Fun and educational hands-on experiential adventures are currently being created by Upper School faculty for Winterim.
"It is with great excitement that I share the news that Winterim, one of our most cherished experiential education programs, will return this spring!" said Interim Upper School Head Sarah Grenert-Funk.
Winterim is a hands-on educational experience that occurs annually on the six class days before spring break.
The 2022 Winterim will be planned with Covid safety protocols in mind and best health and safety practices, said Grenert-Funk. Due to the ongoing pandemic and travel complications, trips will be domestic (outside Oregon), local (in Oregon), and on campus (at OES).
Interim Winterim Director Paul Taylor will announce Winterim course offerings to students in an assembly on Thursday, Dec. 2, and send information to parents and students electronically with registration open that day for almost a week. Students will be placed in courses on Dec. 17.
Winterim is a true rite of passage at OES with courses "encouraging students to cultivate their curiosity and reach beyond the familiar by exploring and engaging in new places, cultures, and ideas in a focused, experiential manner," said Grenert-Funk.
The 2021 Winterim was pared down considerably due to Covid, with offerings entirely local and on campus and developed by faculty. The 2022 Winterim is another hopeful step toward life after the pandemic.
"We hope in future years students will also have the opportunity to develop courses," said Grenert-Funk. "All of our Winterim courses are opportunities for students and faculty to work and learn together as part of our shared community, and we are looking forward to it!"