Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome to the OQS Wolf Pack

Hello OQS families! I want to welcome you to my new blog which was created to keep you informed and enlightened about your school. I am proud to be leading the OQS "pack". It is quite fitting that the OQS mascot is the wolf. Everything in a wolf's nature tells it to belong to something greater than itself: a pack. Like us, wolves form friendships and maintain lifelong bonds. They succeed by cooperating, and they struggle when they are alone. Like us, wolves need one another. Wolves care for each other as individuals. They nurture their own sick and injured. Pack structure enables communication, the education of the young and the transfer of knowledge across generations. The same is true for all of us here at OQS.
Recently, during one of our first days together as a staff, we had the opportunity to face challenges together and solve problems through communication, team work, perseverance, and laughter. The entire staff met at the Dartmouth Low Ropes Course and through skilled facilitation made our way through a series of "elements" that, at first, were seemingly impossible tasks. These activities challenged our thinking and took many of us far outside of our comfort zones. We experienced what many of our students feel when they are faced with challenges associated with learning. We worked together communicating, planning, trying over and over again, encouraging each other, and laughing to complete unthinkable tasks. Our "I can't" s became "How can we"s. Throughout the day connections were made to students and how they learn and interact with each other.
What began as a day of uncertainty and trepidation ended in strength, pride and camaraderie. We are confident that these feelings will propel us into an amazing year at OQS!