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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.

This Month At OVS

OVS, Upper Campus
OVS continues to give thanks for the much needed rainfall that’s persisted well into December.  While Southern California hasn’t received as much rain as  the forecasts predicted, showers have been strong and steady which has left the ground moist for the past few weeks.  Learn more about our rainfall totals and other meteorological data on the website’s super-cool weather pages.
With a short December calendar both campuses are well on their way to the holiday break.  Finals are winding down at Upper Campus and the seniors are putting the final touches on their college applications.  Lower Campus is celebrating with holiday parties, gift exchanges and new pavements being poured around the Founder’s Shop construction site and the campus entrances.
To learn more about upcoming dates and events, please visit the website calendar.

Spring Break

costa rica

Spring Break Adventures

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

Ojai Valley School is planning two 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.

From STEM To STEAM

OVS, K - 1, Lower Campus STEM

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.

Upcoming Equestrian Events

trail rideThe winter and spring calendars are brimming with equestrian events for Ojai Valley School students. On December 13, riders will participate in a cross training training event at Canada Larga Ranch in advance of their U.S. Pony Club certifications in January.

In February, our riders will enjoy a trail ride in the beautiful Upper Ojai Valley, as pictured above. This event will give students a rare opportunity to ride their horses through breezy meadows with views of the Topa Topa Mountains, and enjoy shaded oak woodlands as they explore land once inhabited by the Chumash. They will also learn skills necessary for their spring horse camping trip.

Learn more about additional upcoming equestrian events on the website.

 

Campus Lighting This Week

OVS, Lower Campus, Christmas

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.

Winter Sports Update

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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.

Growing Up With STEM

OVS, K - 1, Lower Campus STEM

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.

This Month At OVS…

OVS Ropes Course

 

This Month At OVS:

November – December 2014 – This month, students transition from fall to winter sports. Resident boys move into new dorm rooms at Upper Campus following a nine-week renovation. High school leaders attend a lecture by former U.S. President Bill Clinton who speaks about challenges and changes to our global community. Elementary and primary students expand their understanding of California history by visiting the Chumash Museum. Residents in grades 5-12 come together for a Thanksgiving Dress Dinner before all students leave campus for the holiday break, November 21-30. There are a few surf trips, as pictured above, in the mix as well! We love the start of winter in Southern California.

 

Taking the Reins

equestrianxNovember 15 – Ojai Valley School equestrians in grades 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12 developed their skills at cross country jumping on Saturday and enjoyed a beautiful day riding together in the hills north of Ventura.

For some students, the weekend trip presented an opportunity to test their riding skills in a new setting away from the two OVS campuses. The seven girls who rode Saturday warmed up in the stadium arena at the Canada Larga Ranch stables, then ventured out to the cross country course developed by stables owner and OVS past parent Steve Gaggero.

Under the guidance of four OVS instructors, the girls learned new skills, conquered fears, and had fun riding in a wide open canyon setting that presented its own challenges for the horses and their riders.

The training day came on the heels of a two-day camping trip to the ranch for the high school students. It also allowed the elementary and middle school equestrians to practice their skills in advance of an upcoming Pony Club certification in December. Thank you to the Gaggero family for hosting OVS!

To view photos from this equestrian event, please visit the Images of OVS page. Click the enclosed link to see a calendar of Upcoming Equestrian Events.

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