Friday's Graduation 2020 was a ceremony like no other. Congratulations to our graduating Aardvarks!
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When students join the OES Upper School, they discover a culture that values intellectual growth, independent thought, creative problem solving, and sustained curiosity. They find a wide variety of classes and activities and are supported in their efforts to improve, challenge themselves, and take initiative. And they become part of a community filled with resources, including supportive adults who care deeply about the students with whom they work.
The OES Upper School intentionally builds and nurtures a caring community of learners, one in which students get to know each other and their teachers well. The supportive adults in the community seek to make sure that each student feels known, valued, and encouraged in their efforts to learn and take on new challenges.
The Upper School community values and relies on diverse experience and perspectives, and students learn to reach beyond that which is familiar. They learn to recognize the many ways that they each contribute and succeed in their classes, sports, co-curricular interests, volunteer involvement, artistic pursuits, outdoor adventures, and civic engagement. And they learn to use their power for good by making a difference in the world outside of themselves.
The Class of 2020 could be characterized by its many accomplishments, but for Head of Upper School Asha Appel, this graduating class characterizes community in a way never seen before.
The Class of 2020 participated in senior traditions old and new this week, in a socially distant way, by picking up their time capsules, gift bags, and leftover locker items.
The Class of 2020's contributions to Visual, Performing, and Musical Arts at OES deserve recognition and attention. To honor these creative seniors, we put together a Class of 2020 Fine Arts Showcase. Check it out!
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.