The Happy Kid Project

Physics First: Why Oak Knoll Students Learn Physics in 9th Grade

Season 3, Episode 7: Published January 18, 2023

It seems that school's have been teaching the sciences in a certain order dating back to the launching of Sputnik and the cold war period, but Oak Knoll has decided to re-order that sequence in a way that makes more sense for students of today.
The Christmas Spirit: An Audio Postcard

Season 3, Episode 6: Published December 22, 2022

For this, our last podcast of the calendar year, we take you on an auditory tour through the month of December at Oak Knoll. Share in the Christmas spirit and enjoy this fun collage of activities – from decking the halls to icing gingerbread houses, from trees engineered out of books to pre-kindergarten singalongs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Cracking the Code: Computer Science Education Week at Oak Knoll

Season 3, Episode 5: Published December 12, 2022

Audio postcards from Oak Knoll's Lower School as our youngest learners celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Gain an audio glimpse into our PK-6 classrooms as students delve into the world of coding, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
How Oak Knoll's Writing Center Cultivates Student Leadership

Season 3, Episode 4: Published November 30, 2022

Oak Knoll's Writing Center provides a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to take on leadership roles while supporting their peers. Hear how the Writing Center increases student confidence, leadership skills, and academic excellence in a safe and supportive space.
Being in Community With Others - Service Day

Season 3, Episode 3: Published November 16, 2022

Hear how Oak Knoll instills a sense of service in students, connecting their own experiences and the needs of the wider world. We sit down with Michele Van Kalsbeck, Oak Knoll's Director of Campus Ministry and Theology Teacher, about our annual day of service. During this episode, she talks about using this day as an essential jumping-off point to remind students that being in service is a mindset that should be ever-present rather than an activity performed for others.
29th Annual Oak Knoll Royal Boutique

Season 3, Episode 1: Published October 24, 2022

Oak Knoll invites members of the community to join us on campus for the 29th Annual Royal Boutique on November 3-5, 2022. More than 35 vendors from around the country participate, including homegoods, jewelry, holiday decor and gifts, and more.
Volunteering and Giving Back

Season 2, Episode 6: Published September 9, 2022

Oak Knoll welcomed Richard Uniacke, President of Bridges Outreach, to talk about how students can get involved in the fight to end homelessness, stand out and give back in a meaningful way, and support the organization's overall mission by participating in the upcoming Streets 2 Homes 5K event.
Getting Involved at OKS

Season 2, Episode 5: Published August 11, 2022

We chat with rising senior Zahra Jones '23 ahead of the 2022-23 school year about the many ways students can get involved at Oak Knoll.
Mental Health and Athletics

Season 2, Episode 4: Published May 18, 2022

A special Mental Health Awareness Month episode featuring a recent presentation on student-athletes and the pressures associated with competing in competitive sports. Featuring: Dr. Kelly Childs, Oak Knoll School Athletic Director; Dr. Melissa Maskery, Oak Knoll’s Athletic Trainer; Christine Mahoney, Oak Knoll's Upper School Counselor; and Dr. Ashley M. Zultanky, a Certified School Psychologist and clinical psychology postdoctoral Fellow at Behavior Therapy Associates.
The Importance of Black History Month

Season 2, Episode 3: Published February 15, 2022

Melissa Miller, Oak Knoll’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Justice sits down with Desiree Mitchell ’23, Oak Knoll junior and leader of the Black Scholars Club, discussing the importance of February’s Black History Month and celebrating Black history all year-round.
The Science of SEL

Season 2, Episode 2: Published January 19, 2022

Regina Cherill, Oak Knoll's Lower School Science Teacher for grades 4-6, talks about the importance of weaving social and emotional learning into the science and math curriculum.
Building Confidence in Middle School Girls

Season 2, Episode 1: Published September 26, 2021

After unveiling the school's new confidence-building signature program, EmpowHER, this fall, we caught up with Upper School Division Head Kathryn McGroarty to discuss the confidence gap in middle school girls and how Oak Knoll empowers its young students.

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The Happy Kid Project — the official podcast for Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child,  a private Catholic PK-12 school in Summit, New Jersey — will offer parents and caregivers helpful tips and vital, timely information necessary to raise happy and healthy kids