"This is a group that is always changing, learning, and growing," Head of Middle School Ann Sulzer said about the Class of 2023. "It has really been an honor to see them grow into who they are becoming."
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.
Through the entire month of May, seventh graders immersed themselves into the exploration of English and history topics and reached a conclusion last week with the English-History Inquiry Night celebration in the Middle School.
A new end-of-school-year event popped up this week: D&D Celebration Day. Over 50 students, parents, faculty, and staff showed up to this cross-divisional celebration.
The seventh grade traveled south last week to dive deep into theater workshops, attend professional performances, and help out with some service learning.
Ethan Vedder's eighth-grade science students continued work on their SS-Awesome projects this week. Told through social media, the project is a real-world, data-driven, self-designed mission to bring humans to a real asteroid and back.