Ordean East Middle School News

Vol. 3 Issue 16 - April 1, 2022

Monday, April 4 - 1st Day of Quarter 4

3rd Qtr report cards will be accessible through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Thursday, April 7. A paper copy will be given to all students on Friday, April 8.

The Button of Doom 3: Stories from a Puny Planet

What happens when a diabolical alien needs cheering up? You tell them a story! You are invited to Ordean East Theater's production of The Button of Doom 3: Stories from a Puny Planet. Performances are next Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8, at 7 pm in the Ordean East Little Theater. Tickets are $3. See you at the theater!

April - Spirit Day Fridays

April 8th- Dress up as your favorite Disney or cartoon character

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

Registration for the Ordean East Track team continues through April 14th. You can find more information and the registration link on the OEMS website on the Activities/Athletics page under Athletics . The first day of practice is April 11th and registration is open through April 14th.

MCA/MTAS and MSS Schedules

MN Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) & Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS)

Reading- Grades 6, 7, 8: April 5, 6, & 7

Math- Grades 6, 7, 8: April 12, 13, & 14

Science- Grade 8: April 26, 27, & 28

Minnesota Student Survey (MSS)

Grade 8: May 30-June 9

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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 (bschwar1ster@gmail.com) for some initial information.

If we do not fill the roles we will need to disband our OEMS PTA. Thank you for your consideration!

OEMS Spring Music Concerts

Mark your calendars:

Choir Concert - May 19, 7:00PM

Orchestra Concert - May 24, 7:00PM

Band Concert - May 26, 7:00PM

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?

Join the 4-H Incredible Exchange! Open to all south St. Louis County youth ages 13-15.
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 students paint a garden mural

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