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Elementary

Yesterday he told you The Lorax book is better than the movie. Today he followed a butterfly to see which flowers it liked best. No doubt about it—he’s sharp, and he’s inquisitive. He already loves learning—and you want him to keep loving it, with the same fresh delight, all his life.

At Oakwood we celebrate his incisiveness and his spontaneity. But we also want him to be as open to learning at sixty as he was at six.

That’s why we expect even our youngest children to master core skills in reading, writing, and math. Our curriculum works to make this core knowledge automatic, giving your child the intellectual stamina to forge ahead. But our teachers present that curriculum through their own inventive methods, inspiring your child to roam the byways of his creativity. In this open yet strengthening environment, he grows into a nimble, joyful, persistent thinker, who’s ready to take on any challenge.

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.

Elementary News

Oakwood Students Talk to Astronaut Aboard International Space Station

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.

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5th-Grade Science Students Learn A Sweet Lesson About Candy Categorization

Currently, 5th-grade students are diving into the hands-on Harry Potter-themed Wizard Training Program in science class. At the end of February, students received their Wizard Supply Boxes which included their Mixtures, Solutions, and Chemistry unit packet and their welcome letter. The students are participating in five different hands-on activities to further their knowledge of mixtures and solutions.


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Second Grade Students Embody Incredible People

As is tradition each year, the second-grade class completed their Incredible Person Biography Research projects this month. Each student selected an inspirational historical figure to research and write a multi-page report. They then drew a portrait of their chosen person during art enrichment and concluded with giving an oral presentation, in the first person, dressed as their Incredible Person. Incredible persons chosen this year included: Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, Mark Twain, and many others. Ms. Papa and Ms. Broch would like to thank the parents who lent support for this incredible project. Both teachers were extremely pleased "our students were all amazing, and it was such a wonderful, fun growing experience."

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Annual Thanks & Giving Celebration Brings the Oakwood Community Together

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.

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Renaissance Faire Teaches Students About Life During The Middle Ages

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.

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Third Grade Creates A Virtual Musical "Super Happy Awesome News!"

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!

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Themed Doors Contest Brings the Halloween Spirt to Oakwood

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!

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Camp Read-A-Lot Fun Way to End 2nd Grade

Ms. Mallette and Mrs. Pappa's second-grade classes experienced a distance learning version of our beloved Camp Read-A-Lot on the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. Students set up tents or forts in their living rooms, bedrooms, or even their backyards, and dressed in camping attire ready for a fun last day together. The excitement began the day before as Ms. Mallette and Mrs. Pappa packed their cars and headed off to each student's home to make Camp Read-A-Lot deliveries. Our second-grade teachers were deeply moved by their warm welcome from each student and family and somewhat overwhelmed with emotion at being able to see each student in person after 66 days apart. On Friday, each student "Zoomed" from their tents equipped with a flashlight, goody bag, and the most exhilarating energy. Just as in previous years, the classes heard stories from our "Reading Rangers," Mrs. Shales and Mrs. Helvey, all while snacking on camp treats. The 2nd graders also enjoyed some camping review lessons. They ended the day with awards highlighting all of the special qualities each teacher found in our extraordinary group of resilient second-grade students.

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Elementary Students Awarded for Exemplary Behavior in Science

It's no secret that Oakwood teachers have worked diligently to keep the continuity of everyday school life for our students as they learn remotely. Elementary science teacher Ms. Pompa is no exception. She has always felt it important to reward students for being good examples to their classmates. Before we moved to online learning, Ms. Pompa would secretly select students in each grade and reward them for modeling the character word of the month. They would receive the Secret Student award for their efforts, and the entire class would receive a "high-five".

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