Summer Programs Keep Campus Lively
Simply because school ends in mid-June doesn't mean that OES shuts down for the summer. Quite the opposite, in fact!
The 2017 OES Summer Programs series put up numbers as impressive as Portland's triple-digit temperatures in July and August. We offered 272 different classes and camps taught by a wide array of talented instructors (including 43 OES employees), which provided opportunities for over 1,000 students to play, create, explore, and learn. Attendees also benefited from financial aid due to a much-appreciated anonymous donor connected with our community.
Special highlights of the summer's activities included:
- A "Sock It to Me" puppetry class, taught by OES Admissions Associate for Middle School Bonnie Brennan (pictured above);
- The first-ever Chamber Music Camp, where on a Monday students received music they had never seen before and then put on an hour-long concert that same Friday; and
- New classes such as "Intro to Forensics" and "Intro to Biotechnology (both taught by OES Math educator Bettina Gregg)," thus expanding the available Upper School summer course offerings.
Special kudos are owed to OES Fifth Grade Teacher and Dorm Parent Tina Akehurst, who led EIGHT different camps over the course of the summer—among them "Innovation and Inspiration," "Big and Messy Art Collaboration," and "Epicurean Chefs."
"We had so many beautiful classes this summer," marveled OES Extension and Summer Programs Director Kati Stenstrom, "and I am grateful to experience the wonder and joy within our OES summer learning environment. Thank you to all who participated, and we hope to see you next year!"
Last Friday and Saturday, the OES Middle School hosted the annual Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat.
This week at OES we paid homage to two very different yet linked holidays: Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday.
OES continues to celebrate Black History Month. In a seventh grade English class, students are currently reading and discussing Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist's memoir.
On Wednesday night, people from many different parts of the OES community joined our Boarding families for a dual celebration: honoring both the Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day.