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.
Summer Reading Guidelines for Orchard Students: 800 Pages and a Summary of a Fiction and Non-Fiction BookFriday, June 20, 2014
Parents and kids alike look forward to summer vacation and the “break” away from school. But educational research clearly shows that a complete break from exposure to reading and math over the summer months is not best for kids as it results in a phenomenon called the summer slide.
Those studies show that students who read over the summer gain reading achievement during that time and those who do not read lose ground, or experience summer reading loss.
The reading students do over the summer can be fun, and they do not have to limit their reading choice to books only. They can read anything that interests them, such as newspapers, magazines, online articles, books, manuals, pamphlets, maps, guidebooks, poems, music lyrics, and more. Students can read hard copy books or read electronically on computers, e-readers, smartphones or tablets. The most important aspect of summer reading is simply reading. Any reading counts – students just need to select something that interests them.
Independent reading fosters many reading skills such as vocabulary knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonics and comprehension.
Read MoreResources: Orchard Summer Reading Log 2014
Rocco Sciarabba Selected As New Orchard Middle School PrincipalFriday, June 13, 2014
The Solon Schools have chosen an experienced administrator as the new assistant principal for Orchard Middle School. Rocco Sciarabba is filling the position opened when current assistant principal Suzette Firehammer requested a leave of absence.
“We are very fortunate to have found an administrator like Rocco who we believe will be able to come in and make an impact on continuing the excellence at Orchard,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “Rocco is an engaging administrator who also has a keen mastery of academic content. We believe he will be a perfect complement to Cari Mineard and the Orchard team. We are looking forward to continued student achievement gains and a great building culture under Cari and Rocco’s leadership.”
Sciarabba has worked with middle school students his entire career, and started his tenure in the Chardon School District in 2008 as an English language arts teacher for sixth and eighth grades. He was promoted to assistant principal at Chardon Middle School in 2012.