OMS students participated in a variety of events today during their annual Field Day. Students competed in games such as Long Toss, Water Balloon Toss, Three-Legged Race, and an 8 person relay race to cap off the day.
Is your student missing something? Do they know to check lost and found? Now is a great time to check. We have jackets, sweatshirts, hats , lunch boxes and more. All items left after Wednesday will be donated.
Congratulations to the state qualifying 7th Grade Boys Track 4x400 team of Kaleb Jacobs, Kadyn Wilcox, Jimmy Lollar, Chase Byrne, and Owen Berlin (alternate). Good luck this weekend!
8th graders are working hard on their summatives for Romeo and Juliet. They are organizing the sequence of events and determining cause and effects from the play.
Current Olympia 5th graders from all three buildings visited OMS to better understand what to expect in middle school. The class of 2029 went on a tour of the building, visited 6th grade classrooms, and had an opportunity to meet with OMS student leaders to learn about life at OMS. We are excited to welcome these students in August!
On Sunday May 15th Olympia held it's annual Hall of Fame/Senior Recognition banquet. The Hall of Fame classes of 2020 and 2022 were official inducted and the graduating seniors who participated in activities were recognized. The Hall of Fame Class of 2020 included the Loeffler Family, Kari (Larking) Klein, Jerry Webb, David Mauer and John Neisler. The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 included Bryan Hoffman, Mike Neisler, Matt Frahm, the 1998 Contest Play and the 2009 Boys Basketball Team.
On Thursday, May 19th the OMS Student Council is excited to offer an afternoon of activities for students and staff! From 3:30-5:30, students and staff can sign-up to participate in a 45 minute outdoor yoga class taught by The Yoga Lab out of Bloomington, followed by snacks and a choice between kickball, wiffle ball, a movie, or karaoke. Get signed-up in your Advisory's Google Classroom by Monday, May 16th to participate! See Mrs. Hembra with any questions. Hope to see you there, Spartans!
Today is National School Nurse Day. At OHMS, we are so thankful for Nurse Pfeffer and Nurse Witzig!
Thank You School Lunch Heroes!
Today we recognize the amazing School Lunch Heroes of who hustle every day to feed our students tasty, breakfast and lunch meals. It takes creativity, skill, and passion for feeding kids to do what you guys do - and you guys rock at it!
Signing up for accounts on the web can be as simple as clicking one button. But if that website or service does not have a written data privacy agreement with Olympia, you may be giving away your personal information with a single click! Parents, talk to your kids about where they have created accounts. Remind them that the Student Acceptable Use Policy for Olympia states that they will not create an account with their district email address unless directed to do so by a teacher. By working together as a community we can drastically reduce the amount of data that we unnecessarily share with companies who look to sell that data to advertisers. #StrongerTogether
See more at https://www.olympia.org/page/student-data-privacy
OMS had the opportunity to team up with OHS for our first annual “The Great Spartan Changeover: 8th Grade Transition Day''. The 8th graders visited OHS classrooms, played a Kahoot where they got to know OHS Teachers/Staff, competed in a scavenger hunt, participated in an activity with OHS student leaders, learned about how they can experience success in high school, and went on a tour of the school. Thank you to everyone who helped make this transition experience meaningful for our students!
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"It's complicated" can describe many of our relationships with others, both romantic and otherwise. Add digital devices and social media to the mix, and things get complicated even further. Help students take the first step toward building healthy and rewarding friendships and romantic relationships, both online and off.
Students listen to other teens' thoughts and feelings about having and maintaining boundaries in friendships online, in a world of being constantly connected.
Washington DC 2022
Parents and kids going to DC we are going to have a info
meeting. If you can't make it that's ok. Just let Ms Williams know so she can get you the information.
Develop Their Instincts
Help kids learn to trust their guts so they can suss out creepy, risky, or otherwise unsafe online situations. Playact a few scenarios: What if someone asks to take a conversation private? What if someone asks for your phone number? What if someone invites you to a private chat room? Be aware that some kids (even "good" kids) will explore iffy stuff online out of curiosity. But the minute they feel uncomfortable, they need to shut things down.
Sexting and Relationships
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It's natural for teens to be curious about their emerging sexuality. But most children aren't prepared for the risks of exploring this in the digital age. Help your kids think critically about self-disclosure in relationships and practice how they'd respond to a situation where sexting -- or a request for sexting -- might happen.
In this video, kids can hear other teens' honest -- and sometimes frank -- thoughts about the pressures and risks that come with sexting, then consider how they might react in similar situations.
Check out these Mathematicians writing equations from word problems and then solving for the variable!
Empathize with the Pressure to Overshare
Tweens and teens might feel pushed into sharing a sexy photo for different reasons: a dare, fear of damaging a relationship, or just because "everyone else is doing it." But this one is nonnegotiable. Tell them that you understand how bad it can feel to disappoint a friend. Then help them imagine how much worse it would feel if a private picture were shared with their whole school.
My Social Media Life
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For most middle schoolers, being on social media can mean connecting with friends, sharing pictures, and keeping up-to-date. But it can also mean big-time distractions, social pressures, and more. Help your kids navigate the different feelings they may already be experiencing on social media.
In this video, kids hear what other teens have to say about using social media to connect with friends, consider the complications and distractions that can happen, and think critically about how social media affects their own relationships.
Learn About Their Worlds
Teens have unique communication styles, especially online. As much as possible, keep an eye on what they're saying and doing online to understand the norm in their worlds. Don't police everything they say, but keep an ear out for aggressive trash-talking, hate speech, rude images, or anything hurtful. If you see stuff that crosses the line, speak up. Kids need to understand that their words have consequences.