended up being a hoax to the College Admissions Scandal and so much more. The blog team at Oak Knoll looked back at the top posts that resonated with our loyal readers to bring you this roundup of the top 10 blog posts of 2019.

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Topics: technology, admissions, parenting, middle school, health, college counseling, building confidence, fundraising

6 Fun Ways to Teach Kids about Giving Back

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Nov 18, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Developing empathy in children is imperative to ensure we are promoting good, responsible citizenry. Studies show that children start to show genuine empathy - understanding how other people feel - around 2 years of age. To help foster values of charitable giving, families must find ways to teach kids about giving back and make it FUN.

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Topics: elementary school, community service, thanksgiving

10 Questions with National Coalition of Girls' Schools' Megan Murphy

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Nov 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM

We recently caught up with Megan Murphy, the Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools after she visited the Oak Knoll School campus earlier this fall. Here, she talks about issues facing girls’ schools, her hope for empowering girls’ voices and girls' school misconceptions.

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Topics: education, all-girls, high school, students, independent catholic school summit nj, private school, middle school, building confidence

Top Things to Do in Summit, NJ This Fall

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

There are so many wonderful activities happening this fall right in our backyard! See below for our list of some of the top things to do in Summit, NJ this fall, and make sure to bookmark this page as we add events throughout the season.

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Topics: summit new jersey, Summit NJ, things to do

5 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Aug 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Parents get ready; it’s almost time for your child to go back-to-school! For many, this can be a stressful time. Transitions at any age are an adjustment and the earlier you can start preparing your child for the change in routine, environment, workload, friends, etc., the less stress there is for everyone.

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Topics: elementary school, parenting, separation anxiety, kindergarten ready

5 Benefits of Small Class Sizes

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Apr 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

There are proven benefits of small classroom sizes - from increased achievement to higher graduation rates. The way students learn and perform are significantly impacted by a small classroom environment - specifically those with fewer than 20 children. Students are more likely to receive individualized attention, which enhances learning opportunities, improves behavior, builds a community and produces overall better results, from test scores to grades.

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Topics: teaching, classroom, elementary school, tips, success skills

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