Semester 1 is in the Books!

First semester and second quarter are officially complete for the 15-16 school year.  Students at OMS have been busy learning.  Opportunities have been plenty for them to show us the progress they’ve made in their learning thus far this school year.  Along with more informal measures of student progress and growth that teachers utilize throughout the year, we most recently completed mid-year formal assessment of student learning in the areas of reading, English, math, and science using the ACT Aspire Periodic or Interim Assessment.

In fact, I’m eager to meet with different content area teams tomorrow during our in-service time to have conversations around student growth and progress toward their Student Learning Objectives (SLO’s) that they set at the beginning of the year.  Each team set specific and measurable goals for their students to meet by the end of the year.  We will be discussing progress toward those goals, as well as what instructional strategies have been most effective to date and those that they want to implement the second half of the year in an attempt to meet their student learning goals.

With the end of the semester comes a change in student high interest classes.  Students will be spending the second half of the year participating in two different high interest classes than they had first semester.  Other than this change, all other classes at OMS remain the same the duration of the school year.

Report cards will be forthcoming.  Our goal is to have them in the hands of the students to bring home next week Friday, 2/5/16.  If you have any questions, concerns, or what to discuss your child’s progress in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers.  Communication and working together to understand your child’s strengths and opportunities for growth are key to student success.  We are certainly here to work with you!

Finally, safety is always our number one concern.  With this being said, if you or an older child drop your child off at the beginning or end of the school day, please drop off/pick up your child on the road. The lane in front of school is reserved for buses only. I’ve noticed an increase in the number of cars pulling in the circle which makes it difficult for the buses to get in and out of the drive safely and efficiently.

Have a great weekend!

Sherri Stengel