Message from Chad

In Celebration of Charlie Butts

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani, Head of School on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Coach, Colleague, Teacher, Mentor, Friend:
1981 - 2019


We are immensely grateful for the time we were given with Charlie and for all he gave to Oakwood. We are also immensely saddened by his passing on August 10th, due to complications from a planned surgery.

A Day in the Life of the Middle School

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani - Head of School on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Basketball at Oakwood Friends Middle School

Early this February I walked into our Meeting Room for morning Collection filled with anticipation, excitement and a little anxiety. With the seventh-grade class as my guide, I focused on the experience at hand… my day as a middle schooler. The last time I was in this position the Carter and Reagan administrations were in transition and the Trapper Keeper was an organizational must. As our Middle School Director texted a photograph of the daily schedule to my iPhone, I quickly realized many aspects of the middle school experience have changed over the last forty years.  

Oakwood Faculty are All In!

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani - Head of School on Friday, November 30, 2018
Oakwood Friends School helps build

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.

Off and Running!

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani - Head of School on Thursday, September 6, 2018
Deck Building at Oakwood Friends School

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.

Excerpts from Graduation Remarks

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani, Head of School on Sunday, July 1, 2018
OFS Graduation - 2018

On June 8th students from around the country and around the world gathered under a beautiful Copper Beech tree on the Oakwood Friends School campus marking our 220th year of Friends education. As is tradition, each of the 36 graduates shared words of gratitude, words of hope and words of optimism. The students spoke powerfully about what they have gained academically, socially and spiritually. Through their words, spoken at times in multiple different languages, they expressed deep gratitude for the opportunities a Quaker Education affords.

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Winter 2018

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani, Head of School on Thursday, January 11, 2018
Cianfrani Family

One of my great joys is having my daily ‘to-do’ list tossed out the window when an alum unexpectedly stops by campus. I am continually, and pleasantly, surprised to see a student  I remember as a 6th grader, return to campus as a sophomore in college or a few years into a new career.

Welcome Back

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani, Head of School on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Chad Cianfrani

As Oakwood Friends School enters its 220th year of coeducational Quaker learning, we are excited to welcome back returning families and to greet many new ones. Orientation week is rapidly approaching and the campus is abuzz with activity in preparation.

Shadow Day

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani, Head of School on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Chad in Music Class

As a small child I had siblings who played flute and saxophone. Klipsch speakers that seemed bigger than a refrigerator woke us up each Saturday morning at 6:00 AM with their subtle 100+ dBA delivery of Pavarotti. I played piano for a short time in 2nd grade, but never managed to progress past Hot Cross Buns and thus my musical talents migrated more towards the listening than the creating.