OM STUDENT NEWS
This winter 9th grader Jade Soto-McMillen was accepted to Project Transform, a community theater venture in Hartford, CT that encourages teens to investigate what they'd like to change in their communities. Jade and the eight other selected actors will debut their original theater piece on April 5. Way to go, Jade!
A SEMI-FINALIST FOR
Oak Meadow 10th grader, Becca Singer, has been named a semi-finalist by the Joint Science Education Project to study glaciers in Greenland this summer. Only 10 percent of the applicants from a pool of over 500 students in the U.S. were chosen. These students will join students from Denmark and Greenland for the field program. read more
OM Leadership News
Longtime K-8 Program Director Apple Gifford is moving into a new role, curriculum director, as of March 3. Researching, developing, writing, and revising curriculum is Apple's passion, and we're very excited that she has decided to commit her time to this critical work. Apple's years of teaching and directing the K-8 program have provided her with rich experience and deep knowledge that will inform her curriculum development work.
Serving as interim K-8 program director is Deborah Velto, an Oak Meadow teacher who also homeschools her own children and teaches small group writing and reading workshops for homeschoolers. We're grateful to Deb for stepping up while we pursue our search for a new permanent director to round out the Oak Meadow team.
Chosen for Harvard Program
Our own Dancing Queen!
Oak Meadow high school senior, Israel Cavanagh, is competing in the Queens' Pageant at Brattleboro, Vermont's 58th annual Brattleboro Winter Carnival. Israel, who has studied dance since she was three years old, will showcase her talent at the pageant. Good luck, Israel!
OAK MEADOW ANNOUNCES NEW
School Liaison and Director of Admission
We are excited to announce two new additions to the Oak Meadow staff in Brattleboro, VT: Steve Lorenz as School Liaison and Ben Mitchell as Director of Admission. read more
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL HOMESCHOOLERS!
The Governor's Institutes of Vermont creates prestigious, fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for highly-motivated Vermont teenagers. Register now for GIV Winter Weekends in February!
Oak Meadow graduate
puts heart into good deeds
Oak Meadow alum Gabrielle Leidy, now a freshman at Marlboro College, joined other students in an initiative to raise money to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines. Read her story in the Brattleboro Reformer
Kids Holiday Craft Fair
Friday, December 6, 5-8 pm
The River Garden, Brattleboro VT
Oak Meadow is thrilled to sponsor this fun family event again this year! To register in advance, contact Gia Neswald at 802-869-3062, ext. 2, or at email@example.com.
We welcomed over 100 guests at our annual fall Open House! Take a peek at the festivities and make plans to join us in beautiful Brattleboro, Vermont next October.
OM high school health teacher Cydney Smith, founder of MamapreneurWellness.com, was invited to present a workshop at Vermont Senator Leahy's annual Women in Economic Development Conference on Oct. 19.
Cydney helps people make diet and lifestyle changes so they have the energy and vibrancy to bring their talents to the world. She works with entrepreneur moms and develops health curriculum for high school and college students. Learn more about Oak Meadow's Integrated Health & Fitness course.
OM ALUM IN THE NEWS: OM graduate and tech whiz Sasha Bauer was mentioned in a recent issue of New Scientist. Hal Hodson, author of "Meshnet activists rebuilding the internet from scratch," wrote about Sasha's effort to build a campus meshnet at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Way to make a splash your first year at college, Sasha!
Oak Meadow science teacher Julia West took a field course for teachers in Denali National Park this summer on understanding and teaching climate change. The participants observed visual cues of climate change and discussed how to weave climate literacy into existing curriculum. The course was offered through Alaska Geographic and the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. Stay tuned for more on climate literacy in our curriculum!
Oak Meadow is rolling out an exciting new course for our enrolled speakers of other languages who would like to sharpen their skills for their American classroom experience. Read more about it.
Oak Meadow parent Inbal Bahar shared this wonderful Numbers Felt Book, which was their final math project for their Kindergarten year: "we had fun choosing the felt colors and planning the book and binding. She drew the numbers and I cut them. she chose what objects to put next to it and how to arrange. I hope one day my little girl will show her own kids this book."
At a special Earth Day celebration in Forsyth Park, in Savannah, Georgia, Oak Meadow high schooler Mark Brennan, dressed as the Trash Monster (a costume he made himself for the occasion), and "handed out coupons for reusable bags"
The spring issue of our Living Education journal, "Sustainable Living and Learning" has launched!
Sustainability Intensive at Marlboro:
Learn more about this exciting 3-day
Sustainability Intensive at Marlboro College
for high school students!
Oak Meadow students Hamzah al-Quaid (8th grade) and his brother Hasan Muhammad (6th grade) have been volunteering at the Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi. Each has made a wonderful video about the zoo as part of "A Story to Tell" video contest. Enjoy these amazing videos and cast your vote here!
OM SENIOR, SOPHIA DERBES,
WINS WRITING AWARDS
2013 Young Arts Merit Award in
Creative Writing (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). Winner.
2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Short Story by a High School Student). Third Runner-Up.
Congratulations to Oak Meadow
student Katia Reguero for being selected
to play at a gala in New York City in celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage month.
Help! My Home is Overflowing!
From An Oak Meadow Parent
Our latest edition of
"The best that independent, progressive education has to offer."
That's how Michelle and Apple describe their recent, inspiring tour of these Philadelphia area schools: Germantown Academy, Community Partnership School, School in the Rose Valley, The Philadelphia School, and Episcopal Academy.
We are honored to have won the Best of Mothering Award. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for Oak Meadow!