OES's Cross Country teams from got off to a hot start on Tuesday. Over 30 runners from grades four-through-eight competed against hundreds of runners from area schools.
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 OES community gathered together on Wednesday to celebrate the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, and our 150th anniversary as a school.
OES has changed a lot over its 150-year history. Many of those changes were to the buildings and campuses St. Helen's Hall was situated in. Through fires, urbanization, interstate highway construction, and even a name change, OES survives today at our Nicol Road location in the SW Portland neighborhood, Raleigh Hills.
OES's connection to the moon landing comes via Captain Elizabeth Reeves, MCS, USN (Ret.), SHH '32 and SHH Junior College '35 who put pilots, crew members, and future astronauts through rigorous tests to determine the effects of, acceleration, altitude, and eventually, weightlessness and microgravity in space.
"This is a group that is always changing, learning, and growing," Head of Middle School Ann Sulzer said about the Class of 2023. "It has really been an honor to see them grow into who they are becoming."