Welcome to Distance Learning at Oakcrest!

While our building was closed this spring, our amazing faculty and staff continued to communicate our vibrant, personal Oakcrest experience to students. Our distance learning program provided order, support and structure for teachers and students as they worked together to continue the learning process and advanced to the next level of study. Using OakcrestConnect, recorded lectures, live webinars, and conference call office hours, we provided both flexibility and opportunities for essential “live” conversations among teachers and students.  Great job, Oakies!

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Distance Learning in Action

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Ms. Ouyang had her World History class complete a project called "Be a Tour Guide." Each student selected an artifact from a virtual museum and made a presentation about it. Above, Erin K. ('23) gives a fascinating presentation on the quipu, an ancient recording device made out of string and used by cultures in South America.
Students in Ms. Passero's 7th grade English class recited "The Charge of the Light Brigade" for at least one human audience member. Enjoy Lucy C.'s presentation for her little brother! 
For her Introductory Physical Science class, Addie D. ('25) worked on a "cricket wicket" engineering project. She designed, built, tested and then tweaked her design to catapult the ball that successfully hit the wicket.  Besides downloading the packet, it was a final assessment that was totally offline. 8th graders were encouraged to involve siblings and to improve with the materials they had handy at home, in order to meet the cricket wicket challenge.  
Ms. Fortunato's 7th grade Life Science class put together a scientific journal to communicate experiments involving "any living thing available at home" that they engaged with while distance learning.
Mrs. Kilmer's geometry class had a blast designing their own kites and then launching them.
Grace M. ('22) works on a coffee painting for an art class project.
Ms. Ortiz shared some advice and encouragement with Oakies at a recent virtual all-school assembly.
Inspired by a challenge from music teacher Mrs. Baldwin to share their talents with others, Oakie sisters Kateri, Carmen, and Gianna put on a beautiful patio concert for their neighbors.
History teacher Christine Nussio recorded a series of video lectures for sophomores to watch outlining the different causes attributed to WWI. Students then read primary sources from the diplomatic history of European nations in WWI, and from these sources argued themselves about what was the primary cause of WWI.
Mrs. Kilmer's Functions and Statistics class had fun with a project called "Mathematicians You Can Count On!" Each student created a video newscast about the life of a famous mathematician from history, from Euclid and Archimedes to Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. 
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