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Volleyball Faces Rival This Weekend

140927_Volley Ball 013ccOctober 10 — The girls’ varsity volleyball team is gearing up for what promises to be a tight contest this weekend against Providence. So far the girls have experienced an up-and-down season with dominant wins over Besant Hill and Midland, only to fall this past week to Dunn and Laguna Blanca. The JV team will start at home Saturday against Providence, followed by the varsity squad at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the OVS boys’ club soccer team played its second match this week which ended in a tie against Oak Grove. Up next: Soccer will play on Garden Street on Saturday, October 18.

At the Lower Campus, the Middle School volleyball and soccer teams played their first games and show promise for the season ahead. The boys’ soccer team will play away next Tuesday, October 14, against Crane at 4 p.m. and then face Santa Barbara Middle School on the road on Thursday. Girls’ varsity and JV volleyball teams will play next Thursday, October 16, at different locations.

Visit the website calendar for game times and additional information.

Exploring Fine Arts

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Upper Campus Students Find Creative Inspiration

Returning faculty, Chia Hersk, has introduced the students to various forms of creative exploration this year.  Some projects include drawing, painting, building masks, screen prints and scratch paper etchings.

This Month At OVS

trail rideThis month at OVS students return from winter break and resume classes January 12, 2015.  Lower Campus is preparing for international travel while Upper Campus continues to prepare for their journey Into The Woods.

The first week back to school is proving to be packed with lots of excitement as far as the school calendar is concerned.  Lower campus will be kicking off the New Year with a Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 12, followed by Dream Themes Dress Day and prepping for Spring Backpacking Trips.

Soccer and basketball are on the table for both campuses as we exit out of winter break mode.  The Middle School girls’ soccer team will be heading to Upper observe the Varsity team as they continue developing their strategy.

Click on the link to go to the OVS Calendar.

Click here to go to the Upcoming Equestrian Events page.

Construction Update

Click here to see recent pictures of the Founder’s Shop construction.

The new year opened with eye-popping improvements at the Lower Campus as construction crews made rapid progress on our new arts center and renovated Founder’s Shop.

We’ve installed a new fire sprinkler line, roof shingles, skylights, and gutters. The painters are done inside and out of the building, and the well-worn fir floorboards of the historic shop have been stripped, sanded and refinished.

Meanwhile, tidy box hedges, rosemary, rose bushes and other drought-tolerant species are being planted outside the arts center and neighboring buildings. Elegant high-efficiency LED (and Dark Sky compliant) new light posts are being installed, and new rock curbs and decomposed granite sidewalks have been completed in front of Frost Hall and the west entrance of campus near the stables.

In construction, there are opportunities to make pivotal infrastructure improvements that no one sees because they often happen underground. An example of this is the addition of a new storm drain, installed before the holiday break, which will carry storm runoff from El Paseo Road to the south side of campus.  We are hoping this will help alleviate a hundred-year old problem where the campus floods during any major rainstorms.

Another example is a major electrical upgrade that occurred over the break. Crews removed a power pole near the Admission Office and tunneled a network of power lines beneath the east portion of campus, thus establishing a vastly improved electrical system that will support new technology and future building projects.

The fine arts have been a cornerstone of Ojai Valley School’s experience for more than a century, and we are excited to see the progress being made on this new art center and rehabilitated Founder’s Shop.

Originally designed by founder Edward Yeomans, the shop has been the hub and heart of the visual arts program at the Lower Campus for generations. When it began to show its age (after nearly 98 years of use), the school made a firm commitment to preserve and protect its historic features. The shop is now being carefully restored while also being upgraded to serve the needs of future students. In addition to major energy efficiency and structural upgrades, The original floor, windows, battens, and much of the redwood siding from the original building have been preserved and polished to a new luster, bridging the old and the new.

With the support of our families and alumni, we hope to open the arts center and restored woodshop in March 2015.

 

 

Talking Shop

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Middle school student focuses on woodshop project.

Talking Shop…

The Lower Campus community patiently waits for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the brand new updated Founder’s Shop, scheduled for later this Spring.  Students look forward to moving into the new facility after months of being relocated to a temporary woodshop facility.

Woodshop instructors Mr. Lang and Mr. Colborn truly got an opportunity to showcase their craft and craftiness in their persistence to continue delivering the finest curriculum possible in their new surroundings.  Regardless of location the students in Mr. Lang’s classes are as enthusiastic as ever to continue the OVS tradition in woodshop studies.

Winter Sports Kick Into Gear

OVS Varsity Basketball

Winter Sports Kick Into Gear

The High School boys’ soccer team is still going strong, defeating Oak Grove 8 – 2 this past week.  Some highlights from the game are the four goals scored by Masaki Takamatsu, and Shotaro Yamamura and Connor Floyd’s first goals made for the OVS team.  Congratulations Connor and Shotaro!  The two boys also played an amazing defense with  help from teammate Jack Gentry.

Down on the Lower Campus the Middle School girls’ soccer team is still working on their technique and game.  The girls gave their all in a face off against Crane this past Tuesday.  They played their hearts out and never lost spirit even after another loss.

The boys’ basketball team beat Notre Dame.  The boys are taking every advantage of their winning streak and using the games as an opportunity to work on skills and practice their playbook.

 

From STEM To STEAM

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K-1 Ditches STEM For STEAM

Primary Teacher Brings Higher Order Learning To The Littlest Brains At OVS

OVS’ tradition of progressive education is about to get even more progressive thanks to Dana DeYoung, one of two K-1 teachers at the Lower Campus.  DeYoung, along with Nicole Ferro, work together to provide the primary students a challenging and enriching educational experience.  Ferro heads the Language Arts side of the curriculum while DeYoung develops Math and Sciences.  Experiential learning mixed with progressive education is one of the key components to the OVS philosophy.  OVS can easily thrive for another 100 years by continuing to raise the bar in the educational programming offered to each individual student.

With the Primary Division being at the heart of the Lower Campus educational journey, DeYoung, Ferro and Gartrell (Pre-K) have one of the biggest challenges of the three Lower Campus divisions.  And that challenge is: How do we begin?

How does a writer begin telling a story?  How does a composer begin a symphonic masterpiece?  And how does an educator begin the journey of learning and discovery? As humans and technology evolve it’s important to find new ways to reach the students inside today’s classrooms and that’s exactly what Dana DeYoung is integrating into her K-1 curriculum.

DeYoung’s solution is STEM.  And this coming Spring Term she’ll be upgrading her classroom operating system to STEAM.  STEAM is an even more comprehensive curriculum encompassing the standard Science, Technology, Engineering and Math areas of study but it incorporates the Arts into the fold for a completely well-rounded education.  STEM’s been a hot topic in the world of education for many years, but educators have only recently made the connection between the form, the function, the structure and the design elements which only the Arts can contribute to STEM.  Stay tuned for updates on the exciting scientific adventures that will be explored during the Spring Term.

Click here to see more photo from the K-1 classroom and photos from Middle School tech classes.

Campus Lighting This Week

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Campus Lighting

Holidays, Christmas & Carols From Around The World

Thursday, Dec. 11 – Headmaster and master of ceremonies, Karen Morse, led the community, friends and family in an evening of merriment with a side of cookies.  This evening the students of Lower Campus raised their voices in song to welcome the Holiday Season.  This year’s program was a medley of holiday songs from around the globe.
Tracey Williams Sutton and Candace Delbo selected music to reflect the diversity within the student body of OVS.  Performances included Chinese Happy New Year (Pre-K), La Piñata (5th Grade), African Celebration (8th Grade), and the lighthearted romp Pickle In The Tannenbaum (4th Grade) which celebrates the often debated origin-unknown tradition of hiding pickles in christmas trees.

Click here to watch the “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” finale performed by the Lower Campus student body.

OVS Ventures To Costa Rica

Spring Break Adventures

Middle school students will have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica next year

Ojai Valley School is planning a Spring Break trips to provide students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of history, language and culture in Central America.

Karen Morse and Spanish teacher Ken Nishiya will lead the trip to Costa Rica, which will feature a service-based itinerary as well as river rafting and other outdoor adventures. Click on the video link above to see highlights of the Costa Rica itinerary from the educational travel company, and email Mr. Nishiya at knishiya@ovs.org for details.

 

Growing Up With STEM

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K-1 Ditches STEM for STEAM

Primary Teacher Brings Higher Order Learning To The Littlest Brains At OVS

OVS’ tradition of progressive education is about to get even more progressive thanks to Dana DeYoung, one of two K-1 teachers at the Lower Campus.  DeYoung, along with Nicole Ferro, work together to provide the primary students a challenging and enriching educational experience.  Ferro heads the Language Arts side of the curriculum while DeYoung develops Math and Sciences.  Experiential learning mixed with progressive education is one of the key components to the OVS philosophy.  OVS can easily thrive for another 100 years by continuing to raise the bar in the educational programming offered to each individual student.

With the Primary Division being at the heart of the Lower Campus educational journey, DeYoung, Ferro and Gartrell (Pre-K) have one of the biggest challenges of the three Lower Campus divisions.  And that challenge is: How do we begin?

How does a writer begin telling a story?  How does a composer begin a symphonic masterpiece?  And how does an educator begin the journey of learning and discovery? As humans and technology evolve it’s important to find new ways to reach the students inside today’s classrooms and that’s exactly what Dana DeYoung is integrating into her K-1 curriculum.

DeYoung’s solution is STEM.  And soon she’ll be upgrading her classroom operating system to STEAM.  STEAM is an even more comprehensive curriculum encompassing the standard Science, Technology, Engineering and Math areas of study but it incorporates the Arts into the fold for a completely well-rounded education.  STEM’s been a hot topic in the world of education for many years, but educators have only recently made the connection between the form, the function, the structure and the design elements which only the Arts can contribute to STEM.  Stay tuned for updates on the exciting scientific adventures that will be explored during the Spring Term.

Click here to see pictures from the K-1 classroom and Middle School Tech classes.

OVS Fights Hunger


Filling Bowls, Fighting Hunger

OVS Participates in Fund-Raiser for Food

November 2 – In what has become an OVS tradition, ceramics teacher Jody Cooper and nine OVS students recently loaded into a van and drove to the Empty Bowls dinner, a fundraiser designed to battle hunger nationwide.

The Empty Bowls Foundation is a charity set up in 1990 to raise money and awareness in support of food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations fighting hunger. The Santa Barbara event was launched in 1998.

As has been the case for the past several years, ceramics students donated bowls for the event and afterward helped stack chairs and tables, took out the trash, gathered signs, packed up leftover pots, and, of course, ate soup.

Students participating in this years’ event were Claire Wickenhaeuser, Daphne Psaledakis, Jenna McIntosh, Ali Fortier, Winnie Chang, Lucinda Wong, Winnie Wu, Lily Cao and Marcella Peek.

Mrs. Cooper, who has been attending the event since 2006, said it was great once again to see OVS students pitching in when asked to do so.

“[We go to Empty Bowls] so that they can participate in a community service project that’s quick and easy,” Mrs. Cooper said.

This story by Upper Campus journalism student Daphne Psaledakis (L12) on the journalism news website On The Hill.

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