As is tradition each year, the second-grade class completed their Incredible Person Biography Research projects this month. Each student selected an inspirational historical figure to research and write a multi-page report. They then drew a portrait of their chosen person during art enrichment and concluded with giving an oral presentation, in the first person, dressed as their Incredible Person. Incredible persons chosen this year included: Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Mark Twain, and many others. Ms. Papa and Ms. Broch would like to thank the parents who lent support for this incredible project. Both teachers were extremely pleased "our students were all amazing, and it was such a wonderful, fun growing experience."
For our youngest early childhood students, learning takes place through a hands-on, multi-sensory approach. For example, the Jr Kindergarten students have been learning about the various types of weather. They were taught about the different types of clouds and learned about a classroom favorite, the cumulonimbus. Each day they completed a daily weather journal practicing to write the new vocabulary words they learned to describe the weather. They also enjoyed a fun science experiment where they determined that as water gathers in the clouds and the water droplets get too heavy, it begins to rain. The lessons continued in art, where they created little thunder clouds, painted a colorful kite, and made a classroom book based on Eric Carle's book "Little Cloud." The teachers continued the lesson theme with many weather-related books, educational videos, and movement songs to round out their lessons.
On February 23rd, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosted their annual Speech Trek Contest via Zoom. The topic was "Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?" Congratulations to the winners! Oakwood Senior Lily Jaquet took first place, Oakwood Freshman Jaquet Powell took second, and Oakwood Sophomore Jillian Bogosian took third place. Oakwood Sophomores Sophie Lord and Reena Panikar also participated. Each of the students gave poignant speeches on the topic and should be proud of their performances. Lily will now have a chance to compete at the state level.
The 37th annual Morgan Hill Rotary, Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest, was held last week via Zoom. Oakwood High School students: Seniors Lili Jacquet and Madina Turaeva, Sophomores Jillian Bogosian, Sophie Lord, & Reena Panikar, and Freshman Mikaela Minoza, represented us very well. Madina Turaeva garnered the first place award, second place went to Jillian Bogosian, and third place went to Lili Jacquet.
Three of our incredible High School Seniors: Shayan Daijavad, Kate Jackson, and Konark Vinod, are National Merit Scholar Finalists. They each received a Certificate of Merit and will now be considered for the Merit Scholarship awards.
Oakwood's youngest students celebrated the 100th day of school this week with 100-themed activities throughout the day. Our Junior Kindergarten classes celebrated by stacking 100 cups, and coloring festive hats! The Kindergarten students wore shirts, all with 100 items attached. It's always fun to see our students' creativity and excitement on special days like this. Happy 100th day of School, Oakwood!
This week Oakwood High School celebrated the current Oakwood 8th-grade middle school students accepted into the Oakwood High School for the 2021-2022 school year! The event began when Oakwood's mascot, Thunder, lead the students from the middle school quad to the high school quad, where high school students and faculty cheered their arrival. High School Student Council President Lili Jaquet and Upper School Head & Principal Mark Newton shared words of encouragement with the students. We are excited these bright students have chosen Oakwood High School! Welcome future Oakwood class of 2025!
Oakwood Freshman Melanie Chipman had an idea to connect the Oakwood high school community. She was inspired by a play she had watched about Sadako Sasaki, a radiation victim from the Hiroshima bombing. Sadako was diagnosed with cancer and decided to fold 1,000 paper cranes (or orizuru, as they're called in Japanese) to wish for world peace. Melanie's thought was, "...with all that has been happening in the world with the virus and political unrest, it might be neat if we as a school folded 1,000 paper cranes.
Dr. Sean Wilmot, Oakwood Science Department Chair, gave a presentation at the High School Assembly on January 22 to discuss the science behind the new RNA vaccine technology being implemented by Pfizer and Moderna versus SARS-COV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Dr. Wilmot also provided historical context on the development of vaccines and the enormous health benefits they provide. The intention of the talk was to delve deeper, celebrating the Science, and encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated as early as possible so that we can all do our part to protect our community. To see the presentation click here.