Oceanside Middle School
Celebrate Life at OMS
April in Review
Autism Awareness Month
Day of Silence
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. April 15th marked the 20th year that students around the country have participated in this effort to call attention to the silencing effect intolerance and harassment has on students in the sexual minority.
Kathy Dunne's GSA, with the support of counseling team, coordinated the Day of Silence at the middle school. This national event encourages schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.
Oceanside School District Film Festival
8-1 Trip to the DNA Lab
Teams 8-1 & 8-2 at the DNA Learning Center
Oceanside Research Symposium
The First Oceanside Middle School Research Symposium was held on April 12th to highlight the work of our students in the 8th grade research programs. 91 projects and 126 students from the math, science and social science research classes displayed their competition projects.
Students researched and carried out experiments in a wide variety of topics. Students in the science and social science classes were required to develop controlled experiments to test their hypotheses. Social Science students studied such topics as gender, social media use, and sports participation. Science research students presented projects in biology, microbiology, geology, physics and chemistry. Math research students studied and presented a variety of historical math problems such as “The Tower of Hanoi” and “Sierpinski’s” Triangle.
The highlight of the evening occurred when the students, parents, and families gathered in the auditorium for the presentation of awards. All three research programs had individual fairs earlier in the year. The Math Fair first place award went to the teams of Gabriella Armengau & Justin Nudelman and Catherine Henn & Christina Palmeri. Second place went to Jessie Rosano & Zach Macer & Jon Gamarra. Third Place awards were shared by the team of Jack Bier & Chris Seychell, as well as Ryan Aizer. Mikayla Carlins received an Honorable Mention award.
The winner of the Science Research Fair was Daniel Strianese, with Katelyn Blankoph taking second, Emily Seaver & Catherine Stanford in third, and Margarita Bogdanova-Shapkina in fourth place. Honorable Mention awards were won by John Marchiel, Austin Ortiz & Michael Phillips, Mason Penn & Jack Walsh, Paige Olewnicki, Emily Oberstein & Sara Raimondi, and the team of Matthew Minelli & Stephen Sklar.
The Social Science Fair featured first place awards to Vicky Lin and Breanna Parra, a second place finish for Violet Burburan and Ethan Wile, and third place trophies for Suraj Mohan and Karis Lynch. Honorable Mention awards were garnered by Michael Mulhern, Ethan Chetkof, Anna Malin, Madison Pagano, and Annelisa Milano.
In addition, our students compete in outside fairs against other middle schools. This year Catherine Henn, Christina Palmeri, Jessica Rosano, and Jenna Picciano received Bronze Medals at the Long Island Math Fair. At the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, Margarita Bogdanova-Shapkina finished second, and Paige Olewnicki and Katelyn Blankoph finished third. Katelyn Blankoph has won a major award at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair. Although not all of the results are in, Margarita Bogdanova-Shapkina will represent Long Island and the State Science Congress in Buffalo on June 4. Several students from the Social Science research program will compete in the Nassau County Fair later in the year.
Oceanside Middle School has had a great deal of success with our research programs. In addition to winning many major competitions, our students have gone to high school with a firm foundation in research skills. Several of our students went on to win Intel and Siemans competitions in high school, and many have chosen careers in the sciences as a result of our dedication to research at the middle school.
Inside the Classroom
Using "Live" on Quizlet
How it works:
You choose your set of Quizlet cards and click on "Live". The students go to quizlet.live and enter the game code similar to Kahoot. Once all of the students are logged in, the website randomly puts the students in groups. They are divided based on the number of students in the class. Each group is assigned an animal (in Spanish in my class) and every student has that image on their iPad. From there, students find their group and sit together. The game comes up like a horse race and the team that gets to 12 first wins. It's quick and easy to create new groups and play multiple rounds. The students were so excited. At the end, it gives each team feedback on the answers that were incorrect, and the teacher receives feedback as well.
Grade 8 Research Papers
Our Grade 8 ELA teachers continued to support and guide their students through the research and writing process. Their research was built around three powerful questions:
- Does peer pressure have more of a positive or negative impact on a teen's behavior?
- Should girls be allowed to play on boys' athletic teams?
- Do the benefits of playing football outweigh the health risks?
It has been a pleasure watching students go through the writing process and develop the skills associated with powerful argumentative writing.
S.S. Review Taboo
Advisory Sustained Silent Reading
Grade 8 ELA
For the past 3 weeks, members of the 8th grade ELA department have worked on a Science Fiction mini-unit. As an assessment, we are asking the students to work in groups to come up with an original idea for a science fiction story, based on non-fiction science news they researched themselves.
After coming up with a scifi story idea, the teachers took the students through a brief summary of the film-making process, from brainstorming, plot diagramming, storyboarding, to filming, editing, and eventually publishing their films. We will have a team "Film Festival" and final discussion about science fiction next week, once all of the films are complete.
April Reading Challenge
Reading Challenge Results
1st Place: 7-3
2nd Place: 7-2
3rd Place: 7-4
4th Place: 7-1
1st Place: 8-2
2nd Place: 8-1
3rd Place: 8-3
4th Place: 8-4
Teacher Winner - Ms. Toscano
Individual Student Winner: Charlie Leventhal (Team 7-2)
Sunrise Cancer Walk
Sailors For Sunrise:
On June 5th the Sunrise Cancer Association is hosting a walk as part of their fundraiser for their Day Camp. As an OMS Community, we'd like to contribute to this amazing association.
Some information regarding the Camp:
SunriseWALKS has been inspiring communities to unite for a cause and give children with cancer a summer free from the everyday demands of their illness. The money raised here helps pay for children with cancer and their siblings to attend Sunrise Day Camp free of charge, so their families don't have to. The only full summer day camp of its kind in the world, Sunrise lets campers forget about their cancer so they can play, run, and explore the magic of summer like a kid, the way you remember it, while returning to the safety and comfort of their own beds each night.
Information about the walk can be found at: https://www.sunrise-walks.org/li
Patriots Club: Field of Honor
Flags are now on sale for for $25, and all proceeds go to charity. Please see the attached flyer below for more details.
8th Grade Boys Lacrosse
7th Grade Girls Lacrosse
April Student Broadcast
Mr. Keith Lane, a broadcaster for Fox 5 News, came to visit students of the OMS Broadcasting club with advisers Eddie Risener and Stephanie Bragman on Monday, 4/11.
Mr. Lane shared many of his exciting experiences in the field of broadcasting with the students and gave them advice for becoming successful in this highly competitive field.
Students shared with Mr. Lane some of their productions over the past school year, as well as their knowledge of technology, such as TouchCast and iMovie.
It was a wonderful opportunity for all involved!