Community SOAR Report

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July 2021

Preparing for an Amazing Year!!!

Greetings Eagle Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the last week of July and that in a few short weeks we will be opening our doors for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. With Wednesday, August 18th, just around the corner, I am hopeful that you and your family have been and will continue to soak up the beautiful weather and spend plenty of time doing what you enjoy.

Last year our school-wide focus was on being #OMSBetterTogether. Thanks to your collaboration and unwavering support, we were able to make the best of a very challenging and difficult year. I am happy to share that the OMS staff is ready to hit the ground running and make sure that every student has what they need to achieve academic excellence and to be a supportive member of the OMS community. Just like last year, we will continue to focus on being #OMSBetterTogether and ask for your help and continued support in making this the most successful school year ever.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to several new staff members who will be joining the OMS family for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Ms. Kathleen Bono - 7th/8th Grade Science

  • Ms. Kathryn Flynn - Media Specialist

  • Ms. Shannon Green - 7th/8th Grade History

  • Ms. Michelle McGaughey - Reading Intervention/ELA

  • Ms. Colleen McKenna - Registrar

  • Ms. Jaclyn McLane - Special Education

  • Mr. Steven Reedy - Technology Education

  • Mr. Kyle Swink - Health/PE

  • Ms. Allyson Watson - 6th/8th Grade History

  • Ms. Dawn Williams - 7th Grade ELA

Additionally, I am excited to share the new positions for two current OMS staff members:

  • Ms. Kristin Airey - 12 Month Administrative Secretary

  • Mr. Hugh Ortner - 7th Grade Math

There are still some unknowns as we continue to prepare for the upcoming school year. Please know that OMS will be following all decisions and guidelines provided by Frederick County Public Schools. I encourage you to continue monitoring your email for Find Out First messages from both FCPS and OMS. We are focused and dedicated to providing our students, staff, and community members with the safest learning environment possible.

I can't begin to describe how excited I am to be welcoming all of our students back into the building on Wednesday, August 18th. I am looking forward to seeing all of the amazing things that our students will accomplish throughout this upcoming school year. Please make sure that you continue to monitor your email for important FCPS and OMS information. Additionally, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas that you would like to discuss. You can reach me by email at or by phone at 240-236-5500.


Daniel L. Enck


Important Information

Back to School Night - We will be hosting our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 12th from 5:00 - 7:00. All OMS students and their families are invited to attend and help us officially kick-off the 2021-2022 school year. The event will be set-up in an "open house" style in which students and families are able to tour the building and meet OMS teachers/staff. There will be no formal teacher presentations as this event will serve as an opportunity for students, staff, and parents/guardians to reconnect. OMS administration will be hosting two short presentations in the cafeteria for all interested students and parents/guardians. In addition to the meet and greets, everyone is invited to play the free carnival games, purchase food from several different food trucks, enjoy music, and OMS students may use tickets won throughout the night to enter for a chance to win a variety of door prizes (winners will be announced during the first week of school). Stay tuned for additional information about this event!

Open House - OMS will open its doors for students and their families on Tuesday, August 10th for Open House. Students will be able to pick-up a paper copy of their schedule, tour the building, and locate all of their classrooms. Teachers will not be present and classroom doors will not be open for this event. OMS Peer Ambassadors, School Counselors, and other OMS staff members will be present to help students navigate the building and find their classrooms. This event will run from 9:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00.

School Bell Schedule - You can click HERE to access the 2021-2022 OMS Bell Schedule. Included on the bottom of the bell schedule are a few important times for students and parents to be aware of. Please note that the dismissal times for bus riders and car riders are estimates and may be delayed the first several days until we are able to establish a routine.

School Supply List - You can click HERE to access the 2021-2022 OMS Essential School Supply List. If you are unable to purchase any of these supplies, please reach out to the OMS front office at 240-236-5500.

  • Students WILL NOT be using hallway lockers this year. Students will be permitted to carry their backpacks/bags with them from class to class. Students will continue to use PE lockers and the school will provide a standard combination lock for all PE students.

Student Schedules - Students will be able to access their schedules electronically via Schoology on Monday, August 9th.

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 10th - Open House 9:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00

Thursday, August 12th - Back to School Night 5:00-7:00

Wednesday, August 18th - First Day of School

Monday, September 6th - Schools and Office Closed - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th - Schools Closed - Rosh Hashanah


Keep track of what's happening at OMS through the official OMS Twitter page

PTSA Updates

Introducing the 2021-2022 PTSA Board of Directors:

President - Dora Alfaro

Vice President - Jonathan Munemo

Vice President - Joyce Hamba

Secretary - Lauren Drennan

Treasurer - Mindi Valukas

Membership Coordinator - Kara MacLean

PTSA Social Media Links and Website:

Facebook - @OakdaleMSPTSA

Instagram - @schoolOakdalemiddle

Twitter - @MiddleOakdale

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