Ordean East Middle School News

Vol.3 Issue 5 - September 13, 2021

Chromebooks for All 6th-8th Grade Students

Last Thursday, approximately 92% of our students were issued a school Chromebook. If your child hasn't received one yet, we need the Blended Learning Form completed by a parent or guardian. It can be completed online or printed paper copy Blended Learning Form - pdf .


This Wednesday, there will be a Canvas Orientation lesson imbedded into every class period. It is our hope that 100% of our students will have a device issued by Wednesday morning.


Please email breanna.shofner@isd709.org with questions about OEMS Chromebook Distribution.

Second Step, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum

We are excited to introduce Second Step, the social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that all ISD 709 pre-k, elementary and middle schools will be implementing beginning Fall 2021. We are taking a district-wide approach with all staff involved to better help our students develop social-emotional skills such as managing emotions, making responsible decisions, problem solving, and maintaining healthy relationships.


Research makes clear that the more holistic a community’s approach to social-emotional learning (SEL), the more benefits there are for children. This includes less unwanted behaviors, more mental health support & understanding, and even increased academics. In a coordinated holistic approach, SEL competencies are taught through explicit skill instruction, practice and reinforcement, as well as through implicit approaches such as modeling our own SEL competencies in day-to-day interactions with students and one another.


We look forward to beginning this opportunity with our students this Fall!

Students are Invited to Join Marnita's Table at OEMS, "Engage! Exploring SRO Effectiveness" - 9/23

Duluth Public Schools and Marnita’s Table invite students to join us for Engage! Exploring SRO Effectiveness a student-focused conversation exploring what is needed to provide a safe and respectful school community for all.


Thursday, September 23, 2021 in the Little Theater

First and second period (8:45-10:28 AM)


Click on the link below, to learn more about how your child can participate.

OEMS Students - Engage! Exploring SRO Effectiveness

OEMS Permission Slip- Marnita's Table

Student Drop Off & Pick up Parking

If you are driving your child to school in the morning, no earlier than 8:15 A.M., please use the 4th Street entrance. Free breakfast is available for all students. (8:15-8:40 A.M.)


If you are picking up your child in the afternoon, please arrange to meet at 3:30 P.M., in the back parking lot. Do not park on 4th Street in the afternoon due to the high bus traffic. There are a few buses that pick up students in the back lot, in the afternoon. Delaying your afternoon pick up time by 15 minutes will make a big difference in traffic congestion. We would like to keep bus and vehicle traffic separate as much as possible. If you arrive before 3:15 P.M., park in a space farther from the building so our buses are able to safely pick up students. Thank you for your cooperation!

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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:

Sarah Seglem- 6th Grade

Ryan Lantz- 7th Grade

Ashley Kedrowski- 8th Grade

School Social Worker: Tracy Litman