Oakwood's second-grade students participated in an Ellis Island Immigration activity. The purpose was for students to learn that entering America for many immigrants was historically very difficult. The children were taught about Ellis Island and immigration as part of their history unit. As the unit came to an end, students selected a country of origin from their ancestry.
Friday, May 7, the Oakwood High School swim team competed well against Hollister High School. Maddy Weltchek placed 1st in the 100 breast and 2nd in the 200 IM. Brendan Tompkins placed 1st in the 500 free and 2nd in the 200 free. Well done swimming Hawks!
On Thursday, April 29, the Oakwood High School's Track & Field team competed in a meet with teams from Christopher, Gilroy, Hollister/San Benito, and Pacific Point. CJ Mayer, Arjun Narayanan, and Jullea Powell ran races on the track and participated in throwing events. CJ set a new Boys Frosh/Soph School Record in the Shot Put with his throw of 26' 9". Congratulations one and all - Go, Hawks!
Andrew Herrera, Class of 2018, Oakwood School alum and current George Mason University student, has been awarded the Charles and Polly Webber History Award. He stated, "Any academic achievement that comes my way is in part thanks to Oakwood and the amazing faculty and people that have pushed me and been with me ever since I was a child. In short, my achievements are your achievements! I never would've been able to get here or reach these milestones had it not been for the sturdy foundation that Oakwood gave me." We want to congratulate Andrew on his prestigious accomplishment! Visit the Family Portal for details!
On April 27, the boys and girls tennis teams scrimmaged to wrap up the season. Although they could not compete with other schools this year, the athletes from each team diligently practiced their skills with coaches Al Ganir and Patrick McBrearty. After the scrimmage, Oakwood High School Athletics celebrated all participating athletes from the tennis, cross country, and track and field teams. Senior athletes from all teams were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Oakwood athletic program over their years in high school. We thank all of those individuals able to attend and celebrate despite the wind. Congratulations to all the OHS athletes and especially to our seniors!
The Oakwood High School swim team is off to a fast and dominant start this season. Gilroy High School hosted the first meet of the season, and Gilroy, Christopher, and Oakwood School swimmers competed. The OHS Hawks saw great performances from its two competitors, senior Brendan Tompkins and freshman Maddy Weltchek. Maddy swam the sprint 50 free and 100 breast. Brendan swam the 200 free and distance 500 free event. Both swimmers won each of their respective events and were excellent stewards of sportsmanship and COVID precautions! An impressive performance by our two highly talented swimmers.
The Hawks were in fine form Wednesday, April 28, as each team played and won against the Gilroy High School Mustangs. There are more games ahead for both teams, and some of the games will be live-streamed by Nor Cal Sports TV. Watch our social media pages for links to future games!
For the past 52 years, the Junior League of San Jose has recognized outstanding volunteers at non-profits in the Bay Area. A few weeks ago, we learned that two of our High School students, Carolyn Burback and Allie Purtell, had received the Crystal Ball Award, placing them in the top 10 nominees and earning a $500 stipend for Oakwood. Carolyn and Allie were recognized for creating Stigma Magazine, Oakwood's student magazine focusing on destigmatizing mental health and dedicated to an inclusive and supportive campus culture. At the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, held virtually on Friday, April 23, the judges announced they had awarded Carolyn and Allie with the highest honor, the Volunteerism at its Best Award, which includes an additional $1,000 stipend for the school. Carolyn and Allie have asked that the funds be used to purchase a mini-library of books about mental health awareness to be located for student access in the Student Center. Please help us celebrate this fantastic honor for Carolyn and Allie and recognize their impact on the Oakwood community. Visit the Family Portal for details.
Neither heat nor pollen nor dust can stop the Oakwood Cross Country team from racing their appointed course! Wednesday, March 31, the Oakwood Cross Country team finished their season with a meet with Live Oak High School on a 2.65-mile course at Live Oak. Ellis Richardson finished first overall in the Boys Varsity race, setting a School Record on the new course with his time of 15:33. Jullea Powell finished first for Oakwood School in the Girls Varsity race, also earning a School Record on the new course.
Oakwood School was thrilled to be chosen for our students to talk with Astronaut Dr. Shaoon Walker on the International Space Station via Amateur Radio on March 22, 2021. This activity was part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which promotes learning opportunities as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) initiative.