Redrafting!Friday, September 12, 2014
Two weeks ago, students created flash drafts of their informational writing drawing only from background knowledge and a day of category creating and some research. Today, during literacy class, students used all of their learning from the last two weeks (organizing ideas (outlines), growing those ideas into thoughts and further questions and comparing our writing against the rubric) to create their second draft of writing. As seen in the pictures, students relied on their outlines to structure this piece of writing. When we return to writing in October, students will revise these drafts by polishing their introductions, conclusions and fluidity of their piece. We will also continue to refer to the rubric to make our revisions better.
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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
Orchard Classroom Visitation TodayMonday, August 18, 2014
Orchard Middle School students may visit the school this afternoon. Fifth graders may visit from 2-2:30 p.m. and sixth graders from 2:30-3 p.m.
This is great opportunity for students to see their team areas, meet their teachers and find their lockers.
Parents please remember to drive carefully and slowly as there will be many families visiting the schools this afternoon.
Solon Schools’ Day Care Transportation Forms Are Due August 12Friday, August 01, 2014
With the start of the 2014-15 school year under three weeks away, the Solon Schools’ Transportation Department is working to finalize bus routes for this year. Parents can assist in this process by ensuring that any special transportation needs for students are clearly outlined now by filling out and submitting the district’s Day Care/Special Transportation Request form by August 12.
This form is necessary for all students who will be attending a Solon before- or after-school day care program and wish to ride Solon Schools’ buses to get to school in the morning from day care or from school to the day care program in the afternoon.
The form must arrive at the Transportation Department by August 12 for day care transportation to begin the first week of school. Day care transportation is not guaranteed. We must have a minimum of five children from your child’s school going to a day care location to provide transportation. In addition, day care transportation is limited to the number of seats we have available for transport on that day care bus.
Read MoreResources: Day Care Transportation Form 2014-15
Summer Keyboarding Practice Opportunity - Log In to Type to LearnFriday, June 20, 2014
Orchard provides a web-enabled program for students. Keyboarding is an important skill in schools and the workforce as well as providing a means for communicating with others, sharing ideas, expressing thoughts and even utilizing entertainment through computer games.
Typing is the primary means of interfacing with a computer. Therefore, learning how to use the keyboard is an essential 21st century skill that students must develop in order to type effectively and efficiently on computers.Resources: Type to Learn Log In Instructions
Students have a username and password that permits them to use the program from either school or home. A reference page is posted below with instructions for downloading and accessing the program from a home computer.