On the last day of school, Friday, May 28th, the Oakwood High School Class of 2021 wore their caps and gowns to participate in Oakwood School's Third Annual Senior Walk. Students, faculty, and staff enthusiastically cheered on our seniors in-person while families showed their support watching the event live over Zoom. It was a special experience not only for the graduating seniors but also for the younger students who look up to them. We are proud to celebrate our Senior Class's great accomplishment with this Oakwood tradition.
Each year, Oakwood fifth-grade students complete a Shark Tank project. The project has two parts. The first part consists of each student writing a persuasive essay on their own creative idea/product. Then, five to six ideas are selected from those essays to base the products/ideas they will work on for the second part, which are group projects. The groups work to become passionate experts on their concept, build a prototype, and prepare a presentation to present to our own Oakwood Shark Panel. The students try to persuade the judges that they have the next big idea. Because students practice written and oral communication as well as collaboration skills, the project is a creative way for them to become more effective communicators while having fun and a little friendly competition.
Oakwood fourth-grade students study California state history and as the school year comes to an end, the students and teachers celebrate with a California-themed day. On Wednesday, May 26, the day began with movie-making and pet rock personalization. The students learned many fun facts during the day, such as the creator of the Pet Rock was originally from Los Gatos, and his grandchildren attended Oakwood School! The students moved the fun from the classroom to the playground in the afternoon, where they took turns playing Hoop and Post, jumping toy frogs, whistling morse code, and digging for gold. It was a warm day, and to the delight of the students, they ended it with water relays and popsicles.
Oakwood High School students celebrated the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year on Friday, May 28. It was an exuberant day for Oakwood students and faculty. High School students began the day with the Senior Walk. During the event, children from all grades cheered the Class of 2021 as they walked the campus for the first time wearing their graduation caps and gowns. Then the students celebrated the achievements of classmates during the High School Awards Assembly. Next, they spent time signing yearbooks of their fellow students and enjoying pizza. To conclude their day of celebration, the students then participated in a refreshing and thrilling water fight. We wish all of the Oakwood Student a wonderful summer! Visit the Family Portal for details!
Friday, May 28, the last day of school, was a jubilant day for Oakwood students and faculty. Middle School students began the day with an Awards Assembly, followed by time to sign classmate's yearbooks. Next, eighth-grade students opened a time capsule that they created during their sixth-grade year. The time capsule contained notes they each wrote to their "future selves" to provide wisdom and advice as they got older. Finally, to conclude the day's events for Middle School, students from all grades cheered the Class of 2021 during the Senior Walk. We wish all of the Oakwood Student a wonderful summer!
For Oakwood Kindergarten students, the end of the school year is bitter-sweet. Although they have grown tremendously during this school year and are excited about their promotion to first grade, these students have truly enjoyed their time in Kindergarten. Learning came alive in their classrooms. They built relationships with their classmates during playtime and bonded with their teachers, who supported them in their growth. We invite you to watch a video where these students share in their own words what they loved about Kindergarten this year.
A love of reading opens the world up to the imagination and a lifetime of possibilities. Ms. Broch and Mrs. Pappa's second-grade classes attended Camp Read-A-Lot, Friday, May 21. The students dressed in camping attire and snuggled up with their favorite reading book, a pillow, and a stuffed animal for the day. When on-campus studnets arrived in their classrooms, they discovered their desks transformed into tents. During the day, the campers heard stories from our "Reading Rangers," Mrs. Shales, Mrs. Helvey, and a few parent volunteers via Zoom, all while snacking on camp treats. It was a fun day filled with many reading-based activities for these campers.
On Tuesday, May 18, Oakwood High School Athletics teamed up with Pacific Point High School to honor senior athletes from basketball and volleyball in the Oakwood Athletic Center Gym. On Wednesday, May 19, at the Morgan Hill Sports Center soccer fields, senior athletes from soccer and swimming were honored. Although the celebrations were scaled-down versions of our typical senior nights, the athlete contributions were definitely not. Oakwood's High School athletes have exemplified athleticism, perseverance, sportsmanship, and grace while maintaining excellent academic standards during their high school years. They are athletes and ambassadors of Oakwood School, and we are extremely proud of them.
On Wednesday, May 12, Oakwood's Track & Field athletes competed in a meet with teams from Christopher, Gilroy, Gonzales, North Monterey County, Pacific Point, and Soledad in the last meet of the season. CJ Mayer and Agnes William ran races on the track, and CJ participated in throwing events as well. CJ ran the 1600m race, and Agnes ran both the 100m and 200m sprints. CJ broke his own recent record to re-set the Boys Frosh/Soph School Record in the Shot Put with his throw of 28' 1". Congratulations - Go Hawks!
The Senior Soiree took place Saturday, May 15. It was a magical night for the Class of 2021. The students arrived to see the high school quad transformed into the nights' Caribbean theme with strung lights, tropical flowers, fruits, and decor. The enchanting music of a steel drum filled the air. During the evening, the high school faculty shared words of wisdom and congratulations with the seniors, and the students played a festive game of Kahoots. Then Mr. and Mrs. Helvey spoke about their excitement for the seniors and all of the possibilities for their next five years and a short video presentation showcased the students. The festivities concluded with dancing and sparklers. The event was a wonderful display of the faculty and staff showing the seniors appreciation for their efforts and achievements. Cheers to the soon-to-be graduates!