The OMS Community Newsletter

November 2017

The Story of Mr. Joseph DeVito's Brick

We are very proud of the O'Donnell Middle School's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, organized by Asst. Principal David Guglia and 8th Grade Social Studies teacher Caitlin Valair, which stresses the importance of America's veterans and highlights several local veterans in/around the town of Stoughton. Last year, we wanted to do something special for one of our "favorite" veterans, Mr. Joe DeVito, to thank him for his years of participation in the OMS assemblies and honor his service to both the town of Stoughton and the United States. Mr. DeVito is a 90 year old veteran who served on a PT boat in the Pacific during World War II.

We heard that the new World War II National Museum in New Orleans was offering "The Road to Victory Brick Program," where bricks can be purchased and installed at the museum to honor a WWII veteran. Students on Team 8B coordinated a school-wide effort to raise money to purchase Mr. DeVito his own brick, which we were able to label with his name, hometown, and WWII PT boat. (Click the "Road to Victory..." link below to find out more about the WWII Museum's Brick Program.)

The entire OMS faculty and staff generously contributed to help raise the money needed to purchase the brick, which was presented to Mr. DeVito at our 2016 Veteran's Day Assembly. Mr. DeVito had NO idea we had done this, and was truly touched. Months later, he continued to state how the brick was one of the greatest honors he has ever received.

With Joe's 91st birthday approaching this fall, one of his daughters wanted to give him a wonderful birthday present-tickets to visit any place in the world. Joe said that he considered going to Italy, where his family had immigrated from, but after much thought he chose to visit the World War II Museum, where the O'Donnell Middle School had honored him with a brick he wanted to check out for himself.

Joe's daughter, not knowing much about the museum, contacted them to find out more information. The museum was thrilled and immediately requested Joe to be a guest of honor, a veteran they could interview and ask to speak with others regarding his time serving on a PT boat in the Pacific during World War II. Joe was, of course, humbled and happily agreed to this.

The story gets even better...

Someone at the World War II Museum gave a call to JetBlue, who offered to fly Joe, his wife Jeanne, a few of their children, and two of their grandchildren to the World War II museum for FREE.

We cannot believe how far the one brick has gone and are so happy for Mr. DeVito and his family.

Take a look at some of the amazing pictures Joe's daughters sent while they were at the World War II museum, including the PT boat ride and, of course, Joe's brick.

11th Annual Holiday Fair

Saturday, Nov. 18th, 9am-3pm

211 Cushing Street

Stoughton, MA

We will have lots to see and do!

*Breakfast and lunch foods
*Police cars, Fire Truck and Dump Trucks from 10a-2p
*4-H Barn Bums and their Barn Animals will be visiting from 1-3
*Kid's Room with Craft's, Photobooth, Bouncy House and much more
*Dozens of exciting Silent Auctions and Raffles
*Check out the prizes and buy your ticket for The Ultimate Boston Sports Fan Raffle!!
*Come by for the New Stoughton High update schedule. Compass Project Management will be available for questions between 10a-11a!

All proceeds benefit the students of the OMS!

Giving Thanks to Veterans

OMS is fortunate to have several veterans, from World War II through the present-day War on Terror, continue to participate and bestow their knowledge, experiences, and life-lessons on our eighth grade students. Local veterans from the Stoughton community who participated in the assembly included Joe DeVito, Charles Wade, Richard Hickey, Matthew Gada, Billy Farwell, Robert Devine, Greg White, Sheanna Isabel, Mike Pazyra, Tom Fitzgerald, Paul Andruchow, and Joe Fustolo. Each veteran was interviewed by an eighth grader, who presented their veteran to their entire eighth grade class. This years eighth grade participants included April Richardson, Evan Hoover, Yasmin Sousa, Colin Alessi, Grace Lally, Sophia Leyva, Immanuel White, Eve Saade, Genesis Parker, Sydney Menz, Bella DeMarino, and Jonah Ly.

Mr. Charles Wade was the 2017 O'Donnell Middle School Veteran of the Year. To ensure Mr. Wade that his service in the Korean War will never be forgotten, the entire OMS faculty and staff generously contributed to help raise money to honor Mr. Wade with a Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) Life Membership. An additional donation to the KWVA Memorial Fund was placed in Charlie's name to assist with the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery this weekend, which the KWVA is co-hosting.

The assembly was organized by OMS Assistant Principal David Guglia and 8th Grade Social Studies teacher Caitlin Valair. The OMS band and chorus, led by Keith Curbow and Betty Bauman, did a wonderful job performing a variety of patriotic music. The Stoughton Council on Aging's Carolyn Lee and Jessica Fraine also held a wonderful brunch for veterans before the ceremony.

Check out the slideshow from this year's assembly below...with all of our honored guests and the students who introduced them

We are...O'Donnell Middle School

On Spirit Day, students wear the school colors of black and orange. Each grade competes in a number of school spirit contests for the title of most school spirit. The SHS Marching Band, Color Guard, and Cheerleaders perform their halftime show for OMS too! This year's Spirit Day will be Wednesday, November 22nd.

Early Dismissal/Start of the Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 11am

211 Cushing Street

Stoughton, MA

Students will be dismissed on Wednesday, November 22nd at 11am for the Thanksgiving break. School will resume on Monday, November 27th. The OMS faculty and staff wishes all of our families a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Thanks and GIVING

Each November, the students and staff at OMS do a food drive for the local food pantry. Here's our beloved custodian, Mr. Homer, packing up his truck for a delivery.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 6:30-8pm

211 Cushing Street

Stoughton, MA

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, December 7th from 6:30-8pm. The middle school conferences run in an open house format, not individually scheduled conferences like the elementary school. We encourage parents/guardians to prioritize which teachers they would like to see and visit those teachers first. Parents/guardians who do not get a chance to visit with a particular teacher are encouraged to schedule an individual conference with that teacher. December 7th is also the final day of Trimester 1.

Cultural Competence @ OMS

One important goal in this year's School Improvement Plan is to improve the cultural competence of students and staff. We are using a variety of great resources to accomplish this goal, including teaching materials from Second Step, Facing History, and The Anti-Defamation League. One great idea that came out of the Community Discussion that was held on November 7th was to provide a list of these resources for families. We are in the process of finalizing this list, and it will be posted soon under the "Families" tab on our web site. Another great idea to come out of the discussion that evening was for the SHS "World of Difference" Peer Ambassadors to come down to OMS to work with our students.