May 22 – This month can perhaps best be described as epic for the students at Ojai Valley School!
We reached new heights with the launch of Project X, the space program in which middle school students rocketed a toaster-size capsule into near space. The capsule, which held a small Go-Pro camera, climbed to more than 100,000 feet before falling back to earth with a card loaded with images taken from space. Check out the gallery of images of the school, valley, state, and planet as it ascended from campus.
The middle schoolers continued on a roll by performing at the spring Lower Campus concert. Equestrians participated in a spring horse show. We celebrated academic achievements in the Elementary Division with Achievement Evening, and our Kindergarten students ventured to the Sespe Wilderness for their annual spring rite of passage with the traditional Boney Bean hike at Rose Valley Falls.
At the high school, the baseball team finished its season with a storybook ending, narrowly defeating the top team in the league and finishing third overall for the season. In Outdoor Education, 14 high school students returned from a weekend river rafting trip just days before 16 middle school students departed for their own rafting trip on the Kern River.
High school students (and a few middle schoolers) performed May 19 at the annual Festival of Talent at the Upper Campus. The performance was preceded by a showcase of fine arts from the high school art, photography and ceramics students.
This week, final exams will begin for middle and high school students, followed by class parties, promotion ceremonies, and graduation.
Lower Campus Assistant Head of School Mike Mahon summed up these final days perfectly, stating in a note to the faculty: “The schedule of events reads like a choose-your-own adventure novel, and all of it is above and beyond what is common for this age group. There is nothing better than walking around school and feeling a sense of jealousy/envy towards the experiences the children are having.”