Oakbrook Preparatory School

Going global: AP World History uses technology to expand the classroom

Oakbrook's AP World History demonstrated the power of global collaboration as they Skyped with Indian professor Sajina Sarathy, who explained in detail of India's Golden Age during the Gupta Empire and gave firsthand cultural knowledge of the caste system that continues to shape social life and opportunities in India today.

Today's digitally connected world provides more opportunities to share, learn, and connect on a global scale. 

Oakbrook's AP World History demonstrated the power of global collaboration as they Skyped with Indian professor Sajina Sarathy, who explained in detail of India's Golden Age during the Gupta Empire and gave firsthand cultural knowledge of the caste system that continues to shape social life and opportunities in India today.

 "The students were able to ask him questions and hear honest answers from one who knows the culture and whose view of history is not shaped through the eyes and opinions of the west, that is important as a student of history," said AP World History teacher Merissa Ramantanin. 

"It was one of the best classes ever," said senior Dylan Mittag. "We were able to learn from a different cultural perspective and gain unique insight that a textbook wouldn't have been able to give."

Each week the class also participates in a history lab and explores multiple avenues of research to have a better understanding of a people and culture of history. Today, they will perform an autopsy of an ancient civilization, which involves researching the cause of their decline, specifically what weakened them and led to their demise.

"The students will focus on the brain, the heart, as well as the hands and feet of the individual civilizations. The brain for their thoughts, the heart for their belief systems, and the hands and feet for the works they accomplished," Ramantanin said. 

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Construction set to begin Monday, Sept. 21

Our front entrance construction project is set to begin Monday morning. The project will include a new entrance and exit onto campus, a traffic circle to improve traffic flow, a welcome sign, wayfarer signage, and landscaping.

We have shared the exciting news with you several times since school has started that a generous donor agreed to improve the first impression to our campus. 

Our front entrance construction project is set to begin Monday morning. The project will include a new entrance and exit onto campus, a traffic circle to improve traffic flow, a welcome sign, wayfarer signage, and landscaping. 

Throughout the construction process we will be entering and exiting through Innovative Fibers, the factory next door. Please proceed with caution as you drive through the temporary gates. 

This project should take 3-4 weeks to complete. We appreciate your patience as we improve the look and functionality of our entrance onto campus.

Below are maps showing you the directional flow of traffic during construction. Our current gate will be closed. The area that will create the most challenge will be taking a hard right after entering through the temporary gate to proceed to the primary and main buildings (see red circle below).

If you have any questions or concerns that you feel we need to be aware of during the construction process, please contact David Foy, Kyle Boyles, or Adair Hinds.

 

 

Oakbrook Welcomes Aaron Johnson

Oakbrook Preparatory School is pleased to announce the addition of new Head Football Coach Aaron Johnson.

Johnson joins Oakbrook after seven seasons as the running back coach and recruiting coordinator at Wofford College, where he helped the Terriers place fifth in the nation in rushing offense with 269.9 yards per game.

"Oakbrook is fortunate to have a D1 college football coach lead our program," said Head of School Adair Hinds. "Coach Johnson knows how to prepare student-athletes who aspire to play in college, but most importantly he is passionate about preparing them to follow Christ."

Athletic Director Travis Casey said he is excited to welcome Johnson to Oakbrook's coaching staff. 

"We are fortunate to have a man with Coach Johnson's experience and knowledge of the game of football along with the passion and desire to help develop the whole student physically, mentally, and spiritually," Casey said.

Johnson said while he plans to lead students on the football field, his ultimate goal is to lead them to follow Jesus first. 

"I am really excited to be here and mentor student-athletes in such a strong Christian environment," said Johnson, who added that he's ready to see Oakbrook's program grow to its pull potential.

"We're ready to work hard, compete, and build a tradition at Oakbrook."

Oakbrook started its football program in 2012 making the playoffs in their inaugural season. After graduating senior leadership and a coaching change, Oakbrook moved into rebuilding mode and transitioned to a junior varsity schedule while focusing on building from the ground up under the leadership of Coach Mike Colasurdo. 

Last year, Colasurdo, who will remain as the team’s offensive coordinator and middle school coach, led the Knights to the championship game of the Palmetto Football Conference where they lost to Anderson Christian.

Colasurdo said he’s ready to work with Johnson and build on the success of last year’s season. 

“This is an exciting time to be a part of Oakbrook football. Coach Johnson’s experience and knowledge are what we need to take this team to the next level,” Colasurdo said.

Coach Johnson was a four-year letterman at halfback for the Terriers and was the recipient of the team's "Unsung Hero Award." He graduated in 2006.

Johnson and his wife, Hannah, a registered nurse, have one daughter, Brielle, born just this year. 

 

All-Area, All-Academic Soccer and Baseball

Congratulations Holli, Hannah Marie, Grace, Hadley, Alexis, Michael, Matthew, Carter, Andrew, Adam, Austin, Daniel, and Coach Welborn - SCISA Coach of the Year

See details in the Spartanburg-Herald Journal below.

Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Baseball 

 

 

Under Construction: New spaces for the arts

The arts are a vital part of the Oakbrook experience. This summer construction has begun on new spaces to promote creativity.

Oakbrook has become known in the community for the high quality production of our spring musical. We are pleased to announce that we are close to naming our next production and it will be fun for all ages!

 

This summer we began construction on a new dance floor on the stage for our dance program. Mrs. Howard is excited for her dancers to be able to train on such a high quality surface with more space.

 

 

In addition to a new space for our dance program, we are pleased to share the exciting news that our band program will have a new room this coming year. Mrs. Smith is excited for the band program to have a great new space with windows and ample room to spread out and practice.

 

And finally, Oakbrook is adding a Maker Space to promote creative and critical thinking. The maker space will include the Mac computers and space for students to collaborate on creative endeavors. Ms. Pierce is excited about the maker space and has been working this summer to make it a contemporary and cool space for Oakbrook students.


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