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  February 25, 2011      Vol. 5, No. 23  
Will B. '11, right, was Metro League men's champ, and Austin I. '11 placed third.

League champ Anna R. '13, lower left, and Nikki I. '12 support teammate Katie I. '13.

OES Skiers Take Two Top Spots in Metro League

The OES ski team finished its regular season with both girls' and boys' teams qualifying for the state championships in Bend in March. Each team placed second in the Metro League, which has mostly 6A schools including Sunset, Beaverton, Southridge, Tigard, and Jesuit. OES scored its biggest individual successes in the history of the program with both the men's and women's combined champions. Will B.  '11 and Anna R. '13 captured first place as overall league champions! Austin I. '11 was a strong third overall, and Tobias M. '14 finished in eighth place overall. Harper H.s '14 was 11th overall, and others finishing in the top 30 for the year were Katie I. '13, Nicole I. '12, Lauren S. '12, Chris C. '12, Noah R. '14, and Aaron G. '11.



Student Directors Present
Original One-Act Dramas

One-act plays from the Playwrighting senior English elective were performed Thursday night in the Great Hall and will continue tonight and Saturday. Four plays written by students in the class were chosen for public productions that were directed by the playwrights themselves--Jordana L. '11, Hannah T. '11, Chris H. '11, and Sam A.r '11. They directed student actors, above, with support from the technical crew, left. See more photos by John Holloran.

Primary Kids Blast Off!

Students in the Primary class built a space vehicle from cardboard, egg cartons, and sundry other materials. It included a command center, a bathroom, a hockey rink, a bowling alley, and tennis courts. The students said it could only fly in their imaginations because it was just made of cardboard. And sure enough, while they were fast asleep and dreaming that night, the photo at right was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The eight students shown above, from various Oregon high schools, were selected as semifinalists and gave 15-minute presentations that were evaluated based on evidence of original research question, methods and design, clearly communicated analysis of data and conclusions, and presentation skills.
  OES Hosts Oregon
State Symposium
for Researchers

Thirty-three Oregon high school students presented original research at the 2011 Oregon Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium hosted by OES last Saturday. The top two finalists, including OESian Laurie R. '11, are invited to present their research and compete at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in San Diego from April 27 to May 1, with a chance at attending the International Youth Science Forum in London.

Mathletes Dominate
Regional Contest

The OES team won first place at the Mathcounts Regional Competition held at Mentor Graphics on Saturday. The members of the winning squad were were Michael M. '15, Vikul G.a '16, Aaron L. '16, and Carmen-Ioana U. '16. They advance to the Mathcounts State Competition, which will be held March 12 at Oregon State University. OES Mathletes did very well in the individual Competition as well -- Marie F. '16 won first place, with the highest individual score in the regional competition, Michael M. '15 secured 2nd place, and Aaron L. '16 came in 5th place. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement nationwide.

Mathletes are, front row from left, Carmen-Ioana U. '16, Marie F. '16, Vikul G. '16, Chandler W. '17, and Josh C. '16; back row, coach Dan Clark, Michael M. '15, Vineet E. '17, Aaron L. '16, and coach Sandeep Gupta. Not shown are Alex G. '16 and Arnav B. '16.


OES Science Researcher Explains Work to President

When President Obama was visiting Intel last week, he met with Oregon's two Intel finalists, Laurie R. '11 from OES and Yushi Wang from Sunset High. Laurie said the President asked about her project and already knew it concerned water pollution. He prefaced his question by admitting that he probably would not understand her project, but he listened attentively to Laurie's explanation and then complimented her, saying "I understood it! You would make a great teacher." Laurie was impressed with the President's active listening style. "He leaned in to hear what I was saying and made good eye contact. He was confident, personable, and open." In his weekly radio address last Saturday, President Obama spoke about education and mentioned Laurie by name.



Freshman Rocks Out

Alex O. '14 performed in the Portland School of Rock show featuring songs by the band Queen. He sang the David Bowie portion in the Queen/ David Bowie duet "Under Pressure" and drummed on four other pieces. The show was presented January 29 at the Hawthorne Theater. Way to rock, Alex!



Oz Tickets to Go
on Sale Tuesday

With a cast of 70 students from the third through 12th grades, a live student orchestra, and fantastic costumes and sets, The Wizard of Oz is sure to please people of any age. Tickets will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, for the show, which will be presented April 15-17 at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Portland Community College Sylvania. Ticket prices are $15 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. You can purchase tickets in the OES Gallery Store or online on Tuesday.

View Student Research
at Aardvark Science Expo

The public is invited to view exhibits at next week's Aardvark Science Expo at SPARC. Projects may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, and it will be possible to view the projects and speak with the students who created them from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The expo will be closed for judging during the day on Friday, and an awards ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. If you come Friday evening, you may want to park on the main campus and walk down the path behind the dorms.



Auction Appeal to Connect
Students Peers Around World

Imagine a Lower School class taking a virtual field trip to Portland, Maine, and interacting with a class there about the histories of each region—the richness of Native American culture, the economies that grew from living so near a coast, and the responsibilities of good stewardship of natural resources. Imagine the teachers of those schools collaborating on the important themes and exchanging wonderful ideas about teaching and learning. This year's auction special appeal will provide funding for a Communications and Conference Center to make that vision a reality. Learn more.