Ordean East Middle School News

Vol. 3 Issue 2 - August 23, 2021

Hello OEMS Huskies,

A letter was sent through USPS today, including your new district email password, OEMS locker number and combination. All student passwords were updated on August 20. Do your best to memorize those new bits of information.

If you stop by for Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 2, 4:30-6:30PM, you may put your school supplies in your locker. Don't leave your combination numbers in your locker, unless you've got them memorized.

A new student planner will be given to every student within the first couple days of school. It will be a great tool to help stay organized.

If you still have textbooks, library books, a Chromebook or other school issued items from last year, bring them to school so we can clear your fine and get them back into our inventory.

We have extended Back to School Night from 4:30-6:30PM and divided the evening by last name. Please do your best to stop by in the designated time slots, in an attempt to reduce the number of people in the building at the same time. Everyone attending must wear a face covering/mask while in the building.

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Physical Education in Middle School

All students have a P.E. class each year. Our 6th & 7th graders rotate between PE & Music classes every other day. Our 8th graders have a semester of PE and a semester of Health class.

While participating in PE class, students use the locker rooms to change into a PE uniform (gray t-shirt/black shorts). The uniforms will be available for purchase from the PE teachers over the first couple weeks of school. Locks will be provided for the locker room.

There are three rotations for instruction within our school for PE class- pool, weight room and gym. There are also times we move instruction outside to the field. Students will be wearing masks when they are in the building. We will not be starting the year with swim instruction. Students do not need to bring a swimsuit or towel to school, until further notice. We will be reevaluating whether swim instruction will be incorporated into PE instruction 2nd semester.

Bus Routes for OEMS Students

The attached documents include our morning and afternoon routes that are scheduled at this time. We will also be mailing a paper copy of these routes to families.

3 Important Electronic Forms

Families, if you haven't already done so, please complete the following forms to help our schools get ready for the new year.

1. 2021-22 Blended Learning 1 to 1 Agreement: Required for All Families Grades K-12, before a Chromebook can be assigned to our students.

Click here to fill out the Blended Learning form.

Click here for more information about Blended Learning

2. MN Department of Education Digital Survey: For the purpose of improving educational outcomes and digital access for public school students across the state.

Click here to take the MDE survey.

3. Application for Educational Benefits Form: Families may qualify for reduced school activity fees, benefits and other discounts - and help provide important state and federal funds for Duluth's schools.

Click here to fill out the application.

Thank you for taking time to complete these important forms!


Vaccine Clinic- Aug 25 at East High School

We are pleased to announce that Essentia Health will be holding another mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at East High School on Wednesday, August 25. The 2nd shot is planned for September 15 at East. You will schedule that second shot when you check in on the 25th.

All students from Ordean East Middle School and East High School ages 12 and up who have not had their first shot are welcome to schedule an appointment. Adults who have not yet had their first shot are also welcome to sign up.

The mobile clinic staff will be located in our Career Center. Links to required forms are included in the sign up information link and will also be available for you to fill out in person on the 25th. Reminder: if a minor student is coming for the shot WITHOUT the parent or guardian, the Minor Consent Form must be filled out and in their hands.

Click to sign up:

Essentia Health Vaccine Clinic at East High School: AGES 12+

If you would like to schedule a vaccine on another date or in another location please contact your health care provider or visit Minnesota's COVID-19 Vaccinations information page: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/

At this time our students and staff that have been vaccinated will not need to quarantine, if in close contact of someone COVID positive, unless they are experiencing symptoms.


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Mark your calendar:

6th Grade Day Camp: Aug 30, 9:00-11:30AM

New to OEMS 7th & 8th Grade Orientation: Aug 30, 1:00PM

Back to School Night (time divided by last name): September 2, 4:30-6:30PM

First Day of School: September 7, 8:45AM-3:15PM

Picture Day: September 21

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