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blewis - Posted Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 11:42:00 AM

Below are upcoming events that the Office of Admissions is hosting. If you are unable to attend one of the events, you may schedule a tour at www.theoakridgeschool.org/campusvisit or by calling 817-451-4994.

blewis - Posted Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The  Oakridge Parents’ Club (OPC) will host the annual Back to School Fair in conjunction with The Oakridge School’s Family Picnic from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019.

The Fair will be held in the Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC) and gives families time to chat with some Oakridge teachers, coaches, and other faculty and staff, and to submit paperwork, shop for spirit wear and gently used school uniforms, and gather helpful information for the upcoming school year. “Our hope is that the fair provides an opportunity for families to check off some of their ‘to-do’ items in one place and on one day,” said OPC President Shelley Hodges.  

Tables inside the MAC will be set up:

OPC Membership – form is also available at www.theoakridgeschool.org/parentsclub

Volunteer Registration – sign up to help with OPC school events

Box Tops for Education – drop off all your summer box tops

Community Partners – info on how to support Oakridge through Community Partners (AmazonSmile, Tom Thumb, Kroger)

Oakridge Pages – our Oakridge community “yellow pages”

Extended Day Programs – learn what programs are offered after school

Food 4 Life – the school lunch program, menu, and make payments

Bus Transportation – sign up for bus transportation to/from Oakridge

Health Services – staff will be answer questions about Magnus Health Student Records

The Owl Club Membership – Athletic Booster Club and spirit wear. Shop online at www.theoakridgeschool.org/spiritstore

Uniform Resale – shop for gently used school uniforms for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students (checks, cash, and credit cards accepted)

Fundraising – stop by and learn about our upcoming Boosterthon

First day of school posters

It will soon be that time of year again when parents plead for their child(ren) to “say cheese” for a sweet picture on their first day of school. During the Aug. 17 Fair, make sure to get a mini poster as inspiration for your student, Preschool through Grade 12, to take a photo. Then, on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 21, share the photo on Oakridge’s Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page, using any of the following hashtags:

#WeAreOakridge #OakridgeOwls #GoOwls #Oakridge2019 #backtoschool #ihaveclass #schooltime #friends #schoolday #student #teacher #classtime #life #book #homework #schoolflow #teacherlife  #education #academics #arts #athletics.

blewis - Posted Monday, Aug 5, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Oakridge school buses will feature a new look during the 2019-2020 school year, as they carry students to campus and around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for academic, arts, and athletic events.

The new wrap, designed in partnership with Gorilla Wraps, prominently features cheering fans under a blue gradient. The photo was taken during a high school football game. The Oakridge School crest is on both the driver and passenger sides of the bus, while the top displays the school's website address, theoakridgeschool.org. The Oakridge "O" along with the school's distinctive white fence appears on the rear of the vehicle.

"We are very excited to kick off the 2019-2020 school year in our newly wrapped bus," said Director of Facilities David Languell. "Providing transportation is something that differentiates us from many other private and independent schools in DFW, and the enhanced design ensures our Owls can ride in style — something that supports a winning mentality at Oakridge."

Transportation is available to the following cities:

  • Colleyville/Mid-Cities
  • Cedar Hill/DeSoto/Duncanville/Grand Prairie
  • Mansfield

Visit the Admissions section of our website, www.theoakridgeschool.org, to learn more about bus service and associated costs or call 817-451-4994.

blewis - Posted Friday, Aug 2, 2019 11:37:39 PM

The Oakridge School has again been named the best private school in Arlington by Arlington Today readers. The magazine’s 2019 Readers’ Choice All Star winners were announced August 1. This marks the third straight year that Oakridge has been recognized with the honor.

Voters made their selections earlier this year at ArlingtonToday.com in more than 160 categories. The full list of 2019 winners may be found here.

 

blewis - Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:04:48 AM

Oakridge Librarian Patricia deWinter presented at the Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) Annual Conference this April in Boston. The AISL Conference includes four days of school visits, keynote speakers, informative workshops, and tours showcasing educational and cultural resources in the host city.

AISL is unique in offering an intentionally small conference that is designed to highlight the distinctive strengths of host schools. Attendees tour schools and their libraries, network with colleagues to share best practices, and participate in professional development sessions. The AISL conference perfectly fulfills the unique needs of independent school librarians from across the U.S. and Canada.

Mrs. deWinter’s presentation focused on ways literature can be used to spark an interest in activism and foster empathy. To that end, Oakridge Lower and Middle School students researched topics of interest to them such as plastic pollution, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and animals in need, and then evaluated media sources, created presentations and shared their discoveries with other classes. Additionally, students engaged in STEM activities and explored numerous books about change makers and service.

Of the engagement, Mrs. deWinter reflects on a quote from Philippe Cousteau, a self-professed adventure "junkie," television host, and founder of EarthEcho: "When kids are empowered to consider problems, gather information, and drive their own activism by what truly interests them, they invent solutions that adults would often never consider.”  

blewis - Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:48:00 AM

The Oakridge School has been recognized as a 2019 Best School by Niche, the largest ranking and review website of K-12 schools in the U.S.

Oakridge ranked No. 296 (top 13 percent) of 2,213 Best Private K-12 Schools in America. Oakridge ranked No. 19 (top 10 percent) of 177 Best Private K-12 Schools in Texas, and No. 14 (top 3.6 percent) of 382 Best Private High Schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Oakridge is the only school that earned an A+ rating in the city of Arlington.

"These rankings reflect our faculty and staff members' rigorous approach and unwavering commitment to both educating and equipping young people to succeed in college and life," said Head of School Jon Kellam. "As we continue to celebrate 40 years of service, our vision is clear and we remain steadfast in our mission of inspiring students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity."

Niche based the ranking on factors like SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges considered by students, and reviews from students and parents. Niche's methodology also includes having its team of data scientists analyze data from the U.S. Department of Education. Visit https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/ for the full list of 2019 rankings, methodologies, and data sources.

Established in 1979, The Oakridge School is a coeducational, college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. The school draws a diverse student body from 36 area cities and 15 countries to a dynamic learning environment on a 100-acre campus in Arlington. Visit www.theoakridgeschool.org for more information about our diverse and vibrant campus or to schedule a campus visit.

blewis - Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4:14:00 PM

Oakridge faculty and staff received special service awards, well-wishes, and hugs at a luncheon Wednesday, May 29 meant to put a bow on the 2018-2019 school year. 

Awards for 30 years of service went to: 2nd Grade Teacher Jana Kurrasch and College Advisor Peggy Pfursich. Awards for 25 years of service went to: Middle School Math Teacher Gail Roe. Those recognized for 20 years of service included:

  • Mara Townsley, Coach and ECC  
  • Sandra Skinner, Preschool   
  • Jamie McCarver, 1st grade 
  • Sue Knott, Upper School Math  
  • Jill Gaspar, Pre-Kindergarten
  • Jerry Davis, Upper School History  
  • Cheryl Cornwell, Accounting
  • Dianne Findley, Assistant Director of Choirs

Fifteen year service awards went to Upper School Chinese Teacher Wei-Ming Liu, Director of Senior Programs and US English Teacher Chris Renshaw, and Director of Development Lauren Matocha.

Middle School English Teacher Christiane Dreadin and Assistant Director of Technology and Modern Learning Ashley Read received awards for 10 years of service. Five year service awards were given to MS Math Teacher Lesley Benefield, US Math Teacher Joe Feldstein, and Librarian Patricia de Winter. 

Upper School Administrative Assistant Michelle Emmert received the inaugural Point of Light Award that honors the memory of Stephanie Pham.

Retirees or those faculty and staff members leaving Oakridge this year included: ECC Director Betty Garton, ECC Administrative Assistant Debbie Worlow, MS History Teacher Robby Koch, MS English Teacher and MS Public Speaking Specialist Amy Alsip, MS Art Teacher Patti Greenwood, US English Teacher Stephen Hebert, and Technology Assistant Nick Lane.

blewis - Posted Monday, Apr 15, 2019 12:08:19 PM

The Oakridge School is pleased to announce the appointments of Christine Metoyer as Assistant Head of Upper School, Nicki Morgan as Director of the Early Childhood Center, and Kendra Walton '05 as the first full-time Alumni Relations Coordinator. Walton assumed her role Monday, April 1.  Metoyer and Morgan will both begin Monday, July 1. Morgan succeeds Mrs. Betty Garton, who is retiring after 37 years of service to The Oakridge School. 

Christine Metoyer, a seasoned educator and administrator, comes to Oakridge from Houston Christian High School where she most recently served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She has also served as an Interim Division Head and History Department Chair. Metoyer brings a vast array of talents to Oakridge. Her passion for teaching and learning partnered with her experience (22 years in education with the last 17 years at HCHS) will complement Head of Upper School Jim Andersen.

Metoyer hopes, “to lead teachers, inspire collaboration, build relationships across the community, and work on issues directly related to classroom instruction while teaming with other administrators to reach and teach students and advance the mission of Oakridge.” 

Metoyer and her husband, Aaron, have two children.  

Kendra Walton graduated from The Oakridge School in 2005. She joins the Oakridge faculty and staff in April after six years at BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. She is the mother of third grader Blake Buljan and becomes the seventh alumni   staff member at Oakridge. 

After graduating from The Oakridge School, Walton earned her degree in advertising and public relations from Texas Christian University. She has worked extensively in corporate communications and volunteered regularly at TCU, Oakridge   and Ben Barber Innovation Academy.

"As a graduate and legacy parent, I am thrilled and honored to serve my alma mater," said Walton. "I look forward to building relationships with alumni, students and friends. Once an Owl, always an Owl!

As an alumna, legacy parent, and Oakridge Parents' Club board member, Walton possesses an in-depth understanding of the   Oakridge community. She is an effective networker and communicator, with strong interpersonal and technological skills. Walton has spent nine years in customer service and seven years in project management, and she loves a challenge and learning new things.

Nicki Morgan is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Westpark Elementary in Benbrook. She has also taught kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade. Her passion lies in early childhood education, and her objective is to create a safe, loving environment where students and teachers are challenged to grow in their areas of strength while teaching and equipping them with life skills and a rich, cross-curricular education.

Her strengths include leadership, encouragement, communication and management. Educated at the University of North Texas, Morgan is also certified in ESL. She started her career outside education, and she has been a teacher for eight years, earning Campus Teacher of the Year in 2015 at Jackie Carden Elementary School in Crowley.

In her Philosophy of Education, Morgan writes, "Being an educator is a gift. To have the opportunity to inspire, encourage, instill, direct, and guide young children is nothing to be taken lightly. As an educator, my philosophy is to discover each child's potential, and direct them to notice it, embrace it, and in return, learn to grow within it."

Morgan sees the role of the ECC teacher as one of a learning leader who creates an environment that is safe, nurturing, and challenging to each child. She believes in offering our youngest students hands-on opportunities and relevant, real-life examples of how to apply that knowledge, ultimately putting children in charge of their own learning. Morgan believes when children feel the shift from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation, their love of learning ignites.

Morgan and her husband, Josh, have three children.

blewis - Posted Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 4:04:00 PM

Get ready to spring into action for The Oakridge School's 2nd Annual Picnic and Egg Hunt. The Saturday, April 6 event is open to Oakridge and non-Oakridge families alike, and will include a petting zoo, face painting, and a fun hunt of more than 1,500 eggs, 500 pieces of candy, and more.

"Events such as these have the opportunity to bring families of all backgrounds together and to foster a greater sense of community," said Nadia DiStefano, community engagement coordinator at The Oakridge School. "We were overwhelmed by the excitement and support that we received from more than 200 families and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams last year, and we're honored to engage our community for a second straight year in what we feel is a very meaningful way."

WFAA-TV's Teresa Woodard, a respected journalist and winner of an Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow Award, will kick-off the celebration at the Oakridge Lower School Playground, 5900 W. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington (see campus map here). The event is free, but everyone is asked to RSVP at www.theoakridgeschool.org/community. A Dickey's Barbecue lunch will be available for purchase. Please call 817-363-9702 if you have any questions.

Start times for egg hunts vary for each age group:

Noon: Petting zoo, face painting, and picnic

1:30 p.m.: Egg hunt for children ages 5-10 begins

1:45 p.m.: Egg hunt for children ages 4 and under begins

About The Oakridge School

Established in 1979, The Oakridge School is a coeducational, college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. The school draws a diverse student body from 36 area cities and 15 countries to a dynamic learning environment on a 100-acre campus in Arlington. The Oakridge School mission is to inspire students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity. To learn more about The Oakridge School, visit www.theoakridgeschool.org.

blewis - Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 3:14:00 PM

Summer will be here soon, which means many families are already seeking fun sports camps to help stretch and grow their child's athletic abilities, social skills, and more. The Oakridge School faculty and staff have an awesome summer of athletic fun and improvement planned for currently enrolled students, as well as our non-Oakridge friends.

Sports camps are designed for children entering grades 1-9. We generally offer:

  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Cheerleading
  • Football 
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Tennis 
  • Volleyball (grades 1-4 and 5-9) 
  • Wrestling (boys)  

It is necessary, however, to have at least 5 full-time students, paid in full, for a sports camp to take place. All programs must be paid in full before the first day of the program beginning. Currently enrolled Oakridge families may register through My BackPack. Non-Oakridge families may also register through MyBackpack, but will need to create a guest account.

For more information about sports camp guidelines, costs, transportation, and more, please visit www.theoakridgeschool.org/sportscamps or contact Athletic Director Shawn Meadows at 817-451-4994 ext. 2642. Get signed up now and we will see you this summer!

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