The Oakwood fifth grade Spanish class journeyed to the "Days of the Vaqueros" during their field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista. The students learned about the people of Alta California and their unique culture, right where it happened. The tour guide explained the difference between a Californio and a Vaquero and a few of the students were chosen to place their faces in life-sized cardboard cutouts and "become" a person of the past. They had a hands-on demonstration of the traditional way corn tortillas were made at the Rancho, and were able to sample one! Following a picnic lunch in the beautiful San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, the students and their chaperones were free to explore the park, its plaza, and the mission itself. This included the four main historic museums (the Plaza Hotel, the Zanetta House/Plaza Hall, the Plaza Stables, and the Castro-Breen Adobe) as well as a blacksmith shop, the historic jail, and an early American settler's cabin, many built in the 1800s. The field trip provided a unique learning environment and allowed the students to gain an appreciation of California's history and people, from Native Americans through to the Spanish and Mexican cultural influences.
Yesterday he told you The Lorax book is better than the movie. Today he followed a butterfly to see which flowers it liked best. No doubt about it—he’s sharp, and he’s inquisitive. He already loves learning—and you want him to keep loving it, with the same fresh delight, all his life.
At Oakwood we celebrate his incisiveness and his spontaneity. But we also want him to be as open to learning at sixty as he was at six.
That’s why we expect even our youngest children to master core skills in reading, writing, and math. Our curriculum works to make this core knowledge automatic, giving your child the intellectual stamina to forge ahead. But our teachers present that curriculum through their own inventive methods, inspiring your child to roam the byways of his creativity. In this open yet strengthening environment, he grows into a nimble, joyful, persistent thinker, who’s ready to take on any challenge.
We are Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our diverse community, thriving on an expansive campus, provides a home for an extended family of learners. Here, we share our unwavering commitment to a more intentional education. To learn more about our educational philosophy, download our Lower School Brochure. The best way for your family to meet our family is to tour our scenic Morgan Hill campus, meet our teachers and students, and observe our learning in action. Our family looks forward to meeting yours.
Oakwood second graders took a field trip to the India Community Center in Milpitas to complement their history unit on India. Their visit included yoga, arts and crafts and India facts. They enjoyed a traditional Indian snack and even learned some Bollywood style dancing.
Cheered on by the enthusiastic fifth grade class, the high school JV Girls' Volleyball Team continued their drive to a record breaking season! They defeated PCS in straight sets. The fifth graders were invited to attend the game as special guests. They each received an invitation, were treated to a pizza party and participated in a meet and greet with the team before the game. Then they were given spirit items to use to cheer at the game and were seated in the coveted "Hawk's Nest" cheering section.
Students received recognition today for exemplifying the words of the month for September – "Bucket Filling". Bucket filling encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy it is to fill our friends' and families' buckets with kindness, appreciation, and love.
Oakwood first graders invited grandparents and special adults in their lives to a Grandparents Day celebration. The children sang songs and recited poems that they learned for the occasion. They presented their guests with gifts and enjoyed delicious food together.
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