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MARCH 23, 2020 • ISSUE NO. 1

THE OXFORD ACADEMY DISTANCE LEARNING NEWSLETTER

Click on the image to view a message from our Headmaster, Phillip Cocchiola, and take a tour of our new Rec Hall that will be finished soon!

Heard Around Campus Through all the uncertainty one thing stands out, we are committed to continue learning and connecting with our students in a time of great change. Here is what faculty were saying around campus last week:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: ALAN XU - 3/15 ZACH TREADWAY - 3/16 LUKE ROSENBLATT - 3/29

“...students are truly doing their best and seemed happy to connect.” “Thanks for everyone's kindness.” “Amazing how we’ve been able to continue where we left off and everyone is demonstrating some real flexibility and resilience.” “[faculty and]..the kids were happy to have normal classes. They seemed genuinely invested and came on time with their materials.” “There will always be some technology bumps to iron out but this is why Oxford shines: authentic working relationships with students.”

Join us for Mindfulness Join us at 9:15am every weekday for 5 minutes of Mindfulness. Please mute your microphone if your joining while we are already in process. Click here to join the meetup. All are welcome!

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Learning Commons While detentions are at an all time low, academic productivity has been high. We’re still collecting stories from the first week of remote learning in Oxford’s history, but we already know it’s been full of new experiences while still being an effective continuation of the kind of flexible and innovative learning that has always been Oxford’s trademark.

Art Ms. Vaughn had photography students using their pets as models and the materials for clay head sculpting traveling across state lines.

Distance Learning Brought New Connections The boys have come together by sharing their experiences during these trying times. Both faculty and students gave video tours of their homes and shared their pets with one another. Some students helped students with transportation and lodging during the sudden change.

Science

English

Science had kids taking their

In English there were students

gardens “to go” and completing

writing about the benefits of

online simulated labs in group

mandatory military service,

chat rooms.

creating guidebooks for next year’s dorm reps, reading about morality in a pandemic, and journaling on their Coronavirus experiences.

Around Campus and Town As of Monday, March 23rd, most Westbrook businesses are closed but a few of the Oxford regular sites are still running: Julie's (take out only), JoJo’s, and Walgreens. Otherwise, it is very quiet in Westbrook these days.

WHAT Where on Campus? If you know the location WORKS BEST of either of these photos please email haydenz@oxfordacademy.net. He will keep track of the first correct guess for each and FORthey’ll YOUR get announced in the next bulletin and earn a small prize. LIFESTYLE? BY JOSEPH STEIN

Youth is the time of life when one is young, but often means the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity). It is also defined as "the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young". Its definitions of a PAGE 2


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Notifications & Resources

PARENT PORTAL Just a friendly reminder to check your parent portal for updates. The announcement page will have the changes to the grading practice as well as information on SAT's, ACT's and AP exams. If you have any questions please contact Marti White, Dean of Studies.

THERAPIST INFO. With the interruption of our current schedule, we encourage all students/families working with a mental health provider to proactively reach out to that individual directly for options/resources in order to maintain forward progression. Anyone having trouble accessing providers or possibly looking to explore other options is encouraged to contact Matt LaSota, Dean of Students.

DID YOU KNOW? Audible is offering a wide range of free audiobooks right now! Simply click here to go to their site.

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