MS Volunteer Opportunities

EVENTS (IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE):

MS Homecoming Volunteers 

Organizer: Soolynn Chang and Jodi Wilkins

Time of year: Friday, September 30th, 2016
Time of day: afternoon, early evening
Frequency:  once
Time commitment: 2 to 3 hours
Location: Aardvark Community Park

Job description: Volunteers assist with MS specific homecoming activities in advance of the celebration and/or at the event by helping set-up, running the parade and fun-food booths (popcorn, etc.), and cleaning-up after the afternoon/early evening festivities.

Homecoming is an annual all-school celebration including soccer games, food and fun for all.  Current families and alumni are all invited to attend.  Dinner is provided by OES food service.

MS Science Research 

Organizer: Jodi Wilkins 

Time of year: 7th and 8th grade are in January, 6th grade is in April
Time of day: school hours
Frequency:  once
Time commitment: 1.5 hours per shift
Location: Middle School

Job description: Volunteers supervise  students during science research work days. 

Aardvark Science Expo Volunteers 

Organizer: Bevin Daglen 

Time of year: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Time of day: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Frequency:  once
Time commitment: 1-2 hours
Location: SPARC (6699 SW Olsen Rd)

Job description: 

Supervise visitors during the Open House at the annual Aardvark Science Expo. The exhibits are open for public viewing, MS students will be interviewed in the morning, and teachers often bring their classrooms for a visit. Main responsibilities will be greeting visitors, helping folks locate bathrooms or drinking fountains, and reminding folks to behave and not touch the exhibits or toss tennis balls. It is also a nice opportunity to peruse the exhibits.

For more information see the Aardvark Science Expo webpage.

Aardvark Science Expo Judge 

Organizer: Tanja Horvat 

Time of year: Friday, February 24th, 2017
Time of day: school hours
Frequency:  once
Time commitment: 4 to 5 hours
Location: SPARC (6699 SW Olsen Rd)

Job description: Judge Upper School science projects at the annual Aardvark Science Expo in a variety of disciplines. If you have science degree, work experience, or extensive knowledge in any of the scientific disciplines and your children are not attending upper school yet, please consider volunteering as a science fair judge. If you cannot judge, please consider asking your friends or colleagues to volunteer for our event. Breakfast and lunch provided.

The Aardvark Science Exposition is also known as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair OES-Affiliated Science Research Competition. It is a science, engineering, computer science and math research competition for OES students in 9th to 12th grade. Students with their research poster boards are interviewed by judges and celebrated at the evening awards ceremony.

For more information see the Aardvark Science Expo webpage.

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 

Organizer: Carolyn Stanley 

Time of year: late Winter/early Spring
Time of day: school hours for event, discretionary for food providers
Frequency: once
Time commitment: 2 hours
Location: on campus for event, at home for food providers

Job description: Volunteers help with the set-up, serving and clean-up of luncheon.  Volunteers also provide food for the buffet lunch.

This event is provides teachers the chance to enjoy a luncheon of homemade food while visiting with fellow teachers.  The chair selects a theme for the event.  Food items are typically consistent with the theme and include appetizers, entrees and desserts.

MS Science Research - 6th Grade Judges

Organizer: Jodi Wilkins 

Time of year: April
Time of day: school hours
Frequency:  once
Time commitment: 3 hours
Location: Middle School

Job description: Volunteers interview student teams and critique the science projects of 6th graders.

MS 8th Grade Graduation Party 

Organizer: Sharon Toncray

Time of year: June, planning occurs for several months prior to event
Time of day: discretionary 
Frequency:  once
Time commitment:  depends on event
Location: depends on event

Job description: Volunteers plan and put on this end of year celebration of 8th grade promotion.  Duties vary depending on venue and activity.

The 8th Grade Graduation Party is a celebration that occurs in conjunction with the end-of-year MS closing exercises.  The event chairs work with a Middle School head to decide the activities that will take place.  Activities can vary year to year.  The chairs work with committee members to plan event. Committee opportunities could include theme development, food, entertainment, decorations (setup/cleanup), and slide show generation.  Event volunteers work the day of the event.

RECURRING EVENTS

MS Library Volunteers 

Organizer: Annie Russell

Time of year: throughout the year
Time of day: school hours, discretionary
Frequency:  discretionary
Time commitment: 1 hour 
Location: Middle School Library

Job description: Volunteers work under the supervision of the Middle School library staff to process books, shelve books, "read"/cleanup shelves, and set-up book displays.

PAL Meeting Minutes Scribe 

Organizer:  Jodi Wilkins 

Time of year: 1st Wednesday of each month
Time of day: school hours
Frequency:  monthly
Time commitment: 2 hours per shift
Location: MS Commons

Job description: Take minutes during the monthly PAL meetings.  Review with 8th grade PAL rep and post to PCL webpage.

MS Service Learning - Advisory Driving 

6th grade sign-up, 7th grade sign-up, 8th grade sign-up  

Organizer: Ruchi Prakash 

Time of year: throughout year
Time of day: school hours
Frequency:  multiple times
Time commitment: 2 hours
Location: meet at Middle School, drive off campus

Job description: Volunteers drive MS students and faculty to Portland area non-profit agencies where students perform service projects during the lunch hour. Drivers must complete an OES driving certification class which includes a DMV check.

Volunteer requirements include DMV verification of your driving record and attending a 2 hour driving class provided by the OES Facilities Director in early fall. Certification is good for 3 years.  Volunteers drive a single advisory and their advisor to a grade specific service learning project. Each advisory goes twice during the year for 2 hours from approximately 11 am to 1 pm. Trips are made over the course of the school year. Up to 2 volunteers may be needed for each trip.

MS Service Learning Driving (All MS) 

Organizer: Ruchi Prakash 

Time of year: 
Time of day: school hours
Frequency:  3
Time commitment: 4 hours
Location: meet at Middle School, drive off campus

Job description: Volunteers drive MS students and faculty to Portland area non-profit agencies where students perform service projects. This is one of the few MS volunteer opportunities where you can work directly with students. Service learning requires about 50 drivers for each service learning day.

Volunteer requirements include DMV verification of your driving record and attending a 2 hour driving class provided by the OES Facilities Director in early fall. Certification is good for 3 years. Volunteers must also have an OES approved background check (Sterling or DHS).

MS Teacher Appreciation Snacks

Current Chair: Carolyn Stanley 

Time of year: throughout year
Time of day: discretionary
Frequency: periodically
Time commitment: approximately 1 hour
Location: off-campus

Job description: Volunteers provide snacks for teachers on selected days and during Middle School student conference days.

Snacks may be homemade or store-bought.

SPORTS

MS Sports Team Parent - Please contact your child’s coach

For assistance contact the MS Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Wilkins 

Time of year: Fall, Winter, Spring sports seasons
Time of day: discretionary
Frequency: for the sports season
Time commitment: variable depending on coach
Location: off-campus

Job description: Assist coaches with communications and other organizational aspects of the team. Specific duties will depend upon coach.
Fall sports include boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country.
Winter sports include boys and girls basketball
Spring sports include boys and girls track, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis

MS Sports Helper - Please contact your team parent

For assistance contact the MS Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Wilkins 

Time of year: Fall, Winter, Spring sports seasons
Time of day: during sporting event
Frequency: discretionary
Time commitment: variable depending on the task
Location: venue of the sporting event
Job description:  Assist with various tasks needed by the coach and/or team parent. Tasks will vary by coach and team. They might include keeping stats or the game book, running the scoreboard, acting as a line judge or providing snacks.

Due to the number of teams fielded each season it is not possible for OES to fully staff each game/competition. Parent help is critical to running each event.

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