Owings Mills High School
August - September 2018 Newsletter
Dear OMHS Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking forward to another productive and successful school year. Our August Newsletter has some important news and information for the new school year including the introduction of Eagle Hour and Emergency Protocols, as well as laptop distribution information, bus stops, and school supplies. Welcome Back!
This year, we welcome Ms. Monika Dillard, Assistant Principal, to our community. She comes to us as an experienced administrator from Chesapeake High School. This is her 17th year in education where she was a former science teacher and chairperson prior to becoming an administrator. Welcome, Ms. Dillard!
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Early Entry Day for Grade 9 – Thursday, August 30th – 7:20-11:00 AM
First Day of School for All Students – Tuesday, September 4th – 7:20
Back-To-School Night – Thursday, September 6th
- 5:30 PM – Grade 9 Social for parents and students
- 6:00 PM – General Session followed by classroom visits
Back-to-School Night is your opportunity to meet with each of your child's teachers and learn about the academic program. BTSN a great first step in developing a partnership with each teacher to ensure your child's success!
We're looking forward to a fantastic school year! See you soon.
This summer OMHS was pleased to provide training for bi-lingual students to become certified professional interpreters where they gained first-hand experience in paid internships.
Welcome, Ms. Dillard
Ms. Dillard joins the OMHS Administrative Team. This year, she'll be serving students with last names A-G. Welcome!
FLY With Us
This August, student leaders will attend the 3rd Annual FLY Conference, Facilitating Leadership in Youth, where they gain knowledge and skills to positively advocate for themselves, their school and community.
Welcome, Ms. Dillard
Message from our PTSA President
Welcome new and returning families! I would like to introduce the PTSA Officers:
President: Natalie Moore
Vice President: Val Stanton
Treasurer: Kotella Bryant
Recording Secretary: Fanny Segal
Membership Coordinator: TBD
Our goal is to support the academic and extra curricular activities of our students and staff. It is our hope to increase membership and continue to provide excellent programs and opportunities for students.
Just how are your PTSA dollars spent? Here are some of the contributions the PTSA made last year:
- Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff
- Student Appreciation treats throughout the year
- Prize donations for GRIT drawings
- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
- Project Safe After Prom Party
- Student Scholarships
Know that when parents get involved, children achieve success and school quality improves! We encourage you to join us the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. See you there!
All BCPS schools will implement ALICE protocols in the event of a violent intruder. Visit our website for more information.
Have a question about early dismissal or other OM procedures? Check out our OM Guidebook for answers to frequently asked questions.
As part of the BCPS STAT initiative, all students will receive laptops. Click here for more information about the Student Device Loan & Use Agreement.
Introducing EAGLE HOUR
OMHS faculty and staff believe that all students are welcome in our school house and should find a place of belonging to foster positive relationships, pursue passions, and grow academically and socially. As such, we are pleased to expand our weekly Enrichment Period to a daily Eagle Hour.
Eagle Hour is an open lunch period intended to provide students with the opportunity to seek academic assistance, explore clubs and activities, and cultivate meaningful relationships. Foundational to the safe and efficient management of Eagle Hour is our trust in students to use this time wisely and behave appropriately. With our trust comes great responsibility. During Eagle Hour students are responsible for meeting the following expectations:
Use time to your academic advantage
- Seek assistance from teachers, complete missing work, redo assignments
- Participate in clubs and service organizations
Stay on campus in supervised locations
- Gym, auditorium, lecture hall, and stadium are reserved for teacher-supervised groups only
- Students may not sit or stand in stairwells or block hallways
- No horseplay
Students may not order or have food delivered, even by a parent or sibling
Honor quiet work spaces and classroom
Clean up after yourself; use trash and recycling cans
Monday, Aug. 13th, 8am
Tryouts for all fall sports begins Wednesday, August 14th. Didn't register yet? No problem - visit the OMHS Athletics website for required forms and information.
Fall Sports include junior varsity and varsity programs for most sports:
- Boys' & Girls' Soccer
- Girls' Volleyball
- Field Hockey
- Cross Country
Contact Mr. Winner, Athletic Director, with questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Boosters in an entirely non profit volunteer organization of parents, coaches, school staff and community members which supports the athletic department and sports programs for ALL athletes. We do this through various events, membership fees, corporate sponsorship and concession stand operations. We work to promote Eagle Pride in athletics, raise school spirit, recognize the contributions of our unsung heroes, and provide college scholarships. Join as a member, ask your company to sponsor a stadium banner, or come help serve in the concession stand at a football or basketball game. Click below for our membership form or go to www.omhsSportsboosters.com to link to our sign up genius for volunteer times. Thanks for considering our organization!
Please join us the first Wednesday of the month at 6:15 PM in the upper cafeteria. For more information, please email Randi Trellis at email@example.com.
For information about school meal prices, menus, and on-line Household Meal Benefit Application, click here.
Catch Up - Keep Up - Get Ahead - READ! Reading is THE key to success and it takes continued practice to keep your skills sharp. Need some inspiration? Check out these recommendations.
Click here for bus stop information.
Every student will, once again, receive an HP Revolve laptop. Laptops will be distributed during the first weeks of school. Students must have a BCPS ID to receive his or her laptop. Grade 9 and newly enrolled students will receive a new BCPS ID Card in homeroom on the first day of school. Replacement ID cards may be purchased in the learning common for $5.00.
All students and parents must view the BCPS Device Loan and Use presentation accessible here.
For your child to receive his or her laptop, the following forms are required:
· Updated Emergency Contact Forms
· Signed User Agreement Form
For your convenience, Emergency Contact and Device Agreement Forms were mailed home this summer. Please make any updates on the Emergency Contact form and sign. Turn in both forms to your Period 1A teacher on the first day of school.
Students are encouraged to stay organized and implement strategies that best suit his or her personal preferences, habits, and routines. The following supplies are highly recommended:
- 3 Ring Binder(s) - some students keep one for A Days and another for B Days
- 8 Dividers with pockets
- Agenda/Planner - limited numbers available for purchase in school store
- Wireless Mouse
- Notebook Paper - should be replenished as needed
- Pencil Case
- Pens, pencils, highlighter - should be replenished as needed
- TI-83 Graphing Calculator - limited numbers available to borrow
Teachers are always grateful to accept donations of TISSUES.