Ordean East Middle School News

Vol.3 Issue 6 - September 17, 2021

It has been an exciting start to the 2021-2022 school year! Having all of our students physically in the building has brought incredible joy and energy to our middle school hallways. As a staff we are focused on and committed to our students’ learning, and we are incredibly excited to have students back in the classrooms. It truly feels like an overdue celebratory fall homecoming.

As part of our commitment to our students, we will be using FastBridge assessments in math and reading to help identify students who may be at risk for not reaching grade level standards and could potentially benefit from additional academic support. Math and literacy skills are foundational pieces of school learning and success.

All students will be assessed using the FastBridge system three times per year (September, January and May). If your child previously attended an ISD 709 elementary school it is likely they are already familiar with FastBridge assessments. Our current 7th grade students who attended Ordean as 6th graders are also likely familiar with the FastBridge assessments due to their participation in a pilot program during distance learning last school year.

The assessments will take approximately 30-40 minutes per subject. “FASTtrack reading” will be taken on Monday, September 27 in science classrooms. “FASTtrack math” will be taken on Tuesday, September 28 in math classrooms. The assessments are computer-administered and headphones are recommended. Additional information on the specific assessments is provided at the end of this letter.

We are excited for the adoption of FastBridge assessments at the middle level and are eager to begin full implementation work.


Gina Kleive, principal

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Daily Announcements

There are daily messages shared with all students during their WIN class. Eventually, the messages will be student created video announcements. All daily announcements are posted on our school webpage so students and their families can reference them too. They are in the bottom right corner of the home page. https://www.isd709.org/ordean-east

Breakfast & Lunch Free for All Students

Our cafeteria opens daily at 8:15 AM for breakfast.

All students are eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch during the 2021-22 school year. We do not have an a la carte option. There isn't an exchange of any money for breakfast or lunch, until further notice.

Click on the School lunch menu to see what's served each day. Make sure you have selected OEMS in the dropdown menu on the right side of the page. A link to the school lunch menu can also be accessed from the OEMS webpage

Come watch OEMS 7th/8th Grade Volleyball Teams Take on Esko 4:30PM, 9/21, OEMS Gym

Picture Day- next Tuesday

Individual student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 21st. Order forms will be sent home on Friday, September 17th, but you can also order online at mylifetouch.com using your Student School ID number or the Picture Day ID EVTJWJ4DN


Duluth Public Schools and Marnita’s Table invite students to join us for Engage! Exploring SRO Effectiveness a student-focused conversation exploring what is needed to provide a safe and respectful school community for all.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 in the Little Theater

First and second period (8:45-10:28 AM)

Click on the link below, to learn more about how your child can participate.

OEMS Students - Engage! Exploring SRO Effectiveness

OEMS Permission Slip- Marnita's Table

OEMS School Counselors Share Resources

Hello OEMS Families!

We are excited to share our new Social Emotional Curriculum that all 6th-8th grade students are learning. It's called the Second Step Program. Please see our informational letter regarding the program.

In addition, we wanted to share a free web based resource-- ParenTeenConnect.org

We value your partnership in supporting students,

Sarah, Ryan & Ashley

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It is time to join the OEMS PTA

Click here for more information about how to sign up!

OEMS Spirit Wear - Order by Sept 20

Spirit Wear is back! We are excited to partner with Advantage Emblem again to offer students, parents and teachers OEMS Spirit Wear. Items ordered will be delivered to your child’s WIN classroom in early October. Click Here to Order OEMS Spirit Wear

Free Tutoring For All Students

Additional academic support is available through a partnership with St Scholastica. All ISD 709 Families have the option to book appointments with trained CSS tutors on the days and times that work best for you. Go to https://css709tutor.setmore.com to book appointments. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the video tutoring session. All sessions are online and free.
COVID-19 Resources for ISD709 Families

Click here for COVID19 reporting forms, vaccine information, St Louis County dashboard, MDH Decision Tree and more

Ordean East Middle School

Main Office: Anna Fridsma

Attendance: Dawn Warner

Principal: Gina Kleive

Assistant Principals: Rachel Jackson & Michael Emerson

School Counselors:

Sarah Seglem- 6th Grade

Ryan Lantz- 7th Grade

Ashley Kedrowski- 8th Grade

School Social Worker: Tracy Litman