The Oakwood High School AP Spanish class took a field trip with Doña Alvarez to Mission San Juan Bautista to see a performance of la Virgen del Tepeyak in Spanish. The musical presents the story of Juan Diego and the origin of the Virgin of Gudalupe. Through this story, Spanish students were able to see the mix of Aztec and Catholic traditions. Witnessing the music, costumes, and dance was especially powerful in the setting inside the walls of Mission San Juan Bautista, which was built in 1797. It was a bright and colorful experience that enriched their lives and helped to build their Spanish vocabulary and knowledge of the culture.
On Thursday, November 16 Don Leach's Intro to Linguistics class took a field trip to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). At MIIS Oakwood students were able to explore different careers and opportunities that are available to people who study linguistics.
Oakwood fifth grade students created beautiful chalk art poppies and learned about the flower's history in art class. They learned about the poem, "In Flanders Fields," which dates back to World War I. In honor of Veteran's Day their art work is on display in the main office along with a brief history of the poppy. Stop in and take a look.
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 today 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 Oakwood third grade students read in class.
Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is a holiday celebrated on November 2nd throughout Latin America. Day of the Dead altars, also known as ofrendas (offerings), are constructed and adorned to remember, honor and please the dead, and are a central symbol of the Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. Seňora Alvarez's Spanish 2, 3 and 4 classes created an altar and learned all about the symbolism of each item displayed. Students had the opportunity to honor a deceased loved one and a Hispanic celebrity by placing their photo on the altar and sharing a little about them with the class.