In the last full week of classes, Middle Schoolers celebrated with a spirit week, dressing up, building community, and having fun.
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.
Eighth graders moved into the “Create” stage of their Inquiry Project process by beginning to develop their project “artifacts."
On Wednesday, Mt. Hood Climb Service Day, the OES community reflected on its past, showed gratitude, and then helped others, giving back on campus and at home. OES students, parents, staff, and faculty tuned in to a live broadcast of the ceremony followed by service projects benefiting the school and its neighbors.
Sixth and seventh graders dove deeper into their science research projects this week, tinkering, observing, and learning from their wide variety of experiments.
Thank you cards, tasty treats, plants, care packages, and gratitude were gifted all over campus this week to show the community's love during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.