OMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events Below! 12/14 - 12/18

FCA Live Nativity Scene

FCA invites you to come and see the “Live Nativity Scene”

and experience the true reason for the season of Christmas!

Where: Otwell Middle School outdoor classroom

When: Friday, December 18th @ 7:50 am

Savannah Information

Upcoming Savannah Trip Payment

The second payment for the 2016 Savannah Trip is due on Thursday, January 7th. The remaining balance or $130.00 can be made by check (payable to Otwell Middle School), cash or online with a credit card. The portal for credit card payments will not open until December 14th and will close at midnight on January 7th.

GA Milestones Score Report

Please see the attached parent letter regarding the EOG Test Scores that your child is bringing home this week.

Parent Letter Attached

Shoe Drive

Dear OMS Families,

Tired of all those old shoes laying around your house just taking up space?

Well, the OMS PTO will gladly take them and recycle them for you! That's right!

Bring in your old shoes (no flip flops please), and we will find them a new home.

We will also be running a contest in each grade level. The blue class that collects the most shoes by January 22nd will each win a pizza party on January 29th!

The PTO will receive fifty cents per pound of shoes collected, which goes right back to the school. So, please start collecting those shoes!

Thank you,

Christine Fitzpatrick


Yearbook Reminder

Order your 2015-2016 yearbook before they are sold out! The deadline to pre-order is Jan. 15th.

There are two packages to choose from:

• Basic Package = Full color book with foil name stamp - $50.00

• Bulldog Package = Full color book with foil name stamp and world yearbook - $55.00

There are three ways to order:

• Bring a check (made out to Otwell Middle) or cash to Mrs. Perkins in room 331 at Otwell

• Call the Yearbook Order Center at 866-287-3096

• Order online at

**When calling or ordering online, please use our school id #593

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8th Grade recognition ads are also still on sale! The price is $75.00 and are due no by Jan. 15th. They are 1/4 page ads and can be purchased and designed by you online at using Otwell’s school id #593. The format is easy to follow, but if you would like to send in payment or have the yearbook staff to design, please feel free to contact the yearbook advisor at

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Social Studies

Ms. Sessa:

We will conclude Unit Seven, Antebellum Georgia, with a look at how the Fugitive Slave Act and other Congressional legislation from the 1850s led to Georgia’s secession from the Union prior to the Civil War. Students have an Article Analysis due on Monday, December 14th. To coincide with our study of the mistreatment of Georgia’s Native Americans and slaves, the topic for this Article Analysis submission is “injustice”.

Ms. Salazar:

Wed 12/16: Ch 13 Open Notes Quiz due

We will be watching “National Treasure.”

Ms. Coleman:

Chapter 11 and 12 Exam is scheduled for Tuesday December 15th. A final review session will be held Monday morning, Dec. 14th, @ 8:15 AM. Students will need a signed pass to attend.


Mrs. Holmes (Advanced):

We has a fabulous Music day! Thanks to everyone who participated!! The beginning of the week, we will focus on learning about the Electromagnetic spectrum and light. We will have a Waves unit test on Tuesday, 12/15.

Mr. McCormack, Mr. Kinneer, and Mrs. Holmes:

Students are continuing their study of waves and their interactions. We will have a Waves unit test on Tuesday, 12/15.


Ms. Pitner and Mrs. Black:

Students have taken their last summative, the Unit 3 Test, this week! Student grades have been updated so that students can make decisions about retakes. Sign-ups for retakes were done in class. Any student who signed up for a summative retake will receive their recovery work in class tomorrow. This assignment will be due on Monday, December 14th. Students must score an 80% or better to retake the exam. Retakes will be held at 8:00am on Thursday, December 17th. If a student is not able to come in early for the retake, they should speak with their teacher to make earlier retake arrangements. ONE MORE WEEK!!!

Ms. Cooper:

Accelerated/Advanced Math – Cooper – Please check the class website for all assignments (ie. homework, class work, and assessments).


Ms. Pacheco:This past week has been a great week and I can’t begin to say how impressed I am with your students. They have written an essay in Spanish and they have come out very good. They will have presented them on Friday 12/4. We will officially begin Unit 4 on Monday, but they have had an introduction through this week’s homework. We will be learning about traveling and Latin American Geography.

Ms. Campos:

Three Otwell students represented our Spanish classes at the 2015-1016 county World Language Expo that took place at Lambert High School. They showcased their language skills among other Spanish Level I students in the county.

They scored 10 out of 12 on their performance. Great job Emily Tauriello, Julia Kielhorn, and Michael Francis!

Language Arts

Mrs. Taylor:

On Level: We will culminate our novel on The Diary of Anne Frank. Students will turn in questions that they have worked on throughout novel (due Wednesday 12/16) We will watch the movie of Anne Frank and compare and contrast with the book.

Summative on theme and symbolism will be on Wednesday 12/16. Students will take a practice test in class that they can use as a review.

Advanced: We have an exciting few days in ELA. On Monday, we will culminate our mystery novel study by hosting a “benefit dinner.” Student have been invited to a mystery dinner game; given identities that they are going to embody during class that day. They will solve a “murder” that has happened in our classroom. On Tuesday and Wednesday that they will have class time to work on their short film assignment. This assignment is due on Thursday, December 17th. The students have worked on this project since November 11th. I am very excited to see their videos.

Mrs. Barrett and Ms. Sams:

Wednesday, November 16 is our last summative for this semester!! Have a wonderful break! We will see you next year!


Mrs. Griffey: