Orchard Middle School Receives U.S. Blue Ribbon School Award in WashingtonWednesday, November 20, 2013
During an upbeat celebration of achievement yesterday, Orchard Middle School received the official award citation as a National Blue Ribbon School. The award recognizes the high achievement of all Orchard students. Traveling to Washington to accept the award were Orchard Principal Cari Mineard, Lewis Principal Mike Acomb (who was principal at Orchard when the school was nominated for the award) and Orchard teacher Dave Sheppard.
Congratulations to the students and staff at Orchard on earning this prestigious national award!
Orchard Nominated as a Fox 8 Cool School of the Week- Vote Today!Monday, October 28, 2013
Orchard Middle School has been nominated as a Fox 8 Cool School of the Week. To vote for Orchard, follow the link below.
Voting continues through 5:59 a.m. on Thursday. Resources: Vote for Orchard as the Cool School of the Week here
Solon students invited to show their artistic talents in the PTA Reflections programThursday, October 03, 2013
Solon students are encouraged to unleash their creativity and submit original works of art for the national PTA Reflections art program. The Reflections program offers students an opportunity to explore their artistic talents and create works of art for fun and recognition.
“PTA is a strong advocate arts education,” said JoEllen Weingarten, Solon’s PTA Reflections chair. “We saw an increase in submissions for the program last year and were thrilled to learn that two Solon students were recognized at the national level. Through the program this year, we are hoping again to tap into the talent of our Solon students.”
This year’s theme is BELIEVE, DREAM, INSPIRE. Students may submit artwork incorporating this theme in six categories: Visual Arts, Film Production, Literature, Dance Choreography, Music, Composition and Photography.
Artwork is judged locally in grade divisions. All participants will be recognized. The work of 22 local Solon winners will move on to the state competition, and the state winners advance to the National PTA finals.
Read MoreResources: PTA Reflections Art Contest Entry Form 2013
U.S. Department of Education names Orchard Middle School a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Students and staff at Solon’s Orchard Middle School today are cheering the news that their school is a National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the list of 286 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013, citing their overall academic excellence and success in raising student achievement. In Ohio, 15 schools, including only two middle schools, received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award.
“Excellence in education matters, and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award recognizes schools in which students perform at very high levels or demonstrate significant improvements in student achievement. Orchard Middle School was honored as an “Exemplary High Performing” school, one of Ohio’s highest performing schools as measured by state achievement assessments.
First PTA Meeting and New Family Welcome Program are Tuesday, August 20Tuesday, August 13, 2013
This first Orchard PTA meeting of the year is Tuesday, August 20, at 7:15 p.m. Please note this evening meeting time. The Orchard PTA looks forward to meeting new members and welcoming back existing volunteers!
The New Family Welcome Ice Cream Social and Orientation Program is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, at 6 p.m. just prior to the PTA meeting. This program is for students and their parents who are new to Orchard Middle School and the Solon Schools this year.
Summer Reading for Orchard StudentsFriday, June 21, 2013
Educational Research Confirms It: Students Must Read During the Summer.
Most Common Heard Complaint: “But we’re busy!” Research-based response from Solon Schools: We know, but in the long run, this is the best thing a parent can do for their child to ensure school and life-long success. Children can avoid the “summer slide” by setting aside time to read in the summer.
This is why Orchard students are encouraged to participate in the Solon Schools Summer Reading Program. Each child that completes the summer reading log and submits it to his or teacher in August will receive special recognition.
The following quotes are excerpts from actual research studies in the field of education and early literacy development:
• “Students that read over the summer gained reading achievement during the summer months and those who did not read lost ground, or experienced summer reading loss.”
• “The most important activity for developing literacy is that of inducing students to read independently.
Read MoreResources: Summer Reading Log 2013
Solon Future Problem Solving Teams Bring Home Six Trophies from InternationalsSunday, June 09, 2013
The 31 members of Solon's Future Problem Solving teams who competed at the International Tournament this weekend at Indiana University certainly made their presence known as they returned to Solon with six trophies, including three for first place, two for second place and one for fifth place.
In the senior division, Solon’s team of Rohan Achar, Bethany Davis, Adam Feldenkris, Andi Peng, Chanukya Malla and Sarah Rahman captured first place for presentation of an action plan.
Solon High School students Katie Shen and Kevin Sun took first and second place, respectively, in the senior division and Timothy Yi won first place in the junior division of the multi-affiliate global issues problem solving competition.
SHS team members Yumi Gambrill, Kody Keckler, Thomas Yi and Stephanie Zhu earned the second place trophy in the senior division of the global issues problem solving team competition.
Orchard team members Lea Kim, Kyle Maiorana, Alison Xin, Adam Zhang, Timothy Yi, Julia Fan and Gina Kong won fifth place honors in the junior division for presentation of an action plan.
Solon students invited to show their artistic talents in the PTA Reflections program Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Solon Council of PTAs is urging students to create and submit original works of art for the national PTA Reflections art program. The Reflections program offers students an opportunity to further explore their artistic talents and create works of art for fun and recognition.
“PTA strongly supports education in the arts and with this program we hope to help our children to uncover some truly amazing talent,” said JoEllen Weingarten, Solon’s PTA Reflections chair.
This year’s theme is “The Magic of a Moment” and students may submit artwork incorporating this theme in six categories: Visual Arts, Film Production, Literature, Dance Choreography, Music, Composition and Photography.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 27. Collection boxes for student submissions are located in each Solon school.
Reflections program FAQs:
Who: Any Solon student may participate!
What: National PTA’s art contest. For more than 40 years, students across the country have created works of art inspired by a common theme.
When: Now! Students pick an art category and create an original piece reflective of this year’s theme.
Read MoreResources: PTA Reflections Art Program Rules & Entry Form