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Keeping You in the Loop

Keeping you in the loop at Orange Grove

Big thanks!
The Holiday SAC Project was a huge success!  OGMS students collected and sorted over 2,100 items for The Community Food Bank. Thank you to all who participated by donating, sorting, or allowing your child to stay after school to help.  Special thanks to Amy Bhola, Amy Hernandez, Nancy Loose for organizing the project.  It was another fantastic service project and expression of Panther Pride! Stay tuned for next Student Action Committee (SAC) project coming soon.

Attention 8th Grade Parents
It is time to start thinking about your son or daughter moving on to high school next year?  CFHS is hosting an Open House: January 25, 5:30 p.m. Course & Club Fair (Cafeteria), 6:30 p.m. School Presentation (Auditorium). This event is intended for parents and students. In addition, to help ease your mind about the transition from OGMS to high school, Susan Rosenthal is hosting an 8th grade parent coffee on Thursday, January 26th from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. in the library.  You should be receiving an invitation in the mail, but put this date on your calendar and stay for the FFO meeting afterward if your schedule allows. 

Dine-Out at Sauce!
Our next dine-out is next Tuesday, January 17th at Sauce on Oracle and Ina.  Sauce has been generous enough to donate 15% of purchases made ALL DAY—just mention you are there to support Orange Grove Middle School, no flyer needed.  Sauce is open from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. for dine-in or take-out. 

Color Run!
Orange Grove is hosting a Color-A-Thon 2-mile fun run/walk on Feb 3rd, 2017 3:30-5:30 p.m.!  This will be a fantastic fun-raising and fundraising event for our school in which your whole family can participate!  Entrance fees are $30, and for parties of 2 or more $25 each (there are other fun items to purchase). Register before Jan 20th to ensure you receive a Color Run t-shirt and a color pack with your ticket price.  The day of the event we’ll have a Color Blast Party with a DJ and food truck to add to the fun. Register now!!

Volunteers needed for lunch duty
It is a new semester and we are in need of volunteers for lunch duty.  This is a simple but important job; there are so many students on campus that the staff needs a helping hand to keep everything in order during the lunch periods.  All that is required is that you ask students to be respectful, throw their trash away, push in their chairs and wait in line without cutting. This is an excellent way to help our teachers and staff get a lunch break or help in other areas of the campus. If you can help, sign up at the following link:  Thanks!

Upcoming events
-Mon Jan 16th No School MLK day (no late start Wed Jan 18th)
-Tues January 17th Dine-Out at Sauce on Oracle and Ina, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
-Wed January 25th Future Falcon Open House at CFHS at 5:30-8:00 p.m. Parents and Students
-Thurs January 26th, 8th grade parent meeting 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. in the library
-Thurs January 26th FFO Meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the library
-Tues January 31st Panther Pride Land Day / Fly-Up Day (5th graders visit OGMS; 8th graders visit CFHS)
-Fri Feb 3rd Color Run check-in begins at 3:30 on softball field, run will begin at 4:15.
-Wed Feb 15th Open House for incoming 6th grade parents at 6:00 p.m. in the MPR
-Thurs Mar 2nd -8th Grade Portraits-photos will only be taken of students who turn in an order form.

Thank you for all that you do for our school!

Galena Robinson, FFO President,  

Dine Out at Sauce 1/17

We are all set for a dine out at Sauce at Ina & Oracle on January 17th. The hours run the entire day, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.mTake out orders are included. The OGMS FFO earns 15% of the sales and no flyer is necessary. Just mention that you are with Orange Grove when you order for us to get credit.  Thanks!!

Counselor's Corner

Counselor’s Corner
January Edition

Skype, Minecraft, Instagram,, YouTube channels, Facebook, Snapchat, can we ever keep up? With the conveniences of technology also come the frightful unknowns. Our children are no longer writing notes and passing them, or calling each other on the phone to ask for a sleepover. They are snapchatting and texting to say, “What’s up?” They are posting YouTube videos to shout out to their friends, tell their life stories, or find a date. As the world of technology evolves, so must we, to play along in the game and ensure our children are making choices that will support their bright futures.

  • The statistics are clear. According to The Child’s Study Center (, the total amount of media use by youth ages 8 to 18 averages 6-plus hours a day—more than any other activity. Fifty-four percent of teens send text
  • messages, and one third of teens send more than 100 text messages per
  • day. One third talk face-to-face with friends, around the same
  • percentage that talk on cell phones (38 percent) and landlines (30
  • percent). Additionally, in June 2011 Consumer Reports estimated that about 7.5 million people who use Facebook are younger than 13. These statistics are crucial in understanding the importance of monitoring what our children are doing online. The study concluded that participation for long periods of time can have a negative effect on basic cognitive processes. Overuse can have a negative impact on attention skills and the content of the information can have an effect on emotions and behavior. This helps us to reason that it is undoubtedly essential that we are constantly monitoring what our children are doing online.

Here are some tips from The Child’s Study Center for how you can help to prevent the negative consequences of social media:
---Become savvy with the social media outlets (ask your children, the true experts)
---Join social media sites and “friend” your children
---Set limits
---Get your children’s passwords
---Do not let your children have their devices in their bedroom, especially overnight
---Force students to “play” without the use of their devices
---Talk about what is and isn’t appropriate and monitor what your child is looking at (watch the videos they view, check out their friends’ pages, follow them on instagram)

We want our children to feel involved and evolve with the ever-changing world of technology, but we need your help in ensuring everyone’s safety and ability to experience academic success. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Brannen or Mrs. Altman. Remember, our anonymous tip line is also available at 209-8299.

To learn more about the pros/cons, and for tips visit:

Families are Invited to RSVP for the Cultural Luncheon

      You Are Invited to Attend

OGMS Cultural Luncheon
A Celebration of Diversity

January 26, 2017

Share a very special event and dine with your child during their regular lunch period.  We will feature delicious cultural delicacies highlighting the cuisine of Germany, India and Vietnam!  This event will showcase the talents of our visual and performing arts program.

Our Menu includes:
Schweinenbraten (roast pork with caraway and mustard) with Sauerkraut and Rice
Tandoori Chicken with vegetable brown rice
Bahn Mi sandwich (seasoned turkey filling. topped with Asian slaw, cucumber slices, cilantro, sliced onion and jalepenos) with vegetable brown rice
Cinnamon apples

Parents, please RSVP by Friday January 20th to 209-8201
(Students do not need an RSVP for this special luncheon celebration.)

First Lunch:  11:17 a.m.                  Second Lunch 12:07 p.m.

Sign Up for the Color Run

How to Access the Quarter 2 Report Card

Open Enrollment Application Deadline 1/31/17

Tours for Prospective Families

General School Tours and Open Enrollment

We continue to hold general school tours for any prospective families who are considering attendance or open enrollment to Orange Grove Middle School for the 2017/18 School Year. These opportunities will be held every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., Anyone interested in visiting OGMS should RSVP to Anne Morgan at 209-8202.

We also have a virtual tour on our website:

News from English Language Arts

What's new in English Language Arts?

The English Department is continuing to focus on the Arizona Career and College Readiness Standards.  

What does this look like?  

Students will be:
      Reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction
      Paying attention to text complexity and Lexile scores
      Citing textual evidence
      Reading independently and responding to assigned prompts
      Listening to arguments and distinguishing validity
      Writing in a variety of genres at all grade levels
      Developing critical thinking skills through questioning 
      Creating a variety of technology-based products
      Expanding their learning through Deep Learning Proficiencies (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Systems Thinking, Communication)

Friendly reminders from the English Department:

Encourage students to:
      Check StudentVue and be responsible for missing work
      Read and write daily
      Check teacher websites
      Monitor and follow through on goals which have been set for 3rd quarter

What questions can you be asking?

For 6th grade:
      What is a thesis statement and why is it important?
      What does the PIE acronym stand for when writing an essay?
      How do the events of the past influence our world today?

For 7th grade:
      How can poetry help us express our ideas and emotions?
      What goes into a well-constructed paragraph?
                                      ●      What does it mean to construct support?
For 8th grade:
      How can you use systems thinking to analyze a story?
      What are the elements of an effective presentation?

      How is textual evidence used to support an analysis?

Spanish Immersion Program

CFSD Chinese Immersion Program

Kindergarten Show and Tell

CFSD Resident Registration for 2017/18 School Year

Online Registration for resident families began on January 12, 2017.  The link to Online Registration is available
through the “Register for School” button on the district and school websites. We respectfully request that you complete the registration process as soon as possible to ensure that the district has accurate enrollment numbers to plan for the next school year.

Current Open Enrollment families may not register students at this time. You will be notified by the Superintendent if your student has been accepted to a CFSD school through the Open Enrollment Program, and you will receive instructions about registering your student(s).

Mark Your Calendar

Important Calendar Events for 2nd Semester

Our new semester is underway and we ask that you mark your calendar for the following exciting upcoming events that further support students and families coming together to celebrate culture, learning, and transitions.

Jan. 25th 8th grade parents and students invited to tour the CFHS 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 26th 8th grade Parent Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. in the OGMS Library to have your questions about transitioning to CFHS answered.
Jan. 26th Cultural Luncheon –See RSVP Insert and the flyer that went home today.
Jan. 31st 8th graders visit CFHS and 5th graders from MZ/SDS visit OGMS
Feb. 3rd CFHS counselors pick up 8th grade course selection
Feb. 3rd Color Run 3:30 p.m. check in, 4:15 p.m. run
Feb. 15th Open House for future 6th Grade Parents 6:00 p.m. MPR
Feb. 23rd – 24th Rodeo Break
March 9th - ABODA Festival for 7th and 8th grade band students
March 16th - Student Council Sponsored Dance 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
March 16th and 17th Student Led Conferences
April 3rd -7th Spring Break
April 13th/14th and then the 17th/18th/19th -AZ Merit Testing Schedule
May 10th - Choir Concert 7:00 p.m. MPR
May 16th - 6th/7th grade Band Concert 7:00 p.m. MPR
May 18th - 8th grade Band Concert 7:00 p.m. MPR
May 23rd  8th Grade Promotion and Dance

May 24th Last Day of School
May 26th -  Report Cards Available for Printing from ParentVUE