Last Friday, young adult author Kiersten White visited Upper School English Teacher Gabriel Stein-Bodenheimer's A block English class to talk about writing, and how she came to write her latest book, Slayer.
Upper School Home
When students join the OES Upper School, they quickly discover a culture that expects them to take charge of their education, to manage their time, to make choices among a wide variety of classes and activities, to take the initiative in reaching out to teachers. At the same time, they find a school filled with resources and adults who care deeply about learning and who are eager to offer support when asked.
Students join a community of learners, one that the faculty tends and builds intentionally, so that students get to know each other well and learn to see the adults in the community as people who want to support them, get to know them, and value them as individuals. Upper school culture values diversity and encourages students to be themselves, to reach beyond the familiar, get to know people who have a broad range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds. Students cheer each other on when they share their accomplishments, whether it be in sports, academics, the arts or volunteer pursuits.
OES builds community intentionally from day one, when students begin to get to know each other well on class trips. During the school year they deepen their interactions and hear from each other in weekly community times: gathering, chapel, advisory, activities, athletic team practices, and through ongoing work with Experiential Education and Service Learning programs. Both programs enter into the academic curriculum in ways that help students appreciate the value and relevance of their learning and provides paths for reflection as they consider how people respond to the challenges they face.
It's been a busy week in our two upper divisions . . . returning from Winter Break and going full steam ahead is the Aardvark way!
The 15th annual celebration of all things eggnogg-y, NOGFEST, was held in the Upper School Library last week to help celebrate the coming winter break.
The OES Math Club is gearing up for their annual MathCounts Mock Competition in the MS Commons this weekend.
Each year, OES sends six students to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference offered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and several faculty members to the concurrent People of Color Conference (PoCC).