"Thank you, Class of 2019, for being a class that inspires the future," Head of Upper School Asha Appel said of the graduating seniors.
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.
The Class of 2019 spent some of their last days in school on a rafting trip in Central Oregon this week. They camped, hiked, played music, and spent quality time with each other to celebrate some of their last moments together as Upper Schoolers at OES.
The Upper School's Summer Reading Extravaganza has changed! This year, students are required to read one book that fills them with joy, inspiration, or emotion.
End-of-school-year sunshine came out last Saturday to make the annual Dorm Retreat of Fun that much more special!
OES is lucky to have multiple opportunities–every day–to witness students of all ages learning together, interacting, and making connections. But no day is more special than the annual OES Lifer Lunch.