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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Teachers of the Year Announced!

School Schedule Next Week

School Schedule Next week:

Monday, February 20th – Regular School Day
Tuesday, February 21st – Regular School Day
Wednesday, February 22nd – No Late Start School starts at 7:30 a.m.                                    

Thursday, February 23rd – Rodeo Break – No School
 Friday, February 24th – Rodeo Break – No School

Monday, February 6, 2017

Principal's Message

February is here and we have a busy month ahead as we invite 5th grade families from our elementary feeder schools to join us for transition meetings, and we meet with our 8th grade parents to share promotion happenings. We are excited for these two upcoming events.

As we finished the month of January and closed out our theme of goal setting we have moved forward with our new theme, Digital Citizenship. This new theme supports students remembering that when using technology there is an expected etiquette that should be followed before pushing send. Ask your child to share throughout the month what he/she is learning about being a good digital citizen.

We continue working to support our Site Improvement Plan through our professional development teams at OGMS. We have staff creating Problem Based Learning units for your child(ren), we have Systems Thinking Tools being woven into lessons, we have students (with the support of their instructors) creating Growth Mindset messaging for morning announcements, we have students improving their communication skills by applying new communication tools (Padlet/WeVideo/iMovie and other tools) which support the Communication Deep Learning Proficiency Rubric, we have our 8th grade math staff working on computational fluency and soon I will be working with Site Council members and our CTI to revise our parent survey to learn if we are helping you, our parents, know what tools you have available to better understand your child’s academics.

To see how we are doing with a few of the above goals, ask your student about what Systems Tools she has learned about and in what contents has she applied those tools. You may hear replies like, "I learned about connection circles and behavior over time graphs in English, Science and Social Studies". Ask your child what strategies he has learned to change someone’s fixed mindset? Finally, ask your child to share something she has done with one of the communication tools like iMovie, Padlet or WeVideo?

Looking forward to a great month ahead.

Susan Rosenthal

Student Council Sock Drive


The OGMS Student Council is sponsoring a sock drive to benefit Youth On Their Own during the week of 2/6 - 2/10. They are asking students to bring in new socks for children ages 10 - 17. Student Council's goal is that each first period class collect the same number of socks as they have students in the classroom.

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth from 6th grade through 22 years old in Pima County. Since 1986 over 16,000 homeless and compromised students have been encouraged to stay in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency. When talking to Youth On Their Own, they mentioned that their most needed item was SOCKS! Your student bringing in one pair of socks can make a huge difference, if every person in our whole school brings in one pair of socks we will have over 700 pair of socks!

Thanks, and don’t forget, one pair of socks makes a difference!

Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar for These Events:

February 6-10   Student Council Sock Drive
February 6        Elective Forms given to 6th and 7th graders, Due back 2/22
February  9       3:00 p.m. 5th grade band students visit OGMS
                         7:00 p.m. 8th grade Choir Concert
February 10      Mid Quarter Progress Reports
February 15      6:00 p.m. Open House for Incoming 6th Grade Parents
February 16      7:45 a.m. 8th grade Parent Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. FFO meeting
February 17      Math Counts Competition
February 21      7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Band Concert at CFHS
February 22      No Late Start, School starts at 7:30 a.m.
                          Elective Forms for Next School year due from 6th & 7th graders
February 23-24  Rodeo Break
February 28      7:00 p.m. 6th Grade Band Concert at OGMS
March 1            7:00 p.m. 7th Grade Band Concert at CFHS
March 2            8th Grade Portraits for those who paid
March 9            ABODA Festival for Band students at Sabino
March 12          Teacher of the Year breakfast 10:00 a.m. Westward Look Resort
March 16-17     Student Led Conferences - 1/2 day of school, conferences in the afternoon
March 13-17     Scholastic Book Fair
March 16          3:00 - 5:00 p.m. School Dance in MPR - student ID needed for admission

Friday, February 3, 2017

Keeping You in the Loop

Keeping you in the loop at Orange Grove

Color Run
Don’t miss our 2nd annual Color Fun Run!  The 2.0 mile fun run/walk happens today, Friday Feb. 3rd at OGMS on the softball field (3:30 check-in, 4:15 run).  There will be blasts of color, a D.J. with great music, a food truck and a ton of fun for the whole family!  Students should be accompanied by an adult and there is no after school supervision available. Sunglasses are encouraged as eye protection, wear some from home or we have some for $4 (preorder at link, or leftovers will be available for purchase at run). Thank you to all who have registered so far. It’s not too late!  To register for the run, go to the following website (late registration will not receive a shirt):

8th Grade Promotion
Planning for 8th Grade Promotion is already underway, and 8th grade parents are invited to attend an informational meeting about promotion on Thursday, February 16th at 7:45 a.m. in the library.  Susan Rosenthal will talk about the promotion celebrations, tickets, dress code, and address any questions you might have.  The FFO has a wonderful promotion planned for your student and is suggesting a $10 donation from each 8th grader. These donations will cover the ceremony, cookie reception, 8th grade dance, and lunch on the last day of school. You can make your donation from your intouch account or in the front office.

Volunteer Opportunities
-8th Grade Promotion activities include the actual ceremony, a cookie reception, a student dance, and a luncheon on the last day of school.  We need help to put these activities together, so if you are interested in finding out how you can be involved, please email me at Thanks!
-We can always use help during lunch!  If you can lend a hand during one or both lunch periods on any given day, or on a regular basis, please go to the following website to sign up:
-If you’ve ever considered an executive board or committee chairperson position and want to know what’s involved, please send me an email at  I’d love to hear from you!
-Maybe you cannot give your time but would still like to help. We are always in need of supplies at school. Current top needs are kleenex, colored paper, and nut free snacks for the nurse’s office.

Shop and Earn Cash for OGMS
Do you shop at AJ’s, Bashas’ or Food City?  If so, you should consider buying a Bashas’ Community Rewards Card.  The cards act as reloadable gift cards that you can use to purchase groceries at any of the Bashas’, AJ’s, or Food City stores.  You can purchase a $10 Bashas’ card (pre-loaded with $10) in the front office.  OGMS receives 6% back on every card purchase and then each time you reload your card. 

Upcoming events
-Color Fun Run – Feb 3rd at 4:15 p.m., late registration/check in begins at 3:30 p.m.
-Incoming 6th grader parent meeting Feb 15th 6 p.m. in the MPR at OGMS.
-FFO Meeting - Thursday, February 16th at 8:30 a.m. in the library, 8th grade meeting at 7:45 a.m.
-8th Grade Portraits with Britta Van Vranken– Thursday, March 2nd from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Photos will only be taken of students who turn in an order form.
-Spring Book Fair – March 13th – March 17th
-Student Led Conferences – March 16th and 17th

Thank you for all that you do for our school!  Galena Robinson, FFO President,  

Counselor's Corner

Counselor’s Corner
February Edition

Rolling into the second semester,  it is essential to recognize the importance of regular attendance. According to, “The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It's difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.” Additionally, at OGMS we truly feel each child plays a crucial role in setting the dynamic of individual classrooms and without each piece of the puzzle here at school, on task, and on time, it makes it difficult for the completion of topics, projects, and activities to occur.

Pointers for the morning:
-Set up a routine with exact times outlined for all morning needs and stick to it.
-Have breakfast pre-planned (to eat at home or school) or utilize our breakfast options at OGMS.
-The night before put all items needed for the next day out and/or by the door (book bag, lunch, outfits, after school items, instrument, etc).
-Get plenty of sleep so that waking up is not such a chore. Teenagers should get at least 9 hours of sleep each night!

Your child’s counselor is also available to help establish routines, talk about success strategies, or assist with social/emotional needs that may be getting in the way of regular punctuality or attendance. Please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Brannen (6th) or Mrs. Altman (7th/8th) should you need any assistance.

OGMS information/reminders:
Ask your child to share about their first period attendance goal.

Reminder: ALL tardies will be marked unexcused unless a phone call is received from the parent/guardian regarding the tardy or the student is signed in at the front desk.

Read more about how your child’s attendance affects dropout rate, behavior, and school budget at
Hear why attendance matters and find additional resources at

Update on Linda Lorimer, School Nurse

Dear O.G.M.S. Families and Friends:

Due to ongoing health concerns, Mrs. Lorimer, our school nurse, will not be returning to Orange Grove Middle School for the remainder of this year.  She has also indicated that she will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. 

Mrs. Lorimer has been a School Nurse in Catalina Foothills School District since 1995, having worked at Ventana Vista Elementary, Canyon View Elementary, Esperero Canyon Middle School, and since 2004, at Orange Grove Middle School.  She had an extremely rewarding and diverse Nursing career.  In her words, “It has been a privilege to work with and care for the children/students in Catalina Foothills School District, especially the Orange Grove family of students.”

We wish Mrs. Lorimer well on her recovery.  We will be hiring a replacement for Mrs. Lorimer and will keep you informed about that process.  In the meantime, we have two qualified substitute nurses, Allison Holmes and Lyndee Jones, who will continue to provide excellent medical attention to your child.  We know you join us in sending Mrs. Lorimer our best.


Susan Rosenthal

Parking Lot Safety

There have been a few fender benders in the OGMS parking lot, caused when drivers pull through parking spaces entering or exiting.  We are concerned about your safety, but more importantly about our students' safety.  Please slow down, please leave a few minutes earlier to support your child not rushing out of your car, and do not block accessible parking.

In the aisles that have spaces facing each other, please back out of the space instead of pulling forward.

We all want to support student safety and we thank you for having a sense of humor as you drive through our lot and support our kids/your kids being safe.

For additional safety, please remember as you are driving through neighborhoods to observe speed limits to support the safety of students who are walking or biking to school.  Of particular concern are East Chula Vista Road, North Camino Padre Isidoro and East Camino La Zorella.  

News from the Math Department

Math 6 started the year with a ratio and proportion unit. We then focused on multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting decimals and fractions. In second semester, we will use these skills in
expressions and equations, geometry and statistics. In May, the students will put their creative and innovative thinking skills to work and create original programs in Scratch. Throughout all of our math units, we use the 8 mathematical practices especially when we look at the relationship between math in the classroom and the real world.

6 PLUS - During the spring semester, we enter the exciting world of Algebraic expressions and equations. We will learn to write function rules and write inequalities to represent real-world situations. We will also explore Geometric concepts of area, volume and surface area.

Math 7 started off with a unit on Ratios & Proportional reasoning. We will explore number relationships and how factors and multiples, fractions, decimals and percentages all show these relationships. In the fall, we explored operations with rational numbers, including negative integers, fractions and decimal quantities. In the spring, we will expand knowledge of Geometry and we will analyze data in our Statistics and Probability unit. Math 7 also features explorations of equations and expressions and a practical unit on consumer math. We emphasize the Mathematical Practices, eight essential skills that will build students' ability to solve problems and communicate their mathematical understanding.  

7 Accelerated - Algebraic expressions, multi-step equations and an exploration of many representations of functions are primary focuses of our spring semester. We will also learn about congruency and similarity in geometric figures. We will end the year with an investigation of statistics and probability.

Math 8 is in its fifth year of implementation of the state standards for College and Career Readiness. Students take their previous knowledge of fractions, and learn that they are part of a set of numbers called rational numbers. They learn that there are other numbers called irrational, which make up the set of real numbers. A good part of the year will be devoted to relations between sets of numbers, especially functions. Math 8 focuses on the linear equation, and the use of slope to describe a rate of change.  Students are asked to use critical thinking skills, as they develop their ability to think, speak, and write about their knowledge of mathematics.

Algebra is being offered as a high school credit and is taught here at the middle school. Students are building on their previous knowledge of functions as they master new ways to study patterns and write equations for lines. The focus of first semester of Algebra 1 was the Linear Equation, with second semester promising exponential, polynomial and quadratic functions. During the second semester, ask your child to describe nonlinear relations, as well as the use of statistics in studying patterns.

AJ's Fine Foods Request


It has come to our attention from AJ's management that some students are walking to AJ's Fine Foods after school and/or being dropped off there late start Wednesdays and that they are unsupervised.  It was noted that our students are not being as respectful and responsible as we would all hope they would be.  We have put reminders in our morning announcements to help students remember to show their Panther Pride and do the right thing even when not on our campus.  Your partnership to support our students not running through AJs, being thoughtful of customers shopping, and of course always being respectful will help compliment our messaging at school and support our students making good decisions when at La Encantada.

Thank you!

In District Parents: Register now for SY 17/18

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 CFSD and OGMS 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 OGMS through the Open Enrollment Program, and you will receive instructions about registering your student(s) at that time.

Keep Germs at Bay!

With Flu season upon us, we ask that you remind your kids to wash their hands at school.  This will go a long way to keep them and other students healthy.  Thanks!

Fun with Football

Go Hiking or Caving in Tucson over Rodeo Break with CS

You're Invited to the CFSDF Teacher of the Year Celebration