Owings Mills High School
Winter - Spring 2018/2019 Newsletter
Dear OMHS Families,
As you know, we recently began implementing the Eagle Hour Schedule to provide students with an open lunch in which students should seek academic support to redo assignments and make up missing work. Time is built in to Period 2 each day to plan for Eagle Hour and select a location based on grades and missing assignments. Academic support is available EVERY DAY and clubs will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It is important that parents monitor their child's grades and encourage them to attend coach class during Eagle Hour as often as possible.
As part of rebooting Eagle Hour, we discussed with students the importance of putting cell phones away during class. We realize cell phone addiction is very real for many of our students and can significantly disrupt and distract students from learning. If your child is not achieving academic success with Cs or higher in all classes, consider keeping his or her cell phone at home or request cell phone detention. We'll lock your child's cell phone in our Main Office and return it at the end of the school day. You can always reach students by calling the Main Office at 443-809-1700. We can correlate improvement in grades for students who turn in cell phones. For more information about cell phone detention, please contact your child's administrator.
To learn more about cell phone addiction, view this video and/or read this article. Thank you for supporting your child's academic achievement by helping them understand cell phone addiction and the importance of putting it away during class.
Schoology Access for Parents
To access Schoology and create a NEW myBCPS Account follow these steps:
- Visit mybcps.bcps.org
- Click Create an Account and complete Your Account Profile. You will be sent an activation code via e-mail, which is good for 24 hours after generation.
- Click Add a Student. You will be prompted to select your child's school and enter their date of birth.
- Click Submit.
For parents that already have established a myBCPS account, but are not connected to their student, please login to https://mybcps.bcps.org/ and follow Steps 3 and 4 noted above.
Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of Once on This Island for another fantastic production!
“From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime), comes the Olivier Award-winning Once on This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel's heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.”
Educators Rising Club
Students in the Educators Rising Club attended the annual conference at Baltimore County Community College-Dundalk to explore careers in education, specifically teaching careers with BCPS. It was an exciting event and they look forward to attending the State Conference in March.
Wrestling Wins County Championship
I wanted to reach out and thank everyone for their support. I know I am constantly talking with you and trying to make better people out of the guys on our team and although we do not see the greatness in the classroom every day, your support helps these kids become better people!
We snapped Sparrows Point’s 86 match in county sin streak, that is the last 6 years! Take a look at what was posted in the Baltimore sun and on social media, it is pretty cool.
If you have Facebook follow Owings Mills wrestling as well.
The wrestling team won its second consecutive dual meet region title last night as it beat Crossland in the semi-finals 66-18 and then Hereford 39-27 in the finals.
Thank you to all of you for your support and direction of these young men. I promise you that your effort and dedication is impactful, even when you do not think you are.
The team will compete for a state title on Saturday at North Point High School. The semi-finals begin at 12:00.
E-Cigarettes - Vaping - Juuling: What Parents Need to Know
Teens today are more reluctant to smoke cigarettes than their counterparts nearly three decades ago, according to a study released this summer. But parents should hold their collective sigh of relief. The study, carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), uncovered a new, troublesome trend: vaping.
Eleven percent of high school seniors, 8 percent of 10th-graders, and 3.5 percent of eighth-graders reported vaping with nicotine in the past month, according to a national survey released from the University of Michigan late last year. The worrying part? Young people think vaping is mostly harmless.
To understand vaping, it’s best to start on broad terms. To vape is to inhale vapor created from a liquid heated up inside a device. From there, things quickly get complicated. The devices have many names—vape pens, pod mods, tanks, juuls, electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS), e-hookahs and e-cigarettes. The liquid they contain also has many monikers—it might be called e-juice, e-liquid, cartridges, pods, or oil. Most vape liquids contain a combination of propylene glycol or glycerol—also called glycerin—as a base, and nicotine, marijuana, or flavoring chemicals to produce common or outlandish flavors, from mint to “unicorn puke.” The devices rely on batteries to power heating elements made of various materials that aerosolize the liquid.
The popularity of vaping among adolescents exposes them to large amounts of nicotine that can have adverse health risks for their physical and emotional development. Juul is one type of e-cigarette, however, they look nothing like a real cigarette, making it easy for children and teens to secretly use them without a parent, guardian, or teacher noticing. This may be just a temporary trend, but if the FDA does not quickly educate the public about the risks, it is likely to create an enormous increase in young people addicted to nicotine.
When discussing e-cigarettes with children, parents are encouraged to talk openly and freely about vaping—with the caveat that they provide accurate information. “I think the problem is that parents lose credibility if they say something to try and convince their child, who then finds out that it isn’t true. Parents should base their information on accurate facts and also encourage their children to read about and understand the science on this issue instead of relying on what their friends and peers tell them."
Stephen Baldassarri, MD, an internist at Yale Medicine, suggests explaining the addictive nature of vaping, which would mess with the one thing teens crave the most: independence. “In some ways, when you get addicted to a drug, it’s like losing your freedom of choice,” he says. “The risk of losing that freedom might be a persuasive message for kids.”
For more information about e-cigarettes, vaping, and juuling, check out these links:
Message from our PTSA President
The P.T.S.A. will meet on February 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. This meeting is in reference to the After Prom event. We are asking all interested parents, and staff who can assist in any capacity please be in attendance. If you are unable to make it to the meeting and would like to participate, please email me at email@example.com.
Ms. Moore - President
President: Natalie Moore
Vice President: Val Stanton
Treasurer: Kotella Bryant
Recording Secretary: Fanny Segal
Membership Coordinator: TBD
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.
Friday, March 1st, 12am
Spring Sports will begin On March 1, 2019 (Friday)
Registration will open online February 21, 2019 (link available under the athletics tab on the school website)
In person registration will take place Tuesday February 28 through Friday march 1, 2019 in the lower cafeteria during lunch shifts.
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.
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