February 10th - February 16th, 2023
Social Media Safety Night
Scoliosis Screening- 6th and 8th Grade Students
On Tuesday, February 28th, all 6th and 8th grade students will be participating in a scoliosis screening at school. In the past, this annual screening has been conducted by healthcare professionals from the health department, however since the health department is no longer involved with the initial screening, we rely heavily on our teachers and medically trained volunteers to help with this process. This is a mass screening event in which several students are screened simultaneously, and with as much privacy and discretion as possible. Please remind girls to wear a sports bra or bathing suit top under their clothing on screening day, as their shirt will need to be removed for the screening.
If you are a parent or guardian and would rather have this screening performed at your student's doctor's office, please complete and return the refusal form being sent home with your student this week. You may also choose to electronically sign the online version of the refusal form in Parent Portal, or print and sign the refusal form found on the nurse's page of Otwell's website. Please plan on completing the electronic refusal, or completing and returning paper refusals, no later than Thursday, February 16th. You may review the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta's website for more information on scoliosis and screening. If you have any questions or need help with the refusal process, please reach out to Nurse Michelle by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
El martes 28 de febrero, todos los estudiantes de 6.º y 8.º grado participarán en una evaluación de escoliosis en la escuela. En el pasado, esta evaluación anual la realizaban profesionales de la salud del departamento de salud; sin embargo, dado que el departamento de salud ya no participa en la evaluación inicial, dependemos en gran medida de nuestros maestros y voluntarios médicamente capacitados para ayudar con este proceso. Este es un evento de proyección masiva en el que varios estudiantes son examinados simultáneamente y con la mayor privacidad y discreción posible. Recuerde a las niñas que usen un sostén deportivo o la parte superior de un traje de baño debajo de la ropa el día de la proyección, ya que deberán quitarse la camisa para la proyección.
Si usted es padre o tutor y prefiere que este examen se realice en el consultorio médico de su hijo, complete y devuelva el formulario de rechazo que se envió a casa con su hijo esta semana. También puede optar por firmar electrónicamente la versión en línea del formulario de rechazo en el Portal para padres, o imprimir y firmar el formulario de rechazo que se encuentra en la página de enfermería del sitio web de Otwell. Planee completar el rechazo electrónico, o completar y devolver los rechazos en papel, a más tardar el jueves 16 de febrero. Puede consultar el sitio web del Children's Hospital of Atlanta para obtener más información sobre la escoliosis y las pruebas de detección. Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda con el proceso de rechazo, comuníquese con la enfermera Michelle por correo electrónico email@example.com.
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FCHS Feeder Volleyball
Chick-Fil-A Breakfast Thursday 2/16 8:15-9am. Bring $5 cash for a chicken biscuit and water.
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DUTY FREE LUNCH - Friday, February 24th - Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa5aa2fa5f58-duty#/
It’s not too late to celebrate you student’s February birthday! Birthday locker sign up: https://www.otwellpto.com/store/draw-string-bag-mndw8
Have a summer birthday? All May, June & July birthdays will go up in May!
22/23 School Year Feedback Survey
Otwell families are an important part of the decision making process. As we begin planning for the 2023-2024 school year, we are seeking your input for future planning purposes. Please take a few moments to complete this survey so that we can best serve our school and community. If you have any additional questions pertaining to this survey, please reach out to Hannah Duncan, Family Engagement Coordinator.
Bulldawgs Unleashed Podcast
Be sure to check out the latest edition of Bulldawgs Unleashed. In this episode, we talk to the Fine Arts Specialist of Forsyth County Schools, Catherine Keyser.
Check out episode 12 on ONN in which we launch our new ONN crew and take a peek inside the legendary Sic ‘Em Studios at Otwell Middle School.
Season I | Episode 12
Does your child need a Chromebook to complete school work at home? If so, tell your child to swing by the media center and pick up a Chromebook form. They can receive a form from Mrs. Duncan, Ms. Flowers, or Mr. Miller.
Hello Otwell Families!
My name is Hannah Duncan and I am Otwell's new Family Engagement Coordinator. I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve our wonderful Otwell families and offer support wherever needed. I am starting my sixth year in education, all here at Otwell Middle School. Previously, I served as Special Education Teacher and co-taught math and language arts in sixth grade! I am so excited to step into a new role and serve our students and community in a new capacity. If there is any way that I can support you and your family, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Family Engagement Coordinator
770-887-5248 x 790152
Hola familias de Otwell!
Mi nombre es Hannah Duncan y soy la nueva coordinadora de Compromiso Familiar de Otwell. Estoy encantada por la oportunidad de servir a nuestras maravillosas familias de Otwell y de ofrecer apoyo donde sea necesario. Estoy empezando mi sexto año en educación, todos aqui en la Escuela Media Otwell. Previamente, serví como maestra de Educación Especial y co-enseñe matemáticas y artes del lenguaje en sexto grado.Estoy encantada de entrar en este nuevo puesto y servir a nuestros estudiantes y comunidad en una nueva capacidad. Si hay alguna forma en que yo pueda ayudarles a usted y a su familia, por favor no dude en comunicarse conmigo.
Coordinadora de Compromiso Familiar
Family Needs Survey
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Students took their Rocks and Minerals Test on Friday. Our last Geology unit will begin on Monday including Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Soil. This unit will have a project based summative at the end.
We will continue with our novel study, Flipped. We will dive dep into the characterization of the 2 main characters, Juli and Bryce. The students are enjoying the book and applying so many fictional standards to our daily reading! Advanced ELA students will move further into our imagination narrative unit by reading a reimagined fairytale. Then, students will write their own adaption of a classic fairytale, changing the perspective, theme, setting, or adding a modern twist! Students should be working on their Greek/Latin set 5 vocabulary cards, which are due on Friday, 2/24.
We will be having our test over solving one step equations on Wednesday and Thursday. We will learn about inequalities after our break. Advanced – Next week we will be finishing up our summative over algebraic equations & inequalities. Then we will begin our next unit on statistics by learning how to find the mean, median, mode & range of a data set.
This week was a very busy one for our Social Studies students! All classes went on the long-awaited JA Finance Park Field Trip. The students had hands-on learning experience in marketing, pricing products, paychecks, and taxes. It was an exhausting day, but a very beneficial one that we feel kids enjoyed. Students also continued in their Canada Unit by wrapping up Environmental Issues and working on Canada’s Government and Economy. Salazar’s and Wharton’s classes have their Canada tests early next week. Please remind your child to study.
Math with Ms. Fincher, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Smallwood:
Sales, Tax, Tip and Simple Interest this week with a test on Feb 15/16 before our long weekend! Miss Fincher's students will be given supplementary HW if skills are not improved throughout the week.
Advanced Math with Mr. Bruce:
We will quiz Monday over quadrilaterals and triangles. Then we will be learning about polygons. The focus will be on classifying them and determining congruency.
Accelerated Math – Mrs. Moore:
We are wrapping up our work with exponents and will be moving to roots and Scientific Notation next week. This is challenging work but your children are persevering and reaching success!! I am very proud of them!!
Advanced Math – Mrs. Moore:
We are finishing up our work with angles and triangles and will test next week! After that we will move to circles, area, surface area, and volume. Lots of hard work seen from this class. They are great!!
ELA with Ms. Beaty and Mrs. Poe:
We will be reviewing our lesson on Ethos, Pathos, and Logos with a Speed Debating activity. We will also work on a study guide and review games for Unit 4 (Author's Argumentative). We will have our summative test on Author's Argument on 2/15 and 2/16. We have no school from February 17th through February 21st.
ELA with Mrs. Cregan and Mrs. Roberts:
Students will continue to dabble in grammar skills, specifically, appositives, An appositive is a noun or pronoun that identifies, renames, or explains another noun or pronoun next to it. An appositive phrase includes an appositive and its modifiers. It follows a noun or pronoun and adds information that identifies, renames, or explains the noun. We are diving deeper into our author's argument by reading argumentative articles and discussing Rhetorical Appeals, ethos, pathos, and logos. We have no school from February 17th through February 21st.
ELA with Ms. Lazaro, Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Sturtevant:
We will be reviewing our lesson on Ethos, Pathos, and Logos with a Speed Debating activity. We will also work on a study guide and review games for Unit 4 (Author's Argumentative). We will have our summative on 2/15 and 2/16. We have no school from February 17th through February 21st.
Adv. ELA with Mrs. Cregan:
We are diving deeper into our author's argument by reading argumentative articles and discussing Rhetorical Appeals, ethos, pathos, and logos. Students will continue to dabble in grammar skills, specifically, appositives, An appositive is a noun or pronoun that identifies, renames, or explains another noun or pronoun next to it. An appositive phrase includes an appositive and its modifiers. It follows a noun or pronoun and adds information that identifies, renames, or explains the noun. We have no school from February 17th through February 21st.
Social Studies with Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Foley, and Mr. Eggleston:
Students have begun their study on African history. We will begin learning about European partitioning of Africa then move on to the independence movements in Africa. They will be completing various activities to help them learn the material.
Science with Mrs. Joseph, Mrs. Pennington, and Mrs. Joseph:
Students will ask questions to gather and synthesize information about the ways humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms through selective breeding.
8th Grade ELA
Students will be reading and analyzing various works of literature related to the Holocaust. Students will formulate a question they have about the Holocaust in order to begin prepping for the research project they will be completing at the end of the unit.
This week we completed the family unit and began the house unit. Students have new vocabulary and will have a quiz on these words on Friday 2/10. There is also an online activity that needs to be completed by 2/22
Will have a test on energy, heat transfer, and specific heat on February 14. Students need to review their quizzes, study resources on itslearning, and their study guides.