Winterim, the six class days before spring vacation each year, is a time set aside in the OES Upper School for experiential pursuits. Faculty and students plan a broad variety of courses that provide opportunities for students to explore new skills, places, cultures, and ideas in a focused, experiential manner. Participation in Winterim each year is a requirement for all students. It provides an opportunity for students and teachers to work together and learn in new situations, and builds community within the school. Winterim also generates some of the best memories of the school year!
NOTE: Courses marked with a 🖐 indicate that the course involves a service component.
Winterim: March 14-21, 2019
We announce international trip options in June, almost a year in advance, so that families can budget for them and students can have time to earn money to help pay for their trip. Generally, these trips extend into spring vacation. Please take note of the dates for each trip. Students who wish to participate in one of these courses must indicate their commitment by submitting an International Winterim Course Application and the parent approval form (sent automatically when a student submits an application) no later than October 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Domestic and local course options, which comprise the great majority of the Winterim offerings, are posted in mid-November. These courses are less expensive, generally ranging from no cost to several hundred dollars. The full Winterim catalogue offers students a broad range of options, from active endeavors to artistic exploration, and from on-campus courses to trips to other parts of the United States. Courses marked with a hand symbol ( ) indicate that the course involves some service. Students not participating in an international course register for their course choices on-line and have a parent send signed approval of their course selection, via the electronically generated form, no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. In 2019, Winterim will run March 14–21.
- Cambodia 🖐
- Biennial French Exchange Program
- Cuba 🖐
- Chajul, Guatemala: OES and Catlin Gabel Global Service Collaboration 🖐
- China 🖐
This trip will explore the country and culture of Cambodia. We will start the trip in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh. In this vibrant and active urban environment we will learn about the history of the country and the current efforts to rebuild after decades of war (Cambodian Civil War). We'll meet with a local reporter to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the government, and with a survivor of the Khmer Rouge for insight into citizen life. Also, we will explore the relatively recent history of conflict here by visiting the Eviction Sites, Tuol Sleng Museum, and the Killing Fields, legacies of the brutal Pol Pot regime. Time will allow for visits to the Silver Pagoda, Central Market, Olympic Stadium, and Royal Palace, as well as for watching the traditional Apsara dance performances.
As the group leaves Phnom Penh and ventures into the countryside we will see first-hand the effect of past conflicts and current rebuilding efforts on the culture and people of Cambodia. We will travel to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Here we will hike Phnom Sampeu (a mountain with a harrowing and horrifying past), explore the Bamboo Railway, and kayak along the Sangkae River while viewing the Irrawaddy dolphins.
Leaving Battambang we’ll head east towards the Tonlé Sap. We will explore floating villages and learn about the unique ecology of the freshwater lake and then continue north to the city of Siem Reap, where we’ll spend approximately a week working with the local NGO Caring for Cambodia (CFC). We’ll alternate building projects and teaching English through CFC’s ESL Program, trips to more rural villages, and visits to the amazing temple complexes including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm. We also will have the opportunity to watch the Phare Circus, take a cooking class, and explore the city center on bicycles. Here we will contrast the reality of life in Cambodia today with the proud history of the ancient Khmer empire.
For more information please contact Emily Ford.
Information meeting: September 26 at 5:45 pm in the Drinkward Center chemistry lab
Leaders: Emily Ford, Lola de Garmo (Student Leaders), Bevin Daglen, and Erika Jelinek
Key Collaborators: Maureen Pond (CFC) and Kilong Ung
Dates: March 13–March 24 or 25, 2019
Enrollment: 9-12 Students
Service Learning: Yes - Project
Cost: $3600-$3700 depending on airfare
For our students who have had at least two years of French, we have an established exchange program with a high school in the Lyon region of France. L’Externat Sainte-Marie is located in La Verpillière, twenty minutes to the south east of Lyon. Our students spend a little over two weeks in home stays with the families of their host students, going to school at l’Externat, and touring the surrounding region. In previous years those tours have included short trips to Geneva, the medieval towns of Crémieux and Pérouges, and further south, Avignon and les Baux de Provence. The trip also includes three to four days spent in Paris.
This trip begins the week before Winterim and includes Winterim as well as most of spring break. In return, the French correspondents who hosted the OES students then come to Portland and spend approximately three weeks with their OES families, attending classes and touring the region. A parent meeting for those who are interested in participating in this exchange will be scheduled in the fall.
For more information please contact Katrina Perry.
Information meeting: September 26 at 6:00 pm in room 73
Leaders: Katrina Perry and TBA
Dates: We will likely depart on March 9 and return on March 28.
Enrollment: 8 -14
Cost: $3600 (includes all expenses except lunch during the four days in Paris, personal expenditures, and passport fees.)
Prerequisites: Students applying for this trip should be enrolled in French II or higher.
On this trip we will explore the cultural and social values of Cuba by participating in the local culture of Havana and Las Terrazas. We will learn about Cuba’s history, politics, national treasures, music, and contemporary art scene by immersing ourselves in the communities of both places.
The trip's first few days will be spent in Havana exploring cultural sites, visiting the markets, and working with an art school on a community project. We'll also travel to the beautiful town of Las Terrazas (for three days) and visit a UNESCO biosphere reserve where we will swim, visit the school, explore the vibrant artist community there, and see a coffee plantation.
Information meeting: September 26 at 6:00 pm in room 71
Leaders: Carmen Boyle and Maria McIvor
Travel Company: Authentic Cuba Travel
Dates: March 14- March 21st
Service Learning: Yes - Hours (possibly a project)
Prerequisites: Students applying for this trip should be enrolled in Spanish I or higher.
This trip will mark the fifth biennial global service collaboration between Catlin Gabel School (CGS) and Oregon Episcopal School. Together, our group of seven OES and seven CGS students will journey to the Ixil Mayan town of Chajul, Guatemala, where we will work with community leaders and support their efforts to improve the lives of local children and families. The trip has proven to be an inspiring, enlightening, and incredibly fun experience where OES and CGS students form deep friendships with each other as well as with students in Chajul.
The Ixil region was the target of genocide during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. Despite the signing of peace accords in 1996, people in Chajul still struggle. Less than 3% of students in Chajul graduate from high school and 75% of the adults are illiterate. We will work with two locally-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that focus on education: Limitless Horizons Ixil, (which initiated the region’s only public library and offers scholarships, educational support, professional training, and health education in Chajul) and with CEMIK, a one-room schoolhouse that provides Ixil-Spanish bilingual education to the poorest families in the community.
Students who participate in this trip should be excited to speak a lot of Spanish (all communication with people in Chajul is conducted in Spanish), to learn about the role of NGOs in the developing world, and to play, learn and work with very young children through young adults in Chajul. Our rewards will be the opportunity to develop friendships with people whose lives are very different from our own, and the rare chance to experience daily life in a corner of the world that few extranjeros have the privilege to visit.
For more information, contact Christina Meyerhoff.
Information meeting: September 26 at 5:30 pm in room 70
Leaders: Christina Meyerhoff, Spencer White
NGO Key Collaborators: Joan Williams, Dr. Andrew Zechnich
Dates: March 13– March 23, 2019
Enrollment: 7 OES students, 7 CGS students.
Service Learning: Yes - Project
Prerequisites: Participants need to be enrolled in or have completed at least Spanish III
This Winterim offers participants the opportunity to experience China in its most rural and urban contexts. Our group will travel first to Chengdu in Sichuan province, China’s fifth largest city. From there we will head to a panda center in nearby Dujiangyan where we’ll spend two days learning about and caring for China’s treasured pandas. Next we’ll journey deep into the mountains for two nights in the tiny and secluded Jiaju Tibetan village of Danba, where we will live with a family, hike in search of hidden ancient pagodas, and experience isolated rural Chinese life first hand. We will stop to explore the pristine peaks of Four Girls National Park before returning to Chengdu, where we’ll visit the night market and watch a Chinese opera and acrobatics show. From there, we’re off to Beijing!
Once in China’s capital, we will connect with students at the Beijing Foreign Language School, take a cooking class, and savor the tea ceremony at a traditional Chinese tea house (learning how to properly prepare green, jasmine, and wulong teas). We’ll also visit the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, and Hutong for dinner. To wrap up our experience we’ll make a pilgrimage to the Great Wall of China.
Information meeting: September 26 at 5:30 pm in room 72
Leaders: Chiman Chen, Kelola McCrary, and a Rustic Pathways Program Leader
Dates: March 13-25, 2019
Enrollment: 12 students (Applicants who are studying Chinese will be given priority, though language study is not a requirement for participation.)
Travel Company: Rustic Pathways
- Native Peoples, Native Lands
- Cross-Country Ski Adventure
- Utah Backpacking
- Ashland Theater
- Mississippi to Memphis: A Civil Rights Journey
- Outdoor School Counselor 🖐
- Border Crossing: Examining Immigration in El Paso 🖐
- Gone Fishing
- Oregon Stories 🖐
- Midnight Train to Montana
- Explore the Cultures and Landscape of New Mexico
Connect to the native peoples and lands of the Southwest! Nevada and Arizona are home to diverse and dramatic landscapes as well as dozens of federally- and state-recognized Native American tribes. We will explore some of these landscapes and indigenous cultural traditions by road tripping from Las Vegas to Phoenix. Along the way, we’ll discover: red rock sandstone formations; a 5 million year old canyon with a depth of one mile; arid mesas and rich valley floors; and one of the largest dams in the world. We’ll learn the history of these places and how, over time, Native American tribes have had to adapt to American expansion and policy—and how they continue to preserve their cultural traditions and deep connection to their lands today.
After we fly into Las Vegas, we’ll head over to Red Rock Canyon, a National Conservation Area, and learn about its history of indigenous peoples by hiking some of its various trails and visiting the petroglyph wall which features rock art estimated to be at least 800 years old. We’ll also discover how and why the Bureau of Land Management maintains these lands. We will camp in tents on Lake Mead. Our next stop will be Hoover Dam, a large dam built between 1931 and 1936 on the Colorado River. We’ll learn what its and other dams’ effects have been on both the environment and native populations’ way of life.
Next we’ll visit one of the most popular outdoor attractions in the country--the Grand Canyon. Through day hiking and sleeping close to the land in modest accommodations (yurts or cabins), we’ll discover the canyon’s rich archaeological and cultural history. Indigenous populations in the area have made the canyon their home and lived off the land for thousands of years. We’ll then head up to northeastern Arizona to the Hopi reservation, where we will learn about Hopi way of life. Finally, we’ll end our trip down south near Phoenix, where we’ll whitewater raft and camp on the Salt River. Bring your adventurous outdoor spirit and your curiosity about the history of a place and its people that dates back to thousands of years before the United States was founded.
Trip dates: March 15-22
Course Leaders: Lindsey Zanchettin, Carla Zilaff
Join us for the 2018 cross-country ski adventure in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area near Leavenworth, Washington! We will have two days of shakedown skiing on Mt. Hood on Thursday and Friday to work on ski technique and test our rental gear. Saturday will be a day off to rest up and pack. Early Sunday morning we will drive from OES to the trailhead in Leavenworth in time to catch a 2 p.m. snow shuttle to our rustic cabins at Alpine Lakes High Camp. Monday–Wednesday will be snow-filled days of cross-country skiing, an introduction to backcountry skiing, and general snow play. We will also enjoy backcountry cabin life, games, cooking, eating, storytelling, hot-tubbing, and relaxing in the sauna. On Thursday morning we’ll ski out (one long, lovely downhill!) and return to OES by that evening.
Trip dates: March 18 - 22 (day trips from Portland first two days)
Course Leaders: Matt Bedrin, David Rosenberg, & TBA
Get ready to explore southeastern Utah from the tops of plateaus to the bottoms of canyons. After flying into Salt Lake City, we'll drive to the remote Four Corners region to see the wild and pristine canyons of Utah.
Follow a winding ancient riverbed through history on a four-day backpacking trip, to see murals and ruins that might date back to 1400 AD. Hike along enchanting creeks that wisp through ancient red orange canyon walls. Camp under an infinite tapestry of stars at night. Listen to the howl of the coyote or the elusive Gunnison sage grouse. Breathe in the intoxicating aroma of wild sage, Pinon Pine, and juniper. Learn about the ancient Anasazi who lived in these canyons for thousands of years. This is rugged and beautiful terrain, and rewards of traveling into it are memories for a lifetime.
Trip dates: March 16-22
Enrollment: 10 max, or 20 if we have two groups
Leaders: Doug Ironside, Autumn Apperson
Join us to explore theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland. OSF is the largest and oldest regional, rotating, repertory theater festival in the United States. It has 325 full time performers doing a cycle of 13 shows over an eight-month season—in three separate venues! While Shakespeare plays are the specialty of the Festival, it also offers other wonderful classic and modern works each year.
We will travel to Ashland to see four plays and a film, as well as have a discussion with a company member and take a tour of the OSF theater facilities. Our plays in March of 2018 will be Henry V, Othello, Destiny of Desire, and Sense and Sensibility. In Ashland we will stay in the Ashland Commons, about 10 blocks from OSF and the downtown shops. We'll have a chance to cook for ourselves, eat out at restaurants, and shop in the beautiful and fun downtown area. We will also take time to see one or more plays and get a backstage tour at the Gerding or Artists Repertory Theater in Portland. If you love watching and discussing theater with a group, this Winterim’s your ticket!
Trip dates: March 15-18 (We’ll continue the course in Portland after that.)
Course Leaders: Debby Schauffler, Julie Sikkink
Mississippi was ground zero in America's struggle for equality. This trip will immerse you in the Civil Rights Movement and the continuing struggle to create a just America. In Jackson we'll visit the brand new, multi-million dollar Mississippi Civil Rights museum. We'll walk in the footsteps of Medgar Evers, Freedom Riders and legendary Civil Rights lawyer John Doar. We'll meet freedom fighters ready to pass on their stories and inspire you to take action. We'll experience the power of the Black Church on a Sunday morning in the South. We'll travel to Neshoba County and relive the last hours of Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, whose murders at the start of Freedom Summer changed America.
Then we'll travel to the Delta and learn about legendary Bluesmen Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, and B.B. King. And we'll learn about the tragedy of Emmett Till and the inspiration of Fannie Lou Hamer. You'll hear stories of courage by young civil rights workers in the Delta that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The trip ends in Memphis with a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. King was assassinated in April of 1968. Along the way we'll be eating the best barbecue and fried chicken on the planet. The trip will challenge you with the dichotomy of exploring the darkest moments in our nation's history, while simultaneously being embraced by some of the kindest, most warm-hearted people you will meet in your life.
Trip dates: March 15-23
Course Leaders: Ron Silver, Colleen Shoemaker
Being a Washington County Outdoor School Counselor is one of the most fun, inspiring, and rewarding experiences you can ever have! As a Counselor, you will learn valuable leadership and teaching skills. You’ll learn how to lead interactive, hands-on outdoor activities that are simple and fun with small groups of sixth-graders. And you'll also get to work with many great students from other high schools, some of whom could become lifelong friends. As an Outdoor School Counselor you’ll gain valuable volunteer experience that looks great on college and job applications. You can earn transferable college credit, and complete one of your service learning projects at OES, too! And most of all, you will change the lives of elementary school students, often in ways that you'll never know.
**Service Project possible**
Trip dates: March 18-23
Leaders: Washington County Outdoor School staff
In this course we will look at the complex issue of immigration in the United States through the specific lens of the U.S.-Mexican border at El Paso, Texas. We’ll spend the first two days of Winterim in Portland, meeting with agencies and lawyers who work on behalf of immigrants locally. Early Sunday, March 18 we’ll fly to El Paso and join educators from the World Leadership School. We’ll meet with representatives from the agencies responsible for controlling the border (the U.S. Border Patrol, the Mexican Consul, the Federal Court System, and Detention Center) as well as leaders from the network of agencies that provide food, shelter, legal aid, and other services to immigrants who pass through El Paso. We’ll serve meals at shelters that serve newly arrived immigrants, talk with undocumented immigrants and hear their stories, and meet students who cross the border every day to attend school.
Through our experiences, we’ll get a first-hand glimpse into the complexities of immigration and the struggles for those on both sides of the issue.
**Service Project possible**
Trip dates: March 18-22 (We’ll spend the first two days of Winterim in Portland)
Course Leaders: Tna Meyerhoff and the World Leadership School
Oregon is so famous for its variety of great fishing that whole novels have been written around it. No, this is not a course in reading fishing novels; it’s about getting out on a stream, river, lake, or the ocean (actually, all of the above) to catch fish: brook trout, cutthroats, bass, ling cod, rockfish, salmon, sturgeon, crab, and any other water-breathing creature we are allowed to capture under state fishing laws.
You’ll learn not only a variety of techniques for catching different kinds of fish in various environments, not only how to clean and cook your catch, but also to understand the complex way in which those bodies of water are affected by the land around them and, in particular, how the uses and practices that affect these lands also affect fish populations.
We’ll have at least two overnights on the coast so that we can catch the boat early for offshore fishing and crabbing. Other days we’ll fish the waters within a one-hour reach of OES. If you don’t have your own gear, we can show you what to buy and take you where you can buy it. If you do have your own, so much the better; your costs will be lower. To keep costs down, we’ll carry sandwiches along for day trips and probably cook for ourselves on the overnight. Maybe we’ll even eat some of our fresh catch.
Trip dates: TBD
Cost: $700–850 depending on equipment purchases
Course Leaders: Ronan Waterson ‘18 (who actually knows how to fish), Art Ward (who is famous in his family for his ability to keep all piscine species from harm at his hands)
Delve into Oregon’s past and present with this immersive exploration of small-town Oregon’s oral histories. Students will begin by spending a day on campus learning oral history basics, from putting together a solid interview to the technical side of recording and editing. Then we’ll hit the road and head to the small towns of Oregon’s coast, where we’ll link up with local organizations to connect with local residents and record their stories.
After four days on the coast, we’ll return to campus to edit and house our gathered material. We may also use video, writing, and still photography to help capture stories, if members of the group are interested in a range of media approaches. We hope to build a web doc at the end. Students will help determine what kinds of groups we want to reach out to in particular and which organizations we might partner with in archiving the stories we find. Possible service learning available. Come explore the “O” in OES!
**Service Project possible**
Trip dates: March 16-19, then in Portland
Course Leaders: Erika Jelinek and Rick Rees
This train and ski excursion is designed to provide a variety of winter activities in the Whitefish Ski Area of Montana, a mountain with 360 degrees of diverse ski trails. Transportation will be provided by Amtrak and resort shuttles; the rental house is on the slopes of the ski resort, so students will ski in/out each day from the porch. This trip is for students new to skiing/boarding or those who don’t have the opportunity to hit the slopes very often—and will provide students with an immersion opportunity to learn, improve, and enhance their skiing or snowboarding skills during five days of active mountain time. Students will also plan, organize, and shop for meals as well as plan evening activities for the group.
Dates: March 15–22
Class size: 10 students who are not on a ski/snowboard or freestyle team
Cost: $1100 + equipment rental if needed
Course Leaders: Coleen Davis, Rob Orr
Students will explore Hispanic and Native American heritage in New Mexico as well as the beautiful landscape that has inspired so many artists throughout the years. Students will visit Albuquerque and Santa Fe and take several day trips to local pueblos.
We will frame our visit with some background reading each morning on the various settlements and cultures that have inhabited this part of the United States and then reflect on what we see, hear, taste, and experience each evening in our airbnb accommodations. Each day we will combine reading, hiking, visits to some off the beaten path pueblos to learn about the local culture, food, and art. We will also take a cooking and an art class from local artisans at the end of the trip. We will observe and reflect on the magical fusion of Hispanic, native, and Anglo cultures inherent to this part of the United States.
Trip dates: March 15-22
Course Leaders: Carmen Boyle, Maria McIvor
Travel with us to Northern Minnesota to enjoy an experience unlike any other. We will spend four days on the lakes and trails of the Boundary Waters, driving two-person sleds with a team of four to five Inuit dogs each. Experienced guides will provide hands-on training on the first day, and then you will handle your own team of dogs, including feeding and harnessing them every morning.
We will stay in lakeside lodges each night (with an option to camp outside one night!). There will be a chance to try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and a Finnish sauna. We will also pay a visit to the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, to observe and learn about the native timber wolves. Get ready for an amazing experience, and prepare to fall in love with dogsledding!
Trip dates: March 16-21
Course Leaders: Liz Weiler and Lauren Shareshian
- Modern Game Play and Design
- Helping Hands 🖐
- Digital Filmmaking at the NW Film Center
- Fariss Hall Community Garden Beautification Project 🖐
- Survival Skills
- Head Start Helpers 🖐
- Going Vintage
- Sports You've Probably Never Tried. . . .
- Foodmaker Lab
- Lower School Interns 🖐
- Random Walks in Math and Portland
- Horsin' Around 🖐
- Get in the Swing: the Basics of Golf 🖐
- Discovery 🖐
There is something very human about sitting around a table with other people, live and in-person, for an extended period of time and all working together on something. In this course, we will introduce you to games you’ve never heard of before. Expanding on the simple mechanics of classic family games, modern tabletop games are more complex and thematic. They immerse you into the worlds of Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, knights of the round table, space ships, or even the Wild West. After building a level of competence and discovering the game mechanics you most enjoy, the goal will be to combine your favorite features and design your own game.
Course Leaders: CT Henry and Gabriel Edge
This Winterim involves six days of service to the community and learning about how our community supports those in need. We will decide as a group what our focus will be this year so that students can take a leading role in planning our activities. Participants will earn 20-30 or so hours of off-campus service learning credit in the week, or can get a good start on a long-term Service Learning Project. Plus, you'll reap the great rewards of doing something to help others while learning a lot in the process. Daily reflection time, posting to a group blog, and planning for future service are all part of the schedule. And, it’s fun!
**Service Project possible**
Enrollment: Total of 13 in two groups
Cost: Free +
Leaders: Kara Tambellini, Austin Pritchard
Try your hand at live-action filmmaking using professional cameras, sound recording and editing equipment, and the film industry protocols used on a movie set. At OES on Thursday, March 15, you will learn about 3-act storytelling structure and script a short drama or comedy in a small team. The rest of the workshop (Friday, March 16 through Thursday, March 22) will take place at the NW Film Center in downtown Portland where the emphasis will be on planning, shooting and editing your story in a small crew. You will take turns in different crew roles and hopefully discover a new talent, skill, or interest. Everyone gets the link to the films on Vimeo. No previous experience with filmmaking is needed.
Course Leaders: Gowri Meda, Ed Cecere
Beautify the Fariss Hall Community Garden! Join us from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. from Thursday, March 15 toThursday, March 22 (excluding Saturday and Sunday) to make the common natural space in Fariss Hall usable and beautiful. Buddy with Lower School students to design and implement a garden concept and outdoor classroom. Visit community gardens and learn from master gardeners and builders. Get in the dirt and have fun! We will also engage in team building events and a culminating celebration. You will be able to participate in various types of projects including building with different tools and materials, creating public art, cooking with fresh produce, and more!
**Service Project possible**
Course Leaders: Meredith Kruse, Kati Stenstrom
Delve into the world of nature and gain knowledge of how to survive in the wilderness! Working with a teacher from Trackers Northwest, students will learn basic survival skills, such as: making tools and traps, hunting with a hand-made bow and arrows, foraging, building fires without the help of matches or lighters, and shelter building. We’ll also learn how to be prepared for “the big quake” and other natural disasters, and each student will come away with a Go Bag that will help ensure their and their family’s survival in the event of of an unexpected disaster. Give yourself the tools to ensure your survival whatever unexpected events come your way!
Course Leaders: Trackers Northwest, OES faculty TBD
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for low-income families. Their mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, caring, and culturally sensitive environment for their young students. As a Head Start Helper, you will read to children, play educational games, assist the teaching staff with classroom activities, and help supervise outdoor play. You will have the opportunity to interact and develop meaningful relationships with young children from very diverse backgrounds. Participants in this Winterim will earn service learning hours and may turn the experience into a Service Learning project.
**Service Project possible**
Leaders: Head Start Teachers, Deb Walsh
Going Vintage is a great opportunity to explore your artistic side as you learn a new skill and create something that is uniquely yours. This is a course for those who like to wear vintage clothing or want to explore the creative fashion possibilities of older/second-hand clothing. We will enjoy meeting some people who have great vintage collections, explore vintage clothing shops, and hunt for fashion treasures at second-hand stores. In addition, we will have an opportunity to visit a clothing design studio and learn about how fashions are created.
A portion of the course will be focused on learning and applying valuable skills for rescuing and altering vintage clothing. This course is open to beginners and experienced sewers. Beginners will learn how to use a sewing machine and other sewing tools. Experienced sewers can move ahead and start working on personal projects. Our goal is for you to walk away from Winterim in a completely reconditioned outfit or costume created with your own mind and hands.
Cost: $75 for clothing + money for a couple of lunches out
Course Leaders: Sandi Lillevik, Katrina Levin
Have you ever wanted to skate with the Rose City Rollers? Play handball with a former national team member? Shoot archery like Katniss Everdeen? Here's your chance! Join us for six days of learning about and participating in sports that you've likely never tried (and maybe never even heard of).
Course Leaders: Bettina Gregg, Chad Gilton
Have you ever wondered if it's possible to make your own ketchup that tastes like your favorite national brand? How about pickles? Learn how to make these plus many other delicious items such as hummus, mayonnaise, mustard, sriracha or other hot sauces, jams, seed butters, pastas, and bread! Would you perhaps like to incorporate some Asian flavors into your daily menu? Come to learn how easy and fun it is to make these staples (and take some home every day) without all the additives and preservatives. We’ll also visit the Food Innovation Center, two different “bean-to-bar” chocolate makers in Portland (including a 2-hour chocolate-making class), and other local food manufacturers to see the artisanal food making process in action.
Trip Leaders: Adam Steele, Chiman Chen
Have you always dreamed of going back to your first grade classroom? Thinking about being a teacher someday? Here is your opportunity to explore those dreams and return to the Lower School for the Lower School Internship program. You will be spending time with our young OESians, helping them out in the classroom or with other activities such as P.E., science, or art. You will be able to choose the age group and specialty. These children will know and love you forever!
Course Leader: Robin Weitzer
Students will explore several topics in pure and applied mathematics, making connections between subjects as they learn through inquiry, create models, and solve puzzles. Days will be split between learning new mathematics (from Owen, Dr. Drugan, and invited guests), outdoor adventures, and interactive activities (including games, origami, and fractal art). There might be an opportunity for service as well.
Course Leaders: Owen Gross, Dr. Greg Drugan
Horses have been a part of the West for hundreds of years; learning about horses is a great way to connect with the natural world and its history, as well as a vital part of today’s world. Join us and learn how to ride a horse (Western saddle), how to care for horses, the roles they play in and around Portland (including exploring horse racing at Portland Meadows!), their lifecycles, and the economics of owning and caring for horses. Get to know local service organizations that rescue horses, find permanent and foster homes for horses, and work with horses to provide equine-therapy (emotional and physical) for people of all ages.
No riding experience needed! We will start by learning the basics of horsemanship, then build to trail riding through scenic parts of the greater Portland area—possibly including the Coast Range and/or Hood River. Join us for some horsin’ around!
**Service Project possible**
Course Leaders: John Holloran, Katie Seltzer, and Ashley Scates ‘18
This course is designed to teach the basics of golf, and is intended for beginning and intermediate golfers. Each day our group will go to a local course, where students will receive instruction on the full swing, chipping, and putting. There will be ample time for practicing these skills, but we will also provide plenty of opportunities to take your skills out on the course. Golf etiquette will also be emphasized, so you will always be welcome at any course you visit.
During the week we will play at least 36 holes of golf on full-size courses. Depending on weather and the interests of this year's group, we might do some mini-golf as well or make a trip to TopGolf. We also plan to spend at least a half-day doing a golf-related service project, such as working with the First Tee program at the Children’s Course in Gladstone. Sustenance is an important part of every golfer’s game, so daily visits to the snack shack or a nearby eatery will also be a priority. We’ll supply you with equipment if you don’t have your own.
Enrollment: 12 (Sorry, OES golf team members may not take part in this course.)
Cost: Free + money for a few lunches out
Course Leaders: Joel Gray and Cameron Jack
Inspired by the the artists of the International Marine Environment Art Project….students in the OCTOPUS! Winterim will explore marine life and the health of the ocean in a field trip to the beach and the Oregon Aquarium Museum. We will design a kinetic and moveable large scale sculpture of a giant Octopus to be installed in the Drinkward Center. We will eat lunch at Ocean Seafoods (Newport), walk on the beach, build and fly octopus kites, use repurposed materials to build several smaller moveable sculptures, and make and eat all things beginning with the letter O. (oatmeal cookies, oreos, orange cheesecake….)
Cost: Free +
Course Leaders: Sue Jensen , Tanja Horvat
Discovery is a five-day, 40-hour apprenticeship or career exploration opportunity open to 10th-12th graders who want to create an individualized learning experience. Students are responsible for creating their own program to pursue a particular area of interest. The final deadline for submitting an application to do a Discovery during Winterim 2018 is Friday, December 15, 2017 (for those who have already submitted a preliminary proposal). More information on Discovery is available at the Discovery Google site.
**Service Project possible**
Enrollment: no limit
Cost: Personal Expenses
Course Leaders: Dana Mosher Lewis, Corbet Clark