January 8 – Ojai Valley School launched the new year with a two-day restoration and readiness project at the Upper Campus following the Thomas Fire. More than 250 volunteers united to revitalize the school. Volunteer crews tackled dozens of projects, including setting up the new Village for our resident girls, preparing Burr Hall for the start of academic classes, replanting numerous areas, restoring the fire-damaged amphitheater, building garden boxes, repainting fire hydrants, 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.
“You are returning to a school that is not skipping a beat,” Head of School Craig Floyd told students at their morning meeting on the first day of the second semester. “I couldn’t be prouder to be here at Ojai Valley School. 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 month ahead, high school students will continue to embrace recovery projects at the Upper Campus, including plans for murals on the new temporary buildings. College acceptances continue to be announced for our seniors, who so far have earned early offers of admission to George Washington University, Boston University, Pratt Institute, Cal Lutheran University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Also this month, sports contests will resume for the girls’ and boys’ soccer and basketball teams. Rehearsals for the winter and spring musicals at both the Upper and Lower campuses begin this month. Camping trips are planned for Joshua Tree National Park, and middle school students will depart at the end of the month for their traditional ski and snowboarding trip to Mammoth Mountain.
Along the way, we are enjoying rainbows over our beautiful valley!