Oyler School

John Kiesewetter

Feb. 2, 2016 Update: If you missed the excellent "Oyler: One School, One Year" last night, it will repeat twice on WCET-TV: At 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 (Channel 48, CET).

Here’s what I love about public broadcasting: Only public TV will devote an hour to the impressive turn-around at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill, one of Cincinnati’s poorest and most challenged neighborhoods.

Baltimore-based reporter Amy Scott from public radio’s “Marketplace,” heard here on WVXU-FM, directed and wrote and produced this terrific documentary about the comprehensive team effort to break the cycle of poverty by improving test scores, attendance, self-esteem, and the health and dreams of students.

The documentary OYLER: One School One Year follows Craig Hockenberry, the school’'s principal when the film was produced, through a year at the school, focusing on Hockenberry's mission to transform a community battered by crime and poverty, and on then-senior Raven Gribbins’ quest to become the first in her family to finish high school and go to college.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Two Ohio turkeys, part of the presidential pardon flock, got a red carpet welcome from students at the Oyler School in Lower Price Hill today. They live in Mercer County in a custom-built barn. On Monday Nobember 24th two others will travel to Washington to meet President Obama.

Some kids were inquisitive and others were scared. Lavar, in a line of second graders to see the caged birds said, "I'm scared. I've never seen turkeys before."

As part of WVXU’s continuing American Graduate project, working to find answers to the drop out epidemic in America’s high schools, Mark Perzel talks with Jennifer Bellin who, in a volunteer effort, directs the Oyler School’s Steps for Success program that focuses on providing mentors, unique experiences and skills to aid economically disadvantaged high school seniors into making a successful transition into postsecondary s