Art Ward Leaves on Sabbatical

by Maya Khalife-Hamdan

As many of you may have already heard, Art Ward will be temporarily abandoning his esteemed students to leave on a two and a half month long sabbatical starting over Spring Break.

Art and his wife will spend some much-deserved quality time exploring France and Italy, returning to Portland just in time to attend the senior graduation on June 15th.   

Art Ward has an immense reputation at OES. Whether you’re a student of his, take great pride in attending his weekly grammar lunches, or you simply sometimes run into him in the halls, Art has surely had an impact on your life in one way or another. I’ve decided to talk to several faculty and students to get a better understand how they feel about Art’s leaving. Here’s what they had to say:

“I am devastated! I will miss him deeply. He’s the finest English teacher with whom I have ever worked with.” – VJ

“I’m upset.” – Alice

“This is definitely the worst thing that’s happened in OES history! You will be missed, buddy.” – Shiloh

“I’m gonna mourn and reflect, but I’m happy for him”- Erika

“I’m gonna cry.” – Rory

“I’m scared.” -Annie

“I’m heartbroken, but I’m glad that he’ll be returning next year.” -Anonymous 9th grader

“It’s gonna be tough, you know? I’m definitely going to experience some denial. I will wander the halls lonely, looking for him. Out of respect, I’ll call the new substitute teacher  Art Ward. I just might be waiting in front of his house once he returns.” -Connor

“I don’t know him so I don’t really care, but I guess it’s kinda sad.” -Nahshon

“I’m disappointed because War and Morality has been the most informative and stimulating class thanks to Art’s excellent teaching skills.” -Peter

Art will definitely be missed by the entire OES community. When speaking to him, Art expressed that he will surely miss his colleagues, and that with time, he’ll probably somewhat miss his beloved students as well. He is however, excited to take a break from teaching and explore new cultures! Be sure to stop by the English office before Art leaves to wish him farewell!

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