Ordean East Middle School News
Vol. 3 Issue 16 - April 1, 2022
The Button of Doom 3: Stories from a Puny Planet
April - Spirit Day Fridays
April 15th- Vacay Day, dress like a tourist
April 29th - Decades Day, dress in threads from any time frame
This month for our WIN competition we will be competing to make the best spring themed door! Include things like flowers, bunnies, and anything else that gives off spring vibes. Your Student Council will be choosing and judging the winners from each grade level, and for extra points you can include your WIN mascot in the decoration. May the best door win (1 prize per grade level)!
Debate & Diplomacy in History
Congratulations to the Ordean East Middle School students competing at the 2022 Virtual Northeast Regional History Day event. These students have been working on researching and creating these entries since October and have developed technology skills required to enter their projects in a virtual competition.
The following entries were competing:
Victoria McConnell-Quinchia, Individual Exhibit:The Separation of Panama from Colombia
Adelaide Sadowski & Alivia Seafolk, Group Documentary: Debate Over the Rights of Queers
Parker Tandberg & Georgio Brodin, Group Exhibit: The Debate and Diplomacy Behind the Use of Atomic Bombs on Japan
Hayden David & Lucy Decker, Group Website: The Pink Triangle: Debates Over Rights of Homosexuals in Germany
Kenna Huot & Margaret Johnson, Group Website: Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Subject of Debate
Special congratulations go to the following students that have qualified for the Minnesota Virtual State History Day Event: Parker Tandberg & Georgio Brodin, Hayden David & Lucy Decker, and Kenna Huot & Margaret Johnson. Great job to all and good luck to those moving on.
OEMS Students Place 1st in State PTA Reflections Art Program
Annika Saur placed 1st in state in the PTA Reflections Art Program in Visual Arts and Abigail Froehle placed 1st in Literature.
Both students' will have their pieces move on to compete at the National level with winners announced in May.
The annual PTA Reflections Art Program encourages students to express themselves through the arts. This year's theme was "I Will Change the World By.."
Nearly 300,000 students from across the country, and in American schools overseas, participate annually in the National PTA’s Reflections program. The awards program spans six arts categories (Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music Composition, Photography, Literature, and Visual Arts) across four grade divisions and the Special Artist Division.
The Reflections program is the National PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. National PTA believes every child deserves a quality arts education. Participation in arts programs like Reflections develops the whole-child, nurtures creativity and teamwork, and connects families and schools to one another and to their communities. Learn more at PTA.org/Reflections.
Join our middle school track team! All are welcome
OEMS PTA Board Needs You
Happy Spring! We are reaching out with a request for volunteers for OEMS PTA leadership.
We are in need of a new President, Treasurer and Secretary this coming school year (2022-23). Current leaders have served their terms and/or their kids moving on to high school.
OEMS PTA leadership looks much different than the elementary school PTAs that some of you have been involved with. The time commitment is much less as our programming is limited to very specific areas. The activities we are involved in (Spirit Wear, Teacher Conference Night Dinners, Fall (or Spring) Fest, Teacher/Staff grants) are highly valued at OEMS and fill an important role in helping establish and maintain community among staff, students and parents.
Current PTA leadership is very happy to speak with anyone who has any interest to learn more about the duties with each role. Please contact current president Betsy Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for some initial information.
If we do not fill the roles we will need to disband our OEMS PTA. Thank you for your consideration!
ISD709 Students Freeskiing & Snowboarding at Nationals
6 Duluth Public Schools students are competing at the USASA National Championships in freeskiing and snowboarding April 1-15 at Copper Mountain in Colorado. We wish you luck and a fabulous run!
Ordean East Middle School: Doca Pepelnjak and Gray Knutson
East High School: Noble Knutson, John Bradley, and Isla Pepelnjak
Denfeld High School: Thatcher Bauman
The 4-H Incredible Exchange
Looking for a fun way to volunteer this summer, and earn money toward a fun activity of your choice?
For more information and directions to apply, visit: z.umn.edu/4hie.
Second Step- Social Emotional Learning
We will be wrapping up the last 3-4 weeks of our Second Step- Social Emotional Learning lessons in WIN. The following is a preview of what is to come.
Lesson 24: Making Things Right - learn ways to make amends after a conflict and restore a relationship they may have harmed.
Lesson 25: Unhealthy Relationships - identify signs of an unhealthy relationship.
Lesson 26: Guide to Healthy Relationships - create a guide to healthy relationships to inform, encourage, and inspire their peers.
Lesson 27: High School Challenges (8th grd) - think ahead to some of the challenges they might face when starting high school and identify people they can go to for help.
Ordean East Middle School
"We are focused on and committed to our students' learning."
Main Office: Anna Fridsma
Attendance: Dawn Warner
Principal: Gina Kleive
Assistant Principals: Rachel Jackson & Michael Emerson
Dean of Leadership & Student Support: Dianna Hazelton
School Counselors: Ashley Kedrowski & Sarah Seglem
School Social Worker: Tracy Litman