Non-Core Classes

High Interest classes may include:

  • Art (gr. 6-8)
  • Careers (gr. 6-8)
  • Critical Thinking (gr. 6)
  • Spanish (gr. 7-8)
  • Spanish 1 (gr. 8 – for HS credit)
  • Sports (gr. 6)
  • Technology Education (gr. 7)


Students meet daily, depending on individual needs. Materials range from research and evidenced based interventions for purchase to teacher created materials.  Some interventions involve computer based programs. Intervention is held at the same time as High Interest classes.  Therefore, if a student is in need of pre-teaching, re-teaching, or is missing some basic skills to prevent them from success in the general curriculum, they attend intervention.  Intervention is fluid, meaning students return to High Interest classes when they have learned the skills necessary for success in their classes.

READ 180

The Oostburg School District is currently using READ 180 Next Generation for both the middle school and high school levels.  READ 180 Next Generation is a comprehensive system of curriculum, assessment, and instruction that has been proven with over a decade of research to raise reading achievement in struggling readers. The program combines adaptive technology, individualized instruction, and hands on data and feedback for teachers and students to maximize student learning. This latest version of READ 180 also includes a writing component.Students are selected for participation in the READ 180 program after carefully considering multiple sources of data and teacher recommendations. OMS is excited to have the chance to provide a small group of students the opportunity to participate in a program that has been shown through research to produce reading growth in older students. We take a very targeted and intentional approach to increasing students’ reading skills. We monitor the progress to see if the instructional strategies and interventions are helping students and adjust future instruction accordingly. The goal of READ 180 is to close a student’s reading gap before they enter high school and increase his/her academic success. 

Teachers: Mrs. DeJong, Mr. Kloepping, and Mrs. Hilbelink

Teaching Materials or Text(s): READ 180 Next Generation Stage B and FLEX rBooks; READ 180 instructional software; leveled fiction and non-fiction trade books. Scholastic Reading Inventory is given four times a year to monitor students’ progress toward grade level Lexile proficiency.

Syllabus Highlights: Students work through various workshops which contain several readings of varied genres, such as newspaper and magazine articles, social studies text, and poetry.   Each workshop focuses on a specific content such as social studies, science, literature, and life issues.Through these workshops students work on the following:

  • Reading comprehension skills:
    • Read for Detail
      • Identify details about specific topic or idea within a text.
      • Identify details that tell who, what, when, where, why, or how.
    • Main Idea and Details
      • Identify the main idea of a text.
      • Identify details that support the main idea.
      • Recognize the difference between important and unimportant details.
    • Sequence of Events
      • Identify sequence signal words.
      • Write a chronological sequence of events from a text.
      • Recognize when an event is out of sequence.
    • Summarize
      • Identify key topics and details to include in a summary.
      • Write a summary in their own words.
      • Recognize when details are extraneous.
    • Problem and Solution
      • Identify problems and attempted solutions in texts.
      • Write about problems/solutions in texts.
      • Recognize successful and unsuccessful attempts to solve problems.
    • Cause and Effect
      • Identify causes for events or situations.
      • Identify effects of single/multiple causes.
      • Identify cause/effect signal words.
    • Compare and Contrast
      • Identify compare/contrast signal words.
      • Write to compare and contrast elements in texts.
      • Use a Venn diagram to organize differences and similarities.
    • Draw Conclusions
      • Combine text clues with their own knowledge and experience to reach a new understanding.
      • Use logical reasoning to determine if their conclusion is valid.
    • Make Inferences
      • Identify clues in a text that hint at unstated ideas or information.
      • Consider prior knowledge about a topic.
      • Combine text clues with their own knowledge and experience to make an informed guess, or inference.
  • Critical reading skills:  analyze, synthesize, and evaluate
  • Academic vocabulary/Word study skills: synonyms and antonyms, prefixes and suffixes, verb endings, word families, using a dictionary (guide words), multiple meaning words, homophones, compound words, idioms, dictionary skills (word meaning), context clues, noun endings, multiple meaning words, and Latin roots
  • Conventions: identifying sentences and fragments, correcting fragments, correcting run-on sentences, word order, correct verb tense, irregular verbs, subject-verb agreement, possessive nouns, subject and object pronouns, avoiding double negatives, adverbs, adjectives that compare, correct end punctuation, using capital letters, commas in a series, commas with introductory words, and quotation marks

Music Department


Teacher: Mrs. Mueller/Dr. Hanes

Teaching Materials or Text(s): Traditions of Excellence-Book I or II, instrument-specific supplies, instrument

Syllabus Highlights: 6th grade band is an entry-level course in instrumental music.  Students learn proper technique and performance skills. The course involves small group lessons and large group rehearsals. Students perform with the rest of the music department at a winter and spring evening concert.  (Note: Students will choose instruments the spring before the end of 5th grade with specific information provided by the teacher.  Students receive initial instruction 45 minutes per day for one week in August before the start of the school year.)

7th and 8th grade students must have successfully participated in band in 6th grade or be able to demonstrate proficiency on their instrument before enrolling. All concert band members will continue to develop their individual musicianship and playing skills through weekly small group lessons, large group rehearsals and performances. Emphasis is placed on improving rhythm skills and technique, as well as developing sight-reading, music theory and music history skills.  Performances at the OMS Winter Concert, selected music festivals and the Spring Band Concert are required. Optional performance opportunities are Solo/Ensemble Festival and area honors bands.


Teacher: Mrs. Howell

Syllabus Highlights: 6th Grade Choir students will learn the fundamentals of correct singing techniques and part-reading.  This also serves as an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of a choir member, on both the level of the individual as well as the group. Instruction in music theory and sight reading will be incorporated. (Note: 6th Grade Choir students will perform at the annual Middle School Winter and Spring concerts, as well as for the 5th Grade orientation day at the end of the year.) Grade 7 & 8  choirs are for the middle level student who wishes to advance their vocal skills in preparation for the high school choral program.  Emphasis is placed on developing musicianship as a group as well as an individual. Through performed choral literature students will study vocal technique, music history, music theory, sight reading and develop their appreciation for various genres and languages in music. (Note: 7th and 8th Grade Choir students will perform at the annual Middle School Winter and Spring concerts and may have the option of competing at Solo and Ensemble.)

Physical Education

Teacher: Mr. Lauritsen

Syllabus Highlights: Units include various team and individual sports such as ultimate football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and pickleball. In addition students will learn various lifetime activities, team building skills, and physical fitness concepts. Our emphasis is directed toward developing lifelong physical fitness skills for our students. Note: All P.E. classes are co-ed and a change of clothes/shoes is required to participate.