Welcome to the new Orioles Newsletter!
As part of the Osseo Area Schools operational plan and strategic direction, the district's communication team is working together with schools to help create improved communications between the district and its families and community members. Our new e-newsletters are more accessible and translatable, and they can be shared more easily in a variety of formats. We hope you enjoy catching up with the latest Osseo Middle School news in this new format.
A Note From The OMS Administration
Welcome to Fall! It has been a great start to the school year and we look forward to connecting with families at fall conferences on Tuesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 26th from 3:15-7:00 PM for Arena Conferences which will be held in the Cafeteria and Gym. You will have an opportunity to meet with your child's teachers, review classroom attendance and grades and ask teachers any questions that you may have.
During Advisory class, we consistently review the Oriole Way of being respectful, responsible and resourceful. We have seen an increase in students making threats to others including threats that involve the use of weapons. We have retaught and reinforced that threats will always be taken seriously as the safety of all students and staff is paramount. Students who make threats of harm to others will be subject to disciplinary action. We have also reviewed the use of technology in appropriate ways which includes not photographing others or sharing images on social media without their consent. We appreciate your partnership in reinforcing these expectations at home.
Social Media Use For Middle School Students
For kids, digital life and social media is real life. It's where they build friendships, take a stand on issues, and do so much more. Here are some family resources to support healthy media and technology use at school and home.
Building a Better Future, Phase II
Building a Better Future, Phase II ballot question: Addressing school needs to provide learning spaces that are secure, modern and structured to equip students for tomorrow
Building a Better Future, Phase II, is the second phase in improving our schools as determined through a multi-year research process that involved staff, families and community members. Their work revealed critical safety/security needs, teaching and learning needs, and building space needs with regard to programming and current and predicted population growth. A big thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered countless hours to closely analyzing the needs of all our schools.
Phase II, which in addition to addressing critical school building needs, expands on efforts already made in Phase I and continues strategic plan work. The priorities in this portion of the plan are:
Secure learning environments with enhanced safety.
Spaces for math, science and career programs, specialized learning services and growing student populations.
Access to similar learning experiences at all district schools, including program opportunities, class size levels and the functionality of spaces.
It’s been more than 20 years since the community has been asked to reinvest in school building needs. Voters made their voices heard during Phase I of the Building a Better Future plan – education is a priority to our community. Now, voters can make their voices heard again on Nov. 7, 2023 by considering these school building needs. If the ballot question is approved, the tax increase would be less than $7/month for the average-value home in our district ($300,000).
This final phase of Building a Better Future meets the overall needs of our schools for the foreseeable future – equipping students with what they need to succeed both today and many years to come.
Visit district279.org/BetterFuture for additional details, a look at both phases of Building a Better Future and answers to frequently asked questions.
Building Community at Osseo Middle School
Tuesday, October 17 from 3:15-7:00 PM: Arena Style Conferences
Thursday, October 18: No School for Students, Minnesota Education Association Teacher Professional Conferences
Friday, October 19: No School for Students, Minnesota Education Association Teacher Professional Conferences
Thursday, October 26 from 3:15-7:00 PM: Arena Style Conferences
Friday, November 3: Picture Retake Day
Tuesday, November 7: No School for Students, Teacher Workshop Day