OLHMS Update!

We have an exciting year ahead!

D123 and OLHMS Mission and Vision
Dr. McNichols welcome picture

Welcome Back!

Mustang Families,

We are very excited to welcome our scholars and families to the 2022/2023 school year! We hope everyone enjoyed this restful and restorative Summer and is prepared for an incredible next, beginning or final chapter of middle school! We are looking forward to maximizing the potential of this quickly approaching school year! Included you will find additional information to best support this successful start on Wednesday, August 17th!

OLHMS Family Meet & Greet / School Supply Drop Off

The Family Meet & Greet/ Supply Drop Off is a relaxed opportunity for scholars and families to walk our halls, check out Encore spaces, find their advisory classroom and begin learning or relearning how to open a locker. SchoolKidz orders have been placed in scholar’s advisory classrooms.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

OLHMS Family Meet & Greet / School Supply Drop Off

2:00pm - 3:30pm & 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

First Day of School (½ Day, Dismissal at 11:30am)

  • School doors open at 8:25am

  • Classes begin at 8:30am

  • Dismissal at 11:30am

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Regular School Day (Dismissal at 3:20pm)

  • School doors open at 8:25am

  • Classes begin at 8:30am

  • Dismissal at 3:20pm

Friday, August 19, 2022

Regular School Day (Dismissal at 3:20pm)

  • School doors open at 8:25am

  • Classes begin at 8:30am

  • Dismissal at 3:20pm

Arrival and Dismissal (NEW PROCESS)

Parking lots are for staff parking only. All parent/student drop off and pick up takes place in the back of the school on Oak Center Dr.

  • Main Entrance: Bus entrance only!

  • Oak Center Drive: One-Way moving West to East for mornings and afternoons.

    • Parents dropping off and walkers enter the building in the back on Oak Center Dr. Parents please be patient, follow guidance from support staff and do not block the driveways of our neighbors on Oak Center Dr.

      • 6th Grade scholars use Door 4

      • 7th Grade scholars use Door 6

      • 8th Grade scholars use Door 5

Teacher Assignments, Schedules and Transportation

Homeroom assignments, schedules and bus routes will be posted in Skyward Family Access on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Noon. Please know there will be additional adjustments made to assignments, schedules and bus routes prior to or after the 17th. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation with any future adjustments.

School Supplies

Grade level supply lists are linked below if you planned some shopping excitement between now and the 16th for supply drop off! Schoolkidz purchased at the end of the 2021/2022 school year will be ready in student’s advisory classrooms. OLHMS Grade Level Supply List Link

Student Device Insurance

The student device insurance policy provides full replacement cost coverage and protects the item worldwide (on and off school grounds) for only $25/year. The policy will be transferred to any replacement device that your child may be issued. Without insurance D123 families are fully responsible for the costs associated with the repair/replacement of their student's device. Insurance coverage is for the device only and does not extend to the case or the charger. Families of students in all grade levels can sign up for this insurance program by adding the optional “Student Device Insurance” fee through Skyward Family Access. You have until September 30 to purchase device insurance every year. Additional information about the student device insurance program and deductibles can be found at: https://d123.org/about/technology/student-device-insurance/

Please view either the written or video tutorial on how to add Chromebook / iPad insurance to your student's account.

Free & Reduced Lunch Reminder

The federal program allowing districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income has expired. At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for this school year to allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will be reverting back to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by theU.S. Department of Agriculture. Beginning with the 2022-23 school year on August 17, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals. Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch will be able to access meals this school year at no cost or a discounted rate. D123 will continue to explore ways we can help families with this adjustment since this may create a financial burden for some of our families. At no point would we ever want any child to go hungry at school. If you would like to apply for free or reduced priced meals, please click here.

Health Examination and Immunization Requirements

There are specific requirements for students entering preschool, kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade, as well as for all new students. Visit our Health Forms & Guidelines page for more information. Please note that these vaccinations and/or health examinations are required by state law.


District 123 will be implementing updated guidance relative to COVID-19 during the upcoming school year and monitoring any changes that may take place. The updated guidance is very similar to the guidance we followed at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year and during our recent Summer School session. District 123 will NOT continue with SHIELD testing this school year, as the availability of COVID-19 testing within our community is highly accessible to students and staff who are interested.


All staff and families are highly encouraged to join the PTSA and attend meetings. This is an incredible opportunity, partnership and fun way to support our scholar’s experience at the middle school!

  • Membership is $5.00 per student and $7.00 per family

  • PTSA Spirit Gear- more information coming soon

  • Reach out to Mrs. Shane, our PTSA President for more information (tmshane@gmail.com)

  • PTSA Meeting- August 22, 2022 at 7:00pm

Additional OLHMS Staff Excitement

This school year also brings additional excitement around our OLHMS staff adjustments best supporting our scholars and staff! We will now have a second Assistant Principal, Mrs. Hansen, a third EL Teacher, Giovanni Llinas Rosa, Mrs. Rose as our Math Interventionist and Mrs. Ponce as a Social Worker. We are equally excited for Mr. LaMantia, Mrs. Kleszczewski, Mrs. Tode and Mr. Sielaff who are all joining our teacher teams along with Mrs. Lopez who has joined our paraprofessional team this year!


Dr. McNichols

"Always believe that something WONDERFUL is about to happen because it always does at OLHMS!"