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.
Oakwood Away From Oakwood
In accordance with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Oakwood’s campus closed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and students began engaging in our Oakwood Away From Oakwood remote learning program.
All Oakwood students, preschool through high school seniors, powered up their devices and joined teachers and peers online for the first day of Oakwood Zoom Classes. Our passionate faculty, admin team, and support staff worked furiously behind the scenes to transform and organize our curriculum to facilitate an "Oakwood Away From Oakwood" education. They quickly organized classrooms within their homes and adapted their teaching styles to fit the new Oakwood Zoom Class platform, learning new technology and applications along the way. They understand that learning online can be challenging and worked to present the information clearly, giving students the tools and knowledge needed so they could be successful. Using Zoom technology, they presented live lessons, moderated class discussions, answered questions, and used Zoom Breakout Room features to facilitate small group discussions and projects.
Along with providing a stellar Oakwood Away From Oakwood education, it was the mission of our faculty to give students as much normalcy as possible. Students still performed the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the school day, and consistent Zoom Class schedules and routines, with classes from history and math to art and music, were in place to keep the structure of school continuing.
Our teachers were impressed by the resilience of Oakwood students, coming to classes on time, ready to learn and interact with their teachers and classmates. They were truly grateful that they could continue to meet with their students and continue their course work until we are all able to return to the Oakwood campus.
This unprecedented time in history has showcased the resilience of the Oakwood community, and we are so proud of everyone!
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.
History came to life on Friday, November 6th, for Oakwood fourth and fifth-grade students. Both in-person and remote students learned and celebrated the Medieval and Renaissance periods. To bring the era to life, teachers and students alike wore costumes seen during the Middle Ages, dressing as knights, pirates, or those you might see spending time at court.
Oakwood School's third-grade students have had a great time creating a virtual musical this fall, "Super Happy Awesome News!" These students have so much to be proud of, and we want to congratulate them on their abilities to adapt and thrive! The students have now had a chance to watch their show, and soon it will be shared with their friends and families to enjoy!
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.
During the first trimester of middle school drama, students are learning the art of character development. They are working on a project where they discover more about the behind-the-scenes roles in the theatre world. Each young performer took on an artistic profession, such as director, choreographer, set designer, etc. During one of these exercises, each student came using items from their closets to dress up as a persona they created to interview professionals in their field. They had to answer questions and talk about their role and artistic ideas for putting on a show and then filming each scene. Will this be merely a fun classroom exercise, or will these parts come together into a student-written play? Only time will tell! But either way, our Oakwood faculty have created a fun project allowing students to obtain a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to develop a character.
Ms. Hare's 7th Grade US History classes are currently learning about the American Revolution. They have learned about the various taxes and grievances that the British imposed on the colonists at that time. As part of this lesson, the students delved deeper into the subject by participating in a virtual protest. They each created protest signs in reaction to either the Sugar Act, Tea Act, Stamp Act, or the Intolerable Acts (including Quartering Act).
Welcome to the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year! Whether on-campus or remote, we love seeing our students' smiling faces!
Ms. Mallette and Mrs. Pappa's second-grade classes experienced a distance learning version of our beloved Camp Read-A-Lot on the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. Students set up tents or forts in their living rooms, bedrooms, or even their backyards, and dressed in camping attire ready for a fun last day together. The excitement began the day before as Ms. Mallette and Mrs. Pappa packed their cars and headed off to each student's home to make Camp Read-A-Lot deliveries. Our second-grade teachers were deeply moved by their warm welcome from each student and family and somewhat overwhelmed with emotion at being able to see each student in person after 66 days apart. On Friday, each student "Zoomed" from their tents equipped with a flashlight, goody bag, and the most exhilarating energy. Just as in previous years, the classes heard stories from our "Reading Rangers," Mrs. Shales and Mrs. Helvey, all while snacking on camp treats. The 2nd graders also enjoyed some camping review lessons. They ended the day with awards highlighting all of the special qualities each teacher found in our extraordinary group of resilient second-grade students.
Oakwood faculty and staff had so much fun delivering surprise packages to each of our 32 graduating seniors on Saturday. The Class of 2020 was greeted with a celebratory yard sign, as well as a care package containing their cap and gown, a mug with the class of 2020 names on it, a custom cookie created by an Oakwood faculty member, a senior class photo, a "Virtually the Best Senior Class Ever!" t-shirt, a book of "High-Fives" from Oakwood Kindergarteners, and much more to commemorate an unforgettable final year at Oakwood. We're grateful for their resiliency and dedication and wish them the best in their future endeavors! Congratulations Class of 2020!
As the school year comes to an end, some of the annual events we were looking fondly towards are not on the calendar due to the shelter in place order. One of these events is the "A Little Song and Dance" performance. However, Mr. Potter has a little surprise to share with his amazing students and the entire Oakwood community. He has created an incredible video of his students performing "Tuxedo Junction."
It's no secret that Oakwood teachers have worked diligently to keep the continuity of everyday school life for our students as they learn remotely. Elementary science teacher Ms. Pompa is no exception. She has always felt it important to reward students for being good examples to their classmates. Before we moved to online learning, Ms. Pompa would secretly select students in each grade and reward them for modeling the character word of the month. They would receive the Secret Student award for their efforts, and the entire class would receive a "high-five".
On Friday, April 24th, as a tie-in with their history unit, Oakwood 2nd-grade students celebrated Pioneer Day: Zoom Style. While it looked much different than it had in previous years, Ms. Pappa and Ms. Malette wanted to ensure that even though the school is currently practicing Oakwood Away From Oakwood remote learning, the children were still able to learn about pioneer life in the 1800s interactively. The teachers were pleased to see that the students still had a great time dressing up with costumes they found at home. Students read their pioneer adventure tales to their classmates, ate some homemade pioneer snacks, and even danced a pioneer jig.
During Oakwood Away From Oakwood remote learning, 9th and 10th-grade students in the Algebra II Honors class were asked to construct a Unit Circle (the basis for Trigonometry) out of ordinary circular objects. Our students utilized the opportunity to submit artistic creations, which included a 3D model featuring the rings of Saturn, a donut with sprinkles, a beautifully painted orange on canvas, a coin featuring Sacagawea, the eye of Dory (from Finding Nemo), the moon, and the original Oakwood school logo!
Each year Oakwood 4th-grade students complete a book report project that includes picking a book of their choice to read, writing a three-paragraph summary and a paragraph reflection, and creating a t-shirt to represent the book they read. They depict a favorite part of the story on the front of the shirt, on the sleeves they put the book characters, and on the back of their shirts, they show a theme or motto from the book. The project is typically wrapped up with a t-shirt fashion show where the students model their shirt design, walking the "runway" to a fun script they wrote. This year, with the current shelter-in-place occurring, the 4th-grade students put on their shirts for a Zoom share with their classmates, where they discussed protagonists and antagonists, along with flat, round, dynamic, and static characters. The class also talked about their favorite part of their books and if they would recommend it to others. We love that Oakwood teachers present curriculum through their own inventive methods, inspiring students and keeping them engaged in their learning. Great job 4th grade, your shirts look fantastic!
Activities and Resources
We introduced some Hawk Day activities to strengthen our community bond, get our families moving, and get their creative juices flowing:
Hawk Fitness Challenge: A way for our families to stay active and get outdoors for some much needed fresh air. We love to see our students and their families keeping their health and well-being a top priority! Click here for the checklist.
Hawk Day Bingo!: One of Oakwood's learning outcomes is to be community contributors, and we encourage our students to keep this important value at the forefront now more than ever. We compiled community service inspired activities for students and their families to challenge themselves to complete and share with the broader community
Oakwood Away From Oakwood Creative Activity: We encouraged Oakwood students to print out this page and make it their own using colored pencils, tissue paper, cotton balls, markers, paint, or whatever is on hand to make this a unique expression of their Oakwood Pride!
Each family has its own values in regards to online viewing, so please review the content on the links below, prior to sharing with children.
Math and Reading:
PBS Learning Media for PreK and K: Clips of educational PBS content about math, art and emotional learning.
Brightly Storytime: Videos of picture books being read aloud, some videos have a read along feature.
Disney stories on Spotify 10-15 minute Disney stories told in an engaging way.
Khan Academy Offers a personalized learning dashboard with videos and practice exercises. Daily schedule for students ages 2-18.
Scholastic Learn at Home Keep the learning going with four daily learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video.
Storyline Online Streams videos of celebrated children's books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Teach Your Monster to Read Free online phonics and reading lessons.
Bookroo Virtual children's book read aloud. Virtual reading events can be found on their calendar.
Audible Families can instantly stream a collection of children's stories. Stories are available also include title across six different languages. This will be free during this time.
Peter H. Reynolds Author & Illustrator of The Dot, Ish, The North Star & illustrator of The Judy Moody series, Someday, & The Museum. Reading aloud daily.
ABCYA: Learning Games
SciShow Kids: A collection of science experiments and explanations of everyday things aimed at ages preschool to early elementary.
Mystery Science: Interactive lessons that allow students to explore the world around them through videos and activity prompts.
Animal Wonders Montana: A youtube channel devoted to learning about different animals and getting to know their behaviors.
Story Bots Playlist on Youtube: Short songs that teach children about different concepts using fun cartoons.
Animal Sound Safari Australian podcast travels in a Magic School Bus-style “safari mobile” to discover animals around the world.
But Why: A podcast for curious kids Public radio host Jane Lindholm helps answer kids' most burning questions.
Earth Rangers A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science, podcast guided by Ranger Emma.
Supercharged School Online science lessons and experiments. Free and paid content available.
WOW in the World Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, radio and podcast stars, serve up science news with a heavy dose of silliness.
Hour of Code: Choose a coding program and enjoy!
Arts, Crafts and Music:
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” leads children in a daily art project.
Art for kids: Directed art projects and drawings.
Jarrett Krozoczka - Author and Illustrator - Drawing Lessons: Free art, cartooning, and writing lessons every weekday at 2pm—and archived for later viewing from NY Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
The Dad Lab: Different art project and science experiment Ideas.
Arts & Culture Virtually visit 500+ museums and art galleries around the world.
Kinder Art Art lessons for grades PreK – 8th grade. Free and fee-based lessons available online.
McHarper Manor Free daily live art and craft tutorials in their blog.
Dav Pilkey At Home Drawing Lessons: Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check back every Friday to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more!
This is sand App Art, Creativity and relaxation. App for making and sharing pictures out of sand.
Music Play - Kids can enjoy songs, games, worksheets, videos, etc.
Chrome Music Lab: Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Free Kids Sewing Patterns & Tutorials: From finger puppets to pencil toppers, this site has a variety of fun, free sewing tutorials and patterns.
How to Knit Tutorial: Learn how to cast on, knit some rows and bind off. Don't have knitting needles, use pencils!
Friendship Bracelet Tutorial: Learn how to make a friendship bracelet using embroidery thread.
Paper Crafts for Kids: 18 Easy paper crafts for kids that adults will want to make too.
Youth Window Art Competition and Fundraiser: Join Carlie Lehrfeld of Art on the Farm for a free Facebook Live class on Friday, June 12 at 2pm.
Polar bear live stream Both educational videos and live stream of polar bears in the Tundra.
Puppy Cam Live stream of a puppy playroom.
Safri Live Ride along on a live safari, expert hosted safari broadcast directly from the African wilderness into your home.
Virtual field trips A list of virtual trips you can take to zoos, museums and parks.
Yellowstone National Park Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park.
Winning the Remote Learning Game (Without Losing Your Mind)™: An online series for parents.
The Wall Street Journal: Put Down the Phone: 100 (Nonscreen) Activities to Occupy Your Kids in Quarantine: Tag? Bread-baking? Ghost stories? Here’s a whole bunch of simple but fun activities to do around the house.