Students in the Oakwood Middle School's Introduction to Robotics elective class worked in pairs to design, build, program, and test gumball sorters using LEGO MindStorms EV3 kits. They programmed their sorters to sort the gumballs into either warm/cool colors, or into three different baskets based on individual color. Each student pair came up with an original, creative design.
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.
Oakwood Middle School costume design students Carolyn B., Kacie H., and Lisa K. made an impressive crocodile for the upcoming musical performance of Peter Pan Jr. It was made an official tic-toc-croc as robotics students Aiden H., Alex L., Danya B., Jackson P., and Sam K. programmed it to move across the stage. While you should never smile at a crocodile, you won't want to miss this croc in action in Peter Pan Jr. There will be three shows across two days. Click here for details. The croc is ticking so mark your calendars!
The South Valley Science Fair was held here at Oakwood on Thursday, January 11th. Congratulations to our winning students! Click on the "Read More" link below to see names of the winners. All Science Fair winners are invited to attend the awards presentation ceremony and celebration at Booksmart on Saturday, January 27th at 1:30pm. The Morgan Hill community also recognizes and thanks the volunteer efforts of the Oakwood parents who were phenomenal - everything went so smoothly thanks to their efforts. View write-ups in local newspapers about the Science Fair in the Morgan Hill Life and Morgan Hill Times.
Oakwood middle school students were honored for being examples of the November/December "Word of the Month" (Compassion) and January "Word of the Month" (Respect). These well deserving students enjoyed a continental breakfast with sparking cider and were presented with certificates with a special quote. November/December Compassion Award recipients were: 6th Grade - Cambria Pace; 7th Grade - Chloe LeCompte, Ashlee Fiorito, Jack Little, Julia Obuchi, Max Reid, Gavin Tacklind, Sophie Lord; 8th Grade - Ethan Casey, Aiden Huang, Lark Smith. The special quote for these students is: "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive" - The Dalai Lama. The January Respect Award recipients were: 6th Grade - Nava Ogabian; 7th Grade - Cassie Fuller, Chloe LeCompte, Jack Little, Sophie Lord, Julia Obuchi; 8th Grade - Aiden Huang, Michael Lutz, Arjan Sethi. The special quote for these students is:"Knowledge will give you power, but character...respect." - Bruce Lee.
Oakwood 7th grader, Ayana W., was recognized by the County of Santa Clara for her Synopsys and California State Science Fair achievements at a Board of Supervisors meeting in December. Forrest Williams, board member and past President of the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (SCVSEFA) and Supervisor Mike Wasserman presented Ayana with a commendation and congratulated her on her STEM success. Congratulations, Ayana!
Julia O. participated in the US Kids Golf Tournament at the Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles. Julia earned second place shooting 84 through 18 holes and missing first place by only one stroke. She managed to land 14 fairways and greens from the tees and improved her putting game. Congratulations, Julia!
Oakwood seventh and eighth graders learned about Sikhism from none other than their fellow classmates. Hazuri D., Arjan S., Sahej S. and Oakwood parents spoke to students about Sikh culture and what it is like to be a Sikh who lives in America. They also shared a sweet pudding which is part of Sikh ceremonies. It was a great celebration of the diversity at Oakwood. Thank you to the students and parents who helped students gain a better understanding of the Sikh culture.
The Oakwood 2017 Thanks and Giving Celebration was an amazing event as usual. The 154 assembled Thanksgiving food bins were presented to Community Solutions. Over 1,117 books collected for the "Reading Hour" 2nd grade book drive were presented to the El Toro Clubhouse. There was singing, socializing, a video showcasing the things we are thankful for and pumpkin pie for the students – it was an Oakwood event that was truly a celebration of giving! Thank you to everyone for contributing and for showing our community your wonderful giving spirit.
Click here to view the "Oakwood is Thankful" video shown at the celebration.
Congratulations to the Middle School Lady Hawks basketball team who played valiantly in their first of the season game against the very physical and aggressive Aromas Bulldogs. Although this was many of the girls' first time on the court, everyone made an incredibly successful effort in bringing home a victory, with a final score of 32 to 22. Go Lady Hawks!
Oakwood Middle School Robotics students, Sam K. and Aiden H., are competing in an Online MindStorms Challenge. The goal of the "Can Do" challenge is to create a device that is able to grab and lift an empty soda can. Watch them demonstrate their creation and explain how it works.
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.Oakwood Parent
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.Oakwood Parent
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.Oakwood Parent
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!Oakwood Parent