Owings Mills High School
Fall - Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter
Greetings OMHS Families,
We have had a fantastic opening to the school year and have much to celebrate already. I want to thank parents, students, and staff for their roles in getting the year off to such a great start and showing your Eagle Pride in so many different ways. Just to share a few highlights:
- Kudos to our Student Government Association students, and many parents, for hosting a fabulous Spirit Week and Homecoming Dance.
- We share our Eagle Pride with Girls’ Varsity Soccer team who were recognized with BCPS Fall Sportsmanship Awards. The team is recognized by other BCPS Coaches and Officials for demonstrating strong character and integrity on the field. Way to go!
- Congratulations to members of the Girls’ Soccer team for their individual recognitions:
- Maritriny Galvez-Ceron – Named to the Senior All-Star Team
- Aureole Djoumejio – Named All-Division and All-County 2nd Team
- Trinity Whitted – Honorable Mention All-Division
- Good luck to our Eagle teams still alive in the playoffs: Varsity Football and Boys’ Soccer
If you haven’t gotten in on the excitement to this point, I encourage you to get involved; join our PTSA or Sports Boosters. Each organization does so much to support our students and staff. We value and appreciate your support. Mark your calendars for upcoming events to share in Eagle Pride:
- Distribution of Report Cards – Thursday, November 21st
- American Education Week – November 18-22
- We invite parents and grandparents to spend a day (or part of it) in the day of the life of a high school student. Despite what your child may tell you, parents do participate and enjoy the time they spend in school this week. You’re welcome to attend any day of the week at any time.
- Academic Planning & AP Night – Thursday, November 21st - 6:00 PM
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is upon us and all students and their families are welcome to come learn about elective courses, completer programs, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Be sure to make an informed decision!
- Quarter 2 Interims Distributed – Friday, December 19th
- Winter Concerts:
o Guitar – Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
o Band & Orchestra – Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium
o Choral – Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium
o Dance – Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th at 7:00 PM - Auditorium
Be sure to check the OMHS website and calendar for details regarding other events and happenings. OMHS wishes you a fantastic second quarter and a happy holiday season. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. Spread the word and share your Eagle Pride!
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.
Senior Portraits - Save the Dates!
October 23rd, 25th and November 1st
Appointment cards will be mailed home and will list the student’s scheduled appointment date and time. If you did not receive an appointment card or lost your appointment card please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.
DOES IT COST TO GET MY PORTRAITS TAKEN?
The sitting fees are detailed on the appointment card and vary depending on the level of sitting you choose.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A drape and tuxedo will be provided for the yearbook portraits.
Boys should wear a T-shirt so they can easily slip on the tuxedo. Girls should wear a tank top for their drape. Girls unable to wear a drape for religious or cultural reasons should wear a long sleeved solid black shirt.
*Please note Cap & Gown will be provided if the sitting level you have selected includes it. If you select a sitting level that includes an additional outfit, casual looks work best; we encourage fun props, such as sports gear and musical instruments.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT ON MY SCHEDULED DATE & TIME?
There will be make-up dates. If you are unable to make your originally scheduled date and time, you will be automatically rescheduled for one of the make-up dates – watch your mailbox for an appointment card with your new date and time.
If you are have not been photographed by the final make-up dates you may still schedule a studio appointment by calling 1-800-445-1189; however, you may run the risk of not being included in the yearbook. If you schedule a studio appointment past the final make-up dates you must contact your yearbook advisor as your school may have a very strict yearbook deadline.
Senior Caps and Gowns
Senior Caps and Gowns should be ordered online via www.jostens.com. When the webpage populates, please type in Owings Mills High School. There are no additional in-school ordering dates. The discounted Cap and Gown price will be valid thru January 31, 2020. Class Rings and other senior products can be purchased as well.
College Fairs & Information
Baltimore National College Fair 10/21-10/22 at Baltimore Convention Center (students go on own)
CCBC Instant Admissions 11/4 at 9:30am at OMHS
HBCU Fieldtrip 11/7 at Millford Mill Academy-arrive there at 11:00am
FAFSA Night 11/12 at 6:00pm
-Chic Fil A Fundraiser the Owings Mills Blvd location- 5-8pm October 28th
-Qdoba Fundraiser at the Owings Mills Blvd location- November 14th
-November 1st – first art Field Trip of the year to Baltimore Museum of Art and Amaranthine Museum
-NAHS Halloween Party October 31st
-Holiday Winter sale- front lobby Dec. 9th-13th after school
School in general:
-Halloween Costume Spirit Day for Charity- Oct 31st
(Students and staff donate $1 to go to the BARCS animal shelter and can wear costumes to school on Halloween- donations can be given to me in 206 or at school store)
Our first spirit day for class cup of the year pics, and pics from fundamentals and clay classes I attached! Use any/all of them!
The Owings Mills Dance Department
The Owings Mills Dance Department is in full swing! This year we welcome dance teacher, Nicole Barton to our team. Ms. Barton is coming from Howard County Public Schools and is in her eighth year teaching dance. In addition to teaching dance, she is the choreographer for the OMHS winter musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
-In August 2019, the NEW OMHS Dance Company kicked off the Music & Dance Professional Development Study Day with an energetic Bollywood inspired routine. On November 1st, Dance Company and invited Dance III students will attend the 40th Annual Dorothy P. Stanley Scholarship Fund Dance Festival at Morgan State University. Students will take technique master classes throughout the day and perform a new piece titled “Revolt” in the evening concert. The evening show begins at 7:30pm and is open to the public; tickets are $10-adults, $5-students/children.
-On November 14th, the Dance Department will conduct the FIRST induction ceremony of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education.
-On November 14th OMHS dancers will have a fieldtrip opportunity to attend CCBC Dance Company’s annual Fall Dance Concert. This concert features new and restaged works by faculty and guest artists, including a collaborative piece with the Towson University Dance Company.
-Mark your calendars! The OMHS Winter Dance Concert will take place on Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th at 7pm in the auditorium. This concert will feature current dancers in Dance II-Company, a variety of genres, and will surely leave you in the holiday spirit!
Math Honor Society
Things are happening at the library!
Stop by to check out this month's display of Spoooky Books! Check out any book and automatically be entered to win our October book drawing.
To keep up with all the library news, follow us on twitter @OMHSLibrary or instagram @omhslibrary!
The Junior and Senior Classes will be selling Claire’s Gourmet items starting on October 25th. Please help to support the classes! Information will be distributed to students on October 25th.
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.
Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 12am
Tryouts for all Winter sports begins . Didn't register yet? No problem - visit the OMHS Athletics website for required forms and information.
Winter Sports include junior varsity and varsity programs for most sports:
- Boys' & Girls' Basketball
- Indoor Track
Contact Mr. Winner, Athletic Director, with questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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