Principal's Corner

January 18, 2018 to 8th grade parents
Good Afternoon,

Yesterday our 8th grade students attended their Freshmen Seminar during sixth period. Kathy Kalua’u, High School Counseling Department Chair, addressed students and covered course information, schedule information and selection of courses. This Seminar is a precursor to the 9th grade scheduling process which will be taking place from the 22nd of January through the 25th during students' Social Studies sections. The Program Studies Guide for OMS is posted on our website under School Services/ Counseling Services and attached below. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call our Counseling Suite at 637-1863. We know that this is an exciting time in our 8th graders' lives and want to make this part of the process as positive as possible for all.

Thanks,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

2018 Program Studies Guide

January 9, 2018 to 8th grade parents
Good Afternoon,

I wanted to provide you with an important update and a new addition to this year’s 8th grade American History Trip. This year students attending the trip will be required to wear our new American History Trip T-shirts. Students will receive 4 different colored t-shirts for each day of the trip. The t-shirts are included in the price of the trip; so there is no additional cost to you. This way, we can easily identify our students and will ensure that everyone is comfortably dressed for the trip. T-shirts will be designed by our own eighth graders. Please encourage your child to participate in our T-Shirt Design Competition. We want students to show their OMS pride and talent in their original design! Four (4) winning designs will be selected based on: visually appealing graphics, creative application, school appropriateness, and shows off our OMS pride! Students have until January 29, 2018, to submit their entries to their Social Studies teacher. Requests for t-shirts sizes will be coming out soon. Click on the link below to see information on our T-Shirt Design Contest.

https://www.postermywall.com/index.php/poster/view/5e322a1d7206204507e7add54d666b3e

Please remember that January 29, 2018, is the due date for the second payment of the American History Trip. Checks should be made payable to OMS Extra Class. The deadline for Scholarship applications is January 26. Please contact Mrs. Kenny at 637-1865 in the Assistant Principal’s Office.

Have a great week,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

November 30, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

This message serves as a follow-up to the evacuation at Oliver Middle School today, Nov. 30. At approximately 12:00 pm the district called 911 after a bomb threat was brought to the attention of middle school administration. We immediately implemented our emergency procedures and evacuated Oliver Middle School students and staff to Brockport High School. Law enforcement conducted an investigation and eventually determined the building to be safe.
We realize the timing of the incident was challenging as it effected dismissal. The building will remain open until 6 p.m. tonight if you wish to stop by and pick up your child’s belongings. Teachers are aware that students may have left without their materials and will be flexible in terms of homework, projects and assessments that are due tomorrow.
Today’s evacuation went smoothly due to the many individuals, departments, schools and law enforcement who partnered together. We appreciate your understanding and partnership in keeping our students safe.
The safety and security of our students and staff remains a priority and all threats are taken seriously. Individuals who make threats will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the middle school administration team at (585) 637-1860 or (585) 637-1865..
Thank you,
Melody Martinez-Davis
Principal, Oliver Middle School

November 27, 2017

Dear OMS Families and Friends,

I hope that you are all able to enjoy the nice 60 degree temperature they are forecasting for tomorrow and mild temperatures for the rest of the week.

I wanted to take this opportunity and provide you with a few staffing updates. Please help me officially welcome Evelyn Rubenstein to our OMS family. Mrs. Rubenstein is subbing for Mrs. Kathie Prior, one of our French teachers. Mrs. Rubenstein will be with us until the New Year. Mrs. Prior is home helping her husband recover after surgery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Today, we welcome back Mrs. Deena Trapasso. Mrs. Trapasso is one of our English teachers on team Sigma. Mrs. Trapasso is returning after having her beautiful baby girl, Lucy. We can’t wait to see new pictures of the baby. Our OMS family is certainly growing!

With Mrs. Trapasso’s return we say farewell to Mrs. Sheila Neth. Mrs. Neth has been with us since the start of the school year. She has being a great addition to our school. Mrs. Neth’s last day with us will be Tuesday. We wish her all the best in her future teaching career.

As we head into the holiday season we have many things to be thankful for at OMS. Unfortunately, there are times during the course of our work where we can lose sight of all the good things we have in our lives as well as the positive contributions we are making with our students and community. It is a blessing when other people, like you, can help us see the good in what we do. Which is what many of our parents and families did during our Parent – Teacher Conferences. Thank you to all that attended and continue to support our school. And even if you were not able to attend, we appreciate your support and please know that we value our partnerships with every one of you. We truly have a lot to be thankful for here at OMS!

I hope we all find some time over the next few weeks to be thankful for all that we have together at work and individually with our friends and families.

Have a great week,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

November 7, 2017 to Mrs. Pryor's students

Dear Parents,
I am writing to provide you with an update on your child’s French teacher, Mrs. Kathie Pryor. During the last couple of weeks Mrs. Pryor has been out in order to attend to a family matter and she has been overseeing the lesson plans, delivery of instruction and grading while she is out. At this time, we have been able to secure a former French teacher to substitute until November 27, when Mrs. Pryor returns.

I am excited to introduce to you Mrs. Evelyn Rubenstein. Mrs. Rubenstein will be taking over for Mrs. Pryor’s classes starting on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, pending board approval. Mrs. Rubenstein is a retired French teacher from Honeoye Falls-Lima School District with 30 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Pryor and Mrs. Rubenstein are working diligently together to ensure a smooth transition for our students.

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Rubenstein to Oliver Middle School. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at 637-1860 or melody.davis@bcs1.org.

Educationally yours,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

(637-1860)

October 30, 2017

Good Afternoon OMS Families,

Fall is certainly in the air. Our weather is changing rapidly and the days of hot weather may be gone for the season. What’s not gone for the season yet is the enthusiasm that students show everyday while in school. We definitely have awesome students here at OMS that day to day make our school a wonderful place of learning! It’s great to walk down the hallways, visit classrooms and be in the cafeteria and see so many students are excited about being in school and excited about what they are learning. Thank you for everything you do to ensure that when your children come to our school, they are excellent learners. Kuddos to all of you!

Last week we had our first American History Trip Parent Meeting. If you were not able to attend, all the information can be found on our school website. Please let us know if you have any additional questions regarding the trip. You can contact Trina Kenny at 637-1865 for information regarding payments, fundraising and available scholarships to help with the cost of the trip.

Tomorrow students may wear costumes but not full face masks nor any props deemed inappropriate for school either.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 is the last day of our first marking period. Report cards will be mailed to our student’s homes on November 9th. Please call the Counseling Office at 637-1863 if you need additional copies of your child’s report cards. Our first quarter newsletter will also be available on line on November 9th. Please call the main office at 637-1860 if you need a paper copy of our newsletter mailed to you.

Have a great week!

Melody Martinez- Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

October 27, 2017

Hello OMS Families,

Today we held a lock-down drill at 1pm. The drill was completed after 5 minutes and our students were very cooperative and respectful. These drills help us to review our procedures and help us to be ready in the case of an actual emergency.

Also, as a reminder on Wednesday November 1, the district will be conducting an early release drill. That means that we will be dismissing from school 15 minutes early and all after school activities are cancelled. Therefore, NO students can stay after school and must go home when we dismiss. Evening programs and events may be held as scheduled after 5 pm.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

Jerrod Roberts, Assistant Principal

To Eighth Grade families October 26, 2017
Good afternoon 8th Grade Parents.

As you know, there is a $100 deposit due by November 3. Checks and/or money orders made payable to 1st Choice Educational Tours are to be turned in to Mrs. Kenney in the assistant principals office. At the parent meeting this week there was some misinformation shared with regard to the deposit as to who needs to pay it. All students are required to pay the $100 deposit unless they have fundraised their entire trip cost or owe less than $100.

Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kenney at (585) 637-1865.

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal

To Team Theta Families October 18, 2017
Good Afternoon Team Theta Parents,

Some of you may have noticed your student working in an online learning program called i-Ready. This is an individualized way to meet the learning needs of all students. All students at OMS took a diagnostic assessment for both ELA and Math that provides details about what each learner knows and what each learner can continue to improve upon. i-Ready then provides targeted and individualized instruction for each student. It is a program being implemented among all students at Oliver Middle School.

We have asked students to complete one i-Ready lesson, and pass one quiz with a 70% or higher for both ELA and Math each week. Students may complete their i-Ready work from home, but they also have access to computers during lunch, after-school time, and even during some class time to complete this requirement. We are counting these completed lessons and quizzes for a weekly homework grade in both ELA and Math. If you log in to Schoology to check your student's grades, you will be able to see how your child is doing with completing his or her i-Ready work each week.

Should you wish to look at i-Ready in more detail with your student, here is the log-in information for i-Ready:

website: www.login.i-ready.com/

username: 23.firstname.lastname@students.bcs1.org

password: Firstnamebcs (First letter is capitalized)

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email candace.greiner@bcs1.org, or danielle.spartano@bcs1.org.

Thank you,

Candace Greiner
ELA Teacher
Theta Team Leader

October 13, 2017

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

It’s hard to believe that we are already on our sixth week of school. For our new families and returning families, once again this year we will not be having 5 week progress reports printed. At OMS our teachers have their grades updated at least once every two weeks. Therefore, parents and/or guardians have access to their child’s up to date progress more often. You can find detailed information about your son or daughter’s grades on either Infinite Campus Parent Portal or Schoology at any time in the school year. Individual teachers will post their scores for daily assignments, homework, assessments, etc. onto the platform of their choice. Each teacher communicated to our families which platform they would be using this year via their course syllabus in September. Reviewing your child’s progress also provides an opportunity for you to review the educationalgoals that you have set for your child this school year.

If you are in need of a printed report or don’t have access to a computer, please contact our Counseling Office at 637-1863 and we will mail you a copy of the report. If you need to reset your password to Campus Portal or you have lost the activation key for Schoology please call the main office at 637-1860 or visit our school website to complete a Request for Support form.

Today, we held a lock-down drill at 8:30 am. The drill was completed after five minutes and our students were very cooperative and respectful. These drills help us to review our procedures and help us to be ready in the case of an actual emergency.

I hope that you have a great weekend,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

To Team Alpha Parents/Guardians on 9/27/17:

Dear Parents,

I am excited to introduce your child’s new teacher, Jessica Allen. Ms. Allen will be taking over for Molly Infantino, who is leaving to pursue an opportunity outside of the district. Your child’s success and well-being are our highest priority and Mrs. Infantino and Ms. Allen are working diligently to ensure a smooth transition. They will be working together starting this Wednesday until this Friday, September 29, 2017.

Ms. Allen is a highly qualified elementary teacher who was a Brockport Central School District graduate herself. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education and her Master’s Degree in Differentiated Instruction at St. Bonaventure University. Last year she worked for the Sunrise School District in Sandy, Utah, and is extremely excited to be back home and returning to her own Alma Matter. Her skills align with our mission of engaging and empowering each student to achieve excellence as a learner and a citizen.

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Allen to Oliver Middle School. Ms. Allen will be introducing herself to you as well. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at 637-1860 or melody.davis@bcs1.org.

Educationally yours,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

(637-1860) 


To Team Theta Parents/Guardians on 9/21/17:

Good Afternoon Team Theta Parents & Guardians,

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of the support you provided for our first field trip of the year to Camp Northpoint. Many of you donated supplies or extra shirts for our team tie dye activity, and it was a fun day! We have many pictures posted in Schoology from the field trip, and we hope you will take the time to set up your Schoology account today if you haven't already. If you no longer have the access code that was mailed to you over the summer, please contact the main office by email to marleen.cain@bcs1.org.

This afternoon your children were sent home with our team's first "Grade Check." It is a form that students will fill out that details what their current grade is for each core class, and it requires your signature. Please be sure to log in to Schoology to verify your child's grades before signing, as they are updated often. Students who complete the form on time, by September 27th, and who do not owe any work will be admitted to "Gapapalooza." This is a fun day that takes place during GAP period. Students who owe work will be signed up for the "Success Station," where a team teacher will have extra copies of assignments for each student, and be available for help if needed. Team Theta completes a "Grade Check" prior to each five week grade reporting period. If your child does not have GAP, they will be able to participate in many other fun team activities throughout the year during lunches or after school time. "Gapapalooza" is one way we help students achieve academic success, and reward them for hard work.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email me at candace.greiner@bcs1.org. Thank you for all of your support at home!

Candace Greiner

ELA Teacher

Theta Team Leader

Oliver Middle School

To all eighth grade families on 9/13/17:
Good afternoon,

I hope that your week has started as well as our week here at OMS. You should have received a letter about our American History Trip (AHT) fundraising events.

The 2017-18 American History Trip Fundraising year will kick off on September 14 with the eighth grade. The fundraiser will be the Save Around the City coupon books. Order forms and a sample book will be distributed during homebase on September 14. All orders with payment are due to Mrs. Kenney in the Assistant Principals’ office on Monday, September 25. Please write one check made out to OMS Extra Class for all orders.

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Kenney at (585) 637-1865.

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal

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From: Melody Martinez-Davis
Subject: OMS New Year 9/6/17


Good Afternoon,

We have had a great start to the school year. During these last two days, students had the opportunity to participate in team building activities, meet all their teachers and review our Oliver Middle School Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) expectations and OMS essentials: Be respectful, responsible and a learner. Students were able to re-connect with friends and learn about what’s in store for them in the upcoming school year. The administration team was also able to meet with all our students in the auditorium in the morning for a Digital Readiness Assembly and in the cafeteria during their lunches to review the cafeteria procedures.

Tomorrow evening we will be hosting our 6th Grade Parent Curriculum Night. Our evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents/ Guardians will have an opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers and get to know a little bit more about our great school. For a complete schedule of events for tomorrow night, please visit our school website. Our 7th and 8th grade Curriculum Night will be next Thursday, September 14. We always look forward to the opportunity to meet our parents/guardians and share with you all the great things that our school has to offer.

Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to review for our returning families and/or share with our new families our morning drop off procedures. If you choose to drop your student off in the morning there are a few things that we would like to share with you to ensure our morning drop off system works the best for our students. Students can be dropped off after 6:45 a.m. Our doors are locked until then. When dropping your child, you will need to pull up all the way to the end of the front loop. We have large signs outside identifying the drop off areas and where you need to stop your vehicle. Please do not stop in front of the main doors if you are the first vehicle. This facilitates the traffic flow behind you and helps us get our students in our school faster and on time for their first period class. We have two Hall Monitors that will wave you to the stop area. This also helps with the traffic flow in our front loop, which can get very congested during peak times.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your child’s counselor at 637-1863, Assistant Principal at 637-1865, and/or me at 637-1860.

Have a great rest of your week,

Melody Martinez-Davis

Principal, Oliver Middle School

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