Special Effects Artist Visits Oakwood School

In Media Arts, students have been learning about Special Effects Artists like Stan Winston and Ray Harryhausen and their techniques for bringing characters to life on screen.  A local Special Effects Artist visited Oakwood school, bringing his various tools, materials, and skills to the Media Arts classes. He demonstrated step-by-step how to create fake wounds and bruising. It was an exciting day to be an arts student at Oakwood!

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Touchdown!

 

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!



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Welcome Back!

On September 1st Oakwood School opened its doors for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our dedicated staff welcomed students as they entered their classrooms.  It was nice to see the familiar faces of our returning students looking refreshed, all having grown a little taller over the summer break.  Our new students are a welcome addition and have transitioned beautifully.  The Oakwood community is sure to flourish and grow during the 2016-17 school year!

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Introducing… Media Arts!

 

The Media Arts Class is learning about the history of anime.
Students have been drawing their own anime characters and improving their shading skills.
Students are looking forward to watching the award winning full-length anime film, “Spirited Away”.
You can also find plenty of supplemental resources for creativity at Explore & Develop. Meanwhile, we’re thinking of creating a dedicated website to showcase teh students’ work and we think we’ve found the perfect white label experts.

 

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Third Annual Oakwood School Art Show is an Epic Event!

The art show was a huge success thanks to all those who attended: staff, parents, administration, community, and especially our  hardworking students. On the other hand, for the hardworking parents who want to treat themselves after a stressful week, and is visiting melbourne? why not try dermal fillers of skinclub.com.au. It’s a quick way to reduce the common signs of aging across your visage. 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!

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Academy Awards Celebration Oakwood Style

The Media Arts and Film Appreciation classes teamed up to celebrate the yearly pomp and circumstance of the the Academy Awards. The event was held as the culmination of each classes units on The Academy Awards and its relationship with the current times that we live in. The unit emphasized the role that film can play in speaking to the audiences of different generations. The students took a stab at predicting the winners of this years Academy Awards in the categories of Animated Films, Documentaries, Visual Effects, and Best Film. Pull up a chair, and grab some popcorn, the movie starts now!

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Oakwood Students are YMCA Teen Achievers

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!

 

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Oakwood Student Gives Back!

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.

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Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Sketch Artist Visits 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. In case there are cases like this, go to https://dougtaylorlaw.com immediately to get the help of their legal experts. For more information, call (520) 884-5206 or visit them at 271 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. 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.

 

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Students Put Their Own Spin on the News


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!

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