Welcome to Solon Schools and the Solon Family

Congratulations to Solon students, staff and families on an excellent State of Ohio School Report Card. Solon Schools ranked #3 in the state and #1 in Northeast Ohio!

Kudos to Orchard Middle School on its A+ grade in the new 2015 K-12 Best Schools Niche Rankings!

Solon Middle School Science Olympiad Team Wins 2015 National Championship
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Recording the lowest score ever, the Solon Middle School Science Olympiad team earned first place and national champion honors tonight at the 2015 national tournament at the University of Nebraska. It is Solon Middle School’s seventh national championship in the last eight years.

SMS team members medaled in 13 of the tournament’s 23 events en route to the first place trophy, earning a total low score of 152 and finishing 42 points ahead of the second place team and last year’s champion, Beckendorff Junior High from Texas.

“We are thrilled that our Solon Middle School team has won the Science Olympiad national championship once again,” said SMS Principal Eugenia Green. “The hard work and dedication of these students and their coaches is second to none. This accomplishment shines a spotlight for academic excellence on our students and district. Solon students have consistently performed at the highest level in Science Olympiad. Congratulations to the team members from SMS, Orchard Middle School and Solon High School, as well as our Solon science teachers, the volunteer coaches and the parents of these talented students.

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Solon Future Problem Solvers Earn Trophies at the State Bowl
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Defending their “home turf,” Solon’s Orchard, Solon Middle School and Solon High School Future Problem Solving teams and individual competitors competing in the State Bowl won 13 trophies in four different competitions.

Fourteen Solon students qualified for the International Competition at Iowa State University in June: Jake Adelstein, Ryan Ebenstein, Alex Fan and Lauren Tucker (SHS); Lea Kim, Alison Xin, Timothy Yi, Albert Zhu, Julia Fan, Neha Gupta, Sandy Shen, Rachel Wilson and Nicholas Kernan (SMS); and Natalie Miller (Orchard).

“I am so proud of all of our Solon competitors,” said Sabrina Tirpak, Solon FPS advisor. “The hard work and commitment show in the success our teams demonstrated throughout the competition.”

Overall, Solon students won the following awards at states:
• Global Issues Problem Solving
Solon Middle School: Lea Kim, Alison Xin, Timothy Yi and Albert Zhu (first) and Julia Fan, Neha Gupta, Sandy Shen and Rachel Wilson (second).
Solon High School: Jake Adelstein, Ryan Ebenstein, Alex Fan and Lauren Tucker (second) and Dorothy Chan, Jessica Jin, Chris Guo and Kathleen (third).

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Fifth and Sixth Grade Strings Concert is Now May 5
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Please note that the district fourth, fifth and sixth grade strings concert has been rescheduled to May 5.

The start time of 7 p.m. in the Solon High School auditorium remains the same.

Author Jack Gantos Visits Orchard
Monday, 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.

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Updated Assessment Schedule for Orchard Students
Thursday, 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.

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Resources: 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 pambulson@solonboe.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.

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Resources: Course Catalog - 2015 Saturday Enrichment Program

Orchard Middle School Yearbook Club
Tuesday, 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.

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Resources: Orchard_Middle_School_Yearbook_Club_flyer_2014.pdf

Feature Archive

News and Notes:

Grade 6 Supply List 15.16


Grade 5 Supply List 2015.16


Camp Packing List


Summer Learning Opportunities

Click on the link below to explore Summer Learning Opportunities for middle school students.

Summer Opportunities Middle School

6th Grade Mohican Camp Forms


Jack Gantos Pre Sale Books


Planned Absence Form


OMS Science Olympiad Permission


Intramural Schedule


Student Handbook


2014-15 Bus Schedule

Click on the link below to see this year's Orchard bus routes. Please check back for updates through the start of school.

Orchard Bus Routes - Updated 8-18 pm

Day Care Transportation Form 2014-15

Please be sure to complete the Day Care Transport form and submit it to the Transportation Department if your child will be attending a before or after school day care program in Solon.

Day Care Transportation Form 2014-15