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Archives for May 2014
Continuing a long tradition at Ojai Valley School, middle school students in grades 6-8 ventured in to the wilderness for their spring backpacking trips. Students hiked and camped in the Sespe and Dick Smith Wilderness areas north of Ojai and Santa Barbara. They worked as team members to carry and filter water, to cook over a campfire, and to share experiences in the outdoors.
Spring backpacking is a key component of the OVS Outdoor Education program. Students develop leadership, perseverance, organization, and good communication. They also learn to manage risks. Those can include summoning the courage to leap off a rock into a shimmering swimming hole, or coping with an itchy case of poison oak. But above all, these memorable experiences teach students the importance of the environment and what it means to be good stewards of our natural resources.
Our youngest campers in first and second grades will develop their outdoor skills during one-night camping adventures at the Lower Campus and nearby Lake Casitas, while their counterparts at the high school depart for a horse camping trip near Santa Barbara and a fly fishing trip to the eastern Sierras.
At Ojai Valley School, we strive to develop the intellectual and personal growth of all of our students – and Outdoor Education is a core part of that experience. The Outdoor Education program on both campuses introduces students, grades K-12, to the stunning mountains, canyons, deserts, and beaches in the West, while teaching students how to respect and care for our fragile environment.
Click here to see pictures from the 2014 Spring Backpacking trips at Lower Campus.
It was a blue-ribbon weekend for the OVS equestrian team as our students rode away with top honors in show jumping and dressage at the US Pony Club Mega Rally at Hansen Dam equestrian center in Sylmar, the largest gathering of Pony Club members in the Camino Real Region. The rally also served as the show jumping and dressage qualifier for the national championships to be held in Kentucky this July.
OVS show jumping team of Leila Giannetti (team captain), Maya Mullins, Mattie White, Amy Xu (L11), and Emma Gustafson (stable manager) were the overall champions in horse management and won 1st place in show jumping.
“Although this was the first mounted rally for the group, meticulous preparation beforehand and fabulous teamwork on arrival at the show grounds allowed the students to successfully decode the rally format and completely care for their mounts and themselves without the assistance of teachers or parents,” said Equestrian Director Stephanie Gustafson. “Leila proved to be a wonderful captain, leading by example with a positive, supportive attitude. Emma made sure all was in order in the barn and that each rider was on time for inspections, rides and safety checks. There were 30 individual appointments in all. Camaraderie and a can-do attitude kept the group focused and positive throughout the two days.”
In addition to those wins, senior Sophia Wu participated in a scramble dressage team that won first place in dressage. Sisters Lilly and Emmy Hilgers were among the OVS participants and their scramble team tied for horse management champions.
We’d like to thank equestrian instructors Stephanie Gustafson, Emily Tinsen, and Krista Watt as well as parent volunteers Dana White, Brooke Giannetti, and Josephine Axt for their support!
Follow this link to learn more about the OVS Equestrian Program.
After attending the National College Fair at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on April 24 our Juniors have been continuing to compile their prospective “Colleges I’m Thinking About” lists on Naviance. I’m proud of the ways that each OVS attendee (our Junior class and ambitious Freshmen and Sophomores) made good use of the fair to learn about new colleges and gather information from admission representatives.
As I counsel students in compiling their prospective colleges list I expect to see three types of schools represented:
Reach Schools: “dream” schools that may be a bit out of reach, but worth one’s best effort
Target Schools: schools whose academic profiles match well with your own
Safety Schools: schools where you are very likely to be admitted and may serve as a suitable back up
Research your many college options using some of the sites and references on our College Planning Resources page. Find out about upcoming national college fairs (hosted by an organization called NACAC) here.
As always, come by Room 3 or schedule an appointment for individualized help in researching schools to fit into each of the Reach, Target, and Safety categories.