Summer Programs Keep Campus Lively
Simply because school ends in mid-June doesn't mean that OES shuts down for the summer. Quite the opposite, in fact!
The 2017 OES Summer Programs series put up numbers as impressive as Portland's triple-digit temperatures in July and August. We offered 272 different classes and camps taught by a wide array of talented instructors (including 43 OES employees), which provided opportunities for over 1,000 students to play, create, explore, and learn. Attendees also benefited from financial aid due to a much-appreciated anonymous donor connected with our community.
Special highlights of the summer's activities included:
- A "Sock It to Me" puppetry class, taught by OES Admissions Associate for Middle School Bonnie Brennan (pictured above);
- The first-ever Chamber Music Camp, where on a Monday students received music they had never seen before and then put on an hour-long concert that same Friday; and
- New classes such as "Intro to Forensics" and "Intro to Biotechnology (both taught by OES Math educator Bettina Gregg)," thus expanding the available Upper School summer course offerings.
Special kudos are owed to OES Fifth Grade Teacher and Dorm Parent Tina Akehurst, who led EIGHT different camps over the course of the summer—among them "Innovation and Inspiration," "Big and Messy Art Collaboration," and "Epicurean Chefs."
"We had so many beautiful classes this summer," marveled OES Extension and Summer Programs Director Kati Stenstrom, "and I am grateful to experience the wonder and joy within our OES summer learning environment. Thank you to all who participated, and we hope to see you next year!"
Our Upper School Debate team has had some stellar successes lately!
Last week young adult novelist Adam Silvera spoke to our Upper School community about everything from the craft of writing to explorations of identity.
Recently Ms. Duden's fifth-grade class clambered into canoes and set off to paddle around the wetlands . . . and then encountered something entirely unexpected.
What do you get when you add 10 Middle School Math Club members, the hours of a Saturday morning, and four different rounds of mathematical competitions? That would be the OES Math Meet!