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Mount Hood Climb Service Day: Kicking Off a Month of Service in the Middle School

Next Wednesday, May 12 we will honor and remember the lives of OES students and faculty impacted 35 year ago by the Mount Hood Climb by kicking off a month of service to our community. Serving our neighbors is a tangible and meaningful way to honor their lives and give back to the Portland community that helped OES in our time of need. Please read below for more information on how students and families can participate in this month of service.

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A Message from the Division Head

by Ann Sulzer

Thank you Middle School families, and especially Margaret Smith and Sammy Schwarz, for your Teacher Appreciation surprise this week of some beautiful potted flowers that all of our teachers really enjoyed. We could not do this work without being in partnership with all of you, so thank you!

For those of you who have not gotten caught up on the latest Middle School news, please check out the fifth edition of the student-produced newspaper: The OES Times

Current seventh grade parents, remember you have a Relationship Retreat Review meeting on Tuesday, May 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom to hear about the Fall Relationship Program for eighth graders that covers healthy relationships, sexual health, identity, and consent, in addition to other topics. Please note the time change for this meeting to an evening time. If you have any questions, please reach out to Steve Brennan or Karen Seder, who are the co-leaders of this program. 

Thanks so much to those of you who were able to join us for our Parent Partnership meeting this week with Dyan Watson, our Director of Inclusion. She sparked some great conversations not only about voting rights, but also about how we have open conversations and take on different perspectives. We will have one more Parent Partnership meeting this year on Wednesday, June 2 from 9:0010:00 a.m. and also from 7:008:00 p.m. to give you the opportunity to hear about the new Middle School schedule that we will transition to this fall for the 2021–22 school year. We will share out the schedule with students in advisory over the next several weeks. The links for both meetings are posted on the OES calendar online, and I will send out a reminder that week. 

Please remember these safety measures on campus: 

  • Please only drop off your child in the morning once there are adults present in the parking lot for check-in. We do not want students to be unsupervised. 
  • Please do not meet your children for pick up along Nicol Road. We understand that the lines for pick-up are long, but then we do not have eyes on your children and their safety, and we are not certain who has been picked up and who is still waiting. 
  • Although guidelines are changing regarding mask guidelines for those who have been vaccinated and who are outdoors, the OES campus still requires all adults to wear masks at all times on campus. That includes if you are out of your car for athletics pick-up and for all athletic events.