Posts from May 2013
The Oaks Academy is a proud finalist for the 2013 IMPACT 100 grant! We have the opportunity to receive $100,000 in the Arts and Culture category, competing against four other worthy organizations. To learn more about the generous women of IMPACT 100, check out www.impact100indy.org
We hope you’ll catch our vision, as described in the opening of our proposal…
Imagine our city filled with arts patrons from all walks of life who truly value how art and culture can inspire our city. The women of Impact 100 have a tremendous opportunity to not only realize that future for Indianapolis, but also spark renewal of our near eastside by jumpstarting a life-changing arts program at The Oaks Academy, Brookside.
Arts and culture are an integral component to The Oaks Academy’s educational philosophy, serving a foundational role in our humanities-based curriculum. The Oaks believes that all students, regardless their background, are capable of great things. The study of art and music is particularly effective with socioeconomically disadvantaged students who often lack interaction with cultural institutions. Additionally, they often find new ways of expression and personal growth through art that positively impacts their academic achievement.
Exposure to arts is critical to brain development, specifically the cultivation of the skills of observation, concentration, visualization and manipulation. Additional research shows that arts education has the greatest impact on students from the poorest of neighborhoods, translating into SAT scores of up to 100 points higher for those students exposed to music and art.
Friday, May 17th marked The Oaks Academy’s annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day, held for the first time at both locations.
Guests filled the hallways for lauds, attended a special program, and then proceeded to class to spend time with their grandchild or special friend.
Our special guests left discussing a plethora of experiences as well as their scores on math and spelling tests. One of our favorite days was enjoyed by all.
Guests are always welcome to experience The Oaks. Join us for Chapel Wednesday mornings at 8:30am (there are two remaining this academic year), or contact Advancement (317.931.3687) to coordinate a visit.
A culminating event of the eighth grade curriculum is the weeklong trip to Washington, DC. Places visited include monuments on the Mall, the Holocaust Museum, the Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
As the students travel around our nation’s capital, they complete activities and assignments related to their experience. The trip provides a unique opportunity for active learning, forming a new level of understanding for our system of government, and building relationships with esteemed teachers and classmates.
The first lady of Indiana, Karen Pence, visited The Oaks Academy, Fall Creek. A veteran art teacher, she is on a mission to tour a wide variety of schools throughout Indiana during the early months of her husband’s tenure as Governor.
Mrs. Pence joined Oaks second graders for an art class, and talked with eighth grade art majors about techniques of sketching and composition.