Off to a Great Start!
Mustang Families and Scholars,
The week has been a wonderful beginning to our in person learning experience! Thank you to our entire school community for their support and school pride!
Tonight is our OLHMS Open House! We are looking forward to seeing our entire Mustang community between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM. We appreciate all of our families continuing to follow our D123 mask policy!
Here are a couple reminders/ updates!
Buses: Please know we are working with a third party company, First Student to ensure buses are running smoothly and on time. We realize this has caused much frustration for all of us. We were told to continue expecting delays, we will do our best to get communications out as soon as we know if buses are running late.
Our estimated departure time from the middle school is 3:30 PM. In the event that we have buses running late, parents should expect automated calls between 3:35 PM and 3:45 PM. Automated calls are made using the skyward system and all parents of bus riders should expect a call from August 25th until Labor Day to inform you of departure or delay.
Please ensure contact information, including the primary contact (first call) is accurate in skyward. If the bus company, First Student communicates specific bus estimated time of arrivals, calls would be individualized by buses that are running behind schedule.
Lunch: Here is the link to the menu. Please remember there is a free option, but any items not included with the free lunch will become a charge to your account.
Medical Forms: If you have not already done so, please submit your medical forms to our Nurse’s office.
Save the Date:
August 31th: PTSA Meeting
Fall Pictures! August 25th!
PTSA Welcome Letter
Welcome back OLHMS Mustangs!
My name is Teresa Shane, and I am your OLHMS PTSA President for the 2021-2022 school
year. This is my third year as president, and I have a 7th grader at OLHMS this year. As a
new-to-middle-school mom three years ago, I realized that the PTSA is a little different than the PTA at the elementary schools. For starters, PTSA stands for Parent Teacher Student Association. We encourage and look forward to having parents and their students, along with
teachers, join the association and learn what we are all about. We welcome students' opinions and ideas on what we can do for the school. Student members are welcome to all PTSA meetings.
Through our memberhub newsletters to all members, and through our monthly meetings, parents will have the opportunity to learn what is going on around school. They will also be able to meet other parents, and help in supporting the needs of our school. A few of the things that were done last year thru the PTSA include; co-purchasing water bottles for all students, hosting the Halloween drive thru spooktacular, hosting teacher appreciation events, treated students to a virtual magic show, held a beautiful in person 8th grade social, and treated all of the students to an end of the year pizza party. These events are not possible without volunteers, and PTSA member support.
At our first meeting on Tuesday, August 31 at 7 pm, you will have an opportunity to meet the
principal, meet the new PTSA board, and have a discussion on what the PTSA can do to help
our kids this year. Membership is $7 per "parent" (which is any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc) or staff member and just $5 student member. When your student is a PTSA member it gets them into our open gyms for free. Our first open gym is scheduled for September 16. Be one of the first to
sign up in person at tonight’s open house or online, and you will have a chance to win a gift
This is the same website to use for our guilt free giving and our mask pre-sales.
I hope you will follow us on Facebook OLHMS PTSA, for updates as well! Thank you for your support, and I am looking forward to a great school year supporting our kids.
Mustang PTSA Spirit Wear is Now Available!
Order Deadline: September 6th 2021
NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE
All orders will be delivered the week of September 20th
NO RETURNS OR EXCHANGES
Feeling generous but fundraisers aren't your thing? Here is your pass to still help the PTSA give your kids a great year at school. Go to our memberhub store, purchase the Guilt-Free Giving Pass, and opt out of our other fundraisers for the year, guilt-free.
Get your OLHMS mask(s) pre-ordered from now until Friday, 8/27!!!!! Orders are expected to be delivered by the end of September to your advisory.
NEW DESIGN IS: Sleek behind the ear design with adjustable banding, ergonomic silicon bead design for adjusting, durable/wash tested outer layer fabric, and comfortable, breathable inner layer, 100% cotton. ONE SIZE FITS ALL.
Payments Accepted Via: Cash, check made out to OLHMS PTSA, or through MemberHub https://olhmsptsa.memberhub.com/store
Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 Approach to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Dear Parent / Guardian:
School District 123 defines Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) as a framework consisting of academic, social-emotional, and behavioral supports. All D123 students’ developmental needs are met through high quality, research-based instruction and interventions tailored to his or her unique learning style. In addition to tailoring instruction to unique learning styles, School District 123 strives to implement the MTSS Framework in a culturally responsive and systemically consistent manner.
Ultimately, the goal of D123’s MTSS framework is to meet the needs of all unique learners, and in doing so, identify students who are struggling and intervene quickly. The MTSS framework consists of three tiers of instruction.
Tier 1(approximately 80% of students) Core Instruction and Supports: General academic and behavioral support, differentiated for all students in the general education setting.
Tier 2 (approximately 15% of students) Targeted Supplemental Instruction and Intervention: In addition to the supports provided at Tier 1, students receiving Tier 2 supports are given more focused, targeted instruction, interventions, and supplemental supports. These supports are also provided in a general education setting.
Tier 3 (approximately 5% of students) Intensive Individualized Instruction and Intervention: The most intense instruction and intervention that is made available and provided in a small group within the general education setting.
Student progress is monitored by school staff through our Data Review and Progress Monitoring structures. When discrepancies in a student’s academic, behavioral, or social emotional growth are identified, staff develop a plan to close the gap. This initial plan may include, but is not limited to: modifications to work expectations, accommodations within the learning environment, sensory breaks, etc. Such decisions are made with a commitment to ensuring that all students are given equal opportunity to be successful.
Families play an integral role in the MTSS Process. For this reason, when a student is enrolled in an intervention, families are notified and updated as to the student’s progress. If a student is not making adequate progress, despite being in interventions, the Problem Solving Team (PST) meets to formalize a student’s learning plan and determine if an evaluation for special education eligibility is appropriate. Additionally, if families are concerned about their student’s progress, they should not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher to discuss such concerns.
To learn more about MTSS, please visit the following website: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/treatments-approaches/educational-strategies/mtss-what-you-need-to-know