The Oakwood gym was filled with song and dance today during the Freedom Festival. Our Oakwood community enjoyed this school-wide celebration of patriotism. Students honored our country and our veterans with grade-level presentations, which included patriotic songs and videos produced by students. Veterans and members of the military had special VIP seating and were honored with a song sung especially for them by our 5th grade students, "American Heroes."
Your child astonishes you every day. Sometimes you gasp at her maturity, like her ability to remember and use words you’ve just read in her storybook. Other times her innocence brings tears to your eyes. She’s a child—wondrous, exceptional, vulnerable.
At Oakwood, we celebrate this amazing stage of life—we don’t rush it.
We take time to discover and nurture the talents and interests of every student. And we make sure your child feels safe and encouraged to discover herself. Oakwood is the place for her to seek out new experiences—shooting a three-point basket, playing a dragon on stage, asking a burning question, making a new best friend. Here, variety feels exciting. It’s a chance to learn something new, or to work out a solution. The way we see it, we have as much to learn from our children as they do from us. So let’s all learn together, as an extended family of exuberant, thoughtful explorers.
We are Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our diverse community, thriving on an expansive campus, provides a home for an extended family of learners. Here, we share our unwavering commitment to a more intentional education. To learn more about our educational philosophy, download our Lower School Brochure. The best way for your family to meet our family is to tour our scenic Morgan Hill campus, meet our teachers and students, and observe our learning in action. Our family looks forward to meeting yours.
Oakwood students celebrated being 100 days older and 100 days wiser on their 100th day of school. Students had 100-themed activities and snacks throughout the day. Our Junior Kindergarten classes celebrated by dressing as 100-year-old people with walkers, canes and all. It's always fun to see our students' creativity and excitement on special days like this. Happy 100th day Oakwood.
Young winners of the story time with Mrs. Shales, from our Oakwood Auction, were delighted to participate in a marvelous dinosaur adventure last week. Mrs. Shales read a few entertaining dinosaur stories, the students created personalized bookmarks, went on a dinosaur scavenger hunt and then enjoyed a yummy, healthy "dinosaur" lunch followed by creating a "dirt" dessert!
The week leading up to Halloween is full of Halloween and harvest activities for Oakwood students. Jr. Kindergarten students visited the Oakwood pumpkin patch, the entire community gathered for the Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival, the lower school students participated in costume parades and parties and the middle and high school students showed off their creative costumes.
Junior Kindergarten is learning about Community Helpers! Students learned all about the different people who help keep our community running and safe. They participated in community helper themed activities and crafts and even had special a special guest visit the classroom. Nurse Bonnie talked about her work as a nurse and what students can do stay healthy. She also gave students the opportunity to test out her stethoscope. Everybody learned a great deal and had a great time with some hands-on learning.
Oakwood students participated in fun and wacky themed days throughout spirit week, culminating with the annual Spirit Assembly on Friday where they displayed fierce school pride. The rally brought together the entire lower school and upper school as well as friends and family. Students participated in grade-level performances each with their own unique flair. It's great to see our students supporting each other and being proud of their school. It's good to be a Hawk!
On September 14, 2018 Oakwood students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to visit the construction sites for the new 34,089 sq. ft. liberal arts building (which will include a theater, lower school music and drama classrooms, upper school English and history classrooms, and a makers lab) and the 20,912 sq. ft. gymnasium (which will include dedicated space for school-day P.E. classes, gym space for after-school athletic practices and games, and a weight room). Mrs. Helvey and Mrs. Shales showed students around each space and explained what the finished product will look like. Everyone had the privilege of signing their name on a beam, leaving a forever mark on our campus.
Did you know that Oakwood students can now take a shuttle to school? Oakwood has partnered with Kidz Jet Shuttle Service to provide transportation to and from Oakwood for students in Los Gatos and San Jose. Kindergarten through high school students are utilizing this service and loving it. This alternative transportation is helping to keep the air clean while providing an opportunity to grow the Oakwood community.
The entire Oakwood campus gathered for a birthday celebration in honor of Oakwood's 20th anniversary. This was one of many events scheduled as part of the year-long anniversary celebration. Mrs. Hanson led students in a birthday song and everyone enjoyed cupcakes festively decorated in Oakwood colors. A special anniversary photo was taken by an Oakwood alum aerial photographer. Stay tuned for more about this special photo! Happy birthday, Oakwood!
Oakwood welcomed preschool through 5th grade students and their families for the 2018-2019 school year at the Lower School Kick-off event. Families gathered as Mrs. Helvey and Mrs. Shales gave the official welcome and introduced our wonderful lower school faculty. After dropping off their school supplies, elementary school students had the opportunity to talk with their teachers and socialize with their classmates over ice cream. Meanwhile, ECE students and their parents sipped some lemonade, talked with teachers, and had some play time with classmates before their official day of school on Tuesday.
The thing that stood out in the Early Childhood program here was that it was developmentally based and not just hardcore academics. It was the musical movement. It was the art. It was looking at the whole child and making sure that every aspect was focused upon throughout their day.Oakwood Parent
I couldn't trust anybody with my kids more than I trust the folks at Oakwood. It is fantastic.Oakwood Parent
My son just blossomed here. Blossomed. He started off really shy and you should see him now.Oakwood Parent