Ordean East Middle School News

Vol. 3 Issue 15 - March 11, 2022

Check out Annika and Liv Broadcasting Announcements

Click the video link below to watch messages about: 8th Grade Registration, Garden Mural with Guest Artist Adam Swanson, Spring Ahead, Fastpitch Softball, OEMS Swim Team, Yearbook Orders, Yoga Club, Second Step, Lunch Menu, and more
OEMS Student Video Announcements - March 11, 2022

You can access our daily video announcements from the school webpage.Scroll to the bottom right corner of the homepage. You will find up-to-date information about after school activities, lunch menu, & more.

Middle School Track Season Returns this Spring- Watch for more information in the daily announcements


Jae Olberg - Supervisory Assistant

Robyn Williams- Building Wide Substitute Teacher
Dianna Hazelton- Dean of Leadership & Student Support

Sharon Dawson- Building Wide Special Education Paraprofessional

We are still seeking more awesome people to join the OEMS staff- LPN Heath Assistant, Ojibwemowin Paraprofessional, Supervisory Assistants, Cafeteria Helpers, Special Education Paraprofessionals

Give us a call to learn more or

Click here to apply- https://www.applitrack.com/duluth/onlineapp/default.aspx

Celebrate National School Social Work Week - Tracy Litman

The theme for National School Social Work Week 2022 is “Time to Shine.” The SSWAA and OEMS staff believe that School Social Workers shine brightly for their students, families, and school communities. Shining hope. Shining understanding. Shining respect. We are so fortunate to have the 2021 MN School Social Worker of the Year on staff at OEMS! Tracy Litman, it's your time to shine!

Swim Instruction Returns to Physical Education Class

Starting the week of March 21, swim instruction will be incorporated back into the PE curriculum. 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students will receive more information from their current PE teacher.

8th graders will have the first rotation in the pool.

Supplies needed:

A. Swimsuit appropriate for class- no zippers or metal on the suits, non-shredding material, One piece suit and no cut-offs

B. Swim cap of your own (latex caps are sold at school for $3.00)

C. Towel for swimming/showering; small size is appropriate, no big beach towels please the lockers are small!

D. Shampoo, deodorant, etc. must be in plastic containers!

Please label all personal items- swim cap, small towel, etc. with a permanent marker

East High Band Students Welcomed OEMS Band Students for a Private Concert Last Week

No personal electronics in class- Away for the School Day

Away For The Day initiative was launched in the US to help transform schools into cell phone-free spaces. The best practice recommended is having phones/personal devices put away in lockers or left at home, so it is physically off of the students.

We are only 10 school days in and we are seeing positive results! There is a difference in social interactions of students and a reduction in questionable behaviors related to devices.

Since this is a new practice, there are daily reminders over the announcements at the start of the day and staff have been having individual conversations reminding students as well. For those students needing multiple reminders, a parent/guardian has been notified and a plan is made to ensure follow-through.

Thank you for the continued support of our pilot program. It's not easy, but it's worth it.

Ordean East Middle School Orchestra Festival at St Benedict (03-04-22)

Many Thanks to the OEMS PTA and School Community for Donating a Meal for Staff on Conference Night! It is such a special treat.

Youth Move MN- Magazine (Submit a Proposal)

The digital magazine features art in all mediums created by MN youth ages 12 - 22, who have experience with mental health or disorders and/or who have been affected by the education, criminal justice, child welfare or mental health systems.

Masks Optional, As of March 7

The updated COVID-19 community levels released Thursday, March 3 showed community levels were low in St. Louis County. Based on that update, Duluth Public Schools shifted to optional, rather than requiring, masking as of Monday, March 7.

We want students, staff and families to know we fully support those who still want to wear masks. Bullying or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.

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