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Solon Future Problem Solvers Succeed at State Bowl; Qualify for Internationals in June
Monday, April 25, 2016

The 73 Solon students competing at the 2016 Future Problem Solving State Bowl hosted here in Solon at the Middle School captured 24 individual and team awards. Two Solon FPS teams and four individual students qualified for the upcoming International Competition at Michigan State University in June.

“Solon FPS had a very successful weekend,” said Solon’s FPS advisor Sabrina Tirpak. “Students from Orchard, SMS and SHS won numerous awards in several categories.”

The students invited to represent Ohio at the International Competition are: from Solon High School Justin Prindle, Joseph Feng, Vikas Jain, Cyrus Young, Jake Adelstein, Lauren Tucker, Ryan Ebenstein and Daniel Lin; from Solon Middle School Gina Kong and Gurnoor Majhail; and from Orchard Helen Otterman and Iris Yu.

Overall, Solon students won the following awards at the state competition:
Global Issues Problem Solving (Team):
Senior Division (grades 10-12): Justin Prindle, Joseph Feng, Vikas Jain and Cyrus Young (first); Jake Adelstein, Lauren Tucker, Ryan Ebenstein and Daniel Lin (second); and Connor Strobel, Madeleine Burland and Hannah Edelman (third).

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State Assessment Schedule Reminder
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Orchard students will be taking the 2016 state assessments later this month. The assessment schedule is posted below. This schedule includes the dates for all state assessments aligned to the learning standards in the core content areas of English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Solon students are again taking the paper and pencil versions of these tests this year. The testing window allowed by the state is short, so it is important for your child to be in school on these days. Students take the assessments early in the day.

Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast prior to each assessment. Thank you for your continued support.

2016 Ohio Assessment Schedule Grades 3-6

English/Language Arts 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade – April 19 & 20
Social Studies 4th grade – April 26 & 27
Science 5th grade – April 26 & 27
Social Studies 6th grade – April 26 & 27
Math 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade – May 3 & 4


Orchard's Hoops for Heart Campaign Raises More Than $5,000
Monday, March 14, 2016

Orchard Middle School's annual Hoops for Heart campaign raised awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. The week-long effort garnered $5,035.

The effort culminated with a fun students vs. staff basketball game. Each team won two quarters, and the Orchard staff staged a musical half-time dance show for the student body.


Orchard's Math Counts Team Takes First Place at Northeast Ohio Competition; Qualifies for States in March
Friday, February 19, 2016

In its first year, Orchard’s new Math Counts program is making its mark on the area competition circuit by qualifying for the state tournament in March.

Competing against seventh and eighth grade students, Orchard’s sixth grade team earned first place team honors at the Northeast Chapter competition and will compete at states on March 12. Additionally, the team took first place in the “countdown round,” a fast-paced, head-to-head oral response session.

The state-qualifying team includes sixth grade team members Easton Singer, Ryan Li, Michelle Park and Scott Zhao.

Individually, Easton Singer earned first place and Ryan Li, second place. Scott Zhao and Rohan Jaiswal also finished in the top 10 and will compete at states in the individual competition.

“It was amazing to watch,” said advisor and Orchard math teacher Michelle Huffman. “I am just so proud of our sixth graders. They showed great sportsmanship throughout the competition as well.”


6th Grade Parent Orientation to Solon Middle School Rescheduled to Monday, February 22
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Because of today’s snow day, there are some slight changes to our scheduling process for your child’s 7th grade school year.

Solon Middle School 6th Grade Parent Orientation:
Our 6th Grade Parent Orientation Program will now be held on Monday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Cafeteria. The program will be videotaped. You will be able to easily view the recording by clicking on the Solon TV link under Quick Links on the Solon Schools’ home page.

Solon Middle School Course Selection Sheet:
Your child’s blue course selection sheet will now be due to the Orchard Middle School Guidance Office on Wednesday, February 24.

Solon Middle School Online Scheduling:
The plan to schedule your child’s courses online will remain the same. Again, this will occur during the school day at Orchard Middle School between Monday, February 29, and Thursday, March 3.


SMS Orientation Information and Upcoming Scheduling Dates for 6th Grade Families
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Orchard 6th grade students are beginning the scheduling process for Solon Middle School for next year. The following are important dates for 6th grade families:

Solon Middle School Course Selection Sheet:
This week, your child will meet with Mrs. Kelly Amstutz, one of our school counselors at Solon Middle School, to discuss course selection for 7th grade. Your child should come home with a blue “Course Selection Sheet” on which your child will select two courses:
1. World Language – choices include Spanish, French and Chinese
2. Music – choices include varying selections from Chorus, Band and Orchestra

This course selection sheet must be completed, signed by a parent and returned to the Orchard Middle School Guidance Office by Thursday, February 18.

Please keep in mind that this course selection process is for World Language and Music only; placement in math and language arts courses will take place in mid-April.

Solon Middle School 6th Grade Parent Orientation:
Parents of 6th grade students are invited to our 6th Grade Parent Orientation Program on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 pm in the Solon Middle School Cafeteria.

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2016 Saturday Enrichment Program Features New Course Offerings
Monday, January 11, 2016

Registration for the Solon Schools’ 2016 Saturday Enrichment Program is now under way. This year’s program features all-new S.T.E.M.-focused classes for students in grades 3-6.

The classes include a wide range of engaging topics in robotics, engineering and programming. To see all course offerings, review the attached file.
Classes are held at Orchard Middle School from 8:30-10 a.m. for third and fourth graders and 10:30-noon for fifth and sixth grade students on the following Saturday mornings: January 30, February 6, 20 & 27. A 14-week computer coding class for fifth graders runs January 30-May 21.
All classes are taught by Solon High and Solon Middle School students under the supervision of Solon teachers.

The cost for the four-week classes is $40; the coding course is $80.

To register, email Pam Bulson at the Solon Board of Education at pambulson@solonboe.org. Please include the student’s name, grade, school, parent name and phone number, and the class requested.

The registration deadline is January 25. The course fee (cash or check made payable to the Solon Board of Education) must be paid prior to the start of classes.

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Resources: Saturday Enrichment Course Offerings for 2016

Orchard PTA Fundraiser
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ORCHARD PTA SWEET FUNDRAISER IS UNDER WAY

Orchard Middle School PTA is partnering with locally owned Malley's Chocolates for this year's fundraiser.

The funds raised through this campaign enable the PTA to support student-centered programs such as Class Splash Parties, COSI Science Day, Fun Night, Author Visit, Quarterly Reward Parties, and much more.

The fundraiser runs through September 25th.

Candy sales and direct donations are much appreciated.

Order details are included in the flier below.

Thanks in advance for supporting the Orchard PTA and our students.

Resources: Fundraiser_parent_letter_-2015-16-2.pdf

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News and Notes:

PowerSchool Gradebook Login

Students and Parents: Follow the link below to login to the online PowerSchool Gradebook.

STUDENTS: Use your Network login for access.

PARENTS: Create an account and use access code mailed to you to add your students.

Student/Parent PowerSchool Login


Intramural Schedule

Orchard_Middle_School_Intramural_Schedule_For_Website_16.17.pdf


Orchard Lunch Schedule

Orchard_Middle_School_Lunch_Schedule_16.17.pdf


Student Morning Procedures

Orchard_Morning_Procedures.pdf


Student Handbook

Student_Handbook_16.17_final.pdf


2016-17 Bus Routes

Click on the link below to see the UPDATED Orchard bus routes for this year.

Orchard Bus Routes UPDATED 8-22-16


5th Grade Supply List

Supply_List_Grade_5_2016-17_version_2.pdf


Sixth Grade Supply List

Supply_List_Grade_6_2016-17.pdf


Summer Learning Opportunities

Please click on the link below to view summer learning opportunities for students in grades K-8.

Summer Opportunities Middle School 2016


Peanut Free Snacks

The attached list provides options for tree nut and peanut free snacks that are also vegan options. Thank you for supporting the needs of all our students.

Nut Free & Vegan Snack List


Planned Absence Form

SOLON_PLANNED_ABSENCE_FORM_9-11-14.pdf