Founded in 1796, Oakwood Friends School is New York State's oldest co-educational boarding and day school. It is an independent, college preparatory school serving grades 6-12.
Growing at Oakwood
The Sacred Waters outside Standing Rock, Peking University, dormitory bathrooms, the Republic of Georgia, mitre saws, and approximately 70,000 bees spoke in unison within the Oakwood community this summer. Seemingly disparate activities, projects, adventures, modes of research and professional development opportunities resonated with a common theme this summer; one of engagement, energy, curiosity, and a sense that our faculty and staff are ‘all in’. And as we pause (just for a second) at the start of this academic year, it is appropriate to look back on the summer work which informs our curriculum, inspires our teaching and gives perspective to our work.
Poughkeepsie resident Elizabeth Phelps Meyer is an artist fueled by spiritual practice and transformation. Her latest project, Each Day, Water: A Monument for the Water Protectors of Standing Rock and Beyond is an immersive and interactive ceramic and sound installation that honors the indigenous-led Water Protector Movement.
In keeping with the school’s Quaker mission of service and social justice, Oakwood Friends School once again hosted its annual summer youth advocacy program, Voices of Tomorrow Empowered (VOTE), for area and NYC teens. VOTE is a free summer program for economically disadvantaged, minority youth between the ages of 13 and 18 from the Hudson Valley and New York City.
What made you decide to start a newspaper in the Middle School?
We have a great number of creative kids in the Middle School after school program and I thought, why not put everyone’s creative talent to a productive purpose?