OMS Scoop

December 2017-January 2018

Bring on 2018!

We are excited to begin a new year of learning together as we grow and continue to develop as the best middle school in the world. There are so many exciting things happening at OMS every week. Here are some of the things that happened in December and January.
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Art courtesy of Andrew Morales

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Congrats to the nominees!

Samantha Tran

Evan Hoover

April Richardson

Stephanie Bento

Syna Sheth

Annalisa Marckmann

Erik Teodoro

Ella Anderson

Genesis Parker

McKayla Williams

Nathan Faria

Auston Nguyen

Celia Melo

Daniel Nascimento

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

Go Pats!!!

We have had a Patriots day before each playoff game and have (probably) been the sole reason the Patriots were able to pull off big victories over the Titans and Jaguars. We will have another Patriots day Friday February 2 as we cheer the Patriots on against the Eagles in the Superbowl. OMS students have displayed great spirit in supporting the team and we will continue to do so.
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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!
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Teacher Spotlight

Emilia Lada conducted an interview with Mrs. Dailey, here is what she learned.

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

We are proud to announce that the Holiday Raffle raised $1,910 for families in need this year. Thank you to everyone who donated an item to be raffled and bought tickets to help our cause. Due to your generosity, some local families will have a wonderful holiday season.
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Student Corner

Each month we will pose a question that our student body may struggle with. The questions will be answered anonymously by students in the hopes that we can give advice and information on how to navigate OMS effectively.

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

Mr. Block and the members of student council have been busy.

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!!

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Curriculum Focus- How To

Recently students in 6th grade have been completing "How to" projects in ELA class. Students have created presentations that explained how to do various things in their lives. Some students chose things that they have done before and some students chose something to try for the first time. It is a wildly successful project that students talk about throughout their time at OMS. 7th and 8th graders are still talking about what they did when they were in 6th grade. Here are some examples from this years 6th grade.

"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

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Curriculum Spotlight- Flotation Device

Students in Ms. Tilley's grade 6 STEM course have been using the engineering design process to build a device that will get a can of soup to float. Students have access to many materials and are able to create any unique design they believe will allow the can to float. Students are exhibiting incredible critical thinking skills and utilizing their engineering mind to create working prototypes of flotation devices. They are engaged and energetic while learning to process data on the fly.
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What's for dessert?

Students recently got a chance to do something that students all across the country dream about doing...Throwing a pie in one of their teachers faces. Students who sold a raffle ticket were entered into a separate raffle. A student from each team was selected from the pool of contestants and they were allowed to choose a teacher to pie. Teachers were willing participants and good sports about the whole thing. Money raised will continue to help OMS be the best middle school in the world.
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Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest

Students at OMS were able to submit a poster showcasing the Future of Peace. 1st and 2nd place winning drawings along with finalists are on display at the Stoughton Public Library. Congrats to Terann Selman for her first place drawing shown below.
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Second Place

LEGO Education

LEGO Denmark recently spent some time at OMS working with students from STEM classes on building and designing with LEGOs. Students had the chance to try new products and explore the design process while being filmed and photographed for the LEGO Education website. Check out the link to see our students in action. We are so proud of the contributions our students were able to make.

OMS Scoop and Knightly News

The Scoop and Knightly News teams are always looking for more members. In order to join the Scoop or the Knightly News, you simply need to see Mr. Scanlan in room 102. If you are interested in writing, the OMS Scoop is a great club for you to join. We are also looking for photographers. You do not need to be a writer to join the Scoop.

Contact The OMS Scoop

If you have a news story or would like more information on a news story please contact us at the OMS Scoop. Our hard hitting and investigative journalists are always looking for stories to cover. We are out in the community everyday making sure that students and families at OMS have all of the important information necessary.