On the heels of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, OMS students and staff changed the schedule up a bit on our last early release day on March 8th. The purpose of Read Across America is to emphasize the critical role that reading plays both in student achievement and lifelong success. Research has shown that students who are motivated to read and spend more time reading , do better in school.
We celebrated Read Across America, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and all the good that OMS students are doing all in one short morning. Leading up to the our celebration, interested students participated in a door decorating challenge during study hall, lunch, or after school. Students honored Dr. Seuss through their creative spirits. It was fun to see small groups of students working together to create their masterpiece!
We started the morning with an all school assembly. The purpose of the assembly was to reward and recognize all the wonderful things happening in and around OMS due to the positive choices students are making. In the words of Dr. Seuss in his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, students were told “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
All in all, the day provided students an opportunity to experience a day where we took time to enjoy and celebrate the gift of reading, learn about and potentially try something new, break up the monotony of our daily schedule, and most importantly, feel good about who we are as an Oostburg Middle School family. We have so many wonderful students that are making good choices each and every day. It was wonderful to celebrate this!
Good morning, Parents.
Lakeland University’s K-12 public relations manager recently forwarded information about an upcoming talk provided by Lakeland Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Karin Miofsky. Miofsky will discuss youth sexting and its implications as part of Lakeland’s next ThinkHaus presentation. Her talk, entitled “Youth Sexting: The New First Base,” is set for 7 p.m. on March 16 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center theatre in Sheboygan. The event is free and open to all. Miofsky will share information from her research about sexting, discuss youth perceptions and behaviors and what parents and educators can do to support youth in their lives.
ThinkHaus is a community conversations series that features powerful, thought-provoking talks, no longer than 20 minutes, by experts on topics of interest to the community. Following the talks, the speakers and community engage in discussion that results in new levels of understanding. The mission of ThinkHaus is to inspire positive change in the community through knowledge sharing and creativity; to promote community wellness through a thoughtful, meaningful forum; and to create common ground among community members by sharing new ways of thinking.
Miofsky, who earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, joined Lakeland’s faculty in 2014. Before joining Lakeland’s faculty, Miofsky served as an assistant professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Miofsky’s primary areas of interest explore patterns of bullying and victimization within schools, the conceptualization of teen sexting and the nature of community crime control. She has written about and presented on these areas extensively. Miofsky has a master’s in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a bachelor’s in psychology and criminal justice from Saint Louis University.
@oostburgschools recently hosted Detective Tamara Remington to discuss concerns around human trafficking in Sheboygan County, and we believe this upcoming discussion through Lakeland is another positive opportunity for families to learn more about keeping our kids safe.