OMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events Below! 1/19 - 1/22

8th Grade Picnic

Please see the attached information about the 8th grade picnic!

HUEY Movement!

Are you ready to say no to bullying? Are you ready to ensure bullies don't have power at our school? It’s time we all decided to BE OUR BEST ALWAYS. Come join us and be a part of the growing movement at Otwell that spreads kindness to try to stop bullying? Come be a part of The Huey Movement – the movement designed to help, understand and encourage youth. The next Huey Movement Meeting is on Friday, January 22nd at 8am in Mrs. Webster’s class – room 237. Bring $10 and be one of the first to sport our new official Huey Movement t-shirts, created by our t-shirt design winner, Aidan Lydon. Let’s make a difference!

GA Milestones Parent Meetings

GA Milestones Parent Meetings: 1/7, 1/12 or 1/19

Georgia Milestones End-of Grade and End-of Course scale scores were posted in Parent Portal on November 16, 2015. Student score reports were sent home the week of November 30-December 4. The student score report will have more detailed information than can be posted in the Parent Portal.

If you have questions about our student’s Georgia Milestones score report, please contact your school or plan to attend one of three parent sessions that will be held across the county in January. Translators will be available.

  • January 7: Otwell Middle School, 6:30 pm
  • January 12: Piney Grove Middle School, 6:30 pm
  • January 19: North Forsyth Middle School, 6:30 pm

Parents may view the presentation below to help understand the scale score and its relationship to your child’s achievement level:

Scale Score Explanation Presentation or

New! PowerPoint Presentation

PTO Shoe Drive

Tired of all those old shoes laying around your house just taking up space?

Well, the OMS PTO will gladly take them and recycle them for you! That's right!

Bring in your old shoes (no flip flops please), and we will find them a new home.

We will also be running a contest in each grade level. The blue class that collects the most shoes by January 22nd will each win a pizza party on January 29th!

The PTO will receive fifty cents per pound of shoes collected, which goes right back to the school. So, please start collecting those shoes!

Yearbook Reminder

Order your 2015-2016 yearbook before they are sold out! The deadline to pre-order is Jan. 15th.

There are two packages to choose from:

• Basic Package = Full color book with foil name stamp - $50.00

• Bulldog Package = Full color book with foil name stamp and world yearbook - $55.00

There are three ways to order:

• Bring a check (made out to Otwell Middle) or cash to Mrs. Perkins in room 331 at Otwell

• Call the Yearbook Order Center at 866-287-3096

• Order online at

**When calling or ordering online, please use our school id #593

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8th Grade recognition ads are also still on sale! The price is $75.00 and are due no by Jan. 15th. They are 1/4 page ads and can be purchased and designed by you online at using Otwell’s school id #593. The format is easy to follow, but if you would like to send in payment or have the yearbook staff to design, please feel free to contact the yearbook advisor at

Family Fun Math Night

Tuesday, January 26th

6:00 - 7:30

Where: In Media Center

Pizza for dinner provided by OMS PTO

6:00 - 6:45 pm ~ Practice Math activities with your child. Led by our teachers

6:45 – 7:30 pm ~ OMEGA LEARNING CENTER- Presenting Study Skills Strategies

Math Activities:

 Station #1 ~ Math Games with Cards Mrs. Jones

 Station #2 ~ Equations Flash Cards - Mrs. Stemple

 Station #3 ~ Math strategies/resources/videos – Mrs. Henkel

 Station #4 ~ Math Apps – Mr. Jones

*Translators and childcare provided by Title I Program

If you have questions, please call Ali Cregan, The Family Engagement Coodinator at 770-887-5248 x790325 or I will be happy to meet with you and give you handouts and discuss with you the topics at hand.

PTO Valentine Carnation Gram

Write a message to the lucky recipient and we’ll attach

it to a carnation flower and deliver it for you!

Carnation Grams will be delivered to Blue

Classes on Thursday, February 11th.

Cost is $1.00 per carnation

Turn in your completed forms and money to

the front office or your Blue Teacher

Last day to order - Friday, February 5th!!

Social Studies

Ms. Sessa:

We will conclude our study of Georgia and the Civil War this week with a look at Sherman’s infamous March to the Sea and the fall of the Confederacy. Students have a quiz on Tuesday covering Notes V-X (Fort Sumter – Chancellorsville) and the people discussed in this unit thus far. The Civil War unit test is scheduled for Monday, January 25th.

Ms. Salazar:

Next week we are starting our Antebellum chapter. We will be learning about what life was like before the Civil War & the causes leading up to it. Students should be working on a Vocabulary Tier Activity which was given out 1/14. They will also have a take home Vocab Quiz. The test for this chapter will be on Itslearning.

Ms. Coleman:

Chapter 13 exam is scheduled for tomorrow.


Mrs. Holmes (Advanced):

We are finishing up our exploration of electricity and circuits this upcoming week. We will be building series and parallel circuits to learn how to measure voltage, current, and resistance. We will be having a test on Electricity and Magnetism at the end of the week.

Mr. McCormack, Mr. Kinneer, and Mrs. Holmes:

We are finishing up our exploration of electricity and circuits this upcoming week. We will be looking at series and parallel circuits to learn how to measure voltage, current, and resistance. We will be having a test on Electricity and Magnetism at the end of the week.


Ms. Pitner and Ms. Wharton:

This week students are continuing Unit 4 with story graphs. After learning the foundation of distance vs. time or speed vs. time graphs, students created a 15 second video of an activity that shows speed, distance, or height changing. The students then created a graph from their video. On Thursday, students were able to watch each others’ videos and create graphs based on the video. Finally some creativity in math! Students took a quiz on Friday to check for understanding.

Next week, students will be starting scatter plots!

Ms. Cooper:

Accelerated/Advanced Math – Cooper – Please check the class website for all assignments (ie. homework, class work, and assessments).


Ms. Pacheco:

We are just beginning a brand new unit. The theme is food and the students seem excited about it. We have recently had a talk about the importance of continuously studying vocabulary. Please encourage them to study 5-10 words every night. This is proven to work. We are really trying to get ready for high school, so we will pushing them even more towards independence in their studies. Students are going to be held responsible for learning the vocabulary as we put that knowledge into practice in class. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for your continued support.

Ms. Campos:

Students took the Midterm exam on Tuesday. Results were great. I am very pleased with their progress and I am looking forward to continue working with your student this new semester. They are going to learn a lot of invaluable language skills! We have started a new unit which is all about food and ordering at a restaurant. We expect to have lots of fun with it. ¡Gracias!

Language Arts

Mrs. Taylor:

On-Level: We will continue working on our document based essay answering the questions “What is the greatest obstacle facing the American Dream.” The students will draft, revise and publish their work.

Advanced: Thank you so much for the feedback you gave your child on their writing. It led to great classroom discussion and goal setting.

We will begin our poetry unit. We will read, analyze, and memorize poems. The students will be required to choose a poem and recite this poem to the class. Students will also research the lives of their poet and how their lives influenced the writing of their poem.

Ms. Sams:

During the month of January, 8th grade Language Arts will be journeying through the land of Ancient Podium in a unit called Forum.

FORUM is a simulation that will improve the speaking and listening skills of our students while continuing to practice and perfect writing and research skills. Every day students learn and practice some aspect of public speaking. They make speeches to present and accept awards, to introduce famous people, to inform and to persuade. They study and apply listening skills and experience fate cards that require practicing basic speech fundamentals of gesture and voice. As a result of their simulation experiences, students will gain confidence and improve their ability to speak and to listen. Specifically, students will experience the following:


• Variety of speeches

• Organization of a speech

• Lives of famous people

• Importance of public speaking

• Importance of active listening


• Confidence because of their public speaking skills

• Satisfaction in applying new skills

• Excitement as each speaking and listening activity brings

them closer to their goal

• Enthusiasm as daily activities motivate and excite them


• How to plan, outline and organize a speech

• How to deliver a speech

• How to be an active listener

• How to inform and persuade

• How to present and accept a gift

• How to make introductions

Mrs. Barrett:

For the month of January, we will be working on FORUM, a speech unit. We will be working on different activities to help each student with public speaking and listening skills. Three or four students make up one family. Each family has selected a name and elected an elder (team leader). They will journey through the imaginary land of Podium. The distance they travel will be based on their family’s daily speaking and listening skills. They must cover a certain distance each day, or lose some of their cargo(supplies and family possessions). The family that regains its land and has the most cargo at the end of the simulations is the winner of FORUM.

This week, we have been working on pantomimes. Each student has performed a pantomime for the families to guess. They earned points for their family if others guessed what they were acting out. Earning a certain number of points help them reach the next phase of the journey. For every 2 points they are short, they will lose some of their cargo.

This is a very fun unit for everyone. The activities help take the anxiety out of speaking in front of their classmates.


Mrs. Griffey:

We are working on our Idiom Project which is due next Friday on January 22. We are also working on the other Figurative Language devices. We will be reviewing several power points and presentations for this content area. The next project requirements for this content area will be shared with the students. We will continue our work with phonics and paraphrasing textual evidence.