Middle School Science Teacher Ethan Vedder’s students had a special visitor this week: a well-renowned primatologist with almost 40 years experience working to preserve critically endangered Rwandan mountain gorillas. Yep, it was Ethan's mom, Amy Vedder, Ph.D.!
Middle School Home
Driven by “what’s best for students,” teaching and learning in the OES Middle School foster connections and cultivate creative and critical thinking. Because the Middle School years are a time of great transition, the OES Middle School creates a learning environment where students can take risks and feel supported by the community.
Students in the Middle School experience:
- A focus on community through our grade level advisory program and experiential class trips that range from learning outdoor skills at Mt. St. Helens to bringing plays to life at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
- An inquiry-driven curriculum where students are guided to craft thoughtful questions, respond constructively to setbacks, and share what they have learned with the community in every subject from history to science.
- An emphasis on student wellness and mindfulness through Health and Wellness classes to thoughtful counseling programs for academic and social/emotional needs.
Through programs such as advisory, morning Gathering, and Service Learning, teachers connect with students and offer them academic and social, and emotional support.
It’s not every day that Middle Schoolers explore a Buddhist temple, meet a monk, and celebrate Buddhist traditions, but on Thursday that’s exactly what was in store for sixth graders during their first Sacred Spaces field trip.
The Middle School Halloween Social last Friday was more than just a dance. Ping-pong, movies, snacks, and a variety of other games and activities were on the agenda for the dozens of middle schoolers who attended.
Middle School Spirit Week comes to a close today. Getting to wear pajamas, jerseys, OES gear, and more made for anything but a normal week for Middle Schoolers.
The Middle School was abuzz on Wednesday for the first Service Learning Day of the school year. Students, faculty, staff, and volunteers were all around campus and beyond, helping better the community by working at more than a dozen charities and organizations.