A faculty, staff, and administrator panel of judges put on their best “shark” impressions Tuesday for the OES Middle School’s third annual Shark Tank-like business presentations. Seventh-graders pitched their novel innovations to six OES "sharks" in front of a “live studio audience” of family, friends, and teachers to see if they could drum up "investors" for their projects.
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.
OES was honored to welcome to campus on Wednesday noted digital media and technology expert Devorah Heitner, the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives.
OES eighth-graders are in the research phase of their year-long Inquiry Exploration, a required Middle School course emphasizing student-driven learning, process over product, and a growth mindset.
Eighth-grade Spanish students spent part of this week celebrating Día de los Reyes—or The Three Kings' Day—as a culminating celebration of Navidad.
The Middle School Sock Drive benefiting William Temple House concluded this week, giving our students an opportunity to engage with the community.