Congratulations to Oakwood's three rookie FIRST LEGO League teams on their successful participation in Regional Qualifying Tournaments on November 9, 2019! Oakwood's after-school FIRST LEGO League team of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, also known as Techie Pizza, participated in a qualifying tournament at Intel, won the Judges' Award, and were one of two teams invited to participate in the Northern California Innovation Expo. The two Oakwood Middle School teams (8th grade team Big Brain and 7th grade team Poison Oak) traveled to Amazon Labs in Sunnyvale, where Big Brain finished fourth overall in Robot Game performance and Poison Oak was selected to advance to the Regional Championship in Mountain View on December 15.
Congratulations to all of the Cross Country athletes who competed in the PCAL Championship last Saturday. The Boys Varsity team raced to a second-place finish in the Santa Lucia division, led by Ellis Richardson, who finished as Santa Lucia division champion. Ellis Richardson and Kate Marcotullio both earned recognition as all-league athletes and both qualified to run in the CCS Meet later this month. We are proud of all that the Cross Country team accomplished this season - Go Hawks!
An Oakwood Halloween tradition is the Elementary Pumpkin Book Report Projects. Students in 1st through 5th grade read a book of their choosing and then work on a book report, focusing on the traits of a character from their chosen book. The students also transform pumpkins to depict their characters, which they proudly display 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.
The Oakwood community gathered on Monday, October 28 for the Annual Boo Bash. Attendees of all ages enjoyed carving pumpkins of various shapes and sizes into impressive works of art. Attendees happily ate their way through the chili cook-off entries and voted for their favorite. Little ones enjoyed carnival games, a cake walk, storytime, and even a spooky zone. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who made this spook-tastic night possible and congratulations to Ali Hernandez winner of 2018 chili cook-off!
Oakwood's beautiful new Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center Theatre had its debut performance on October 25th and 26th with the high school comedy "Here Comes the Judge." The rapid comedic dialogue, superb acting, and zany characters in this play held the audience's attention. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Oakwood's Performing Arts Program and the cast, tech crew, creative staff, and parent volunteers and supporters for their time, talent, and hard work putting the show together.
Oakwood seventh grade students spent the week on Santa Catalina Island, and the unique ecosystems that surround the island make for ideal hands-on learning for our students. During this incredible field trip, the students spent time both above and below the water kayaking and snorkeling to explore the kelp forest and terrestrial ecosystem in the area. Additionally, they investigated the shore and tide pools and then observed their findings under a microscope. On land, the students spent time learning the principles of sustainability by composting and gardening during their stay. Along with their environmental-based lessons, the seventh-grade students practiced their cooperation, leadership, and personal responsibility skills through a few exhilarating team-building exercises. These included a large climbing wall and ropes courses. We thank the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) for hosting our students and providing this educational and engaging experience.
Congratulations to the Eighth Grade Girls' Volleyball team, who are the 2019-2020 San Benito Athletic League Volleyball Champions! Click "Read More" for details.
Last week seven of our high school seniors were notified of honors received from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Four students, Nolan Kornelsen, Jashan Pabla, Abhas Rajhans, and James Xu, are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue for some 7,600 National Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. Three additional students, Shria Bulusu, Ali Rastbaf, and Anne Rickard, were named as Commended Students in the 2020 National Scholarship Program, an honor recognizing their exceptional academic promise. We are proud that 21% of our students have already been recognized nationally for their outstanding academics! Bravo Seniors!
Oakwood students participated in creative and campy themed days throughout spirit week, culminating with the annual Spirit Assembly on Friday, where they exhibited grade-level and school pride. The assembly brought together the entire campus, both lower school and upper school, as well as friends and family. Students participated in grade-level performances, each with their own individual style, and based on a theme chosen to represent the grade for this school year. It's incredible to watch Oakwood students supporting each other and showing Oakwood pride. It's great to be a Hawk!
Classes have been in full swing for the past two weeks, and Oakwood students, from both lower and upper school, have been utilizing our new Liberal Arts Center. Many ooohs and ahhhs have been heard in the halls as they enter for the first time! Click "Read More" for details.