Owings Mills High School

May - June Newsletter

Principal's Message

Greetings OMHS Families,

Spring has finally arrived as we wind down for the year, and we are looking forward to a strong finish for all staff and students. Once again, the Owings Mills High School Community is celebrating national recognition in being ranked among the nation’s top high schools by The Washington Post. Such a distinction is due in no small part to the hard work and dedication of our students, families, and staff. Congratulations!


The Third Marking Period has been busy as usual with numerous student and staff accomplishments:

  • Cheers to seniors Amara Foster and Antonio Prater who were recognized as student-athletes and leaders at McCormick’s Unsung Hero Awards.

  • Congratulations to our Performing Arts Programs for all of their success:

    • Dance Company – Superior Rating

    • Honors Chorale – Superior Rating

    • Orchestra Ensemble – Superior Rating

    • Concert Band – Excellent Rating

    • Percussion Ensemble, Guitar & Piano students for putting together an excellent showcase of talent!

  • This month we’ll recognize 218 students who earned Quarter 3 Honor Roll status; 42 of those students earned straight A’s – way to go Eagles!

  • Special Thanks to the PTSA for planning and hosting the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – thank you for your support!


May is a busy month so please take a look ahead and mark your calendars:

  • PARCC Testing – April 25-May 19

  • AP Exams – May 1-12

  • Spring Concert – May 4th 6:00 in the auditorium

  • Sports Banquet & Awards – May 9th – Dinner 6:00 PM, Awards 7:00 PM

  • Community Resource Fair – May 11th 6:00 PM

  • Interims Distributed – May 11th

  • International Dinner – May 12th 6:00 PM in the upper cafeteria

  • Music Awards Night – May 16th 6:00 PM in the lower cafeteria

  • NAHS Art Auction – May 17th 2:30 PM-4:30 PM in the lecture hall

  • Parent Conference Night – May 18th by appointment

  • Senior Awards Assembly – May 18th 6:00 PM in the auditorium

  • Senior Final Exams – May 18-25

  • Junior/Senior Prom – May 20th 8:00 PM at The Towson Sheraton

  • HSA Biology & Government Testing – May 22-June 6

  • Graduation Practice & Senior Picnic – May 26th

  • Underclass Awards Ceremony – June 1st 6:00 PM in the auditorium

  • Graduation – June 5th 2:30 PM at Towson University’s SECU Arena

  • Underclass Final Exams – June 6-9


As we welcome the closing of the school year, we are striving for a strong finish– attendance matters and 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


Your OMHS PTSA has been hard at work planning their final events for the year. The Staff Appreciation lunch on May 3rd provided a wonderful catered lunch from Santonis which our staff always enjoys. The subs, salads, and sweets are always a big hit and bring smiles during these crazy weeks of testing. If you didn't know, we have the BEST staff here at OMHS!!!

Our annual Project S.A.F.E. After Prom party will be held post prom on May 20th at the Timonium Bowling Alley. from midnight- 4am. Food, fun and tons of prizes will be provided as we keep our students S.A.F.E. and off the roads on prom night. Seniors are welcome, even if they choose not to attend the prom. All junior and seniors that attend prom, along with their dates are also welcome. Students must sign up for the party with Mr. Needle when purchasing their prom tickets. Wristbands will be given to all students attending. These will be used to enter the bowling alley. This event is always a huge success and a great time is always had by all. A big thanks to our parent volunteers. If you would still like to help out, please contact Randi Trellis at omhsprojectsafe@aol.com or attend our final meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at 7pm in the upper cafeteria.

The PTSA will be sponsoring a Candy Bar to support our teachers through the final weeks of testing from May 31st -June 7th. Donations of Hershey kisses, M&Ms, Skittles, mini chocolate bars (Milkey Way, Hersheys, 3Musketeer, Snickers, Crunch etc) Jolly Ranchers, Starburst (or any small candy) are needed. If you would like to contribute, please send candy in a bag labeled PTSA to the front office. For more information, you may email us at owingsmillsptsa@gmail.com


Lastly, elections will be held for next years PTSA board on Wednesday, June 7th. If you are interested in holding an office or interested in attending that meeting, please email s at owingsmillsptsa@gmail.com for the location and details of the final meeting.



Harriet Schuster, PTSA President

Yearbook

Alpha Omega

Yearbook Order Form

2016-2017

Student’s Name: ___________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________

Phone #:_____________________ Email:_______________________

Grade:____ Parent Name:____________________________________

Yearbook Cost: $55.00 (before tax) – without personalizations

Personalizations:

  • Name personalized ($5)

  • Icons ($3 each – like a football or drama masks)

  • Signature package ($13 includes signature area pages and pens)

  • Autograph section ($2.55 page insert for autographs of friends)

  • Photo pockets ($2.55 plastic pockets to hold mementos)

  • Clear Protective Cover ($2.55 over the yearbook cover protects from wear and tear)


Calculations:

Add up the total of your package:_________ (subtotal)

Multiply your subtotal by 106% (to calculate a 6% tax rate):__________

This number is your final total.



Example Package calculation:

  • Yearbook - $55

  • Name personalization - $5

  • Protective cover - $2.55

  • SUBTOTAL: $62.55

  • Tax – 6% (multiply subtotal by 106%)

  • TOTAL: $66.30


Return completed form and payment to Mr. Lewin – English Office.

CHECKS MADE OUT TO OWINGS MILLS HIGH SCHOOL

Any questions please email: OMYearbook@bcps.org

NOTE: Yearbooks will be delivered to us in August. We will contact you when they arrive.

To pay by credit card please do to www.jostens.com

Class Action - Get in on it!

Class of 2020 - Welcome Freshmen! 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.

CLASS OF 2017 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION






OWINGS MILLS HIGH SCHOOL

CLASS OF 2017

COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION



TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING SENIORS

The following information is provided in order for you to have a smooth transition through graduation. Please observe carefully all of the information and important dates of events planned for the last few weeks of school. This bulletin will give you specific details regarding senior exams and events.


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE IN EFFECT AT ALL EVENTS, REHEARSALS AND CEREMONIES.

SENIOR AWARDS ASSEMBLY

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. Auditorium

1. Seniors report to the gym at 5:15 p.m. in cap and gown. Proper graduation attire is recommended. See reverse.

2. Attendance for this assembly is not required, however all seniors are encouraged to attend and support their peers.

3. All those receiving an award or recognition will receive notification in April, via US Mail.

4. All those receiving a monetary award MUST be in attendance. Monetary awards will not be distributed at a later date.


SENIOR PROM

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 – 8:00p.m. – 12:00a.m.

Towson Sheraton Hotel, Dulaney Valley Road

Cost: $70.00 per person

Tickets are on sale during lunches through May 15th. Guest forms must be completed for all non-OMHS students prior to ticket purchase. No admittance after 9:00 PM – no exceptions. All Baltimore County Policies and Rules are in effect at Prom.

All OMHS students should pick up Prom T-shirt and After-Prom wristbands before leaving Prom.


AFTER PROM PARTY

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2017 – 12:00a.m.-4:30a.m.

Timonium Fairlanes, York Road

The After Prom Party is free to all seniors and students/guests attending prom and includes dancing, food, casino games, bowling, carnival games, and door prizes. No one will be admitted after 1:00 a.m.

All students and guests attending Prom are invited to the After Prom Party. Seniors who do not attend Prom may attend the After Prom Party, but may not bring a guest. Only seniors are eligible to win the larger prizes. You must be present to win, so plan to stay until the end to win the large prizes. If a prize is unclaimed, it will be forfeited.

All students must present ID and assigned wristband to enter the After Prom Party. Wristbands will be distributed at the end of Prom. There will be a master list of all attendees at the door. If you leave before 4:30a.m. you may not re-enter. Casual dress is recommended. Everyone must be picked up by 4:30 a.m. All Baltimore County Policies and Rules will be in effect at the After Prom Party.

DEVICE COLLECTION–CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 & TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

- To take place in English Classes

Students must return ALL of the following items:

· HP Laptop - $1,630

· Laptop Bag - $20.00

· Charger - $23.00

Lost items will be recorded as an obligation until paid. All obligations MUST be fulfilled before receiving graduation tickets and diploma. See reverse.

AP EXAMS

Monday, May 1 AP Environmental Science AM

AP Psychology PM

Tuesday May 2 AP Computer Science AM

AP Spanish Lang & Cult AM

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based PM

Wednesday, May 3 AP English Lit & Comp AM

Friday, May 5 AP US History AM

AP Computer Science Principles PM

Monday, May 8 AP Biology AM

AP Music Theory AM

Tuesday, May 9 AP Calc AB/BC AM

AP French Lang & Cult PM

AP Spanish Lit & Cult PM

Wednesday, May 10 AP English Lang & Comp AM

Thursday, May 11 AP World History AM

AP Statistics PM

Friday, May 12 AP Human Geography AM


SENIOR FINAL EXAMS

All final exams will be given during the regular 85 minute period, except make up exams on May 25th, which will be given in Periods 1 and 2. Seniors are expected to attend all classes during exam week even though the exam may have been given.

Thursday, May 18 – B Day: Period 1 and 3

Friday, May 19 - A Day: Period 1 and 3

Monday, May 22 – Make up day for Periods 1 and 3

Tuesday, May 23 – A Day: Period 2 and 4

Wednesday, May 24 – B Day: Period 2 and 4

Thursday, May 25 – Make up exams – 7:25-10:30 a.m.

GRADUATION REHEARSAL and SENIOR PICNIC

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017 – 7:25 AM

All seniors should report directly to the auditorium at 7:25 a.m. with BCPS Student ID. It is necessary that you cooperate fully during this practice to ensure a smooth graduation. Attendance is required in order to participate in graduation.

Seniors must hand in BCPS Student ID in order to pick up graduation tickets.

Graduation practice is scheduled from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

DO NOT SCHEDULE ANOTHER ACTIVITY AT THIS TIME.

Please inform your family and employer, etc. that you are

REQUIRED to attend graduation rehearsal and cannot fulfill any other obligations until after 10:30 a.m. Graduation tickets will be distributed on the morning of rehearsal.

The Senior Picnic will be held after the graduation practice. Dismissal is at 1:55 p.m. Notes with parent signature are required for early dismissal.

FINES AND OBLIGATIONS

1. All fines and other obligations must be satisfied by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26. 2017.

2. Missing laptop, bag, and/or charger will be recorded as an obligation. See prices on reverse.

2. If you have been notified that you have an outstanding obligation, please see Ms. Barnes in the front office.

3. If you have not paid your obligation by May 26, you will not receive your graduation tickets and/or diploma. You will have to return to school at a later date to satisfy all obligations.

4. You cannot satisfy an obligation on the day of graduation.

GRADUATION

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017 - 2:30 p.m.

Towson University, SECU Arena

1. All guests require a ticket, including infants and lap-children.

2. Plan to arrive at Towson University, SECU Arena when doors open at 1:00 p.m. Student line-up will begin at 1:30 p.m.

3. There will be NO admittance to SECU Arena after 2:30 p.m. Doors will be closed and SECU Arena staff will deny access.

4. All guests will proceed through metal detectors prior to entering the arena.

5. No purses, bags, or backpacks larger than 14”x11”x4” are permitted in SECU Arena. All bags will be searched prior to entering the arena. Any diaper bags will be specially searched and tagged.

6. If you require special needs parking or seating information, please refer to campus map and SECU Arena information issued with graduation tickets.

PROPER GRADUATION ATTIRE

In order to preserve the dignity of the graduation ceremony and to look your best, please observe the following for proper dress:

· Dress shirt and tie, dark slacks and dark dress shoes

-OR-

· Dress, or skirt and blouse with dress shoes; flats or

low heels recommended.

Graduation gown should be pressed lightly to remove any

wrinkles.

GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHY

Parents and guests are asked to remain seated throughout the

ceremony. Lifetouch will provide the opportunity to purchase a professional color photograph of each senior at the moment his or her diploma is awarded.

GRADUATION TICKETS

Each graduating senior will be given eight tickets. All guests must have a ticket, including infants and lap-children. These tickets will be distributed on Friday, May 26, 2017 immediately following the graduation rehearsal. Those seniors having outstanding obligations will not receive tickets until the obligations are met.

Extra Tickets - Up to two additional tickets can be pre-ordered for $5.00 each during the week of May 15-19. Pre-orders will be taken before school in upper cafeteria 7:00-7:20a.m. only. Payment is due at the time of the order. Extra tickets may not be purchased during the school day. All tickets will be distributed on May 26th following graduation rehearsal. Those seniors having outstanding obligations will not receive tickets until the obligations are met.

Final Transcript Request

Please complete the final transcript form. Counselors will visit English classes on April 24, 25, and 26 to hand out the form. Final transcripts will not be submitted without the form.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you or your parents have any questions concerning the senior activities, please contact the school office or the senior class sponsor. Best wishes for a successful completion of your high school years!

PRINCIPAL:

Mrs. Abbey Campbell

12TH GRADE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS:

Ms. LaTonya Wallace A-G

Mr. Elliot Flam H-M

Mrs. Laura Koehler N-Z

12TH GRADE COUNSELORS:

Mr. Christopher Lee A-G

Mrs. Lisa Drylie H-M

Ms. Andrea Wilson N-Z

CLASS SPONSOR:

Mr. Brandon Needel bneedel@bcps.org

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.

May/June-School Counselor Highlights

Coming May, we are starting summer school registration. Students who are interested and think they might need to take a core class over this summer needs to meet with his/her School Counselor.

Anyone who has 2 or more E’s will NOT be given credit for your class. Our hope is that every student will buckle down these last 6 weeks, and, if needed raise your grades and PASS those final exams!

All Freshman and Sophomores need to complete their Summer Reading assignments going into next year.

Verify your courses for 2017/2018, if you have not done so already. Schedule changes will be limited.

Summertime is a good opportunity to complete service learning hours. Any questions, please email Mr. Needel at: bneedel@bcps.org

Freshman-

Must have a minimum of 4 credits and pass grade 9 Social Studies or English to move up to the next grade level (grade 10).

Sophomores-

Must have a minimum of 9 credits and pass grade 9 English and Social Studies, and Grade 10 Social Studies or English to move up to grade 11.



Juniors

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This is the time of year that ALL Juniors need to start planning for your summer college visits.

Juniors interested in early release times for the 2017/2018 school year must make an appointment with their School Counselor and Parent ASAP.

Must have a minimum of 13 credits and schedule the required courses to complete the 21 required to graduate.

Seniors-

Senior Awards Assembly will be Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. All those receiving an award or recognition will receive notification in May, via US Mail.

Graduation rehearsal and Senior Picnic will be Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. Departmental Awards and Honors will be given to recipients after rehearsal.

Final Transcript Request forms must be completed. Counselors visited English classes on April 24, 25, and 26 to hand out the form. Final transcripts will not be submitted without the form. See Mrs. Alexander with questions.

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Mock Interviews

Thank you to everyone who helped make Mock Interviews a success; I could not have done it without you. The data are in, and the feedback is outstanding. Kudos to Ms Blumenhauer, whose students ranked 1st place (after CRD students) on interview evaluations! With your help, next year's will be even better. Here are some highlights...

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FALS

FALS class learning about how the news is produced with Marty Bass and Linh Bui at WJZ 13.

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). Each May, BHSM provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) members in providing life-altering treatment.

For 2017, our theme is "Communication: The Key to Connection."

Here's interesting information regarding the risks associated with teens' tech overuse: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7802751-asha-risks-of-tech-overuse-poll/

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Sports Boosters - Join Today!

Click here for our membership form.

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.

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.