Ordean East Middle School News

Vol. 3 Issue 12 - January 14, 2022

Random Acts of Kindness Were Embedded into OEMS WIN Classes Throughout December

OEMS Students collected $835.26 in our coin drive last December. A building wide poll was sent to all students to determine which local organization received the donation. The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) was selected and will receive a donation in the coming weeks.

In addition, new or like new winter gear was collected for the OEMS Kids Closet and/or a donation to Safe Haven. The following items were generously donated:

Brand new:

Socks: 63 pairs

Hats/Headbands: 20

Gloves/Mittens: 20

Scarves/Gaiters: 12

Jackets: 3

Gently used:

Boots: 1

Jackets: 10

Snowpants: 1

The intentional and random acts of kindness shown by our students is heartwarming!

My District, My Minnesota Winners

Congratulations to Taylor Wood and Keaton Bringe at Ordean East Middle School for being selected as "My District, My Minnesota" winners. These students submitted photos that represent life in their district. Taylor’s photo was selected by Senator Baak from District 3 and Keaton’s photo was selected by Senator McEwen from District 7. Their photos will be on view in the Minnesota Senate Building for the rest of 2022!

Semester 1 is coming to a close...

Next week is the last week of Quarter 2/Semester 1. Many staff and most students will be wrapping up the schedule they have been familiar with and preparing for a slightly different schedule the following week. All students will receive a copy of their new "Qtr 3" schedule next Thursday.

8th Graders- PE Teachers, Mr. Siljendahl & Ms. Bruns, will share the expectations regarding uniforms during your first day of class. You will get a PE locker to store your personal items and a new combination to remember. We will not have swimming incorporated into Qtr 3 PE classes.

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Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 21 - Teacher Work Day

Join our Amazing Staff! The Following Positions are Posted at OEMS:

Please spread the word! We are looking for additional folks to join our staff.

  • Ojibwemowin I and II Paraprofessional 25 hrs/wk
  • Supervisory Assistant 25 hrs/wk
  • Supervisory Assistant 37.5 hrs/wk
  • Health Assistant (Nurse's Office) 32.5 hrs/wk
  • Cafeteria Helpers 17.5 hrs/wk
  • 2 Custodians $13.02-$13.32/hr
  • Special Education Student Specific Paraprofessional 32.5 hrs/wk
  • 1 Check & Connect Mentor 40 hrs/wk
  • Building Wide Substitute Teacher 1.0FTE
  • Dean of Leadership & Student Support (Formerly Posted as School Counselor) 1.0FTE (Interviewing 1/21)
Click Here for ISD709 Job Opportunities

If you have questions about any of the open positions at OEMS, please call 218-336-8940.

COVID-19 Test Kits will be dispersed to all students next week

Our school received BinaxNOW OTC Antigen Self Test kits from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). They are rapid COVID-19 tests intended to be used at home for students who are symptomatic, and are to be administered by a caregiver. Each kit includes two separate tests. See the attached document for more information about the tests and how to use them.

Test kits are available free to families, one kit per student enrolled. A test kit will be sent home with your child on the January 18. If your child is absent on January 18, they may stop by the office once they return to school and can pick up a test kit to bring home. Please hang on to your child's test kit to be available to use if needed for symptoms. If you would prefer not to receive a test kit, please call 218-336-8940 by 12:00PM, Tuesday, January 18.

In October, the district received a shipment from the MDH of BinaxNow OTC test kits that health offices have kept on hand to distribute to symptomatic students. Many health offices are running low on this supply and we are unable to place another order of these through the MDH. I know this has been a great service to offer families, but once these are gone, families will need to utilize community testing sites.

Our Local Duluth branch of the NAACP has coordinated and welcomes you to the following events-

32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Join us for a LIVE community reading of "Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail" on Sunday, January 16th from 4 pm-5 pm via Facebook Live.


Community members will be able to participate in a moderated discussion during the reading using the comments in Facebook.

Be a Reader: If you are interested in participating as a reader, fill out this registration form - https://m.signupgenius.com/...

Please note that People of Color will have priority in reading assignments.

The Duluth NAACP invites you to the viewing of the documentary, “Dr. King’s Words into Actions: Black Empowerment Across the Generations” on Monday, January 17th from 11 am-12 pm via Facebook Live.


In this 20 minute documentary conversations will be held between two generations of Duluth residents where they discuss their perspectives on quotes from Dr. King on a variety of topics such as Voting Rights, Economic Justice, Criminal Justice, Health & Environmental Equity, Education, and Engagement of Young Adults. The viewing will be followed immediately by a call to action from committee chairs of the Duluth Branch of the NAACP.

In addition, you are invited to the following events-

  • Date/Time: Jan. 17, 2022, 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)

  • Location: VIRTUAL

  • Description: The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast is a fundraiser to benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Twin Cities in helping local students of color get to and go through college.

  • Guest Speakers:

    • Laura Coates, CNN Host and Senior Legal Analyst, Constitutional Expert and Author

    • Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO of UNCF

    • Moderated by Angela Davis, Host of MPR News with Angela Davis

    Learn more about the speakers and program sponsored by UNCF and supported by General Mills. (https://www.mlkbreakfast.com/)

    • Sponsored by UNCF, United Negro College Fund

    • Register by Friday, January 14, at 4 pm to get the Zoom link - https://www.tfaforms.com/4956167 (When you register, identify yourself as part of the : Duluth, MN Metro Area group)

    • Date/Time: January 19, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (CST)

    • Location: VIRTUAL

    • Description: Dr. Tyner will share her insight on creating unity in our community through service and provide those who wish to join the fight for social, racial, and economic justice with the necessary tools to advance social justice.

      • Dr. Artika Tyner - University of St. Thomas School of Law, Dr. Tyner serves as the founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice

    • Attendees will gain awareness and understand how our biases influence us, develop skills where we can learn to work more effectively in diverse groups, and build tools and confidence for advancing social justice awareness.

    • Sponsored by: Lake Superior College, Minnesota State, Ridgewater College, Northland Community & Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Century College, Century Lakes College, Alexandria Technical & Community College, Saint Paul College, Riverland Community College, Southeast Minnesota State College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    • Details for this event can be found at

    OEMS PTA Meeting

    Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 7-8pm

    This is an online event.


    We are scheduling our Winter OEMS PTA meeting over GoogleMeet again on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00. Meeting will be no longer than 1 hour.

    OEMS General PTA meeting

    Tuesday, February 15 · 7:00 – 8:00pm

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/dpb-zvhd-puc


    1. Brief PTA business update (5 minutes)
    2. Discussion of leadership election for the Spring. Needing president, treasurer and secretary replacements for the 2022-23 school year. If there is interest in any of these positions we would like to transition this Spring to help learn the ropes. Please contact me ahead of time if more information is needed (bschwar1ster@gmail.com)
    3. Quick update on Spring Conference Dinner sign up.
    4. Discussion of Spring student enrichment activity (yay!). Movie in the OEMS field with maybe some fun add on activities (May 2022).
    5. Presentation from OEMS administration on current activities and concerns. Please have your respectful questions ready!
    6. Presentation from Sarah Mikesell regarding gun safety (Be Smart for Kids: an educational campaign geared towards adults with the goal of preventing unsupervised child access to guns, besmartforkids.org)

    Thanks everyone!


    Duluth Public Schools families and students have access to Help Desk support

    The Help Desk is available to assist students and parents with questions related to district technical support issues, for example:

    - District Chromebook support

    - District hotspot support

    - System login questions

    - Filtering

    - Limited personal devices and internet support

    - Limited Digital Curriculum support

    Help Desk Hotline 218-336-8732 or Start a Help Desk Ticket

    Blended Learning Initiative - Help Resources

    ISD709 Student COVID Reporting Form

    If your child is COVID positive, please complete this form. A school nurse will follow up by phone or email and talk through the return date.

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    The science of snowflakes - Maruša Bradač

    Ordean East Middle School

    Main Office: Anna Fridsma

    Attendance: Dawn Warner

    Principal: Gina Kleive

    Assistant Principals: Rachel Jackson & Michael Emerson

    School Counselors: Ashley Kedrowski & Sarah Seglem

    School Social Worker: Tracy Litman