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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

New District-PTA Calendar Now Available
Monday, July 20, 2015

The 2015-16 school year events calendar is here. All families will receive a copy in the mail at the beginning of August, but to begin your planning now, a color pdf file of this year's calendar is posted here for your convenience.

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming back-to-school and orientation events planned in August.

We look forward to seeing the students soon!

Resources: 2015-16 Solon Schools' Calendar

Solon Schools’ Day Care Transportation Request Forms Are Due August 5
Friday, July 17, 2015

With the start of the 201-16 school year just over a month 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 Transportation Request Form by August 5.

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 5 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.

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Resources: 2015-16 Day Care Transportation Request Form

Summer Reading: Don't Experience a Summer Slide!
Friday, June 05, 2015

All Solon students are encouraged to read over the summer. There are specific requirements and suggestions for all grade levels.

It is important to have fun and engage in creative activities over the summer break, but maintaining reading is critical to continued academic growth and achievement.

> Students in grades K-4 should read at least 500 minutes this summer. A summer reading calendar is posted below and on each elementary home page to help students track their minutes.

> Students in grades 5-6 should read at least 1,000 pages this summer.

> Students in grades 7-8 must read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book of their own choosing.

> Students in grades 9-12 should read books of their own choosing as well as the required readings for individual classes as posted on the SHS site. Please be sure to check back at the end of June for specific assignments that may accompany high school readings.

Have a great summer and happy reading!


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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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


Camp Information 2016 Part 2

1-_6th_Grade_Campl_-_Parent_introduction_letter_2015.pdf


Camp Information

Camp_Information_2016.pdf


Camp Power Point

Camp_Parent_PPT_2016.pdf


Camp Packing List 2016

3_-_Camp_Packing_List_2016.pdf


Camp Forms 2016

Camp_Forms_2016.pdf


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


Orchard Bus Routes - UPDATED

Please click on the link below to see the 2015-16 bus routes.

Orchard Bus Routes 2015-16 as of 8-28-15


Day Care Transportation Form

Please click on the link below to access this year's Day Care Transportation Request Form. This form must be completed and returned to the Transportation Department if you are requesting bus transportation for before- or after-school day care.

2015-16 Day Care Transportation Request


Intramural Schedule 2015.16

Orchard_Middle_School_Intramural_Schedule_For_Website_15-16.pdf


Grade 6 Supply List 15.16

Supply_List_Grade_6_2015-16.pdf


Grade 5 Supply List 2015.16

Supply_List_Grade_5_2015-16.pdf


Summer Learning Opportunities

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

Summer Opportunities Middle School


Planned Absence Form

SOLON_PLANNED_ABSENCE_FORM_9-11-14.pdf


Student Handbook

Student_Handbook_15.16_final.pdf