Ordean East Middle School News

Volume 2, Issue 5 - November 6, 2020

Superintendent Magas Extends Current Learning Models for ISD709

"As you know, we are currently in an elementary hybrid/secondary distance learning with targeted supports model. Before school started, we shared that we would remain in this model through the first quarter of the school year, which ends on November 6.

Given the ongoing rise over time in local, state and national rates, the current learning model will extend through the end of December. I know that all of us long for a return to normal. We all look forward to a return to full face-to face learning when our situation improves and when we can safely do so.

The district remains prepared to move into all distance learning and pause athletics and extracurricular activities if deemed necessary by state and county health and education officials, but we remain hopeful that, as a community, we can avoid this..."


Quarter 2 Starts Monday, November 9

  • The grace period for late assignment submission will continue to be 1 week past the original due date. All school work that was assigned in Quarter 1 must be turned in by Wednesday, November 11 to be counted for credit.
  • Students in 6th & 7th grade will have a new course in Quarter 2. PE & Music classes are running as 9 week classes, as opposed to an every other day schedule. Students will meet their new teacher and transition to their new course next week.
  • The first academic module for Quarter 2 was published on Thursday, Nov 5 and is due on Wednesday, Nov 11.
  • Report cards will be printed and mailed through USPS on Wednesday, Nov 18. They will also be published to Infinite Campus and visible through the Portal.
  • Note: Only Quarter & Semester grades will be visible through Infinite Campus. Ongoing assignments and grade book documentation is visible through Canvas.

Materials Distribution- Qtr 2

Wednesday, Nov 11th, 9:00AM-3:00PM, is Quarter 2 Materials Pick-up Day.

Students will get more information about whether they have items for pick-up, from their teachers next week.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

OEMS 1st Semester Conferences -

  • December 8 & 10 3:45-7:45PM

  • No In-Person, Only through Google Meet or Telephone Call

  • Scheduled through Google Calendar- 10 minute appointments with 5 minutes of transition time.

  • We will not be using Pick-a-Time this year.

  • Monday, November 30, an email will be sent through Infinite Campus Messenger with a list of all teachers and links to their conference appointment scheduler. Specific directions will also be sent at that time. You will not need to set up a special account in order to schedule an appointment.

  • Reminder: Teachers are available to meet outside of the two dedicated evenings of conference time for semester one. If you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out when the need arises. You don't have to wait.

October was Bully Prevention Awareness Month

Our fabulous School Counselors continue to connect with all OEMS students through Canvas. A theme of their messaging last month was "Pay it forward. Kindness to yourself and others". Feel free to watch the Bully Prevention SEL Video that our School Counselors made and shared with students.

OEMS Picture Day Is Not Scheduled Yet

Now that we know our educational model will remain in Distance Learning through December, we will schedule a few dates for students to come in and have school pictures taken. As soon as we have our dates confirmed, a message will go out to all students and parents/guardians.

We are not confident that a school yearbook will be published for OEMS this school year.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Access- New Sign-up Process

Report cards will be published on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, on Nov. 18. (They will also be printed and mailed to all families.)

If a parent/guardian would like to request a Campus Parent account, they need to contact their child's school. Ordean East phone number is 218-336-8940. The school will verify that the person requesting the account is the student's legal guardian. The parent/guardian will then receive an email with an activation key to set up their portal account. Families will no longer need to fill out a separate form to request account set-up.

The parent/guardian of all new students enrolled to the district will automatically receive an email with an activation code to set up their Campus Parent account. They will not need to make a separate phone call request.

ISD709 Family Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the November 2020 Family Survey for Grades 6 - 12

We receive feedback from stakeholders in many ways; email, phone calls, meetings and surveys. All of it can help focus our efforts on what is most needed and guide us in making changes to what we're doing.

As we continue to teach and learn during the pandemic, we're seeking input on what's working well, what could be improved and to gather ideas we may not have considered.

This survey is for families with students in middle and high school. It will take an estimated 7 - 8 minutes to complete. Knowing that each student has different needs, we ask that you submit a survey for each student in grades 6 - 12. Please complete by November 23, 2020.

Thank you for your time, thoughts and input.


Best Wishes on a Fabulous Retirement, Mr. Antonich!

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Ordean East Middle School

Main Office: Anna Fridsma

Attendance: Dawn Warner

Principal: Gina Kleive

Assistant Principals: Rachel Jackson & Michael Emerson

School Counselors: Ashley Kedrowski, Sarah Seglem,

& Lisa Wentworth

School Social Worker: Tracy Litman