Winterim Catalog for 2017
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!
The Winterim Catalog is posted in two parts. The first, posted in June, describes the international trips. We announce these options 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. Students who wish to participate in one of these courses must indicate their commitment by submitting an International Winterim Course Application (available online with the Winterim forms) and a signed letter of financial commitment to the Director of Winterim (Christina Meyerhoff) no later than October 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
The second part of the catalog, which describes the great majority of the Winterim offerings, is 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 indicate that the course involves some service. Students not participating in an international course register for their course choices on-line and have their parent send signed approval of their course selection, via the electronically generated form, no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. In 2017, Winterim will run March 16-23.
2017 INTERNATIONAL COURSES
- Biennial French Exchange Program
- Chajul, Guatemala--OES and Catlin Gabel Global Service Collaboration
- Modern Denmark & Germany: the Challenges of Immigration and Refugee Settlement
- Divided Korea: Two Nations, One History
- Nepal: Culture, Religion, and Earthquake Restoration
2017 DOMESTIC COURSES
- Rock Climbing at Smith Rock
- The American Civil War: A New Birth of Freedom
- Outdoor School Counselor
- Represent OES at "Dare to Dream" National Service Learning Conference
- Midnight Train to Montana
- Model United Nations: New York City
- Cross County Ski Adventure
- Ommm: Healthy Body, Healthy Spirit, Mindful You!
- Backpacking in Utah
- Sailing and Surfing in San Diego
2017 LOCAL COURSES
- Play in a Week: Getting Even With Shakespeare
- Gardening Gurus
- Exploring Indian Immigrant Culture
- Helping Hands
- Be A Tourist in Your Own Town!
- Lower School Interns
- Get in the Swing: The Basics of Golf
- Conservation and the Columbia Land Trust
- All Things Haiwai'ian!
- Wildwood in a Week
- Game Play and Design: Card and Board Games
- The Happiness Project
- Social Justice Training Grounds
- Explorations in Pure and Applied Mathematics
- Head Start Helpers
- Meet Your Robot Overlords