Author Jack Gantos Visits OrchardMonday, March 09, 2015
Prolific author Jack Gantos spent the day at Orchard Middle School sharing writing tips and offering words of encouragement for students about the writing process. The author of 48 published books, Mr. Gantos told the students that after a thorough editing and rewrite process, everything they write can be a "work of art."
His enthusiasm and humor were contagious as he recounted stories of his youth that became the seeds for many of his popular published works.
Thank you to the Orchard PTA for helping to make this day all about writing special for our Orchard students.
Orchard's Science Olympiad Teams Capture First and Second at Case Competition Wednesday, March 04, 2015
When the results were announced from the 13-team middle school Science Olympiad competition at Case Western Reserve University February 28, Solon’s two Orchard Middle School teams earned the top two team spots and more than 40 event medals.
“We are so proud of our students and the consistency of our two teams earning the first and second place team trophies,” said Orchard Principal Cari Mineard. “They have worked very hard this year to prepare and definitely deserve these many honors.”
Like in golf, the team with the lowest score at Science Olympiad competitions win. Solon’s two teams scored 80 and 86 points respectively. The third place school had 104 points.
Updated Assessment Schedule for Orchard StudentsThursday, February 12, 2015
Please find below the updated testing schedule for fifth and sixth grade students.
This schedule is for the state assessments aligned to the learning standards in the core content areas of English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. These new assessments have two parts:
• A performance-based assessment
• An end-of-year test
Solon students are taking the paper and pencil versions of these tests this year. Please note that these tests are given on multiple days, but the actual testing time per day is shorter than in the past with the OAAs. The testing window allowed by the state is short. It is important for your child to be in school on these days.
To measure students’ achievement and growth, the new tests assess deeper knowledge application skills as problem-solving, writing and critical thinking. For example, the English/Language Arts tests assess students’ ability to read and comprehend texts of different complexities, integrate information from various sources to construct a persuasive argument and determine the meaning of academic vocabulary in textual context.
Read MoreResources: Printable Schedule
Registration Is Now Open for Saturday Enrichment Program For Students in Grades 1-6 Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Registration is under way for the Solon Schools’ Saturday Enrichment Program classes. More than 35 classes are being offered this year for students in first through sixth grade.
The classes include a wide range of engaging topics such as arts and crafts, cooking, culture, languages, sciences, musical theater, cheerleading, music and much more. To see the complete catalog with information about each class, use the link below.
Classes are held at Solon Middle School from 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the following Saturday mornings February 7, 14, 21 & 28 and March 7 & 14.
All classes are taught by Solon High School students under adult supervision.
The cost for these 6-week classes is only $40. To register or for more information, contact Pam Bulson at the Solon Board of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 349-7306. To register via email to Pam Bulson, please include student name, grade, school, parent name, phone number and class requested. Parents may also register in person on Saturday, January 10 from 8-11 a.m.
The registration deadline is January 23, 2015.
Read MoreResources: Course Catalog - 2015 Saturday Enrichment Program
Orchard Middle School Yearbook ClubTuesday, September 09, 2014
Who can be a member? Any 5th or 6th grade student who likes to take photographs! The student must be able to attend some of their grade level events such as the Roller Skating Party, Fun Night and all the meeting dates listed below unless they have an excuse for the day. Since we will be using digital cameras, we are looking for students who display qualities such as being trustworthy, honest, dependable and responsible.
When do we meet? We will meet at 7:45 am in Mrs. O’Loughlin’s Art room on the following dates:
September 19 & 26
October 13 & 27
November 10 &17
December 1 & 15
January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
How do I join? To ensure that all students who sign up are able to fully participate and have a meaningful role in the club, we are capping the number of students at 28. We also want this to be a mixture of 5th & 6th grade so that all students are represented in the yearbook. Therefore, we are holding an essay contest to select the 14 best sixth grade representatives and the 14 best fifth grade representatives for yearbook club.
Read MoreResources: Orchard_Middle_School_Yearbook_Club_flyer_2014.pdf
Fifth Grade Curriculum Night is Tonight!Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Our Orchard fifth grade curriculum night presentations for parents are tonight, August 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Following the curriculum presentations, our music teachers will share information about band, orchestra and choir beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Thank you for your support!
Mrs. Mineard and Mr. Sciarabba Join the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeMonday, August 25, 2014
Orchard's principal Cari Mineard and assistant principal Rocco Sciarabba joined in the awareness-building campaign for ALS by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Mrs. Mineard and Mr. Sciarabba simultaneously completed the challenge and then issued a challenge for the Roxbury and Lewis Elementary School administrators and staff to do the same.
Congratulations Mrs. Mineard and Mr. Sciarabba on completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!Resources: Watch Orchard's Ice Bucket Challenge Here!
Today is the First Day of School for Students in Grades 1-12Tuesday, August 19, 2014