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Middle School

He has a lot to say, and he’s learning how to say it. Whether shy or bold, introverted or extroverted, spontaneous or methodical— Oakwood students graduate with the confidence and knowledge to project their voices thoughtfully from any stage.

Here, performing doesn’t mean pretending to be someone else. It means becoming your best self, and learning how to share that self with others.

That’s why we give all our students plenty of opportunities to perform in public—giving presentations in class, playing characters, singing, and dancing. It doesn’t happen all at once, but it does happen: Students begin to speak more clearly, listen more attentively, and challenge their own boundaries. Before you know it, your child is delivering a Shakespearean soliloquy in front of the school or becoming a standout on the debate team.

And, whatever the context, he’s communicating intelligently and respectfully—the key to success in any college, any career, any relationship.

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 Upper 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.

Middle School News

Oakwood Brings the Thunder at New Athletic Center Grand Opening

On Monday, November 18, Oakwood School's newest campus addition, the Athletic Center, officially opened with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and All-School Spirit Rally! Michelle Helvey greeted the eager community in the Athletic Center Quad to cut the ribbon for another jewel of our campus. Students, staff, and guests proceeded inside and marveled at the size of the new gymnasium before making their way to their class' assigned seating areas. Athletic Director Kort Jensen welcomed the crowd, and explained to them that this newest facility is so much more than a gym, but a true athletic center where they will enjoy locker rooms, team rooms for game strategy, weight and cardio rooms, and a concessions stand! Oakwood's new mascot finally made its debut and Mrs. Helvey announced its name--Thunder! Kort Jensen then asked all middle and high school athletes for the 2019-2020 school year to please stand in the bleachers for our community to honor them and their hard work and dedication to their various sports! Students were able to participate in a shoot-around on the court with thunderous cheers from the entire student body and our new Mascot! High school student-athletes then led students from kindergarten through 12th Grade on tours of the facility, pointing out the various spaces and answering questions from inquisitive minds. The morning ended with high fives and hugs from Thunder and each student taking home a brand new Oakwood Hawks pennant flag!

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Oakwood Success at FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifying Tournaments

Congratulations to Oakwood's three rookie FIRST LEGO League teams on their successful participation in Regional Qualifying Tournaments on November 9, 2019! Oakwood's after-school FIRST LEGO League team of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, also known as Techie Pizza, participated in a qualifying tournament at Intel, won the Judges' Award, and were one of two teams invited to participate in the Northern California Innovation Expo. The two Oakwood Middle School teams (8th grade team Big Brain and 7th grade team Poison Oak) traveled to Amazon Labs in Sunnyvale, where Big Brain finished fourth overall in Robot Game performance and Poison Oak was selected to advance to the Regional Championship in Mountain View on December 15.

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Seventh-Grade Students Explore the Land and Sea of Catalina Island

Oakwood seventh grade students spent the week on Santa Catalina Island, and the unique ecosystems that surround the island make for ideal hands-on learning for our students. During this incredible field trip, the students spent time both above and below the water kayaking and snorkeling to explore the kelp forest and terrestrial ecosystem in the area. Additionally, they investigated the shore and tide pools and then observed their findings under a microscope. On land, the students spent time learning the principles of sustainability by composting and gardening during their stay. Along with their environmental-based lessons, the seventh-grade students practiced their cooperation, leadership, and personal responsibility skills through a few exhilarating team-building exercises. These included a large climbing wall and ropes courses. We thank the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) for hosting our students and providing this educational and engaging experience.

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Summer Reading Assignments Prepare Students for their Upcoming Literary Journey

At the beginning of the summer, Oakwood middle school students were given a list of fun yet challenging books, asked to select one, and then complete a grade level assigned project. Beyond reading being beneficial for the students to help them improve and/or maintain their reading skills, our teachers intended these assignments to help the students delve deeper. Click "Read More" for details!

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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

On Thursday, May 30th, the Oakwood community, family, and friends came to witness the Oakwood Middle School Promotion Ceremony. The Harmonettes performed "Over the Rainbow" and students Jillian Bogosian, Wyatt Goldman, Emily Prunicki and Colby Mossman all gave heartfelt speeches. We are so proud of the 8th grade class and look forward to watching them grow and blossom even more during their high school years. Congratulations!

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Rhea S. Accepted into the iTheatrics Summer Workshop

Congratulations to Oakwood 8th Grade student Rhea S. for being selected into the iTheatrics summer workshop this July. Rhea has an opportunity to perform in a brand new adaptation of a musical in a workshop setting in New York City! For these workshops, iTheatrics casts an ensemble of actors who spend the week working with professional theater artists learning vocal techniques and advanced performance skills that culminate in a staged reading. This workshop will be attended by the students' families, invited educators, and the authors of the show. Bravo Rhea!

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6th Grade Students Learn Through Experience to Empathize with Literature Characters

Oakwood sixth grade literature students find meaning in reading by learning more about themselves and the world around them. They are walking around campus carrying a one-gallon water jug for a whole school day to begin to empathize with Nya, a character from their current novel, Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. The novel is a dual narrative that follows two threads, one in 2008 and one in 1995. The story has two protagonists, Nya, a twelve-year-old girl who walks eight hours every day to fetch water for her family, and Salva, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who walked over a thousand miles to escape the second Sudanese Civil War before reaching Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. Watch for our sixth grade "walkers" on campus over the next month as they learn to appreciate clean water from the tap.

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Patriotism and Veterans Honored Throughout Annual Freedom Festival

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."

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Despite having just moved to a neighborhood with an “All 10” rated public school, our son was not being challenged academically and also came to feel unsafe while at school. I can’t begin to say enough about the dedication and quality of the teachers and administrators at Oakwood. The safety and support of the school is a value you can clearly see in every Oakwood teacher, student and alum. I do believe that Oakwood has been pivotal in getting our son’s education back on track, not just for high school, but in preparation for college and beyond.

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My son is most interested in being able to take the classes that he wants and in being with a group of serious, like-minded people, who want to get ahead. I love the motivated peer group and family at Oakwood. They are all concerned with education. The peer pressure that he has is all good.

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Oakwood has been the best educational decision we have made. We love the environment, the teachers, the structure and how the students interact with each other. Our daughter has thrived in this atmosphere.

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Our daughters were welcomed into the Oakwood community like a family member returning from a journey. They have made wonderful friends and love their school!

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