Traditions

Time-honored events that bring our community together.

The Holland Hall experience is more than just lessons and activities that occur within the classroom setting — it includes the arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. There are annual events that enhance the academic curriculum, such as Oklahoma Land Run, Balloon Launch, and Ocean Museum Day, and other events unite the campus for fun and community building, such as the annual Convocation and Field Day.

Students can also explore their personal interests through clubs such as the Star Wars group, Japanese Pop Culture Group, Cooking Club, and much more. Other opportunities include working on the Hallway, the student newspaper; Eight Acres, the yearbook; and Windmill, the annual artistic journal.

All activities at Holland Hall are focused on expanding the messages of the classroom, developing life skills, and bringing the campus closer together.

Annual traditions include:

SOOD
School-Out-Of-Doors (SOOD) is an overnight program for students in the Middle School. Classes work, learn, eat and sleep out-of-doors at various camps around the state. In addition to being a bonding time for students, it also gives them an opportunity to learn from nature and challenge their perspectives of their personal skills. In the fall, 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders camp at St. Crispin’s in Wewoka, OK. In the spring, 5th Graders camp out on the Holland Hall campus, setting up tents on athletic fields and gathering around the campus fire pit.

Primary School Night at the Football Game
Each fall, our youngest fans take over the football field to show their school spirit in what can only be described as an exercise in planning and dedication by our teachers, parent volunteers, and students. PreK – 3rd Grade students perform in front of hundreds of parents and fans before the Upper School football game at this event that also features food trucks, games, and tailgating activities.

Field Day
A Holland Hall tradition since 1941, Field Day is a student-run carnival that funds all Upper School student clubs. Each year, featured booths can include the egg toss, human skateboard bowling, Jedi “lightsaber” sparring, pony rides, a cake walk, bounce house, face and body painting, the octopi toss, fortune telling, karaoke, and much more!

ARTworks
ART works is an annual project of the Holland Hall Parents’ Association providing educational opportunities for students and financial support for the school. A portion of the proceeds raised by the event is used to fund student art workshops. For nearly 40 years, ART works has welcomed talented artists to expose students to various mediums and host workshops with nearly every student on campus.

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Days
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Days are a time for each child to share school with his/her grandparent(s) or a special family friend. Throughout this two-day event, grandparents and friends are encouraged to visit their student in the classroom and attend several musical performances featuring students of all ages.

Outdoor Day
On a fall day each year, Holland Hall’s 162-acre wooded campus becomes the classroom as Middle School students experience their lessons outside on “Outdoor Day.” Regular classroom activities are given an outdoor twist and include scavenger hunts, observation, reading, drawing, and exploration.

Cherokee Heritage Center
As part of the 3rd Grade Oklahoma Unit, students visit the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK. The museum seeks to preserve the history of the Cherokees and allows students to view Cherokee artifacts from ancient to modern times. The day includes a guided tour through a reproduction of a Cherokee settlement from the mid-18th century, time spent in the council house watching as Cherokee guides exhibit their bow and arrow, stickball, and blowgun skills, an arrowhead hunt, and a visit to Adams Corner, where students experience what life was like for the Cherokees in Indian Territory in the 1890’s. The study of Native Americans is a very important part of the 3rd Grade Oklahoma Unit.

Western Day
Western Day, originally “Farm Life Day,” began in Jan Adams’ class in the early 1990’s. It is a culminating event for the Preschool 4’s Western Unit. The children have hands-on experiences that bring together all they have learned about western life as they dress up in western attire, eat western fare, and participate in western life activities (roping cattle, riding the range, racing horses, etc.). The activities on Western Day incorporate gross-motor, fine-motor, math, and language skills.

Owl Pellet Dissection
During the 1st Grade “Birds of Prey” unit, students dissect owl pellets, a mass of undigested food some bird species regurgitate. The contents can include the bones, bills, claws, and teeth of the most recent meal. Students attempt to reconstruct the parts, learning about the bird’s diet and the anatomy of the prey. Ask any lifer from the last 20 years and they will tell you about their experience with the memorable owl pellet dissection!

VIA – Visiting Illustrator Author
Each spring, the Primary School Maloney Library hosts a guest children’s book author/illustrator. The author/illustrator meets with each Primary School class to read aloud their books and teach about the writing and illustration process.

America Day
America Day is a culminating event after a year-long study of the regions of the United States in 4th Grade Social Studies and Language Arts. The students put together research projects varying from creative art pieces to technology presentations that focus on one state of their choice. Family members and faculty are invited to view the projects then enjoy some patriotic songs performed by students and an All-American lunch.

Sakawa–Wanata Track Meet
Dating back to 1924, the Sakawa-Wanata Track meet is one of Holland Hall’s oldest traditions. 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students are placed on either the Sakawa team or Wanata team based on family legacy. The two teams battle it out in various track events including sprints, long jump, high jump, shot put, and softball throw to win the Silver Trophy.

Oklahoma History Day
Western humorist and cowboy storyteller Sky Shivers has been coming to Holland Hall for almost 18 years. Shivers teaches our 3rd Graders about early Oklahoma homestead life through interactive storytelling and crafts.

The Wedding of Q&U, the Living Museum, the Occupation Parade, Convocation, Bridge Crossing, the Fairy Tale Play, Lessons & Carols, Culture Week, the Living Nativity, Teddy Bear Picnic, and so many more…