It doesn’t feel like fall without a game of football! Oakwood students enjoy competing in a friendly game of 2 hand touch during their Physical Education activity period. Nothing better on a beautiful, fall day!
The art show was a huge success thanks to all those who attended: staff, parents, administration, community, and especially our hardworking students. There were so many positive comments from visitors who enjoyed the show during the week, that the Middletown Arts Center would like to keep the show up for another week! The show will run until May 9th. Come check it out!
The Community YMCA Teen Achievers program is open to middle and high school students ages 12-17. Groups meet locally at school and/or community centers. The program provides students with mentoring, guidance on preparing for college and support for a successful school-to-work transition.
Students connect with peers and adults who care about their success, participate in skill-building workshops and seminars, experience College Days and visits to colleges for campus tours. The Achievers program also offers a paid internship program to those who qualify. Oakwood’s Achievers Career Training Class meets weekly and gets things done. Go Future! Go Oakwood!
Pictured left is Dr. Robert White, former Executive Director of Oakwood School, and Jeff Bollermann (class of ’81) donating $5000 to his alma mater. This donation is through the auspices of the New Jersey Natural Gas company. Jeff was Dr. White’s student, and one of the original students when Oakwood School began in 1980. When Jeff graduated he worked for a year as an aide at Oakwood. Later he began working for the New Jersey Natural Gas company. Today, he is the President/Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. When asked why he facilitated this donation through NJNG, Jeff stated, “If it wasn’t for Dr. Newman, Dr. White and Oakwood School, I don’t know what would have happened to me.” Dr. White commented, “I am humbled by this gift. I cannot express the joy and satisfaction I feel knowing one of my boys has given back to Oakwood; it is a gesture of love and appreciation.” Also in the pictured above from the left are Mr. Thomas Hayes, the Director of Customer and Community Relations for NJNG, and Mr. Jerry Dougherty, Executive Director of Oakwood School.
On January 7th the Forensic Science class had a guest speaker from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. Forensic Sketch Artist Daimon Santa Maria came to discuss where science and art meet in the pursuit of justice. Mr. Santa Maria explained how he uses surveillance video footage and or witness recollection to draw a composite sketch of criminal suspects. When working with witnesses his process starts with putting them at ease and showing them reference books of faces and heads to help them recall descriptions of the suspects face and hair. His drawings are intended to be a sketch of the suspect and not an exact photographic image. This process allows for the public to be able to interpret the image for possible suspects. If the completed sketch causes an emotional response for the witness Santa Maria knows that he has hit a nerve and is on the right track, be it in the art or science, of pursuing justice.
Oakwood’s Current World Issues Class is busy recording their very own Oakwood Now news program. Students completed the research, wrote the script, helped with lighting, filming and anchored the program. Stay tuned for more developments on that story!