The Ojai Valley School boys’ baseball team remains undefeated in league play after a 10-0 win Monday against Summit View School.
The team as a whole completed one of its best games this season, with sophomore pitcher Tyler Davis leading the way by throwing a perfect game. He struck out 11 batters and retired all of Summit View’s batters with only 59 pitches in total.
Though he led the team with his perfect pitching, he continued the momentum at bat.
It all started Monday morning. A tired, reluctant group of twelve students piled into two vans, packed to the brim with camping backpacks, coolers, a bag of avocados, and extra sleeping bags. That day, we went through four states in 12 hours, from Ojai to Zion.
We arrived in Utah much later than expected (thanks to my small bladder and everyone’s endless stomachs). So, we went to dinner at Brick Oven, a pizza place right off the highway. Three extra-large pizzas and endless amounts of root beer later, we were back on the road and didn’t get to camp until nine pm.
When we stepped out of the car, blanketed in our warmth, the shock of the outside air sent a chill through my spine. Maya, Lucy, Megan, and I set up our tent with the faint glow of our headlamps and our breath billowing out of our mouths in a fine mist. The night was filled with tossing and turning and shivering…
The ultimate motivation for getting good grades: qualifying for the Honors trip!
This year’s trip found students in Canyonlands National Park. Adventures abound in this red-rock region, where millions of years of erosion from wind and water have created slot canyons, natural arches and a hiking, climbing and bouldering wonderland.
Up next for our intrepid outdoor enthusiasts: Mammoth Mountain for skiing and snowboarding on March 15!
Check out all our upcoming trips, as well as videos and slide shows of past trips: OVS Outdoor Education
Updated March 2, 2018
Ever since the Thomas Fire burned through Upper Campus and destroyed Lucila Arango Science and Technology Center and Grace Hobson Smith girls’ dorm, we have been overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity, and support of the OVS community, the Ojai community, fire crews from outside the region, and the school’s vendors and business partners.
Please enjoy this video that honors the hard work and perseverance of our community, as well as our shared vision to rebuild the Upper Campus.
We want to thank and recognize everyone for their ongoing support as we rebuild. Please let us know if we have inadvertently omitted any individuals or groups who should have been included.
American Silkscreen and Coudray Family
Anaheim City Fire Department
Bedford, Freeman, Worth High School Publishing
The Bishop’s School
Carmel Highlands Fire Department
Dan Spain and the Clarke University Athletic
El Sueno Equestrian Center and John Kuykendal
Jerviss Horse Transport
L.A. County Fire Department
Lake Dillon Fire Department
League A1, LA Region FIRST Tech Challenge
McGillivray Construction, Steve McGillivray, Brian
The Mosaic Company
Nevada City Fire Department
North Monterey Fire Department
Ojai Business Center
Ojai Electric and George Hartman
Overhead Door & Gate
Rough and Ready Fire Department
Santa Barbara & Ventura County Overhead Door
Santa Cruz City Fire Department
Ventura County Overhead Door and Jennifer Willis
Carol W. Ach, CPA
Yuka Aihara (L89, U92)
Sonoko and Fumio Akabe
Motoko Akabe (L10)
Christopher David Allan (L49)
Alex Alvirez (U11)
Okinawa AMICUS International
Lucila Arango (U84)
Hannah (Pepper, L93) and John Attwood
Hao Yang Bai (U09)
Kelsey Gartrell Bailey (L98)
Robin Balchen (U85)
Luna Barkan (L23)
Ruah Barkan (L27)
Karleen (Hunt U87) and Andrew Basch
Stephen Bauman (L52)
Daniel Beldy V (L04, U08)
Marina Bernardes (U21)
Terrence “Terry” Berne (L70)
Angus Beverly (U10)
Janis Black and Doug Warner
Michael Boggs (L72, U75)
Rose Chávez Boggs
Lisa and John Boyd
Jonathan Bremner (U04)
Bobbi and Alan Brewer
Lawrence “Loc” Briggs (L86, U90)
Evelyn “Evy” Sakura Brokering (U17)
Olivia Brown (L16, U20)
Laurinda (McClenahan) Bryan (L84, U88)
John Burnham (L67)
Eleanora and Chuck Burright
Joy Campbell (L14, U18)
Patty and Scott Campbell
Lily Cao (U17)
Michelle Carlisle and Stephen Selka
Grace Carmark (U77)
Chelsey Carroll (U10)
Annie Carson (L91)
Caleb Carver (L19)
The Carver Family (Cindy and Thomas)
Frances Case (L61)
James Patrick Casey (L95)
Benjamin Cassidy (L11, U15)
William “Liam” Castagna (U18)
Mary Meyers (L69)and Keith Kauppila
DiFei “Betty” Chen (U10)
Kuan-Nu Chen (U04)
Qinghui Han and Ning Chen
Wei-Chieh Chen (U05)
Andrew Chien (U06)
Terrenze Hung and Jason Chou
Thomas Christopher (L16, U20)
Sung Ik Chun (L96, U01)
Jayme Clapoff (L09, U13)
Sophia Cluff-Thompson (U19)
Avery Colborn (L16, U20)
Laurel and Doug Colborn
Nolan Colborn (L15, U19)
Parker Colborn (L05, U09)
Erika Coble Coolman
Jody (Berger L71,U74) and Carl S. Cooper (L64, U68)
Evan Cooper (L08, U12)
Ruth H. and James A. Cooper (L70, U73)
Robert (L61) and Catherine Cooper
Christopher Coudray (L05, U09)
Jason Coudray (L00, U04)
Francine and William Crawford
Christina Wayman and Michael Dalo
Jackson Dana (L21)
Jeremy Danino (L22)
Zachary Danino (L19)
Leslie Davis and Kenley Neufeld
Tamara and Shaun Davis (L90, U94)
Zoey Davis (L27)
Benjamin Davis (U05)
Zaydrian “Zayd” Davis (L24)
Taylor Davis-White (U15)
Bonnie Cooper de la Roche (L67, U70)
Tracy (Fryer. U93) and John B. De Nault IV (L89, U93)
Irene de Watteville
Polina Dermenzhi (U13)
Samuel Desmond (U18)
Carmen “Mina” Doane-Barkan (U99)
Malory Taylor Donoghue
Lori and Gerrit Dorrepaal
Lew Dowdy and Joy Lazo
Wendy Lazo-Dowdy (L15, U19)
Linda and James Downey
Sinan “Will” Duan (U07)
Paula and T. Michal Dyer
Patrick Dyer (U91) and Sally McClenahan Dyer (U91)
Patricia H. Farber
Christina Fernandez and James Willems
Steve and Cathy Fiedler (U87)
Jan and Peter Fish (L49)
Gavin Floyd (L13, U17)
Craig (U83) and Michele (Whipple L84) Floyd
Megumi & Hiroyasu Furukawa (U94)
Cameryn Garrett (L98, U02)
Nancy and W. Spencer Garrett (L62, U65)
Margaret Garrison (L74, U78)
Robert Garrison (L72, U75)
Gary and Linda Gartrell
Sarah Gates (L99, U03)
Anna Getty and Scott Oster
Sasha and Hanson Gifford
Lt. Col. Joseph Glasgow
Gavin Gonzalez (L20)
Jocelyn Gonzalez (L17, U21)
Tonia and John Gould
Alex Graham (L56)
Nancy Graves (L65, U68)
Alexandra “Lexa” (Weil) Gully
Kristin and Justin Haase
Richard and Sandy Hajas
Alex Hall-Mounsey (L03)
Martin Hall-Mounsey (L92, U96)
Carol and Michael J. Hall-Mounsey
Melanie Hall-Mounsey (L94, U98)
Chen Yueh “Josh” Han (L13, U17)
Lindsey Hanselman (U12)
Shannon and Robert Harvey
Cooper Hefner (U09)
Hunter Helman (L06, U10)
Lorie and Andy Helman
Elizabeth (Curran) Hermes (L66, U69)
Shelley Hermes (U77)
Emma Herzig (L12)
Priscilla and Gary Hoecker
Tomoko Seino Hotema (U94)
Melody Hou (L13, U17)
Ai Ikuma (U95)
Ann and Matt Inman
Mimi Kim Jamil (U96)
Beverly Auburn Januszewski (L82)
Leslie Ohligschlager Jones (U67)
Rosemary “Bunny” Kelley (U74)
Mohammed Khairandish (L77, U81)
Alice Kim (U98)
Jooman Kim (U05)
Grace and Paul Kim
Adele Kushner Kordyak (L53)
Maria Kryukova (L13)
Andrew Lee (L09, U13)
Angela Ling Lee (U07)
Hea Soo “Grace” Lee (U07)
David E. Lewin (U89)
Minteng Chen and Biao Liang
Jeffrey Lin (L13, U17)
Wei Kang “Ken” Liu (U13)
The Lojowsky Family (Jaime and Mac)
Melinda and Stephen Maloon
Greg Masler (U83)
Michelle Newman Mastro (U98)
Noriaki “Nori” Masuda (U97)
Jane and Jack McClenahan
Anthony McHale (L79)
Michael Milligan (L67, U70)
Tomoko Miyauchi (L97, U02)
Joyce Murray (L58)
Nariman Nasser, Sean Dana
Carol Carpeneter Norman (L58)
Rory O’Conor (U72)
Rena Oguri (U94)
Ai Oiwa (U95)
Joseph Olivares (L69, U72)
Hideaki and Naoko Osawa (L88)
Gail “Gigi” Ordway (U78)
Leslie Ostrow (U71)
Hiro Otani (U95)
Jie Pan and Jie Cui
Kimberly Anne Park (U85)
Yoon Jung “Lauren” Park (L07, U11)
Beth Pfeiffer (L66, U69)
Jana and Ales Pindur
Jerri (Batson L53) and Ed Prenzlow
Daphne Psaledakis (U15)
Haiying Dong and Ming Qu
Lily Quinn (L22)
Dana and Mike Quinn
Molly Quinn (L24)
Abby Rana (L13, U17)
Caren Raue (U05)
William E. Raymond (L72, U76)
Dawn Reid (U81)
Eun Suk Rho (L90, U94)
Sezina and Stephen Risser
Alexandra and Roger Rothwell
Bridget Rothwell (L25)
Kian Rothwell (L23)
Sullivan Rothwell (L20)
Kym and Philippe Rousseau
Sydnée Rousseau (U21)
The Ruby Family (Sterling)
Nancy and Douglass Sackett
Sandi McKinstry Schlabach (L69, U72)
Deborah Jones Schuler (U84)
Miya Sekine (U94)
Susan Cooper Shaver (L59)
Lorraine Shmulik (U96)
Micah and Jodi Sittig
Kaden Skillern (L15, U19)
Kase Skillern (L14, U18)
Patricia “Patty” Slattery (U83)
Izabella “Bella” Slosberg (L17, U21)
Myrym and Charles Slosberg
Teresa and Dok Smith (L62, U65)
Sarah and Morgan Smith
Gretchen and Brian Stevens
Missy and Eric Stoen
Carson Strassman (U21)
Satoshi Suzuki (U16)
Charles and Mary Tadlock
Jacob Tadlock (L14, U18)
Ayako and Shunichi Tatewaki
Tomo and Tamiyo Terada (U77)
The Mosaic Company
Nicholas Thacher (L60
David Thele (L22)
Lenny Thorell (L68, U71)
Denali Tietjen (L08)
Arya Torab (L04, U08)
Karen Williams Tozer (U68)
Lilli Trompke (U19)
Philip Trompke (U18)
Chin Pang “Harris” Tsui (U16)
Rika Ueda (U96)
Chaya Valenzuela (L21)
Michelle and John Valenzuela
Sasha Valenzuela (L16, U20)
Sofia Valenzuela (L19)
Cassandra and Duncan Wallace
Logan Wallace (L19)
Charles and Erin Wands
Annie Yen-Nie Wang
Johnson Wang (U17)
Vincent Wang (L15, U19)
Niklas Weckerle (U19)
Peter Paul Weckerle (U18)
Thomas and Claudia Weckerle (L83)
Jenifer and Jeffrey Weisiger
Laura Peel Wentworth
Max Wheeler (L06, U10)
Brittany Whipple (L02, U06)
Lynn and Charles Whipple II (L64, U67)
Margaret and Brian Whitney
Ashley Whitney Fishberger
Ava Whitsitt (L16, U20)
Jennifer (Hermes L87) and Taylor Whitsitt
Warren Whitsitt (L14, U18)
Claire Wickenhaeuser (L11, U15)
Kirste (Macintyre) and Anthony Williams
Sunny and David Wolf
Adam Woll (L14)
Shandon and Michael Woll
Katie Woods (U09)
Rebecca and William Woods
Christiana Wyly and Kimbal Musk
Navid Yavari (U83)
Nicole Ye (L10)
Jason Yoo (U01)
Nataliya Yurova and Ilya Yurov
Samantha and Harding Zahringer
Daniel Zigal (U68)
Update: Monday, January 8, 2018
Dear OVS Families and Friends,
Thank you to the amazing group of students, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and alumni who rallied in support of OVS this past weekend! More than 250 volunteers united to revitalize the school in two labor-intensive, heart-filled days. Without your help, we would not have been able to open school today.
You made the difference.
On Friday and Saturday, it all came together. Volunteer crews tackled dozens of projects, including setting up the new Village for our resident girls, preparing Burr Hall for the start of classes, replanting numerous areas, restoring the fire-damaged amphitheater, building garden boxes, repainting fire hydrants, rebuilding the fence at the campus entrance, setting up the new chemistry and robotics lab, and repairing the stables. It was an extraordinary effort that will forever be remembered.
We are deeply thankful to everyone who gave their time and effort so we could welcome our students back yesterday to the dorms and today for the first day of classes.
“You are returning to a school that is not skipping a beat,” Head of School Craig Floyd told students at their Monday morning meeting, describing the outpouring of support from volunteers over the weekend.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be here at Ojai Valley School,” Floyd continued, his voice breaking. “I’m completely overwhelmed with the emotion of what has happened this past month and what is going to happen for years and years to come. It is the commitment of this faculty, the administration, the Board of Trustees, the alumni, families, yourselves that are going to make this school fantastic moving forward. You’ve heard it before — it wasn’t about the facilities here, it was always about the people. And that is still true today and it is going to be true moving forward.”
In the coming weeks, we would love to hear from each of you. Please send your experiences, thoughts, reflections, and photos to email@example.com to be included in a special edition of the Alumni Notes to be published in February. Let’s show the world that we are #OVSstrong.
Thank you, once again, for making the Upper Campus spring back to life in the wake of the Thomas Fire. We could not have done it without you.
Looking Ahead. Stay Engaged. Save these dates:
• Feb. 10: Alumni Soccer and Basketball Games, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.
• May 5: OVS Gala to benefit recovery efforts
• June 1: Upper Graduation
• June 8-9: Alumni Weekend at Lower Campus
Update: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Notice to Upper Campus student and parents:
Holiday greetings from the Upper Campus! The Ojai area is now cleared of any remaining fire threat from the Thomas Fire. Air quality has drastically improved, and is improving daily, and we are once again enjoying blue skies. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in preparing to re-open school on January 7 for resident students and on January 8 for day students. I’m excited to update you on the restoration work completed thus far and provide more details on our next steps:
* Seven temporary dormitories for resident girls and three portable classrooms have been ordered. The first units will be arriving this weekend. Renowned architect and OVS parent Fred Fisher and his associates have designed the layout for a new dormitory and classroom village on the small athletic field. The dorms will be configured around two central courtyards, and the units will provide a range of housing configurations, including three-person and four-person suites with a private bathroom and shower for each suite.
* The classroom units will accommodate our lab science classes as well as our competitive robotics program. More details on the design will be forthcoming.
* Dormitory furniture and mattresses have been ordered. Replacement materials for the sciences and robotics have been ordered, and replacement textbooks are on their way.
* Electricity has been restored. WiFi access is up and running, and repairs to damaged areas of campus are well underway.
* An Industrial Hygienist has visited campus to outline cleanup procedures. Classrooms, dormitories, the cafeteria, and other campus areas will all be properly cleaned before January 7.
For faculty and students who lost personal belongings in the fire, we are collecting personal inventories to begin the insurance claim process for those items. As a reminder, please email Mrs. Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inventories or bring them with you when you return to school.
The outpouring of support in the wake of the Thomas Fire has been remarkable, and we know many of our alumni, students, parents, faculty, and friends are eager to help repair the Upper Campus. To that end, we invite you to join us for two days of restoration work and campus readiness on Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6. More details and a link to sign up will be sent later today, but you can also email email@example.com if you’re interested in participating.
Once again, we want to thank our families for your kindness and generosity during this challenging time. I’m confident we will come together in the New Year stronger, more resilient, and closer as a community. Enjoy the next two weeks and we look forward to everyone’s return in January.
Update: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Notice to Upper Campus student and parents:
Due to the Thomas Fire, the first semester was cut short. Administration and faculty met last week to determine the best way to close out academics for the semester. There was resounding support for wrapping up semester 1 on time, and starting semester 2 anew on January 8, 2018. In support of this plan, all teachers have calculated current semester 1 letter and effort grades, and you can access those grades online through the family access module.
To view your student’s grades and comments, go to the Family Access Module. If you have forgotten your password, go to the Family Access Module and click on “Help: I forgot my password” to reset your password. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further difficulties.
If your student is satisfied with his or her current letter grades, then these grades will become his or her permanent semester 1 grades. Should your student wish to take a modified final examination for one or more courses in hopes of improving the current letter grade, then individual teachers will write a modified electronic “take home” final to be completed by your student during the weeks of December 26 through January 5.
Please notify Mrs. Laurel Colborn, Assistant Head of School, Academic Affairs, at email@example.com to inform her of whether or not your student would like to accept his or her current semester 1 grades as a permanent record, or if he or she would like to take on or more modified final exams. Please email Mrs. Colborn your response by December 22, 2017. Mrs. Colborn, will then provide additional instructions as to how and when to complete the modified final examination(s). Semester 1 report cards and transcripts will become available by January 15, 2018.
I want to let you know how proud we are of our students. They are working hard in their studies and contributing to the life of the school in immeasurable ways. I hope you can share in the pride we feel for their accomplishments. The rebuilding and recovery process is well underway. We are excited to begin the second semester and we will return as strong as ever.
Update: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
More than 200 students, parents, faculty members, and alumni gathered today for a special all-school assembly in the Greenberg Activities Center at Lower Campus. For those who were unable to attend, we have attached a video from today’s meeting. It’s about 32 minutes long (it’s not polished, or Spielberg quality, but the audio is solid):
Thanks to our community members, from near and far, for the outpouring of support, which has been truly remarkable. We are deeply grateful. We will continue to update you on news and events in the days and weeks ahead. Once again, here are key links:
Update: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
We look forward to seeing our Lower and Upper Campus students, parents, and friends for a special all-school assembly on Wednesday, December 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the Greenberg Activities Center. This will be an opportunity to hear updates from the Heads of School on our ongoing recovery efforts, get information about health and emotional wellness in the wake of the Thomas Fire, and sign your names to a Thank You banner for firefighters. Mostly, this all-school will be an opportunity for community members to come together to support one another before we depart for the three-week Holiday Break. We hope you can join us, but understand if families opt out if the air quality worsens.
Update: Monday, December 11, 2017
Our high school faculty gathered at the Lower Campus this morning and started digging in on recovery efforts for the academic program, starting with submitting immediate requests for replacement textbooks, classroom materials, robotics equipment, music equipment, computers, wireless access points — the list goes on. Teachers were also updating grades and planning for the start of the second semester on January 8. High school students, who normally would be in final exams this week, will receive their current grades electronically this week and then make the determinations of whether they want to take final exams in some classes. Assistant Head of School Laurel Colborn said she expects 80% of students will opt to take their current grade.
As the faculty met in the library, 8th graders at the Lower Campus gathered in the art room to make signs thanking fire fighters for their efforts in battling the Thomas Fire, which has now burned more than 230,000 acres. It is now the first largest fire in California history. The students have launched an effort to gather dog and cat food to support displaced animals at the Humane Society shelter in Ojai.
Finally, our award-winning student journalists — who lost their classroom, trophies, news clips, and the latest in-process issue of their print newspaper in the fire — quickly rebounded by posting stories on their journalism website, On The Hill. Their voices are a powerful reminder of the strength of our community. Read more on the website: http://oth.ovs.org/
Update: Saturday, December 9, 2017
The Upper Campus remains closed, and fire crews are still monitoring hot spots around campus and in the Ojai area. In the coming days, we hope to allow resident boys to return to gather their belongings, but at this time we need to limit access to fire and emergency personnel. Here are the latest updates we want Upper Campus families to know:
- Resident students will return to the Upper Campus on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Classes will resume on Monday, January 8, following an all-school meeting at 8:00 a.m.
- Academically, our plan is to give students the option of taking their existing first semester grades or take final exams in January. Some students may want to take a final exam to be factored into the first semester grade, and we will make arrangements on a case-by-case basis for this when they return to campus.
- We are working on housing plans for the resident girls. This could be housing at the Lower Campus dormitories, or temporary dormitories at the Upper Campus, or moving the girls into Hermes Hall once the new construction is completed. We want to be very open with our families that at this point no final determinations have been made. Please be assured that this is our highest priority and we are committed to having OVS campus housing for all resident students and staff when they return after the break.
- Classroom space is also a top priority. All classes will continue to be offered, including ceramics, photography and all our lab science and social science classes that previously met in the Science and Tech Center. We are getting creative about how to make this work, including schedule modifications, temporary classroom buildings, re-purposing of existing offices and existing classroom areas. If you lost textbooks in the fire, do not reorder. We will manage replacements.
- All testing opportunities, including SAT and AP exams, will continue to be offered and accessible for our students.
We will continue to offer our wide range of co-curricular activities, including outdoor education, athletics, equestrian, and robotics.
- We are continuing to support our seniors in their college application process, and that they will graduate in the Carl S. Cooper Amphitheater on June 1.
Again, we would like to invite our Upper and Lower Campus students, parents, and friends to join us for a community all-school meeting on Wednesday, December 13, at the Lower Campus Greenberg Activities Center at 9:00 a.m.
Update: Friday, December 8, 2017
We are inviting families from both campuses to join us for a community all-school meeting on Wednesday, December 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the Greenberg Activities Center. This will be our first opportunity to come together as a school to support one another, hug, cry, and begin our collective recovery.
This is the plan at the moment, and it could change pending air quality and road closures. We know many families have left the valley, and we know not everyone can be with us. We will confirm this meeting early next week, but our intent is to be there for those who can attend.
It has been a difficult week for all of us as the Thomas Fire encircled our beloved town, severely damaged our Upper Campus, and displaced so many of our families. Right now, we are in the process of assessing damage at the high school and making sure our families are safe. Our students, faculty and staff will return in January with hearts open and our focus more determined than ever to rebuild. More details about the high school will be forthcoming tomorrow in a separate email for our Upper families.
In the meantime, we want to express our deepest thanks for the outpouring of love and support since the fire began. This is a challenging time for us all. We are deeply grateful to our firefighters, our faculty and staff, and our network of parents who have offered to help in any way they can. For now, we ask for your patience as we determine the next steps.
Update: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
It is dark and smokey here in Ojai, but the spirit of resilience is powerful among our faculty, students, and alumni, and the outpouring of support in response to this disaster has been overwhelming. Members of the faculty and administration met this morning to plan the coming days, and to begin the process of rebuilding.
Here are key points, for each campus, that we want to families to know:
- We have suspended the first semester for high school students. Only a few students remain with us at Lower Campus, and we are working with families on travel arrangements to get those remaining students home.
- In the next 4 1/2 weeks, we will regroup and begin to repair and rebuild. We are meeting with the insurance adjusters today. Our plan is to secure portable classrooms and dorms. We will re-open school on January 8, 2018.
- We want to assure our students and families that the school is going to re-open. Our Class of 2018 will graduate in June and there will be no significant disruption to the education of our students.
Please contact your faculty advisers during the break as needed, and check your emails as we will be sending frequent communications in the days and weeks ahead.
For only the second time in Ojai Valley School history, the girls’ cross country team took part in CIF preliminaries on Saturday, a race that drew more than 3,000 high school runners from across Southern California. The girls qualified for CIF a week and a half earlier, placing 2nd overall as a team at the Condor League final at Besant Hill School.
Paced by sophomores Avery Colborn, Jolene Fan and Caspian Ellis, the girls ran strong at the CIF preliminary, toeing the line against more than more than 160 runners from 22 schools, nearly every one with a larger student population. The OVS girls neared or bettered their personal best times for the season on the dusty Riverside Cross Country Course, and all gained invaluable experience running against high-caliber competition at a meet that featured some of the fastest runners in the nation.
“The competition was fierce,” said Caspian, who ran cross country for the first time this year. “I am so overwhelmed by how amazing every single runner there was and I only hope that our small but mighty team will continue to qualify for this competition for the rest of my years in high school.”
Read more about the girls’ season in a story on the student journalism website, On The Hill, by runner and student journalist Avery Colborn.
Ojai Valley School’s high school robotics teams launched their fall competitive season this past weekend with the more experienced of the two squads placing first out of 15 teams from across the Southern California region.
“Both teams learned a lot and took a lot of notes, and hopefully we will be more competitive as we progress through the season,” said coach Chris Westcott during Monday’s morning announcements at Upper Campus. “We had really good programming, and we were one of the only teams that already had an autonomous program laid out for the season.”
Seventeen students have been preparing since mid-September to compete in the Greater Los Angeles FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a series of competitions aimed at teaching students the value of hard work, innovation, collaboration, and problem solving in robotics. The OVS students, who are divided into two teams, Spudnik and Spudbot, traveled to Los Angeles on Saturday for the first of four robotics contests.
The first competition, called Meet Zero, is not scored or factored into the overall rankings for the season. But it gives teams an opportunity to trouble-shoot their systems —
and scout the competition. The second competition will be held in two weeks on December 2 at Marlborough School in Los Angeles.
Competitive robotics is gaining popularity with 24 countries now participating globally. Those teams are presented with a common challenge and rules in September, and then given several weeks to organize, strategize, order equipment, and build their robots. This year, the challenge involves, among other things, programming a robot to capture, manipulate, and move various objects in a confined space with points awarded for different processes. Students also will be required to present their engineer notebooks, and, in between matches, participate in interviews and potentially gain points by promoting robotics and mentoring other competitors.
See more photos here: Robotics competition photos
There are these amazing moments that happen at OVS all the time. On Wednesday, November 8, our Pre-Kindergarten students took their woodshop projects — individually crafted little wooden OVS school buses with wheels and pull cords — for a spin around the central campus quad. As the 3-year-olds sprinted with giggles and glee, Assistant Head of School Mike Mahon queued up the central campus sound system to play, of course, The Wheels on the Bus Go Round.
Just another great day gleefully learning and enjoying education at Ojai Valley School.
November – History, culture, and civic responsibility came alive for our eighth-grade students this month as they explored the nation’s capital during a week-long historical tour of Virginia and Washington D.C. The trip included visits to Monticello, the plantation home of former President Thomas Jefferson, as well as Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Jamestown, and much more.
The annual Washington D.C. Trip is a highlight of the eighth-grade year at OVS, where the curriculum focuses on American history and government. On this trip, history literally comes alive as students tour original colonial settlements and understand the challenges faced by the early settlers. They also tour many of monuments in the nation’s capital. Check the website media gallery for pictures from the trip.