Enjoy your summer, but don't forget to read, practice your math facts, and do some exploring!

Summer Reading Assignments:

Incoming PreAP 6th Graders- Where the Red Fern Grows

Incoming PreAP 7th Graders- The Outsiders

The assignments can be found in the Documents section of my website. Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions this summer!

Registration  & Back to School Information

  • Online Student Registration: July 10-26th
  • On-campus Registration: July 26th (Bring a current proof of residency & photo ID)
  • New Student Registration: August 3rd (2-7pm)
  • Meet the Teacher: August 21st (5:30-6:30pm)
  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!: August 23rd 

Advanced Academics

Hi, Oakwood Owls! I'm Aren Cameron (Lackey), and I'm thrilled to spend my 8th year of teaching as your Advanced Academics teacher here at OTE. I taught in Grand Prairie for 3 years before making my way to HEB in 2013.  I graduated from the University of North Texas in 2010 with a Bachelors in Education, and I received my Masters in Gifted Education from Hardin-Simmons University in 2015.  I have a passion for working with children, and I strive to transform potential into outstanding achievement. Gifted achievement requires motivation, dedication, resilience, and committed work habits from everyone involved, and I am committed to serving you.

Conference: 11:15-12:30pm or after 3pm
Ext. 6547

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Pre-Advanced Placement Reading/ELA Grade 6

PreAP English enables students to become skilled readers of complex prose and skilled writers who communicate effectively for a variety of purposes. This course will focus on advanced skill development in close reading, grammar, composition and vocabulary. Sixth graders in PreAP English will will be expected to complete both summer and outside reading, keep a journal for personal and dialectical entries, and develop a writing portfolio. Students who meet district criteria for entrance into seventh grade PreAP English will find that the increased rigor of the sixth grade course has prepared them well for meeting this challenging standard. Students who continue in advanced English will be eligible to take either the Advanced Placement or the International Baccalaureate English exam. Be sure to check out "Advanced Placement and IB Differences" located in My Documents.


First Semester:

  • Artful Reading and Writing
  • Literary Devices and Techniques: The Link to Meaning
  • Building the House of Letters: The Structure of Literature and the Art of Persuasion

Second Semester:

    • Word Play: Our Language and How It Works
    • Becoming an Expert: The Power of Discovery
    • Finding Your Voice: Experimenting with Writing


Mission Statement
We, Ms. Lackey’s 6th Grade PreAP class, will participate, behave, and challenge ourselves so that we can become better readers and lifelong learners.  We will prepare ourselves for successful futures in and out of the classroom.  We expect Ms. Lackey to encourage us and to communicate clearly so that we have a positive and productive classroom.

4th/5th Grade Advanced Academics Reading

The Advanced Academics curriculum is designed around the theme of "Change." Each six weeks will be guided by BIG questions and will include content from reading, math, science and/or social studies. Guiding themes for each six weeks are as follows:







4th Grade Mission Statement
We, Ms. Lackey’s 4th Grade PEAK class, will pay careful attention and give our all so that we can prepare ourselves for future school years and beyond. We expect Ms. Lackey to challenge us and to explain things carefully so that we have an excellent and successful classroom.

5th Grade Mission Statement
We, Ms. Lackey’s 5th Grade PEAK class, will come to class every day ready for a challenge. We will try our best and strive to become successful members of society. We expect Ms. Lackey to push us to become better readers with larger vocabularies so that we have a fun, productive, and challenging classroom.