OMS Scoop

January-February 2019

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Celebrating Black History

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This month in class and out of class at OMS, we celebrate Black History Month. This amazing poster with a focus on eight of the most prominent African-Americans in history was placed in the main lobby for students to check out each day.

The Knightly News also did a spotlight piece on each of these figures and discussed more about what they accomplished and how it impacts us to this day. We thank them and so many more historical figures for their unyielding desire to make the world a better place for us to live. Our goal is to walk in their footsteps and have as big of an impact on the world moving forward. We want to DREAM, CHALLENGE, BELIEVE, BUILD, LEAD, SPEAK, DEFEND, and WRITE just like they did. Let's go change the world!!

Club Focus

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Movie Club

Each week, the wonderful Mr. Whiting runs the movie club on Friday afternoons for about 60 students. It is a great place for students to be safe after school on Friday and bond over movies that they all enjoy together. They watch all kinds of movies from all different time periods. Students bring in snacks for the movie and enjoy some much needed relaxation time after a rigorous week of school work.

We thank Mr. Whiting for volunteering his time after school on Friday for students to have an amazing club to participate in.

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Patriot's Days

You're welcome from OMS!

We obviously led the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title over the LA Rams. This is the second time this year that OMS team spirit has led to a Boston sports championship over an LA based team. The Red Sox won in the fall and now OMS, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick are responsible for another title for our teams.

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Teacher Spotlight- Ms. Woodman

We interviewed the wonderful Ms. Woodman from the Learning Commons!

What subject and grade level do you teach?

Woodman- Grade 7 and 8 STEM Enrichment

How long have you worked at OMS?

Woodman- One year

Were you a teacher before you worked here?

Woodman- No, this is my first year.

What made you become a teacher?

Woodman- I've aways enjoyed going to school as a kid and my mom works at an elementary school. As a kid, I always looked up to her and spent many summers volunteering at the ESY at her school.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Woodman- I always knew I wanted to be a teacher but in high school I loved Science and thought that I wanted to be a dentist or doctor.

What are some of your hobbies?

Woodman- I like to play and watch sports, paint, draw, and travel.

Do you worry about anything at all when you are teaching?

Woodman- I worry a lot about the kids in general. Many of them really need a lot of practice working on social skills and I find that this lack of social skills can take away from time on task.

Did you ever have second thoughts about teaching?

Woodman- Sometimes I do get stressed and frustrated but in the end I can usually laugh about things and improve as a teacher.

What are some of your pet peeves?

Woodman- My biggest pet peeve is when people do not even put in effort.

What is your style of teaching?

Woodman- I consider myself to be very fair and realistic with my students. I like a good balance of group activities to learn from peers as well as inquiry based learning.

Where did you go to college?

Woodman- Stonehill College

If you could be anything else, what would you be?

Woodman- School psychologist or School adjustment counselor

What is your favorite food?

Woodman- Pizza

What is the best advice you could give the students of OMS?

Woodman- My best advice for a student at OMS would be to take care of yourself and those around you. Be kind and empathetic. Everyone is going through something, just because you can't see it, doesn't mean its not real.

Thank you Ms. Woodman for being an amazing teacher at OMS and taking the time to let the student body get to know you even better.

Middle School Corner

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What can we do to reduce or eliminate cyber bullying and some of the other negative aspects of social media?

6th Student: Have parents set screen time limits for kids so that they can only use them for a certain amount of time during the day.

7th Student: Parents could monitor their kids phones and computers to make sure that people are only saying and doing nice things online.

8th Student: Think about how it would feel if someone said or did something to you online the way you may be doing it to someone else. We can also report what we see online to our teachers so that things don't get out of control and make someone feel bad.

Teacher: The best advice I can give is to be smart about what you are putting online. Words can do real damage to other people and can also get you in a lot of trouble. The stuff you put on the internet stays there forever, and it usually finds a way to come out, whether you want it to or not. There are lasting consequences to your actions online and you should think about how they impact other people.

Administrator: We always tell students to make good choices online, particularly when they are impacting other students or people. Come to the adults at school or at home when you know something is wrong so that we can intervene and make sure that no one gets hurt or feels bad. We celebrate the students who come forward and report online issues because they are making great choices that seriously help our community.

Parent: Have real conversations with your kids about what they are doing online and how it can hurt themselves or the people around them. Make sure you know what your kids are doing online. Be open and honest with your kids so they feel comfortable reporting issues online. We are all in this together.

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Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. These are five pillars of Responsive Classroom that we would like all of the teachers and students at OMS to strive for.

Check out more information from the Responsive Classroom website

Teachers are participating in on-going trainings to build a strong connection between social-emotional learning and academic outcomes. Teachers and students are excited about the opportunity to grow together and build stronger relationships that make the school a better place to learn and take risks.

2018-2019 Yearbooks

2018-2019 OMS Yearbooks are available through April 22.

Order your yearbook today. $20 soft cover and $25 for hardcover.

Yearbook code - 13351119

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Upcoming Dates

March 13-19- Trimester 2 Exam period

March 20- Trimester 3 begins

March 22- Yearbook group photos

March 21-23- OMS Spring Musical

April4- Early Release

April 4- Knight of Excellence

April 8-9- MCAS ELA Grade 6

April 10-11- MCAS ELA Grade 7

April 13-21- April Vacation

April 23-24- MCAS ELA Grade 8

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