When challenged to get inventive during continuous learning, is it any surprise that an OES art teacher found multiple creative ways to keep students engaged while at home?
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.
Virtual and augmented reality, stop-motion animation, puzzles, games, Merge Cubes, and much more have taken Middle School technology classes beyond just learning about computers.
The OES Middle School community stepped up this week to prepare 100 sack lunches for Blanchet House, a longtime community partner and nonprofit providing meals and life-saving housing programs to people in need.
Seeing the need to showcase Middle School student voice, a group of seventh-graders has created a newspaper for their peers!
The Middle School Math Club has retained its loyal following this school year as more than 25 students gear up for the regional MathCounts virtual competition in February. The group meets to celebrate math, learn more about the math they study in class, and ready themselves for the MathCounts competition.