Student Life @ Oak Grove Elementary
Committed to Growing Life-Long Learners
Here at Oak Grove we pride ourselves on being a superior school, striving for excellence and providing support to assist our students in their academic lives. We are pleased to offer focused instruction and active learning opportunities. In collaboration with the tremendous support we receive from dedicated staff, district administration, supportive parents and community partners the students at Oak Grove shine in school and are equipped for the challenges of high school and the road ahead.
We are proud of our history at Oak Grove, but we embrace our future a spirit of innovation and a dedication to enrich the lives of each of our students. We strive for these values each and every school year.
Oak Grove Band Class
It’s no secret that music opens pathways in the brain that help students become more receptive to learning other subjects in school. Playing an instrument can also be a lot of fun, and while some districts have had to let band programs go due to budget constraints, this is not the case at Oak Grove. The band program is alive and well and is even attracting out of district students who want to play.
Under the guidance of Instructor/Musician Rick Clifford, 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments, read music and gain performance experience. The band program takes place after school with sectional group lessons and a band ensemble class that meets once a week. Due to the nature of the program and the time allotted to sectional instruction, kids find themselves in an accelerated program and can “really play,” by the time they get to Willowside Middle School where Clifford also teaches music and band.
With a background in Oak Grove Band, once students move on to Willowside, they will have the ability to play a few pretty impressive tunes. Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” and Santana’s “Oye Como Va,” are a few middle school favorites. While learning to read music is a key goal of the Oak Grove Band program, so is the creative element of composing one’s own music. “Building confidence and fostering a desire to move on with music is a focus,” said Clifford, who also encourages students to “play by ear,” and come up with their own tunes.
Band registration takes place annually in the fall. Beginning students meet once a week for a group lesson and band ensemble students also meet once a week for practice. An Oak Grove Band parent meeting is held at the beginning of the school year, and Band Director Rick Clifford can be reached throughout the year by calling (707) 206-2194 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Instruments Offered at Oak Grove School:
The district has some instruments available on loan for students in need. Students sometimes start with a second or third choice instrument in an attempt to keep the band balanced.
Band Registration Form click here
Kindergarten at Oak Grove is special for countless reasons. First and foremost, it’s a place where these little ones are free to discover the joy and wonder of learning in a protected and nurturing environment.
An experienced, passionate, dedicated and creative teaching staff leads the way with a dynamic curriculum enhanced by a personal and caring touch. Consistently taking the needs of individual students into account, the Kindergarten program continues to evolve, grow and change. This year Oak Grove is proud to pilot a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class.
Along with three other Kindergarten classes, the TK shares a unique schedule that features a 12 p.m. dismissal until Nov. 30 and a 1:30 p.m. dismissal thereafter.
Our youngest students spend their day learning in playful and engaging ways. Plenty of outdoor activity in the kinder-only play yard, spacious classrooms with cozy corners, storytime, song and dance, art projects and much more aim to prepare the children for the next grade level while familiarizing them with the Oak Grove campus, educational and social values.
Principal, Paige Gardner has an “open door” policy and encourages parents to volunteer in classrooms, chaperone on field trips, and be as much a part of their child’s education as they possibly can. She welcomes parent involvement and values the Oak Grove learning community.