“The eighth-grade class has distinguished itself for its friendships and connections," Head of Middle School Ann Sulzer said about the Class of 2024. "For its kindness to each other and pure, often loud, joy. For the deep empathy and care, they have for each other."
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.
Middle School science classes are hard at work prototyping usable furniture made from cardboard. Will the furniture be strong enough to hold their parents?
Wellness at OES may look a little different lately, but to help out our community, Middle School Counselor Kathleen Hicks has been creating weekly Wellness Wednesday videos.
Last weekend, a group of parents, educators, Middle School students from our neighbors at Whitford Middle School, and OES Middle and Upper School students explored and played with language during a two-day virtual poetry workshop sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement.
The OES community connected virtually on Wednesday's Mt. Hood Climb Service Day for reflection and gratitude. Though the coronavirus pandemic meant the OES community was unable to physically gather at the Belltower, as has been the tradition for many years, hundreds of OES students, parents, staff, and faculty tuned in to a live broadcast of the ceremony.