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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.

Recent Elementary News

Fourth and Fifth Grade Olympic Games Project Inspires Students During Fitness Activities

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.

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Oakwood Freedom Festival Celebrates Patriotism and Our Veterans

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."

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Third Grade Cupcake Math Activity Makes Learning Delicious

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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Oakwood Spreads Love Throughout Campus With Valentine's Day Celebrations

It was a lovely Valentine's Day today in Oakwood lower school. Students spread love all around campus as they celebrated with Valentine-themed activities and crafts, sweet treats, and of course, a Valentine exchange with their classmates. All faculty and staff were also treated to Valentine-themed goodies from our wonderful families. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Oakwood Celebrates 100 Day Milestone

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. First graders wore colorfully decorated 100 day hats. Kindergarteners proudly wore t-shirts that they decorated themselves with 100 items. Our JrK 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!

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Fifth Grade Oakwood Artists Design Culinary Masterpieces

Oakwood 5th grade students studied artist Wayne Theibaud, an American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—to gain inspiration for their own dimensional cake drawings. The class then votes for one student's design that they want brought to life for the class to enjoy. Oakwood elementary students look forward to their turn taking on this project in 5th grade, and this year's 5th grade class celebrated the end of their cake project with a delicious oreo-topped cake designed by Emma B.

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Oakwood 3rd Grader Excels as Principal for the Day

Oakwood had the honor of having Miss Williams as principal for the day. This honor was a result of a winning Oakwood auction bid. Miss Williams started her busy day by meeting and greeting families at carpool. Her confidence shined as she introduced the second grade play to an enthusiastic audience of students, faculty, staff, and families. She visited classrooms where she evaluated teachers and helped students in P.E., ECE, keyboarding, and many other classes. She even led story time for our lucky kindergarten students. After checking emails and voice messages, she visited the high school where she met with Mrs. Crone, who gave her a tour and introduced her to faculty and staff. Everything at Oakwood ran smoothly with Principal Williams running the show.

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Students Practice Culture of Kindness By Being Inclusive

Oakwood lower school students were presented with Character Awards for the month of January. The Character Words they were recognized for are, "Be Inclusive." Oakwood places strong emphasis on everyone being part of our school community. Being inclusive requires compromise, patience, understanding, and empathy. We are proud of these students for practicing these traits and helping others feel included. Kindergarten: Jax G., Skyler A., Keira L., Anneke R., Scarlett R., Colin B. 1st Grade: Lily W., Gavin F., Caroline N.2nd Grade: Russell F., Joy K., Callum L., Hudson R. 3rd Grade: Kate P., Kelly K. 4th Grade: Izzy C., Lizzy P., Gianna G.

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Oakwood Second Graders Share Valuable Lesson of Self Worth

In the charming second grade play, "The Panda and the Moon," the pandas visit their animal friends at the Happy Valley Zoo in hopes of changing their identities. Monkeys, fish, peacocks, and of course the moon and the stars, help the pandas learn that they are perfect just the way they are. Through song and dance we were all reminded that we should be proud of who we are.

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