Weeks of preparation became reality this week as our Aardvarks switched on their iPads and laptops at home to begin remote learning.
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.
The Middle School paused classroom activities this week for the second Service Learning Day of the school year.
The three sixth-grade classes traveled to the Muslim Educational Trust to learn about Islam from students and teachers at the Islamic School of MET and the Oregon Islamic Academy, the third of four Sacred Spaces field trips this school year for middle schoolers.
Middle School Math Club members placed fourth in the Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Saturday. Hard work pays off!
Middle Schoolers spent portions of their week visiting, discussing, and contemplating the February art exhibit in the OES Chapel, designed to spark reflections on identity and family history.