Monthly Archives: February 2012

History, Aviation and the Forces of Motion: 8th Grade Visits Smithsonian Air & Space

The Class of 2016 went to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Boeing Aviation Hangar on Thursday, February 9th as a cross-curricular field trip for science and history.

Students participated in a learning lab called “The Forces of Flight” where they learned the history of man’s yearning to be up in the air utilizing those forces that push and pull both himself and other objects.

The girls then designed their own propellers and tested their efficacy.  After lunch, a visit to the observatory tower and much conversation, the group toured the huge air hangar.

Official tour guides from the Udvar-Hazy Center, including a retired navy pilot, explained specific historic planes including the infamous Enola Gay.  Emphasis was placed on the transition between WWI and WWII.  The field trip coincided with the 8th grade History class’s study of these war-time eras, as well as the science class’s study of forces and motion.

Contributed by Ms. Angela Fortunato


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Advisors Send Valentines to their Student Advisees!

The Advisory is a core part of the Oakcrest experience.  This Valentine’s Day, advisors sent personal, handwritten Valentines to their student advisees, to remind them of how much they are treasured at Oakcrest.  It was a lovely way to start the day!

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Young Alumnae Tea & Homecoming Happy Hour!

On Wednesday, January 4th, the Oakcrest Alumnae Association hosted a tea for our college-age alums at Oakcrest!  The teachers, Juniors and Seniors we so happy to see and catch up with all of our young alumnae before they returned to their colleges and universities for the spring semester.


Back in October, the Alumnae Association hosted its first annual Homecoming Happy Hour at the Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda!  It was fun to get together in a casual atmosphere the night before the Gala.

The following evening, alums and former faculty celebrated Oakcrest’s 35th anniversary at the Gala!  Ann Royals Vitz ’01 was the Master of Ceremonies, and we had alumae from different eras as Alumnae Representatives.  Representing the 1980s: Lisa Coyne, Mary Metzger Rhodes, and Lia Ridout.  Representing the 1990s: Michele Casey and Celina Heeter Schneider.  Representing the 2000s: Jacqueline Livaudais Callahan, Jenny Datiles and Maria Fagan.  Representing the 2010s: Caroline Livaudais.  We were happy to be joined by these alumne representatives, as well as many other alums, including Janel Van Norman Angel, Cathy Kolf, Monica Kolf, Cecilia Hadley, Caroline Heeter, Joyce Datiles, Kathryn Galland, Judy Gallagher, and Mary Gabriel!

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Oakcrest Student Publishes on Friendship in Catholic Herald


By Anna Soya, Oakcrest Student Correspondent

Arlington Catholic Herald, 1/25/12

Photo courtesy of Soya Family


Middle school and high school can be a challenging time, but at Oakcrest School in McLean, girls are encouraged to be confident, focused and have fun with friends. Even though academics are demanding, the support system of friends and faculty help students succeed. Instead of worrying about what clothes to wear, or boy-girl drama, students are focused on their education.

Friendship is valued at Oakcrest. There are only about 25 girls in each grade so the girls are able to get to know each other well throughout their years at the school. The girls share common values and encourage each other. Class bonding trips, such as the eighth-grade white-water rafting trip, bring the girls closer together.

In addition to the support of friends, each girl is given a faculty adviser who is available to provide guidance with any social or academic challenges.

It is not unusual to see a senior talking to a sixth-grader, or a sophomore talking to an eighth-grader at Oakcrest. There’s a sense of schoolwide unity.

The Big and Little Sister program pairs younger and older students and also helps foster cross-grade friendships.


The family involvement in Oakcrest also is an important part of the culture. There are many opportunities for families to get involved, such as the Fathers’ Club, the Oakcrest Parent Association, the annual Father-Daughter Dance and the annual Ski Trip.

Many of the alumnae have said that their classmates from Oakcrest will be lifelong friends. And the friendships the girls make now will help them develop skills and confidence they will carry with them after graduation.

To read the full article, click HERE.

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Oakcrest Presents, “Seussical, the Musical”!

The Upper School proudly presents, Seussical, the Musical! Performances will be in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre at Oakcrest on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10/adult, $5/student and $30/family special matinee.  Tickets sold at the door starting one hour prior to each performance.

Oakcrest students are involved in the show as actresses, singers, dancers, set designers, lighting and sound crew, stage crew, and student mentors assisting with character development, dance captaining, and musical direction.  Students involved include: Dale D., Bonnie N., Sophie F., Madeleine L., Sophie B., Carolyn L., Gianna R., Cathryn T., Andrea M., Katherine B., Angel M., Ali G., Kat O., Roselyn M., Alexandra D., Angelica-Maria M., Jamie R., Madie K., Helen C., Maddie N., Carolina L., Amanda C., Teresa F., Paula K., Mary Beth B., Anna B., Laura C., Mary D., Andy E., Emilie K., Catherine W.

Seussical brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination. The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double-challenge: how can he protect his new friend, Jojo, and all the citizens of the tiny planet Who, while caring for the egg of his irresponsible friend, Mayzie? Through changing seasons, being captured by the circus, and great danger, Horton must protect his friends and his egg because, after all: “A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small.” (-Dr. Seuss)

This bright and upbeat show captures the spirit of imagination, while teaching important lessons about the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community.  Seussical, the Musical, is directed by Oakcrest theatre arts director, Jessica Erin Carey, and Oakcrest musical director, Anne Miller, with choreography by Kendra Slatt.

Don’t miss your chance to see Oakcrest students bring to life this enjoyable production based on the many Dr. Seuss books that we all know and love!

*Original student artwork by Andrea M. ’13

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