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.
To kick off their new History unit, "Americans Move West," Oakwood second grade students visited History Park at Kelly Park in San Jose. They performed hands-on activities such as collecting eggs, washing clothes, milking a cow, fetching water, ironing, and mending the way children did in the 1800's. They visited exhibits depicting what a home and a schoolhouse looked in the 1800's. They had a lesson in the schoolhouse where they practiced writing on slates.
This field trip was a great opportunity for students to make comparisons between their own lives and those of children in the 1800's.
A group of Oakwood third through eighth grade girls are participating in the Mini Mermaid Running Club. The Club meets twice weekly to train for a 5k race and to participate in activities that encourage self-discovery, confidence building, and goal-setting. Participants grow in self-discipline and come out of each session with a sense of accomplishment. The mission of the Mini Mermaid Running Club is to teach every girl to lead a healthy life by listening to her inner voice, valuing uniqueness, learning to love movement and discovering the finish line is just the beginning.
Our incredible second grade students did an incredible job on their Incredible Person Biography Research projects. Each student selected an influential historical figure to research and write a multi-page report. They created a portrait of their chosen person in art class and gave an oral presentation in the first person, dressed as their Incredible Person. Incredible persons included George Washington, Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, Walt Disney, Betsy Ross, Neil Armstrong, and Pocahontas. Our second grade students grew so much through this process and are sad that it is over.
The Oakwood lower school words of the month for February are "Seek Common Ground" which is also one of the "Nine Tools of Civility" from the "Speak Your Peace" project. Seeking common ground involves the consensus-decision making process, which encourages students to participate in meaningful interactive conversations and discussions with their peers. The Character Awards were held Friday morning in the library. Lower school students who seek common ground with others were selected by their teacher as Character Award recipients. These outstanding students received certificates and enjoyed donuts while Principal Shales honored their achievements in seeking common ground.
Oakwood celebrated the many cultures of its community through entertainment and food sampling at the biennual International Festival. The festival featured musical performances representative of Scottish, Indian, Ukranian, Japanese, Mexican, and Filipino heritage. Many numbers were led and choreographed by our talented students. Students wearing traditional garb paraded across the stage proudly showcasing cultures from around the world. The festival concluded with food sampling from many countries including India, England, Italy and Middle Eastern countries. This gave students the opportunity to try many new dishes.
Oakwood fourth grade students learned about grid drawing technique and value in art class. They used their new skills to create a mural pencil drawing of Martin Luther King Jr. - a perfect project for Black History Month. Each student worked on 6 pieces for a final amazing 6 by 6 feet drawing. Stop by the main office and see it for yourself!
Fourth and fifth grade students are following the Olympic games and have created an "Olympics Wall" in the gym. The wall showcases photos and information that students have provided in P.E. classes about American Olympians currently competing in the games. They each had the opportunity to research an Olympic athlete and some presented their research in class. Mrs. Miller encouraged all grade levels to watch some of the Olympics. They have enjoyed seeing the photos on the wall and learning facts about American athletes. Chloe Kim, Shaun White, Red Gerald, and Lindsey Von are among the favorites. The Olympic Wall has helped inspire students during their fitness activities this week.
The Oakwood community gathered for the annual Freedom Festival – Oakwood's 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 especially for them, "American Heroes."
Oakwood third grade students put math knowledge to the test as they measured ingredients in a "cupcake math" activity for Valentine's Day. Working in groups they followed a recipe, selecting and measuring out the correct amount of each ingredient and following the steps in the instructions. This activity helped them to understand the importance of precision when measuring out ingredients for a recipe, as well as following the steps in order. After baking the cupcakes they decorated and enjoyed them during their Valentine's Day Party. Who knew learning could be so delicious!
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