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 Orange Grove Middle School next year. 

Since feedback is the breakfast of champions and I recognize we can always do better, we are asking our families to take a short survey to help staff, myself, and your new principal serve you better.  The survey will remain open on our website for the next week and close on May 12th.  Please go to the survey by clicking on this link:

On April 28th, we recognized our volunteers at our last FFO meeting for the year, and I'd like to once again take a moment to more publicly thank the individuals whose partnership supported our successful 16/17 School Year. 

Linda Gee, is leaving our Executive Board and she has served on the executive board for the past six years helping to change the way money has been raised for student and staff initiatives.  We thank her for helping us kick off the 100% Panther Pride Direct Giving Campaign.  Taking on the role of supporting our Direct Donation Campaign for next year will be Blythe Edmonson.  Next, we wish Cindee Reynolds the best as she too leaves the board.  Her service on the executive board spanned the past three years.  Mrs. Reynolds has kept us moving forward with a balanced budget and her fiscal responsibility and guidance has been appreciated.   We welcome Becky Swift who will take over the position of treasure.  Finally, Galena Robinson will remain on the board as the Past President while Gina Mehmert assumes the role of President. Galenas countless hours of service and dedication to the role she filled this year helped to further facilitate a great year.  Additionally, we acknowledge Anne Gruber for her role on Grants and Jessica Brandt as Secretary.  Both women will continue on the board and their commitment to the work is noted.  I thank the women noted for their impeccable organizational skills, patience and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it took to get the job done.  

I would be remiss if I did not recognize the numerous school volunteers and committee chairs who further helped us make a difference this year. 

Hats off to our volunteers: These folks helped make our work better.

Jami Benson                  Alison Manning
Heather Blakely            Ken Mars
Patrice Brown               Tanya Martin
Gail Bullock                 Christine Martz
Martin Brandt               Juliet McKenna
Nonda Chomokos         Annette Montenosa
Tracy Decker                Lyn Nelson
Janna Dunagan             Shirley Parks
Kelli Eastburn              
Christie Fell                 Susan Proebsting
Diane Freshwater        Peera Rhiew
Cindy Gandy               Julia Rincon
Holly Garland              Bianca Rowley
Peter Gavin                 Jeff Saffer
Shawna Gibney           Megha Shah
April Golden               Eve Sierminska
Becky Harper              Darlene Sprigg
Kristi Henness             Rebecca Stempel
Amy Hernandez          Becky Swift
Xiaping Holiday          Karen Tam
Lissa Holmes               Kristi Tedesco
Amy Hornfeck            Jennifer Toole
Ana James                   Nick Vargas
Elizabeth King            Deb Walshaw
Ashleigh Kruk            Steve Weeks
Michael Kruk              Heidi Williams
Nancy Loose               Laura Wittman
Lisa Mahar                 Monique Yamasaki

Applause to our FFO Committee Heads for their endless hours of support:

Promotion -  Shawna Melnick, Kate Schwartz (cookie reception), Amanda Saffer (Dance), Luncheon (Patricia Mahan Shaffer)
Book Fair - Lisa Yurkanin
Bus Driver Appreciation – Galena Robinson

Color Run - Galena Robinson and Janna Dunagan
Dine-Outs - Kelley Helfand
Family Support - Anne Gruber
Foundation - Patricia Shaffer
Hospitality – Olivia Sethi
PE Uniforms - Monisha Patel
Picture Retakes -   Becky Swift
Staff Appreciation -  Blythe Edmondson
Student Action Committee -  Amy Bhola

If we missed anyone, please know your service was appreciated. It has been a pleasure being the principal at OGMS!  Have a wonderful May and a terrific summer; your partnership does make a difference for all of us.

Susan Rosenthal     

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