Owings Mills High School

March - April Newsletter

Principal's Message

Greetings OMHS Families,

Spring is upon us! Throughout Quarter 3, students have been persistent in striving to achieve their goals. Here are a few highlights from this winter:

  • Join us in celebrating a few of our fantastic students and their accomplishments:

    • Khaleel Santiago – 2017 OMHS Ethics Award Winner

    • David Hollingsworth – State Champion, Wrestling

    • Larry Broderick and Brandon Schuster – National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence winners

    • Andrew Cohen – BCPS All Honors Jazz Choir

  • This month we’ll recognize 194 students who earned Honor Roll status; 40 of those students earned straight A’s – way to go Eagles!

  • Kudos to the cast and crew of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! The entire OM community is proud of your production and the bold performances of our students. Congratulations to Mr. Steel, Ms. Yates, Ms. Smith, Mr. Lewin, and Mr. Bennett!

  • Congratulations go out to our Music Department. They played an integral role in Beauty and the Beast while preparing students for the Baltimore County Solo & Ensemble Festival, where our Eagles had an excellent showing. The following students and groups earned Superior Ratings:

    • Both OMHS Percussion Ensembles

    • Andrea Woodard, solo violinist and accompanist Valarous Lingham, piano

    • Guitarists: Edward Arellan, Mary Barton, and Jiel Taawan

    • Good luck to chorus, band, and orchestra students who are assessed this month!

  • Congratulations to our State Place-winning wrestlers:

    • David Hollingsworth (1st), Tyson McDuffy (2nd), Roell Ngounou (5th)

  • Special Thanks to members of the PTSA for handing out valentine treats to students and teachers. We feel your love!

In addition to congratulating our students, please join me in celebrating the work of the OMHS faculty as they have been making tremendous progress in adopting new strategies related to assessing students, small group instruction, and integrating technology. Feedback from our peer learning walk visits has been overwhelmingly positive!

Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

  • SAT Prep Sessions –Wednesdays and Thursdays March 1 -28 from 2:15-3:15 in the Learning Common; See your counselor for more information

  • Youth Art Show – Wednesday, March 22nd 6:00-8:00 PM in the Gym

  • SAT Day - All Grade 11 students will take the SAT on April 5th

  • PTSA & Project SAFE After Prom Committee Meeting – Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM

  • Spring Break – April 10-17

  • Distribution of Q3 Report Cards – Thursday, April 20th

  • AAO Showcase: A Night of Broadway – Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM

As we welcome Spring, we are looking forward to a strong finish to the third quarter – every day counts!

Best Regards,

Abbey Campbell

Message from our PTSA President

President: Harriet Schuster

Vice President: Randi Trellis

Recording Secretary: Chanel Trussell

Treasurer: Brandon Needel

ITS PROM SEASON AGAIN!! OMHS PTSA will sponsor and host the annual Project Safe after prom party at the Timonium AMF Bowling Alley. This event will take place immediately following the prom, from12:00 am-4:00 am. All students must be admitted to the party by 1 am. There are NO exceptions to this rule! There will be games, lots of great prizes, all kinds of foods/snacks and hours of FUN! While there is no charge to attend this event, we are accepting donations of any kind (cash, check or gift cards would be great). These donations can be delivered to Mr. Needel or the front office at any time. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact our Project Safe Chair, Randi Trellis at omhsprojectsafe@aol.com

Harriet Schuster, PTSA President

Class Action - Get in on it!

Class of 2020 - Welcome Freshmen! Class Officer elections will be happening soon. Officers and Steering Committee members will meet once a month to make plans. What do you want to see happen this year? Email your Class Advisor, Ms. Goldcamp with your questions and ideas ( lgoldcamp@bcps.org.)

Class of 2019 - Class Advisors, Mr. Kaumeyer and Ms. Levin are back again to support your plans for the school year. What else do you want to accomplish this year? Email your advisors to share your ideas: mkaumeyer@bcps.org or clevin@bcps.org.

Class of 2018 - Juniors! Tweet your goals for junior year with hashtag #2018rules. Ms. Doller and Mr. Steel are ready to help you plan fundraisers for Prom!

Class of 2017 -

The Senior Class is very excited to present "The 2017 Junior/Senior Prom" at the Towson Sheraton Hotel on Saturday, May 20th. The prom will take place from 8pm-12am. A full buffet dinner will be served at the event. Tickets are $70 each or $140 for a couple, and will be sold on lunch shifts or by visiting Mr. Needel's office. The first sales of tickets will take place on April 18th. In addition, Juniors and Seniors MUST have their Student Service Learning Hours completed before purchasing tickets. Please see Mr. Needel with any questions regarding prom ticket sales.

The "Project SAFE" Committee will host the after prom party at the Timonium AMF Bowling Alley following the prom. This event will take place from 12:00 am-4:00 am. All students must be admitted to the party by 1 am. There are no exceptions to this rule! There will be many games, prizes, all kinds of foods/snacks and hours of FUN! While there is no charge to attend this event, we are accepting donations of any kind (cash, check or gift cards would be great). These donations can be delivered to Mr. Needel at any time. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sports Boosters

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 Michele Wendell - michele412@yahoo.com.

Sports Boosters - Join Today!

Click here for our membership form.

From School Counseling…

Seniors – You got this! 4th quarter counts, fight off that Senioritis!!! Make sure your plans for after graduation are in place. If you need help, please make an appointment to see your School Counselor.

Juniors – Make sure you are getting ready for the April 5th SAT testing. SAT Prep is available after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Learning Common. An English and Math teacher will both be available to help you. Make sure you get a good nights rest, eat a good breakfast, come to school on time, bring pencils and pens and your calculator. Try to leave your phone at home!

Also, if you missed your Rising Senior conference, please reschedule with your School Counselor. This important meeting gets you ready for Senior year and starts you working on your plans for after graduation. This meeting is required if you want Release Time next year!

Sophomores – On April 5th, School Counselors will be working with you on some more Naviance activities. We will finish any tasks that you need to complete from the fall and we will do some career and college search activities. All Naviance tasks must be complete by the end of the school year.

Freshman – This is it, you are in your last quarter of your first year of high school! Make sure you are keeping an eye on your grades in BCPSOne so you can end the year strong. Remember, your GPA is starting and Freshman year counts!

Take a book, leave a book.

The National English Honor Society is beginning a “Take a book, leave a book” space. Please feel free to come browse our offerings or drop off some of your books which you no longer wish to keep in your personal library. The shelves are located just inside the door of room 322. We will have some books in place by Wednesday.

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Wellness Center at Owings Mills High School

Did you know about the Wellness Center at Owings Mills High School?

The wellness center is a school based health center. We provide preventive care, such as sports physicals and immunizations. We can also evaluate and treat acute illnesses and injuries, like ear infections and sore throats. While the Wellness Center can manage chronic illnesses like asthma and refer students for specialty care, we do not replace your child's primary care provider. Our overall goal is to increase access to health care and decrease time lost from school and work.

To enroll in the wellness center, please pick up the consent forms* from the health suite to allow your child to be seen and to authorize billing of medical insurance, if available. If your child does not have health insurance, we offer assistance with applying for medical assistance. For those students who do not qualify for medical assistance or have not applied, a sliding fee scale will apply.

*Completed forms should be returned to the HEALTH SUITE.

Percussion Ensemble Eagle Ensemble

Over the past year our percussion program has grown tremendously. This year we were able to send TWO percussion ensembles to the BCPS solo and ensemble festival. The students did a great job and both ensembles earned Superior ratings! The judge had many compliments on both their musicianship and professionalism!

The orchestra program also sent a violin soloist, Andrea Woodard, with one of our top piano students, Valarous Lingham, as her accompanist. They also did a great job and earned a Superior rating!

If you see any of these fine musicians please congratulate them! These ratings were hard earned and the result of hours put in both during, and outside of, the classroom. Percussion Ensemble rosters are attached. Also, come check out our upcoming Percussion Showcase on Thursday, April 27th at 6:00pm! It’s going to be awesome!

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Baltimore County Solo & Ensemble Festival

Saturday, February 25th, Owings Mills High School sent 6 guitarists to the Baltimore County Solo & Ensemble Festival at Cockeysville Middle School. All six of our performers earned the praise of the judge for their poise, manners, love of playing guitar, and willingness to work on new skills.

3 of our students earned an Excellent rating (with all A's and B's): Andrew Cohen, Isaac Argueta, and Estefany Mena

3 of our students earned a Superior rating and will travel to the State Festival in May: Edward Arellan, Mary Barton, and Jiel Taawan.

To put this in perspective, Andrew and Edward have been playing guitar for only a year and a half. The rest have been playing for less than 4 years. 5 of these students worked on Beauty and the Beast while preparing for this festival. This is a huge achievement for each of them, and I am so proud of their hard work.

If you see these students around, please congratulate them on a job very well done! Way to go OM!

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Career Research Development

Students in CRD enjoyed a tour and film viewing at Maryland Public Television on 2/24/17 in order to explore careers in Arts, Media, and Communications. Student behavior was stellar, and we were invited back. A special thanks to Ms Wilson and Ms Adams for chaperoning, and to Laura Concannon of Vardavas & Concannon, P.A. for sponsoring our transportation to the event.

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OMHS and BSA Venturing Crew 2013

OMHS and BSA Venturing Crew 2013 join forces to help children with disabilities through 3D Printing. Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing Crew 2013’s service project involves creating prosthetic hands for children around the world who suffer from birth defects, war injuries, or injuries suffered through natural disasters where a part of their hand is missing. OMHS has agreed to host one of the Crew’s 3D printers in its Maker Space, located in the school’s Learning Commons.

Students and adults at the school have agreed to keep the printer working to create the parts for the hands and the school will also be able to use the printer for educational purposes. A win-win for all involved. The printer will be unboxed, set up, and begin printing during the second week of March.

Officer R. S. Brock, 4017