Congratulations to our 2018 8th grade class, which was honored at their promotion ceremony in front of friends, family, and the whole Oakwood community. We wish you the best of everything in your future as high school students! Special thank you to the Promotion Committee volunteers!
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 seventh grade student Ayana W. recently wrote a guest column that was published in the Morgan Hill Life. She writes about the journey to the California Science & Engineering Fair which began at Oakwood back in January. We are so proud of Ayana, who received first place in the biology category at the South Valley Science fair and moved up to the Synopsys Championship where she was awarded first place in the Biological Sciences & Engineering Category. She also won the Isabelle Stone Award for Best Seventh Grade Biological Science Project and was sponsored by the California Botanical Society. Click here to read all about it in the Morgan Hill Life.
The first performances of Cactus Pass by Oakwood Middle School students were a big success! The cast has great chemistry and works together like a well-oiled machine. All actors invest themselves into their characters and captivate the audience. Danya B., the town sheriff , Toby S., her trusty deputy, Lester; and the entire cast run comedic roles and had the crowd laughing and chuckling. With new and unforeseen plot twists after every scene, audiences were bursting with laughter.
Middle school elective class Couch to 5k students participated in the Willow Glen 5k Run/Walk for Education for their trimester Final on Saturday. The students have spent the past 10 weeks training for this event by doing weekly speed workouts, strength workouts, and long endurance runs at Paradise Park trail and Harvey Bear. The students did amazingly well! Trevor K. took 2nd place in his division with a time of 19:33. The female 10-14 year old division was dominated by Oakwood students! Sophia G. took 1st with a time of 23:54. Cate C. took 3rd with a time of 25:03. Cassie K. took 6th with a time of 27:17. (Sophia's sister Eva, an Oakwood 4th grade student took 2nd place in the female 10-14 year old division!!) To put that in perspective, there were 69 total female runners in the 10-14 age group. There were 103 male runners in the 10-14 age group. We are so proud of their efforts and hard work!
The annual Oakwood Student Art Show showcased artwork that students created throughout the 2017-2018 school year. The showcase displayed art pieces created in a variety of mediums by Oakwood students in elementary through high school. Exhibits included murals, sculptures, pottery, collages, paintings, and many more impressive pieces. This year the showcase also had musical accompaniment by the Oakwood High School Vocal and Jazz Ensembles!
Oakwood 8th grade students traveled to the East Coast, where they visited some of our nation's most significant historical sites. In Boston, they visited the Harvard Library which has the largest private collection of books in the world. They also visited the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") and heard a fascinating lecture on its history from a member of the U.S. Navy. They went to the Quincy Market, then Faneuil Hall, Old North Church (the site of the Boston Massacre), and toured the Plimoth Plantation where they ate a traditional pilgrim meal and walked along the Freedom Trail. In the evening, they visited Prudential Skywalk of Boston, where they were treated to a beautiful full moon.
Next on the agenda was New York, where students visited Central Park and saw Strawberry Fields and the lake on their walking tour. Stops were made in Chinatown and Little Italy. They walked through the financial district and enjoyed dinner in Times Square before attending the Broadway show, "Dear Evan Hansen," which they thought was amazing!
They concluded their trip in Washington DC. Highlights included a visit to the Library of Congress, where they viewed Thomas Jefferson's personal book collection. They toured the Capitol where they saw the White House and several memorials, including the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. They also visited the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. They viewed the Potomac River and the Washington Monument. Students also had several hours in which to tour the Smithsonian Museums. They visited the Portrait Gallery and saw the official portraits of President Obama and Michelle Obama.
Oakwood Middle School students who were enrolled in the Programming, Introduction to Robotics, and Intermediate Robotics elective classes this year had the unique opportunity to visit Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical robot, in Sunnyvale. Students were given a presentation on surgical robots, a chance to test drive the surgical robots, and a tour of the secure manufacturing facility. It was an exceptional learning opportunity and we thank Intuitive Surgical for hosting our students.
Congratulations to the Oakwood middle school and high students who were honored at the Awards Ceremony for the Synopsys Science & Technology Championship on April 9!
Danya B. received a 2nd Award in the Physical Science & Engineering Category for her project titled "Constructing a sustainable, low-cost herbal biosorbent filter to remove heavy metals from contaminated groundwater." She also received a Certificate of Achievement from NASA Earth System Sciences and was nominated to compete in the California Science & Engineering Fair. For her project, "Factors Affecting the Rate of Photosynthesis of California Lichens," Ayana W. received a 1st Award in the Biological Sciences & Engineering category, the Isabelle Stone Award for Biological Science Projects, and a sponsored trip to the State Science Fair. She also received a Special Award from the California Botanical Science Society for Best Plant Science Project.
Jashan Pabla received an Honorable Mention Award in the Physical Science and Engineering category for his project titled "Virtual Vision." Ashwin Viswesvaran received a 2nd Award in the Physical Science & Engineering category for his project titled, "Analyzing 2D-CNN's ability to learn obstacle avoidance in self-driving applications." He was also nominated to compete in the California Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles on April 24.
Stay tuned for updates about our State Science Fair competition!
The annual Oakwood Fund Run was a big success! This event has always been a special day for the Oakwood community to gather and support the school and celebrate our spirit. Each grade level started with a warm up and then moved on to the running path and obstacle course. The obstacle course included a climbing wall, an inflatable obstacle course, archery, basketball, and more. The course was surrounded by family, friends, faculty, and staff who cheered students on as they pushed themselves to do their best. We are proud of all of the participants who participated in this physical challenge and fundraising effort. A special thank you to all of our volunteers and donors. What a wonderful day of fitness and fun! The final donation amount and grade level winners will be announced this week!
Oakwood sixth grade students spent a week at Yosemite National Park. It was an eventful trip which included 25 miles of hiking, coyote and deer sightings, and even a bear sighting just across the river! It was a week of adventure, education, and connecting with nature.
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