The Oxford Academy’s mission is to create a supportive learning community for young men built on the values of trust, respect and integrity. At the heart of the Oxford Method is the belief that students, in partnership with their teachers, will find success through increased self-awareness and strategic effort. In a boarding environment with a holistic approach, Oxford’s individualized education balances one-to-one and collaborative learning experiences that challenge each young man to reach his potential
In continuation of this summer's "adventure theme", the Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam, hosted last week's field trip. Mr. Sahl, Liam M, Max R, Victor L. and Spencer S. climbed Chapman Falls, explored caves, crossed rivers, watched wildlife, and navigated their way up (and down) some steep terrain!
Graduation is a special time in a student's life and this weekend, Oxford created lasting memories for our graduates and their families. Beginning on Friday, family and friends expressed their gratitude to the faculty and staff during a lovely cocktail reception. Saturday morning's academic convocation was filled with tears of joy as Mr, Cocchiola, spoke compassionately, about each students journey to graduation. Special awards were presented in honor of outstanding athletic and academic achievement and sentimental words of encouragement came from the Alumnus, Lachlan Markay of Fox News, student speaker Trent Bauroth, and faculty addressee Mr. Lindquist.
Huge thank you to Trustee, Richard Brainerd and everyone who made the commencement exceptional!
Last week, Mr. Westbrook, was was happy to lend a hand to the local elementary school by designing and constructing two Buddy Benchs. These structures are designated seating areas for students to seek out camaraderie from their peers. Daisy Ingraham Elementary School was so pleased with the donations, they assembled the entire school to thank Mr. Westbrook along with Mr. Cocchiola and his family for their generosity.
On May, 26 our varsity tennis players were honored for their great spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork at our Spring Sports Banquet. Coach Taylor Sahl brought each player up to be recognized before singling out Ronald M. for earning the Unsung Hero Award, Quinn R. for being the team's Most Improved Player, and Livingston F. as the squad's MVP. Logan B. earned the IM Award, and five more varsity athletes became Iron Men for playing all three varsity sports: Austin I., Piterson F., Livingston F., Ronald M., and Noah T. We are proud of our guys and their contribution to the Athletic Department.
Congratulations to Mr. Tyler Christie who was also honored as this year's recipient of the Walter Mitchell Award.
Mancala is a "count and capture" board game that originated in Africa, after research Peter G. was allowed to incorporate the activity into his individualized, History and Math classes. This quickly seized the attention of a group of students. Peter then, provided the guidelines to his peers and umpired an elimination tournament until it was time to announce the winner.
Big thanks to Mrs. Sorensen for acknowledging her students passion and integrating it into his education.