Dean of Studies, Dr. Edwina Maksym, examines the four temperaments—choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic and sanguine. She discusses their strengths and weaknesses and how we can make the best of our particular personalities by growing in virtue.
Dean of Students Ginny Boles speaks about the atmosphere of freedom that we cultivate at Oakcrest in everything we do. She delves into the crucial difference between training and educating and explains how our goal is to instill life principles in our students that they will carry with them when they graduate. The principles that they internalize here will ultimately help them choose the good from personal conviction, not a sense of forced obligation.
The Awesome Power of Learning: A Conversation with Mary T. Ortiz, Head of School, and Kathleen Pacious, Oakcrest Class of 2004
Head of School Mary T. Ortiz and alumna Kathleen Pacious ('04) discuss the power of a liberal arts education to form the whole person and how that education has played out in Kathleen's life as she moved to Ireland and received her doctorate. Kathleen currently serves as Head of Development at Rosemont School in Dublin.
Oakcrest Head of School Dr. Mary T. Ortiz shares advice on how to make the most of your visit to a school's open house. She suggests that the entire visit should be seen in light of one central question: who do you want your daughter to be at graduation? And if you are a student, what kind of person do you want to be? Dr. Ortiz gives practical tips on what sort of questions to ask at an open house, who to talk to, and what to look for. She introduces Oakcrest's October 20 Open House and gives a taste of what visitors can expect.
Oakcrest Student Life Coordinator Holly Salls speaks on the moral development of teenagers and how parents can guide their daughters through the different stages of moral reasoning. She describes how high schoolers of different ages approach right and wrong in surprisingly different ways. Miss Salls gives concrete advice on how to cultivate empathy in your child and help her deal with self-consciousness, achieve a healthy balance between emotions and reason, and much more. Through it all she encourages parents to foster conversations with their daughters about important moral issues and to bring Christ into those conversations as well.
Miss Salls earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a M.A. in Philosophy of Education with a concentration in Character Education from the University of Navarra, Spain. She has authored a book entitled Character Education: Transforming Values into Virtue.
Oakcrest School was excited to host Mr. Christopher Ullman, father of Alydia, Class of 2020, as the keynote speaker of the 2018 Honor Society Induction. The four-time International Whistling Champion, Christopher Ullman, presented stories from his recently published book, Find Your Whistle, the heartwarming, hilarious, and outrageous journey of a Washington and Wall Street insider who uses his simple gift to touch hearts and change lives.
Chris started his puckered pursuits at age five, whistled incessantly while delivering newspapers as a teen, jammed with jazz bands in college, and worked the open mike circuit in his Washington, DC home in the 1980s-90s. He competed nine times at the National and International Whistling Convention and served as a judge twice.
Chris has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CNN, NPR, CNBC and has been featured in The New York Times, People Magazine, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine. His repertoire includes classical, blues, jazz, Broadway, and rock. In 2000, Chris was named the Lillian Williams Whistling Entertainer of the Year, and in 2003 he released his debut CD, The Symphonic Whistler. In 2012 Chris was inducted into the International Whistling Hall of Fame.
By day Chris is a Director of Global Communications at The Carlyle Group, an investment firm based in Washington, D.C.
On March 20, Oakcrest sophomores Falan Kifle, Grace Nolin, and Hope Partrick led an all-school memorial to honor the victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting.
At the memorial, Oakcrest Chorus performed The Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor.
Photo credit: Klotography
Dr. Glenn Arbery, President of Wyoming Catholic College, provides insights on what woman essentially is by nature. He does this by examining the character of Eve and how she has been depicted in literature throughout the ages. Dr. Arbery will discuss contemporary secular views as well as the works of John Milton and C. S. Lewis building toward an image of what holy contemporary femininity can and does look like. The image he draws us toward is one of beauty, strength, intelligence and piety that leads one to thrive and contribute to the culture as trustees of humanity.
Learn more: 4th Annual O'Donovan Humanities Lecture