OMS Welcomes Back Students for the 2015-16 School Year

Where did the summer go?  If it was anything like mine, it flew by and within the blink of an eye, school is back in session.  Students and staff are re-energized and excited for a new school year.  OMS welcomed 80 sixth graders and fourteen new students to the school this year.  There are a lot of new faces and opportunities for new friendships.

Students have spent the first few days of school settling into routines and learning about rules and expectations of how to function successfully within the middle school setting.  In addition to basic expectations within various school settings, all sixth grade students and students new to the school had a training on digital citizenship.  This training included topics related to being a good citizen using technology and how to do these things safely when online.  Students that had Chromebooks last year were given a refresher on the use agreement form that parents and students signed off on last year.  If you’d like to review this form, it can be found at  Use Agreement Form.

Today students took home a OMS Student Handbook Signature form and a copy of the district bullying policy.  The student handbook is printed in the front of student planners or can be found at OMS Student Handbook.  Please take time to review the handbook with your child as it contains information and answers related to common questions, along with pertinent school wide policies, procedures, and rules.  Return the form signed by both student and parent to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than 9/9/15.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the Oostburg Community Education Foundation that has supported schools in the community with their generosity through local grants possible through donations.  There are several upcoming opportunities to help out this very important group and cause.  OCEF’s annual golf outing is taking place on Sept. 12th at the Bull. If you are not a golfer, but would like to buy raffle tickets for prizes being given away at the golf outing,  you can purchase 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 10 for $20.  Prizes include golf for two including a golf cart at either Whistling Straits or Black Wolf Run, 4 tickets to the Brewers/Cubs game on October 2 (same day as homecoming) including four passes to the Stadium Club and a preferred parking pass, an oil painting of Aaron Rodgers which is signed by Aaron with a certificate of authenticity, and a nice wine basket. Finally, if you are looking for a place to go out to eat, now through the end of November, if you go to Chili’s and mention OCEF, 15% of your pre-tax purchase will go to the organization, which will then go back to supporting education in our community.

We are looking forward to a year filled with fun and hard work.  As a staff, we believe that all students can learn at high levels when home, school, and the child work together and stay the course.  If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts related to your child and how to best meet his/her needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Communication is key to our success working together.  We care deeply about every single student at OMS and want the middle school years to be a positive and rewarding one for them.  Learning is our top priority and this can’t happen without teamwork and high expectations.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

Sherri Stengel

Principal, Oostburg Middle School