MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS 2020-2021
Happy Friday Falcon Families
WINTER BREAK HAS BEGUN!
As we wind down the 2020 half of the school year, we just want to send a heartfelt "Thank you!!" to all of the students, families, and staff that make OMS such a great community to be part of. Though the challenges of 2020 have been profound, the resilience, determination, and grit of our collective have been equal and ready.
As we look forward to the end of first semester, the beginning of second semester, and 2021, it feels like there is traction and movement forward. Reopening schools and having our staff and students rejoin us in person is a real option waiting in the wings. We will be looking for your input about our reopening, so please stay tuned!!
STARTING IN JANUARY 2021---New FRIDAY schedule
Falcon Time Support - 1:45-2:30 (M-TH) Information for Teacher Class Code
Families! If your student has a question for a teacher, or is struggling in a class (especially if they have a 'D' or an 'F'), please make sure that they are utilizing our Falcon Time support time, which is available M-TH from 1:45pm-2:30pm. Thus is an open Meet for any student to join and receive help from their teacher. In some cases, teachers may request specific students for their Falcon Time and it is crucial that students show up when requested. Thank you for your support!
In order to join a Falcon Time, students will need to open a Meet and then join using a 'nickname' for a teacher. Here is a short video on how to do that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQGIophm7w4&feature=youtu.be
Here are the codes/nicknames for each of our teachers in case your student says they don't know their teachers' code/nickname:
VOCABULARY.COM WEEKLY STANDINGS!!!
Congratulations to OMS for being 2nd place among middle schools in Washington for words mastered last week!!! (Nov. 30th - Dec. 6th) on Vocabulary.com. As a school, we mastered 900 words, which was our highest weekly total so far this year! Among teachers, Ms. Wright's classes finished on top with 639 words mastered! Here were our top students for the week:
1st - Emily Chen (330 words mastered)
2nd - Sophianna Lucas (177 words mastered)
3rd - Tanner Erkers (74 words mastered)
4th - Kelsie Meier (65 words mastered)
5th - Mydalin Nelson (34 words mastered)
OMS students are encouraged to log on to www.vocabulary.com any time (students can also access using 'Clever' on their Chromebooks) and click the 'Play' button to keep mastering words, increasing their academic vocabulary, and adding to our school's totals. Great work Falcons!!!
For more detailed class and school standings please view Mr. Collins's update video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2dBKxBhvuE
Starting January 5, 2021
TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR SCHOOL PORTRAIT AT HOME
- Wear your favorite school-appropriate shirt. Solid colors or simple patterns photograph best. It is a good idea to wear something with sleeves. Avoid shirts with slogans, as cropping might cut the words in half. Accessories are fine but make sure they do not distract from your fabulous smile!
- Clean the phone lens with a cloth. This will make sure there are no smudges or blur.
- iPhone 8 and higher users: Go to Settings> Camera> Formats and select Most Compatible.
BACKGROUND & LIGHTING
- Choose a background that isn’t too busy.
- Don’t zoom in with your phone. Use your legs to get close.
- Be aware of lighting in your selected spot. Make sure you are facing the light (the sun, window, etc). If the light is behind you, your face will be dark.
- Outside photos are great! Morning and evening are best. if it is too bright, taking pictures in the shade turn out beautiful.
TAKING THE PHOTO
- Use portrait mode if possible. This gives you that nice, soft background and better color.
- Take the photo from the waist up, leaving a little space around the outside of your student.
- Double tap the face of the student on the screen before you take the photo. This makes sure their face is the focus and sets the color and light settings.
- Don’t add a filter to the photo.
SUBMITTING YOUR PHOTO
Upload your photo to the yearbook staff at Images.jostens.com
USER ID CODE 415467180
SEE BELOW FOR PROPER PICTURE PLACEMENT
As much as our office staff would like to help, we do not have the knowledge and skill, like that of our Tech Department. When you are directed to Orting Express, scroll and find the bubble chat icon. That is the quickest way to connect with our wonderful Tech Department.
Tips and Tricks for Success in Remote Learning
- Falcon Time/Office Hours - Take advantage of Falcon Time/Office Hours. These are not formal scheduled times. These are daily open times for you to work with your teacher on homework, get help, and ask your teacher questions individually. Think about this window of time like going to your teachers' classroom before or after school, before lunch, or during Falcon Time. Students who have used this time effectively have told us their grades have improved significantly.
- Environment - Choose a good place to learn. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection.
- Skyward and Family Access Family Access is a powerful tool for parents to monitor and track their child's attendance and academic progress. Parents and guardians can also configure the type and number of emails they receive including: attendance notifications, weekly progress reports, and low grade notifications.
Knowledge Bowl - Tuesday's at 3pm
Dungeons and Dragons Every Monday 2:30pm to 4:30pm
The Dungeons & Dragons Club is for students interested in playing tabletop role-playing games. We like the creative experience of collaboratively telling stories, building worlds, having in-depth discussions, teaching new people to play RPGs, and of course, having a bunch of fun together. All are welcome in this club, and there is always room for another character in the game. Come have fun and build memories with other fellow players! If you have any questions, please contact Mr.Zimmerman at email@example.com
The link is https://classroom.google.com/c/MTc0MzM2NzQwNDAz?cjc=7hz7qn3 or kids can get in by putting in the class code 7hz7qn3.
Tech Club - Every Wednesday at 2:30pm.
We will meet at this link
POKEMON GO - Meets every Wednesday from 2-3pm
Pokemon Go club will begin meeting Wednesday, December 2nd from 2-3pm! We will meet weekly on Wednesday. You can email Ms. Pryde at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added, or go to Google Classroom and use the code jngsgbs to join! See you there!
Anime Club Every Tuesday 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Anime club gets together once a week to talk about anime, have drawing contests, and play games together. We also use the Google Classroom to provide a safe appropriate forum for kids to talk about anime.
Contact Mr. Zimmerman with any questions! email@example.com
The link is https://classroom.google.com/c/MTc0MzcyNTM4OTE5?cjc=kv5a6j6 or the class code is kv5a6j6
Community Service Club Beginning Quarter 2
Community Service Club will start up on Quarter 2. Stay tuned for more information.
Creative Writing Every Wednesday 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Creative Writing Club has started! Meetings are Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30. Come stretch your creative brain! We write, we share, we listen, we have fun! Contact Mrs. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information’
For more information and class code,
please contact Ms. Robbins at email@example.com
Campus Life is a positive place where students can go to have fun with friends, talk about relevant issues and be heard without judgment. It's a place where students are challenged to make good decisions and lead in positive ways in their school.
For more information, please contact Heide Maschhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Reminder if Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orting School District is providing some face to face instruction. As a condition of utilizing transportation and attending school, Parents may not send their child to school if any of the following are true:
1. Within the last 14 days, the student has been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
2. A health department representative or healthcare provider has been in contact with you and advised any member of the student's family to self-quarantine;
3. The student has a fever (>100.4), chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, headache, congestion or runny nose, a new cough, nausea or vomiting, OR a new loss of taste or smell; OR been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Orting Middle School
Orting Middle School is currently closed for Winter Break. We will open again January 4, 2021.
In an effort to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, we are encouraging families to call with any questions rather than coming to our building.Once you have scheduled an appointment , please be aware that we are implementing the COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing along with face coverings.