Neither heat nor pollen nor dust can stop the Oakwood Cross Country team from racing their appointed course! Wednesday, March 31, the Oakwood Cross Country team finished their season with a meet with Live Oak High School on a 2.65-mile course at Live Oak. Ellis Richardson finished first overall in the Boys Varsity race, setting a School Record on the new course with his time of 15:33. Jullea Powell finished first for Oakwood School in the Girls Varsity race, also earning a School Record on the new course.
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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.
On Friday, March 12, the Oakwood Cross Country team ran their first meet of the season with Christopher and Gilroy High Schools on a 2.1-mile course at Christopher. Ellis Richardson finished first overall in the Boys Varsity race, setting a School Record on the new course with his time of 11:25. Ethan Casey, Shayan Daijavad, Luke Lopez, and CJ Mayer comprised the rest of the complete racing team, all providing solid performances and contributing to the event's success.
Congratulations to Oakwood High School senior Cerys Holter! The Rotary Club of Morgan Hill recognized Cerys last month for Outstanding Student Achievement. The faculty and administrators choose the honorees at each school. Madame Debree commented, "Cerys is elegant in her thoughts and her actions. We admire her for her open heart and open mind. Her standard for excellence, both personal and academic, never waivers. She demands the best from herself, and that brings out the best in all around her."
On February 23rd, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosted their annual Speech Trek Contest via Zoom. The topic was "Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?" Congratulations to the winners! Oakwood Senior Lily Jaquet took first place, Oakwood Freshman Jaquet Powell took second, and Oakwood Sophomore Jillian Bogosian took third place. Oakwood Sophomores Sophie Lord and Reena Panikar also participated. Each of the students gave poignant speeches on the topic and should be proud of their performances. Lily will now have a chance to compete at the state level.
The 37th annual Morgan Hill Rotary, Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest, was held last week via Zoom. Oakwood High School students: Seniors Lili Jacquet and Madina Turaeva, Sophomores Jillian Bogosian, Sophie Lord, & Reena Panikar, and Freshman Mikaela Minoza, represented us very well. Madina Turaeva garnered the first place award, second place went to Jillian Bogosian, and third place went to Lili Jacquet.
Three of our incredible High School Seniors: Shayan Daijavad, Kate Jackson, and Konark Vinod, are National Merit Scholar Finalists. They each received a Certificate of Merit and will now be considered for the Merit Scholarship awards.
This week Oakwood High School celebrated the current Oakwood 8th-grade middle school students accepted into the Oakwood High School for the 2021-2022 school year! The event began when Oakwood's mascot, Thunder, lead the students from the middle school quad to the high school quad, where high school students and faculty cheered their arrival. High School Student Council President Lili Jaquet and Upper School Head & Principal Mark Newton shared words of encouragement with the students. We are excited these bright students have chosen Oakwood High School! Welcome future Oakwood class of 2025!
Oakwood Freshman Melanie Chipman had an idea to connect the Oakwood high school community. She was inspired by a play she had watched about Sadako Sasaki, a radiation victim from the Hiroshima bombing. Sadako was diagnosed with cancer and decided to fold 1,000 paper cranes (or orizuru, as they're called in Japanese) to wish for world peace. Melanie's thought was, "...with all that has been happening in the world with the virus and political unrest, it might be neat if we as a school folded 1,000 paper cranes.
Dr. Sean Wilmot, Oakwood Science Department Chair, gave a presentation at the High School Assembly on January 22 to discuss the science behind the new RNA vaccine technology being implemented by Pfizer and Moderna versus SARS-COV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Dr. Wilmot also provided historical context on the development of vaccines and the enormous health benefits they provide. The intention of the talk was to delve deeper, celebrating the Science, and encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated as early as possible so that we can all do our part to protect our community. To see the presentation click here.
Our remote Oakwood high school chemistry students rose to the challenge of finding resources for a hands-on science experiment in their own kitchens. These sophomores created density towers by using liquids found in their homes (honey, corn syrup, dishwashing liquid, milk, water, olive oil, rubbing alcohol, etc.). After creating the towers, the students tested the density of household objects (ice cube, marshmallow, soda cap, cherry tomato, pistachio nut, eraser, paper clip, gummy bear, etc.) by dropping them into their density towers and estimating their denseness based on whether the objects float, sink or settle within or between different liquid layers. This experiment illustrates how our remote students are continuing to delve deeper into science.
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.
It was a pleasure to honor High School Senior Lydia Sattler class of 2021 as she signed her National Letter of Intent and committed to Stephen F. Austin State University as a 2021 Women's Soccer Team Goalkeeper. Lydia has been an exemplary Oakwood Hawk during her time at our school, and we look forward to following her journey and all that she accomplishes in the coming years at SFA. We enjoyed being able to celebrate with our in-person high school students today in the Oakwood Athletic Center Gym, while the rest of our upper school joined via Zoom for this momentous occasion. Congratulations to Lydia on this wonderful achievement! Click here to read The Morgan Hill Times article.
This week was full of Halloween celebrations! Both Middle School and High School enjoyed their own unique "Spirits Week". The daily themes were: Mythical Monday, Teacher Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday (middle school) and Wacky Wednesday (high school), Throwback Thursday, and Free Choice Friday. On Thursday the High School faculty and staff joined in the fun and wore ninja costumes.
Elementary students have been putting their creativity to the test this week while decorating pumpkin in a very novel way! Each year teachers in grades one through five assign their students to do a pumpkin book report. Each student reads a book of their choosing, then writes a book report. Then focusing on the traits of a character from their chosen book, they then decorate a pumpkin. This year students will be sharing pumpkins virtually or displaying them 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.
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My son has been a student at Oakwood since kindergarten. He is graduating from Oakwood HS next month. Oakwood is absolutely the best school in this area - maybe in the whole county. It has been worth every penny. I can't say enough good things about the school, staff, faculty, facility, owners. Oakwood is exceptional in every way.Oakwood Parent
Oakwood provides me with much more opportunity to participate than I would get at a larger school. It amazes me that I can be on the soccer team, the tennis team, Student Council, Speech and Debate, Model UN, a service club and in a play all in the same year.Oakwood Student
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