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Summer Keyboarding Practice Opportunity - Log In to Type to Learn
Friday, 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.

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.

Resources: Type to Learn Log In Instructions

Summer Reading Guidelines for Orchard Students: 800 Pages and a Summary of a Fiction and Non-Fiction Book
Friday, 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.

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Resources: Orchard Summer Reading Log 2014

Rocco Sciarabba Selected As New Orchard Middle School Principal
Friday, 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.

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Orchard's Sixth Graders Complete the DARE Program with Graduation Celebration
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Orchard Middle School celebrated the success of its sixth grade students in completing the DARE curriculum this year. Throughout their studies with Solon DARE Officer Felton, the students learned about the potential dangers of drugs, alcohol, bullying, cyberbullying, inappropriate Internet use and more.

During the June 5 graduation celebration, the students enjoyed a BMX bike and skate show. The thrill riders shared the importance of wearing safety gear such as helmets, shin guards and knee pads when biking and skating.

Students also shared the most important lessons they learned during their DARE instruction at the graduation.

Solon Mayor Susan Drucker, Fire Chief William Shaw and Solon Police Lt. Bruce Felton also attended the graduation program to show their support.

Internet Safety
Monday, May 12, 2014

Orchard Middle School students learning how to be savvier and safer technology users today from Internet safety and social media expert Jesse Weinberger.

Orchard Robotics Club Registration Information
Monday, April 14, 2014

The Orchard Robotics Club is forming for this year. The club will meet four sessions and students will build their own robots to take home after the last meeting.

Sixth graders will meet April 28 and 29, and May 5 and 6. Fifth graders will meet May 12 and 13 and May 19 and 20. All meetings are from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Orchard Cafeteria. Students must be picked up promptly at 4:30 p.m.

There are only 25 available in each group. Students may pick up a registration and permission slip form in the office and turn it in to Mrs. Robertson, along with a check for $38 made payable to the Solon Board of Education. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orchard Science Olympiad teams take first and second at Case competition
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Orchard Middle School’s two Science Olympiad teams took first and second place at the competition in March at Case Western Reserve University. The teams placed in 24 of the 25 events at the competition, including 13 first place and 10 second place medals. The Orchard students won the gold medals in the events of Aerodynamics, Bridge Building, Circuit Wizardry, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Don’t Bug Me, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Metric Measurement, Mystery Powder, Rock Hound, Simple Machines and Write It Do It.

“We are so proud of all the members of both our Science Olympiad teams,” said Orchard Principal Cari Mineard. “The consistency of their success at this competition across so many different events speaks to the students’ hard work and dedication.

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Spelling Bee
Monday, March 10, 2014

The top twenty Orchard Middle School Student spellers participated in the school spelling bee held on Saturday, March 8th. Shadhvika won the bee in the 12th round. Congratulations to all that participated.

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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

6th Grade Supply List 2014-15


5th Grade Supply List 2014-2015


Student Handbook