Ordean East Middle School News

Vol. 3 Issue 7 - October 1, 2021

Deaf Awareness Month

As we wrapped up September and Deaf Awareness month, here are some short videos that you can watch to learn more about deaf culture and how to interact with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. Our school staff and students are continually learning from our deaf students, teachers for the deaf & hard of hearing, and sign language interpreters.

A Few Things to Know About American Sign Language | NPR

What It's Like To Be Deaf | AJ+

Deaf Awareness: Do's and Dont's

Deaf Awareness Week 2021!

What Does Deaf Mean?

Parent/Guardian as Observers on Canvas

Click here for a tutorial on how to set up the parent/guardian observer setting on your child's Canvas account.

Semester I- Parent/Teacher Conferences

OEMS 1st Semester Conferences -

  • October 18 &19 3:45-7:45PM

  • No In-Person, Only through Google Meet or Telephone Call

  • Scheduled through Google Calendar- 10 minute appointments with 5 minutes of transition time.

  • Monday, October 11, an email will be sent through Infinite Campus Messenger with a list of all teachers and links to their conference appointment scheduler. Specific directions will also be sent at that time. You will not need to set up a special account in order to schedule an appointment.

  • Reminder: Teachers are available to meet outside of the two dedicated evenings of conference time for semester one. If you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out when the need arises. You don't have to wait.

OEMS Daily Announcements

Click on our school webpage. Scroll to the bottom right. A link to daily announcements, either written or video will be available. You will find up-to-date information about after school activities, lunch menu, & more.

How can I find out about clubs or after school activities?

There are daily messages shared with all students during their WIN class. Eventually, the messages will be student created video announcements. All daily announcements are posted on our school webpage so students and their families can reference them too. They are in the bottom right corner of the home page. https://www.isd709.org/ordean-east
Join the OEMS PTA

Click here for more information about how to sign up!

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Duluth Public Library & ISD709 partner up to provide free electronic access for students

ISD 709 has entered into a partnership with Duluth Public library to allow all ISD 709 students free access to library resources through an electronic library card called a PORT CARD:

  • physical books, movies, music, toys, etc.
  • ebooks
  • audiobooks
  • databases for research

There is no financial risk to our students. If they lose a resource, the library staff will work with that student to "pay" the replacement cost of the book by reading or completing other activities via their "Fresh Start" program.

Students can check out up to five (5) physical materials and up to ten (10) ebooks/audiobooks.

Please see the PORT CARD FAQ page for more information here.

ISD709 students can sign up for a PORT CARD through this electronic form.

COVID19 Signs & Symptoms

If your child is showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 we are asking that you please keep them home and get tested or consult your healthcare provider for an alternative diagnosis as we are still seeing strep, influenza, and RSV circulating around the state and our area. It is imperative that they remain home when symptomatic to help us protect the integrity of in-person learning. We thank you for your help in keeping our school community safe.

COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms:

Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

New cough or a cough that gets worse

Difficulty/hard time breathing

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Muscle pain

Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired

Severe/very bad headache


COVID-19 Resources for ISD709 Families

Click here for COVID19 reporting forms, vaccine information, St Louis County dashboard, and more

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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, & Ryan Lantz

School Social Worker: Tracy Litman