December 2017-January 2018
Art courtesy of Andrew Morales
Congrats to the nominees!
2017 Ambassador: Immanuel White
Project 351 believes that eighth graders have unlimited potential to be remarkable agents of change in their community and our world. Each fall, Ambassadors are selected to represent the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude.
Carolyn Casey, Project 351 Executive Director and Founder
Holiday Spirit Day!
Red, Green, and White were the most common colors among everyone’s clothes on Friday, December 22, 2017. Christmas sweaters, headbands, socks, hats, and spirit was seen everywhere. The OMS went all out the day before break.
This day was considered Holiday Wear day. Students wore anything Christmassy they owned. Anything that screamed holiday would work today.
I felt like the holidays were already here just walking from class to class. It was very exciting. I took so many pictures!
The most popular thing worn that day was christmas headbands. I myself wore a nice Christmas headband with fuzzy pj pants. I’ve never felt so comfortable in school!The fun didn’t stop there. Many classes did fun activities to enjoy the last day before break. Some kids felt like it was Spirit Day all over again. (Take a look at the Spirit Day article of the November Issue of the OMS Scoop if you haven’t already). Many classes watched movies and colored as they watched. Today was filled with Holiday Cheer!
Emilia: What subject and grade level do you teach?
Mrs. Dailey: 6th Grade Social Studies
Emilia: How long have you worked at OMS?
Mrs. Dailey: I have worked here for 16 years.
Emilia: Were you a teacher before you worked here? If so, where?
Mrs. Dailey: Yes, I taught at the Juvenile lock up facility.
Emilia: What made you decide to become a teacher?
Mrs. Dailey: BSU was looking for students to start a new middle school program so I decided to join.
Emilia: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Mrs. Dailey: I always wanted to be a veterinarian, I love animals.
Emilia: What are some of your hobbies?
Mrs. Dailey: I love reading, baking, and designing homes.
Emilia: Do you worry about anything when you are teaching?
Mrs. Dailey: No
Emilia: Did you ever have any second thoughts about teaching?
Mrs. Dailey: On a good day, No. : )
Emilia: What are some of your pet peeves?
Mrs. Dailey: I do not love when people talk over me, when people do not use blinkers while they are driving, and when students or other people repeatedly tap pencils.
Emilia: How would you describe your style of teaching?
Mrs. Dailey: I use visuals for students to see information, I love to share ideas with students and have students share ideas with each other, and I try to explain things very clearly.
Emilia: What college(s) did you go to?
Mrs. Dailey: Umass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, and ISC.
Emilia: If you could be anything else besides a teacher, what would you be?
Mrs. Dailey: A home designer.
Emilia: What is your favorite food?
Mrs. Dailey: Ice Cream!!!
Emilia: What is the best piece of advice you could give the students at OMS?
Mrs. Dailey: Be respectful to everyone and do your best.
Emilia: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. The students will be excited to learn more about you!
OMS Holiday Raffle
Question of the Month:
"What do I do if I am struggling in a class and I am not sure how to get help or too nervous/shy to ask for help?"
Anonymous 6th grader- I know teachers can make students nervous sometimes. They seem like big, scary teachers who give you lots of homework that is really hard. But if you are struggling in a class, you really need to say something. Tell them that you need help or that you are struggling in their class. They aren’t there just to intimidate you. Teachers are there to help you learn and understand topics. All of the information we learn here, will apply to our lives as adults, so you should try and understand everything the best you can.
I would first say hello to start off and get to the point about your grade. Just be clear and concise. Don’t think about it too much. It can make you nervous.
Just know that teachers are humans too. They make mistakes too and understand if you are struggling. Just talk to them and they will help you with whatever you need help on.
Anonymous 7th grader- If a student is too nervous or shy to ask for help during class, they should go after school and ask teacher for help or explain that they need help. Teachers always help me when I need help and sometimes it is easier to understand the work after school.
Anonymous 8th grader- When I was in 6th grade I had my parents reach out to a teacher to tell them I was struggling. After my parents talked to the teacher, it was easy to get help. The teacher checked in on me every day and made sure I knew what I was doing. After that, it was a little easier to ask for help on my own.
Anonymous Staff member- Teachers love when students take the initiative to ask for help! We are always happy to help students who are struggling- its a huge reason we became teachers. The best way to ask a teacher for help if you are shy or nervous may be to email the teacher. I get emails from students all the time asking for help on an assignment or information about how they can improve their grade. An email is a little less intimidating than a face-to-face conversation so maybe that will break the ice and you will see that the teacher is more than willing to help out. Another great way to get help is to go through your guidance counselor. They can be a direct line of communication to all of your teachers.
Student council held a bake sale on December 7, 2017 during Parent Teacher Conferences. Many students have been baking to donate to the sale so we had many items to sell. We had more than 50 choices to buy. It was a big success! We earned $307 that night to replace money from Spirit Day. Thank you for everyone that purchased something. All the money went to Student Council. They plan on funding more fun days like Spirit Day. Make sure to stay tuned for more fun days. Keep on baking!
They also sold holiday themed ducks and raised over $250.
We continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm that Mr. Block brings to the school and how excited the student council members are to make OMS the best middle school in the world!
Thank you Student Council and Mr. Block!!
Curriculum Focus- How To
"For the past 2 weeks, kids in 6th grade have been working on a project in ELA. The students have to pick a topic and explain “how to” do it. They had to write a paragraph about how to do their topic, create a presentation, and then present it to the whole class. It is one of the most exciting projects of the year. I certainly had fun doing it. Everyone had very unique topics to present. I learned a lot from this project.
It was actually most kids’ first time doing a real presentation. Many students were nervous but they got it done. I enjoyed watching presentations and taking pictures." -Aleksandra Lada