The Winch Word

Back to School Edition - September 2016

Welcome back!

We're off to a great start here at OWWMS. The kids have only been back for six days, but in so many ways it feels like we never left. I'm always happy to see how quickly we pick up as if we were all together yesterday; A testament to the seamless dedication of our faculty and staff, for sure. I've met a lot of smiling faces in the hallways, classrooms, and cafeteria, and that definitely is a great sight to see. It was wonderful to be able to start the year talking about all of the exciting things happening at OWWMS on CBS 6 morning news on the first day. You may have seen our 21st Century Learning Spaces and our 6th grade Chromebooks initiative featured. It's definitely a wonderful time to be a middle school student in South Glens Falls!

The First Day Activity: What is your hope?

Thanks to all of our students who shared their positive messages for the year as they entered school for the first time last Thursday. This board will be on display throughout the building at different times to remind us all of these important goals!

Morning Arrival

A quick thank you for following through on pulling farther down Hudson Street in front of the school during arrival time each morning. While we certainly understand that students would prefer to be dropped off as close to the front entrance as possible, many more students are arriving by car these days. This procedure has helped to move things along much more quickly than in past years.

If you need to visit the main or counseling offices in the morning we ask that you please park closer to the gymnasium doors near the corner of E. 6th St. and still entering through the main door so as not to clog up the flow of arrivals between 7:25 and 7:40 AM. Thank you for your help and understanding!


Each year we have several conversations with distraught students who have had some personal item taken from them without permission. In almost every case it is revealed that the student did not follow proper procedures for locking up their valuables.

We ask that you please reinforce at home that students should not be:

1) Sharing locker combinations with friends

2) Setting their locker combination before walking to class so that they can quickly open it without having to put the combination before their following class

3) Tampering with the locking mechanism to prevent the locker from latching and locking -especially no pencils or paper clips being used to block the mechanism.

4) Leaving items on the floor in the Physical Education locker room; All students are assigned a secure PE locker, and it should be used every time they change.

How can I find out what's going on?

I'm glad you asked! There are a variety of ways to find out about OWWMS.

There are a lot of options. Choose the one that is best for you. If you have any questions, reach out at to me, and I'll do my best to answer them!

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Creative 21st Century Parenting!

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Important Dates:

Teen Town

Friday, Sep. 16th, 7-8:30pm

99 Hudson Street

South Glens Falls, NY

It's the first Teen Town of the year. Get ready to dance, play some games, hang out in the gym, or just relax with friends.

Parents/Guardians: We need chaperones! Please use this link to let us know if you are availabe to assist each month:

Parent Open House

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 6:30pm

99 Hudson Street

South Glens Falls, NY

Join us and meet your child's teachers for the 2016-17 school year.

Monthly Home-School Association Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 6:30-7:30pm

99 Hudson Street

South Glens Falls, NY

While transitioning your children to OWWMS involves helping them work toward self advocacy and independence, we know that you want to remain as connected to your student's middle school experience as possible. Please consider joining us at the first meeting of the year to learn about the essential role that the HSA plays in our school community. We need your support!