Humble. Kind. Fierce. Social Justice Champions. These are only a handful of the many words our Middle School educators used to describe the Class of 2022 during Thursday morning's Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony.
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.
What do you get when you put more than 30 eighth graders onstage in front of parents and educators alike?
As part of a tradition hearkening back to 2011, last Friday the Middle School Echoes Awards Ceremony honored excellent written works by OESians in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.
Yesterday evening two different events involving the same principles of inquiry and exploration made campus come alive: the Spring Extension Showcase and the Project X Celebration.
Our sixth graders spent much of this week at Outdoor School, where they conducted engaging field studies in addition to enjoying traditional elements of camp life.