Dates and times may be subject to change.
Please check the calendar on the OMS website for updates.
Happy March Madness!
As we march into Spring, we are preparing for next year. Please put these 2 important dates on your calendar:
August 22, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
OMS Open House. Get your schedule and walk through the sequence of classes.
September 14, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Meet the Teachers Night.
In December of 2016 a perceptual survey was administered to FCPS school-based staff, parents/guardians, and a random sample of students from all schools in grades 3-12. The goal of the survey was to gather information related to the school community’s strength and needs, and provide data to inform continuous strategic improvement efforts, and assist schools in evidence-based decision making.
Results of the survey were recently shared with schools. Our respondent rate rose to 106 from 64 – a growth of 42 respondents. We stayed fairly stable in all categories. We will strive to reach at least 80% favorable responses across all categories.
As we begin to plan for next year, we will count on each and every one of our families to be an active participant in our student success process.
Can you believe we haven't had a snow day yet? With the last day of school likely to be moved up, OMS is rescheduling several of our end of year events:
On Tuesday, February 28th, 22 Oakdale CTE students competed in the 2017 FCPS Tech Fair, and they represented themselves, their families, the department and the school incredibly well. Oakdale has a maintained a fine tradition at the Tech Fair, and this year’s participants kept that tradition alive! Event placings are as follows:
Not a bad tally, considering all 13 middle school sent students to compete. Big thanks to the students for all of their hard work preparing for these events and to the parents who support them. None of this is possible without you!
Last month, two teams represented Oakdale Middle School at the Central Maryland Regional Science Olympiad Tournament in College Park. These 30 students competed in 23 events and brought home medals in 17 of them! In the team standings, Oakdale's A team won 5th place honors and earned a spot in the MSO State Tournament next month at Johns Hopkins University.
A hearty thanks to our PTSA for bringing the Reflections Program to OMS once again this year! OMS is very proud of the accomplishments of our students!
The 2016/2017 award winners are:
1st place: Carly Amoriell / 6th Grade
2nd place: Cole Walker / 6th Grade
1st place: Genevieve Wilson / 7th grade
2nd place: Phoebe Braus / 6th grade
1st place: Avery Powers / 8th grade
1st place: Ava Pierce / 8th grade
Effective March 1, 2017, when a child has been marked late 3 or more times in a term, a LUNCH DETENTION will be required to make up the time. Parents will be contacted by phone or letter.
LATE is unlawful unless a doctor or parent note is submitted to the Attendance Office.
School starts at 8:12AM. Students are late if they are not in their class seat by 8:12.You may check your child’s attendance through HAC.
Attendance policies and procedures are posted on the school website under the Parents & Students tab:
Finally, we are over halfway through term 3, and our staff has an ambitious schedule planned for students to finish the year. We are also approaching assessment season, where students will be taking the MISA, PARCC, and course benchmark assessments around the building.
Given the demands during this part of the school year, we cannot stress the importance of regular attendance from the first to the last bell. For an increasing number of students absences and tardies are starting to pile up, putting them at a distinct disadvantage, and making it difficult to keep up to speed across the curriculum. Some learning experiences are hard to recreate during tutoring times. Please stress the importance of daily attendance to your children. If they’re here every day, they’ll give themselves the best chance possible to achieve and perform to their highest potential.
Hoops For Heart/Jump For Heart
Oakdale Middle School
Wednesday, April 5th
Our school has already raised OVER $1000.00 online for the American Heart Association. Congratulations to these students who have already raised money online: Andrew Hodges, Roman Shaffer, Nicole Myers, Justin Emeigh, Shantou Myers, Gavin Wernau, Caleb Wernau, Ella Rosenberg, Jake Huether, Riley Gessler, Colin Kelly, Jordan Heyrend, Liam Villanueva, Zoe Lachewitz, Hannah Ware, Ethan Simpson, Amanee Jamil.
If you are interested in raising funds online, please visit www.heart.org/hoops.
CALLING ALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS!!!!!
We will be hosting a 2 on 2 basketball tournament during the last hour of Hoops For Heart. Entry fee is $5 (goes to the American Heart Association) and is due the day of the event. There will be a 6th grade court (both players must be in 6th grade), a 7th grade court (both players must be in 7th grade), an 8th grade court (both players must be in 8th grade), and an open court. On the Open court, a player can be ANY AGE INCLUDING AN ADULT. Please use the link below to sign up!
Also featured during Hoops/Jump For Heart....
Music in the cafeteria by Shewsical Entertainment
Hula hoop contest
Chik-Fil-A sandwiches for purchase in the cafeteria
Hoop Shoot contest in the gym
We hope to see you at the event!
Each month the OMS newsletter will provide several “HAL Highlights” to showcase the variety of ways our teachers in our Highly Able Learner program are working with Ms. Shomaker, our Advanced Academic Specialist, to better meet the needs of our highly able learners.
March HAL Highlights
OMS welcomes parent and community volunteers! Before beginning to work in our building, each volunteer must complete an online Volunteer Orientation and register with the school. For full details go to the Volunteers page on our school website.
Please urge your child to check lost and found in the cafeteria or in each of their classes for their items. We hold many smaller items such as jewelry, phones, and eyewear in the front office. Parents and guardians are welcome to stop in to check the lost and found, as well.
Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of each term.