Oakwood 4th and 5th grade students met after school yesterday to make signs and learn cheers (while enjoying a yummy snack) in preparation for the Boys' Varsity Basketball game last night. Our mascot Thunder even made an appearance for a special photo opp before the game. Thank you to the high school students and their advisors who came out to teach the students cheers and to the parents who donated food for their snack. And congrats to the Boys' Varsity Basketball team on their win!
Thanks and Giving is Oakwood's school-wide community service project which encompasses our educational goal of being Community Contributors through Respect, Service, Cooperation and Good Citizenship. This year everyone pitched in and made it possible for our school to donate 177 feast bins to Community Solutions, and 1,513 books for the El Toro Club House in Morgan Hill. Thank you to everyone that continually contributes their time, talents, and generosity to make our community flourish.
On Monday, November 18, Oakwood School's newest campus addition, the Athletic Center, officially opened with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and All-School Spirit Rally! Michelle Helvey greeted the eager community in the Athletic Center Quad to cut the ribbon for another jewel of our campus. Students, staff, and guests proceeded inside and marveled at the size of the new gymnasium before making their way to their class' assigned seating areas. Athletic Director Kort Jensen welcomed the crowd, and explained to them that this newest facility is so much more than a gym, but a true athletic center where they will enjoy locker rooms, team rooms for game strategy, weight and cardio rooms, and a concessions stand! Oakwood's new mascot finally made its debut and Mrs. Helvey announced its name--Thunder! Kort Jensen then asked all middle and high school athletes for the 2019-2020 school year to please stand in the bleachers for our community to honor them and their hard work and dedication to their various sports! Students were able to participate in a shoot-around on the court with thunderous cheers from the entire student body and our new Mascot! High school student-athletes then led students from kindergarten through 12th Grade on tours of the facility, pointing out the various spaces and answering questions from inquisitive minds. The morning ended with high fives and hugs from Thunder and each student taking home a brand new Oakwood Hawks pennant flag!
In the spirit of compassionate citizenship, Oakwood third grade students learned about the "White Table" tradition of setting a small table with a white cloth and one chair in a common dining area to honor our veterans – especially MIAs and POWs – to remind us of their sacrifices and the impact on their families. They respectfully set a "white table" on campus to serve as a visual reminder to our student body. Students were invited to add the name and photo of a military family or friend who has served, or is presently serving, to their display. To learn more about this tradition and the meaning of each item on the table, you can visit the website of Margot Raven, author of children's book, America's White Table, which the third-grade students read in class.
Congratulations to Oakwood's three rookie FIRST LEGO League teams on their successful participation in Regional Qualifying Tournaments on November 9, 2019! Oakwood's after-school FIRST LEGO League team of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, also known as Techie Pizza, participated in a qualifying tournament at Intel, won the Judges' Award, and were one of two teams invited to participate in the Northern California Innovation Expo. The two Oakwood Middle School teams (8th grade team Big Brain and 7th grade team Poison Oak) traveled to Amazon Labs in Sunnyvale, where Big Brain finished fourth overall in Robot Game performance and Poison Oak was selected to advance to the Regional Championship in Mountain View on December 15.
Congratulations to all of the Cross Country athletes who competed in the PCAL Championship last Saturday. The Boys Varsity team raced to a second-place finish in the Santa Lucia division, led by Ellis Richardson, who finished as Santa Lucia division champion. Ellis Richardson and Kate Marcotullio both earned recognition as all-league athletes and both qualified to run in the CCS Meet later this month. We are proud of all that the Cross Country team accomplished this season - Go Hawks!
Each year Oakwood families participate in a uniform exchange program. This year our uniform exchange coordinator, Wendy Sue Kissa, sent many of the extra Oakwood uniforms to Honduras to share with some very deserving students. Thank you, Mrs. Kissa, for facilitating this admirable project!
An Oakwood Halloween tradition is the Elementary Pumpkin Book Report Projects. Students in 1st through 5th grade read a book of their choosing and then work on a book report, focusing on the traits of a character from their chosen book. The students also transform pumpkins to depict their characters, which they proudly display outside of their classrooms on Halloween. This project teaches students to be critical thinkers and effective communicators all under the guise of a fun Halloween activity.
The Oakwood community gathered on Monday, October 28 for the Annual Boo Bash. Attendees of all ages enjoyed carving pumpkins of various shapes and sizes into impressive works of art. Attendees happily ate their way through the chili cook-off entries and voted for their favorite. Little ones enjoyed carnival games, a cake walk, storytime, and even a spooky zone. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who made this spook-tastic night possible and congratulations to Ali Hernandez winner of 2018 chili cook-off!
Oakwood's beautiful new Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center Theatre had its debut performance on October 25th and 26th with the high school comedy "Here Comes the Judge." The rapid comedic dialogue, superb acting, and zany characters in this play held the audience's attention. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Oakwood's Performing Arts Program and the cast, tech crew, creative staff, and parent volunteers and supporters for their time, talent, and hard work putting the show together.