September 9, 2016

New Lower School Building Opens!

A steady but light rain didn't stop one of the most exciting events in recent OES history: the opening of our new Lower School building. Parents, students, employees, and friends all gathered around the building's front steps and up the covered walkway to celebrate this architectural achievement five years in the making. "What a journey it has been to bring this building to life," remarked Head of School Mo Copeland. "Every space [in the school] is a learning space."

Head of the Lower School David Lowell then cut the green and white ribbon and welcomed all Pre-K through Fifth Grade students to their first day of classes. Thank you to all the OES families and friends who joined us for this landmark day!

Video credit to Wave One Group

Eighth Graders Climb Their Way Into Leadership Roles

The beginning of each school year is marked by new friends, subjects, teachers, and academic ideas. For our eighth graders, the start of 2016-17 is also kicking off with new lessons in leadership.

For two days this week, the Class of 2020 delved deep into what it truly means to be a leader. Through four different sessions, they worked both together and independently to understand their leadership capabilities. Each student completed a "Style Profile" survey, which illuminated his or her individual leadership style. They also participated in a "Handle or Refer" session that taught principles of mindfulness, caring for themselves and others, as well as acting with courage and compassion, all of which are key principles taught as part of OES Essential Competencies.

Finally, each eighth grade group took to the campus ropes course (pictured above) to further develop leadership skills in an outdoor setting. As they prepared to tackle the course, Genevieve B. '20 could be heard encouraging a friend who was nervous about the height. "You climbed to the top of the rock wall, and this is shorter than that," Genevieve said. "You can do it!"

OES Rings in its 147th School Year

Keeping with a long-standing tradition, on Wednesday morning just after the new Lower School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, the OES community came together for the annual Belltower Gathering. New students and old friends alike listened to Student Body President Daniel E. '16 as he asked all gathered to consider the following question: "How can we commit to being open this year?" Daniel shared his vision for each OESian to come to school every day determined to be engaged in their classes, step outside of their comfort zones, and seek success.

As the crowd of students lined up to shake hands with Daniel and Head of School Mo Copeland (pictured above), this year's 5th graders (Class of 2024) rang the bell a full 147 times to commemorate OES' 147th school year. Welcome back, Aardvarks!

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Our beautiful new field was installed earlier this summer! From soccer to lacrosse to P.E. classes of all grades, Aardvarks are greatly enjoying this top quality turf. 


(Photo Credit: Ted Morissette, '15)

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Here's to our educators and to this new school year! #MondayMotivation #BackToSchool


The OES girls' Varsity volleyball team is off to a stellar start. As Athletic Director Dennis Sullivan shared via his blog, "The team won both matches in their tri-match on Tuesday night. . .it was all OES in the 5th set against Sheridan as the girls cruised to a 15-8 win."


Excellent work in these first two league matches, 'Varks!


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