Peace, Love & OVS
OVS Makes Music History In Lennon Bus
Feb. 11, 2015 – The John Lennon Tour Bus made a stop at OVS Lower Campus this morning as part of its national tour. The Lennon Bus found OVS with the help of the maverick primary teacher and veteran OVS staffer, Dana DeYoung. When she’s not on campus leading a line of OVS’ youngest students like a mother hen, she out in the world indulging her own creativity and looking for new and exciting educational experiences for her students and the entire OVS community.
DeYoung has been on a mission to bring STEM curriculum to the PK-1 classrooms. Once she succeeded she moved on to her next challenge- how to incorporate the arts into STEM curriculum. With a little music, performance and the visual arts she’s turned yesterday’s STEM into tomorrow’s STEAM curriculum. This initiative is still a work in progress, but the odds are in her favor and she’s rapidly moving towards another success.
The Lennon Bus happened by chance. DeYoung and the Lennon Bus both happened to be in attendance of the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. One short waiting line later Dana was determined to see the Lennon Bus pull up in the OVS student drop-off turn around. Little did she know it was going to happen sooner than expected. There was an open date in the tour schedule bringing them to OVS in nearly two weeks time. But she pulled it off. And she pulled off a giant human peace sign in the Hermes Quad of Lower Campus this morning at 7:45a.m.
The Lennon Bus is a gift wade possible by the generosity of Yoko Ono Lennon and numerous donors with the goal of spreading inspiration, opportunities and possibilities to the youth of the world. One bus tours the United States as another bus tours Europe, meanwhile the rest of the world can tune into lennonbus.org for information, live streaming video, a virtual tour of the bus and more.
The Bus didn’t come to OVS just to plug into the electricity and grab a heart meal in the cafeteria, they set up shop for the day to work with the Lower Campus garage band. In one day the Lennon Bus staff are going to show the up-and-coming musicians how a song is written, recorded and turned into a music video. The whole Lower Campus is excited to see and experience the next trick DeYoung pulls out of her hat. Thank you Dana DeYoung for making music history happen at OVS!
Also, This Month At OVS…
We’re only one month into 2015 and the OVS Upper and Lower calendars are packed with exciting extra curricular activities, excursions and sporting events.
Both campuses are preparing for the end of the Winter sports season and are looking forward to the warmer weather of the Spring sports lineup. IF you haven’t been to an OVS sporting event this season, you still have time to show your support to the JV and Varsity teams. Please click on the link below to see the calendar for the remaining Winter sports schedule.
The Ojai Youth Sinfonia, Orchestra and Strings continue to rehearse in the Greenberg Activity Center on Mondays in preparation of their Spring concert series. In other performing arts news, Lower Campus students will be attending a performance of Stomp on Wednesday Feb. 11, in Thousand Oaks. And the Upper Campus will perform Into The Woods on Feb. 19 & 20, at 7:00 p.m., with a Fri. matinee at 2:00 p.m. for the Lower Campus.