As March Madness is in full effect in the basketball world and the Badgers once again prepare to play for a spot in the Elite Eight, OMS is experiencing its own version of March Madness. March Madness at OMS means students working hard to end third quarter strong so they can spend Spring Break having fun with family and friends.
In Mr. Rings 7th grade science classes, they just culminated a unit on force and friction. They culminated the unit by designing CO2 cars; using what they learned while abiding by certain specifications. It was fun to see students fully engaged from the design/drawing phase of the project, to building the car, to the final weigh in and check for abiding by other specification limits, and finally, racing their cars against their classmates. Cars, brackets for the races, and actual race day pictures are below.
A special thank you to OCEF for funding the purchase of the electrical racing unit through their education grants!
Another hands on, highly engaging, learning activity that 8th grade students participated in this week was a Breakout EDU on the book “The BFG”. Eighth grade students in Mrs. Vandoske-Buzaitis’ literature classes worked collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. They had to work within a time crunch, utilizing clues from quotes from the book and other related items to figure out the combinations to a variety of locks. Again, this learning task involved a great amount of brain power and team work to unlock the box. Student engagement in the task and ability to endure despite multiple failed attempts was so fun to observe! Thank you for the collaborative efforts of Mrs. Vandoske-Buzaitis and Mrs. Wray to give the students this experience.
I’m wishing everyone a wonderful Spring Break next week. My hope is that students and staff return re-energized and focused to finish out the 4th quarter of the 16-17 school year. There’s a lot to accomplish yet in terms of student learning.
CO2 Car March Madness Brackets
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Ms. Kimble, middle school guidance counselor, is planning this year’s OMS Career Day and is looking for your help as a professional in your field! On Tuesday, April 11th from 8:15-10:00am students will listen to short presentations from various career representatives. Each speaker will be greeted and introduced by an OMS Student Council Member. If you or someone you know can come for all or part of the time, please be in touch! Please consider sharing your experiences in your career with our students. Contact Ms. Kimble for information. Thank you!
Last week, the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students at Oostburg Elementary School were treated to a visit from Ronald McDonald. During this visit, the students learned about the importance of being an everyday leader. Ronald used some songs, magic tricks, and audience participation to help teach our kids how to LEAD. The kids learned the importance of Listening to others, setting a good Example, being responsible for their Actions, and how to Do their best. We had some very animated students participate and help Ronald get this message across.