Showing posts from 2017

A Message from the Principal

Greetings! After a summer of busy renovation, it will be wonderful to have students back on campus.  A special welcome to our new sixth grade families from Manzanita, Sunrise Drive and other elementary schools, and to our new 7th and 8th graders!  The staff at Orange Grove Middle School extends a warm welcome to all new and returning families. Please contact us if we can do anything to support a smooth transition into the school year for your child.
Still have questions? The start of a school year is a special time, filled with anticipations and hopes of what the new year will bring.  Sixth graders and their parents will have an opportunity to have many of their questions answered at orientation. . To further support questions, please plan to attend our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 31st and our FFO parent coffees that occur prior to FFO meetings.   Back-to-School Night will help you meet your student’s teachers and to learn about the focus on learning in each subject area fo…

Dine Out at Chipotle - 8/17

The OGMS FFO's first Dine-Out event is Thursday, August 17th from 5-9 p.m.  This month it is at Chipotle on the southwest corner of Ina and Oracle Roads.  Chipotle will give our FFO 50% of the proceeds of purchases during these hours to customers who show the flyer below.  Please support OGMS and enjoy an evening dining together at Chipotle or taking it home to eat there.

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From the Front Office

Welcome back!  We hope you’ve had a terrific summer and are excited about returning to the 17/18  School Year.  Orange Grove office personnel are here to assist you and your student in experiencing a relaxed, enjoyable school year.  In order to accomplish this, we need your help.  The following are general guidelines we have established in order to have the office run efficiently and smoothly, with the least amount of interruptions in your student’s class/learning time.
To avoid interruption of class time for your student and others-we limit calls into the classroom.  Therefore, please make arrangements ahead of time for dental/doctor appointments or after school activities and advise your student before school.  Ofcourse, this can not always happen, and we understand.  Should you have to get a message to your student about an appointment, we will give them the message between class periods.  Please don’t text your child a message, because we do enforce that phones need to be off and i…

Keeping You in the Loop

Keeping you in the Loop at Orange Grove
I’m sure you will all agree that the summer flew by! Ready or not, here we go! It is a busy time for everyone and I hope you and your students transition back to school smoothly.
As parents at Orange Grove, you are all members of our Family Faculty Organization (FFO). We invite you to learn more about our group by attending the first meeting of the school year on August 24th at 8:30 a.m. in the school library. We realize that it isn’t possible for everyone to make these meetings, especially working parents, so we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop in other ways too. The FFO has a website and blog ( as well as a FaceBook page ( where you can learn about our fundraisers, the various opportunities to volunteer, and read the minutes from our meetings.
Wondering how you can become more involved with OGMS? Here are 3 ideas: 1.Give the gift of time: We're looking for more people who will b…

Girls Chorus Open House

Cub Scouting Opportunity

Sign up for Backpacking 101!

Let's go Caving!

Camp Out Over Fall Break!

Volunteer to Help at Pick-up and Unpack!

The OGMS FFO needs your help at Pick Up and Unpack!It takes a small army of volunteers to run this process efficiently, so please consider signing up for 1 or more shifts. To learn more and select a slot, please sign up on Sign Up Genius

The Boarder 5/9/17

Principal's Message

Dear Families,
It is hard to believe our year is drawing to an end.Once again I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with your child(ren) and so many of you who partnered with us to make Orange Grove a better place.I wish our families moving on the very best in the years ahead as you continue to support your child(ren).As I write my last post, please know it has been a sincere pleasure over my seven years at OGMS and thirty years in Catalina Foothills School District to teach, to learn from and to serve so many students, educators, and families who came across my career pathway. I leave Orange Grove Middle School filled with pride at the work that has been accomplished to make OGMS a place where the focus was on student learning and students embracing the importance of being respectful, responsible and kind. I leave knowing Mr. Rubin-Toles looks forward to the 17/18 SY with excitement, anticipation, and the new opportunities that await all those who will be attending Or…

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May 12                     Parent Survey Due
May 12                     All library materials due
May 18CogAT Testing Room 206 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
May 22                     Math Placement letters sent home with students May 238th grade Promotion MPR/Library 6:30 p.m. May 24Last Day of School - NO LATE START, Yearbooks                                                Distributed May 30- June 8Summer School at OGMS-by invitation May 30Community Schools Summer Classes start at CFHS

August 3Pick-up and Unpack 7th grade 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. August 4Pick-up and Unpack 6th grade 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. August 7Pick-up and Unpack 8th grade 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. August 96th grade Orientation 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. August 9Late Comer Pick-up and Unpack 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
August 10                First day of school

Keeping You in the Loop

Keeping you in the loop at Orange Grove
8th Grade Promotion is right around the corner 8th grade families, if you have not made your $10 promotion donation please do so today through InTouch or in the office. The committee chairs are working diligently to plan a wonderful 8th grade promotion for our students.The promotion ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. and is immediately followed by a cookie reception, and then an 8th grade student-only dance.The celebration wraps up with a special lunch for 8th graders on Wednesday, May 24th.If you’d like more information or want to volunteer see sign-ups below or contact Galena Robinson you!
-Cookie Reception:

-8th Grade Dance: 6th & 7th grade parents needed!
Order school supplies for next year now! Dread the back to school shopping trips?Feel rushed after your …