May Dedications

This year on Saturday, May 22nd there will be a small gathering to recognize the upper school scholarship recipients as well as commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the dedication of the Hannah Marie Bradshaw Activities Center as well as the 20th year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for Bradshaw Hall which was named in memory of Helen Marie Bradshaw, the mother of Stan Bradshaw.

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The Blackbird’s Eye

Tuesday, May 18th O’Neal will hold its annual dedication ceremony of the Blackbird’s Eye – a literary publication featuring poetry, prose and art of students from all three divisions over this school year. The first issue was in 1974, only two years after the School opened and though it may have changed its look and some content, the publication has withstood the test of time.


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Golf

O’Neal Varsity Boys Golf team won their conference championship this week and seventh-grade student Jack Halloran won medalist honors, all-conference, and Conference Player of the Year. The Falcons have been fortunate to carry strong golf teams throughout its history. In all fairness, when world-renowned golf courses are a stone’s throw away, a private school within the vicinity of the capital of golf in the United States oftentimes can produce a young stellar golf team.


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Science Olympiad

The Scrambler Event at O'Neal's first Invitational tournament.

O’Neal’s varsity Science Olympiad team will be participating in the state competition this weekend. The tournament will take place via the satellite method – where the team can work together at their school and compete with the other teams virtually. Though O’Neal’s middle school has made multiple team and individual state appearances, this marks the first time the entire varsity team, comprised of students in the Upper School, has qualified for state competition.


We wish them the best this weekend!


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Performing Arts

The O’Neal Players will be performing Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. this weekend for the School’s annual musical. Though the lower school students were unable to be included this year, due to the COVID-19 protocols, students from the Middle and Upper Schools are ready to perform! This event will mark the fifth annual all-school musical in recent years.

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Student Leadership

Through the years, O’Neal has experimented with student governments and leadership programs. In 1975, when Wallace O’Neal Day School served students in grade 3-10, there was a Lower School Senate (grades 3-7) and an Upper School Senate (grades 8-10). Both divisions held full blown student elections for their governing groups. In 1986 there was evidence of class presidents and a student government association in the Upper School and the Lower School retained the Lower School Senate structure. For a few years after, the student government association was called the Advisory Council. The 1987/88 school year saw the creation of an official middle school division. By the 1990’s standard student government structures existed in the Upper and Middle School, with the Lower School sticking to a Senate.

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The O’Neal Trail

When studying the westward expansion, life on the Oregon Trail is hard to imagine. But for O’Neal second and fifth graders, a glimpse of traveling over uncivilized territory was experienced firsthand. An event the parents, teachers and students looked forward to every year, The O’Neal Trail was “traveled” for 22 years!

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The Global Front

As we approach our spring break, we are reminded of what would typically be a time for student travel abroad. Though we are soon to experience our second consecutive spring break with no student trips in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can reflect on O’Neal’s long history of giving its students opportunities for global awareness and immersion into other cultures.

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