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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, May 20, 2019 12:53:00 PM

Saturday, May 18 marked graduation day at The Oakridge School! Seventy-eight seniors received their high school diplomas in front of an exuberant audience inside the Student Activity Center.

Tushar Kohli was the Class of 2019 valedictorian. Anandi Barker was this year's salutatorian. Both addressed their classmates, sharing memories of their time together at Oakridge and encouraging them to seek their full potential while in college. The Class of 2019 earned more than $10.9 million in merit-based scholarships. While the graduates are heading to colleges across the nation, many will study in Texas - including Kohli and Barker – who plan to pursue undergraduate degrees at the University of Texas at Austin.

Head of Upper School Jim Andersen asked everyone to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony, but the joy in the SAC could not be contained. Proud family members and friends cheered after each graduate walked across the stage. "Congratulations, Class of 2019. You have made your mark as scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders. You will be missed," tweeted Head of School Jon Kellam after the ceremony concluded.

blewis - Posted Friday, May 3, 2019 10:54:00 AM

Oakridge juniors Annemarie Roos and Hannah Didehbani will make the gap between young men and women studying in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields a little closer this summer when they participate in highly selective STEM programs at two different colleges. 

Oakridge juniors Roos (left) and Didehbani (right).

Annemarie is one of just 32 students chosen to attend Artificial Intelligence for All (AI4ALL) SummerUp Camp at Arizona State University (ASU).

AI4ALL promotes greater diversity and inclusion in the field of Artificial Intelligence. During the three-week program, participants will explore AI through projects creation, industry field trips, and presentations from guest speakers. AI4ALL will conclude with a small group research project and a presentation for friends and family. 

ASU AI4ALL is one of ten AI4ALL programs across North America dedicated to educating the next generation of AI thinkers and creating a diverse AI workforce.

"This is an incredible accomplishment for two outstanding students," said Melissa Triebwasser, who teaches Integrated Media and guided Annemarie's programming class at The Oakridge School. "Annemarie has the chance to deepen her understanding of a field she intends to pursue collegiately and her selection into this distinguished program speaks volumes about her work ethic, willingness to challenge herself, and opportunities she has been given to pursue STEM programs while attending Oakridge."

Hannah will participate in the Women's Technology Program (WTP) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The four-week program, for which Hannah was awarded a full scholarship, focuses on computer science and engineering.

Female MIT graduate students design and teach the classes, and are assisted by female MIT undergraduate students who live in the dorm with the high school girls. The daily schedule includes classes, labs, homework, and social time with other WTP students.  

Wesley Irons, named a Fort Worth Magazine Top Teacher for 2018, teaches Calculus and Physics at Oakridge and called Hannah a remarkably gifted young woman. "This program is a great step toward her eventual success in science and engineering. I am extremely proud of Hannah's accomplishments and excited to see what her future holds."

Only 60 participants are selected for WTP from a nationwide applicant pool of the top female 11th grade math and science students. Program organizers say they received more than 700 applications last year and that they are looking for students who are not yet certain about their future college majors, and who would like to explore engineering and computer science to determine whether these fields might be of interest.

blewis - Posted Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 1:21:00 PM

Two Oakridge seniors will soon play college sports.

Katie Rogers has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at St. Edward's University in Austin. Cheyenne Reese signed a letter of intent to play basketball at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, New York.

The two students thanked those who gathered at Oakridge on Wednesday, April 24 to shower them with support and encouragement. The group included Head of School Jon Kellam, Athletic Director Shawn Meadows, several coaches, teammates, classmates, school administrators, and family members.

"It doesn't matter what sport you're playing, you're a great competitor and have a great work ethic," Volleyball Coach June Boller said to Katie. Others shared similar sentiments about Cheyenne and spoke about what her friendship meant to her classmates.

Katie was Oakridge's starting goalie during all four years in Upper School. Cheyenne played point guard during all four years in US, as well. We wish both girls the very best in their academic and athletic pursuits!

Cheyenne (seated at table), with Head of School Jon Kellam, Head of Upper School Jim Andersen, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Reda Petraitis, and Athletic Director Shawn Meadows.

Katie (seated at table) with Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Jon Godfrey, Head of School Jon Kellam, Head of Upper School Jim Andersen, Athletic Director Shawn Meadows, and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Reda Petraitis.

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