OMS Announcements


Letter to Parents

posted Oct 29, 2018, 12:15 PM by sbriney@orionschools.us   [ updated May 8, 2020, 8:31 AM by D’Carla Meisenburg ]

May 8, 2020 

Dear OMS Parents: 

This week’s E-Learning update is focusing on the specifics of our locker clean out and parent drive by. I also wanted to provide an updated timeline with end-of-year dates. A huge note of appreciation goes out to those parents who have set up their Drive-By Pick Up appointments already! You will note that many of this week’s topics were covered in last week’s letter. 

Locker Clean Out and Drive-By Pick Up—Please send an e-mail to Mrs. Meisenburg to make an appointment to pick up your student’s locker and PE locker contents. During this time, you will also be dropping off Chromebooks, textbooks, and library books due back in to the school. We ask that everyone stay in their cars during this time and not enter the school. Staff members will bring out locker bags and pick up materials and equipment to be checked back in to the school. We will be practicing mandated safety precautions such as wearing gloves, masks, and shields. The details of the Drive-By Pick Up are listed below— 

The Drive-By Pick Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week of May 26-29. We would like parents of 6th graders to make their appointments on Tues., May 26, parents of 7th graders on Wed., May 27, parents of 8th graders on Thurs., May 28, and anyone who is unable to make the previous dates can make their appointments on Fri., May 29. 

We will make a total of four appointments every ten minutes—making two drop offs available at the west side and two drop offs at the front doors to increase efficiency. 

Each student will have a checkout sheet that specifies their appointment time, location of pick up (west side or front doors), and specifics on what needs to be turned in (novels, library books, chromebooks, etc.). 

Please e-mail Mrs. Meisenburg at dmeisenburg@orionschools.us to make your appointment. We would like the appointments to be made by Fri., May 15. 

End-of-Year Dates— 

Last day of E-Learning is Friday, May 22 

Parent Drive-By and Pick-Up—May 26-29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

All incomplete work is due July 1 to teachers 

Lessons Learned—E-learning has been a challenge for us all. I do believe that students, teachers . . . and parents have all learned something new—whether it be the use of online learning platforms, the use of helpful online search strategies, the use of engaging learning applications, or the practice of ethical online behavior. Additional significant lessons that our students are learning right now include the skill sets of adaptation, resilience and compassion. These lessons will serve them well as they progress through school and through life. It is important to use every opportunity to better ourselves. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson Orion Middle School Principal




May 1, 2020


Dear OMS Parents:

Happy May Day! This week’s E-Learning update is focusing on the specifics of our locker clean out and parent drive by. I also wanted to provide a timeline with end-of-year dates. The school year is rapidly coming to an end; however, we all need to support our students to keep their minds and bodies active. Your continued support helps to build confidence, a positive attitude, and help ensure that students are grade ready for the next school year.

Locker Clean Out and Drive-By Pick Up—Please send an e-mail to Mrs. Meisenburg to make an appointment to pick up your student’s locker and PE locker contents. During this time, you will also be dropping off Chromebooks, textbooks, and library books due back in to the school. We ask that everyone stay in their cars during this time and not enter the school. Staff members will bring out locker bags and pick up materials and equipment to be checked back in to the school. We will be practicing mandated safety precautions such as wearing gloves, masks, and shields. The details of the Drive-By Pick Up are listed below—

• The Drive-By Pick Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week of May 26-29. We would like parents of 6th graders to make their appointments on Tues., May 26, parents of 7th graders on Wed., May 27, parents of 8th graders on Thurs., May 28, and anyone who is unable to make the previous dates can make their appointments on Fri., May 29. • We will make a total of four appointments every ten minutes—making two drop offs available at the side and two drop offs at the front doors to increase efficiency. • Each student will have a checkout sheet that specifies their appointment time, location of pick up (west side or front doors), and specifics on what needs to be turned in (novels, library books, chromebooks, etc.). • Please e-mail Mrs. Meisenburg at dmeisenburg@orionschools.us to make your appointment. We would like the appointments to be made by Fri., May 15.

End-of-Year Dates—

• Last day of E-Learning is Friday, May 22 • Parent Drive-By and Pick-Up—May 26-29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • All incomplete work is due July 1 to teachers Promotion and Awards—Per recommendations and mandates, it is unlikely that the pandemic will reach a point where it is safe for large gatherings to congregate before next fall. In the meantime, we are moving forward with a ‘virtual’ recognition of our promotion and academic awards ceremonies. While this experience will not replicate the traditional in-person ceremonies, we are very excited for the innovative possibilities to recognize the hard work and talents of our OMS students. We are planning on recognizing students virtually with videotaped speeches and naming award winners on our school’s promotion page and special awards page.

Our OMS team appreciates your support to keep our students’ achieving!


Sincerely, Dr. Laura Nelson Orion Middle School Principal



April 24, 2020 

Dear OMS Parents: 

Our Illinois Governor, JB Pritzker, has announced that schools will continue with E-Learning for the remainder of the school year. With these new guidelines in place, I wanted to update you on how this will affect end-of-year grades, and promotion and awards ceremonies. 

Support and Encourage E-Learning--Parents please support and encourage your son and daughter. Your students’ grades will only improve as they progress in their E-Learning studies. This is a great opportunity for students to dig deep and work hard to continue to improve their grades. Take advantage of the opportunity during remote learning to strengthen skills in all subject areas— 

self-awareness 

self-regulation 

collaboration 

relationship skills 

Promotion and Awards—Per recommendations and mandates, it is unlikely that the pandemic will reach a point where it is safe for large gatherings to congregate before next fall. In the meantime, we are moving forward with a ‘virtual’ recognition of our promotion and academic awards ceremonies. While this experience will not replicate the traditional in-person ceremonies, we are very excited for the innovative possibilities to recognize the hard work and talents of our OMS students. We are planning on recognizing students virtually with videotaped speeches and naming award winners from our school’s promotion page link. 

Grading—All students’ final grades for the Spring Semester of 2020 shall be recorded on a Pass/Incomplete basis. The bulleted list below outlines additional details related to this decision. 

During the semester, teachers will continue to record completion of assignments and assessments. 

At the conclusion of the semester, teachers will convert the grade to a Pass/Incomplete grade so that a P or I will be noted on their semester grade report. 

Students earning a D or higher will receive a grade of P. 

Students will receive an Incomplete if they earned an F 3rd quarter AND they fail to meet 4th quarter E-Learning expectations by earning a F. 

If a student receives an Incomplete, they have until July 1 to resolve the Incomplete by completing any missing work or assessments. 

Teachers will provide ongoing feedback throughout the rest of the school year to ensure students know if they are or are not meeting course expectations. 

Social Emotional Needs—Ms. Burgert and Mr. Goodwin are writing a Wellness Wednesday Newsletter and conducting Wellness Wednesday check Ins. They are busy meeting with students every day to help calm students and deal with the negative thoughts they may be experiencing. These check-ins help them to immediately reach out to students with help and support. Ms. Burgert and Mr. Goodwin are also working on an electronic presentation for our 5th grade students as an orientation to Orion Middle School. 

Locker Clean Out and Drive-By Pick Up—Teachers will be cleaning out student lockers and desks into student locker bags to hand out during our scheduled Parent Drive-By and Pick Up. We are currently planning the details on the Parent Drive-By and Pick Up. We hope to have parents call and make an appointment to drive by to pick up locker bags, awards, etc. and drop off chromebooks, library books, and textbooks. OMS staff members will meet you curbside to assist in the drop off and pick up. We ask that everyone stay in their cars during this time and not enter the school. We will be practicing appropriate social distancing and safety measures including wearing face masks and shields. Currently, we are planning for the week of May 26 – 29 to conduct the Parent Drive-By and Pick Up. Once again, more details will be forthcoming. 

I want to thank all of our students, parents and staff for your hard work in this new learning environment to keep everyone learning and growing. We are all in this together and we miss you all! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson

Orion Middle School Principal 






April 7, 2020 

Dear OMS Parents: 

Every Monday in the afternoon I meet with teachers for a check-in meeting so that we can work together to provide a strong digital learning environment for our students. All of us have a unique set of experiences in the online classroom and we like to share out—both good and bad. This team building is a terrific way to help us grow and strengthen our remote learning practices. 

This week we discussed the importance of making time to collaborate with our students. We all crave being able to meet and see our friends and teachers. It makes the classroom experience so much richer and engaging. As a result, our teachers are making it a point to set up a time, at least once a week, to meet with students in class via Google Meet. OMS teachers are setting those meetings up with students and also teaching students good Google Meet etiquette. Good Google Meet etiquette includes the following: 

Be on Time. 

Mute yourself to eliminate background noise. When speaking, make sure to unmute. 

Presentation--consider your surroundings and attire. 

Headphones—use headphones or earbuds. 

Chat and interact responsibly—only type when needed so the teacher can respond to questions promptly. 

Signals—use hand signals such as thumb up for “yes” and thumb down for “no”. 

OMS teachers are now asking students for feedback via Google Forms and Meet to discuss how digital learning is going for them. Teachers are seeking feedback in terms of length of assignments and difficulty. This information is quite helpful to each teacher as we try to provide the best online experiences for our students. As students are progressing with remote learning, practice with the online learning platform is making the process much more comfortable and efficient. 

Students utilizing the packet drop off and pick up may do so from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays, with the exception of the Thursday before Good Friday. We will still keep the same hours this Thursday, April 9, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The front doors to the Orion Middle School entrance will be open during that time to allow students to pick up and drop off work. The new packets will be placed on top of the folders. We ask that all work to be turned in, be placed inside of the folders next to their teacher’s name. 

We miss all of you! Our supportive thoughts are with all of our families during this difficult time. Stay safe! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson Orion Middle School Principal







March 29, 2020 

Dear OMS Parents: 

I want you to know that our Orion Middle School teachers are working hard to provide valuable learning opportunities for our students. This online learning environment is new to a lot of us; however, we are eager to learn and expect to grow professionally from this experience. Embracing the digital age as teachers, affords our students to opportunity to grow and learn in this environment as well. A successful online student should possess the following qualities: 

Be self-motivated and self-disciplined 

Be willing to “speak up” if problems arise—notify your teacher of any issues 

Be willing to commit to 30 minutes of work per subject and log in daily (fill out attendance form daily) 

Be able to use the technology in a responsible and safe manner 

The following technology news may assist you and your student: 

Any technology questions can be answered via email by contacting helpdesk@orionschools.us, office phone is 309-526-3388, Ext. 1513 for Kyle and Ext. 1517 for Calvin (If you need a Chromebook checked out, please contact IT) 

Additional WiFi units have been installed to transmit into the main parking lots of all the school buildings. The WiFi SSID for each parking lot is 

o Grade School: CRH-Free o Middle School: OMS-Free o High School: OHS-Free 

The following recommendations for grading are in place at OMS: 

Grades are given “pass” or “incomplete”. 

Students are given the opportunity to make up content 

Grading as feedback and communication to support learning 

We look forward to providing online learning experiences for our students. Our partnership in supporting the success of your student(s) is invaluable. We encourage you to ask questions about their E-Learning and to reach out to teachers and myself with any issues or questions that arise. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson -Orion Middle School Principal 







EVENTS

posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:55 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated May 4, 2020, 7:57 AM by D’Carla Meisenburg ]

May 26th-May 29th Curbside pickup:  Please email dmeisenburg@orionschools.us to set up a time to pick up locker items & turn in books/chromebooks


 














































 




INFORMATION

posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:54 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 10:50 AM by D’Carla Meisenburg ]

Middle School 8to18

NOW AVAILABLE!!

Complete schedules for Orion Middle School events can be found online at http://il.8to18.com/OrionMS






Orion Middle School

800 12th Avenue

Orion, IL  61273

309-526-3392 Phone

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2021 Washington, D.C. Trip

posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:53 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 8:17 AM by D’Carla Meisenburg ]

Trip Dates: 6/7/21-6/13/21
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