We want our students to reach beyond their academic classrooms to further their character development. To this end, we offer extracurricular programs that allow our students to engage with and be mindful of others, to explore interests and passions that exist beyond the classroom, and to develop leadership and collaborative skills.
Our outstanding fine arts and athletic departments offer wonderful arenas in which our students grow and develop outside the classroom. At Oakwood, however, an abundance of extracurricular activities exists beyond these two spheres in the form of clubs, seminars, academic bees, student government, academic competitions and Olympiads, cross-grade level mentoring programs, and honor societies. We expect our students to be multi-faceted members of the community and we recognize that it is often in these arenas that our students learn their greatest lessons.
The Good Deeds Club offers an important community service opportunity and is open to second and third graders. The club meets after school and focuses on guiding students to find ways to reach out to others at home, at school, and in the community. The goal of the club is to have students reach within themselves and out to others by determining and executing projects they can do individually or collectively that will make a difference in the world. There is no cost to be a member, although students and their families share the responsibility for providing snacks throughout the school year for all club meetings. The Good Deeds Club meets twice a month right after school. Mrs. Grabill is the club advisor.
Envirothon is a competitive event for middle and high school teams to compete at a Natural Resources Knowledge and Ecology Field Day against other regional teams. It stimulates, reinforces, and enhances students' interest in the environment and our state's natural resources. Resource subject areas are: Soils/land use, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatic Ecology, and other current environmental issues. High school and middle school teams from Oakwood compete each year in the Coastal Regional competition unless there is a scheduling conflict. Winners from the regional level are invited to compete at the state level in April each year.
North Carolina Science Olympiad sponsors science competitions for students in three divisions. At Oakwood, we enter team(s) in all three divisions, Division A – grades 4 and 5, Division B – grades 6-8, and Division C – grades 9-12.
Students represent Oakwood in Science Olympiad regional tournaments each spring. Each rigorous academic interscholastic competition consists of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events in the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Competition continues at the state level for teams earning first or second place in Divisions B and C.
Middle School Math Club joins with Upper School Math Club to compete in on-campus and off-campus mathematics competitions at the local, regional, state, and potentially national level. The competitions we enter include MOEMS (Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School Students), MathCounts, Pam Pack Math Competition at Washington High School, and the ECU Math Competition. Our club members also compete in the AMC-8, 10, and 12 competitions and the Noetic Math Competitions as we compete in those as whole school events administered in our math classrooms. The goals of the Math Club program reflect those of MOEMS:
To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
To introduce important Mathematical concepts
To teach major strategies for problem solving
To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
To strengthen Mathematical intuition
To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
Spelling Bee and Geography Bee are conducted at the school level each year for entry into the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the National Geographic Bee (Geo Bee). Our School Spelling Bee Champion advances to the Regional Spelling Bee conducted in Washington, North Carolina each March, the winner of which advances directly into the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Our School Geo Bee Champion takes an online test to determine entry into the State Geography Bee, the winner of which advances into the National Geographic Bee held annually in Washington, DC.
Ms. Robin Clapper, Advisor
Math Club offers opportunities to practice math problems and to talk about the impact of mathematics on the world at large. This group meets once a month during lunchtime. Students will also participate in math competitions throughout the school year.
Mrs. Stacy Ruffin, Advisor
Sponsored by Kiwanis International, this club assists high school students in performing acts of service for the community.
Ms. Erica Imbimbo, Advisor
Students in each homeroom will be asked to support their SGA officials in planning service projects and social events throughout the year.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
Students from each class elect representatives to the Environmental Council, which is responsible for working to help the environment, both at school and globally. Projects may include setting up a system for recycling and finding ways to reduce the school's use of electricity and paper. The students plan and implement all projects, which may be accomplished during the school day. The Council meets once a week.
Mrs. Keyla Thompson and Mrs. Anita Rish-Hodgkins, Advisors
Science Club will promote an appreciation for physical, life, environmental, and chemical science. Students involved in Science Club may choose to participate in the annual Science Olympiad competition during the second semester.
Mrs. Michelle Graziosi, Advisor
This club will provide students the opportunity to become leaders and to facilitate conversations with Middle School girls about current issues.
Mrs. Elana Kepner, Advisor
This event is designed to help high school students develop their communications skills and appreciation of language and literature through study, interpretation, and performance of Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets. The winner of the Oakwood competition in the fall will advance to the regional competition in New Bern, NC.
Mrs. Emily Prokopowicz, Advisor
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
Ms. Anna Lurito, Advisor
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
The National Latin Honor Society recognizes Latin students in the area of outstanding academics.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
The environmental education program consists of the annual North American Envirothon Competition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.
Dr. Linda Kuhn, Advisor
Students work with animals at the local Humane Society, acclimating them to friendly people in anticipation of adoption.
Mrs. Cindy Reed, Advisor
This community service club will be enhancing our school and campus with the talents of our student artists. The goal for this year is to paint sports related art on/in the baseball and softball dugouts.
Ms. Erica Imbimbo and Ms. Molly Stevenson, Advisors
Mrs. Jennifer Smith, Advisor
The Upper School Honor Council includes students and faculty who are committed to upholding shared values and expectations. Its intent is to develop among students a sense of responsibility for personal conduct and for the well-being of the larger community. The Honor Council determines consequences for violations of the code of student conduct. Elected students and appointed faculty serve on the Honor Council.
Mr. Thomas Taylor, Advisor
The Roman Senate is comprised of Latin students wishing to enhance their Latin experience by participating in a "law-making body" according to ancient Roman style. Meeting once a month, the Senate is entirely student-led and organized, and discusses business regarding the Latin department, such as Roman festivals, banquets, fund-raising, classroom activities and rules, and much more. Students are elected into their position, which are modeled on the ancient Cursus Honorum, by their peers at the beginning of each year. All Latin students are encouraged to participate in this valuable, first-hand learning experience.
Mr. Drew Weaver, Advisor
“The Oracle” is our printed school newspaper that is student-written and published 3x per academic year.
Cherita Lytle, Advisor
Students interested in dance participate in weekly dance rehearsals in anticipation of performing at our bi-yearly concerts.