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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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Top Things to Do with Children in Summit, NJ this Winter

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Nov 28, 2018 7:17:48 PM

Winter is coming and the temperature is dropping. In an effort to battle the cold weather blues, we've provided you with a list of our favorite things to do with children in the Summit, NJ area this winter. This list will be updated as we hear of more events throughout the season! Have an event you think should be included in our list? Email the details to communications@oakknoll.org for consideration.

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How to Stay Safe this Halloween

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Oct 29, 2018 5:44:21 PM

It's that time of year again when ghosts, goblins, princesses and action heroes will be on a quest for the most candy on All Hallows' Eve. As adults, many of us have fond memories of trick-or-treating with our parents and pals when we were younger. Back then, we didn't think about our parents' worries as we left the house in costume, taking candy from our neighbors and friends. Sure, we checked to be sure we didn't accept any unwrapped candy at the end of the night, but that was likely the biggest concern. But now? There are so many worries. Please use our guide to ensure your child has a happy, safe and enjoyable Halloween.

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Topics: parenting, health, halloween

Tips for Making School Mornings Easier

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 24, 2018 2:18:16 PM

Ohhhhhh school mornings are crazy. You've got to get them up, dressed, fed and out the door all before you've likely had your first cup of coffee. And, if that isn't enough, you also need to remember their backpack, snack, school project and your car keys. Are we missing anything? Shoes?

To help you navigate the tough mornings ahead and streamline your process, check out our biggest tips below:

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Topics: elementary school, back-to-school, parenting, wellness

Top 10 things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 12, 2018 3:52:04 PM

Teachers spend quite a bit of time with students throughout the week. Many are with them before school, during and after school, depending on the activities and needs of each child. The job of a teacher is never easy, and it’s never truly done – even after high school. As we head into the first full week of school this year, we asked teachers of children in grades K-12 to weigh in on what they wished parents knew about the work they do and insight they bring. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school

Why We’re Teaching Middle and High School Entrepreneurship

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Apr 19, 2018 3:11:44 PM

Entrepreneurs are leaders, strategic thinkers and innovators. They see opportunities where others may see failure. They take risks because they dream big. They are visionaries.

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Topics: high school, middle school, entrepreneurship

How Departmentalized Schools Prepare Students for the Future

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 8, 2018 12:18:23 PM

Departmentalizing — or platooning — in schools means students change classrooms and share teachers who specialize in just a few areas. Sound familiar? It’s the way most middle and high schools have been structured for years. For elementary schools that have dropped the self-contained model to carefully embrace and implement this progressive concept for students as young as age 6, the benefits include increased classroom engagement, communication skills, student development and more. Here, we review six essential ways departmentalized education in elementary schools enhances learning for students and prepares them for the future:

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Topics: elementary school

The Advantages of Private Schools

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The decision whether to go to a private or public school is a personal matter. Families choose to send their children to different types of schools for so many reasons — reputation, location, academic and extracurricular offerings, and cost, are just a few of the biggest. And, the decision is not only between public and private schools — charter schools and homeschooling are also popular options.

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Topics: private school

Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 23, 2018 3:45:35 PM

So, your child has a sore throat, a cough and a sniffle, but no fever. Should they stay home from school? If you send them, will they just be in the nurse’s office an hour later? Or, do you chance it in the hopes that they rally once they get in the groove of classes and the day’s schedule? What if they do have a fever? Is that a deal-breaker? You're probably asking yourself, "When is my child too sick for school?" 

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Topics: private school, health

Paying for Private School: 5 Options

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When considering a private school for your child, cost is naturally a major factor in that decision. Next to academics and extracurriculars, tuition is often the deciding factor. There are many options to explore in affording private school, and there is no one-size fits all affordability plan.

Private school is an investment in your child’s education. Before eliminating a private school from your search, consider these five options for paying for your child’s tuition:

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Topics: private school, tuition

The Real Benefits of An All-Girls' School

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 9, 2018 5:09:59 PM

Let’s face it, middle school and high school can be a challenging time. You're trying to figure out who you are and how you fit into the world around you. While we strongly recommend boys and girls learn together during their younger, more impressionable years, going to an all-girls' school during middle and high school helps girls focus more on who they want to become and what their strengths are.

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Topics: all-girls, high school, middle school

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