So Much to Share!

As I was preparing to write this week’s blog, I was overcome by a bit of anxiety as there is a lot happening at OMS right now and the schedule doesn’t slow down until the end of the school year. With that being said, even though there is a lot happening, there is a lot of GOOD things happening for the students at OMS.

First of all, I’m excited to tell you that the Chromebooks have arrived and it has been a collaborative effort on behalf of Lucas Allen, Erica Wray, their high school student helpers, the tech ed department, and the entire staff to get the Chromebooks ready for safe use by students.  Students have received some lessons on digital citizenship and the safe handling of the devices. Students will likely have their own device to carry from class to class with them by the first week of May.  In order for this to happen, students should have brought home a “Use Agreement” form that needs to be read, signed by both student and parent, and returned to school.  Thank you to those of you that have already done this!

As we are planning for the 15-16 school year and preparing courses and schedules for next year, there will be some changes in the music department that will increase student choice and experience related to the discipline.  As usual, students in 6th grade will be required to take a music class.  Their choices will be band and/or general music.  We have decided not to have a pure Choir course in 6th grade and to make it a general music course instead.  This way students not only can sing, but also build upon the foundations learned at the elementary school.  This class will emphasize the active, creative elements of music such as incorporating world music, composition, improvisation and music technology.  Like in elementary school, 6th graders in general music will perform in the Spring Concert.  Band students will perform in both the Fall and Spring Concerts.

In 7th grade, students will be given the options of taking band, choir, and/or general music.  Students will need to register for at least one of these courses.  Band and choir will remain skill and performance based classes.  General music, on the other hand, will be similar to sixth grade general music, building an appreciation for music through hands-on, project based learning and other elements related to music history and exploration.  Band will continue to be an every other day course.  Choir will be once or twice each week opposite band.  General music will be once a week.  By offering these courses in this manner, students can sign up for one, two, or all three classes.  When students don’t have music, they will have a study hall.

A letter also went home with students today giving parents information and a schedule related to the upcoming Badger assessment that grades six through eight will be taking at OMS next week.  Please be sure to look at this information and encourage your child to do his/her best by getting a good nights’ rest and eating a healthy breakfast.

Finally, we have several field trips and other important dates that are fast approaching.  These include:
May 11: Spring Concert     7 pm-OHS Gymnasium
              8th Grade Field Trip to Milwaukee Court House and IMAX
May 13: 5th Grade Transition Day at OMS
May 21: Science Fair at OCS  8:30-11 a.m. and 5-6 pm
May 22: Career Day at OMS
May 27: 6th Grade Field Trip to Discovery World
June 5: 7th Grade Field Trip (afternoon only) to Maywood
June 9/10: 5th Grade Transition Nights for Parents/Students at OMS
June 10: 8th Grade Field Trip to Great America
June 11: 6th Grade Field Trip to Packer Hall of Fame
              8th Grade Promotion Night (5 pm pictures/6 pm Ceremony begins)
              8th Graders Last Day of Middle School

As I stated previously, there is a lot happening at OMS!  Not only are we learning, but we are having some fun too. If you have any questions related to the above, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Have a wonderful weekend!