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Notes from the Headmaster

While you are reading this, know that I’m visiting one of our two partner high schools in China. Right now I’m in Schenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, advising and overseeing our Oak Hill School there. Part of a larger school, “our” Chinese students take core classes, immersion-fashion as well as American-style inquiry. In its third year of operation, the program has enrolled 20 students, with the potential to grow much larger. A new building is being built as well. This year we have our first student accepted at an American university. Our other program is much smaller in scope since it is an English-as-a-second language program for the whole 10th grade at a larger school in Jilin, just north of the North Korean border. These programs make money for our Eugene school, costs us nothing to operate, allows teachers/staff to travel for free, become a potential partner like our partner in Mexico, and could provide our program with top students. For the first time next year, we have one of those students transferring to Oak Hill.

We now have Mexican and French trips, and we hope to have a Chinese trip as well. Our dream is to require all our students to be bi-lingual when they graduate and to have traveled at least once to a country that speaks that language.

Along with our international students from China, Mexico, S. Korea, and Russia, these partner programs are part of the larger plan to make our students more culturally aware and understanding of the cultures of other countries. When I get back, I will share pictures from my visit. So, what do you think?


Mr. S.

Students of the Month


High School: Conrad Sproul

Conrad was nominated because of how he has stepped up as a leader within the Oak Hill community in the last month. While he was competing at the State debate championships, he had entered a beautiful paper to the state competition for National History Day. It was unfortunately unable to be judged without him present, but he was willing to FaceTime to try and be at both events at once. During the Equinox conference, he did a nice job of leading his student group and dealing with some issues that arose and did it tactfully. Conrad is a student who inspires others around him to work harder, and is always courteous and thoughtful to his classmates and teachers. Congratulations, Conrad!

Middle School: Clara Kaufman

Clara is a remarkable young woman who is devoted to her education. Not only is she smart and hard-working, Clara is reliably engaged, cheerful, and serves as a role model to her peers. Clara is a natural leader. Her compassion for all living things is extremely touching. She’s always prepared and perpetually willing to roll up her sleeves and get to work. She’s very well liked by everyone due to her inspiring qualities. In preparation for a class debate this week she voluntarily color-coded her arguments to delineate points to be made in different speeches! Clara is also a terrific public speaker, and she is extraordinarily comfortable just being herself. She is calm, focused, curious and, above all, very kind.

Upcoming Events


TONIGHT!  End of the Year Upper School Concert at Whirled Pies (Formerly Cozmic Pizza)

199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00-9:30pm

Free admission, but donations gladly accepted to help cover the venue costs.

(HS performers please arrive at 5:30pm. MS performers arrive at 6:00pm. Soundcheck is 6:00-6:45pm)

The Secret Pact

Book by Mildred A. Wirt BENSON (1905 – 2002)

Screenplay by Alice Chatham

Oak Hill School’s second full length feature film will premier for one night only on Saturday, May 27th at 7:00 pm at The Wildish Theatre in Springfield. This family friendly event is free of charge and donations will be taken at the door. Reservations are not required and seating is on a first come first served basis. (Family friendly!)

FALCONS GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL – Looking for upper school players! June 1st Deadline!

Reminder: Deadline to let us know if you will play in the Fall is June 1st. The number of players we have for each team is vital information for us as we plan for the future. If you are interested but haven’t let us know, please e-mail Coach Kat (aka Madame T.) at the following address: ktippetts@oakhillschool.net .

Lunch Menu (5/22-5/26)

Wed: Fish (Cod) & Chips (V) / Garden Burger(VEG), Coleslaw (V), Tartar Sause (V),
White Rice/ Rolls (VG), Apples (VG) (V)

Thr: Chicken (GF)/Cheese Enchilada Bake (V), Black Beans (GF/VG), Roasted Corn &
Pepper Salad (GF/VG), White Rice (V), Rolls (V), Pear Cups

Fri: Pizza