Thanks & 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 meaningful event recognizes the opportunity to reach out to those in our community who are less fortunate. This year we asked families to donate funds that were used to purchase grocery store gift cards. These gift cards were then presented to Community Solutions who will distribute them to local families in need.
It was a pleasure to honor High School Senior Lydia Sattler class of 2021 as she signed her National Letter of Intent and committed to Stephen F. Austin State University as a 2021 Women's Soccer Team Goalkeeper. Lydia has been an exemplary Oakwood Hawk during her time at our school, and we look forward to following her journey and all that she accomplishes in the coming years at SFA. We enjoyed being able to celebrate with our in-person high school students today in the Oakwood Athletic Center Gym, while the rest of our upper school joined via Zoom for this momentous occasion. Congratulations to Lydia on this wonderful achievement! Click here to read The Morgan Hill Times article.
History came to life on Friday, November 6th, for Oakwood fourth and fifth-grade students. Both in-person and remote students learned and celebrated the Medieval and Renaissance periods. To bring the era to life, teachers and students alike wore costumes seen during the Middle Ages, dressing as knights, pirates, or those you might see spending time at court.
Oakwood School's third-grade students have had a great time creating a virtual musical this fall, "Super Happy Awesome News!" These students have so much to be proud of, and we want to congratulate them on their abilities to adapt and thrive! The students have now had a chance to watch their show, and soon it will be shared with their friends and families to enjoy!
This week was full of Halloween celebrations! Both Middle School and High School enjoyed their own unique "Spirits Week". The daily themes were: Mythical Monday, Teacher Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday (middle school) and Wacky Wednesday (high school), Throwback Thursday, and Free Choice Friday. On Thursday the High School faculty and staff joined in the fun and wore ninja costumes.
Elementary students have been putting their creativity to the test this week while decorating pumpkin in a very novel way! Each year teachers in grades one through five assign their students to do a pumpkin book report. Each student reads a book of their choosing, then writes a book report. Then focusing on the traits of a character from their chosen book, they then decorate a pumpkin. This year students will be sharing pumpkins virtually or displaying them 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.
Oakwood teachers and staff were invited to participate in a Halloween themed door decorating contest this week. Prizes were awarded to those that created the Spookiest door, the most Creative door, the Funniest door, and a final prize was awarded to the best overall Lower School door. Middle School and High School students voted for their favorite doors during the Thursday, October 29th assembly. Thank you to all who participated in this friendly contest. We have some very artistic individuals at Oakwood! We appreciate all who participated. This activity was a great way to bring the Halloween spirit to the Oakwood School campus!
Our Preschool and Jr. Kindergarten students had a big surprise today during recess. With donated pumpkins, the Early Childhood Education (ECE) garden was transformed into a pumpkin patch! Students were thrilled to visit the ECE Pumpkin Patch and carefully selected their favorite pumpkin to take home.
Congratulations to Oakwood 10th grader Sascha Manalili who was selected as the First Place winner in the AP CSP Category in the CMU CS Academy October 2020 Creative Task Competition. Students in the Oakwood High School AP Computer Science Principles course are working on a Python course offered through Carnegie Mellon University's CS Academy. The top three projects from the first Unit were nominated by their teacher as entries for CMU CS Academy's Creative Task Challenge. Sascha created a Halloween-themed artistic masterpiece with code. Great job Sascha!
Eighth-grade student Sophie G. was honored by the Morgan Hill Rotary Club as Oakwood's Outstanding Middle School Student on Wednesday, October 21. Students who receive the Student Achievement Award are chosen by their respective schools on the basis of leadership in both academic and extracurricular areas. Congratulations, Sophie, on all the hard work that resulted in this recognition!