Showing posts from May, 2017

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…

Mark Your Calendar

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 …

What Happens to the Money Left on my Child's Lunch Card?

You may be wondering what happens with the monies left on your student’s lunch card at the end of the school year.
·If they are continuing at OGMS next year, the monies will be there for them in August.

·If they are going to CFHS, the monies will follow them there.

·If they are leaving the Catalina Foothills School District AND there is a balance of more than $15, then we will refund the balance.Please notify the OGMS front office if this is the case for you.
To find out what the balance is in your child’s lunch account, go to the OGMS website and the InTouch tab.Log into InTouch using your child’s id number and their last name with the first letter of the last name capitalized.

If there is a negative balance in your child’s lunch account, please make a payment on InTouch or in the OGMS front office.

Final Promotion Reminder

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians:
On May 22nd and May 23rd, we will practice for promotion.I will be encouraging students to think of the practice as their final middle school performance.It will be an opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to present themselves as a group as well as to be recognized both as individuals and as a class.The students will be working together to set a tone for the ceremony where every student is recognized and celebrated.
A reminder that your 8th grader should be appropriately dressed with the boys wearing collared shirts and slacks and the girls wearing dresses that meet dress code standards.
Again, I look forward to the remainder of the semester and to seeing all of you on May 23rd.The promotion ceremony begins promptly at 6:30p.m.Students should arrive on campus by 6:10 p.m. in order to line up.Because we expect a large audience, remember to have your tickets ready to enter the MPR.Because we have limited seating capacity, we are recommendin…

Counselor's Corner

Counselor’s Corner

May Edition
We hope this has been a year of learning and growth for all of our students. Don’t let the summer months hold you back from continuing this learning and discovering as a family. In fact, Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” The desert offers an amazing playground for you to enjoy. Escape the summer heat by finding water in Tucson at Sabino Canyon, Catalina State Park, Madera Canyon, or Aravaipa Canyon; head up to Mt. Lemmon to enjoy the Butterfly Trail or Rose Canyon Lake; travel to the various splash pads, water parks, or pools; spend time inside learning a new card or board game; go on a Tuscon scavenger hunt finding the old neon signs, museums, medusa Saguaros, or downtown to take a ride on the trolley!   

Whatever it is you chose to spend time doing this summer, we hope you cherish the time together.

It has been a pleasure supporting all of our students this year.  Best of luck to our 8th graders as they begin high school in the…

OGMS Renovations to be Done this Summer

Exciting news....Orange Grove is getting a new look this summer through Bond Improvements.  A primary goal of the current Bond Improvements Program is to renovate the interiors and fields of our schools. As part of a multiphase plan, work at Orange Grove Middle School will commence after school is out. The work planned for this summer includes repainting of classroom walls, new flooring (i.e. carpet or vinyl tile) replacement and select ceiling and cabinet replacement, replacement of plumbing fixtures and small scale remodeling. An example of the remodel work includes moving an interior wall of the Band room to increase the room size.  Also, a ramp will be built in the multipurpose room to allow provide to the stage without using the stairs. 
Field improvements scheduled for this summer include replacement of the tennis/basketball court. In a subsequent summer, the playing fields will undergo new sprinkler systems, select sod placement and resurfacing of the track.  
Orange Grove Mid…

Asbestos Notification

Date:May 5, 2017

To all parents, faculty and staff of Orange Grove Middle School:

Orange Grove Middle School does not have any asbestos-containing building materials in its school buildings. However, CFSDis required to comply with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). AHERA rules regulate activities involving asbestos-containing materials in school buildings.An asbestos management plan detailing AHERA required information is available for review at the Catalina Foothills Facilities Office located at 4300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson,Arizona.

If you have any questions regarding asbestos-containing building materials you are encouraged to review the management plan or contact the Director of Facilities, Douglas L. Huie, at 209-8508.

SAC Sack Lunch Event a Huge Success!

Thank you to our generous Orange Grove families! Last Friday, April 28, over 60 dedicated students and 16 parents turned out to make sandwiches for Casa Maria Free Kitchen. With the food donated by our families, the students were able to make 874 sandwiches and pair them with the donated non-perishable items. It was a joy to see our students working together enthusiastically to help those in need. The student and parent turnout, along with the number of donations, has increased every year to the point where we will need more stations, supplies and bread to run more efficiently. What a great problem to have!

Casa Maria is Tucson's largest soup kitchen and has been operating since 1981. It is open every day of the year (with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving) from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.From a small downtown house run by volunteers, they serve hundreds of hungry men, women and children each day.

Math Placement Notice

During the last week of school math teachers will be sending home a
letter letting you know what math class your child has placed into for next school year.Please look for a letter in your child’s backpack; it includes an explanation of the types of assessments that have been given to determine this placement.  Please feel free to contact your child's math teacher if you have questions.

The CFSD Foundation Needs Your Support

Finish the Year Strong

Finish the Year Strong

Motivation has a way of decreasing as the outdoor temperature starts increasing, especially for middle schoolers.Your child may need more encouragement and structure as he copes with an increased number of projects, papers and tests during the final months of the school year.
To support your child:
·Make sure he has a set place for homework.You probably did this at the beginning of the year.Still, many families find that kids start to spread their work all over the house as the year goes on. ·Have him write down his homework schedule and post it where he can easily see it. ·Encourage him to make lists.He should list the assignments he needs to complete, the materials he needs for projects and the dates for upcoming tests. ·Offer to help.You should never do homework for your child, but you can help in other ways.For example, you could stop by the library on your lunch hour and pick up a book he needs.

Health Information Needed For Students Going to CFHS

The CFHS health office has asked us to pass this information onto parents of incoming 9th graders to CFHS.  They are asking that you download and complete the following Mandatory Health Information Emergency Contact forms and turn them into the OGMS front office by May 24, 2017.  

Click here to download the forms, print, complete and sign both pages. Additional Health Forms are available on the High School Health Services Web page.

Thank You Peer Tutors

In the article "Increase Student Engagement and Achievement with
Peer Tutors," April 2011, the results are clear that peer tutoring is an effective way to help motivate students and help them "learn how to learn" helping the tutor develop a stronger content knowledge and motivation as a result of their efforts with their peers.Peer tutors will be back in force next year and we are hoping that we can find other ways to have students feel engaged and lead.Look for opportunities through community schools, the Panther Den, and Wednesday mornings coming in the fall to engage your child with helping his/her peers.
Peer tutors this year were: Izzy Adams
Romit Banerjee
Leila Dahdal
Josie Decker
Sydney Loudermilk
Sarah Randall
Annika Revis
Ellie Robinson
Max Rubin-Toles
Sophie Sethi
Simone Gelety
Mac Glaesser
Emily Gruber
Naomi Holtzman
Nathan Kuo
Safia Manne
Maggie Proebsting
Noah Wellman
Alexandra Zega

We thank Mrs. Altman for her support of our Peer Tutoring program.