A Note from Dr. Dickemper

A Message From The Principal
Posted on 03/21/2018

Happy Spring, #oesfam! It seemed to take forever to get here, but we’ve made it! Spring represents a period of growth and I want to take a moment to discuss one of the areas where we’ve made the most growth over the past year- science! Teachers across the district began using the MySci curriculum in partnership with Washington University at the beginning of the year. It is one of my favorite subjects to observe as I walk from classroom to classroom. Students are doing a fantastic job of applying design thinking processes to solve unique challenges. Students are consistently given hands-on opportunities to collect and analyze data, build prototypes, experiment, and to draw conclusions.

As an extension of this curriculum and because redistricting finally allowed us the physical space, OES opened up a “Makerspace” this year. It’s been amazing to watch students conduct Genius Hour, novel engineering, and other passion projects in this area. Our efforts have been well supported. Thank you to everyone who has donated items on our wishlist and thank you to the OES PTO for supporting the Makerspace. As a result of our student and family efforts, the PTO was able to acquire new furniture for the Makerspace and the surrounding hallway. Money raised from activities like Trivia Night and the recent BoBo’s Pizza fundraiser will also allow the PTO to acquire new resources that promote collaboration, creation, and enhance coding opportunities. The teachers and I are also collaborating to carefully plan out what instruction will look like throughout next year. Our Makerspace Committee has selected six “pillars” to structure learning next year. These Makerspace “pillar” activities will focus on design process, hands-on textiles, digital creation, drama, engineering and architecture, and circuitry. Both MySci and our Makerspace promote the same mission- to help students learn not just content, but to increase learning about their own learning. It’s our belief that more self-aware students will eventually become citizens that will identify and solve problems within their own community.

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