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Welcome from Dr. James Hutchins, Head of School

Welcome to our school website! The website will share with you the wonderful opportunities and developments at Oak Hall school.

Oak Hall is a vibrant school where students are motivated to achieve endless possibilities. Students are at the heart of every decision we make. At Oak Hall, we believe students should be active in the learning process, not just bystanders. Through our engaging teaching and learning process, we want students to develop the characteristics and skills for effective learning and life.

Oak Hall is a family community. We believe that education is a partnership between home and school and regard you as an active partner. As a school with a rich history, we are not complacent. We are committed to providing the best experience and inspirational environment for our students and families.

While we hope the website provides a snapshot of our wonderful school, we invite you to visit campus and experience first-hand what we have to offer.

What is character and why does it matter?

My mother always said, "James, character is what you do when nobody is watching." As a young man desiring to make my mother proud, I would always ask myself, "Would my mom approve of this behavior?" Now, I would be lying if I said I always did the right thing and that mom always approved of my actions. That just isn't reality. However, having those thoughts in the back of my mind did keep me out of trouble a lot.

So, what really is character? Simply stated, character is what a person really is. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." Reputation is what others think of you, which may or may not be true, but your character is who you really are. Character is the collection of your moral and ethical assets, and thus is the result of the decisions you make. Undeniably, we make mistakes. I am not saying you have bad character just because you make a bad choice. Far too often we confuse character with flawlessness. Instead, it is a constant drive to try to do the right thing. When a mistake is made, you work to get back on the right path. 

Why do I bring this up? At Oak Hall, we strive to incorporate character development into everything we do; whether Mrs. Mills is helping Lower School students learn to say, "excuse me" and "thank you," Coach Fuhr teaching the idea of "There is no 'I' in team," or Mr. Jackson giving a one-on-one motivational "I know you can do it. I have faith in you" speech. We are stressing the idea that character counts in everything we do. The type of character you have is your choice. This is why it was once said that, "Your character is the sum total of your life choices."

Together, we have the most important job in the world: shaping the hearts and minds of our students. Some say we are in a character crisis in our country. Character grows, or it erodes. Let's not grow weary in the work we have to do. Let's continue to work together and help our students develop strong character and learn to do what is right when nobody is watching.