Sixth graders have been spending their mornings in the woods and wetlands, and for many of the new OES students, it's their first time exploring our campus! Students are forming connections through team-building challenges and exploring the fun corners campus has to offer.
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 first Middle School social for students was held the Friday before spring break and featured a teacher lip-sync battle and fun virtual games to build community.
From rice farming and medicine to clothing, technology, and the military, OES eighth-graders recently finished a unit exploring how China and Japan modernized in the 17th and 18th centuries, in part, due to western influence.
On behalf of the All School Parent Partnership Team, please explore the Volunteer Interest Form which details the volunteer leadership positions for our parent community during the 2021-22 academic year.
The Middle School was buzzing this week as sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students returned to school for Campus-Based Instruction. Students went through their normal class schedules, attended new classroom spaces, and got to connect with their peers and teachers.