This week Upper School students took their annual pause from regular classes on Wednesday and Thursday to dive into exploratory programming and interactive design-based activities.
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.
Spirit Week kicked off this week as a lead up to our annual Homecoming Pep Rally, happening Friday morning. After getting rallied and spirited with the entire Aardvark community (including Aardy), all students will participate in afternoon fun and games.
We are proud to announce that four Aardvarks have become National Merit Semifinalists this year in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The Visual, Performing, & Musical Arts Department is proud to announce their fall show: Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. This magical fable is about a boy named Haroun, whose famous storyteller father suddenly loses his ability to tell stories.
Parent University is a new experimental program OES is launching this year to give parents the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues that are central to raising healthy children. Learnings will be organized around a central theme, and this year's theme is the "Healthy Mind Platter," which is a concept developed by pediatric and adult health expert Dr. Dan Siegel.